Kimberly-Clark Earnings: Everything You Must Know Now

Kimberly-Clark Corporation (NYSE:KMB) delivered a profit and beat Wall Street’s expectations, BUT came up short on beating the revenue expectation. The revenue miss is a negative sign to shareholders seeking high growth out of the company.

Kimberly-Clark Corporation Earnings Cheat Sheet

Results: Adjusted Earnings Per Share increased 8.46% to $1.41 in the quarter versus EPS of $1.30 in the year-earlier quarter.

Revenue: Decreased 0.04% to $5.27 billion from the year-earlier quarter.

Actual vs. Wall St. Expectations: Kimberly-Clark Corporation reported adjusted EPS income of $1.41 per share. By that measure, the company beat the mean analyst estimate of $1.39. It missed the average revenue estimate of $5.34 billion.

Quoting Management: Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Thomas J. Falk said, “We delivered another solid quarter of results while we continued to execute our Global Business Plan strategies. We achieved 3 percent organic sales growth, as excellent results in K-C International more than offset mixed volume performance in the developed markets. We generated $80 million of cost savings, improved adjusted operating profit margin by 80 basis points and delivered an 8 percent increase in adjusted earnings per share. We also launched a number of product innovations and continued to allocate capital in shareholder-friendly ways. At the half way point of the year, I am encouraged by our progress overall.”

Key Stats (on next page)…

Revenue decreased 0.96% from $5.32 billion in the previous quarter. EPS decreased 4.73% from $1.48 in the previous quarter.

Looking Forward: Analysts have a more negative outlook for the company’s next-quarter performance. Over the past three months, the average estimate for next quarter’s earnings has fallen from a profit of $1.44 to a profit $1.42. For the current year, the average estimate has moved up from a profit of $5.59 to a profit of $5.71 over the last ninety days.

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