July 25, 2017

Kimberly-Clark Announces Second Quarter 2017 Results

DALLAS, July 25, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Kimberly-Clark Corporation (NYSE: KMB) today reported second quarter 2017 results and updated some of its key planning and guidance assumptions for full-year 2017.

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Executive Summary

  • Second quarter 2017 net sales of $4.6 billion decreased 1 percent compared to the year-ago period, as organic sales were down 1 percent. Organic sales fell 2 percent in North American consumer products, reflecting category softness, less promotion shipments and competitive activity. Outside North America, organic sales declined 3 percent in developed markets and rose 2 percent in developing and emerging markets.
  • Diluted net income per share for the second quarter was $1.49 in 2017 and $1.56 in 2016. Results were impacted by lower sales and input cost inflation, while the comparison benefited from cost savings. Second quarter adjusted earnings per share were $1.53 in 2016, which excludes items described later in this release.
  • Full-year 2017 net sales and organic sales are expected to be similar, or up slightly, year-on-year. The company's previous estimate was for sales and organic sales to be up 1 to 2 percent.
  • The company anticipates full-year 2017 earnings per share will be at the low end of its target range of $6.20 to $6.35.

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Thomas J. Falk said, "Our second quarter results reflect a challenging environment. Nonetheless, we continue to manage our company with financial discipline, as we achieved $120 million of cost savings, improved working capital and returned more than $600 million to shareholders through dividends and share repurchases. We are focused on competing effectively in the near-term while we continue to execute our Global Business Plan strategies for long-term success."

Second Quarter 2017 Operating Results

Sales of $4.6 billion in the second quarter of 2017 were down 1 percent compared to the year-ago period. Changes in foreign currency exchange rates had no overall effect on sales. Organic sales were down 1 percent due to lower net selling prices.

Second quarter operating profit was $799 million in 2017 and $838 million in 2016. The year-over-year comparison was impacted by lower sales and $75 million of higher input costs, driven by increases in pulp and other raw materials. Results in 2017 included $120 million of cost savings from the company's FORCE (Focused On Reducing Costs Everywhere) program.

The second quarter effective tax rate was 28.2 percent in 2017 and 28.6 percent in 2016. The rate in both periods benefited from the resolution of certain tax matters. The rate in 2017 also benefited from the adoption of Accounting Standards Update No. 2016-09, which relates to accounting for employee share-based compensation. The company expects that the full-year 2017 effective tax rate will be similar to, or slightly lower than, 2016's adjusted effective tax rate of 30.7 percent.

Kimberly-Clark's share of net income of equity companies in the second quarter was $26 million in 2017 and $35 million in 2016. At Kimberly-Clark de Mexico, results were impacted by a weaker Mexican peso and higher input costs, partially offset by benefits from organic sales growth and cost savings.

Cash Flow and Balance Sheet

Second quarter cash provided by operations was $825 million in 2017 and $860 million in 2016. The comparison was impacted by higher tax payments and lower earnings, while working capital improved. Capital spending for the second quarter was $171 million in 2017 and $177 million in 2016. Full-year spending in 2017 is anticipated to be in the lower half of the company's target range of $850 to $950 million.

Second quarter 2017 share repurchases were 2.3 million shares at a cost of $300 million. Total debt was $8.0 billion at June 30, 2017 and $7.6 billion at the end of 2016.

Second Quarter 2017 Business Segment Results

Personal Care Segment

Second quarter sales of $2.3 billion were down slightly. Net selling prices fell 1 percent, while product mix improved about 1 percent. Second quarter operating profit of $467 million increased 3 percent. The comparison benefited from cost savings, partially offset by lower net selling prices and input cost inflation.

Sales in North America decreased 1 percent. Volumes were down 1 percent compared to 8 percent growth in the base period that included benefits from innovations and promotion activity. Volumes in 2017 were also impacted by competitive activity. Total volumes in infant and child care were off mid-single digits due to lower Huggies diaper volumes. Baby wipes volumes increased mid-single digits and adult care volumes rose low-single digits.

Sales in developing and emerging markets increased 3 percent including a 1 point benefit from favorable currency rates. Volumes increased 4 percent and product mix improved 1 percent, while net selling prices were down about 2 percent. The volume increase included gains in China, Eastern Europe and Latin America. The decline in net selling prices was mostly in China and Eastern Europe.

Sales in developed markets outside North America (Australia, South Korea and Western/Central Europe) decreased 7 percent. Volumes fell 5 percent and net selling prices were down 3 percent, while product mix improved approximately 2 percent. The changes mostly occurred in South Korea.

Consumer Tissue Segment

Second quarter sales of $1.5 billion decreased 2 percent. Volumes and net selling prices each fell 1 percent. Second quarter operating profit of $241 million decreased 12 percent. The comparison was impacted by lower sales, input cost inflation and other manufacturing cost increases, partially offset by cost savings and lower marketing, research and general spending.

Sales in North America decreased 4 percent. Volumes were down approximately 4 percent compared to 6 percent growth in the year-ago period, while net selling prices rose slightly. The volume decline included impacts from lower promotion shipments and competitive activity.

Sales in developing and emerging markets increased 6 percent including a 4 point benefit from favorable currency rates. Volumes increased 8 percent, while net selling prices fell 5 percent and product mix was off 1 percent. The changes mostly occurred in Latin America.

Sales in developed markets outside North America decreased 5 percent including a 4 point impact from unfavorable currency rates. Volumes fell 2 percent, as declines in Western/Central Europe were mostly offset by increases in South Korea. Overall product mix improved 1 percent.

K-C Professional (KCP) Segment

Second quarter sales of $0.8 billion increased slightly. Volumes increased about 1 percent and product mix improved slightly, while net selling prices were off 1 percent and currency rates were slightly unfavorable. Second quarter operating profit of $163 million increased 9 percent. The comparison benefited from cost savings, lower manufacturing costs and reduced marketing, research and general spending, partially offset by input cost inflation.

Sales in North America increased 1 percent. Volumes increased 1 percent driven by growth in wipers and safety products.

Sales in developing and emerging markets increased approximately 4 percent including a 2 point benefit from currency rates. Volumes increased about 1 percent.

Sales in developed markets outside North America were down 2 percent including a 3 point negative impact from changes in currency rates. Volumes improved 2 percent, while product mix fell 1 percent.

Year-To-Date Results

For the first six months of 2017, sales of $9.0 billion decreased slightly compared to the year-ago period. Organic sales were down approximately 1 percent driven by lower net selling prices. Changes in foreign currency exchange rates benefited sales slightly.

Year-to-date operating profit was $1,633 million in 2017 versus $1,642 million in 2016. The comparison was impacted by lower sales and $110 million of higher input costs. Results in 2017 included $230 million of FORCE cost savings.

Through six months, diluted net income per share was $3.06 in 2017, even with the year-ago period. The comparison was impacted by lower operating profit and reduced net income from equity companies, while results benefited from declines in the effective tax rate and share count. Adjusted earnings per share were $3.06 in 2016.

2017 Outlook and Key Planning Assumptions

The company updated the following key planning and guidance assumptions for full-year 2017:

  • Net sales and organic sales expected to be similar, or up slightly, year-on-year (prior assumption up 1 to 2 percent).
    • Volumes anticipated to be up slightly, while net selling prices and product mix, combined, are expected to be down slightly.
  • Input cost inflation of $200 to $300 million compared to the previous estimate of $150 to $250 million. The update is driven by higher assumptions for pulp costs.
  • Cost savings of $425 to $450 million from the company's FORCE program. The prior estimate was for savings of at least $400 million.
  • Earnings per share are expected to be at the low end of the target range of $6.20 to $6.35.

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:

  • Adjusted earnings and earnings per share
  • Adjusted gross and operating profit
  • Adjusted other (income) and expense, net
  • Adjusted effective tax rate

These non-GAAP financial measures exclude the following items for the relevant time periods as indicated in the accompanying non-GAAP reconciliations to the comparable GAAP financial measures:

  • 2014 Organization Restructuring. In October 2014, the company initiated a restructuring program in order to improve organization efficiency and offset the impact of stranded overhead costs resulting from the spin-off of the company's health care business. As a result, the company recognized restructuring charges in 2014, 2015 and 2016.
  • Venezuelan operations. In the second quarter of 2016, the company recorded a modest amount of income related to an updated assessment of the impact of deconsolidating the company's Venezuelan business at the end of 2015.

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 (c) measure the operational performance of the company's business units and their managers. Management also believes that the use of an 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.

This news release includes information regarding organic sales growth, which describes the impact of changes in volume, net selling prices and product mix on net sales. Changes in foreign currency exchange rates also impact the year-over-year change in net sales.

Conference Call

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).

About Kimberly-Clark

Kimberly-Clark and its well-known global brands are an indispensable part of life for people in more than 175 countries. Every day, nearly a quarter of the world's population trust K-C brands and the solutions they provide to enhance their health, hygiene and well-being. With brands such as Kleenex, Scott, Huggies, Pull-Ups, Kotex and Depend, Kimberly-Clark holds No. 1 or No. 2 share positions in 80 countries. To keep up with the latest K-C news and to learn more about the company's 145-year history of innovation, visit www.kimberly-clark.com.

Copies of Kimberly-Clark's Annual Report to Stockholders and its proxy statements and other SEC filings, including Annual Reports on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Current Reports on Form 8-K, are made available free of charge on the company's Web site on the same day they are filed with the SEC. To view these filings, visit the Investors section of the company's Web site.

Certain matters contained in this news release concerning the outlook, anticipated financial and operating results, raw material, energy and other input costs, anticipated currency rates and exchange risks, net income from equity companies, sources and uses of cash, the effective tax rate, the anticipated cost savings from the company's FORCE program, growth initiatives, contingencies and anticipated transactions of the company constitute forward-looking statements and are based upon management's expectations and beliefs concerning future events impacting the company. There can be no assurance that these future events will occur as anticipated or that the company's results will be as estimated. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they were made, and we undertake no obligation to publicly update them. For a description of certain factors that could cause the company's future results to differ from those expressed in any such forward-looking statements, see Item 1A of the company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016 entitled "Risk Factors."

 

KIMBERLY-CLARK CORPORATION

CONSOLIDATED INCOME STATEMENT

(Millions, except per share amounts)



Three Months Ended
June 30




2017


2016


Change

Net Sales

$

4,554



$

4,588



-1

%

Cost of products sold

2,910



2,924




Gross Profit

1,644



1,664



-1

%

Marketing, research and general expenses

842



847



-1

%

Other (income) and expense, net

3



(21)



N.M.


Operating Profit

799



838



-5

%

Interest income

2



3



-33

%

Interest expense

(85)



(81)



+5

%

Income Before Income Taxes and Equity Interests

716



760



-6

%

Provision for income taxes

(202)



(217)



-7

%

Income Before Equity Interests

514



543



-5

%

Share of net income of equity companies

26



35



-26

%

Net Income

540



578



-7

%

Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests

(9)



(12)



-25

%

Net Income Attributable to Kimberly-Clark Corporation

$

531



$

566



-6

%







Per Share Basis






Net Income Attributable to Kimberly-Clark Corporation






Basic

$

1.50



$

1.57



-4

%

Diluted

$

1.49



$

1.56



-4

%







Cash Dividends Declared

$

0.97



$

0.92



+5

%













Common Shares Outstanding

June 30




2017


2016



Outstanding shares as of

353.4



359.7




Average diluted shares for three months ended

356.7



362.4











N.M. - Not Meaningful

Unaudited

 

KIMBERLY-CLARK CORPORATION

CONSOLIDATED INCOME STATEMENT

(Millions, except per share amounts)



Six Months Ended
June 30




2017


2016


Change

Net Sales

$

9,037



$

9,064




Cost of products sold

5,741



5,761




Gross Profit

3,296



3,303




Marketing, research and general expenses

1,655



1,672



-1

%

Other (income) and expense, net

8



(11)



N.M.


Operating Profit

1,633



1,642



-1

%

Interest income

4



7



-43

%

Interest expense

(168)



(157)



+7

%

Income Before Income Taxes and Equity Interests

1,469



1,492



-2

%

Provision for income taxes

(409)



(424)



-4

%

Income Before Equity Interests

1,060



1,068



-1

%

Share of net income of equity companies

55



70



-21

%

Net Income

1,115



1,138



-2

%

Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests

(21)



(27)



-22

%

Net Income Attributable to Kimberly-Clark Corporation

$

1,094



$

1,111



-2

%







Per Share Basis






Net Income Attributable to Kimberly-Clark Corporation






Basic

$

3.08



$

3.08




Diluted

$

3.06



$

3.06










Cash Dividends Declared

$

1.94



$

1.84



+5

%













Common Shares Outstanding

June 30




2017


2016



Average diluted shares for six months ended

357.6



362.9











N.M. - Not Meaningful

Unaudited

 

KIMBERLY-CLARK CORPORATION



NON-GAAP RECONCILIATIONS



(Millions, except per share amounts)








Three Months Ended June 30, 2016





As

Reported


Charges for
2014
Organization
Restructuring


Adjustment
Related to
Venezuelan
Operations


As

Adjusted

Non-GAAP



Cost of products sold


$

2,924



$

2



$



$

2,922




Gross profit


1,664



(2)





1,666




Marketing, research and general expenses


847



(1)





848




Other (income) and expense, net


(21)





(11)



(10)




Operating profit


838



(1)



11



828




Income before income taxes and equity interests


760



(1)



11



750




Provision for income taxes


(217)







(217)




Effective tax rate


28.6

%






28.9

%



Net income attributable to Kimberly-Clark Corporation


566



(1)



11



556




Diluted earnings per share


1.56





0.03



1.53
























Six Months Ended June 30, 2016



As

Reported


Charges for
2014
Organization
Restructuring


Adjustment
Related to
Venezuelan
Operations



As

Adjusted

Non-GAAP

Cost of products sold


$

5,761



$

2



$



$

5,759



Gross profit


3,303



(2)





3,305



Marketing, research and general expenses


1,672



13





1,659



Other (income) and expense, net


(11)





(11)





Operating profit


1,642



(15)



11



1,646



Income before income taxes and equity interests


1,492



(15)



11



1,496



Provision for income taxes


(424)



4





(428)



Effective tax rate


28.4

%






28.6


%

Net income attributable to Kimberly-Clark Corporation


1,111



(11)



11



1,111



Diluted earnings per share


3.06



(0.03)



0.03



3.06




Non-GAAP financial measures are not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the comparable GAAP measures, and they should be read only in conjunction with the company's consolidated financial statements prepared in accordance with GAAP.  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.


Unaudited

 

KIMBERLY-CLARK CORPORATION

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET

(Millions)



June 30,
2017


December 31,
2016

ASSETS




Current Assets




Cash and cash equivalents

$

1,051



$

923


Accounts receivable, net

2,221



2,176


Inventories

1,738



1,679


Other current assets

380



337


Total Current Assets

5,390



5,115


Property, Plant and Equipment, Net

7,246



7,169


Investments in Equity Companies

283



257


Goodwill

1,527



1,480


Other Assets

624



581


TOTAL ASSETS

$

15,070



$

14,602






LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY




Current Liabilities




Debt payable within one year

$

1,246



$

1,133


Trade accounts payable

2,629



2,609


Accrued expenses

1,671



1,775


Dividends payable

343



329


Total Current Liabilities

5,889



5,846


Long-Term Debt

6,777



6,439


Noncurrent Employee Benefits

1,278



1,301


Deferred Income Taxes

441



532


Other Liabilities

296



309


Redeemable Preferred Securities of Subsidiaries

58



58


Stockholders' Equity (Deficit)




Kimberly-Clark Corporation

102



(102)


Noncontrolling Interests

229



219


Total Stockholders' Equity

331



117


TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

$

15,070



$

14,602



2017 Data is Unaudited

 

KIMBERLY-CLARK CORPORATION

CONSOLIDATED CASH FLOW STATEMENT

(Millions)



Three Months Ended
June 30


Six Months Ended
June 30


2017


2016


2017


2016

Operating Activities








Net income

$

540



$

578



$

1,115



$

1,138


Depreciation and amortization

180



177



358



349


Stock-based compensation

30



30



50



45


Deferred income taxes

(9)



37



(34)



3


Equity companies' earnings (in excess of) less than dividends paid

4





(22)



(30)


Operating working capital

73



57



(191)



(48)


Postretirement benefits

13



12



(8)



(4)


Adjustment related to Venezuelan operations



(11)





(11)


Other

(6)



(20)



(7)



(29)


Cash Provided by Operations

825



860



1,261



1,413


Investing Activities








Capital spending

(171)



(177)



(386)



(397)


Proceeds from sales of investments



28





28


Investments in time deposits

(24)



(14)



(61)



(73)


Maturities of time deposits





70



42


Other

(14)



8



(10)



16


Cash Used for Investing

(209)



(155)



(387)



(384)


Financing Activities








Cash dividends paid

(345)



(332)



(674)



(650)


Change in short-term debt

(82)



353



114



(322)


Debt proceeds

344





344



796


Debt repayments

(4)



(589)



(12)



(591)


Proceeds from exercise of stock options

29



27



107



58


Acquisitions of common stock for the treasury

(302)



(153)



(597)



(293)


Other

(37)



6



(46)



(1)


Cash Used for Financing

(397)



(688)



(764)



(1,003)


Effect of Exchange Rate Changes on Cash and Cash Equivalents

(3)



4



18



11


Change in Cash and Cash Equivalents

216



21



128



37


Cash and Cash Equivalents - Beginning of Period

835



635



923



619


Cash and Cash Equivalents - End of Period

$

1,051



$

656



$

1,051



$

656



Unaudited

 

KIMBERLY-CLARK CORPORATION

SELECTED BUSINESS SEGMENT DATA

(Millions)




Three Months
Ended June 30




Six Months Ended
June 30





2017


2016


Change


2017


2016


Change

NET SALES













Personal Care


$

2,270



$

2,279





$

4,520



$

4,486



+1

%

Consumer Tissue


1,463



1,494



-2

%


2,918



2,990



-2

%

K-C Professional


810



806





1,578



1,569



+1

%

Corporate & Other


11



9



N.M.



21



19



N.M.


TOTAL NET SALES


$

4,554



$

4,588



-1

%


$

9,037



$

9,064

















OPERATING PROFIT













Personal Care


$

467



$

455



+3

%


$

948



$

904



+5

%

Consumer Tissue


241



275



-12

%


516



555



-7

%

K-C Professional


163



150



+9

%


309



300



+3

%

Corporate & Other(a)


(69)



(63)



N.M.



(132)



(128)



N.M.


Other (income) and expense, net(a)


3



(21)



N.M.



8



(11)



N.M.


TOTAL OPERATING PROFIT


$

799



$

838



-5

%


$

1,633



$

1,642



-1

%



(a)

Corporate & Other and Other (income) and expense, net include expenses not associated with the business segments, including charges as indicated in the Non-GAAP Reconciliations.

 

PERCENTAGE CHANGE IN NET SALES VERSUS PRIOR YEAR




Three Months Ended June 30, 2017



Total(a)


 

Volume


Net

Price


Mix/

Other


Currency


Organic(b)

Personal Care




(1)


1



(1)

Consumer Tissue


(2)


(1)


(1)




(2)

K-C Professional



1


(1)




1

TOTAL CONSOLIDATED


(1)



(1)




(1)





















Six Months Ended June 30, 2017



Total(a)


 

Volume


Net

Price


Mix/

Other


Currency


Organic(b)

Personal Care


1


1


(1)



1


Consumer Tissue


(2)


(1)


(1)




(2)

K-C Professional


1


1


(1)


1



1

TOTAL CONSOLIDATED




(1)




(1)



(a)

Total may not equal the sum of volume, net price, mix/other and currency due to rounding.

(b)

Combined impact of changes in volume, net price and mix/other.



N.M. - Not Meaningful

Unaudited

 

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