Reviewing Kimberly Clark (KMB) and Its Peers

Kimberly Clark (NYSE: KMB) is one of 19 publicly-traded companies in the “CON PRD-MISC STAPLES” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare Kimberly Clark to related companies based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, dividends, valuation, earnings, profitability and risk.


Kimberly Clark pays an annual dividend of $4.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.8%. Kimberly Clark pays out 62.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “CON PRD-MISC STAPLES” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.5% and pay out 49.7% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Kimberly Clark has raised its dividend for 45 consecutive years.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

74.5% of Kimberly Clark shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 82.5% of shares of all “CON PRD-MISC STAPLES” companies are owned by institutional investors. 0.6% of Kimberly Clark shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 5.2% of shares of all “CON PRD-MISC STAPLES” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Kimberly Clark and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Kimberly Clark $18.26 billion $2.28 billion 16.34
Kimberly Clark Competitors $7.93 billion $546.18 million 8.98

Kimberly Clark has higher revenue and earnings than its peers. Kimberly Clark is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Kimberly Clark and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Kimberly Clark 2 9 2 0 2.00
Kimberly Clark Competitors 98 573 700 33 2.48

Kimberly Clark currently has a consensus target price of $124.23, indicating a potential upside of 18.61%. As a group, “CON PRD-MISC STAPLES” companies have a potential upside of 24.44%. Given Kimberly Clark’s peers stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Kimberly Clark has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.


This table compares Kimberly Clark and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Kimberly Clark 12.48% 427.79% 14.77%
Kimberly Clark Competitors 7.50% 77.93% 7.58%

Risk and Volatility

Kimberly Clark has a beta of 0.69, suggesting that its stock price is 31% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Kimberly Clark’s peers have a beta of 0.90, suggesting that their average stock price is 10% less volatile than the S&P 500.


Kimberly Clark peers beat Kimberly Clark on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

Kimberly Clark Company Profile

Kimberly-Clark Corporation is engaged in the manufacturing and marketing of a range of products made from natural or synthetic fibers. The Company’s segments include Personal Care, Consumer Tissue, K-C Professional and Corporate & Other. 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’s business outside North America includes Developing and Emerging Markets (D&E) and Developed Markets. It sells its products to supermarkets, mass merchandisers, drugstores, warehouse clubs and other retail outlets.

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