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Hindustan Unilever Ltd Research Report - 20th Jul 2016

FMCG | Published on Jul 20th 2016


Hindustan Unilever (HUL)’s performance for 1QFY2017 was slightly below consensus expectations. For the quarter, the company’s top-line grew by 3.6% yoy to `8,128cr while the reported PAT grew ~10% yoy to `1,174cr. Key highlights: For 1QFY2017, HUL’s overall top-line rose by 3.6% yoy to `8,128cr on the back of 4% volume growth. The Soaps & Detergents division posted a 6.8% yoy growth to `2,560cr, driven by healthy volume growth. The Fabric Wash category’s revenue growth came in double digits, largely on the back of strong acceptance of premium products. Further, Household Care (Vim) continued to do well. In the Personal Products segment, HUL grew ~2% yoy due to a challenging environment. Beverages and Packaged Foods reported modest growth of ~5% yoy each. The company posted a weak operating performance for the quarter with the operating profit reporting a growth of 5.3% yoy. Further, the operating profit margin increased by 32bp yoy to 19.6% due to lower material costs & ad spend. On the bottom-line front, the company reported a net profit growth of ~10%. Outlook and valuation: We expect HUL to post a ~8% and ~7% CAGR in its topline and bottom-line respectively, over FY2016-18E. At the current market price, the stock is trading at 40.9x its FY2018E earnings. We maintain our Neutral view on the stock.

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