Hindustan Unilever Ltd.


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Feb 21, 2018
Prev close: 1,330.4
Feb 21, 2018
Market cap:
Market cap(USD):
Shares: 2,164.47M

Currency in INR

Company profile

Market(Ticker): BOM(500696)
Consumer Non-Durables
Household/Personal Care
Full time employees: 5,976

Business summary

Hindustan Unilever Ltd. engages in the manufacture of consumer goods. It operates through the following segments: Home Care, Personal Care, Foods, and Refreshments. The Home Care segment includes fabric wash, household care, and water. The Personal Care segment comprises of personal wash, skin care, hair care, oral care, deodorants, and colors. The Foods segment consists of packaged foods and popular foods. The Refreshments segment offers tea, coffee, ice cream, and frozen desserts. The company was founded in November 1956 and is headquartered in Mumbai, India.

Company background

Hindustan Unilever, a unit of British-Dutch company Unilever, is India's largest marketer of consumer products. The company sells more than 30 brands of soap, detergent, food and other products and employs more than 15,000 workers, including those at its local manufacturing plants.

While it was founded in 1931, the predecessor to Hindustan Unilever had ties with Unilever the date back to the 1880s when Lever Brothers, the forerunner of Unilever, was selling imported soap in India.

In the 1970s and 1980s, Unilever took over Brooke Bond, Lipton and other companies and their subsidiaries in India were consolidated into the Indian unit of Unilever. Hindustan Unilever bought a number of Indian companies, including some that were under major conglomerate Tata Group's umbrella, in the 1990s.

Hindustan Unilever is known for its Shakti project, which encourages the employment of young residents in India's rural areas as sales staff. These employees sell small batches of low-priced soap and other products in their areas. Products under the company's brands sell well in both urban and rural areas.

In 2013, Unilever raised its stake in Hindustan Unilever from a little more than 50% to just under 70%.

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Financial highlights

Mar 2017

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Revenue 331,620M
Gross profit 140,830M
Operating income 60,150M
Income before tax 64,790M
Net income 44,880M
EBITDA 64,470M
Diluted EPS 20.68
Dividends per share 17
Total assets 157,060M
Total liabilities 89,400M
Total equity 67,440M
Operating cash flow 54,490M

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Revenue 4,945.34M
Gross profit 2,100.15M
Operating income 896.99M
Income before tax 966.19M
Net income 669.28M
EBITDA 961.41M
Diluted EPS 0.30
Dividends per share 0.25
Total assets 2,418.72M
Total liabilities 1,376.76M
Total equity 1,038.57M
Operating cash flow 812.59M

Currency in USD

Valuation measures

Mar 2017

PER 43.99
ROA 29.42%
ROE 67.40%
Operating margin 18.13%
Profit margin 13.53%

Key executive

  • Chief Executive Officer, Executive Director & MD: Sanjiv Soshil Mehta
  • CFO, Executive Director-Finance & IT: Srinivas Phatak
  • Director & Secretary: Dev Bajpai
  • Director & Executive Director-Supply Chain: Pradeep Banerjee
  • General Manager-M&A: Ravi Shankar Ramachandran

Share holders

  • Unilever Plc(67.1%)
  • Life Insurance Corp. of India(2.5%)
  • The Vanguard Group, Inc.(1.1%)
  • BlackRock Fund Advisors(0.9%)
  • Aberdeen Asset Managers Ltd.(0.7%)
  • The New India Assurance Co. Ltd. (Investment Portfolio)(0.6%)
  • General Insurance Corp. of India (Invt Port)(0.4%)
  • Aberdeen Asset Management (Asia) Ltd.(0.4%)
  • Nomura Asset Management Singapore Ltd.(0.4%)
  • Franklin Advisers, Inc.(0.3%)


  • Website:
  • Address: Unilever House, B. D. Sawant Marg, Mumbai, 400099, India
  • Phone: +91.22.39832285

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