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Universal NYSE:UVV Stock Report

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26 Jun, 2022


Company Financials
UVV fundamental analysis
Snowflake Score
Future Growth0/6
Past Performance2/6
Financial Health3/6

UVV Stock Overview

Universal Corporation processes and supplies leaf tobacco and plant-based ingredients worldwide.

Universal Competitors

Price History & Performance

Summary of all time highs, changes and price drops for Universal
Historical stock prices
Current Share PriceUS$59.47
52 Week HighUS$64.13
52 Week LowUS$46.24
1 Month Change-6.30%
3 Month Change4.13%
1 Year Change6.05%
3 Year Change-2.14%
5 Year Change-8.08%
Change since IPO230.39%

Recent News & Updates

May 30
Estimating The Fair Value Of Universal Corporation (NYSE:UVV)

Estimating The Fair Value Of Universal Corporation (NYSE:UVV)

Does the May share price for Universal Corporation ( NYSE:UVV ) reflect what it's really worth? Today, we will estimate...

Shareholder Returns

UVVUS TobaccoUS Market

Return vs Industry: UVV exceeded the US Tobacco industry which returned -65.3% over the past year.

Return vs Market: UVV exceeded the US Market which returned -18.4% over the past year.

Price Volatility

Is UVV's price volatile compared to industry and market?
UVV volatility
UVV Average Weekly Movement3.7%
Tobacco Industry Average Movement12.9%
Market Average Movement8.1%
10% most volatile stocks in US Market16.6%
10% least volatile stocks in US Market3.2%

Stable Share Price: UVV is less volatile than 75% of US stocks over the past 3 months, typically moving +/- 4% a week.

Volatility Over Time: UVV's weekly volatility (4%) has been stable over the past year.

About the Company

188611,250George Freeman

Universal Corporation processes and supplies leaf tobacco and plant-based ingredients worldwide. The company operates through two segments, Tobacco Operations and Ingredients Operations. It is involved in the procuring, financing, processing, packing, storing, and shipping leaf tobacco for sale to manufacturers of consumer tobacco products.

Universal Fundamentals Summary

How do Universal's earnings and revenue compare to its market cap?
UVV fundamental statistics
Market CapUS$1.46b
Earnings (TTM)US$86.58m
Revenue (TTM)US$2.10b


P/E Ratio


P/S Ratio

Earnings & Revenue

Key profitability statistics from the latest earnings report
UVV income statement (TTM)
Cost of RevenueUS$1.68b
Gross ProfitUS$422.22m
Other ExpensesUS$335.64m

Last Reported Earnings

Mar 31, 2022

Next Earnings Date


Earnings per share (EPS)3.53
Gross Margin20.07%
Net Profit Margin4.12%
Debt/Equity Ratio50.7%

How did UVV perform over the long term?

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Current Dividend Yield


Payout Ratio

Does UVV pay a reliable dividends?

See UVV dividend history and benchmarks
When do you need to buy UVV by to receive an upcoming dividend?
Universal dividend dates
Ex Dividend DateJul 08 2022
Dividend Pay DateAug 01 2022
Days until Ex dividend10 days
Days until Dividend pay date34 days

Does UVV pay a reliable dividends?

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We’ve recently updated our valuation analysis.


Is UVV undervalued compared to its fair value, analyst forecasts and its price relative to the market?

Valuation Score


Valuation Score 1/6

  • Price-To-Earnings vs Peers

  • Price-To-Earnings vs Industry

  • Price-To-Earnings vs Fair Ratio

  • Below Fair Value

  • Significantly Below Fair Value

  • PEG Ratio

Key Valuation Metric

Which metric is best to use when looking at relative valuation for UVV?

Other financial metrics that can be useful for relative valuation.

UVV key valuation metrics and ratios. From Price to Earnings, Price to Sales and Price to Book to Price to Earnings Growth Ratio, Enterprise Value and EBITDA.
Key Statistics
Enterprise Value/Revenue1x
Enterprise Value/EBITDA9.6x
PEG Ration/a

Price to Earnings Ratio vs Peers

How does UVV's PE Ratio compare to its peers?

UVV PE Ratio vs Peers
The above table shows the PE ratio for UVV vs its peers. Here we also display the market cap and forecasted growth for additional consideration.
CompanyPEEstimated GrowthMarket Cap
Peer Average13.9x
VGR Vector Group
RLX RLX Technology
TPB Turning Point Brands
MO Altria Group
UVV Universal

Price-To-Earnings vs Peers: UVV is expensive based on its Price-To-Earnings Ratio (16.9x) compared to the peer average (13.9x).

Price to Earnings Ratio vs Industry

How does UVV's PE Ratio compare vs other companies in the Global Tobacco Industry?

Price-To-Earnings vs Industry: UVV is expensive based on its Price-To-Earnings Ratio (16.9x) compared to the Global Tobacco industry average (12.2x)

Price to Earnings Ratio vs Fair Ratio

What is UVV's PE Ratio compared to its Fair PE Ratio? This is the expected PE Ratio taking into account the company's forecast earnings growth, profit margins and other risk factors.

UVV PE Ratio vs Fair Ratio.
Fair Ratio
Current PE Ratio16.9x
Fair PE Ration/a

Price-To-Earnings vs Fair Ratio: Insufficient data to calculate UVV's Price-To-Earnings Fair Ratio for valuation analysis.

Share Price vs Fair Value

What is the Fair Price of UVV when looking at its future cash flows? For this estimate we use a Discounted Cash Flow model.

Below Fair Value: UVV ($59.47) is trading below our estimate of fair value ($70.14)

Significantly Below Fair Value: UVV is trading below fair value, but not by a significant amount.

Price to Earnings Growth Ratio

PEG Ratio: Insufficient data to calculate UVV's PEG Ratio to determine if it is good value.

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Future Growth

How is Universal forecast to perform in the next 1 to 3 years based on estimates from 0 analysts?

Future Growth Score


Future Growth Score 0/6

  • Earnings vs Savings Rate

  • Earnings vs Market

  • High Growth Earnings

  • Revenue vs Market

  • High Growth Revenue

  • Future ROE


Forecasted Food, Beverage & Tobacco industry annual growth in earnings

In this section we usually present revenue and earnings growth projections based on the consensus estimates of professional analysts to help investors understand the company’s ability to generate profit. But as Universal has not provided enough past data and has no analyst forecast, its future earnings cannot be reliably calculated by extrapolating past data or using analyst predictions.

This is quite a rare situation as 97% of companies covered by SimplyWall St do have past financial data.

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Past Performance

How has Universal performed over the past 5 years?

Past Performance Score


Past Performance Score 2/6

  • Quality Earnings

  • Growing Profit Margin

  • Earnings Trend

  • Accelerating Growth

  • Earnings vs Industry

  • High ROE


Historical annual earnings growth

Earnings and Revenue History

Quality Earnings: UVV has high quality earnings.

Growing Profit Margin: UVV's current net profit margins (4.1%) are lower than last year (4.4%).

Past Earnings Growth Analysis

Earnings Trend: UVV's earnings have grown by 8.7% per year over the past 5 years.

Accelerating Growth: UVV's has had negative earnings growth over the past year, so it can't be compared to its 5-year average.

Earnings vs Industry: UVV had negative earnings growth (-1%) over the past year, making it difficult to compare to the Tobacco industry average (6.9%).

Return on Equity

High ROE: UVV's Return on Equity (7.5%) is considered low.

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Financial Health

How is Universal's financial position?

Financial Health Score


Financial Health Score 3/6

  • Short Term Liabilities

  • Long Term Liabilities

  • Debt Level

  • Reducing Debt

  • Debt Coverage

  • Interest Coverage

Financial Position Analysis

Short Term Liabilities: UVV's short term assets ($1.7B) exceed its short term liabilities ($518.7M).

Long Term Liabilities: UVV's short term assets ($1.7B) exceed its long term liabilities ($682.9M).

Debt to Equity History and Analysis

Debt Level: UVV's net debt to equity ratio (44.8%) is considered high.

Reducing Debt: UVV's debt to equity ratio has increased from 32.2% to 50.7% over the past 5 years.

Debt Coverage: UVV's debt is not well covered by operating cash flow (6.4%).

Interest Coverage: UVV's interest payments on its debt are well covered by EBIT (6.4x coverage).

Balance Sheet

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What is Universal current dividend yield, its reliability and sustainability?

Dividend Score


Dividend Score 5/6

  • Notable Dividend

  • High Dividend

  • Stable Dividend

  • Growing Dividend

  • Earnings Coverage

  • Future Dividend Coverage


Current Dividend Yield

Upcoming Dividend Payment

TodayJun 27 2022Ex Dividend DateJul 08 2022Dividend Pay DateAug 01 202224 days from Ex DividendBuy in the next 10 days to receive the upcoming dividend

Dividend Yield vs Market

Notable Dividend: UVV's dividend (5.31%) is higher than the bottom 25% of dividend payers in the US market (1.57%).

High Dividend: UVV's dividend (5.31%) is in the top 25% of dividend payers in the US market (4.24%)

Stability and Growth of Payments

Stable Dividend: UVV's dividends per share have been stable in the past 10 years.

Growing Dividend: UVV's dividend payments have increased over the past 10 years.

Earnings Payout to Shareholders

Earnings Coverage: At its current payout ratio (89.2%), UVV's payments are covered by earnings.

Cash Payout to Shareholders

Cash Flow Coverage: UVV is paying a dividend but the company has no free cash flows.

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How experienced are the management team and are they aligned to shareholders interests?


Average management tenure


George Freeman (58 yo)





Mr. George C. Freeman, III, has been Chairman of Universal Corporation since August 5, 2008. Mr. Freeman has been Chief Executive Officer of Universal Corporation since April 1, 2008. Mr. Freeman has been...

CEO Compensation Analysis

Compensation vs Market: George's total compensation ($USD5.17M) is about average for companies of similar size in the US market ($USD5.47M).

Compensation vs Earnings: George's compensation has been consistent with company performance over the past year.

Leadership Team

Experienced Management: UVV's management team is seasoned and experienced (12.5 years average tenure).

Board Members

Experienced Board: UVV's board of directors are considered experienced (9.6 years average tenure).


Who are the major shareholders and have insiders been buying or selling?

Insider Trading Volume

Insider Buying: UVV insiders have only sold shares in the past 3 months.

Recent Insider Transactions

Ownership Breakdown

Dilution of Shares: Shareholders have not been meaningfully diluted in the past year.

Top Shareholders

Company Information

Universal Corporation's employee growth, exchange listings and data sources

Key Information

  • Name: Universal Corporation
  • Ticker: UVV
  • Exchange: NYSE
  • Founded: 1886
  • Industry: Tobacco
  • Sector: Food, Beverage & Tobacco
  • Implied Market Cap: US$1.460b
  • Shares outstanding: 24.56m
  • Website:

Number of Employees


  • Universal Corporation
  • 9201 Forest Hill Avenue
  • Richmond
  • Virginia
  • 23235
  • United States


Company Analysis and Financial Data Status

All financial data provided by Standard & Poor's Capital IQ.
DataLast Updated (UTC time)
Company Analysis2022/06/26 00:00
End of Day Share Price2022/06/24 00:00
Annual Earnings2022/03/31

Unless specified all financial data is based on a yearly period but updated quarterly. This is known as Trailing Twelve Month (TTM) or Last Twelve Month (LTM) Data. Learn more here.