|Bid||66.34 x 400|
|Ask||66.35 x 400|
|Day's Range||66.24 - 67.06|
|52 Week Range||65.85 - 77.91|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||29.11|
|Earnings Date||Apr 27, 2018|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||1.68 (2.53%)|
|1y Target Est||75.84|
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Kimberly-Clark (KMB) reported an improved sales and earnings performance in 1Q18. The company surpassed analysts’ expectations both on the sales and EPS fronts. However, continued pressure on margins, promotional spending to drive volumes, and lower pricing remained a drag and continued to hurt its margins. The company’s gross margin fell significantly in 1Q18, which prompted a couple of analysts to lower the target price on Kimberly-Clark stock. Jefferies lowered its price target to $102 per share from $110. Meanwhile, Wells Fargo reduced its target price on KMB stock to $92 from $100.
The home and personal care product manufacturers in the US continue to disappoint with their margin performance. Significant inflation in commodities, promotional spending to drive volumes, lower net price realization, and a tough retail environment are taking a toll on the profit margins of the companies operating in this space.
Kimberly-Clark (KMB) sustained its sales momentum in 1Q18. The company’s net sales of $4.7 billion exceeded analysts’ expectations and increased 5.1% on a YoY (year-over-year) basis thanks to the favorable currency rates, which contributed about 3.0% to the top-line growth rate. Plus, investments in brands to support volumes dented the net sales growth rate.
Kimberly-Clark (KMB) reported stronger-than-expected 1Q18 earnings. Kimberly-Clark’s adjusted earnings of $1.71 per share came in ahead of the consensus estimate of $1.69 and rose 8.9% on a YoY (year-over-year) basis. The company has now surpassed analysts’ expectations in three quarters despite pressure on margins from significant inflation in input costs and lower net price realization.
Kimberly-Clark (KMB) reported better-than-expected 1Q18 results on Monday, April 23, 2018. The company’s top-line and bottom-line results surpassed analysts’ expectations. However, investors didn’t care much, and the company’s stock fell about 1.5% as persisting challenges, especially on the margins front, remained a drag.
Most analysts covering Church & Dwight (CHD) stock have recommended “hold,” despite the company’s strong sales and earnings performance in the past two quarters and upbeat guidance. Church & Dwight’s sales and adjusted earnings grew by double digits during the last reported quarter, and they are expected to sustain that momentum in 1Q18.
Analysts expect Church & Dwight (CHD) to report strong sales and earnings growth in the upcoming quarter. Church & Dwight is expected to announce its 1Q18 results on May 3, 2018, and analysts expect the company’s top line to rise 11.5% YoY (year-over-year), more than peers’.
Church & Dwight (CHD) stock fell ~6% on Friday, April 20, 2018, after being downgraded by Deutsche Bank to “hold” from “buy.” Its price target was lowered to $50 per share from $56. Investors are skeptical on the prospects of household and personal care product manufacturers, which are facing increased price competition, a challenging retail scenario, and margin headwinds.
Colgate-Palmolive (CL) remains confident of the brand building and productivity maximization initiatives, which are likely to boost results in 2018. However, strained margins may pose concerns.
Earnings season is in full swing, and the week of April 23 is jam-packed with releases by some of the market’s most popular companies. Here are 20 reports we will be watching closely next week:
Colgate-Palmolive Company (NYSE:CL) trades with a trailing P/E of 29.4x, which is higher than the industry average of 19x. While this makes CL appear like a stock to avoid orRead More...
Procter and Gamble (PG) saw improved sales and earnings performance in fiscal 3Q18. The company’s top and bottom line surpassed analysts’ expectations. However, the company’s soft organic sales growth rate and sluggish margins due to lower pricing and increased costs didn’t sit well with analysts.
Procter & Gamble (PG) continued to report sluggish margins in fiscal 3Q18. The company’s core gross margin fell 110 basis points to 49.4% in fiscal 3Q18 as lower pricing to drive volumes and increased cost pressure more than offset the benefits stemming from cost and productivity savings.
Lower pricing adversely impacted Procter & Gamble’s (PG) sales across product segments amid increased competitive activity. However, favorable currency rates and improved volumes drove top-line growth.
Procter & Gamble (PG) reported net sales of $16.3 billion, a rise of 4.3% YoY (year-over-year), which exceeded analysts’ expectations. As expected, Procter & Gamble’s top line benefitted from improved volumes and favorable currency rates. Also, the improved mix contributed 1% to the net sales growth rate.
Procter & Gamble (PG) reported adjusted earnings of $1.00 per share in fiscal 3Q18, which came in ahead of analysts’ estimate of $0.98 and increased 4.2% YoY (year-over-year). Moreover, Procter & Gamble has now surpassed analysts’ earnings expectations in the past 12 quarters. However, what didn’t sit well with investors was the company’s low EPS growth rate, especially given the benefits from favorable currency rates, the low tax rate environment, and strong productivity savings.
Most of the analysts covering Colgate-Palmolive (CL) have maintained “hold” ratings on its stock as a soft sales environment, a moderating category growth rate, increased competition, and margin headwinds have kept them on the sidelines.
As for Colgate-Palmolive (CL), the company’s profit margins are likely to be adversely impacted by inflation in commodity prices, including resins and pulp. Higher logistics costs and increased advertising spending to support new product launches and drive market share are also expected to hurt its margins. Higher volumes, a focus on productivity savings, and SKU optimization are likely to support its margins.
Analysts expect Colgate-Palmolive (CL) to report sales of $4.0 billion in 1Q18, which represents a YoY (year-over-year) rise of 6.6%. The graph above shows that Colgate-Palmolive’s sales are showing an improving trend thanks to favorable currency rates and improvements in its volumes. Colgate-Palmolive’s top line is likely to benefit from improvements in volumes driven by new product launches in the oral and personal care segments backed by increased investments in advertising.
Colgate-Palmolive’s (CL) earnings have remained flat over the past two quarters as benefits from currency tailwinds, improved volumes, and cost savings have been offset by higher raw material and packaging costs, lower pricing, and advertising spending. What could drive Colgate-Palmolive’s 1Q18 EPS? Colgate-Palmolive’s bottom line is expected to benefit from an improvement in its volumes.
Colgate-Palmolive (CL) is set to announce its 1Q18 earnings on April 27, 2018. Analysts expect the company’s top line to continue to improve driven by higher volumes and increased market share. New product launches and higher advertising spending are likely to support the company’s volumes.
LONDON, UK / ACCESSWIRE / April 18, 2018 / Active-Investors has a free review on Colgate-Palmolive Co. (NYSE: CL) following the Company's announcement that it will begin trading ex-dividend on April 19, 2018. To capture the dividend payout, investors must purchase the stock a day prior to the ex-dividend date that is by latest at the end of the trading session on April 18, 2018. Active-Investors has initiated due-diligence on this dividend stock.
Kimberly-Clark (KMB) is expected to sustain its sales momentum in 1Q18, thanks to anticipated growth in volumes. Moreover, the company’s bottom line is projected to benefit from cost savings and a lower tax rate. However, most analysts prefer to maintain a “hold” rating on Kimberly-Clark stock, given the soft sales environment and near-term margin headwinds.