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Investment Overview for Kimberly-Clark (NYSE:KMB)
Huggies & Pull-Ups Baby Care
Baby Care EBITDA Margin and Feminine Care EBITDA Margin: We currently forecast Kimberly-Clark's Personal Care (Baby Care, Feminine Hygiene Care and Adult Incontinence products) EBITDA margin to marginally improve from 16% in 2015 to about 26% by the end of the Trefis forecast period. There could be a 5% upside to the Trefis price estimate if margins improved to 30% by the end of our review period.
Kimberly-Clark's Market Share of Global Baby Care Diapers: We forecast Kimberly-Clark's market share of baby care products to remain nearly stable at 10% over our review period. There could be a 6% upside in our price estimate if the market share were to improve to 2008 level of 12.6%. However, there could be a similar downside if the market share declines to 8% by the end of our forecast period.
Kimberly-Clark Corporation is one of the world's leading producers of professional and consumer tissue, baby care non-wovens, female hygiene care, adult incontinence care and disposable healthcare products. The company sells its products in 150 countries and maintains manufacturing operations in 41 countries. It is one of the top 2 brands in its respective product segments in over 80 countries.
Products for household use such as consumer tissue, baby diapers, and female hygiene care are sold directly and through wholesalers to supermarkets, mass merchandisers, drug stores, warehouse clubs, and variety and department stores. Products for away-from-home use such as professional tissue and medical disposables are sold through distributors as well as sold directly to manufacturing, lodging, office building, food service, healthcare establishments and high volume public facilities. Wal-Mart, most recently, accounted for an estimated 13% of Kimberly-Clark's net sales.
Cellulose fiber, such as kraft pulp or recycled waste paper, is the primary raw material for manufacturing tissue products. Cellulose fiber along with super absorbent material such as Polypropylene is a primary component in disposable diapers, training pants, feminine pads and incontinence care products. Most recovered paper, synthetics, pulp and recycled fiber are purchased primarily from third party suppliers.
Kimberly-Clark's most popular brands include: Huggies and Pull-Ups in Baby Care; Scott and Kleenex in Personal-Professional Tissue; Depend and Kotex in Feminine Hygiene Care.
The North American market contributes 53% to Kimberly-Clark's net sales, followed by developing markets with a 42% revenue contribution, while Europe accounts for the remaining 5% of the company's revenues.
Consumer & professional tissues have nearly the same revenues as personal care, but margins are higher
In 2015, the consumer and professional tissue (Kleenex and Scott) segments accounted for 49.6% of Kimberly-Clark's total revenues, with the personal care (baby care, feminine care and adult incontinence products) segment accounting for the balance. However, EBITDA margins of the personal care division was higher than that of the consumer and professional tissue segments. EBITDA margin of the personal care segment was 15.5%, higher than the 14% EBITDA margin of the consumer and professional tissue segments.
Input inflation and currency headwinds putting pressure on margins
The company-wide EBITDA margins for Kimberly-Clark fell from 24% in 2009 to 15% in 2015, despite a sustained increase in selling prices and substantial cost savings. This was primarily due to high input cost inflation and currency headwinds, which wiped out the benefits obtained from Kimberly-Clark's FORCE cost savings porgram.
New product launches and increased spending on marketing
Kimberly-Clark plans to launch new products gradually to create different product segments under the same brand. According to company management, the firm's strategic marketing spending is expected to increase faster than sales, primarily supporting product innovations, targeted growth initiatives and overall brand equity. Research and development and selling expenses are also expected to rise faster than sales to support growth initiatives and to further improve capabilities.
Strong international growth riding on increasing consumer demand in emerging markets of Asia Pacific & Latin America
As household disposable incomes have increased, led by higher economic growth in emerging economies, there has been a rapid increase in demand for consumer goods such as baby diapers and female hygiene care. Trefis expects this increasing consumer demand in the relatively unsaturated Asian and Latin American markets, combined with the strong market position of Kimberly-Clark's current brands, will be an important growth driver for the company.
Growth in countries such as China also carries with it some inherent risks. For one, the company’s pricing structure will have to be revised significantly to suit the wallets of third-world consumers. The company will also have to step up its general advertising spend in order to attract new customers. Meanwhile, growth in emerging economies also exposes Kimberly-Clark to currency risks given the volatility relative to the dollar and euro.
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