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CONSUMER PRODUCTS & SERVICES
unilever.com

Investments

8

Portfolio Exits

7

Funds

1

Partners & Customers

10

About Unilever

Unilever (UL: NYSE) offers products that range from nutritionally balanced foods to indulgent ice creams, affordable soaps, luxurious shampoos, and everyday household care products. It produces brands such as Lipton, Knorr, Dove, Axe, Hellmann's, and Omo, alongside names such as Blue Band, Pureit, and Suave. The company was founded in 1871 and is based in London, U.K.

Headquarters Location

Unilever House 100 Victoria Embankment

London, England, EC4Y 0DY,

United Kingdom

+44 20 7822 5252

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Unilever considers exiting US$968M Russian business as pressure from critics mounts

Feb 13, 2023

RUSSIA – UK multinational consumer goods giant Unilever has announced that it may have to stop doing business in Russia, which may lead to it taking a loss or having to write down its assets in the country. Unilever stopped the importation and exportation of goods in and out of Russia in March last year, becoming the first major European food company to do so on account of the war between Russia and Ukraine. The company had also said it would stop all investments in the Russian business as well as stop all media and advertising expenses saying that its Ukrainian operations had also stopped. However, it continued to supply its products made in Russia saying it would not take any profit from those sales. Unilever operates in four factories in Russia, one in St Petersburg, and others in Tula, Omsk and Yekaterinburg. These sites together produce the company’s famous ice cream brands, mayonnaise, cleaning products, tea, cooking sauces, deodorants and soaps. A US$968M business The Russian business makes up assets worth about EUR900 million (US$968.58M) which contributed about 1.4% of the company’s total turnover and 2% of its net profit. Unilever condemned Russia for invading Ukraine but insisted to continue to supply what it termed “everyday essential food and hygiene products” to the Russian people. The Ukrainian government accuses firms that continue to operate in Russia of taking “blood money”. “I don’t agree,” said Alan Jope, Unilever CEO. “Our primary responsibility is to our 3,000 people whom we have on the ground” In the most recent development, the company announced that it will “continue to review and disclose the financial implications from the conflict.” The CEO communicated that the company had not started writing down the business but flagged the risk on Thursday because it wanted to be transparent with shareholders and regulators. Simple abandonment benefits Russia “I hope we can protect the people we have on the ground for quite some time. The war has triggered inflation in Russia, which is the scourge of an economy. And the volumes in our Russian business are down significantly, by double digits,” Alan Jope said on a media call. “The option that we’re following right now is the one that contributes the least to the Russian economy (in terms of taxes). Simple abandonment would definitely result in more contribution to the Russian economy,” he added. According to an analysis by the Yale Management School, more than 1,200 global companies have exited Russia entirely since February last year. “Exiting is not straightforward. And just to be clear, we are not trying to protect the commercial value of our business in Russia,” said Alan Jope. Yale’s research found that a series of other firms have also not stopped their business in Russia. These include Nestlé, Proctor and Gamble, Hilton, Subway, Kraft Heinz , Mondelez , and Accor among others. For all the latest food industry news from Africa and the World, subscribe to our  NEWSLETTER , follow us on  Twitter  and  LinkedIn , like us on  Facebook  and subscribe to our  YouTube  channel.

Unilever Investments

8 Investments

Unilever has made 8 investments. Their latest investment was in ZimmerLab as part of their Corporate Minority on December 12, 2021.

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Unilever Investments Activity

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Date

Round

Company

Amount

New?

Co-Investors

Sources

12/10/2021

Corporate Minority

ZimmerLab

Yes

1

10/6/2021

Seed VC

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$99M

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10

4/16/2019

Convertible Note

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9/24/2018

Corporate Minority

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5/11/2017

Biz Plan Competition

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$99M

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Date

12/10/2021

10/6/2021

4/16/2019

9/24/2018

5/11/2017

Round

Corporate Minority

Seed VC

Convertible Note

Corporate Minority

Biz Plan Competition

Company

ZimmerLab

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Amount

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New?

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Co-Investors

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Unilever Portfolio Exits

7 Portfolio Exits

Unilever has 7 portfolio exits. Their latest portfolio exit was Unilever - ekaterra Division on November 18, 2021.

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Exit

Companies

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Acquirer

Sources

11/18/2021

Divestiture

Unilever - ekaterra Division

$99M

1

11/18/2021

Divestiture

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10

7/30/2020

Divestiture

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10

6/1/2016

Acquired - II

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$99M

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10

7/10/2014

Acq - Fin

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Date

11/18/2021

11/18/2021

7/30/2020

6/1/2016

7/10/2014

Exit

Divestiture

Divestiture

Divestiture

Acquired - II

Acq - Fin

Companies

Unilever - ekaterra Division

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Valuation

$99M

$99M

$99M

$99M

$99M

Acquirer

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Unilever Acquisitions

52 Acquisitions

Unilever acquired 52 companies. Their latest acquisition was Schmidt’s on September 08, 2022.

Date

Investment Stage

Companies

Valuation
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Total Funding

Note

Sources

9/8/2022

$99M

Acquired

1

5/31/2022

Series B

$99M

$36.33M

Corporate Majority

1

6/14/2021

Private Equity

$99M

Acquired

16

4/26/2021

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2/10/2021

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Date

9/8/2022

5/31/2022

6/14/2021

4/26/2021

2/10/2021

Investment Stage

Series B

Private Equity

Companies

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Valuation

$99M

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$99M

Total Funding

$36.33M

Note

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Corporate Majority

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Unilever Fund History

1 Fund History

Unilever has 1 fund, including Climate and Nature Fund.

Closing Date

Fund

Fund Type

Status

Amount

Sources

6/14/2020

Climate and Nature Fund

$1,125.88M

Closing Date

6/14/2020

Fund

Climate and Nature Fund

Fund Type

Status

Amount

$1,125.88M

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Unilever Partners & Customers

10 Partners and customers

Unilever has 10 strategic partners and customers. Unilever recently partnered with Scrub Daddy on January 1, 2023.

Date

Type

Business Partner

Country

News Snippet

Sources

1/25/2023

Partner

United States

17:36 ET Scrub Daddy Inc. to partner with Unilever on co-creating innovative cleaning products, partnership to appear on ABC's S...

The partnership between Scrub Daddy , Inc. and Unilever entails the creation , marketing and distribution of co-branded products which gives homemakers the convenience of Scrub Daddy , Inc. 's cleaning products along with Cif ' superior cleaning products .

3

1/19/2023

Partner

Switzerland

Gavi, Unilever Lifebuoy and The Power of Nutrition join forces in tripartite immunisation, handwashing and nutrition programme to tackle preventable diseases - The Power of Nutrition

The new programme will build upon lessons learned from the successful Safal Shuruaat partnership between Gavi and Unilever in rural India , which raised awareness and drove behaviour change among parents towards hygiene and early childhood vaccination .

1

1/19/2023

Partner

, and Switzerland

Gavi, Unilever Lifebuoy and The Power of Nutrition join forces in tripartite immunisation, handwashing and nutrition programme to tackle preventable diseases - The Power of Nutrition

The new programme will build upon lessons learned from the successful Safal Shuruaat partnership between Gavi and Unilever in rural India , which raised awareness and drove behaviour change among parents towards hygiene and early childhood vaccination .

2

1/6/2023

Partner

United States

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12/21/2022

Partner

Denmark

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Date

1/25/2023

1/19/2023

1/19/2023

1/6/2023

12/21/2022

Type

Partner

Partner

Partner

Partner

Partner

Business Partner

Country

United States

Switzerland

, and Switzerland

United States

Denmark

News Snippet

17:36 ET Scrub Daddy Inc. to partner with Unilever on co-creating innovative cleaning products, partnership to appear on ABC's S...

The partnership between Scrub Daddy , Inc. and Unilever entails the creation , marketing and distribution of co-branded products which gives homemakers the convenience of Scrub Daddy , Inc. 's cleaning products along with Cif ' superior cleaning products .

Gavi, Unilever Lifebuoy and The Power of Nutrition join forces in tripartite immunisation, handwashing and nutrition programme to tackle preventable diseases - The Power of Nutrition

The new programme will build upon lessons learned from the successful Safal Shuruaat partnership between Gavi and Unilever in rural India , which raised awareness and drove behaviour change among parents towards hygiene and early childhood vaccination .

Gavi, Unilever Lifebuoy and The Power of Nutrition join forces in tripartite immunisation, handwashing and nutrition programme to tackle preventable diseases - The Power of Nutrition

The new programme will build upon lessons learned from the successful Safal Shuruaat partnership between Gavi and Unilever in rural India , which raised awareness and drove behaviour change among parents towards hygiene and early childhood vaccination .

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Unilever Team

112 Team Members

Unilever has 112 team members, including current President, Hanneke Faber.

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Work History

Title

Status

Hanneke Faber

President

Current

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