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What to Expect from Kimberly-Clark

Wednesday - 4/17/2013, 2:00am  ET

Kimberly-Clark is expected to report Q1 earnings on April 19. 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 grow 0.6% and EPS will expand 7.3%.

The average estimate for revenue is $5.27 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $1.33.

Revenue details
Last quarter, Kimberly-Clark notched revenue of $5.31 billion. GAAP reported sales were 2.5% higher than the prior-year quarter's $5.18 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 $1.37. GAAP EPS of $0.68 for Q4 were 33% lower than the prior-year quarter's $1.01 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 34.3%, 170 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 15.7%, 140 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 5.0%, 270 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead

The full year's average estimate for revenue is $21.34 billion. The average EPS estimate is $5.59.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 1,008 members out of 1,067 rating the stock outperform, and 59 members rating it underperform. Among 380 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 366 give Kimberly-Clark a green thumbs-up, and 14 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 $87.75.

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