Kimberly-Clark Corp Fourth Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

S&P 500 (NYSE:SPY) component Kimberly-Clark Corp (NYSE:KMB) will unveil its latest earnings on Tuesday, January 24, 2012. Kimberly-Clark manufactures and markets a range of mostly paper-based consumer products.

Kimberly-Clark Corp Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet.

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for net income of $1.29 per share, a rise of 7.5% from the company’s actual earnings for the same quarter a year ago. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved down from $1.31. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It has been unchanged at $1.29 during the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting profit of $4.82 per share, a rise of 3% from last year.

Past Earnings Performance: Last quarter, the company met expectations by reporting net income of $1.26 per share last quarter. In the previous second quarter, the company beat estimates by 3 cents.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: Analysts are projecting a rise of 2.8% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $5.22 billion.

Analyst Ratings: Analysts seem relatively indifferent about Kimberly-Clark with nine of 14 analysts surveyed maintaining a hold rating.

A Look Back: In the third quarter, profit fell 7.9% to $432 million ($1.09 a share) from $469 million ($1.14 a share) the year earlier, meeting analyst expectations. Revenue rose 8.1% to $5.38 billion from $4.98 billion.

Key Stats:

Revenue has risen the past four quarters. Revenue rose 8.3% in the second quarter from the year earlier, climbed 4% in the first quarter from the year-ago quarter and 1.9% in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year.

Competitors to Watch: The Procter & Gamble Co. (NYSE:PG), Cardinal Health, Inc. (NYSE:CAH), Church & Dwight (NYSE:CHD), Colgate-Palmolive (NYSE:CL), Clorox (NYSE:CLX), Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ), Zep (NYSE:ZEP) and Avon Products (NYSE:AVP).

Stock Price Performance: During November 17, 2011 to January 18, 2012, the stock price had risen $4.63 (6.7%) from $69.34 to $73.97. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between September 9, 2011 and September 20, 2011 when shares rose for eight-straight days, rising 4.8% (+$3.18) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between December 29, 2011 and January 6, 2012 when shares fell for six-straight days, falling 1.9% (-$1.37) over that span.

(Company fundamentals by Xignite Financials. Earnings estimates provided by Zacks)

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