FORM  8-K

                    SECURITIES  AND  EXCHANGE  COMMISSION

                            Washington,  D.C.  20549


                     _____________________________________


                               CURRENT  REPORT

    Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934


                        DATE OF REPORT:  JULY 22, 1999
                       (Date of earliest event reported)



                         KIMBERLY-CLARK  CORPORATION
     (Exact  name  of  registrant  as  specified  in  its  charter)


           DELAWARE                       1-225               39-0394230

    (State or other jurisdiction        (Commission File     (IRS Employer
      of incorporation)                  Number)           Identification No.)


                P.O. BOX 619100, DALLAS, TEXAS                 75261-9100
         (Address of principal executive offices)               (Zip Code)


                                     (972) 281-1200
                  (Registrant's telephone number, including area code)



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Item 5. Other Events - ------------------------- Attached hereto as Exhibit 99 is a press release issued by Kimberly-Clark Corporation in connection with its 1999 second quarter earnings and its restated earnings for 1996, 1997, 1998 and the first quarter of 1999. SIGNATURE --------- Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized. KIMBERLY-CLARK CORPORATION Date: July 22, 1999 By: /s/ John W. Donehower --------------------- John W. Donehower Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

EXHIBIT INDEX -------------- (99) Press release issued by Kimberly-Clark Corporation in connection with its 1999 second quarter and its restated earnings for 1996, 1997, 1998 and the first quarter of 1999.




                                                               Tina  Barry
                                                               (972)  281-1484


    KIMBERLY-CLARK REPORTS SECOND QUARTER EARNINGS OF 73 CENTS PER SHARE, AN
                       INCREASE OF 55 PERCENT OVER 1998

        Company to Restate Financial Statements; Changes Will Have No
       Impact on Sales and Will Modestly Increase Earnings for the 1995
                    Through First Quarter 1999 Period


DALLAS, July 21, 1999 -- Kimberly-Clark Corporation (KMB:NYSE) today announced
that  diluted net income per share for the second quarter of 1999 was 73 cents
per share, an increase of 55.3 percent compared with 47 cents per share in the
second quarter of 1998.  Second quarter earnings in 1999 included a net credit
of  1  cent  per share related to restructuring and other unusual items, while
the  1998  quarter  included  charges  of 11 cents per share.  Excluding these
items,  earnings  per  share  increased  24.1 percent compared with 1998.  All
comparisons  reflect  the  restatements  described  below.
     The  overall  improvement  in  results was driven by the company's global
personal  care  business,  as  new  and  improved products propelled sales and
earnings  to  record  levels,  with  particularly  strong  increases  in North
America.    Operating  profit  in the health care and other segment, excluding
divested  operations, continued to grow at a double-digit rate.  Additionally,
tissue  operating  profit  rose  despite  major  investments to support growth
initiatives  for  consumer  bathroom  tissue  and  paper  towels.
     The  company  also  said  it  will  amend  previously  issued  financial
statements  for  1995  through the first quarter of 1999 following a review by
the  accounting  staff  of  the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
The  restatements  primarily  relate  to  the  timing  of  charges  for  past
restructuring actions and previously announced facility closures and will have
no  impact  on  sales  or  cash  flows.
     As  a result of the restatements, certain assets are being written off
through additional  depreciation  instead  of  through  a

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- 2 - one-time charge. The company recorded additional depreciation of approximately 1 cent per share in the second quarter of 1999 and will record similar charges of approximately 3 cents per share over the balance of 1999 and a like amount for the full year 2000. Wayne R. Sanders, chairman and chief executive officer of Kimberly-Clark, said: "I am pleased with our continued progress in the second quarter. We have delivered improved sales and earnings by focusing on the fundamental strengths of our brands and proprietary technologies. Our strategies are on target and our momentum is good, with four consecutive quarters of double-digit earnings growth. Importantly, we are generating more top-line growth, while our margins and cash flow remain very strong. "I am particularly encouraged by the continued excellent performance of our personal care business - recent improvements to our diaper, feminine care and incontinence care products are really paying off. We also made significant progress with our growth initiatives in tissue during the second quarter. We completed the rollout of new Kleenex Cottonelle bathroom tissue and launched significantly improved Scott towels in the U.S. on an aggressive timetable. And the acquisition of the Attisholz tissue business, finalized in June, marks the beginning of a new stage of growth for Kimberly-Clark in Europe. "With the restatement of our prior financial statements, we will be in a position to move forward with completing our acquisition of Ballard Medical Products and a shelf registration filing, both of which had been on hold pending resolution of the SEC review," Mr. Sanders said. REVIEW OF OPERATING RESULTS Sales of $3.15 billion for the second quarter were up 3.5 percent compared with 1998. Sales would have grown 5.4 percent if the revenues of K-C Aviation Inc., which was sold in the third quarter of 1998, were excluded. Worldwide sales volumes, excluding the divestiture, were approximately 6 percent higher, while changes in foreign currency exchange rates reduced sales by 1 percent. A portion of the sales volume increase is attributable to operations in Colombia, in which the company made - more -

- 3 - an additional investment in late 1998 to gain majority ownership. The increase in second quarter sales was driven primarily by higher sales of personal care products, which were 11.0 percent greater than in 1998. Personal care sales volumes jumped 12 percent, led by increased shipments of Huggies diapers in North America, Europe and Asia and strong double-digit growth of Depend and Poise incontinence products in North America. Tissue sales were up 1.5 percent, on a 2 percent increase in sales volumes, with gains in North America for both consumer and away-from-home products. However, sales of tissue products in Europe were somewhat lower primarily due to competitive conditions and currency effects. Sales of health care and other products, excluding the revenues of K-C Aviation, rose 4.7 percent, mainly because of continued growth in professional health care. Operating profit in the second quarter of 1999 was $541.6 million, 38.0 percent greater than in the prior year. Excluding restructuring charges or credits and other unusual items, operating profit was $556.4 million in the second quarter of 1999 compared with $470.6 million in 1998, an increase of 18.2 percent. The increase in sales, along with productivity gains and other manufacturing cost benefits, contributed to the improved profitability, more than offsetting the significant incremental investment in production start-up and marketing costs for new Kleenex Cottonelle bathroom tissue and improved Scott towels in North America. Unusual items of $14.8 million in the second quarter of 1999 included severance costs of approximately $9 million, additional depreciation charges of about $9 million resulting from restatement of previously issued financial statements and a restructuring credit of $1.4 million. In the second quarter of 1998, the company recorded restructuring charges of $8.5 million and other unusual charges of $69.6 million, including costs of approximately $24 million relating to the planned closure of the company's pulp mill in Mobile, Ala., and $30 million of additional depreciation. In total, these items reduced second quarter earnings by 2 cents per share in 1999 and 11 cents per share in 1998. - more -

- 4 - Other income and expense in the second quarter of 1999 included nonoperating credits of $23 million, equivalent to 3 cents per share, of which approximately $9 million was attributable to a gain on the sale of the company's pulp mill in Miranda, Spain. Kimberly-Clark's share of net income of equity companies in the second quarter was $46.9 million in 1999 compared with $33.6 million in 1998. The increase was primarily attributable to higher earnings at Kimberly-Clark de Mexico, S.A. de C.V. For the first six months of 1999, sales of $6.3 billion were up 3.0 percent from $6.1 billion last year. Excluding the sales of K-C Aviation, however, sales were about 5 percent higher. Operating profit was $1,095.9 million in 1999 versus $777.2 million in 1998. However, before restructuring charges and other unusual items, year-to-date operating profit increased 22.2 percent to $1,130.7 million from $925.6 million in 1998. Diluted earnings per share were $1.43 in 1999, 57.1 percent greater than 91 cents in 1998. Earnings before unusual items were $1.44 per share in 1999 compared with $1.13 per share in 1998, an increase of 27.4 percent. RESTATEMENT OF PRIOR FINANCIAL STATEMENTS The company said that the restatements will increase its cumulative earnings from 1995 through the first quarter of 1999 by approximately 20 cents per share. A summary of the restatements, and the expected impact by year, is shown in the attached table. Mr. Sanders said: "These revisions do not alter the positive effects of the actions we have taken to significantly reduce costs, streamline our manufacturing operations and improve efficiency; they mainly alter the period in which the related charges are recorded. Furthermore, the restatements do not affect the company's favorable business prospects or overall financial strength." The company expects to file an amended Form 10-K for 1998 and an amended Form 10-Q for the first quarter of 1999 with the SEC by mid-August following completion of an audit of the restated financial statements, which is currently in process, by its independent auditors. - more -

- 5 - Kimberly-Clark Corporation is a leading global manufacturer of tissue, personal care and health care products. The company's global brands include Huggies, Pull-Ups, Kotex, Depend, Kleenex, Scott, Kimberly-Clark, Tecnol, Kimwipes and WypAll. Other brands well known outside the U.S. include Andrex, Scottex, Page, Popee and Kimbies. Kimberly-Clark also is a major producer of premium business, correspondence and technical papers. The company has manufacturing operations in 39 countries and sells its products in more than 150 countries. Certain matters contained in this news release concerning the business outlook, anticipated financial and operating results, strategies, contingencies and transactions of the company constitute forward-looking statements and are based upon management's expectations and beliefs concerning future events impacting the company. For a description of certain factors that could cause the company's future results to differ materially from those expressed in any such forward-looking statements, see the section of Part I, Item 1 of the company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 1998 entitled "Factors That May Affect Future Results." Kimberly-Clark Web Site: www.kimberly-clark.com ---------------------- - more -

- 6 - KIMBERLY-CLARK CORPORATION SECOND QUARTER ENDED JUNE 30 (Millions except per share amounts) EARNINGS PER SHARE SUMMARY: Second Quarter Six Months Ended June 30 Ended June 30 ----------------- ---------------- 1999 1998 1999 1998 ------ -------- ------ ------ As As restated restated Net Income Per Share - Diluted $.73 $.47 $1.43 $.91 Adjusted for: Restructuring and Other Unusual Charges .02 .11 .04 .19 Nonoperating Gains (.03) -- (.03) .01 Cumulative Effect of Accounting Change -- -- -- .02 ------- ------- ------- ----- Earnings Per Share Excluding Restructuring & Other Unusual Charges $.72 $.58 $1.44 $1.13 ======= ======= ======= ===== OTHER INFORMATION: 1999 1998 Change ------ ------ ------ SIX MONTHS ENDED JUNE 30 Cash Dividends Declared Per Share $ .52 $ .50 + 4.0% Capital Spending 359.9 330.6 + 8.9% Average Number of Common Shares Outstanding Basic 534.1 556.4 N.M. Diluted 537.4 559.5 N.M. Period-End Number of Common Shares Outstanding 532.6 554.2 N.M. TWELVE MONTHS ENDED JUNE 30 Net Income Return on Average Stockholders' Equity 32.0% 18.5% +73.0% Operating Profit Return on Average Assets 17.2% 12.1% +42.1% N.M.-Not meaningful Unaudited - more -

- 7 - KIMBERLY-CLARK CORPORATION SECOND QUARTER ENDED JUNE 30 (Millions except per share amounts) 1999 1998 Change -------- -------- ------ As restated Net Sales $3,148.6 $3,041.3 + 3.5% Cost of products sold 1,852.3 1,915.2 - 3.3% --------- --------- Gross Profit 1,296.3 1,126.1 +15.1% Advertising, promotion and selling expenses 517.6 491.5 + 5.3% Research expense 62.2 54.8 +13.5% General expense 166.1 169.8 - 2.2% Goodwill amortization 10.2 9.0 +13.3% Restructuring and other unusual charges (1.4) 8.5 N.M. --------- --------- Operating Profit 541.6 392.5 +38.0% Interest income 5.2 5.5 - 5.5% Interest expense (54.6) (48.9) +11.7% Other income (expense), net 27.7 7.7 N.M. --------- --------- Income Before Income Taxes 519.9 356.8 +45.7% Provision for income taxes 165.8 121.3 +36.7% --------- --------- Income Before Equity Interests 354.1 235.5 +50.4% Share of net income of equity companies 46.9 33.6 +39.6% Minority owners' share of subsidiaries' net income (9.9) (6.1) +62.3% --------- --------- Net Income $391.1 263.0 +48.7% ========= ========= Net Income Per Share: Basic $.73 $.47 +55.3% ========= ========= Diluted $.73 $.47 +55.3% ========= ========= N.M.-Not meaningful Unaudited - more -

- 8 - KIMBERLY-CLARK CORPORATION SIX MONTHS ENDED JUNE 30 (Millions except per share amounts) 1999 1998 Change ------ -------- ------ As restated Net Sales $6,273.8 $6,089.9 + 3.0% Cost of products sold 3,704.9 3,851.1 - 3.8% --------- --------- Gross Profit 2,568.9 2,238.8 +14.7% Advertising, promotion and selling expenses 1,024.8 986.4 + 3.9% Research expense 117.0 107.7 + 8.6% General expense 315.5 320.2 - 1.5% Goodwill amortization 17.0 16.8 + 1.2% Restructuring and other unusual charges (1.3) 30.5 N.M. --------- --------- Operating Profit 1,095.9 777.2 +41.0% Interest income 11.2 14.1 -20.6% Interest expense (108.1) (97.1) +11.3% Other income (expense), net 20.8 7.4 N.M. --------- --------- Income Before Income Taxes 1,019.8 701.6 +45.4% Provision for income taxes 328.1 229.9 +42.7% --------- --------- Income Before Equity Interests 691.7 471.7 +46.6% Share of net income of equity companies 90.5 62.9 +43.9% Minority owners' share of subsidiaries' net income (14.8) (12.5) +18.4% --------- --------- Income Before Cumulative Effect of Accounting Change 767.4 522.1 +47.0% Cumulative effect of accounting change, net of income taxes -- (11.2) N.M. --------- --------- Net Income $767.4 $510.9 +50.2% ========= ========= Per Share Basis: Basic: Income Before Cumulative Effect of Accounting Change $1.44 $.94 +53.2% Cumulative effect of accounting change, net of income taxes -- (.02) N.M. --------- --------- Net Income $1.44 $.92 +56.5% ========= ========= Diluted: Income Before Cumulative Effect of Accounting Change $1.43 $.93 +53.8% Cumulative effect of accounting change, net of income taxes -- (.02) N.M. --------- --------- Net Income $1.43 $.91 +57.1% ========= ========= N.M -Not meaningful Unaudited - more -

- 9 - KIMBERLY-CLARK CORPORATION SELECTED BUSINESS SEGMENT DATA SECOND QUARTER ENDED JUNE 30 (Millions) Second Quarter Six Months Ended June 30 Ended June 30 ---------------------------- --------------------------- 1999 1998 Change 1999 1998 Change ------ -------- ------ -------- ------- ------ As As restated restated NET SALES: Tissue $1,629.9 $1,606.1 + 1.5% $3,337.9 $3,301.1 + 1.1% Personal Care 1,292.7 1,164.8 +11.0% 2,489.1 2,266.7 + 9.8% Health Care and Other 232.2 277.0 -16.2% 460.9 538.3 -14.4% Intersegment Sales (6.2) (6.6) N.M. (14.1) (16.2) N.M. --------- --------- --------- --------- Consolidated $3,148.6 $3,041.3 + 3.5% $6,273.8 $6,089.9 + 3.0% ========= ========= ========= ========= OPERATING PROFIT (a): Tissue $253.4 $192.6 +31.6% $540.7 $429.7 +25.8% Personal Care 264.9 179.0 +48.0% 497.2 315.1 +57.8% Health Care and Other 47.1 43.7 + 7.8% 93.8 80.8 +16.1% Unallocated items - net (23.8) (22.8) N.M. (35.8) (48.4) N.M. --------- --------- --------- --------- Consolidated $541.6 $392.5 +38.0% $1,095.9 $777.2 +41.0% ========= ========= ========= ========= (a) Operating profit includes charges related to restructuring and other unusual charges as follows: Second Quarter Six Months Ended June 30 Ended June 30 ---------------- -------------- 1999 1998 1999 1998 ----- ------ ----- ----- As As restated restated Tissue $8.9 $68.8 $18.9 $98.9 Personal Care 5.7 11.6 15.0 46.6 Health Care and Other .2 3.0 1.1 7.3 Unallocated items - net -- (5.3) (.2) (4.4) ----- ------ ------ ------- Consolidated $14.8 $78.1 $34.8 $148.4 ===== ====== ====== ======= - more -

- 10 - Description of Business Segments The Tissue segment manufactures and markets facial and bathroom tissue, and paper towels and wipers for household and away-from-home use; wet wipes; printing, premium business and correspondence papers; and related products. The Personal Care segment manufactures and markets disposable diapers, training and youth pants; feminine and incontinence care products; and related products. The Health Care and Other segment manufactures and markets health care products such as surgical packs and gowns, sterilization wraps and disposable face masks; specialty and technical papers and related products; and other products. N.M.-Not meaningful Unaudited - more -

- 11 - KIMBERLY-CLARK CORPORATION IMPACT ON EARNINGS PER SHARE AMENDMENT OF FINANCIAL STATEMENTS Increase (Decrease) YEAR --------------------------------- 1st Qtr. 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 Cumulative ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---------- (Cents per share) Diluted Earnings Per Share, as reported. . $.06 $2.48 $1.61 $2.11 $ .75 $7.01 1995 Charge . . . . . .75 (.56) (.16) (.01) (.02) -- 1997 Charge . . . . . -- -- .34 (.17) (.01) .16 1998 Charge . . . . . -- -- -- .11 (.02) .09 Mobile pulp mill fees and severances. . . -- -- -- (.05) -- (.05) ---- ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ Subtotal. . . . . . .75 (.56) .18 (.12) (.05) .20 Diluted Earnings Per Share, as restated. . $.81 $1.92 $1.79 $1.99 $ .70 $7.21 ==== ====== ====== ====== ====== ====== Subsequent to the issuance of the Corporation's 1998 financial statements and the filing of its 1998 Form 10-K with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"), and following extensive discussions with representatives of the SEC concerning review of the Corporation's financial statements, Kimberly-Clark management concluded that it would restate its financial statements to reflect: Certain merger related costs originally recorded in 1995 at the time of the Scott merger as costs of the periods when they were incurred; Certain employee severance costs originally recorded in 1995 in connection with the Scott merger as costs of the periods when such employee severances were appropriately communicated; The effects of changes in estimates to restructuring and other unusual charges and facility closure charges in the periods estimates changed. In prior presentations, the changes in estimates were either reallocated to other components of such charges or were returned to earnings at the time aggregate amounts were identified as being in excess of the then current estimate to complete each overall plan; Certain assets that were to be disposed of but which were not immediately removed from operations as being depreciated on an accelerated basis over their remaining useful life. In prior presentations, these assets had been written down to estimated fair value as of the date such assets were expected to be removed from service, assuming continuation of normal depreciation until the estimated date of removal; - more -

- 12 - Personal computers acquired and capitalized prior to 1997, and which were written off in 1998, as being depreciated on an accelerated basis over the estimated period that they remained or will remain in use; and An energy contract termination penalty as a cost in the second quarter of 1998 and employee severance costs as a cost in the third quarter of 1998 in connection with the planned closure of the Corporation's pulp mill in Mobile, Alabama. The Corporation had originally intended to record these charges in the third quarter of 1999 when the pulp mill is to be closed and when the Corporation expects to record a gain on the related sales of the Southeast Timberlands. As a result of the foregoing and other factors, the Corporation's 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998 and first quarter 1999 financial statements have been restated from amounts previously reported. Unaudited - Audit of restated numbers in process # # #