Kimberly Clark (KMB) Issues FY 2019 Earnings Guidance
Kimberly Clark (NYSE:KMB) updated its FY 2019 earnings guidance on Monday. The company provided EPS guidance of $6.50-6.70 for the period, compared to the Thomson Reuters consensus EPS estimate of $6.60.
A number of research analysts have recently commented on the company. Zacks Investment Research raised Kimberly Clark from a hold rating to a buy rating and set a $138.00 price target on the stock in a report on Monday, April 15th. BNP Paribas began coverage on Kimberly Clark in a report on Monday, February 11th. They set an outperform rating and a $130.00 price target on the stock. Barclays reaffirmed a hold rating and set a $109.00 target price on shares of Kimberly Clark in a research note on Friday, January 25th. Exane BNP Paribas began coverage on Kimberly Clark in a research note on Tuesday, February 12th. They set an outperform rating and a $130.00 target price for the company. Finally, Wells Fargo & Co reaffirmed a hold rating and set a $105.00 target price on shares of Kimberly Clark in a research note on Wednesday, January 23rd. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have assigned a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the company. The stock currently has a consensus rating of Hold and a consensus price target of $114.88.
NYSE:KMB opened at $123.55 on Monday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 51.24, a current ratio of 0.77 and a quick ratio of 0.49. Kimberly Clark has a 1-year low of $97.10 and a 1-year high of $124.76. The firm has a market capitalization of $42.51 billion, a P/E ratio of 18.69, a P/E/G ratio of 3.39 and a beta of 0.60.
The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Tuesday, April 2nd. Investors of record on Friday, March 8th were given a $1.03 dividend. This is a positive change from Kimberly Clark’s previous quarterly dividend of $1.00. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, March 7th. This represents a $4.12 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 3.33%. Kimberly Clark’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 62.33%.
In related news, insider Anthony J. Palmer sold 6,122 shares of the stock in a transaction on Friday, February 8th. The stock was sold at an average price of $115.11, for a total value of $704,703.42. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. Company insiders own 0.85% of the company’s stock.
Kimberly Clark Company Profile
Kimberly-Clark Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and markets personal care, consumer tissue, and professional products worldwide. It operates through three segments: Personal Care, Consumer Tissue, and K-C Professional. The Personal Care segment offers disposable diapers, training and youth pants, swimpants, baby wipes, feminine and incontinence care products, and other related products under the Huggies, Pull-Ups, Little Swimmers, GoodNites, DryNites, Kotex, U by Kotex, Intimus, Depend, Plenitud, Poise, and other brand names.
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