Unilever NV (NYSE: UN) and Nautilus Group, Inc. (The) (NYSE:NLS) are both consumer staples companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, profitability, earnings, risk, institutional ownership and analyst recommendations.

Dividends

Unilever NV pays an annual dividend of $1.41 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.4%. Nautilus Group, Inc. (The) does not pay a dividend.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

9.0% of Unilever NV shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 97.5% of Nautilus Group, Inc. (The) shares are held by institutional investors. 3.7% of Nautilus Group, Inc. (The) shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Unilever NV and Nautilus Group, Inc. (The)’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Unilever NV $65.08 billion 2.55 $11.63 billion N/A N/A
Nautilus Group, Inc. (The) $396.86 million 1.31 $52.78 million $0.92 18.37

Unilever NV has higher revenue and earnings than Nautilus Group, Inc. (The).

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Unilever NV and Nautilus Group, Inc. (The), as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Unilever NV 1 2 3 0 2.33
Nautilus Group, Inc. (The) 0 0 6 0 3.00

Nautilus Group, Inc. (The) has a consensus price target of $22.67, suggesting a potential upside of 34.12%. Given Nautilus Group, Inc. (The)’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Nautilus Group, Inc. (The) is more favorable than Unilever NV.

Profitability

This table compares Unilever NV and Nautilus Group, Inc. (The)’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Unilever NV N/A N/A N/A
Nautilus Group, Inc. (The) 7.25% 17.22% 8.93%

Volatility and Risk

Unilever NV has a beta of 0.9, suggesting that its stock price is 10% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Nautilus Group, Inc. (The) has a beta of 2.15, suggesting that its stock price is 115% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Nautilus Group, Inc. (The) beats Unilever NV on 9 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Unilever NV Company Profile

Unilever N.V. is a fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) company. The Company’s segments include Personal Care, which primarily includes sales of skin care and hair care products, deodorants and oral care products; Foods, which primarily includes sales of soups, bouillons, sauces, snacks, mayonnaise, salad dressings, margarines and spreads; Home Care, which primarily includes sales of home care products, such as powders, liquids and capsules, soap bars and a range of cleaning products, and Refreshment, which primarily includes sales of ice cream and tea-based beverages. The Company’s geographical segments include Asia/AMET/RUB, The Americas and Europe. Its brands include Axe, Dirt is Good (Omo), Dove, Family Goodness (Rama), Heartbrand (Wall’s), Hellmann’s, Knorr, Lipton, Lux, Magnum, Rexona, Sunsilk and Surf. The Company operates in more than 100 countries, selling its products in more than 190 countries. The Company operates approximately 310 factories in over 70 countries.

Nautilus Group, Inc. (The) Company Profile

Nautilus, Inc. is a consumer fitness products company. The Company operates through two segments: Direct and Retail. Its principal business activities include designing, developing, sourcing and marketing of cardio and strength fitness products and related accessories for consumer use, primarily in the United States and Canada, but also in international markets outside North America. The Direct business offers products directly to consumers through television advertising, catalogs and the Internet. In its Direct business, the Company markets and sells its products, principally Bowflex cardio and strength products, directly to consumers. The Retail business offers its products through a network of independent retail companies and specialty retailers with stores and Websites located in the United States and internationally. In its Retail business, the Company markets and sells a line of consumer fitness equipment under the Nautilus, Octane Fitness, Schwinn, Universal and Bowflex brands.

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