Kimberly-Clark Corporation Valuation – June 2016 $KMB

Benjamin Graham taught that Intelligent Investors must do a thorough fundamental analysis of investment opportunities to determine their intrinsic value and inherent risk.  This is best done by utilizing a systematic approach to analysis that will provide investors with a sense of how a specific company compares to another company or by reviewing the 10 Companies Benjamin Graham Would Invest In Today - June 2016.  By using the ModernGraham method one can review a company’s historical accomplishments and determine an intrinsic value that can be compared across industries.  What follows is a stock analysis showing a specific look at how Kimberly-Clark Corporation (KMB) fares in the ModernGraham valuation model.

Company Profile (obtained from Google Finance): Kimberly-Clark Corporation is engaged in the manufacturing and marketing of a range of products made from natural or synthetic fibers. The Company operates through three segments: Personal Care, Consumer Tissue and K-C Professional. The Company’s Personal Care segment offers various solutions and products, such as disposable diapers, training and youth pants, swimpants, baby wipes, feminine and incontinence care products, and other related products. The Company’s Consumer Tissue segment offers products, such as facial and bathroom tissue, paper towels, napkins and related products. The Company’s K-C Professional segment offers solutions and supporting products, such as wipers, tissue, towels, apparel, soaps and sanitizers. The Company sells its products under various brands, such as Huggies, Pull-Ups, Little Swimmers, GoodNites, DryNites, Kotex, U by Kotex, Intimus, Depend, Plenitud, Poise, Kleenex, Scott, Cottonelle, Viva, Andrex, Scottex, Neve, WypAll, Kimtech and Jackson Safety.


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ModernGraham Valuation of KMB – June 2016

Stage 1: Is this company suitable for the Defensive Investor or the Enterprising Investor?

What kind of Intelligent Investor are you?

Defensive Investor; must pass 6 out of the following 7 tests.
1. Adequate Size of the Enterprise Market Cap > $2Bil $48,076,064,888 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 0.96 Fail
3. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 10 years prior Pass
4. Dividend Record Dividend Payments for 10 years prior Pass
5. Earnings Growth Increase of 33% in EPS in past 10 years using 3 year averages at beginning and end 0.87% Fail
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 29.09 Fail
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 442.41 Fail
Enterprising Investor; must pass 4 out of the following 5 tests, or be suitable for the Defensive Investor.
1. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 1.5 0.96 Fail
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 -28.77 Fail
3. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 5 years prior Pass
4. Dividend Record Currently Pays Dividend Pass
5. Earnings Growth EPSmg greater than 5 years ago Pass

Stage 2: Determination of Intrinsic Value

KMB value Chart June 2016

EPSmg $4.56
MG Growth Estimate 0.92%
MG Value $47.14
Opinion Overvalued
MG Grade C-
MG Value based on 3% Growth $66.15
MG Value based on 0% Growth $38.78
Market Implied Growth Rate 10.29%
Current Price $132.70
% of Intrinsic Value 281.51%

Kimberly Clark Corp does not satisfy the requirements of either the Enterprising Investor or the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with the low current ratio, insufficient earnings growth over the last ten years, and the high PEmg and PB ratios. The Enterprising Investor has concerns regarding the level of debt relative to the current assets. As a result, all value investors following the ModernGraham approach should explore other opportunities at this time or proceed cautiously with a speculative attitude.

As for a valuation, the company appears to be Overvalued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $4.3 in 2012 to an estimated $4.56 for 2016. This level of demonstrated earnings growth does not support the market’s implied estimate of 10.29% annual earnings growth over the next 7-10 years. As a result, the ModernGraham valuation model, based on Benjamin Graham’s formula, returns an estimate of intrinsic value below the price.

Kimberly Clark Corp receives an average overall rating in the ModernGraham grading system, scoring a C-.

Stage 3: Information for Further Research

KMB Charts June 2016

Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) -$26.31
Graham Number $6.37
PEmg 29.09
Current Ratio 0.96
PB Ratio 442.41
Current Dividend $3.56
Dividend Yield 2.68%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 20


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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 3/1/2016
Total Current Assets $5,151,000,000
Total Current Liabilities $5,391,000,000
Long-Term Debt $6,904,000,000
Total Assets $14,820,000,000
Intangible Assets $1,498,000,000
Total Liabilities $14,711,000,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 363,400,000

Earnings Per Share History

Next Fiscal Year Estimate $5.95
Dec2015 $2.77
Dec2014 $4.04
Dec2013 $5.53
Dec2012 $4.42
Dec2011 $3.99
Dec2010 $4.45
Dec2009 $4.52
Dec2008 $4.04
Dec2007 $4.09
Dec2006 $3.25
Dec2005 $3.28
Dec2004 $3.61
Dec2003 $3.33
Dec2002 $3.22
Dec2001 $3.02
Dec2000 $3.31
Dec1999 $3.09
Dec1998 $2.11
Dec1997 $1.61
Dec1996 $2.49

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

Next Fiscal Year Estimate $4.56
Dec2015 $3.96
Dec2014 $4.53
Dec2013 $4.71
Dec2012 $4.30
Dec2011 $4.23
Dec2010 $4.26
Dec2009 $4.05
Dec2008 $3.77
Dec2007 $3.59
Dec2006 $3.34
Dec2005 $3.35
Dec2004 $3.36
Dec2003 $3.22
Dec2002 $3.09
Dec2001 $2.90
Dec2000 $2.73

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