Kimberly-Clark Corporation (KMB) (NYSE: KMB) today reported third quarter 2016 results and updated its full-year 2016 outlook.
Third quarter 2016 net sales of $4.6 billion decreased approximately 3 percent compared to the year-ago period, as changes in foreign currency exchange rates reduced sales by more than 2 percent. Organic sales were essentially even with the prior year. Organic sales increased 3 percent in developing and emerging markets but were down elsewhere.
Diluted net income per share for the third quarter was $1.52 in 2016 and $1.41 in 2015. The comparison benefited from cost savings and restructuring charges in 2015, but was negatively impacted by unfavorable foreign currency exchange rate effects.
Third quarter adjusted earnings per share were $1.52 in 2016 and $1.51 in 2015. Adjusted earnings per share exclude certain items described later in this news release.
Cash provided by operations in the third quarter of 2016 was $948 million, up 12 percent compared to the prior year.
Full-year 2016 organic sales growth is expected to be 2 percent compared to the company’s prior expectation for growth at the low end of the 3 to 5 percent range. Diluted net income per share for 2016 is anticipated to be $5.92 to $6.05 (prior outlook $5.92 to $6.15). Adjusted earnings per share are expected to be $5.95 to $6.05 (previous guidance $5.95 to $6.15).
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Thomas J. Falk said, «We experienced a more challenging economic and competitive environment in the third quarter. Nonetheless, our market share positions are broadly healthy. We achieved strong cost savings, improved margins and increased cash flow in the quarter. We also allocated capital in shareholder-friendly ways. Our focus remains on continuing to compete effectively in the near-term as we execute our Global Business Plan strategies for long-term success.»
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Third Quarter 2016 Operating Results
Sales of $4.6 billion in the third quarter of 2016 were down approximately 3 percent compared to the year-ago period. Changes in foreign currency exchange rates reduced sales by more than 2 percent. Organic sales were essentially even with the prior year.
Third quarter operating profit was $836 million in 2016 and $779 million in 2015. Results in 2015 included $17 million of charges for restructuring the company’s business in Turkey and $11 million of 2014 Organization Restructuring costs. Adjusted operating profit of $836 million in the third quarter of 2016 increased 1 percent compared to $826 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 $105 million in cost savings from the company’s FORCE (Focused On Reducing Costs Everywhere) program and $15 million of savings from the 2014 Organization Restructuring. Input costs decreased $10 million, mostly due to lower fiber costs. Translation effects due to changes in foreign currency exchange rates lowered operating profit by $10 million and transaction effects also negatively impacted the comparison. Results in 2016 were also impacted by slightly lower net selling prices and unfavorable product mix, along with ongoing manufacturing-related cost increases.
The third quarter effective tax rate was 30.0 percent in 2016 and 30.6 percent in 2015. The third quarter adjusted effective tax rate was 29.9 percent in 2016 and 30.3 percent in 2015. The company expects the full-year 2016 effective tax rate and the adjusted effective tax rate will both be approximately at the low end of the 30.5 to 32.5 percent target range.
Kimberly-Clark’s share of net income of equity companies in the third quarter was $33 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, mostly offset by benefits from organic sales growth and cost savings.
Cash Flow and Balance Sheet
Cash provided by operations in the third quarter of 2016 was $948 million, up 12 percent versus $849 million in the year-ago period, primarily due to improved working capital. Capital spending for the third quarter was $185 million in 2016 and $271 million in 2015. The company expects that full-year 2016 spending will be somewhat below the previous target range of $950 to $1,050 million.
Third quarter 2016 share repurchases were 1.7 million shares at a cost of $225 million. The company now expects full-year share repurchases of $750 million (prior target $700 to $800 million). Total debt was $7.6 billion at September 30, 2016 and $7.8 billion at the end of 2015.
Third Quarter 2016 Business Segment Results
Personal Care Segment
Third quarter sales of $2.3 billion decreased 2 percent. Changes in currency rates reduced sales 3 percent. Volumes increased approximately 3 percent while net selling prices were off 1 percent. Third quarter operating profit of $458 million decreased 5 percent. The comparison was impacted by unfavorable currencies, changes in net selling prices and product mix and increased marketing, research and general spending on a local currency basis, partially offset by volume growth and cost savings.
Sales in North America decreased 1 percent. Net selling prices were down 2 percent, while volumes improved 1 percent compared to 10 percent growth in the base period. Child care volumes rose double-digits, with benefits from innovations and category growth. Baby wipes volumes also increased double-digits and market shares improved. Huggies diaper and adult care volumes were down low single-digits and mid-single digits, respectively, compared to double-digit growth in the year-ago period that included benefits from innovation launches and increased promotion shipments. Adult care volumes in 2016 were also impacted by competitive promotion activity.
Sales in developing and emerging markets decreased 4 percent, including an 8 point drag from unfavorable currency rates. Volumes increased 4 percent, with gains in China, Eastern Europe and the Middle East/Africa, and declines in Argentina and Brazil. Overall net selling prices were even year-on-year, as increases in response to weaker currency rates and local cost inflation, primarily in Latin America, were offset by decreases in China.
Sales in developed markets outside North America (Australia, South Korea and Western/Central Europe) increased 1 percent. Volumes advanced 2 percent and product mix improved slightly, while net selling prices fell 2 percent.
Consumer Tissue Segment
Third quarter sales of $1.5 billion decreased 4 percent. Currency rates were unfavorable by 2 percent and volumes were off 2 percent. Third quarter operating profit of $267 million increased 3 percent. The comparison benefited from cost savings and input cost deflation, partially offset by unfavorable currencies and lower organic sales.
Sales in North America decreased 4 percent. Volumes were down 3 percent and product mix was unfavorable 1 percent. The volume comparison included impacts from changes in the timing of promotion shipments and strong growth in the year-ago period.
Sales in developing and emerging markets decreased 4 percent, including a 4 point negative impact from currency rates. Net selling prices rose 3 percent, offset by lower volumes.
Sales in developed markets outside North America fell 4 percent, with currency rates unfavorable by 3 percent. Net selling prices were down 2 percent, while volumes were up 1 percent.
K-C Professional (KCP) Segment
Third quarter sales of $0.8 billion decreased 3 percent. Changes in currency rates reduced sales 2 percent. Volumes declined 2 percent, while net selling prices rose 1 percent. Product mix/other was down slightly, including an approximate 1 percent impact from lower sales of nonwovens to Halyard Health, Inc. Third quarter operating profit of $157 million increased 2 percent. The comparison benefited from higher net selling prices and cost savings, mostly offset by unfavorable currency effects and lower volumes.
Sales in North America increased 1 percent due to higher net selling prices. Overall volumes were even year-on-year, as growth in washroom products was offset by declines in other categories.
Sales in developing and emerging markets decreased 1 percent, including a 5 point drag from currency rates. Net selling prices rose 4 percent, primarily in Latin America, and product mix improved 1 percent, while volumes fell 2 percent.
Sales in developed markets outside North America were down 6 percent. Changes in currency rates reduced sales 2 percent. Volumes fell 6 percent, while the combined impact of changes in net selling prices and product mix increased sales 1 percent. The volume decline was driven by results in Western/Central Europe.
For the first nine months of 2016, sales of $13.7 billion decreased approximately 3 percent compared to the year-ago period, as changes in foreign currency exchange rates reduced sales by more than 4 percent. Organic sales rose about 2 percent due to higher volumes.
Year-to-date operating profit was $2,478 million in 2016 versus $983 million in 2015. Results in 2015 included $1,350 million of pension settlement charges. Adjusted operating profit of $2,482 million in 2016 increased 2 percent compared to $2,431 million in 2015. Results in 2016 included $295 million of FORCE cost savings and $45 million of savings from the 2014 Organization Restructuring. In addition, input costs were $60 million lower. Translation effects due to changes in foreign currency exchange rates lowered operating profit by $85 million and transaction effects also negatively impacted results.
Through nine months, diluted net income per share was $4.58 in 2016 and $1.85 in 2015. Adjusted earnings per share of $4.59 in 2016 increased 6 percent versus $4.34 in 2015.
2014 Organization Restructuring
In October 2014, Kimberly-Clark 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. The restructuring is intended to improve underlying profitability and increase flexibility to invest in targeted growth initiatives, brand building and other capabilities critical to delivering future growth.
The restructuring is expected to be completed by the end of 2016, with total costs anticipated to be toward the high end of the previously communicated range of $130 to $160 million after tax ($190 to $230 million pre-tax). Cumulative pre-tax savings from the restructuring are expected to be toward the high end of the previously communicated range of $120 to $140 million by the end of 2017. Through the end of the third quarter of 2016, cumulative restructuring costs were $149 million after tax ($211 million pre-tax) and cumulative savings were $115 million.
2016 Outlook and Key Planning Assumptions
The company updated the following key planning and guidance assumptions for full-year 2016:
Negative foreign currency translation effects on net sales and operating profit are expected to be 4 percent and 3 percent, respectively (prior assumption 4 to 5 percent range for each).
Organic sales growth is expected to be 2 percent compared to the company’s prior expectation for growth at the low end of the 3 to 5 percent range.
Adjusted earnings per share are expected to be $5.95 to $6.05 compared to the previous guidance range of $5.95 to $6.15.
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. See previous discussion in this news release.
Turkey Restructuring. In the third quarter of 2015, the company initiated actions to restructure its business in Turkey, including the closing of a manufacturing facility.
Venezuelan operations. In the first quarter of 2015, following the Venezuelan government’s elimination of the SICAD II exchange rate, the company recorded a charge for remeasuring the local currency balance sheet in Venezuela at the SIMADI floating exchange rate. 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.
Pension settlement charges. In 2015, the company started to offer a lump-sum pension benefit payout option for certain plan participants. In addition, Kimberly-Clark purchased group annuity contracts that transferred to two insurance companies the pension benefit obligations for certain Kimberly-Clark retirees. As a result, the company recognized pension settlement charges in 2015, mostly in the second quarter.
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.
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 144-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.
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