Kimberly Clark Corp (NYSE:KMB) Net profit fell 1% in Third Quarter

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Kimberly Clark Corp (NYSE:KMB) stock rose 1.06% (As on Oct 26, 11:34:51 AM UTC-4, Source: Google Finance) after the company posted mixed results for the third quarter of FY 21 and cut its guidance for the third straight quarter. Third quarter adjusted operating profit was $745 million in 2021 and $806 million in 2020.  Results were impacted by $480 million of higher input costs, driven by pulp and polymer-based materials, distribution and energy costs. The company now plans to hike prices and optimize costs “to mitigate these headwinds as it is becoming clear they are not likely to be resolved quickly”. Net profit fell 1%, to $469 million. However, Organic sales were strong of 4% in the quarter and included the impact of pricing actions implemented in the second and third quarters. In North America Personal Care organic sales were, up 11%, driven by mid single-digit increases in both net selling price and volume. In D&E markets personal care, organic sales were up 7% organic sales increased double digits in Argentina, Brazil, China, India, Eastern Europe and South Africa. In North America, organic sales increased 3 percent in consumer products and 16 percent in K-C Professional.  Outside North America, organic sales were up 6 percent. The top line performance was strong despite the resurgence of COVID, which impacted growth in ASEAN, Latin American and KC Professional. The company delivered solid savings of $150 million in the quarter, $115 million of cost savings from the company’s FORCE (Focused On Reducing Costs Everywhere) program, $35 million of cost savings from the 2018 Global Restructuring Program and lower marketing, research and general expense and the company also reduced between the line spending.

KMB in the third quarter of FY 21 has reported the adjusted earnings per share of $1.62, missing the analysts’ estimates for the adjusted earnings per share of $1.66. The company had reported the adjusted revenue growth of 7 percent to $5.01 billion in the third quarter of FY 21, beating the analysts’ estimates for revenue of $5 billion.

Additionally, the capital spending for the third quarter was $235 million in 2021 and $258 million in 2020.  Third quarter 2021 share repurchases were 0.4 million shares at a cost of $58 million.  The company now plans for full-year repurchases of approximately $400 million, at the low end of the previous range of $400 to $450 million.

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