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Skyrocketing Costs Eat Away at Kimberly-Clark's Near-term Profits, But Competitive Edge Unwavering

Erin Lash, CFA Sector Director

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From our vantage point, narrow-moat Kimberly-Clark continues to struggle navigating a volatile demand environment and pronounced cost pressures. While we didn't anticipate the significant level of consumer stock-ups realized since the onset of coronavirus would persist (particularly as mobility restrictions ease), commodity cost inflation has outpaced our expectations (serving as an 800-basis-point drag to gross margins in the second quarter), and these pressures are unlikely to abate. In this context, Kimberly expects inflation in the range of $1.4 billion to $1.6 billion in fiscal 2022, on top of the $1.5 billion in incremental costs incurred in fiscal 2021.

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With around half of sales from personal care and another third from tissue products, Kimberly-Clark sits as a leading manufacturer of tissue and hygiene realm. Its brand mix includes Huggies, Pull-Ups, Kotex, Depend, Kleenex, and Cottonelle. The firm also operates K-C Professional, which partners with businesses to provide safety and sanitary products for the workplace. Kimberly-Clark generates just over of half its sales in North America and more than 10% in Europe, with the rest primarily concentrated in Asia and Latin America.

P.O. Box 619100
Dallas, TX, 75261-9100
T +1 972 281-1200
Industry Household & Personal Products
Most Recent Earnings Jun 30, 2022
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2022
Employees 45,000

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