Kimberly-Clark Corp Third Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

S&P 500 (NYSE:SPY) component Kimberly-Clark Corp (NYSE:KMB) will unveil its latest earnings on Monday, October 24, 2011. 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 $1.26 per share, a rise of 10.5% 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 $1.28. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It has been unchanged at $1.26 during the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting profit of $4.83 per share, a rise of 3.2% from last year.

Past Earnings Performance: The company topped estimates last quarter after missing forecasts the quarter prior. In the second quarter, it reported net income of $1.18 per share against a mean estimate of profit of $1.15 per share. In the first quarter, it missed forecasts by 9 cents.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: Analysts are projecting a rise of 6.6% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $5.31 billion.

Analyst Ratings: Analysts seem relatively indifferent about Kimberly-Clark with 10 of 16 analysts surveyed maintaining a hold rating.

A Look Back: In the second quarter, profit fell 18.1% to $408 million ($1.03 a share) from $498 million ($1.20 a share) the year earlier, but exceeded analyst expectations. Revenue rose 8.3% to $5.26 billion from $4.86 billion.

Key Stats:

Revenue has risen the past four quarters. Revenue rose 4% in the first quarter from the year earlier, climbed 1.9% in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year from the year-ago quarter and 1.3% in the third 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 11.6% 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 August 22, 2011 to October 18, 2011, the stock price had risen $6.68 (10.3%) from $65.10 to $71.78. 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% (+$3.22) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between July 26, 2011 and August 2, 2011 when shares fell for six-straight days, falling 3.6% (-$2.37) over that span. Shares are up $10.71 (+17.5%) year to date.

(Source: Xignite Financials)

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