Kimberly-Clark Announces Second Quarter 2010 Results


    
    2Q Net Sales Increased Approximately 3 Percent to $4.9 Billion

    EPS of $1.20 Up 24 Percent Compared With EPS of $0.97 in 2Q '09

    Marketing Spending Up Significantly to Support Product Launches and
    Targeted Growth Initiatives

    All-Time Record Ongoing Cost Savings of $105 Million

    Full-Year Share Repurchase Target Increased By $200 Million

    Company Reconfirms Previous Guidance for 2010 Adjusted EPS of $4.80 to
    $5.00










    
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<p><span class="xn-location">DALLAS</span>, <span class="xn-chron">July 23</span> /CNW/ -- Kimberly-Clark Corporation (NYSE:   KMB) today reported that net sales in the second quarter of 2010 increased 2.8 percent to <span class="xn-money">$4.9 billion</span>.  Organic sales rose 2 percent, driven by higher net selling prices of 2 percent, while sales volumes and product mix were even with year-ago levels.  The combined impact of the I-Flow Corporation and <span class="xn-location">Jackson</span> Safety acquisitions completed in 2009 added an additional point of sales growth, while changes in foreign currency rates had no overall impact on sales in the quarter.  The growth in organic sales was highlighted by a 6 percent gain for K-C's international operations in Asia, Latin America, the <span class="xn-location">Middle East</span>, Eastern <span class="xn-location">Europe</span> and <span class="xn-location">Africa</span>.</p>
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<p>Diluted net income per share for the quarter was <span class="xn-money">$1.20</span> compared with <span class="xn-money">$0.97</span> in 2009.  Bottom-line growth was favorably impacted by the higher net sales and improved profitability, as gross margin advanced 50 basis points and operating margin increased 170 basis points.  The margin comparisons benefited from increased net selling prices, significant cost reductions, lower pension expense and severance charges incurred in 2009.  On the other hand, the company absorbed input cost inflation of <span class="xn-money">$235 million</span> and increased strategic marketing spending by more than <span class="xn-money">$40 million</span> in the quarter to support product innovation and targeted growth initiatives.</p>
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<p>Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Thomas J. Falk said, "We delivered solid results in the second quarter despite a continued challenging environment.  Organic sales rose 2 percent, and we delivered strong improvements in operating margin and earnings per share despite significantly higher commodity costs.  Moreover, our ongoing cost savings momentum continues to enhance profitability and help fund our growth plans.  In addition, several of the innovations we've launched this year performed well in the second quarter, and we supported our brands with a considerable increase in strategic marketing spending.  Our targeted growth initiatives, particularly in our K-C International business and in higher-margin portions of Health Care and K-C Professional, continued to progress well.  Finally, we continued to deploy cash flow in shareholder-friendly ways, repurchasing <span class="xn-money">$350 million</span> of KMB stock in the second quarter and paying an attractive dividend.  All-in-all, we made progress in a number of areas in the second quarter, and through six months we're generally on track with our full-year plan, despite a difficult external environment."</p>
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    Review of second quarter sales by business segment
    
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<p>Sales of personal care products increased 2.8 percent compared with the second quarter of 2009.  Sales volumes rose more than 2 percent and net selling prices advanced 1 percent, while changes in currency rates reduced sales by approximately 1 percent.</p>
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<p>Personal care sales in <span class="xn-location">North America</span> increased 7 percent versus the second quarter of 2009.  Sales volumes were up 3 percent and net selling prices rose 2 percent, driven by a lower level of promotional activity for Huggies diapers.  In addition, changes in product mix and currency exchange rates each added 1 point of growth.  Feminine care sales volumes grew at a double-digit rate for the second consecutive quarter as a result of the U by Kotex line extension.  Adult care volumes also increased double-digits, with benefits from recent innovation on the Poise and Depend brands and supporting marketing campaigns.  In other areas of the business, sales volumes for the company's child care brands advanced 2 percent, while volumes for Huggies baby wipes were off 2 percent and volumes for Huggies diapers were down slightly.</p>
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<p>In <span class="xn-location">Europe</span>, personal care sales fell 5 percent in the quarter, including a negative currency effect of 2 percent.  Changes in net selling prices and product mix each reduced sales by 1 percent.  In addition, overall sales volumes were down 1 percent compared to a double-digit increase in the year-ago period.</p>
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<p>In K-C's international operations in Asia, Latin America, the <span class="xn-location">Middle East</span>, Eastern <span class="xn-location">Europe</span> and <span class="xn-location">Africa</span>, personal care sales increased 3 percent despite an unfavorable currency impact of 3 percent.  Sales volumes were up 5 percent, with strong growth in a number of markets, including <span class="xn-location">Australia</span>, <span class="xn-location">China</span> and most of Latin America.  On the other hand, volumes fell significantly in <span class="xn-location">Venezuela</span> in a difficult foreign currency exchange environment.  Overall net selling prices rose 1 percent, as increases in <span class="xn-location">Venezuela</span> were mostly offset by modest declines elsewhere.</p>
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<p>Sales of consumer tissue products decreased 1.7 percent in the second quarter.  Sales volumes were down 5 percent, while the company's revenue realization strategies led to increased net selling prices of 2 percent and improved product mix of 1 percent.</p>
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<p>In <span class="xn-location">North America</span>, sales of consumer tissue products decreased 5 percent compared to the year-ago period.  Net selling prices improved 2 percent, primarily due to sheet count reductions on Cottonelle bathroom tissue, and changes in product mix benefited sales 2 percent.  Sales volumes fell 9 percent in the quarter and were impacted by the sheet count reductions, consumer trade-down in paper towels and competitive promotional activity.  By product category, bathroom tissue volumes decreased high-single digits, towel volumes declined at a double-digit rate and Kleenex facial tissue volumes were down slightly.</p>
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<p>In <span class="xn-location">Europe</span>, consumer tissue sales declined about 5 percent compared with the second quarter of 2009, including unfavorable currency effects of 2 percent.  Sales volumes were off 2 percent in a continued difficult environment, while changes in product mix reduced sales 1 percent.</p>
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<p>In K-C's international operations in Asia, Latin America, the <span class="xn-location">Middle East</span>, Eastern <span class="xn-location">Europe</span> and <span class="xn-location">Africa</span>, consumer tissue sales increased 6 percent, including a 1 percent benefit from currency effects.  The growth in organic sales was due to higher net selling prices, while sales volumes and product mix were essentially even with the prior year.</p>
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<p>Sales of K-C Professional (KCP) & other products increased 8.8 percent compared with the second quarter of 2009.  The acquisition of <span class="xn-location">Jackson</span> Safety added 4 points of sales growth in the quarter.  In addition, net selling prices increased more than 4 percent and product mix was slightly positive, reflecting the company's continued focus on increasing net realized revenue.  Organic sales volumes were even with year-ago levels.</p>
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<p>In <span class="xn-location">North America</span>, KCP sales increased 11 percent, including an approximate 7 percent benefit from <span class="xn-location">Jackson</span> Safety.  Net selling prices rose 4 percent and changes in currency rates added 1 point of sales growth, while organic sales volumes were down about 1 percent.  Washroom product volumes declined in a continued difficult economic environment, while high-margin wiper and safety product volumes grew at a solid rate.  In <span class="xn-location">Europe</span>, KCP's sales rose 6 percent despite an unfavorable currency effect of 3 percent.  Sales volumes increased about 10 percent compared to a double-digit decline in the year-ago period and favorable product mix benefited sales by 1 percent, while net selling prices were down 2 percent.</p>
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<p>In K-C's international operations in Asia, Latin America, the <span class="xn-location">Middle East</span>, Eastern <span class="xn-location">Europe</span> and <span class="xn-location">Africa</span>, KCP's sales increased 19 percent, including a 1 percent benefit from currency effects.  The combined impact of higher net selling prices and improved product mix increased sales by 13 percent, and sales volumes were up 5 percent, with particular strength in Asia.</p>
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<p>Sales of health care products increased 2.7 percent in the second quarter.  Growth was driven by an 11 percent benefit from the acquisition of I-Flow Corporation and a 1 point increase from favorable currency exchange rates.  On the other hand, organic sales volumes declined 6 percent and net selling prices fell 3 percent.  The organic volume comparison was adversely affected by approximately 5 points due to increased demand in 2009 for face masks as a result of the H1N1 flu virus.  In addition, volume performance in 2010 was impacted by unanticipated distributor and end-user inventory reductions.  The company believes that most of these reductions are now complete.  Meanwhile, organic sales volumes for medical devices rose 9 percent in the quarter.</p>
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    Other second quarter operating results
    
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<p>Operating profit was <span class="xn-money">$711 million</span> in the second quarter of 2010, up 17 percent from <span class="xn-money">$609 million</span> in 2009.  In addition to the effect of higher net sales, there were a number of other significant factors affecting year-over-year operating profit comparisons.  Cost savings in the quarter from the company's FORCE (Focused On Reducing Costs Everywhere) program was an all-time record and totaled approximately <span class="xn-money">$105 million</span>.  Operating profit comparisons were aided by the previously mentioned <span class="xn-money">$110 million</span> severance charge in the year-ago period to streamline the company's organization structure, along with benefits of about <span class="xn-money">$35 million</span> in the current quarter from the initiative.  A breakdown of the severance charge by income statement line and business segment is included later in this news release.  Pension expense fell by about <span class="xn-money">$40 million</span>, as expected, with a majority of the decrease reflected in cost of sales.  In addition, increased manufacturing volumes as a result of production curtailment in the year-ago period benefited second quarter operating profit comparisons by approximately <span class="xn-money">$35 million</span>.  Meanwhile, inflation in key cost inputs amounted to about <span class="xn-money">$235 million</span> overall versus 2009, including <span class="xn-money">$145 million</span> in higher fiber costs, <span class="xn-money">$90 million</span> for raw materials other than fiber, primarily polymer resin and other oil-based materials, and <span class="xn-money">$5 million</span> in distribution costs, partially offset by <span class="xn-money">$5 million</span> of lower energy costs.  Overall marketing, research and general expenses were similar to year-ago levels, as increases in 2010, including the previously mentioned rise in strategic marketing and I-Flow expenses, were essentially offset by severance charges in 2009.</p>
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<p>Meanwhile, other (income) and expense, net was <span class="xn-money">$4 million</span> of expense in the second quarter of 2010.  That compares to <span class="xn-money">$41 million</span> of expense in the second quarter of 2009, which included about <span class="xn-money">$20 million</span> of currency transaction losses and a <span class="xn-money">$16 million</span> non-cash charge related to one of the company's financing entities.</p>
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<p>The company's effective tax rate for the second quarter of 2010 was 27.5 percent compared to 29.0 percent in the prior year.  The lower tax rate increased second quarter earnings by about 2 cents per share compared to the year-ago period.</p>
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<p>Kimberly-Clark's share of net income of equity companies in the second quarter increased to <span class="xn-money">$47 million</span> from <span class="xn-money">$44 million</span> in 2009, mainly as a result of higher net income at Kimberly-Clark de <span class="xn-location">Mexico</span>, S.A.B. de C.V. (KCM).  KCM achieved high-single digit organic sales growth, improved gross margin and delivered a high-single digit increase in net income.</p>
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    Cash flow and balance sheet
    
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<p>Cash provided by operations in the second quarter of 2010 totaled <span class="xn-money">$587 million</span> compared to <span class="xn-money">$997 million</span> in the prior year, which was a record second quarter result.  The decrease was driven by a slight increase in working capital compared to a significant decline in the prior year, partially offset by a lower level of pension plan contributions.  The company continues to aggressively manage its primary working capital position (accounts receivable + inventories - accounts payable) and now expects to exceed its original 2010 plan of reducing average cash conversion cycle by 3 to 5 days compared to 2009.  Second quarter contributions to the company's defined benefit pension plans totaled about <span class="xn-money">$50 million</span> in 2010 versus <span class="xn-money">$405 million</span> in 2009.  The company continues to target full-year 2010 pension contributions of approximately <span class="xn-money">$240 million</span>.</p>
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<p>Capital spending for the quarter was <span class="xn-money">$179 million</span> compared with <span class="xn-money">$185 million</span> in 2009.  The company now expects that full-year spending will be at the low end, or potentially slightly below, its target range of <span class="xn-money">$1.0 to $1.1 billion</span>.  During the second quarter, the company repurchased approximately 5.7 million shares of its common stock at a cost of about <span class="xn-money">$350 million</span>, bringing repurchases for the first half of the year to approximately <span class="xn-money">$500 million</span>.  Total debt and redeemable securities was <span class="xn-money">$6.7 billion</span> at <span class="xn-chron">June 30, 2010</span> compared with <span class="xn-money">$6.5 billion</span> at the end of 2009.</p>
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    Year-to-date results
    
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<p>For the first six months of 2010, sales of <span class="xn-money">$9.7 billion</span> increased 5.1 percent, including a favorable currency benefit of 2 percent.  Organic sales rose 2 percent, driven by higher net selling prices of 1 percent and increased sales volumes of approximately 1 percent, while the combined impact of the I-Flow Corporation and <span class="xn-location">Jackson</span> Safety acquisitions completed in 2009 added an additional point of sales growth.  Year-to-date operating profit of <span class="xn-money">$1,376 million</span> was up 11 percent compared to <span class="xn-money">$1,237 million</span> in 2009.  Adjusted operating profit in 2010 of <span class="xn-money">$1,474 million</span> increased 19 percent versus operating profit in the year-ago period.  Through six months, diluted net income per share in 2010 was <span class="xn-money">$2.11</span> and adjusted earnings per share were <span class="xn-money">$2.34</span> compared with diluted net income per share of <span class="xn-money">$1.95</span> in 2009.  Adjusted operating profit and adjusted earnings per share in 2010 exclude a one-time charge in the first quarter for the remeasurement of the local currency balance sheet in <span class="xn-location">Venezuela</span> as a result of the adoption of highly inflationary accounting in that country in <span class="xn-chron">January 2010</span>.  Additional detail on this item and further information about why the company uses these non-GAAP financial measures are provided later in this news release.</p>
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<p>Adjusted operating profit comparisons benefited from organic sales growth, FORCE cost savings of <span class="xn-money">$185 million</span>, severance charges of <span class="xn-money">$110 million</span> in 2009 to streamline the organization, benefits of <span class="xn-money">$70 million</span> in 2010 from the streamlining initiative, lower pension expense of <span class="xn-money">$80 million</span>, and increased manufacturing volumes as a result of production curtailment in the year-ago period benefited comparisons by approximately <span class="xn-money">$65 million</span>.  These positive factors were partially offset by inflation in key cost inputs of about <span class="xn-money">$310 million</span> and increased marketing, research and general expenses, including higher strategic marketing spending of about <span class="xn-money">$100 million</span> and increases related to the I-Flow acquisition and to support future growth in K-C International.</p>
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    Outlook
    
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<p>The company updated several key planning and guidance assumptions for 2010, as follows:</p>
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    --  Net sales increase of 3 to 5 percent versus previous guidance for an
        increase of 4 to 6 percent.
        --  Organic sales are expected to grow 2 to 4 percent compared to the
            previous assumption for growth of 3 to 4 percent.  Given first
half
            of year results and the current environment, the company
            anticipates that volumes will increase 1 to 2 percent versus the
            previous target of 2 to 3 percent.  The combination of higher net
            selling prices and improved product mix should contribute 1 to 2
            points of sales growth compared to the previous assumption of a 1
            point benefit.
        --  Currency rates are expected to have no overall impact on 2010
sales
            versus the previous assumption for an increase between 0 and 1
            percent.
        --  The combined impact of the 2009 acquisitions of I-Flow Corporation
            and Jackson Safety should benefit 2010 sales by 1 point.  This is
            unchanged from the company's previous guidance.
    --  Inflation in key cost inputs of $700 to $800 million compared to the
        previous assumption of $600 to $700 million.  This reflects estimated
        average market pricing for benchmark northern softwood pulp of
        approximately $930 to $950 per metric ton and oil prices averaging $75
        to $80 per barrel for the year.  The increased inflation assumption is
        primarily due to higher costs for virgin pulp, polymer resin and
        superabsorbent.
    --  Savings from the company's FORCE program totaling at least $300
        million, up from the previous assumption of $200 to $250 million.  The
        company continues to aggressively identify and implement incremental
        savings opportunities, particularly in sourcing and supply chain
        activities.
    --  Share repurchases are expected to total $700 to $800 million, subject
        to market conditions.  That compares to the previous target of $500 to
        $600 million and reflects continued strong cash flow.


    
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<p>Commenting on the outlook, Falk said, "Despite the near-term headwinds we are facing, we remain committed to do what's right for the long-run success of our business and to deliver solid results in the short-term.  We will continue to strengthen our brands, pursue our targeted growth initiatives and invest for future growth.  We have already launched a number of innovations this year and will bring more to market in the back half of the year.  We will support our brands and growth initiatives with strong marketing programs and continue to expect that strategic marketing spending will rise at a faster pace than sales in 2010.  In addition, based on plans in place, we expect organic sales volumes in the back half of the year to pick up somewhat from second quarter levels.</p>
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<p>"We are now planning for somewhat higher input cost inflation in 2010 than previously estimated, although we continue to expect that pulp costs will start to fall sequentially in the second half of the year.  In the meantime, we continue to focus on increasing revenue realization in a competitive environment, generating incremental cost savings and controlling discretionary spending.  We remain focused on cash generation and allocating it in shareholder-friendly ways, and our increased share repurchase plan for the year should provide a modest boost to earnings per share in 2010.  All-in-all, these actions will help offset the additional headwinds we are facing.</p>
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<p>"In summary, we are continuing to target adjusted earnings per share in 2010 in a range of <span class="xn-money">$4.80 to $5.00</span> per share.  And consistent with our previous guidance, with what we know now, it's more likely that adjusted EPS will be toward the low end of that range.  We are firmly convinced that we are executing the right strategies to drive sustainable growth and long-term shareholder value."</p>
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    Non-GAAP financial measures
    
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<p>This press release and the accompanying tables include the following financial measures that have not been calculated in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the U.S., or GAAP, and are therefore referred to as nonGAAP financial measures.</p>
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    --  Adjusted earnings and earnings per share
    --  Adjusted operating profit
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<p>These non-GAAP financial measures exclude the following item included in the company's earnings, earnings per share, operating profit and effective tax rate for the six months ended <span class="xn-chron">June 30, 2010</span> calculated in accordance with GAAP:</p>
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    --  Adoption of highly inflationary accounting for our Venezuelan
        operations.  The company recorded a one-time after tax loss in first
        quarter 2010 for the remeasurement of the local currency balance sheet
        in Venezuela as a result of the adoption of highly inflationary
        accounting in that country effective January 1, 2010.  Management does
        not consider this loss to be part of our earnings from ongoing
        operations for the 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.


    
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<p>In accordance with the SEC's requirements, reconciliations of the non-GAAP financial measures to the comparable GAAP financial measures are attached.</p>
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<p>The company provides these non-GAAP financial measures as supplemental information to our GAAP financial measures.  Management and the company's Board of Directors use adjusted earnings, adjusted earnings per share and adjusted operating profit 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.</p>
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<p>Additionally, the Management Development and Compensation Committee of the company's Board of Directors has used the non-GAAP financial measures 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 these non-GAAP financial measures.</p>
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<p>In addition, Kimberly-Clark management believes that investors' understanding of the company's performance is enhanced by including these non-GAAP financial measures 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 these non-GAAP financial measures, together with reconciliations, we believe we are enhancing investors' understanding of our businesses and our results of operations.  Also, many financial analysts who follow our company focus on and publish both historical results and future projections based on nonGAAP 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.</p>
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<p>These non-GAAP financial measures are not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the comparable GAAP measure.  There are limitations to these non-GAAP financial measures because they are 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 these non-GAAP financial measures as a supplement to the GAAP measures and by providing reconciliations of the non-GAAP and comparable GAAP financial measures.  The non-GAAP financial measures should be read only in conjunction with the company's consolidated financial statements prepared in accordance with GAAP.</p>
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    Conference call
    
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<p>A conference call to discuss this news release and other matters of interest to investors and analysts will be held at <span class="xn-chron">9 a.m. (CDT</span>) today.  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 (<a href="http://www.kimberly-clark.com">www.kimberly-clark.com</a>).</p>
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    About Kimberly-Clark
    
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<p>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 138-year history of innovation, visit <a href="http://www.kimberly-clark.com">www.kimberly-clark.com</a>.</p>
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<p>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.</p>
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<p>Certain matters contained in this news release concerning the business outlook, including anticipated raw material and energy costs, economic conditions, anticipated currency rates and exchange risk, anticipated impact of acquisitions, cost savings, changes in finished product selling prices, cash flow and uses of cash, capital spending, marketing spending, anticipated benefits related to the organization optimization initiative, anticipated financial and operating results, revenue realization 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 <span class="xn-chron">December 31, 2009</span> entitled "Risk Factors."</p>
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               KIMBERLY-CLARK CORPORATION
             CONSOLIDATED INCOME STATEMENT
                 PERIODS ENDED JUNE 30
    (Millions of dollars, except per share amounts)
    
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                                              Months
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                                             June 30
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    Net Sales                           $4,857           $4,727         2.8%
                                                                          +
        Cost of products sold              3,213            3,154         1.9%
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                                                                          +
    Gross Profit                           1,644            1,573         4.5%
        Marketing, research and                                           +
         general expenses                  929              923         0.7%
        Other (income) and expense,                                       -
         net                                 4               41        90.2%
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    Operating Profit                       711              609       +16.7%
        Interest income                      6                6           -
                                                                          -
        Interest expense                     (60)             (71)       15.5%
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    Income Before Income Taxes
     and  Equity Interests                 657              544       +20.8%
        Provision for income taxes        (181)            (158)      +14.6%
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    Income Before Equity
     Interests                             476              386       +23.3%
        Share of net income of                                            +
         equity companies                   47               44         6.8%
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    Net Income                             523              430       +21.6%
        Net income attributable to                                        -
         noncontrolling interests          (25)             (27)        7.4%
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    Net Income Attributable to
     Kimberly-Clark
     Corporation                          $498             $403       +23.6%
    
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        Per Share Basis - Diluted
         Net Income Attributable to
         Kimberly-Clark
         Corporation                     $1.20             $.97       +23.7%
    
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                          KIMBERLY-CLARK CORPORATION
                             PERIODS ENDED JUNE 30
                             (Millions of dollars)
    
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    Notes:
    1. Organization optimization charges are included in the Consolidated
    Income Statement as follows:
    
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                                           Three Months
                                           Ended June 30
                                                     2009
                                                     ----
    Cost of products sold                          $27
    
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    Marketing, research and general
     expenses                                         83
    
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    Provision for income taxes                       (32)
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<p>Net Charges                                    <span class="xn-money">$78</span></p>
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               KIMBERLY-CLARK CORPORATION
             CONSOLIDATED INCOME STATEMENT
                 PERIODS ENDED JUNE 30
    (Millions of dollars, except per share amounts)
    
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                                          Months
                                          Ended
                                         June 30
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                                      2010             2009      Change
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    Net Sales                       $9,692           $9,220         5.1%
                                                                      +
        Cost of products sold          6,401            6,193         3.4%
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                                                                      +
    Gross Profit                       3,291            3,027         8.7%
        Marketing, research and                                       +
         general expenses            1,810            1,672         8.3%
        Other (income) and expense,                                    -
         net                           105              118        11.0%
                                       ---              ---
    
</pre>
<p> </p>
<pre>
    
    Operating Profit                 1,376            1,237       +11.2%
                                                                      -
        Interest income                   11               14        21.4%
                                                                      -
        Interest expense                (121)            (144)       16.0%
                                      ----             ----
    
</pre>
<p> </p>
<pre>
    
    Income Before Income Taxes
     and  Equity Interests           1,266            1,107       +14.4%
        Provision for income taxes    (422)            (322)      +31.1%
                                      ----             ----
    Income Before Equity                                              +
     Interests                         844              785         7.5%
        Share of net income of
         equity companies               90               76       +18.4%
                                       ---              ---
    
</pre>
<p> </p>
<pre>
    
                                                                      +
    Net Income                           934              861         8.5%
        Net income attributable to                                    +
         noncontrolling interests      (52)             (51)        2.0%
                                       ---              ---
    
</pre>
<p> </p>
<pre>
    
    Net Income Attributable to
     Kimberly-Clark                                                 8.9%
     Corporation                      $882             $810           +
    
</pre>
<p> </p>
<p> </p>
<pre>
    
    Per Share Basis - Diluted
     Net Income Attributable to
     Kimberly-Clark                                                 8.2%
     Corporation                     $2.11            $1.95           +
    
</pre>
<p> </p>
<p> </p>
<pre>
    
    Unaudited


    
</pre>
<p> </p>
<pre>
    
                           KIMBERLY-CLARK CORPORATION
                              PERIODS ENDED JUNE 30
                 (Millions of dollars, except per share amounts)
    
</pre>
<p> </p>
<p> </p>
<pre>
    
    Notes:
              Effective January 1, 2010, the Corporation began accounting for
              its Venezuelan subsidiary's operations as highly inflationary
              and the subsidiary's functional currency became the U.S. dollar,
              as required by U.S. accounting rules.  As a result, the
              Corporation recorded a one-time after tax charge of $96 million
              in first quarter 2010 to remeasure the subsidiary's bolivar-
              denominated net monetary asset position into U.S. dollars at a
              parallel exchange rate of approximately 6 bolivars per U.S.
              dollar.  This charge was recorded in the following Consolidated
              Income Statement line items for the six months ended June 30,
    1.        2010:


    
</pre>
<p> </p>
<p> </p>
<p>Cost of products sold                      <span class="xn-money">$19</span></p>
<p> </p>
<pre>
    
    Other (income) and
     expense, net                               79
    
</pre>
<p> </p>
<pre>
    
    Provision for income
     taxes                                      (2)
                                               ---
    
</pre>
<p> </p>
<pre>
    
      Net charge                               $96


    
</pre>
<p> </p>
<p> </p>
<pre>
    
              Organization optimization charges for the six months and three
    2.        months ended June 30, 2009 are the same.
    3.       Other Information:


    
</pre>
<p> </p>
<p> </p>
<pre>
    
                                                   Six Months
                                                  Ended June 30
                                                  -------------
                                                    2010           2009
                                                    ----           ----
    Cash Dividends Declared Per Share              $1.32          $1.20
    
</pre>
<p> </p>
<pre>
    
                                                     June 30
                                                     -------
    Common Shares (Millions)                 2010         2009
    ------------------------                 ----         ----
    
</pre>
<p> </p>
<p>Outstanding, as of                      409.7         414.3</p>
<p> </p>
<pre>
    
    Average Diluted for:
       Three Months Ended                   415.6         415.9
       Six Months Ended                     417.3         415.9
    
</pre>
<p> </p>
<pre>
    
    Unaudited


    
</pre>
<p> </p>
<pre>
    
                          KIMBERLY-CLARK CORPORATION
                             PERIODS ENDED JUNE 30
                             (Millions of dollars)
    
</pre>
<p> </p>
<p>Supplemental Financial Information:</p>
<p> </p>
<pre>
    
    Preliminary Balance Sheet Data:
    -------------------------------
                                                            December
                                                  June 30            31
                                                       2010    2009
                                                       ----    ----
    
</pre>
<p> </p>
<p>Cash and cash equivalents                          <span class="xn-money">$585</span>    <span class="xn-money">$798</span></p>
<p> </p>
<p>Accounts receivable, net                          2,390   2,566</p>
<p> </p>
<p>Inventories                                       2,233   2,033</p>
<p> </p>
<p>Total current assets                              5,621   5,864</p>
<p> </p>
<p>Total assets                                     18,713  19,209</p>
<p> </p>
<p>Accounts payable                                  2,055   1,920</p>
<p> </p>
<p>Debt payable within one year                      1,157     610</p>
<p> </p>
<p>Total current liabilities                         5,456   4,923</p>
<p> </p>
<p>Long-term debt                                    4,442   4,792</p>
<p> </p>
<pre>
    
    Redeemable preferred and common securities of
     subsidiaries                                     1,052   1,052
    
</pre>
<p> </p>
<pre>
    
    Stockholders' equity                              5,287   5,690


    
</pre>
<p> </p>
<p> </p>
<p> </p>
<pre>
    
                            Three            Six
                           Months           Months
                            Ended           Ended
                           June 30         June 30
                              -------        -------
    Preliminary Cash
     Flow Data:         2010          2009       2010  2009
    ----------------    ----          ----       ----  ----
    
</pre>
<p> </p>
<pre>
    
    Depreciation and
     amortization       $209          $190       $402  $367
    
</pre>
<p> </p>
<pre>
    
    Cash provided by
     operations          587           997      1,051 1,689
    
</pre>
<p> </p>
<p>Capital spending     179           185        363   396</p>
<p> </p>
<pre>
    
    Cash used for
     investing           170           427        289   596
    
</pre>
<p> </p>
<p>Cash dividends paid  275           248        525   488</p>
<p> </p>
<pre>
    
    Cash used for
     financing           495           594        912   889
    
</pre>
<p> </p>
<pre>
    
    Unaudited




    KIMBERLY-CLARK CORPORATION
    PERIODS ENDED JUNE 30

    Description of Business Segments

    
</pre>
<p>The Corporation is organized into operating segments based on product groupings. These operating segments have been aggregated into four reportable global business segments:  Personal Care; Consumer Tissue; K-C Professional & Other; and Health Care. The reportable segments were determined in accordance with how the Corporation's executive managers develop and execute the Corporation's global strategies to drive growth and profitability of the Corporation's worldwide Personal Care, Consumer Tissue, K-C Professional & Other, and Health Care operations. These strategies include global plans for branding and product positioning, technology, research and development programs, cost reductions including supply chain management, and capacity and capital investments for each of these businesses. Segment management is evaluated on several factors, including operating profit. Segment operating profit excludes other income and (expense), net and income and expense not associated with the business segments.</p>
<p/>
<p>The principal sources of revenue in each of our global business segments are described below.</p>
<p/>
<p>The Personal Care segment manufactures and markets disposable diapers, training and youth pants and swimpants; baby wipes; feminine and incontinence care products; and related products. Products in this segment are primarily for household use and are sold under a variety of brand names, including Huggies, Pull-Ups, Little Swimmers, GoodNites, Kotex, Lightdays, Depend, Poise and other brand names.</p>
<p/>
<p>The Consumer Tissue segment manufactures and markets facial and bathroom tissue, paper towels, napkins and related products for household use. Products in this segment are sold under the Kleenex, Scott, Cottonelle, Viva, Andrex, Scottex, Hakle, Page and other brand names.</p>
<p/>
<p>The K-C Professional & Other segment manufactures and markets facial and bathroom tissue, paper towels, napkins, wipers and a range of safety products for the away-from-home marketplace. Products in this segment are sold under the Kimberly-Clark, Kleenex, Scott, WypAll, Kimtech, KleenGuard, Kimcare and <span class="xn-location">Jackson</span> brand names.</p>
<p/>
<p>The Health Care segment manufactures and markets disposable health care products such as surgical drapes and gowns, infection control products, face masks, exam gloves, respiratory products, pain management products and other disposable medical products.  Products in this segment are sold under the Kimberly-Clark, Ballard, ON-Q and other brand names.</p>
<pre>
    

    Unaudited


    
</pre>
<p> </p>
<pre>
    
                     KIMBERLY-CLARK CORPORATION
                   SELECTED BUSINESS SEGMENT DATA
                        PERIODS ENDED JUNE 30
                        (Millions of dollars)
    
</pre>
<p> </p>
<pre>
    
                         Three Months           Six Months
                         Ended June 30         Ended June 30
                         -------------         -------------
                      2010           2009  Change    2010      2009  Change
                      ----           ----  ------    ----      ----  ------
    NET SALES:
    
</pre>
<p> </p>
<pre>
    
                                                +                         +
    Personal Care   $2,181         $2,122     2.8% $4,318    $4,099     5.3%
                                                -                         +
    Consumer Tissue  1,529          1,555     1.7%  3,135     3,129     0.2%
    K-C
     Professional &                           8.8%
     Other             801            736       +   1,531     1,387   +10.4%
                                                +
    Health Care        344            335     2.7%    711       633   +12.3%
    
</pre>
<p> </p>
<pre>
    
    Corporate &
     Other              13             14   N.M.       25        27   N.M.
    
</pre>
<p> </p>
<pre>
    
    Intersegment
     Sales             (11)           (35)  N.M.      (28)      (55)  N.M.
                       ---            ---             ---       ---
    
</pre>
<p> </p>
<pre>
    
                                                +                         +
    Consolidated    $4,857         $4,727     2.8% $9,692    $9,220     5.1%
                    ======         ======          ======    ======
    
</pre>
<p> </p>
<pre>
    
    OPERATING
     PROFIT(a):
    
</pre>
<p> </p>
<pre>
    
                                                                          +
    Personal Care     $443           $394   +12.4%   $915      $836     9.4%
                                                -                         -
    Consumer Tissue    151            161     6.2%    332       355     6.5%
    K-C
     Professional &
     Other             133            102   +30.4%    240       182   +31.9%
                                                -                         -
    Health Care         42             62    32.3%     99       110    10.0%
    
</pre>
<p> </p>
<pre>
    
    Corporate &                                 -                         -
     Other(b)          (54)           (69)   21.7%   (105)     (128)   18.0%
    
</pre>
<p> </p>
<pre>
    
    Other income
     and (expense),                          90.2%                     11.0%
     net(b)(c)          (4)           (41)      -    (105)     (118)      -
                       ---            ---            ----      ----
    
</pre>
<p> </p>
<pre>
    
    Consolidated      $711           $609   +16.7% $1,376    $1,237   +11.2%
                      ====           ====          ======    ======
    
</pre>
<p> </p>
<pre>
    
    (a) Organization optimization charges for the three months and six
    months ended June 30, 2009 are included by business segment as
    follows:


    
</pre>
<p> </p>
<p> </p>
<p> </p>
<pre>
    
    Personal Care                             $41
    Consumer Tissue                            42
    K-C Professional & Other                   14
    Health Care                                 6
    Corporate & Other                           7
                                              ===
      Total                           $
    
</pre>
<p> </p>
<pre>
    
                                              110
                                              ===
    
</pre>
<p> </p>
<pre>
    
    N.M. - Not meaningful
    Unaudited


    
</pre>
<p> </p>
<pre>
    
                             KIMBERLY-CLARK CORPORATION
                           SELECTED BUSINESS SEGMENT DATA
                               PERIODS ENDED JUNE 30
    
</pre>
<p> </p>
<pre>
    
        For the six months ended June 30, 2010, Corporate & Other includes a
        one-time $19 million charge and Other income and (expense), net
        includes a one-time $79 million charge related to the adoption of
    (b) highly inflationary accounting in Venezuela.
        Other income and (expense), net, includes the following amounts of
    (c) currency transaction losses.


    
</pre>
<p> </p>
<p> </p>
<pre>
    
                                       Three Months         Six Months
                                      Ended June 30       Ended June 30
                                      -------------       -------------
                                    2010            2009  2010          2009
                                    ----            ----  ----          ----
    
</pre>
<p> </p>
<pre>
    
    Other income and (expense), net  $(5)           $(20) $(26)         $(96)


    
</pre>
<p> </p>
<p>PERCENTAGE CHANGE IN NET SALES VERSUS PRIOR YEAR</p>
<p> </p>
<pre>
    
                        Three Months Ended June 30, 2010
                        --------------------------------
    
</pre>
<p> </p>
<pre>
    
                                   Organic         Acquisition
                     Total         Volume           Volume(1)
                     -----         ------           ---------
    
</pre>
<p> </p>
<p>Consolidated       2.8               -                   1</p>
<p> </p>
<pre>
    
      Personal
       Care            2.8               2                   -
    
</pre>
<p> </p>
<pre>
    
      Consumer
       Tissue        (1.7)              (5)                  -
    
</pre>
<p> </p>
<pre>
    
      K-C
       Professional
       & Other         8.8               -                   4
    
</pre>
<p> </p>
<pre>
    
      Health
       Care            2.7              (6)                 11



    
</pre>
<p> </p>
<p> </p>
<pre>
    
                     Total          Net           Mix/
                     Volume        Price         Other(2)         Currency
                     ------        -----         --------         --------
    
</pre>
<p> </p>
<p>Consolidated          1            2                -                -</p>
<p> </p>
<pre>
    
      Personal
       Care               2            1                1               (1)
    
</pre>
<p> </p>
<pre>
    
      Consumer
       Tissue            (5)           2                1                -
    
</pre>
<p> </p>
<pre>
    
      K-C
       Professional
       & Other            4            4                1                -
    
</pre>
<p> </p>
<pre>
    
      Health
       Care               5           (3)               -                1


    
</pre>
<p> </p>
<pre>
    
                                       Six Months Ended June 30, 2010
                                       ------------------------------
    
</pre>
<p> </p>
<pre>
    
                                        Organic         Acquisition
                         Total          Volume           Volume(1)
                         -----          ------           ---------
    
</pre>
<p> </p>
<p>Consolidated            5.1               1                   1</p>
<p> </p>
<p>  Personal Care         5.3               3                   -</p>
<p> </p>
<p>  Consumer Tissue       0.2              (4)                  -</p>
<p> </p>
<pre>
    
      K-C Professional
       & Other             10.4               -                   4
    
</pre>
<p> </p>
<pre>
    
      Health Care          12.3               1                  11



    
</pre>
<p> </p>
<p> </p>
<pre>
    
                        Total    Net      Mix/
                       Volume   Price   Other(2)  Currency
                       ------   -----   --------  --------
    
</pre>
<p> </p>
<p>Consolidated             2       1         -         2</p>
<p> </p>
<p>  Personal Care          3       1        (1)        2</p>
<p> </p>
<p>  Consumer Tissue       (4)      1         1         2</p>
<p> </p>
<pre>
    
      K-C Professional
       & Other               4       3         1         2
    
</pre>
<p> </p>
<p>  Health Care           12      (1)       (1)        2</p>
<p> </p>
<p> </p>
<pre>
    
    (1) Volume related to Jackson Safety and I-Flow Corporation acquisitions.
    (2) Mix/Other includes rounding.


    
</pre>
<p> </p>
<pre>
    
               KIMBERLY-CLARK CORPORATION
                 PERIODS ENDED JUNE 30
    (Millions of dollars, except per share amounts)
    
</pre>
<p> </p>
<p> </p>
<pre>
    
    NON-GAAP RECONCILIATION SCHEDULES
    The tables on the following pages present
     the reconciliation of non-GAAP
     financial measures to GAAP financial
     measures.
    
</pre>
<p> </p>
<pre>
    
    EARNINGS SUMMARY:
                                         Six Months
                                            Ended
                                          June 30,
                                                 2010
                                              ---------
                                                   Diluted
                                    Income         Earnings
                                                        Per
                                    (Expense)                 Share
                                    ---------         ------
    
</pre>
<p> </p>
<p>Adjusted Earnings                  <span class="xn-money">$978</span>            <span class="xn-money">$2.34</span></p>
<p> </p>
<pre>
    
    Adjustments for the one-time
     charge related to adoption
     of highly inflationary
     accounting in Venezuela            (96)             .23
                                        ---              ---
    
</pre>
<p> </p>
<pre>
    
    Net Income Attributable to
     Kimberly-Clark Corporation        $882            $2.11
                                       ====            =====


    
</pre>
<p> </p>
<p>OPERATING PROFIT SUMMARY:</p>
<p> </p>
<pre>
    
                                             Six
                                            Months
                                            Ended
                                           June 30
                                                  2010
                                                  ----
    Adjusted Operating Profit                $1,474
    
</pre>
<p> </p>
<pre>
    
     Adjustments for the one-time
      charge related to adoption of
      highly inflationary accounting
      in Venezuela                              (98)
                                                ---
    
</pre>
<p> </p>
<pre>
    
    Operating Profit                         $1,376
                                             ======


    
</pre>
<p> </p>
<pre>
    
            KIMBERLY-CLARK CORPORATION
              PERIODS ENDED JUNE 30
    
</pre>
<p> </p>
<p> </p>
<p>OUTLOOK FOR 2010</p>
<p> </p>
<pre>
    
    Estimated Full-Year 2010 Diluted
     Earnings Per Share:
    
</pre>
<p> </p>
<p>Adjusted Earnings Per Share        <span class="xn-money">$4.80</span>     -      <span class="xn-money">$5.00</span></p>
<p> </p>
<pre>
    
    Adjustments for the one-time
     charge related to adoption of
     highly inflationary
     accounting in Venezuela            (.23)            (.23)
                                        ----             ----
    
</pre>
<p> </p>
<p>Earnings Per Share - Diluted       <span class="xn-money">$4.57</span>     -      <span class="xn-money">$4.77</span></p>
<p> </p>
<p> </p>
<pre>
    
    Estimated Full-Year Effective
     Tax Rate:
    
</pre>
<p> </p>
<p>Adjusted Effective Tax Rate           29%    -         31%</p>
<p> </p>
<pre>
    
    Adjustments for the one-time
     charge related to adoption of
     highly inflationary
     accounting in Venezuela               1%               1%
                                         ---              ---
    
</pre>
<p> </p>
<pre>
    
    Effective Tax Rate                    30%    -         32%
                                         ===                =




    

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