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Shareholding Info
  • Promoters
    61.9 %
  • Foreign institutions-FII
    14.48 %
  • Other domestic institutions
    6.97 %
  • Retail and other
    12.1 %
  • Mutual Funds
    4.55 %

Company Overview

Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL) is a diversified FMCG (fast-moving consumer goods) company based in Mumbai. HUL is a subsidiary of Unilever, a UK conglomerate.
HUL began as the Hindustan Vanaspati Manufacturing Company in 1931. When the company was incorporated on 17th October 1933, its legal name was Lever Brothers India Limited. In 1956. Several member groups merged and Hindustan Lever Limited was formed. In June 2007, the company changed its name to Hindustan Unilever Limited.
HUL’s offerings include food items, drinks, household cleaners, cosmetics, water purifiers and other FMCG items.
Two out of three Indians are affected by the brands owned by HUL, which are spread across 20 different consumer categories. Their variety of products makes this company the household brand for most Indian homes.

Company Journey

Over the course of its growth, HUL has experienced several milestones. The following are some of the recent milestones in HUL's journey:
  • 2016
    • 6 HUL brands—Brooke Bond, Wheel, Lifebuoy, Rin and Fair & Lovely—pass the ₹2,000 crore sales threshold. In the same year, Surf Excel exceeds the ₹3,000 crore threshold.
  • 2018
    • HUL enter into a deal with Vijaykant Dairy and Food Products Limited (VDFPL) and its group company to purchase their ice cream and frozen desserts business, including the front-end distribution network across regions and its flagship brand 'Adityaa Milk'.
  • 2020
    • VWash acquired HUL in an effort to access the market, which is still under-served but is expanding rather quickly.
    • VWash is the industry leader in the female intimate hygiene category.
    • HUL and GSK (GlaxoSmithKline) Consumer Healthcare merge.
    • Horlicks and Boost, two well-known health food and beverage brands, were added to HUL's portfolio of foods and refreshments, making it the country's largest Food and Refreshment (F&R) company by 2020.
  • 2021-2022
    • For the fiscal year 2021–2022, HUL's revenue exceeds the ₹50,000 crore mark in 2022.

Business Highlights

HUL principally operates in four business segments: home care, foods, personal care and beverages.

Products that fall within the personal product category include talcum powder, colour cosmetics, hair care, oral care, and skin care (apart from soap) products. Detergents and soaps include scourers, detergent powders and detergent bars.

Foods include everyday items like salt, flour, and bread, and culinary creations like tomato-based products, fruit-based products and soups. Tea and coffee are among the beverages. Ice creams and frozen desserts are examples of HUL's dessert offerings.

Leading household brands offered by HUL in its product lineup include:

  • Lux
  • Lifebuoy
  • Rin
  • Surf Excel
  • Wheel
  • Pond's
  • Vaseline
  • Fair & Lovely
  • Lakme
  • Dove
  • Sunsilk
  • Clinic Plus
  • Closeup
  • Pepsodent
  • Axe
  • Brooke Bond
  • Bru
  • Kwality Wall's
  • Knorr
  • Kissan and
  • Pureit.
HULs portfolio included over 50 product brands across 14 categories as of 2019.

Presently, the company employs over 21,000 people. Its FY (fiscal year) that concluded in March 2022 saw sales of ₹52,446 crore.

Performance highlights

  • HUL has a market capitalisation of ₹5,77,000 crore as of 2022.
  • HUL stock price CAGR (Compound Annual Growth Rate) from 2019 to 2022 has been reported at 6%
  • The compounded profit growth from 2019 to 2022 stood at 13%
  • HUL's operating profit has increased from ₹8,880 crore in the FY 2019 to ₹12,857 crore in the FY ending in March 2022.
  • Operating profit margins decreased, dropping from 24.2% in FY21 to 24.4% in FY22.
  • In FY 2021–22, HUL earned a net profit of ₹8,892 crore, compared to ₹7,999 crore in the FY 2020-2021.
  • HUL's compounded sales growth from 2019 to 2022 is 10%.
  • HUL share price return from 2019 to 2022 duration is 19.38%.
  • HUL is a part of the following major indices and more:
    • Sensex
    • BSE-200
    • BSE-100
    • CNX Midcap
    • S&P CNX 500
    • CNX FMCG
  • Promoters own 61.90% of the company's shares as of the quarter that ended in September 2022.
  • Mutual Funds boosted their holdings from 3.64% to 3.71% in the third quarter of 2022.
  • Some mutual funds that hold HUL stock are:
    • SBI Nifty 50 ETF
    • SBI S&P BSE Sensex ETF
    • Mirae Asset Large Cap Fund-Reg(G)
    • UTI S&P BSE Sensex ETF
    • Axis Bluechip Fund-Reg(G)
    • ICICI Pru Balanced Advantage Fund(G)
  • HUL had an EBITDA (Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortisation) margin of 23.47% for the quarter that ended in September 2022.
  • The EBITDA margin fell from 25.09% in FY 2021 to 24.92% in FY 2022.
  • HUL had an ROE (Return On Equity) of 18.1% and a ROCE (Return On Capital Expenditure) of 24.4% for the financial year that ended in March 2022.
  • Return on Assets percentage for the period of the financial year that ended in March 2022, stood at 12.8%


The members of HUL's executive management are as follows:
  • Chairman: Ashok Shekhar Ganguly
  • Chair and Managing Director: Sanjiv Mehta
  • CFO: Ritesh Tiwari

Investor Relations Contact

Tel: +91 (0) 022 5043 3084

Industry Overview

HUL is India's largest FMCG corporation.

Below is a list of some of HUL's competitors, along with their market capitalisations.
  • ITC: ₹4,26,000 crore
  • Dabur: ₹97,261 crore
  • Marico: ₹63,607 crore
  • P&G: ₹45,327 crore
  • Emami: ₹19,261 crore
The FMCG sector is India's fourth largest in its economy. It is growing strong in recent years as a result of a rising disposable income, rising consumer brand awareness and a growing youth population.

The FMCG industry in India is a significant contributor to the country's GDP, with household and personal care products making up about 50% of all sales.

In India, the FMCG industry is anticipated to grow at a CAGR (compound annual growth rate) of 14.9% from 2020 to 2025, when it is projected to reach almost ₹18 lakh crore from ₹9 lakh crore.

Risks and concerns

Every industry has its constraints, and the FMCG industry is privy to this. The main constraints facing the FMCG industry are:

Small Margins

There are only a few products that have a chance of bringing in better margins because of the fierce industry competition. Customers will switch to similar products from other companies if the given product prices are higher than industry standards. Because of the small margins, it is difficult to increase sales and revenue for companies like HUL.

High Price

On account of advertising and promotion, FMCG products typically cost more. Such practices receive a sizable share of sales and the annual budget. When attempting to capture larger market shares, a company may need to provide certain deals, promotions, or discounts. The consumer's short-term sentiments are affected by this.


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