Kimberly-Clark Corp Second Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

S&P 500 (NYSE:SPY) component Kimberly-Clark Corp (NYSE:KMB) will unveil its latest earnings on Monday, July 25, 2011. Kimberly-Clark Corporation 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 $1.15 per share, a decline of 4.2% 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 $1.23. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down, but has risen from $1.14 during the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting profit of $4.84 per share, a rise of 3.4% from last year.

Past Earnings Performance: The company fell short of estimates last quarter after topping forecasts the quarter prior. In the first quarter, it reported net income of $1.09 per share against a mean estimate of $1.18. Two quarters ago, it beat expectations by 5 cents with profit of $1.20.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: On average, analysts predict $5.13 billion in revenue this quarter, a rise of 5.6% from the year ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $20.74 billion for the year, a rise of 5% from last year’s revenue of $19.75 billion.

Analyst Ratings: Analysts seem relatively indifferent about Kimberly-Clark with nine of 17 analysts surveyed maintaining a hold rating.

Key Stats:

Revenue has risen the past four quarters. Revenue increased 4% to $5.03 billion in first quarter. The figure rose 1.9% in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year from the year earlier, climbed 1.3% in the third quarter of the last fiscal year from the year-ago quarter and 2.8% in the second quarter of the last fiscal year.

While the company has been profitable for the last eight quarters, income has fallen year over year by an average of 1.2% over the past four quarters. The quarter hit the hardest was the third quarter of the last fiscal year, that saw a 19.4% drop.

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 April 21, 2011 to July 19, 2011, the stock price had risen $1.48 (2.3%) from $65.35 to $66.83. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between August 30, 2010 and September 13, 2010 when shares rose for 10-straight days, rising 4.7% (+$2.88) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between March 10, 2011 and March 16, 2011 when shares fell for five-straight days, falling 2.5% (-$1.60) over that span. Shares are up $5.13 (+8.3%) year to date.

(Source: Xignite Financials)

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