Head-To-Head Review: Unilever (UL) versus Symrise (OTCMKTS:SYIEY)

Symrise (OTCMKTS: SYIEY) and Unilever (NYSE:UL) are both consumer staples companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability, institutional ownership, dividends and valuation.

Analyst Ratings

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This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Symrise and Unilever, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Symrise 0 1 1 0 2.50
Unilever 1 4 0 0 1.80

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Symrise and Unilever’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Symrise $3.38 billion N/A $305.48 million N/A N/A
Unilever $60.68 billion 1.13 $6.84 billion $2.53 22.03

Unilever has higher revenue and earnings than Symrise.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

6.7% of Unilever shares are held by institutional investors. 1.0% of Unilever shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.


Unilever pays an annual dividend of $1.76 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.2%. Symrise does not pay a dividend. Unilever pays out 69.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Unilever has raised its dividend for 2 consecutive years.


This table compares Symrise and Unilever’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Symrise N/A N/A N/A
Unilever N/A N/A N/A


Unilever beats Symrise on 6 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Symrise

Symrise AG develops, produces, and sells fragrances, flavorings, and cosmetic ingredients. It operates through three segments: Scent & Care, Flavor, and Nutrition. The Scent & Care segment develops, produces, and sells fragrance ingredients and compositions, cosmetic ingredients, and mint flours, as well as specific application processes for such substances. This segment's products are used by manufacturer of perfumes, personal care and cosmetic products, cleaning products, detergents, air fresheners, and oral care products. The Flavor segment develops, produces, and sells flavors and functional ingredients used in the production of foods, beverages, and health products. The Nutrition segments develops, produces, and sells functional ingredients and other solutions for use in foods, beverages, pet foods, aquacultures, and cosmetics. It operates in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, North America, the Asia Pacific, and Latin America. Symrise AG was founded in 1874 and is headquartered in Holzminden, Germany.

About Unilever

Unilever PLC operates in the fast-moving consumer goods industry worldwide. It operates through Personal Care, Home Care, Foods, and Refreshment segments. The Personal Care segment offers skin care and hair care products, deodorants, and oral care products. The Home Care segment provides home care products, including powders, liquids and capsules, soap bars, and various cleaning products. The Foods segment offers soups, bouillons, sauces, snacks, mayonnaise, salad dressings, and margarines and spreads. The Refreshment segment provides ice creams and tea-based beverages. The company was founded in 1885 and is headquartered in London, the United Kingdom.

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