Kimberly-Clark Corporation Stock Buy Recommendation Reiterated (KMB) - TheStreet

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-- Kimberly-Clark Corporation

(NYSE:

KMB

) has been reiterated by TheStreet Ratings as a buy with a ratings score of A. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally poor debt management on most measures that we evaluated.

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    Highlights from the ratings report include:

      • KMB's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 0.2%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 4.2%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
      • Powered by its strong earnings growth of 37.20% and other important driving factors, this stock has surged by 25.86% over the past year, outperforming the rise in the S&P 500 Index during the same period. Regarding the stock's future course, although almost any stock can fall in a broad market decline, KMB should continue to move higher despite the fact that it has already enjoyed a very nice gain in the past year.
      • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Household Products industry. The net income increased by 33.7% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $350.00 million to $468.00 million.
      • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 134.00% to $585.00 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, KIMBERLY-CLARK CORP has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -5.83%.
      • 37.30% is the gross profit margin for KIMBERLY-CLARK CORP which we consider to be strong. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Regardless of the strong results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 8.90% trails the industry average.

      Kimberly-Clark Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages in manufacturing and marketing health care products worldwide. The company operates in four segments: Personal Care, Consumer Tissue, K-C Professional and Other, and Health Care. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.3, equal to the average consumer non-durables industry P/E ratioand above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Kimberly-Clark has a market cap of $32.63 billion and is part of the

      consumer goods

      sector and

      consumer non-durables

      industry. Shares are up 13.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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      --Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff.

      TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model.

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