July 22 Kimberly-Clark Corp added a
cautious tone to its full-year outlook on Monday, saying the
stronger U.S. dollar might hurt results more than expected, even
as the maker of Kleenex tissues posted a bigger-than-anticipated
rise in quarterly profit.
Kimberly-Clark, which also makes Huggies diapers, said it
still expects 2013 earnings per share of $5.60 to $5.75,
excluding items. The forecast includes expectations for a bigger
hit from the stronger U.S. dollar, which eats into sales from
Currency is now expected to reduce full-year sales 1 percent
to 2 percent, versus a prior view for a hit of less than 1
The company said it should be able to cut more costs this
year than it previously expected, but if currencies hold at
recent rates it would be less likely to post earnings in the
upper half of its forecast.
In the second quarter, Kimberly-Clark earned $526 million,
or $1.36 per share, up from $498 million, or $1.26 per share, a
Excluding restructuring costs related to changes in its
European business, earnings were $1.41 per share. On that basis,
analysts on average were expecting $1.39 per share, according to
Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.
Sales were roughly flat at $5.27 billion, missing analysts'
estimate of $5.34 billion. Excluding foreign exchange and lost
sales from the exit of certain businesses in Europe, organic
sales rose 3 percent. International sales rose 9 percent.
In the North American personal care segment, sales fell 3
percent as gains for Depend adult incontinence products and
Huggies baby wipes could not fully offset declines for feminine
care products, Huggies Little Swimmers swim pants and private
The company got a lift earlier this year when a tough flu
season led to strong sales of Kleenex tissues, and sales of
Cottonelle toilet paper were strong after rival Georgia
Pacific's Quilted Northern brand had supply troubles while
implementing new paper-making technology at two U.S. plants.
At that time, Kimberly-Clark said it was on track to cut
$250 million to $300 million in costs this year. It raised that
estimate on Monday to a range of $300 million to $350 million.
Kimberly-Clark already restructured its pulp and tissue
business and is getting out of some low-profit businesses in
Shares of Kimberly-Clark have moved off of their all-time
high of $105.87, reached in April when the company reported a
bigger-than-expected jump in first-quarter profit and raised its
In early New York Stock Exchange trading, its shares fell
$1.87, or about 1.8 percent, to $97.60.