Kimberly-Clark announces third quarter 2021 results


Kimberly-Clark announces third quarter 2021 results


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October 27, 2021
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Kimberly-Clark announces third quarter 2021 results

Executive Summary

  • Third quarter 2021 net sales of $5.0 billion increased 7 percent compared to the year-ago period, with an organic sales increase of 4 percent.
  • Diluted net income per share for the third quarter was $1.39 in 2021 and $1.38 in 2020.
  • Third quarter adjusted earnings per share were $1.62 in 2021 compared to $1.72 in 2020. Adjusted earnings per share exclude certain items described later in this news release.
  • Diluted net income per share for 2021 is anticipated to be $5.15 to $5.60.
  • The company is now targeting a full-year 2021 organic sales decline of 1 to 2 percent and adjusted earnings per share of $6.05 to $6.25. The prior outlook was for organic sales decline of 0 to 2 percent and adjusted earnings per share of $6.65 to $6.90. The updated earnings outlook reflects significantly higher input cost inflation.

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Mike Hsu said, "Our third quarter results reflect a dynamic and challenging macro environment.  Our organic sales were strong, including double-digit growth in a number of our personal care markets, and improving performance in tissue and our professional business.  Market share performance also remained strong, demonstrating the strength of our innovation and excellent local commerical execution. Our earnings were negatively impacted by significant inflation and supply chain disruptions that increased our costs beyond what we anticipated.  We are taking further action, including additional pricing and enhanced cost management, to mitigate these headwinds as it is becoming clear they are not likely to be resolved quickly." 

Hsu continued, "We will continue to invest in our brands and capabilities as we navigate through this volatile and difficult macro environment.  Our strategy is working, and we remain confident in our future and our ability to create long-term shareholder value." 

Third Quarter 2021 Operating Results

Sales of $5.0 billion in the third quarter of 2021 increased 7 percent versus the prior year.  Changes in foreign currency exchange rates increased sales 1 percent and the net impact of the Softex Indonesia acquisition and exited businesses in conjunction with the 2018 Global Restructuring Program increased sales 2 percent.  Organic sales increased 4 percent as net selling prices rose 3 percent and product mix increased sales 1 percent.

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 in developing and emerging (D&E) markets and were even with year-ago in developed markets.

Third quarter operating profit was $657 million in 2021 and $666 million in 2020.