DALLAS, July 26, 2012-Kimberly-Clark Corporation (NYSE: KMB) today reported second quarter 2012 results, updated several key full-year planning assumptions and increased its guidance for 2012 adjusted earnings per share.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Thomas J. Falk said, "We delivered another very good quarter of results. We achieved 5 percent organic sales growth, led by excellent performance in K-C International. In addition, we generated a 240 basis point improvement in adjusted gross margin and delivered 10 percent growth in adjusted earnings per share. We also strengthened our brands by launching a number of innovations and increasing strategic marketing spending by $35 million. Lastly, we achieved $85 million of cost savings through our ongoing program and restructuring actions. Half way through the year, we are tracking ahead of our 2012 plan on most key financial metrics, and I'm encouraged by our execution in a continued volatile environment."
Falk added, "Looking ahead, we plan to build on our momentum from the first half of the year, with a continued focus on targeted growth initiatives, innovation, brand building, cost reduction and shareholder-friendly capital allocation. Accordingly, we are raising our full-year expectations for organic sales growth, cost savings and adjusted earnings per share. We're also increasing our marketing and administrative investments to support our growth plans. We continue to believe that execution of our Global Business Plan in 2012 and beyond will lead to strong returns to shareholders."
Second Quarter 2012 Operating Results
Sales of $5.3 billion in the second quarter of 2012 were even with the year-ago period. Organic sales rose 5 percent, with higher net selling prices of more than 2 percent, increased sales volumes of 2 percent and slightly favorable product mix. Changes in foreign currency rates decreased sales by more than 3 percent and lost sales from exiting non-strategic products in conjunction with pulp and tissue restructuring actions reduced sales volumes by 1 percent.
Operating profit was $754 million in the second quarter of 2012, up 21 percent from $625 million in 2011. Adjusted operating profit was $773 million in the second quarter of 2012, an 8 percent increase compared to $715 million in the year-ago period. Adjusted results exclude costs for pulp and tissue restructuring actions of $19 million in 2012 and $90 million in 2011.
There were several factors affecting the year-over-year adjusted operating profit comparison, including benefits from organic sales growth and $70 million in cost savings from the company's FORCE (Focused On Reducing Costs Everywhere) program. In addition, deflation in key cost inputs was approximately $30 million overall versus 2011, driven by $55 million of lower fiber costs, partially offset by increases of $15 million for raw materials other than fiber and $10 million of higher distribution costs. On the other hand, lower production volumes in 2012 to manage inventory levels adversely affected operating profit comparisons by $20 million. In addition, overall marketing, research and general expenses increased versus the year-ago period. The higher spending included a $35 million increase in strategic marketing, primarily to support product innovations and targeted growth initiatives. Administrative and research spending also increased, in part to build further capabilities and support future growth. Foreign currency translation effects reduced operating profit by $20 million as a result of the weakening of several currencies relative to the U.S. dollar. Other (income) and expense, net was $18 million of income in the second quarter of 2012 compared to $8 million of income in the prior year. The change was driven by resolution of a legal matter in 2012, partially offset by a lower level of foreign currency transaction gains.
The company's effective tax rate was 31.0 percent for the second quarter of 2012 and 2011. The adjusted effective tax rate, which excludes the effects of the previously mentioned pulp and tissue restructuring, was 30.6 percent in the second quarter of 2012 and 31.5 percent in 2011. The company continues to expect that the effective tax rate and the adjusted effective tax rate for full-year 2012 will be between 30 and 32 percent.
Kimberly-Clark's share of net income of equity companies in the second quarter of 2012 was $43 million compared to $47 million in 2011. At Kimberly-Clark de Mexico, S.A.B. de C.V., although organic sales increased at a double-digit rate, earnings were down somewhat, driven by a decline in the value of the Mexican peso and a higher effective tax rate.
Cash Flow and Balance Sheet
Cash provided by operations in the second quarter of 2012 totaled $740 million compared to $771 million in the prior year, as increased working capital was mostly offset by lower defined benefit pension plan contributions. Second quarter pension contributions totaled $1 million in 2012 and $150 million in 2011.
Capital spending for the second quarter of 2012 was $227 million compared with $201 million in 2011. The company continues to target full-year 2012 spending in a range of $1.0 to $1.1 billion. During the second quarter, the company repurchased approximately 2.5 million shares of its common stock at a cost of $200 million. Total debt and redeemable securities was $6.8 billion at June 30, 2012 compared with $6.7 billion at the end of 2011.
Second Quarter 2012 Business Segment Results
Personal Care Segment
Second quarter sales of $2.4 billion increased 3 percent. Sales volumes rose 4 percent and net selling prices improved 3 percent, while changes in currency rates reduced sales by 4 percent. Second quarter operating profit of $406 million increased 2 percent. The improvement included benefits from organic sales growth and cost savings, mostly offset by increased marketing, research and general expenses and unfavorable currency rates.
Sales in North America increased 2 percent. Net selling prices rose approximately 4 percent, driven by improved revenue realization for Huggies diapers and baby wipes, while overall sales volumes decreased about 1 percent. Child care and infant care volumes were down mid- and high-single digits, respectively, primarily reflecting category declines and modest consumer trade-down in infant care. Baby wipes volumes fell mid-single digits compared to strong year-ago performance. Adult care volumes rose high-single digits, including benefits from new Depend Real Fit and Silhouette briefs and new Poise Hourglass Shape Pads. Feminine care volumes were up high-single digits, with benefits from new U by Kotex products launched early in the second quarter.
Sales in Europe increased 1 percent, despite an unfavorable currency impact of approximately 9 percent. Sales volumes rose 12 percent, with growth in child care, Huggies baby wipes and non-branded offerings. Overall net selling prices fell 2 percent and product mix was off 1 percent.
Sales increased 5 percent in K-C International, despite an approximate 7 point drag from changes in currency rates. Sales volumes were up 8 percent, with high-single digit growth in each major region (Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East/Eastern Europe/Africa). Volume performance was strong in a number of markets, including Brazil, China, Russia, South Africa, Venezuela and Vietnam. Overall net selling prices improved 4 percent compared to the year-ago period, driven by increases in Latin America.
Consumer Tissue Segment
Second quarter sales of $1.6 billion declined 5 percent. Changes in currency rates decreased sales by 3 percent and lost sales in conjunction with pulp and tissue restructuring actions reduced sales volumes by 3 percent. Organic sales rose more than 1 percent, as higher net selling prices of 3 percent were partially offset by lower volumes of about 1 percent. Second quarter operating profit of $219 million increased 27 percent and benefited from selling price increases, cost savings and input cost deflation. On the other hand, comparisons were negatively impacted by lower sales and production volumes, unfavorable currency rates and higher marketing, research and general expenses.
Sales in North America were down 4 percent compared to the prior year, including a 5 point negative impact from lost sales in conjunction with pulp and tissue restructuring actions. Net selling prices rose 5 percent, while organic sales volumes decreased 4 percent. Paper towel sales were up double digits due to higher volumes and Kleenex facial tissue sales were up mid-single digits, driven by higher selling prices. Bathroom tissue sales fell low-single digits, as lower volumes were partially offset by higher net selling prices. The volume comparison was impacted by sheet count reductions, strong year-ago shipments and competitive promotional activity.
Sales in Europe decreased 8 percent, including an unfavorable currency impact of 7 percent. Changes in product mix reduced sales 2 percent and net selling prices declined 1 percent, as economic conditions remain difficult. Sales volumes were up 2 percent.
Sales decreased 3 percent in K-C International. Currency rates were unfavorable by 6 percent and lost sales in conjunction with pulp and tissue restructuring actions reduced sales volumes by approximately 1 percent. On the other hand, net selling prices increased about 3 percent and product mix improved 2 percent, reflecting the company's strategies to improve net realized revenue and profitability.
K-C Professional (KCP) & Other Segment
Second quarter sales of $0.8 billion decreased 1 percent. Changes in currency rates reduced sales by 3 percent and lost sales in conjunction with pulp and tissue restructuring actions decreased sales volumes by 1 percent. Organic sales rose 3 percent, with higher volumes of 2 percent and increased net selling prices of 1 percent. Second quarter operating profit of $138 million increased 7 percent. The improvement was driven by organic sales growth, cost savings and input cost deflation, partially offset by higher marketing, research and general expenses and unfavorable currency rates.
Sales in North America rose 1 percent. Increased sales volumes and changes in product mix each improved sales by 1 percent, while net selling prices were down 1 percent. The volume increase was mostly attributable to higher washroom product volumes, reflecting modest improvement in market demand and benefits from innovation and selling initiatives.
Sales in Europe decreased 9 percent. Currency rates were unfavorable by 8 percent and lost sales in conjunction with pulp and tissue restructuring actions reduced sales volumes 4 percent. On the other hand, net selling prices increased 2 percent and organic sales volumes improved about 1 percent.
Sales increased 2 percent in K-C International, despite a 6 point drag from changes in currency rates. Sales volumes were up 5 percent, driven by double-digit growth in Latin America. In addition, overall net selling prices rose 3 percent and product mix improved slightly.
Health Care Segment
Second quarter sales of $0.4 billion increased 5 percent. Sales volumes rose 6 percent, while currency rates reduced sales by 1 percent. Second quarter operating profit of $56 million increased 6 percent, driven by benefits from the higher sales volumes.
Surgical and infection prevention (medical supply) volumes rose at a mid-single digit rate, with solid gains in exam gloves and surgical products. Medical device volumes increased double digits, led by strong growth in digestive health and airway management products.
Pulp and Tissue Restructuring Actions
In January of 2011, the company initiated a pulp and tissue restructuring in order to exit its remaining integrated pulp manufacturing operations and improve the underlying profitability and return on invested capital of its consumer tissue and K-C Professional businesses. In addition, in January of 2012, the company decided to streamline an additional facility in North America to further enhance the profitability of the consumer tissue business. Total charges for the restructuring actions are expected to be incurred through the end of 2012 and amount to $385 to $420 million after tax ($550 to $600 million pre-tax). Cash costs are projected to be 30 to 40 percent of the total charges. As a result of the restructuring actions, versus the 2010 baseline, the company expects that by 2013 annual net sales will decrease by $250 to $300 million, and that operating profit will increase by at least $75 million in 2013 and at least $100 million in 2014. These estimates are unchanged from the projections announced in January 2012.
Second quarter 2012 restructuring charges totaled $16 million after tax ($19 million pre-tax), bringing cumulative charges to $329 million after tax ($469 million pre-tax). Second quarter 2012 operating profit benefits from restructuring actions were $15 million, bringing cumulative benefits to $35 million.
For the first six months of 2012, sales of $10.5 billion increased 2 percent. Organic sales rose 5 percent, with higher net selling prices of 3 percent and increased sales volumes of 2 percent. Changes in foreign currency rates decreased sales by 2 percent and lost sales in conjunction with pulp and tissue restructuring actions reduced sales volumes by 1 percent. Year-to-date operating profit of $1,454 million increased 24 percent compared to $1,169 million in 2011. Adjusted operating profit in 2012 of $1,508 million increased 10 percent compared to $1,373 million in 2011. Adjusted operating profit comparisons benefited from organic sales growth and FORCE cost savings of $130 million. These benefits were partially offset by increased marketing, research and general expenses, including $80 million in higher strategic marketing spending. Administrative and research spending also increased, in part to build further capabilities and support future growth. In addition, foreign currency translation effects reduced operating profit by $25 million as a result of the weakening of several currencies relative to the U.S. dollar. Through six months, diluted net income per share was $2.43 in 2012 and $1.89 in 2011. Adjusted earnings per share were $2.54 in 2012 and $2.27 in 2011. The increase in adjusted earnings per share was primarily due to higher adjusted operating profit.
Adjusted operating profit and adjusted earnings per share in 2012 and 2011 exclude charges for pulp and tissue restructuring actions. In addition, adjusted results in 2011 exclude a non-deductible charge in the first quarter as a result of legislation in Colombia that changed the manner in which certain business taxes in that country are assessed. Additional detail on these items and further information about why the company uses these non-GAAP financial measures are provided later in this news release.
The company updated several of its key planning and guidance assumptions for full-year 2012, as follows:
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
This press release and the accompanying tables include the following financial measures that have not been calculated in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the U.S., or GAAP, and are therefore referred to as non-GAAP financial measures.
These non-GAAP financial measures exclude the following items:
In accordance with the SEC's requirements, reconciliations of the non-GAAP financial measures to the comparable GAAP financial measures are attached.
In addition, this press release includes information regarding organic sales, which exclude the impact of changes in foreign currency rates and lost sales in conjunction with pulp and tissue restructuring actions.
The company provides these non-GAAP financial measures as supplemental information to our GAAP financial measures. Management and the company's Board of Directors use adjusted earnings, adjusted earnings per share and adjusted gross and operating profit to (a) evaluate the company's historical and prospective financial performance and its performance relative to its competitors, (b) allocate resources and © measure the operational performance of the company's business units and their managers. Management also believes that the use of adjusted effective tax rate provides improved insight into the tax effects of our ongoing business operations.
Additionally, the Management Development and Compensation Committee of the company's Board of Directors has used certain of the non-GAAP financial measures when setting and assessing achievement of incentive compensation goals. These goals are based, in part, on the company's adjusted earnings per share and improvement in the company's adjusted return on invested capital and adjusted operating profit return on sales determined by excluding certain of the charges that are used in calculating these non-GAAP financial measures.
In addition, Kimberly-Clark management believes that investors' understanding of the company's performance is enhanced by including these non-GAAP financial measures as a reasonable basis for comparing the company's ongoing results of operations. Many investors are interested in understanding the performance of our businesses by comparing our results from ongoing operations from one period to the next. By providing these non-GAAP financial measures, together with reconciliations, we believe we are enhancing investors' understanding of our businesses and our results of operations. Also, many financial analysts who follow our company focus on and publish both historical results and future projections based on non-GAAP financial measures. We believe that it is in the best interests of our investors for us to provide this information to analysts so that those analysts accurately report the non-GAAP financial information.
These non-GAAP financial measures are not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the comparable GAAP measures. There are limitations to these non-GAAP financial measures because they are not prepared in accordance with GAAP and may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies due to potential differences in methods of calculation and items being excluded. The company compensates for these limitations by using these non-GAAP financial measures as a supplement to the GAAP measures and by providing reconciliations of the non-GAAP and comparable GAAP financial measures. The non-GAAP financial measures should be read only in conjunction with the company's consolidated financial statements prepared in accordance with GAAP.
A conference call to discuss this news release and other matters of interest to investors and analysts will be held at 9 a.m. (CDT) today. The conference call will be simultaneously broadcast over the World Wide Web. Stockholders and others are invited to listen to the live broadcast or a playback, which can be accessed by following the instructions set out in the Investors section of the company's Web site (www.kimberly-clark.com).
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