DALLAS, July 23, 2020-- Kimberly-Clark Corporation(NYSE: KMB) today reported second quarter 2020 results.
- Second quarter 2020 net sales of
$4.6 billionincreased slightly compared to the year-ago period, including organic sales growth of 4 percent.
- Diluted net income per share for the second quarter was
$1.99in 2020 and $1.40in 2019.
- Second quarter adjusted earnings per share were
$2.20in 2020, up 32 percent compared to $1.67in 2019. Adjusted earnings per share exclude certain items described later in this news release.
- Second quarter cash provided by operations was
$1,579 millionin 2020 and $609 millionin 2019.
- The company is restoring financial guidance for full-year 2020 and restarting its share repurchase program after temporarily suspending both in April due to the uncertainty related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Net sales in 2020 are expected to increase 1 to 2 percent year-on-year, including organic sales growth of 4 to 5 percent. Diluted net income per share for 2020 is anticipated to be
$6.35to $6.90. Adjusted earnings per share in 2020 are expected to be $7.40to $7.60. The company's outlook in January was for organic sales growth of 2 percent and adjusted earnings per share of $7.10to $7.35.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Hsu continued, "We achieved very good organic sales growth and all-time record adjusted earnings and cash flow in the second quarter. We also delivered significant cost savings, helping us achieve strong margin improvements. While the environment remains uncertain, visibility has improved from three months ago and we are restoring forward-looking guidance. We have increased our 2020 outlook for organic sales and earnings compared to our original plan. We are also further increasing our growth investments to position us for future success. We continue to execute well, operate our business with a balanced approach and remain very optimistic about our opportunities to create shareholder value."