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Hindustan Unilever: A burden of high expectations and unflattering delivery

One could blame it on COVID-19, but HUL’s performance shows slow growth and strain on the profitability front, too. Does its strategy require a complete overhaul?

July 23, 2021 / 12:23 PM IST
Hindustan Unilever: A burden of high expectations and unflattering delivery

Hindustan Unilever (HUL) takes home nearly a fourth of its sales as operating profit and that’s a great achievement. But investors don’t give it a valuation of 70 times price to earnings for this alone. They also want the company to keep growing its consumer business, in volume and value terms, add new growth lines and basically be on top of the Indian consumer growth story. Its June quarter results show this is not proving to be an easy...

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