10 Best FMCG stocks in India 2022

FMCG stocks are considered defensive stocks in volatile times. This is because the drawdown in share price is lower than those in consumer discretionary companies. So from this perspective, investors can consider stocks in this sector in their portfolio. So let us discuss the top ten FMCG stocks in India.

Best FMCG Stocks in India

Following are the best FMCG stocks in India to consider

Sl NoStock NameMarket Capital
1Hindustan Unilever Limited₹5.15LCr
2Nestle Limited30.23TCr
3Britannia Limited₹81.27TCr
4Dabur India Limited₹88.55TCr
5Marico Limited₹62.64TCr
6Colgate Palmolive India Limited₹40.39TCr
7Godrej Consumer Products Limited₹77.48TCr
8Tata Consumer Products Limited₹66.06TCr
9Emami Limited17.74TCr
10ITC Limited3.25LCr

1. Hindustan Unilever Limited

Hindustan Unilever Limited
Hindustan Unilever Limited

The company is a market leader in 90% of its businesses. Hindustan Unilever Limited is involved in products relating to home care, beauty and personal care, and foods and refreshments segments. The company earned a ROCE of 40% for FY21 and trades at a PE multiple of 57.

2. Nestle Limited

Nestle Limited
Nestle Limited

The company’s portfolio includes chocolate such as Barone, Kitkat, and Munch. It also has cereals such as Nangrow, Ceregrow, and Nescafe range of coffees as well. The company did pose some hurdles when the Indian government banned its cash cow Maggi owing to harmful ingredients found in it.

The company earned a ROCE of 140% for FY21 and trades at a PE of 89.6.

3. Britannia Limited

Britannia Limited
Britannia Limited

The company is a market leader in the biscuits segment, which contributes 90% of the overall revenues. The company owns brands like Bourbon, Little Hearts, Marie Gold, and Milk Bikis. The company derives 5.5% of its revenue from the global markets and is also the second-largest player in the biscuits segment in the UAE.

The company earned a ROCE of 45% for FY21 and trades at a PE of 54.7.

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4. Dabur India Limited

It has products like Amla, Vatika, and Almond hair oil in the haircare space, Dabur Meswak, Dabur Lal Dant Manjan in the oral care space, and Dabur Gulabari in the skincare space, and Real juice in food and beverages.

It is a top Indian FMCG company that deals in consumer care and food products. Their product Chawanprash has a market share of 60% in India. They also have a 40% market share in the honey segment.

The company earned a ROCE of 28% in FY21 and trades at a PE of 52.8.

5. Marico Limited

Marico Limited
Marico Limited

The company commands a market share of 73% in Saffola edible oil, while it has captured 59% of the market with Parachute hair oil. Marico Limited is an Indian fast-moving consumer goods company. The company is widely known for two of its famous brands, namely, Parachute hair oil, and Saffola edible oil.

Going by the popularity of its Saffola brand, the company has introduced certain new products like Saffola masala oats, Saffola oodles, and Saffola honey, under the same brand name.

The company trades at a PE of 53 and earned a ROCE of 44% for FY21.

6. Colgate Palmolive India Limited

Colgate Palmolive India Limited
Colgate Palmolive India Limited

Colgate Palmolive India Limited is engaged in the business of personal care, which includes oral care. When a product becomes so successful that it replaces an entire category, it is known as genericization.

But soon, Patanjali Ayurveda started taking over with its whole range of ayurvedic products, and Colgate’s market share dropped to 51%. But Colgate has since then started fighting hard by launching its new products. The company earned a ROCE of 96% for FY21 and trades at a PE of 36.

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7. Godrej Consumer Products Limited

Godrej Consumer Products Limited
Godrej Consumer Products Limited

The company operates in haircare, homecare, and personal care products. Indian accounts for 54% of its revenues, followed by Indonesia, Africa, and Latin America, which account for 17%, 24%, and 4% of revenues respectively.

What is interesting about this company is that it was started as a lock manufacturing company in 1897. Since then, the company has entered into multiple business segments and is one of India’s top FMCG companies.

The company earned a ROCE of 21% for FY21 and trades at a PE of 43.5.

8. Tata Consumer Products Limited

Tata Consumer Products Limited
Tata Consumer Products Limited

Tata Consumer Products Limited is a leading group company of the flagship Tata Group. The company is the largest tea company in the domestic market and the second-largest tea company in the world with brands such as Tata Tea, Tetley, GoodEarth, and tea pigs. In the foods business, it sells salts, dals, pulses, spices, poha, etc from its brands like Tata Salt; Sampann & Tata Nx.

The company earned a ROCE OF 9% for FY21 and trades at a PE of 79.

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9. Emami Limited

Emami Limited
Emami Limited

Emami Limited is a leading Indian FMCG company engaged in the manufacturing of personal care and healthcare products. It has brands such as Boroplus, Navratna, Fair and Handsome, Zandu Balm, Kesh King, and Zandu pancharishta in its portfolio.

The company was established in 1974 and has a portfolio of 300+ products. It has operations in 60+ countries. It earned a ROCE of 30% for FY21 and trades at a PE of 38.3.

10. ITC Limited

ITC Limited
ITC Limited

Established in 1910, Indian Tobacco Company (ITC) Limited is the country’s largest cigarette manufacturer and seller. The company operates in five business segments which are; FMCG cigarettes, FMCG others, Hotels, Paper and Packaging, and Agribusiness.

For its cigarette business, ITC Limited is a market leader in the organized cigarette space with a market share of over 80%. With the cigarette business forming only about 45% of its overall revenue stream, it takes around 85% of the overall profit before tax of the company.

The company entered into other FMCG categories only three decades ago. However, it has various popular brands in this category. Currently, Aashirvad Atta, Bingo, Sunfeast, and Classmate are leaders in their category. The hotel business contributes only 4% to the company’s topline. Agribusiness contributes around 14% to the topline. And the paper and packaging business contributes 10% to the total revenues.

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Conclusion

Following were the top ten FMCG stocks that investors can consider in their portfolios. But it is important to do your own due diligence before investing in any of these stocks. One should also pay attention to the valuations and risks involved in each of these companies.

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I am from a commerce background. Having completed my Bachelors of Business Administration (BBA) in 2020, I went on to pursue the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) course, which is a professional course in finance. The course has 3 levels, and I have appeared for my level 2 exam. Besides, I have also worked at a Wealth Management Firm in Surat, Gujarat for 2 years. I am also investing in stocks and mutual funds in my personal capacity for three years. I like to remain updated about the happenings in the financial world. Email: vineet.nandwani942@gmail.com

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