Kimberly-Clark Announces Preliminary Second Quarter 2008 Results



    
    2Q Net Sales Increased Approximately 11 Percent to $5.0 Billion in 2008;
    GAAP-Basis EPS Were $0.99 vs. $1.00 in 2007

    Adjusted EPS Declined 1 Percent to $1.03, Below Previous Guidance for the
    Quarter

    Company Updates Earnings Guidance for 2008 in Light of Significant
Increase
    in Cost Inflation; Now Expects Adjusted EPS of $4.20 to $4.30 Compared
with
    Previous Range of $4.45 to $4.60

    
    DALLAS, July 14 /CNW/ -- Kimberly-Clark Corporation (NYSE:   KMB) today
reported that net sales in the second quarter of 2008, based on preliminary
figures, advanced 11 percent to $5.0 billion.  Sales growth was highlighted by
double-digit increases in the Personal Care and K-C Professional businesses,
with particular strength in developing and emerging markets.  Overall, organic
sales growth is estimated to be about 7 percent, driven primarily by increased
sales volumes and higher net selling prices.
    Diluted net income per share for the quarter is estimated to be $0.99
compared with $1.00 in the prior year.  Preliminary adjusted earnings were
$1.03 per share versus $1.04 per share in the second quarter of 2007 and below
the company's previous guidance range of $1.08 to $1.11 per share.  Although
top-line growth and savings from cost reduction programs benefited
year-over-year earnings comparisons, these factors were more than offset by a
significant increase in cost inflation and a planned higher investment in
strategic marketing of nearly $25 million.  Full details of the quarterly
results will be announced on July 24, 2008.
    The company noted that the shortfall in adjusted earnings per share
versus its previous guidance was driven primarily by the rapid escalation in
costs that occurred during the second quarter.  Inflation was approximately
$50 million higher than estimated heading into the quarter, with the greatest
increases in energy costs, particularly natural gas, oil-based materials and
distribution costs.  Margins were adversely impacted across all businesses.
    Adjusted earnings per share excludes charges for strategic cost
reductions to streamline the company's operations in both years and certain
incremental implementation costs related to the strategic cost reduction plan
in 2007, as well as an after-tax extraordinary loss related to the
restructuring of certain contractual arrangements in the second quarter of
2008.  Additional detail on these items and further information about adjusted
earnings per share and why the company uses this non-GAAP financial measure is
provided later in this news release.
    Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Thomas J. Falk said, "While I'm
encouraged by our continued strong top-line growth in the quarter, I'm
disappointed that the dramatic acceleration in inflation over the last quarter
has interrupted our progress in delivering on our bottom-line commitments.
Given second quarter results and our planning assumption that raw material and
energy costs will remain at elevated levels, we anticipate our margins will
remain under pressure in the near-term.
    "In this environment, we are intent on improving revenue realization in
order to offset recent commodity cost increases and restore profitability to
acceptable levels.  That's why we just raised prices again in K-C Professional
in the U.S. and will shortly be implementing our second price increase of the
year across most of our U.S. consumer tissue and personal care categories.  We
have also implemented or announced price increases in a number of other
markets around the world.  Moreover, further pricing actions may be warranted
by the cost environment.
    "In the meantime, we will continue to focus on executing our Global
Business Plan strategies to drive sustainable growth and long-term competitive
advantage.  I am convinced that we are doing the right things for the
long-term health of our businesses and that we are effectively managing those
factors which we can control -- generating top-line growth; driving costs out
of the system; building our brands; improving our capabilities in marketing,
innovation and customer development; and deploying our cash in
shareholder-friendly ways."
    
    Outlook
    
    The company updated key planning and guidance assumptions for 2008, as
follows:
    -- Organic sales growth of 5 to 7 percent.  This assumes implementation
of recently announced price increases in the U.S.
    -- Net sales growth of 8 to 10 percent.  Given current rates of exchange,
currency should benefit sales for the full year by approximately 3 percent.
    -- Inflation of as much as $900 million, more than double the company's
original estimate.  This reflects pricing for benchmark northern softwood pulp
of $890 to $910 per metric ton in the second half of the year.  It also
assumes that oil prices and natural gas prices will be similar to current
levels over the balance of the year, in ranges of $135 to $145 per barrel and
$12 to $13 per mmbtu, respectively.
    -- Capital investments of $850 to $950 million that will help support
future sales and earnings growth.  This is consistent with the company's
original plan for the year.
    -- Share repurchases totaling $700 to $800 million in 2008.  This will
allow for the repurchase of approximately 3 percent of the company's
outstanding shares at the beginning of the year.
    -- Adjusted earnings per share for the third quarter are expected to be
in a range of $0.98 to $1.03.  This compares with $1.07 per share in 2007.
    -- Adjusted earnings per share for the full year are expected to be in a
range of $4.20 to $4.30.  This compares to previous guidance of $4.45 to $4.60
and 2007 adjusted earnings per share of $4.25.
    Commenting on the outlook, Falk said, "We have plans in place to generate
continued solid growth in organic sales over the balance of the year,
supported by higher levels of spending for strategic marketing and customer
development and our innovation pipeline.  Unfortunately, the significant
increase in cost inflation has outpaced our ability to offset higher costs in
the near-term through price increases, cost reductions and other measures.
However, we expect adjusted operating profit and adjusted earnings per share
will improve sequentially in the fourth quarter as our price increases gain
traction, assuming no further material increases in input costs from current
levels.
    "Despite the unprecedented levels of inflation we are experiencing, we
will continue to invest wisely to support our brands and still expect to
increase marketing spending at a faster rate than sales for the year.
Moreover, capital spending plans are on track and we expect to repurchase a
significant amount of our stock in 2008.  These decisions are important for
our business in the long run, while we take the necessary steps in the short
run to get our business performance back on track with our Global Business
Plan objectives."
    
    Non-GAAP financial measures
    
    This press release and the accompanying tables include adjusted earnings
per share, a financial measure that has not been calculated in accordance with
accounting principles generally accepted in the U.S., or GAAP, and is
therefore referred to as a non-GAAP financial measure.
    This non-GAAP financial measure excludes certain items that are included
in the company's earnings per share calculated in accordance with GAAP. A
detailed explanation of each of the adjustments to the comparable GAAP
financial measure is given below.  In accordance with the requirements of SEC
Regulation G, a reconciliation of the non-GAAP financial measure to the
comparable GAAP financial measure is attached.
    The company provides this non-GAAP financial measure as supplemental
information to our GAAP financial measures.  Management and the company's
Board of Directors use adjusted earnings per share 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.
Additionally, the Management Development and Compensation Committee of the
company's Board of Directors uses this non-GAAP financial measure 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 determined by excluding
the charges that are used in calculating this non-GAAP financial measure.
    In addition, Kimberly-Clark management believes that investors'
understanding of the company's performance is enhanced by including this
non-GAAP financial measure as a reasonable basis for comparing the company's
ongoing results of operations.  Many investors are interested in understanding
the performance of our businesses by comparing our results from ongoing
operations from one period to the next.  By providing this non-GAAP financial
measure, together with a reconciliation, we believe we are enhancing
investors' understanding of our businesses and our results of operations, as
well as assisting investors in evaluating how well the company is executing
the material changes to our enterprise contemplated by the strategic cost
reduction plan.  Also, many financial analysts who follow our company focus on
and publish both historical results and future projections based on non-GAAP
financial measures.  We believe that it is in the best interests of our
investors for us to provide this information to analysts so that those
analysts accurately report the non-GAAP financial information.
    We calculate adjusted earnings per share by excluding from the comparable
GAAP measure (i) charges related to our strategic cost reduction plan for
streamlining the company's operations, (ii) certain incremental implementation
costs relating to our strategic cost reduction plan, (iii) an after-tax
extraordinary loss related to the restructuring of certain contractual
arrangements, and (iv) the gain on a litigation settlement.  Each of these
adjustments and the basis for such adjustments are described below:
    -- Strategic cost reduction plan. In July 2005, the company authorized a
strategic cost reduction plan aimed at streamlining manufacturing and
administrative operations, primarily in North America and Europe.  The
strategic cost reduction plan commenced in the third quarter of 2005 and is
expected to be substantially completed by December 31, 2008.  At the time we
announced the plan, we advised investors that we would report our earnings,
earnings per share and operating profit excluding the strategic cost reduction
plan charges so that investors could compare our operating results without the
plan charges from period to period and could assess our progress in
implementing the plan.  Management does not consider these charges to be part
of our earnings from ongoing operations for purposes of evaluating the
performance of its business units and their managers and excludes these
charges when making decisions to allocate resources among its business units.
    -- Implementation costs. In connection with our strategic cost reduction
plan, the company has incurred incremental implementation costs related to the
transfer of certain administrative processes to third-party providers.  These
costs were incurred primarily in the first six months of 2007.  Management
excludes these implementation costs from our earnings from ongoing operations
for purposes of evaluating the performance of our business units and their
managers and excludes these costs when making decisions to allocate resources
among its business units.
    -- Extraordinary loss.  In June 2008, the company restructured
contractual arrangements of two financing entities which resulted in the
consolidation of these two entities.  As a result of the consolidation, notes
receivable and loan obligations held by these entities with aggregate fair
values of $600 million and $612 million, respectively, have been included in
long-term notes receivable and long-term debt on the company's consolidated
balance sheet. Because the fair value of the loans exceeded the fair value of
the notes receivable, the company recorded an after-tax extraordinary loss of
approximately $8 million, or 2 cents per share, on its income statement for
the period ended June 30, 2008, as required by FASB Interpretation No. 46
(Revised December 2003), Consolidation of Variable Interest Entities.
Management does not consider this loss to be part of our earnings from ongoing
operations for purposes of evaluating the performance of its business units
and their managers and excludes this loss when making decisions to allocate
resources among its business units.
    -- Litigation settlement.  In the third quarter of 2007, the company
received proceeds from settlement of litigation related to prior years'
operations in Latin America.  Management does not consider this gain to be
part of our earnings from ongoing operations for purposes of evaluating the
performance of its business units and their managers and excludes this gain
when making decisions to allocate resources among its business units.
    This non-GAAP financial measure is not meant to be considered in
isolation or as a substitute for the comparable GAAP measure.  There are
limitations to this non-GAAP financial measure because it is not prepared in
accordance with GAAP and may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of
other companies due to potential differences in methods of calculation and
items being excluded.  The company compensates for these limitations by using
this non- GAAP financial measure as a supplement to the GAAP measure and by
providing a reconciliation of the non-GAAP and comparable GAAP financial
measure.  The non-GAAP financial measure should be read only in conjunction
with the company's consolidated financial statements prepared in accordance
with GAAP.
    
    Conference call
    
    A conference call to discuss this news release and other matters of
interest to investors and analysts will be held at 9 a.m. (CDT) tomorrow (July
15, 2008).  The conference call will be simultaneously broadcast over the
World Wide Web.  Stockholders and others are invited to listen to the live
broadcast or a playback, which can be accessed by following the instructions
set out in the Investors section of the company's Web site
(http://www.kimberly-clark.com).
    
    About Kimberly-Clark
    
    Kimberly-Clark and its well-known global brands are an indispensable part
of life for people in more than 150 countries.  Every day, 1.3 billion people
-- 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 more than 80 countries.
To keep up with the latest K-C news and to learn more about the company's
136-year history of innovation, visit http://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.
    Certain matters contained in this news release concerning the business
outlook, including new product introductions, cost savings, changes in
finished product selling prices, anticipated raw material and energy costs,
anticipated costs and benefits related to the strategic cost reduction plan,
anticipated financial and operating results, strategies, contingencies and
anticipated transactions of the company constitute forward-looking statements
and are based upon management's expectations and beliefs concerning future
events impacting the company.  There can be no assurance that these future
events will occur as anticipated or that the company's results will be as
estimated.  For a description of certain factors that could cause the
company's future results to differ materially from those expressed in any such
forward-looking statements, see Item 1A of the company's Annual Report on Form
10-K for the year ended December 31, 2007 entitled "Risk Factors."



    
                          KIMBERLY-CLARK CORPORATION
                            PERIODS ENDED JUNE 30
    NON-GAAP RECONCILIATION SCHEDULES
    
    The tables on the following pages present the reconciliation of non-GAAP
financial measures to GAAP financial measures.

    
    EARNINGS SUMMARY:
    

    
                                                    Three Months Ended June 30
    (Diluted Earnings Per Share)                       2008(*)           2007
    

    
    Adjusted Earnings Per Share                        $1.03          $1.04
    Adjusted for:
       Strategic Cost Reduction charges                (.02)           (.02)
       Implementation costs                              --            (.02)
       Extraordinary loss                              (.02)             --
    Earnings Per Share - Diluted                       $.99           $1.00
    

    
    (*) (Based on preliminary figures)
    



    
                          KIMBERLY-CLARK CORPORATION
                               OUTLOOK FOR 2008
    

    
    Estimated Full-Year 2008 Diluted Earnings Per Share:
    

    
                                                    Twelve Months
                                                  Ended December 31,
                                              2008(*)                 2007
    

    
    Adjusted Earnings Per Share          $4.20  - $4.30            $4.25
    Adjusted for:
       Strategic Cost Reductions          (.11) -  (.09)            (.14)
       Implementation Costs                 --       --             (.04)
       Extraordinary loss                 (.02)    (.02)              --
       Litigation Settlement                --       --              .02
    Earnings Per Share - Diluted         $4.07  - $4.19            $4.09
    



    
    Estimated Third Quarter 2008 Diluted Earnings Per Share:
    

    
                                                     Three Months
                                                  Ended September 30,
                                              2008(*)                 2007
    

    
    Adjusted Earnings Per Share           $.98  - $1.03            $1.07
    Adjusted for:
       Strategic Cost Reductions          (.03) -  (.02)            (.05)
       Litigation Settlement                --       --              .02
    Earnings Per Share - Diluted          $.95  - $1.01            $1.04
    

    
    (*) (Based on preliminary figures)

    




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palexand@kcc.com, or Media Relations, Dave Dickson, +1-972-281-1481,
ddickson@kcc.com, all of Kimberly-Clark Corporation Web Site:
http://www.kimberly-clark.com

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