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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549
FORM 8-K

CURRENT REPORT
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report: April 25, 2023
(Date of earliest event reported)
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KIMBERLY-CLARK CORPORATION
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
Delaware1-22539-0394230
(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation)(Commission file number)(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)
P.O. Box 619100
Dallas, TX
75261-9100
(Address of principal executive offices)
(Zip code)

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

Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions:
    Written communications pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act (17 CFR 230.425)
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    Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 14d-2(b) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14d-2(b))
    Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 13e-4(c) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.13e-4(c))

Title of each classTrading Symbol(s)Name of each exchange on which registered
Common StockKMBNew York Stock Exchange
0.625% Notes due 2024KMB24New York Stock Exchange

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter).

Emerging growth company

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act. o




Item 2.02    Results of Operations and Financial Condition.

Attached and incorporated herein by reference as Exhibit 99.1 is a copy of the press release of Kimberly-Clark Corporation (the "Corporation"), dated April 25, 2023 reporting the Corporation’s results of operations for the period ended March 31, 2023.

The information, including exhibits attached hereto, in Item 2.02 of this Current Report is being furnished and shall not be deemed "filed" for the purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that Section. The information in Item 2.02 of this Current Report shall not be incorporated by reference into any registration statement or other document pursuant to the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, except as otherwise expressly stated in such filing.

Item 9.01    Financial Statements and Exhibits.

(a)Exhibits.

Exhibit No. 99.1 Press release issued by Kimberly-Clark Corporation on April 25, 2023.
101    Cover Page Interactive Data File - the cover page XBRL tags are embedded within the Inline XBRL document.
104    The cover page from this Current Report on Form 8-K, formatted as Inline XBRL.




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: April 25, 2023By:/s/ Andrew S. Drexler
Andrew S. Drexler
Vice President and Controller




Document

Exhibit 99.1
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Kimberly-Clark Announces First Quarter 2023 Results
Net sales growth up 2 percent, organic growth up 5 percent
Revenue Growth Management program drives significant margin improvements
Company raises 2023 outlook for EPS growth


DALLAS, April 25, 2023 - Kimberly-Clark Corporation (NYSE: KMB) today reported first quarter 2023 results. Comparisons are made versus the prior year period, unless otherwise noted.
“I’m proud of our teams around the world for a strong start to the year. We grew organic sales by 5 percent, which reflects the health of our categories and the essential nature of our products," said Chairman and CEO Mike Hsu. “Our growth strategy continues to deliver behind strong execution of our commercial programs. Revenue growth management initiatives drove continued sales momentum with a better-than-expected elasticity impact on volume. Looking ahead, we have an exciting innovation pipeline that will deliver superior performance in health, wellness and sustainability. With our strong portfolio of trusted brands, we have our sights set on growing our categories and winning with consumers to enable long-term, profitable growth.”
Hsu continued, “While inflationary pressures have yet to subside, we drove continued improvement in our gross margin this quarter. We will continue to lean into our productivity and cost savings programs to mitigate elevated costs, while strategically investing in future growth platforms that will expand our presence in attractive markets for years to come."
Quarter Highlights
Delivered strong top-line growth, with net sales of $5.2 billion, up 2 percent with organic sales growth of 5 percent. On a combined two year basis, organic growth increased 8 percent.
Gross margin increased 340 basis points versus the prior year, driven by favorable net revenue realization offsetting inflation.
Diluted earnings per share were $1.67, up 8 percent; up 24 percent versus adjusted earnings per share last year.
Raised 2023 outlook for adjusted earnings per share growth of 6 to 10 percent, with operating profit up low double digits on a percent basis versus adjusted results last year.
Strategic Highlights
Continuing advances in commercial capabilities, including revenue growth management and in-market execution.
Personal Care driving occasion-led innovation with Kotex overnights and GoodNites.
Refreshed Cottonelle Ultra Comfort and Ultra Clean in key U.S. accounts.


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Launched a new innovative washroom solution, Kimberly-Clark Professional ICON, that brings game changing hygiene and design in the United Kingdom.
Recognized as one of Barron’s 100 Most Sustainable Companies in 2023 and one of Ethisphere’s 2023 World's Most Ethical Companies(R) for the fifth year in a row.
First Quarter 2023 Results
First quarter sales of $5.2 billion increased 2 percent, with organic sales up 5 percent, driven by a 10 percent increase in price and favorable product mix from ongoing revenue growth management programs offset by a 5 percent decrease in volume. Changes in foreign currency exchange rates decreased sales by approximately 4 percent. On a combined two year basis, organic growth increased 8 percent.
In North America, sales increased 5 percent over last year, including increases of 2 percent in Personal Care, 5 percent in Consumer Tissue and 12 percent in K-C Professional.
Outside North America, organic sales were up 4 percent in developing and emerging (D&E) markets and 10 percent in developed markets (Australia, South Korea and Western/Central Europe).
Gross margin improved by 340 basis points to 33.2 percent, with higher net revenue realization and cost savings offsetting higher input costs of $160 million.
First quarter operating profit was $787 million compared to $693 million last year, resulting in an operating margin of 15.1 percent, an increase of 150 basis points. On an adjusted basis, operating profit increased by 25 percent, driven by higher gross profit including $105 million in FORCE (Focus on Reducing Costs Everywhere) savings, offset by planned marketing, research and general expenses. Inflation increased input costs by $160 million this quarter, driven primarily by fiber and energy costs. Unfavorable currency effects impacted operating profit by $75 million during the quarter. Operating margin of 15.1 percent increased 280 basis points over adjusted operating margin last year.
Net interest expense was $66 million, an increase of 5 percent over the prior year due to higher weighted average interest rate on outstanding debt.
First quarter effective tax rate was 24.5 percent compared to reported rate of 18.2 percent and an adjusted rate of 21.0 percent last year due to benefits of certain tax planning initiatives.
Net income of equity companies was $43 million compared to $23 million last year driven by Kimberly-Clark de Mexico.
EPS increased 8 percent to $1.67 per diluted share on a reported basis and increased 24 percent on an adjusted basis, driven by the 25 percent increase in operating profit versus adjusted results last year.


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Business Segment Net Sales Results
Change vs year ago (%)VolumePriceMix/Other
Acquisition(a)
Currency
Total(b)
Organic(c)
Personal Care(5)711(4)(1)3
North America(2)4(1)221
D&E Markets(10)112(8)(5)3
Developed Markets(4)71(6)(1)4
Consumer Tissue(5)11(3)47
North America(3)7155
D&E Markets(9)131(5)5
Developed Markets(4)17(7)613
KC Professional(6)171(3)911
North America(3)16(1)(1)1212
D&E Markets(6)112(6)17
Developed Markets(17)264(6)713
Consolidated(5)101(4)25
(a)     Impact of the acquisition of Thinx Inc.
(b)     Total may not equal the sum of volume, net price, mix/other, acquisition and currency due to rounding and excludes intergeographic sales.
(c)     Combined impact of changes in volume, net price and mix/other.
Personal Care Segment
Personal Care sales of $2.7 billion decreased 1 percent, while organic sales increased 3 percent, driven by price and mix, partially offset by lower volume. Organic sales included a 1 percentage point impact from the exit of a private label contract. Successful revenue growth management and commercial execution contributed to favorable trends in net revenue realization and better-than-expected elasticities.
First quarter operating profit of $487 million increased 3 percent, with organic growth and cost savings partially offset by input cost inflation, higher marketing, research and general expenses and an unfavorable impact from foreign currency.
Consumer Tissue Segment
Consumer Tissue sales of $1.6 billion increased 4 percent, including organic growth of 7 percent, driven by price partially offset by volume. The segment posted organic growth across all major regions. Successful revenue growth management and improving service levels contributed to top-line growth.
First quarter operating profit of $240 million increased 40 percent, with organic growth and cost savings partially offset by input cost inflation, other manufacturing costs and higher marketing, research and general expenses.



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K-C Professional (KCP) Segment
KCP sales of $847 million increased 9 percent, including organic growth of 11 percent, driven by price and mix partially offset by volume. The segment posted organic growth across key categories and regions. Strong revenue growth management contributed to healthy top-line results.
First quarter operating profit of $159 million increased 77 percent, driven by continued focus on cost discipline and profitable growth.
Cash Flow and Balance Sheet
Cash provided by operations was $613 million compared to $204 million last year, driven by the increase in operating profit and improvements in working capital. Capital spending was $201 million compared to $253 million last year. The company completed share repurchases of 265 thousand shares at a cost of $34 million during the quarter. Total debt was $8.5 billion compared to $8.4 billion at the end of 2022.
2023 Outlook
The company updated its full year expectations for 2023 as summarized below.
MetricPreviousCurrent
Organic sales2% - 4% 2% - 4%
FX impact(a) on net sales
(2)%(2)%
Net sales0% - 2%0% - 2%
Operating profit up mid to high single digitsup low double digits
Input cost impact on operating profit ($ million)$(200) - $(300)$(100) - $(200)
FX impact(b) on operating profit ($ million)
$(300) - $(400)$(300) - $(400)
Effective tax rate23% - 25%23% - 25%
Income from equity companiessimilar to prior yearup vs. prior year
EPS (vs. adjusted EPS last year)2% - 6%6% - 10%
Share repurchases ($ million)$100 - $150$100 - $150
(a)     Currency translation only
(b)     Currency transaction and translation impacts
This outlook reflects assumptions subject to change given the high level of volatility in the macro environment and does not reflect the impact of the sale of our tissue business in Brazil which is pending customary closing conditions.
Supplemental Materials and Live Webcast
Supplemental materials will be available at 7:00 Central Time in the Investor Relations section of www.kimberly-clark.com. The company will host a live earnings webcast with investors and analysts on April 25, 2023 at 7:30 Central Time.





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About Kimberly-Clark
Kimberly-Clark (NYSE: KMB) and its trusted brands are an indispensable part of life for people in more than 175 countries. Fueled by ingenuity, creativity, and an understanding of people’s most essential needs, we create products that help individuals experience more of what’s important to them. Our portfolio of brands, including Huggies, Kleenex, Scott, Kotex, Cottonelle, Poise, Depend, Andrex, Pull-Ups, GoodNites, Intimus, Neve, Plenitud, Sweety, Softex, Viva and WypAll, hold No. 1 or No. 2 share positions in approximately 80 countries. We use sustainable practices that support a healthy planet, build strong communities, and ensure our business thrives for decades to come. We are proud to be recognized as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies(R) by Ethisphere for the fifth year in a row. To keep up with the latest news and to learn more about the company's 150-year history of innovation, visit 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 website on the same day they are filed with the SEC. To view these filings, visit the Investors section of the company's website.
Forward Looking Statements
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, including in Argentina and Turkey, 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, product innovations, 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. In addition, many factors outside our control, including the war in Ukraine (including the related responses of consumers, customers and suppliers as well as sanctions issued by the U.S., the European Union, Russia or other countries), pandemics (including the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak and the related responses of governments, consumers, customers, suppliers and employees), epidemics, fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates, prices and availability of our raw materials, supply chain disruptions, disruptions in the capital and credit markets, counterparty defaults (including customers, suppliers and financial institutions with which we do business), failure to realize the expected benefits or synergies from our acquisition and disposition activity (including our pending agreement to sell our Neve tissue brand and associated assets in Brazil), changes in customer preferences, severe weather conditions, government trade or similar regulatory actions, potential competitive pressures on selling prices for our products, energy costs, our ability to maintain key customer relationships, as well as general economic and political conditions globally and in the markets in which we do business, could affect the realization of these estimates.
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


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from those expressed in any such forward-looking statements, see Item 1A entitled “Risk Factors” in the company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2022.
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
This news 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 effective tax rate
These non-GAAP financial measures exclude the following items for the relevant time periods as indicated in the accompanying non-GAAP reconciliation tables: [divestitures, impairment, restructuring etc]
Pension settlements. In 2022, the company recognized pension settlement charges related to lump-sum distributions from pension plan assets exceeding the total of annual service and interest costs resulting in a recognition of deferred actuarial losses.
Acquisition of controlling interest in Thinx. In the first quarter of 2022, the company completed the acquisition of a majority and controlling share of Thinx. As a result of this transaction, a net benefit was recognized primarily due to the nonrecurring, non-cash gain recognized related to the remeasurement of the carrying value of previously held equity investment to fair value partially offset by transaction and integration costs.
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.
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, acquisitions and exited businesses also impact the year-over-year change in net sales.


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KIMBERLY-CLARK CORPORATION
CONSOLIDATED INCOME STATEMENTS
(Millions, except per share amounts)

Three Months Ended March 31
 20232022Change
Net Sales$5,195 $5,095 +2 %
Cost of products sold3,469 3,575 -3 %
Gross Profit1,726 1,520 +14 %
Marketing, research and general expenses924 886 +4 %
Other (income) and expense, net15 (59)N.M.
Operating Profit787 693 +14 %
Nonoperating expense(16)(4)+300 %
Interest income7 +250 %
Interest expense(73)(65)+12 %
Income Before Income Taxes and Equity Interests705 626 +13 %
Provision for income taxes(173)(114)+52 %
Income Before Equity Interests532 512 +4 %
Share of net income of equity companies43 23 +87 %
Net Income575 535 +7 %
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests(9)(12)-25 %
Net Income Attributable to Kimberly-Clark Corporation$566 $523 +8 %
Per Share Basis
Net Income Attributable to Kimberly-Clark Corporation
Basic$1.68 $1.55 +8 %
Diluted$1.67 $1.55 +8 %
Cash Dividends Declared$1.18 $1.16 +2 %
Common Shares OutstandingMarch 31
20232022
Outstanding shares as of337.4 337.0 
Average diluted shares for three months ended338.6 338.2 














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N.M. - Not Meaningful


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KIMBERLY-CLARK CORPORATION
NON-GAAP RECONCILIATIONS
(Millions, except per share amounts)


Three Months Ended March 31, 2022
As
Reported
Acquisition of Controlling Interest in ThinxAs
Adjusted
Non-GAAP
Marketing, research and general expenses$886 $21 $865 
Other (income) and expense, net(59)(85)26 
Operating Profit693 64 629 
Provision for income taxes(114)(118)
Effective tax rate18.2 %— 21.0 %
Net Income Attributable to Kimberly-Clark Corporation523 68 455 
Diluted Earnings per Share(a)
1.55 0.20 1.35 
(a)"As Adjusted Non-GAAP" may not equal "As Reported" plus "Adjustments" as a result of rounding.



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.



























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KIMBERLY-CLARK CORPORATION
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(Millions)

March 31, 2023December 31, 2022
ASSETS
Current Assets
Cash and cash equivalents$524 $427 
Accounts receivable, net2,430 2,280 
Inventories2,224 2,269 
Other current assets673 753 
Total Current Assets5,851 5,729 
Property, Plant and Equipment, Net7,866 7,885 
Investments in Equity Companies281 238 
Goodwill2,090 2,074 
Other Intangible Assets, Net868 851 
Other Assets1,221 1,193 
TOTAL ASSETS$18,177 $17,970 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
Current Liabilities
Debt payable within one year$536 $844 
Trade accounts payable3,788 3,813 
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities2,376 2,289 
Dividends payable394 388 
Total Current Liabilities7,094 7,334 
Long-Term Debt7,945 7,578 
Noncurrent Employee Benefits645 654 
Deferred Income Taxes612 647 
Other Liabilities810 799 
Redeemable Common and Preferred Securities of Subsidiaries210 258 
Stockholders' Equity
Kimberly-Clark Corporation719 547 
Noncontrolling Interests142 153 
Total Stockholders' Equity861 700 
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY $18,177 $17,970 












2023 Data is Unaudited



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KIMBERLY-CLARK CORPORATION
CONSOLIDATED CASH FLOW STATEMENTS
(Millions)

Three Months Ended March 31
20232022
Operating Activities
Net income$575 $535 
Depreciation and amortization188 188 
Asset impairments11 — 
Gain on previously held equity investment in Thinx (85)
Stock-based compensation24 16 
Deferred income taxes(50)(52)
Net (gains) losses on asset dispositions2 
Equity companies' earnings (in excess of) less than dividends paid(43)(23)
Operating working capital(85)(369)
Postretirement benefits(6)(14)
Other(3)
Cash Provided by Operations613 204 
Investing Activities
Capital spending(201)(253)
Acquisition of business, net of cash acquired (34)
Investments in time deposits(177)(83)
Maturities of time deposits259 255 
Other4 (1)
Cash Used for Investing(115)(116)
Financing Activities
Cash dividends paid(391)(384)
Change in short-term debt(308)834 
Debt proceeds348 — 
Debt repayments (300)
Proceeds from exercise of stock options11 23 
Acquisitions of common stock for the treasury(30)(25)
Cash dividends paid to noncontrolling interests(16)— 
Other(11)(15)
Cash Used for Financing(397)133 
Effect of Exchange Rate Changes on Cash and Cash Equivalents
(4)
Change in Cash and Cash Equivalents97 223 
Cash and Cash Equivalents - Beginning of Period427 270 
Cash and Cash Equivalents - End of Period$524 $493 







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KIMBERLY-CLARK CORPORATION
SELECTED BUSINESS SEGMENT DATA
(Millions)

Three Months Ended March 31
 20232022Change
NET SALES
Personal Care$2,704 $2,729 -1 %
Consumer Tissue1,634 1,568 +4 %
K-C Professional847 780 +9 %
Corporate & Other10 18 N.M.
TOTAL NET SALES$5,195 $5,095 +2 %
OPERATING PROFIT
Personal Care$487 $475 +3 %
Consumer Tissue240 171 +40 %
K-C Professional159 90 +77 %
Corporate & Other(a)
(84)(102)N.M.
Other (income) and expense, net(a)
15 (59)N.M.
TOTAL OPERATING PROFIT$787 $693 +14 %
(a)Corporate & Other and Other (income) and expense, net include income and expense not associated with the business segments, including adjustments as indicated in the Non-GAAP Reconciliations.





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