Kimberly-Clark's Upcoming Earnings: What You Need To Know

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Kimberly-Clark (NYS: KMB) is expected to report Q3 earnings on Oct. 24. Here's what Wall Street wants to see:

The 10-second takeaway
Comparing the upcoming quarter to the prior-year quarter, average analyst estimates predict Kimberly-Clark's revenues will decrease -0.8% and EPS will grow 4.8%.

The average estimate for revenue is $5.34 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $1.32.


Revenue details
Last quarter, Kimberly-Clark reported revenue of $5.27 billion. GAAP reported sales were 0.2% higher than the prior-year quarter's $5.26 billion.

Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.

EPS details
Last quarter, non-GAAP EPS came in at $1.30. GAAP EPS of $1.26 for Q2 were 22% higher than the prior-year quarter's $1.03 per share.

Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.

Recent performance
For the preceding quarter, gross margin was 33.6%, 240 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 15.4%, 290 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 9.5%, 170 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead

The full year's average estimate for revenue is $21.12 billion. The average EPS estimate is $5.19.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a five-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 1,014 members out of 1,067 rating the stock outperform, and 53 members rating it underperform. Among 339 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 330 give Kimberly-Clark a green thumbs-up, and nine give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Kimberly-Clark is hold, with an average price target of $78.08.

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