Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, consumer-goods giant Kimberly-Clark
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Kimberly-Clark's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.
|Headquarters (founded)||Dallas (1872)|
|Market Cap||$25.25 billion|
|Trailing-12-Month Revenue||$19.65 billion|
CEO Thomas Falk (since 2002)
CFO Mark Buthman (since 2003)
|Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)||34.8%|
|Cash/Debt||$674 million / $6.52 billion|
Procter & Gamble
Johnson & Johnson
Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.
On CAPS, 94% of the 872 members who have rated Kimberly-Clark believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include brokhernowhysher and All-Star huddaman, who is ranked in the top 5% of our community.
Late last month, brokhernowhysher highlighted the stock's recent weakness as an attractive income opportunity: "This one has been knocked down a bit lately, but is still a solid dividend payer. Probably not a world beater just a steady performer."
Rising input costs have weighed heavily on Kimberly-Clark's bottom line and, in turn, its stock price of late, but many Fools think the valuation is becoming too good to pass up. Currently, Kimberly-Clark even sports a higher dividend yield (4.3%) than rivals Procter & Gamble (3%), Johnson & Johnson (3.4%), and Colgate-Palmolive (2.6%), as well as other personal product plays like Church & Dwight
With a portfolio of stable brands and a strong commitment to using cash in a shareholder-friendly manner, CAPS All-Star huddaman believes Kimberly-Clark can't stay down forever:
a) Moderate growth with solid repeat business.
b) ultra cheap valuation never before seen (or atleast not frequently seen in the last decade)
c) Company committed to returning excess capital to shareholders via healthy dividend and share buy back.
The above is definitely a recipe for out-performance.
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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Kimberly-Clark, Procter & Gamble, and Johnson & Johnson are all Motley Fool Income Investor picks. The Fool owns shares of and has written covered calls on Procter & Gamble. Motley Fool Options has recommended a diagonal call position on Johnson & Johnson, and the Fool owns shares of it. Energizer is a selection of both Motley Fool Inside Value and Stock Advisor. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days.
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