The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q4), Kimberly-Clark beat expectations on revenues and met expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue increased slightly and GAAP earnings per share shrank significantly.
Margins shrank across the board.
Kimberly-Clark booked revenue of $5.31 billion. The 11 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ expected a top line of $5.19 billion on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 2.5% higher than the prior-year quarter's $5.18 billion.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.
EPS came in at $1.37. The 15 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ averaged $1.35 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.68 for Q4 were 33% lower than the prior-year quarter's $1.01 per share.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.
For the quarter, gross margin was 28.7%, 390 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 8.5%, 580 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 5.0%, 270 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $5.22 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $1.32.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $21.18 billion. The average EPS estimate is $5.58.
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 1,010 members out of 1,064 rating the stock outperform, and 54 members rating it underperform. Among 360 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 349 give Kimberly-Clark a green thumbs-up, and 11 give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Kimberly-Clark is hold, with an average price target of $87.75.
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