Kimberly-Clark Announces Year-End 2016 Results

Kimberly-Clark Corporation (NYSE: KMB) today reported year-end 2016 results and provided its 2017 outlook and related key planning assumptions.

Executive Summary
◦Fourth quarter 2016 net sales of $4.5 billion were even with the prior year. Organic sales increased 1 percent, including 3 percent growth in developing and emerging markets. Changes in foreign currency exchange rates reduced sales by 1 percent.
◦Diluted net income per share for the fourth quarter was $1.40 in 2016 and $0.91 in 2015. The comparison benefited from cost savings and a charge in 2015 related to deconsolidating the company’s Venezuelan business at the end of 2015.
◦Full-year diluted net income per share was $5.99 in 2016 and $2.77 in 2015.
◦Fourth quarter adjusted earnings per share were $1.45 in 2016 and $1.42 in 2015. Adjusted earnings per share exclude certain items described later in this news release.
◦Full-year adjusted earnings per share were $6.03 in 2016, up 5 percent compared to $5.76 in 2015. The company’s previous guidance for adjusted earnings per share was $5.95 to $6.05.
◦Full-year 2016 cash provided by operations was $3.2 billion, up 40 percent year-on-year.
◦Net sales in 2017 are expected to be similar to 2016, including organic sales growth of approximately 2 percent. Diluted net income per share for 2017 is anticipated to be $6.20 to $6.35.
◦The company’s Board of Directors has approved a 5.4 percent increase in the quarterly dividend, taking the dividend to 97 cents per share, up from 92 cents per share in 2016. This is the 45th consecutive annual increase in the company’s dividend. The dividend will be payable on April 4, 2017, to stockholders of record on March 10, 2017.

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Thomas J. Falk said, “Our full-year results were consistent with our previous outlook. While we experienced a challenging economic and competitive environment in 2016, our market share positions remained broadly healthy. We also achieved record cost savings, which helped us improve our margins and deliver bottom-line earnings in line with our guidance for the year. In addition, we generated strong cash flow and returned $2.1 billion to shareholders through dividends and share repurchases.”

Falk added, “Looking to 2017, we will execute our Global Business Plan strategies in what we expect will be a continued difficult environment. Our teams will invest in innovation, marketing and targeted growth initiatives to keep our brands strong and help us compete effectively. We will also continue to manage our company with financial discipline, with a focus on cost savings, cash flow and shareholder-friendly capital allocation. We remain optimistic about our opportunities to create long-term shareholder value.”

Fourth Quarter 2016 Operating Results

Sales of $4.5 billion in the fourth quarter of 2016 were even with the year-ago period. Organic sales were up 1 percent, as volumes increased 2 percent, while the combined impact of changes in net selling prices and product mix reduced sales by 1 percent. Changes in foreign currency exchange rates lowered sales 1 percent.

Fourth quarter operating profit was $839 million in 2016 and $630 million in 2015. Results in 2015 included $108 million of charges for the Venezuelan deconsolidation. Adjusted operating profit of $859 million in the fourth quarter of 2016 increased 10 percent compared to $779 million in the year-ago period. Items excluded from adjusted operating profit are described later in this release.

The year-over-year operating profit comparison included benefits from $140 million in cost savings from the company’s FORCE (Focused On Reducing Costs Everywhere) program and $25 million of savings from the 2014 Organization Restructuring. Input costs decreased $5 million, driven by lower fiber costs. Negative foreign currency translation effects reduced operating profit by $5 million. Other manufacturing-related cost increases and foreign currency transaction effects also negatively impacted the operating profit comparison.

The fourth quarter effective tax rate was 35.7 percent in 2016 compared to 45.1 percent in 2015, which included the impact of a $49 million charge as a result of an updated assessment of uncertain tax positions. The fourth quarter adjusted effective tax rate was 35.4 percent in 2016 and 30.6 percent in 2015. The full-year 2016 effective tax rate and adjusted effective tax rate of 30.6 percent and 30.7 percent, respectively, were both relatively consistent with the company’s previous estimate for a rate approximately at the low end of the 30.5 to 32.5 percent range.

Kimberly-Clark’s share of net income of equity companies in the fourth quarter was $29 million in 2016 and $37 million in 2015. 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.
more at:  http://investor.kimberly-clark.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=1008879

Kimberly-Clark Corporation (NYSE: KMB) today reported year-end 2016 results and provided its 2017 outlook and related key planning assumptions.

Executive Summary
◦Fourth quarter 2016 net sales of $4.5 billion were even with the prior year. Organic sales increased 1 percent, including 3 percent growth in developing and emerging markets. Changes in foreign currency exchange rates reduced sales by 1 percent.
◦Diluted net income per share for the fourth quarter was $1.40 in 2016 and $0.91 in 2015. The comparison benefited from cost savings and a charge in 2015 related to deconsolidating the company’s Venezuelan business at the end of 2015.
◦Full-year diluted net income per share was $5.99 in 2016 and $2.77 in 2015.
◦Fourth quarter adjusted earnings per share were $1.45 in 2016 and $1.42 in 2015. Adjusted earnings per share exclude certain items described later in this news release.
◦Full-year adjusted earnings per share were $6.03 in 2016, up 5 percent compared to $5.76 in 2015. The company’s previous guidance for adjusted earnings per share was $5.95 to $6.05.
◦Full-year 2016 cash provided by operations was $3.2 billion, up 40 percent year-on-year.
◦Net sales in 2017 are expected to be similar to 2016, including organic sales growth of approximately 2 percent. Diluted net income per share for 2017 is anticipated to be $6.20 to $6.35.
◦The company’s Board of Directors has approved a 5.4 percent increase in the quarterly dividend, taking the dividend to 97 cents per share, up from 92 cents per share in 2016. This is the 45th consecutive annual increase in the company’s dividend. The dividend will be payable on April 4, 2017, to stockholders of record on March 10, 2017.

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Thomas J. Falk said, “Our full-year results were consistent with our previous outlook. While we experienced a challenging economic and competitive environment in 2016, our market share positions remained broadly healthy. We also achieved record cost savings, which helped us improve our margins and deliver bottom-line earnings in line with our guidance for the year. In addition, we generated strong cash flow and returned $2.1 billion to shareholders through dividends and share repurchases.”

Falk added, “Looking to 2017, we will execute our Global Business Plan strategies in what we expect will be a continued difficult environment. Our teams will invest in innovation, marketing and targeted growth initiatives to keep our brands strong and help us compete effectively. We will also continue to manage our company with financial discipline, with a focus on cost savings, cash flow and shareholder-friendly capital allocation. We remain optimistic about our opportunities to create long-term shareholder value.”

Fourth Quarter 2016 Operating Results

Sales of $4.5 billion in the fourth quarter of 2016 were even with the year-ago period. Organic sales were up 1 percent, as volumes increased 2 percent, while the combined impact of changes in net selling prices and product mix reduced sales by 1 percent. Changes in foreign currency exchange rates lowered sales 1 percent.

Fourth quarter operating profit was $839 million in 2016 and $630 million in 2015. Results in 2015 included $108 million of charges for the Venezuelan deconsolidation. Adjusted operating profit of $859 million in the fourth quarter of 2016 increased 10 percent compared to $779 million in the year-ago period. Items excluded from adjusted operating profit are described later in this release.

The year-over-year operating profit comparison included benefits from $140 million in cost savings from the company’s FORCE (Focused On Reducing Costs Everywhere) program and $25 million of savings from the 2014 Organization Restructuring. Input costs decreased $5 million, driven by lower fiber costs. Negative foreign currency translation effects reduced operating profit by $5 million. Other manufacturing-related cost increases and foreign currency transaction effects also negatively impacted the operating profit comparison.

The fourth quarter effective tax rate was 35.7 percent in 2016 compared to 45.1 percent in 2015, which included the impact of a $49 million charge as a result of an updated assessment of uncertain tax positions. The fourth quarter adjusted effective tax rate was 35.4 percent in 2016 and 30.6 percent in 2015. The full-year 2016 effective tax rate and adjusted effective tax rate of 30.6 percent and 30.7 percent, respectively, were both relatively consistent with the company’s previous estimate for a rate approximately at the low end of the 30.5 to 32.5 percent range.

Kimberly-Clark’s share of net income of equity companies in the fourth quarter was $29 million in 2016 and $37 million in 2015. 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.
more at:  http://investor.kimberly-clark.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=1008879

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