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Hindustan Unilever: Can the elephant dance like a Pro?

Going forward, challenges cited by HUL are uncertain growth outlook for urban areas, inflationary pressure and subdued prospects for winter

October 21, 2020 / 09:00 PM IST
Hindustan Unilever: Can the elephant dance like a Pro?

For the entire year 2020-21, HUL reported an 18.38 percent increase in turnover at Rs 45,311 crore.

PRO Only Highlights
Quarterly performance largely backed by improved realisations
Medium-term triggers China plus and protectionist measures for tyre industry
Valuations not inexpensive; but improved medium-term outlook

Highlights -Volume growth of 1 per cent as weak discretionary consumption drags -Integration with GSK’s consumer business helps in margin improvement - Uncertain growth outlook for urban areas a key challenge - Management ready to sacrifice margins for market share gains - Premium valuation likely to sustain; accumulate on declines Hindustan Unilever’s (CMP: Rs 2,172; Market capitalisation: Rs 5,10,347 cr) September quarter results, by and large, reflect the operating backdrop of consumer companies. Input costs remained elevated except for the ones linked to crude oil...

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