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Executive Summary

Universal Corporation supplies leaf tobacco products worldwide. More Details

Snowflake Analysis

Adequate balance sheet average dividend payer.

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Share Price & News

How has Universal's share price performed over time and what events caused price changes?

Latest Share Price and Events

Stable Share Price: UVV is less volatile than 75% of US stocks over the past 3 months, typically moving +/- 5% a week.

Volatility Over Time: UVV's weekly volatility (5%) has been stable over the past year.

Market Performance

7 Day Return




US Tobacco


US Market

1 Year Return




US Tobacco


US Market

Return vs Industry: UVV exceeded the US Tobacco industry which returned -15.9% over the past year.

Return vs Market: UVV underperformed the US Market which returned 23.8% over the past year.

Shareholder returns

7 Day-6.8%1.4%2.3%
30 Day0.2%0.3%4.8%
90 Day15.5%7.8%14.5%
1 Year-1.0%-7.4%-8.1%-15.9%26.6%23.8%
3 Year16.5%-1.4%-26.7%-40.2%45.0%35.4%
5 Year13.1%-11.0%-9.1%-31.1%126.2%101.0%

Long-Term Price Volatility Vs. Market

How volatile is Universal's share price compared to the market and industry in the last 5 years?

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Is Universal undervalued compared to its fair value and its price relative to the market?


Undervalued compared to fair value

Share Price vs. Fair Value

Below Fair Value: UVV ($48.71) is trading below our estimate of fair value ($209.43)

Significantly Below Fair Value: UVV is trading below fair value by more than 20%.

Price To Earnings Ratio

PE vs Industry: UVV is poor value based on its PE Ratio (21.4x) compared to the XX Tobacco industry average (13.7x).

PE vs Market: UVV's PE Ratio (21.4x) is in line with the US market.

Price to Earnings Growth Ratio

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

Price to Book Ratio

PB vs Industry: UVV is good value based on its PB Ratio (1x) compared to the US Tobacco industry average (7.4x).

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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?


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?


Historical annual earnings growth

Earnings and Revenue History

Quality Earnings: UVV has high quality earnings.

Growing Profit Margin: UVV's current net profit margins (3.1%) are lower than last year (4.3%).

Past Earnings Growth Analysis

Earnings Trend: UVV's earnings have declined by 0.9% 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 (-37.2%) over the past year, making it difficult to compare to the Tobacco industry average (-3.4%).

Return on Equity

High ROE: UVV's Return on Equity (4.9%) is considered low.

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Financial Health

How is Universal's financial position?

Financial Position Analysis

Short Term Liabilities: UVV's short term assets ($1.6B) exceed its short term liabilities ($408.2M).

Long Term Liabilities: UVV's short term assets ($1.6B) exceed its long term liabilities ($555.3M).

Debt to Equity History and Analysis

Debt Level: UVV's debt to equity ratio (50.2%) is considered high.

Reducing Debt: UVV's debt to equity ratio has increased from 33.3% to 50.2% over the past 5 years.

Debt Coverage: UVV's debt is well covered by operating cash flow (21.9%).

Interest Coverage: UVV's interest payments on its debt are well covered by EBIT (5x coverage).

Balance Sheet

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


Current Dividend Yield

Dividend Yield vs Market

Notable Dividend: UVV's dividend (6.32%) is higher than the bottom 25% of dividend payers in the US market (1.38%).

High Dividend: UVV's dividend (6.32%) is in the top 25% of dividend payers in the US market (3.86%)

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.

Current Payout to Shareholders

Dividend Coverage: With its high payout ratio (134.4%), UVV's dividend payments are not well covered by earnings.

Future Payout to Shareholders

Future Dividend Coverage: Insufficient data to determine if a dividend will be paid in 3 years and that it will be covered by earnings.

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


Average management tenure


George Freeman (57 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 ($USD4.57M) is above average for companies of similar size in the US market ($USD2.40M).

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

Leadership Team

George Freeman
$ 7.4m
Johan Kroner
Senior VP & CFO2.33yrsUS$1.35m0.0044%
$ 52.4k
Airton Hentschke
COO & Senior VP5.75yrsUS$2.11m0.32%
$ 3.8m
Preston Wigner
VP, General Counsel & Secretary15.17yrsUS$1.32m0.12%
$ 1.4m
Theodore Broome
Executive VP & Sales Director of Universal Leaf Tobacco Company Incno dataUS$1.38m0.083%
$ 994.0k
Harvard Smith
VP & Chief Compliance Officerno datano datano data
Candace Formacek
VP & Treasurer8.75yrsno data0.046%
$ 550.1k
Scott Bleicher
VP & Controller1.58yrsno data0.0037%
$ 44.4k
James Huffman
Senior Vice President of Information & Planning - Universal Leaf Tobacco Company13.42yrsno data0.031%
$ 369.8k
Catherine Claiborne
VP & Assistant Secretary20yrsno data0.0058%
$ 69.0k


Average Tenure


Average Age

Experienced Management: UVV's management team is seasoned and experienced (10.8 years average tenure).

Board Members

George Freeman
$ 7.4m
Thomas Johnson
Lead Independent Director0.42yrUS$167.01k0.070%
$ 832.4k
Henry Harrell
Chairman Emeritusno dataUS$1.82mno data
Allen King
Chairman Emeritusno dataUS$117.00kno data
Robert Sledd
Independent Director11.42yrsUS$175.35k0.042%
$ 506.8k
Lennart Freeman
Independent Director7.42yrsUS$170.35k0.030%
$ 359.9k
Thomas Tullidge
Independent Director2.42yrsUS$170.35k0.0041%
$ 48.7k
Diana Cantor
Independent Director9yrsUS$170.35k0.037%
$ 444.8k
Michael Lawton
Independent Director4.42yrsUS$177.01k0.017%
$ 199.5k
Jacqueline Williams
Independent Director0.75yrno datano data


Average Tenure


Average Age

Experienced Board: UVV's board of directors are considered experienced (5.9 years average tenure).


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

Insider Trading Volume

Insider Buying: Insufficient data to determine if insiders have bought more shares than they have sold in the past 3 months.

Ownership Breakdown

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

Top Shareholders

Company Information

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

Key Information

  • Name: Universal Corporation
  • Ticker: UVV
  • Exchange: NYSE
  • Founded: 1886
  • Industry: Tobacco
  • Sector: Food, Beverage & Tobacco
  • Market Cap: US$1.194b
  • Shares outstanding: 24.51m
  • Website: https://www.universalcorp.com

Number of Employees


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


TickerExchangePrimary SecuritySecurity TypeCountryCurrencyListed on
UVVNYSE (New York Stock Exchange)YesCommon StockUSUSDJan 1968
UVVDB (Deutsche Boerse AG)YesCommon StockDEEURJan 1968
0LJDLSE (London Stock Exchange)YesCommon StockGBUSDJan 1968


Universal Corporation supplies leaf tobacco products worldwide. The company operates through North America, South America, Africa, Europe, Asia, Dark Air-Cured, Oriental, and Special Services segments. It ...

Company Analysis and Financial Data Status

All financial data provided by Standard & Poor's Capital IQ.
DataLast Updated (UTC time)
Company Analysis2021/01/24 00:10
End of Day Share Price2021/01/22 00:00
Annual Earnings2020/03/31

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.