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Consumer Non-Durables

LG Household & Health Care Ltd.

Company Background

LG Household & Health Care is one of the largest household goods and cosmetics manufacturers in South Korea and ranks second in cosmetics in the country after AmorePacific Group. The company's cosmetics sales via duty-free shops have increased steadily due to a growing number of visitors from abroad. In addition, it has recently been active in mergers and acquisitions of domestic and foreign cosmetics brands. These factors have helped the cosmetics division gain a higher percentage of consolidated sales than the household goods division.


In 2001, LG Household & Health Care was established as a spinoff from LG Chem, taking over the cosmetics business from its parent LG group, one of South Korea's global conglomerates, which started out as a cosmetics producer. The company is built around three core divisions: detergent and other household goods, cosmetics and soft drinks, and its overseas operations focused on cosmetics.


The company is enjoying brisk demand for its high-end cosmetics brands at home and in China, including the Whoo line, based on traditional Korean herbal medicine, and Sum 37, a brand that uses naturally-fermented plants from around the world, at home and in China. The Face Shop, the low-cost brand acquired by LG Household, has proved popular with young Asian consumers. Meanwhile, the Korean company is preparing to keep pace with the era of an aging society through its Japanese subsidary, EverLife, that sells inner beauty products and health products.


LG Household & Health Care Vice Chairman Cha Suk-yong, who previously worked for U.S. consumer products maker Procter & Gamble, serves as CEO of the South Korean company. The company is vigorously pursuing new product development under the leadership of Cha, who is noted for his P&G-style management approach emphasizing innovation.

Business Summary

LG Household & Health Care Ltd. engages in the production and sale of household goods and cosmetic products. It operates through following divisions Beauty, Health and Refreshment businesses. The Beauty business division provides anti-aging cosmetic products. The Health division markets healthcare, skincare and household products. The Refreshment division provides soda, juice, energy drinks and other beverages. The company was founded on April 3, 2001 and is headquartered in Seoul, South Korea.

Financial Highlights

Dec 2020 KRWUSD
Gross Profit4,712.67B3,994.17M
Operating income1,220.74B1,034.62M
Income before tax1,114.04B944.19M
Net income797,628.67M676.02M
Diluted EPS47,602.4440.34
Dividends Per Share11,0009.32
Total Assets6,801.41B6,261.08M
Total liabilities1,952.22B1,797.12M
Total equity4,755.97B4,378.14M
Operating cash flow1,004.84B851.64M
Currency in KRWCurrency in USD

Historical Data

 Dec 2016Dec 2017Dec 2018Dec 2019Dec 2020
Revenue 6,094.05B 6,105.13B 6,747.53B 7,685.42B 7,844.50B
Gross Profit 3,587.41B 3,418.75B 3,970.89B 4,607.37B 4,712.67B
Operating income 880,164.61M 929,595.27M 1,040.20B 1,175.91B 1,220.74B
Income before tax 745,485.18M 861,078.57M 956,005.11M 1,085.16B 1,114.04B
Net income 568,220.98M 606,411.78M 682,743.15M 778,097.70M 797,628.67M
EBITDA 1,013.85B 1,076.00B 1,197.65B 1,426.93B 1,482.96B
Diluted EPS 33,911.40 36,190.62 40,746.08 46,436.83 47,602.44
Dividends Per Share 7,500 9,000 9,250 11,000 11,000
Total Assets 4,502.16B 4,778.51B 5,275.87B 6,493.66B 6,801.41B
Total liabilities 1,881.32B 1,696.73B 1,681.85B 2,256.58B 1,952.22B
Total equity 2,532.35B 2,996.23B 3,512.06B 4,146.73B 4,755.97B
Operating cash flow 713,435.54M 735,477.19M 817,116.84M 1,139.64B 1,004.84B
 Dec 2016Dec 2017Dec 2018Dec 2019Dec 2020
Revenue 5,252.64M 5,400.33M 6,131.23M 6,590.23M 6,648.51M
Gross Profit 3,092.09M 3,024.08M 3,608.20M 3,950.81M 3,994.17M
Operating income 758.63M 822.27M 945.19M 1,008.34M 1,034.62M
Income before tax 642.55M 761.67M 868.68M 930.52M 944.19M
Net income 489.76M 536.40M 620.38M 667.21M 676.02M
EBITDA 873.87M 951.79M 1,088.26M 1,223.59M 1,256.87M
Diluted EPS 29.22 32.01 37.02 39.81 40.34
Dividends Per Share 6.46 7.96 8.40 9.43 9.32
Total Assets 3,727.57M 4,463.61M 4,728.33M 5,615.17M 6,261.08M
Total liabilities 1,557.64M 1,584.92M 1,507.30M 1,951.30M 1,797.12M
Total equity 2,096.66M 2,798.78M 3,147.57M 3,585.74M 4,378.14M
Operating cash flow 614.93M 650.57M 742.48M 977.23M 851.64M

Valuation Measures

Dec 2020
Operating margin15.56%
Profit margin10.16%

Key executives

  • Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer: Suk-Yong Cha
  • Chief Financial Officer & Director: Hong-Gi Kim
  • Chief Technology Officer: Seon-Gyu Park
  • Head-Legal & Compliance Support: Jun-Sik Han
  • MD & Head-Household Goods Research: Sang-Min Lee


  • LG Corp. (34.0%)
  • National Pension Service of Korea (7.9%)
  • LG Household & Health Care Ltd. (6.1%)
  • T. Rowe Price International Ltd. (3.0%)
  • The Vanguard Group, Inc. (1.4%)
  • BlackRock Fund Advisors (1.4%)
  • First Sentier Investors (Hong Kong) Ltd. (1.3%)
  • Harding Loevner LP (1.2%)
  • Vontobel Asset Management AG (1.0%)
  • Hermes Investment Management Ltd. (1.0%)

Contact Details

  • Website:
  • Address: LG Gwanghwamun Building, 58 Saemunan-ro, Seoul, 03184, South Korea
  • Phone: +82.2.3773.1114

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Last Updated on 15 Oct, 2021

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