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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549

FORM 10-K 

x
Annual Report Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2015
or
o
Transition Report Pursuant to Section 13 OR 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
For the transition period from                  to        

KIMBERLY-CLARK CORPORATION
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

Delaware
1-225
39-0394230
(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation)
(Commission file number)
(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)
 
 
 
P.O. Box 619100, Dallas, Texas
 
75261-9100
(Address of principal executive offices)
 
(Zip code)
Registrant's telephone number, including area code: (972) 281-1200
Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
Common Stock—$1.25 Par Value
 
New York Stock Exchange
(Title of each class)
 
(Name of each exchange on which registered)
Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(g) of the Act: None

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is a well-known seasoned issuer, as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act.    Yes    x    No    o
Indicate by check mark if the registrant is not required to file reports pursuant to Section 13 or Section 15(d) of the Act.    Yes    o    No    x
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.    Yes    x    No    o
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate website, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files).    Yes    x    No    o
Indicate by check mark if disclosure of delinquent filers pursuant to Item 405 of Regulation S-K is not contained herein, and will not be contained, to the best of registrant's knowledge, in definitive proxy or information statements incorporated by reference in Part III of this Form 10-K or any amendment to this Form 10-K. o
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, or a smaller reporting company. See the definitions of "large accelerated filer," "accelerated filer" and "smaller reporting company" in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.
Large accelerated filer x
 
Accelerated filer   o
Non-accelerated filer   o(Do not check if a smaller reporting company)
 
Smaller reporting company  o
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Act).           Yes  o    No  x
The aggregate market value of the registrant's common stock held by non-affiliates on June 30, 2015 (based on the most recent closing stock price on the New York Stock Exchange as of such date) was approximately $38.6 billion.
As of February 4, 2016, there were 360,899,707 shares of Kimberly-Clark common stock outstanding.
DOCUMENTS INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE
Certain information contained in the definitive Proxy Statement for Kimberly-Clark's Annual Meeting of Stockholders to be held on May 4, 2016 is incorporated by reference into Part III.



KIMBERLY-CLARK CORPORATION
TABLE OF CONTENTS
 
 
 
Page
Part I
 
 
Item 1.
Item 1A.
Item 1B.
Item 2.
Item 3.
Item 4.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Part II
 
 
Item 5.
Item 6.
Item 7.
Item 7A.
Item 8.
Item 9.
Item 9A.
Item 9B.
 
 
 
Part III
 
 
Item 10.
Item 11.
Item 12.
Item 13.
Item 14.
 
 
 
Part IV
 
 
Item 15.
 
 

 
 


 
 
KIMBERLY-CLARK CORPORATION - 2015 Annual Report

PART I




ITEM 1.    BUSINESS
Kimberly-Clark Corporation was incorporated in Delaware in 1928. We are a global company focused on leading the world in essentials for a better life through product innovation and building our personal care, consumer tissue and K-C Professional brands. We are principally engaged in the manufacturing and marketing of a wide range of products mostly made from natural or synthetic fibers using advanced technologies in fibers, nonwovens and absorbency. Unless the context indicates otherwise, the terms "Corporation," "Kimberly-Clark," "K-C," "we," "our" and "us" refer to Kimberly-Clark Corporation and its consolidated subsidiaries.
For financial information by business segment and geographic area, including revenue, profit and total assets of each reportable segment, and information about our principal products and markets, see Item 7, "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" ("MD&A") and Item 8, Note 16 to the Consolidated Financial Statements.
Dollar amounts are reported in millions, except per share dollar amounts, unless otherwise noted.
Recent Developments
Effective January 2015, we amended the U.S. pension plan to include a lump-sum pension benefit payout option for certain plan participants. In addition, in April 2015, the U.S. pension plan completed the purchase of group annuity contracts that transferred to two insurance companies the pension benefit obligations totaling $2.5 billion for approximately 21,000 Kimberly-Clark retirees in the United States. As a result of these changes, we recognized pension settlement-related charges of $0.8 billion after tax ($1.4 billion pre-tax in other (income) and expense, net) during 2015, mostly in the second quarter. See additional information in MD&A and Item 8, Note 9 to the Consolidated Financial Statements.
Effective December 31, 2015, we deconsolidated the assets and liabilities of our business in Venezuela from our consolidated balance sheet and moved to the cost method of accounting for our operations in that country. The change reflects the continued deterioration of conditions in the country, including a slowdown in the availability of foreign exchange, and resulted in an after tax charge of $102 in the fourth quarter of 2015. Beginning in the first quarter of 2016, we will no longer include the results of our Venezuelan business in our consolidated financial statements.
Description of Kimberly-Clark
We are organized into operating segments based on product groupings. These operating segments have been aggregated into three reportable global business segments. Information on these three segments, as well as their principal sources of revenue, is included below.
Personal Care brands offer our consumers a trusted partner in caring for themselves and their families by delivering confidence, protection and discretion through a wide variety of innovative solutions and products such as disposable diapers, training and youth pants, swimpants, baby wipes, feminine and incontinence care products, and other related products.  Products in this segment are sold under the Huggies, Pull-Ups, Little Swimmers, GoodNites, DryNites, Kotex, U by Kotex, Intimus, Depend, Plenitud, Poise and other brand names.
Consumer Tissue offers a wide variety of innovative solutions and trusted brands that touch and improve people's lives every day.  Products in this segment include facial and bathroom tissue, paper towels, napkins and related products, and are sold under the Kleenex, Scott, Cottonelle, Viva, Andrex, Scottex, Neve and other brand names.
K-C Professional partners with businesses to create Exceptional Workplaces, helping to make them healthier, safer and more productive through a range of solutions and supporting products such as wipers, tissue, towels, apparel, soaps and sanitizers. Our brands, including Kleenex, Scott, WypAll, Kimtech and Jackson Safety, are well-known for quality and trusted to help people around the world work better.
These reportable segments were determined in accordance with how our chief operating decision maker and our executive managers develop and execute our global strategies to drive growth and profitability of our worldwide personal care, consumer tissue and KCP operations. These strategies include global plans for branding and product positioning, technology, research and development programs, cost reductions including supply chain management and capacity and capital investments for each of these businesses.
Products for household use are sold directly to supermarkets, mass merchandisers, drugstores, warehouse clubs, variety and department stores and other retail outlets, as well as through other distributors and e-commerce. Products for away-from-home


 
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use are sold through distributors and directly to manufacturing, lodging, office building, food service, and high volume public facilities.
Net sales to Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. were approximately 14 percent in 2015, and approximately 13 percent in 2014 and 2013, of our total net sales.
Patents and Trademarks
We own various patents and trademarks registered domestically and in many foreign countries. We consider the patents and trademarks that we own and the trademarks under which we sell certain of our products to be material to our business. Consequently, we seek patent and trademark protection by all available means, including registration.
Raw Materials
Cellulose fiber, in the form of kraft pulp or fiber recycled from recovered waste paper, is the primary raw material for our tissue products and in the form of fluff pulp is a component of disposable diapers, training and youth pants, feminine pads and incontinence care products.
Polypropylene and other synthetics and chemicals are the primary raw materials for manufacturing nonwoven fabrics, which are used in disposable diapers, training and youth pants, wet wipes, feminine pads, incontinence products, and away-from-home wipers and apparel. Superabsorbent materials are important components of disposable diapers, training and youth pants and incontinence care products.
Raw materials are purchased from third parties, and we consider the supply to be adequate to meet the needs of our businesses. See Item 1A, "Risk Factors."
Competition
We have several major competitors in most of our markets, some of which are larger and more diversified than us. The principal methods and elements of competition include brand recognition and loyalty, product innovation, quality and performance, price, and marketing and distribution capabilities. For additional discussion of the competitive environment in which we conduct our business, see Item 1A, "Risk Factors."
Research and Development
Research and development expenditures are directed toward new or improved personal care, tissue, wiping, safety and nonwoven materials. Consolidated research and development expense was $324 in 2015, $368 in 2014 and $333 in 2013.
Foreign Market Risks
We operate and market our products globally, and our business strategy includes targeted growth in Asia, Latin America, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa, with a particular emphasis in China, Eastern Europe and Latin America. See Item 1A, "Risk Factors" for a discussion of foreign market risks that may affect our financial results.
Environmental Matters
Total worldwide capital expenditures for voluntary environmental controls or controls necessary to comply with legal requirements relating to the protection of the environment at our facilities are expected to be as follows:
 
2016
 
2017
Facilities in U.S.
$
6

 
$
4

Facilities outside U.S.
45

 
27

Total
$
51

 
$
31



 
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Total worldwide operating expenses for environmental compliance, including pollution control equipment operation and maintenance costs, governmental payments, and research and engineering costs are expected to be as follows:
 
2016
 
2017
Facilities in U.S.
$
53

 
$
53

Facilities outside U.S.
86

 
87

Total
$
139

 
$
140

Total environmental capital expenditures and operating expenses are not expected to have a material effect on our total capital and operating expenditures, consolidated earnings or competitive position. Current environmental spending estimates could be modified as a result of changes in our plans, changes in legal requirements, including any requirements related to global climate change, or other factors.
Employees
In our worldwide consolidated operations, we had approximately 43,000 employees as of December 31, 2015.
Available Information
We make financial information, news releases and other information available on our corporate website at www.kimberly-clark.com. Our annual reports on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, current reports on Form 8-K, and any amendments to those reports filed or furnished pursuant to Section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 are available free of charge on this website as soon as reasonably practicable after we file these reports and amendments with, or furnish them to, the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"). The information contained on or connected to our website is not incorporated by reference into this Annual Report on Form 10-K and should not be considered part of this or any other report filed with the SEC. Stockholders may also contact Stockholder Services, P.O. Box 612606, Dallas, Texas 75261-2606 or call 972-281-5317 to obtain a hard copy of these reports without charge.


ITEM 1A.    RISK FACTORS
Our business faces many risks and uncertainties that we cannot control. Any of the risks discussed below, as well as factors described in other places in this Form 10-K, or in our other filings with the SEC, could adversely affect our business, consolidated financial position, results of operations or cash flows. In addition, these items could cause our future results to differ from those in any of our forward-looking statements. These risks are not the only ones we face. Other risks that we do not presently know about or that we presently believe are not material could also adversely affect us.
Our international operations are subject to foreign market risks, including foreign exchange risk, currency restrictions and political, social and economic instability, which may adversely affect our financial results.
Our strategy includes operations growth outside the U.S., especially in developing markets such as China, Latin America and Eastern Europe. More than half of our net sales come from markets outside the U.S. We and our equity companies have manufacturing facilities in 39 countries, and sell products in more than 175 countries. Our results may be substantially affected by a number of foreign market risks:
Exposure to the movement of various currencies against each other and the U.S. dollar. A portion of the exposures, arising from transactions and commitments denominated in non-local currencies, is systematically managed through foreign currency forward and swap contracts. We do not generally hedge our translation exposure with respect to foreign operations.
Increases in dollar-based input costs for operations outside the U.S. due to weaker foreign exchange rates versus the U.S. dollar. There can be no assurance that we will be protected against substantial foreign currency fluctuations.
Increases in currency exchange restrictions. These restrictions could limit our ability to repatriate earnings from outside the U.S. or obtain currency exchange for U.S. dollar inputs to continue operating in certain countries.
Adverse political conditions. Risks related to political instability, expropriation, new or revised legal or regulatory constraints, difficulties in enforcing contractual and intellectual property rights, and potentially adverse tax consequences would adversely affect our financial results.


 
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The inability to effectively manage foreign market risk could adversely affect our business, consolidated financial condition, results of operations or liquidity. See Recent Developments, MD&A and Item 8, Note 1 for information about the impact on our operations from currency restrictions in Venezuela and our decision to deconsolidate our Venezuelan operations at December 31, 2015.
Intense competition for sales of our products, changes in consumer purchasing patterns and the inability to innovate or market our products effectively could have an adverse effect on our financial results.
We operate in highly competitive domestic and international markets against well-known, branded products and low-cost or private label products. Inherent risks in our competitive strategy include uncertainties concerning trade and consumer acceptance, the effects of consolidation within retailer and distribution channels, and competitors' actions. Our competitors for these markets include global, regional and local manufacturers, including private label manufacturers. Some of these competitors may have better access to financial resources and greater market penetration, which enable them to offer a wider variety of products and services at more competitive prices. Alternatively, some of these competitors may have significantly lower product development and manufacturing costs, particularly with respect to private label products, allowing them to offer products at a lower price. The actions of these competitors could adversely affect our financial results. It may be necessary for us to lower prices on our products and increase spending on advertising and promotions, which could adversely affect our financial results.
We may be unable to anticipate or adequately respond to changes in consumer demand for our products. Demand for our products may change based on many factors, including shifting consumer purchasing patterns to lower cost options such as private-label products and mid to lower-tier value products, low birth rates in certain countries due to slow economic growth or other factors, negative consumer response to pricing actions or changes in consumer trends or habits. If we experience lower sales due to changes in consumer demand for our products, our earnings could decrease.
Our ability to develop new products is affected by whether we can successfully anticipate consumer needs and preferences, develop and fund technological innovations, and receive and maintain necessary patent and trademark protection. In addition, we incur substantial development and marketing costs in introducing new and improved products and technologies. The introduction of a new consumer product (whether improved or newly developed) usually requires substantial expenditures for advertising and marketing to gain recognition in the marketplace. If a product gains consumer acceptance, it normally requires continued advertising and promotional support to maintain its relative market position. Some of our competitors may spend more aggressively on advertising and promotional activities, introduce competing products more quickly and respond more effectively to changing business and economic conditions. We may not be successful in developing new or improved products and technologies necessary to compete successfully in the industry, and we may not be successful in advertising, marketing, timely launching and selling our products. Also, if we fail to perfect or successfully assert our intellectual property rights, we may be less competitive, which could adversely affect our business, financial results and financial condition.
Damage to the reputation of Kimberly-Clark or to one or more of our brands could adversely affect our business.
Developing and maintaining our reputation, as well as the reputation of our brands, is a critical factor in our relationship with consumers, customers, suppliers and others. Our inability to address adverse publicity or other issues, including concerns about product safety, quality, efficacy or similar matters, or breaches of consumer, customer, supplier, employee or other confidential information, real or perceived, could negatively impact sentiment towards us and our products and brands, and our business and financial results could suffer. Consumers increasing use and reliance on social media for information could increase the risk of adverse publicity, potentially with negative perception of our products or brands. Our business and results could also be negatively impacted by the effects of a significant product recall, product-related litigation, allegations of product tampering or contamination, the distribution and sale of counterfeit products, or a failure or breach of our information technology systems. 
Increasing dependence on key retailers in developed markets and the emergence of new sales channels may adversely affect our business.
Our products are sold in a highly competitive global marketplace, which continues to experience increased concentration and the growing presence of large-format retailers and discounters. With the consolidation of retail trade, especially in developed markets such as the U.S., Europe and Australia, we are increasingly dependent on key retailers, and some of these retailers, including large-format retailers, may have significant bargaining power. They may use this leverage to demand higher trade discounts or allowances which could lead to reduced profitability. We may also be negatively affected by changes in the policies of our retail trade customers, such as inventory de-stocking, limitations on access to shelf space, delisting of our products, additional requirements related to safety, environmental, social and other sustainability issues, and other conditions. If we lose a significant customer or if sales of our products to a significant customer materially decrease, our business, financial condition and results of operations may be


 
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adversely affected. In addition, the emergence of new sales channels may affect customer preferences and market dynamics and could adversely impact our financial results. These new channels include sales of consumer and other products via e-commerce, as well as the growth of large-format retailers and discounters that exclusively sell private-label products.
Significant increases in prices for raw materials, energy, transportation and other necessary supplies and services, without corresponding increases in our selling prices, could adversely affect our financial results.
Increases in the cost and availability of raw materials, including pulp and petroleum-based materials, the cost of energy, transportation and other necessary services, supplier constraints, an inability to maintain favorable supplier arrangements and relations or an inability to avoid disruptions in production output could have an adverse effect on our financial results.
Cellulose fiber, in the form of kraft pulp or recycled fiber from recovered waste paper, is used extensively in our tissue products and is subject to significant price fluctuations. Cellulose fiber, in the form of fluff pulp, is a key component in our personal care products. In past years, pulp prices have experienced significant volatility. Increases in pulp prices or limits in the availability of recycled fiber could adversely affect our earnings if selling prices for our finished products are not adjusted or if these adjustments significantly trail the increases in pulp prices. We have not used derivative instruments to manage these risks.
A number of our products, such as diapers, training and youth pants, feminine pads, incontinence care products and disposable wipes, contain certain materials that are principally derived from petroleum. These materials are subject to price fluctuations based on changes in petroleum prices, availability and other factors, with these prices experiencing significant volatility in recent years. We purchase these materials from a number of suppliers. Significant increases in prices for these materials could adversely affect our earnings if selling prices for our finished products are not adjusted, if these adjustments significantly trail the increases in prices for these materials, or if we do not utilize lower priced substitutes for these materials. Generally, we have not used derivative instruments to manage these risks.
Our manufacturing operations utilize electricity, natural gas and petroleum-based fuels. To ensure we use all forms of energy efficiently and cost-effectively, we maintain energy efficiency improvement programs at our manufacturing sites. Our contracts with energy suppliers vary as to price, payment terms, quantities and duration. Our energy costs are also affected by various market factors including the availability of supplies of particular forms of energy, energy prices and local and national regulatory decisions (including actions taken to address climate change and related market responses). There can be no assurance that we will be fully protected against substantial changes in the price or availability of energy sources. We use derivative instruments to manage a portion of natural gas price risk in accordance with our risk management policy.
New or revised legal or regulatory requirements, potential litigation or administrative actions, or tax matters could have an adverse effect on our financial results.
As a global company, we are subject to many laws and governmental regulations across all of the countries in which we do business, including laws and regulations involving marketing, antitrust, anti-bribery or anti-corruption, product liability, environmental, intellectual property or other matters, as well as potential litigation or administrative actions. Additionally, our sales and results of operations may be adversely impacted by new or revised legal requirements, including excise or other taxes, financial reform legislation and regulations, export control and foreign sanctions legislation, and climate change and other environmental legislation and regulations. The costs and other effects of pending litigation and administrative actions against us and new legal requirements cannot be determined with certainty. For example, new legislation or regulations may result in increased costs to us, directly for our compliance or indirectly to the extent suppliers increase prices of goods and services because of increased compliance costs or reduced availability of raw materials. Adverse regulatory action, including a recall, regulatory or other governmental investigation, or product liability or other litigation may adversely affect our financial condition and business operations.
We are subject to income tax requirements in various jurisdictions in the U.S. and internationally. Many of these jurisdictions face budgetary shortfalls or have unpredictable enforcement activity. Increases in applicable tax rates, implementation of new taxes, changes in applicable tax laws and interpretations of these tax laws and actions by tax authorities in jurisdictions in which we operate could reduce our after-tax income and have an adverse effect on our results of operations.
Although we believe that none of these proceedings or requirements will have a material adverse effect on us, the outcome of these proceedings may not be as expected.


 
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Disruption in our supply chain or the failure of third-party providers to satisfactorily perform could adversely impact our operations.
Our ability to manufacture, distribute and sell products is critical to our operations. These activities are subject to inherent risks such as natural disasters, power outages, fires or explosions, labor strikes, terrorism, pandemics, import restrictions, regional economic, business, environmental or political events, governmental regulatory requirements or nongovernmental voluntary actions in response to global climate change or other concerns regarding the sustainability of our business, which could impair our ability to manufacture or sell our products. This interruption, if not mitigated in advance or otherwise effectively managed, could adversely impact our business, financial condition and results of operations, as well as require additional resources to address.
In addition, third parties manufacture some of our products and provide certain administrative services. Disruptions or delays at these third-party manufacturers or service providers due to the reasons above or the failure of these manufacturers or service providers to otherwise satisfactorily perform, could adversely impact our operations, sales, payments to our vendors, employees, and others, and our ability to report financial and management information on a timely and accurate basis.
There is no guarantee that our ongoing efforts to reduce costs will be successful.
We continue to implement plans to improve our competitive position by achieving cost reductions in our operations, including implementing restructuring programs in functions or areas of our business where we believe such opportunities exist. In addition, we expect ongoing cost savings from our continuous improvement activities. We anticipate these cost savings will result from reducing material costs and manufacturing waste and realizing productivity gains, distribution efficiencies and overhead reductions in each of our business segments and in our corporate functions. Any negative impact these plans have on our relationships with employees or customers or any failure to generate the anticipated efficiencies and savings could adversely affect our financial results.
If our information technology systems suffer interruptions, failures or breaches, our business operations could be disrupted and we could face financial and reputational damage.
Our information technology systems, some of which are dependent on services provided by third parties, serve an important role in the efficient and effective operation and administration of our business. These systems could be damaged or cease to function properly due to any number of causes, such as catastrophic events, power outages, security breaches, computer viruses or cyber-based attacks. While we have contingency plans in place to prevent or mitigate the impact of these events, if they were to occur and our disaster recovery plans do not effectively address the issues on a timely basis, we could suffer interruptions in our ability to manage our operations, which may adversely affect our business and financial results.
Increased cyber-security threats and computer crime also pose a potential risk to the security of our information technology systems, including those of third party service providers with whom we have contracted, as well as the confidentiality, integrity and availability of the data stored on those systems. Any breach in our information technology security systems could result in the disclosure or misuse of confidential or proprietary information, including sensitive customer, vendor, employee or investor information maintained in the ordinary course of our business. Any such event could cause damage to our reputation, loss of valuable information or loss of revenue and could result in large expenditures to investigate or remediate, to recover data, to repair or replace networks or information systems, or to protect against similar future events.
We may divest or acquire product lines or businesses, which could impact our results.
We periodically divest product lines or businesses. These divestitures may adversely impact our results if we are unable to offset the dilutive impacts from the loss of revenue associated with the divested products or businesses, mitigate overhead costs allocated to those businesses, or otherwise achieve the anticipated benefits or cost savings from the divestitures. Furthermore, the divestitures could adversely affect our ongoing business operations, including by enhancing our competitors' positions or reducing consumer confidence in our ongoing brands and products.
We may pursue acquisitions of product lines or businesses from third parties. Acquisitions involve numerous risks, including difficulties in the assimilation of the operations, technologies, services and products of the acquired product lines or businesses, estimation and assumption of liabilities and contingencies, personnel turnover and the diversion of management's attention from other business concerns. We may be unable to successfully integrate and manage product lines or businesses that we may acquire in the future, or be unable to achieve anticipated benefits or cost savings from acquisitions in the timeframe we anticipate, or at all.


 
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The inability to effectively and efficiently manage divestitures and acquisitions with the results we expect or in the timeframe we anticipate could adversely affect our business, consolidated financial condition, results of operations or liquidity.
The 2014 spin-off of our health care business could result in substantial tax liability to us and our shareholders.
On October 31, 2014, we completed the spin-off of our health care business, creating a stand-alone, publicly traded health care company, Halyard Health, Inc. ("Halyard"). Historically, the IRS provided companies seeking to perform a spin-off transaction with an advance ruling that the proposed spin-off transaction would qualify for tax-free treatment. However, the IRS no longer provides such advance rulings. Prior to completing the spin-off of our health care business, we obtained an opinion of counsel that neither we nor our U.S. shareholders will recognize taxable income, gain or loss for U.S. federal income tax purposes as a result of the spin-off. The opinion of counsel is based on certain statements and representations made by us, which, if incomplete or inaccurate in any material respect, could invalidate the opinion of counsel. In addition, this opinion is not binding on the IRS. Accordingly, the IRS or the courts may reach conclusions with respect to the spin-off that are different from the conclusions reached in the opinion of counsel.
If the spin-off and certain related transactions were determined to be taxable, we would be subject to a substantial tax liability. In addition, if the spin-off were deemed taxable, each U.S. holder of our common stock who received shares of Halyard would generally be treated as receiving a taxable distribution of property in an amount equal to the fair market value of the shares received.


ITEM 1B.    UNRESOLVED STAFF COMMENTS
None.


ITEM 2.    PROPERTIES
At December 31, 2015 we own or lease:
our principal executive offices located in the Dallas, Texas metropolitan area;
four operating segment and geographic headquarters at two U.S. and two international locations; and
four administrative centers at one U.S. and three international locations.
The locations of our and our equity affiliates' principal production facilities by major geographic areas of the world are as follows: 
Geographic Area:
Number of
Facilities
United States (in 16 states)
18

Europe
13

Asia, Latin America and other
63

Worldwide Total (in 39 countries)
94

Many of these facilities produce multiple products. Consumer tissue and KCP products are produced in 57 facilities and personal care products are produced in 51 facilities. We believe that our and our equity affiliates' facilities are suitable for their purpose, adequate to support their businesses and well maintained.




 
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ITEM 3.    LEGAL PROCEEDINGS
See Item 8, Note 12 to the Consolidated Financial Statements for information on legal proceedings, which is incorporated in this Item 3 by reference.


ITEM 4.    MINE SAFETY DISCLOSURES
Not applicable.

EXECUTIVE OFFICERS OF THE REGISTRANT
The names and ages of our executive officers as of February 11, 2016, together with certain biographical information, are as follows:
Thomas J. Falk, 57, was elected Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer in 2003 and President and Chief Executive Officer in 2002. Prior to that, he served as President and Chief Operating Officer since 1999. Mr. Falk previously had been elected Group President - Global Tissue, Pulp and Paper in 1998, where he was responsible for Kimberly-Clark's global tissue businesses. Earlier in his career, Mr. Falk had responsibility for Kimberly-Clark's North American Infant Care, Child Care and Wet Wipes businesses. Mr. Falk joined Kimberly-Clark in 1983 and has held other senior management positions. He has been a director of Kimberly-Clark since 1999. He also serves on the board of directors of Lockheed Martin Corporation, Catalyst Inc., the Global Consumer Goods Forum, and the University of Wisconsin Foundation, and serves as a governor of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
Lizanne C. Gottung, 59, was elected Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer in 2002. She is responsible for leading the design and implementation of all human capital strategies for Kimberly-Clark, including global compensation and benefits, talent management, diversity and inclusion, organizational effectiveness and corporate health services. Ms. Gottung joined Kimberly-Clark in 1981. She has held a variety of human resources, manufacturing and operational roles of increasing responsibility, including Vice President of Human Resources from 2001 to 2002. She is a director of Louisiana-Pacific Corporation.
Maria Henry, 49, was elected Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in April 2015. Prior to joining Kimberly-Clark, Ms. Henry was the chief financial officer of Hillshire Brands Company from 2012 to 2014, and Chief Financial Officer of Sara Lee’s North American Retail and Food Service business from 2011 to 2012. Prior to joining Sara Lee in 2011, Ms. Henry was executive vice president and chief financial officer of Culligan International, where she was responsible for finance, strategy, business development and information technology. Before Culligan, Ms. Henry was the Chief Financial Officer for Vastera, a publicly-traded global trade management company. She began her career at General Electric.
Michael D. Hsu, 51, was elected Group President - K-C North America in 2013. From 2012 to May 2013, his title was Group President - North America Consumer Products. He is responsible for our consumer business in North America, as well as leading the development of new business strategies for global nonwovens. Prior to joining Kimberly-Clark, Mr. Hsu served as Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer of Kraft Foods, Inc., a North American grocery manufacturing and processing conglomerate, from January 2012 to July 2012, as President of Sales, Customer Marketing and Logistics from 2010 to 2012 and as President of its grocery business unit from 2008 to 2010. Prior to that, Mr. Hsu served as President and Chief Operating Officer, Foodservice at H. J. Heinz Company, a manufacturer and marketer of food products.
Sandra MacQuillan, 49, was appointed Senior Vice President and Chief Supply Chain Officer in April 2015. She is responsible for procurement, transportation, continuous improvement, sustainability, quality, safety, regulatory operations and lean cost transformation. Ms. MacQuillan joined Kimberly-Clark from Mars Incorporated, where she served from 2009 to 2015 as Global Vice President, Supply Chain responsible for manufacturing, engineering and logistics for Global Petcare. She has extensive experience in procurement, technology and engineering.
Thomas J. Mielke, 57, was elected Senior Vice President - General Counsel in 2013. From 2007 to 2012, his title was Senior Vice President - Law and Government Affairs and Chief Compliance Officer, and from 2012 to 2013, his title was Senior Vice President - General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer. His responsibilities include our legal affairs, internal audit and government relations activities. Mr. Mielke joined Kimberly-Clark in 1988. He held various positions within the legal function


 
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and was appointed Vice President and Chief Patent Counsel in 2000, and Vice President and Chief Counsel - North Atlantic Consumer Products in 2004.
Anthony J. Palmer, 56, was elected President - Global Brands and Innovation in 2012. Previously, he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer from 2006 to 2012. He leads the global development of the company's consumer categories through marketing, innovations, category and customer development and shopper marketing. In addition, he leads the company's global marketing, innovation, corporate research and development and corporate communications functions. Prior to joining Kimberly-Clark in 2006, he served in a number of senior marketing and general management roles at the Kellogg Company, a producer of cereal and convenience foods, from 2002 to 2006, including as managing director of Kellogg's U.K. business. He is a director of The Hershey Company.
Elane B. Stock, 51, was elected Group President - K-C International in 2014. She is responsible for our businesses in Asia, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. She previously served as Group President - K-C Professional from 2013 to 2014. From 2012 to 2013, her title was President - Global K-C Professional. She also served as Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer from 2010 to 2012. Prior to joining Kimberly-Clark, Ms. Stock served as National Vice President of Strategy for the American Cancer Society from 2008 to 2010. From 2007 to 2008, she was a regional manager at Georgia-Pacific Corporation (Koch Industries). Ms. Stock was a partner at McKinsey & Company, Inc. in Ireland from 2005 to 2007. She is a director of Yum! Brands, Inc.
Kimberly K. Underhill, 51, was appointed President of K-C Professional in 2014. From 2011 to 2014, she served as President, Consumer Europe. She is responsible for our global professional business, which includes commercial tissue and wipers, skin care, safety and Do-It-Yourself products. She joined Kimberly-Clark in 1988 and has held a number of positions with increasing responsibility within research and engineering, operations and marketing.



 
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PART II


ITEM 5.
MARKET FOR REGISTRANT'S COMMON EQUITY, RELATED STOCKHOLDER MATTERS AND ISSUER PURCHASES OF EQUITY SECURITIES
The dividend and market price data included in Item 7, MD&A "Unaudited Quarterly Data," are incorporated in this Item 5 by reference.
Quarterly dividends have been paid continually since 1935. Dividends have been paid on or about the second business day of January, April, July and October.
Kimberly-Clark common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange. The ticker symbol is KMB.
As of February 4, 2016, we had 22,972 holders of record of our common stock.
For information relating to securities authorized for issuance under equity compensation plans, see Part III, Item 12 of this Form 10-K.
We repurchase shares of Kimberly-Clark common stock from time to time pursuant to publicly announced share repurchase programs. During 2015, we repurchased 7.1 million shares of our common stock at a cost of $800 through a broker in the open market.
The following table contains information for shares repurchased during the fourth quarter of 2015. None of the shares in this table were repurchased directly from any of our officers or directors.
Period (2015)
 
Total Number
of Shares
Purchased(a)
 
Average
Price Paid
Per Share
 
Total Number of
Shares Purchased
as Part of Publicly
Announced Plans
or Programs
 
Maximum Number
of Shares That May
Yet Be Purchased
Under the Plans or
Programs
October 1 to October 31
 
1,089,000

 
$
116.37

 
1,882,811

 
38,117,189

November 1 to November 30
 
1,102,000

 
119.85

 
2,984,811

 
37,015,189

December 1 to December 31
 
749,000

 
121.73

 
3,733,811

 
36,266,189

Total
 
2,940,000

 
 
 
 
 
 
(a)
Share repurchases were made pursuant to a share repurchase program authorized by our Board of Directors on November 13, 2014. This program allows for the repurchase of 40 million shares in an amount not to exceed $5 billion.




 
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ITEM 6.
SELECTED FINANCIAL DATA
 
Year Ended December 31
 
2015(a)
 
2014(b)
 
2013(c)
 
2012(d)
 
2011(e)
Net Sales
$
18,591

 
$
19,724

 
$
19,561

 
$
19,467

 
$
19,268

Gross Profit
6,624

 
6,683

 
6,609

 
6,129

 
5,539

Operating Profit
1,613

 
2,521

 
2,903

 
2,377

 
2,152

Share of Net Income of Equity Companies
149

 
146

 
205

 
177

 
161

Income from Continuing Operations
1,066

 
1,545

 
2,018

 
1,627

 
1,495

Income from Discontinued Operations, Net of Income Taxes

 
50

 
203

 
201

 
189

Net Income
1,066

 
1,595

 
2,221

 
1,828

 
1,684

Net Income Attributable to Noncontrolling Interests in Continuing Operations
(53
)
 
(69
)
 
(79
)
 
(78
)
 
(93
)
Net Income Attributable to Kimberly-Clark Corporation
1,013

 
1,526

 
2,142

 
1,750

 
1,591

Per Share Basis
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net Income Attributable to Kimberly-Clark Corporation
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Basic
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Continuing operations
2.78

 
3.94

 
5.05

 
3.94

 
3.54

Discontinued operations

 
0.13

 
0.53

 
0.51

 
0.48

Net income
2.78

 
4.07

 
5.58

 
4.45

 
4.02

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Diluted
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Continuing operations
2.77

 
3.91

 
5.01

 
3.91

 
3.52

Discontinued operations

 
0.13

 
0.52

 
0.51

 
0.47

Net income
2.77

 
4.04

 
5.53

 
4.42

 
3.99

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cash Dividends Per Share
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Declared
3.52

 
3.36

 
3.24

 
2.96

 
2.80

Paid
3.48

 
3.33

 
3.17

 
2.92

 
2.76

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Total Assets
14,842

 
15,526

 
18,919

 
19,873

 
19,373

Long-Term Debt
6,106

 
5,630

 
5,386

 
5,070

 
5,426

Total Stockholders' Equity
40

 
999

 
5,140

 
5,287

 
5,529


(a)
Results include pre-tax charges related to pension settlements of $1,358, $835 after tax, a $45 nondeductible charge related to the remeasurement of the Venezuelan balance sheet and a pre-tax charge of $108, $102 after tax, related to the deconsolidation of our Venezuelan operations. Additionally, results were negatively impacted by pre-tax charges of $63, $42 after tax, related to the 2014 Organization Restructuring, and nondeductible charges of $23 related to the restructuring of operations in Turkey. Also included is an income tax charge of $49 related to prior years as a result of an updated assessment of uncertain tax positions in certain of our international operations. See Item 8, Notes 1, 2, 9 and 14 of the Consolidated Financial Statements for details.
(b)
Results include pre-tax charges of $133, $95 after tax, related to the 2014 Organization Restructuring, pre-tax charges of $33, $30 after tax, related to European strategic changes, a nondeductible charge of $462 related to the remeasurement of the Venezuelan balance sheet and a nondeductible charge of $35, $17 attributable to Kimberly-Clark Corporation, related to a regulatory dispute in the Middle East. Additionally, results were negatively impacted by pre-tax charges of $157, $138 after tax, for transaction and related costs associated with the spin-off of the health care business (classified in discontinued operations). See Item 8, Notes 1 through 4 of the Consolidated Financial Statements for details on the charges for the Venezuela devaluation and restructuring programs.
(c)
Results include pre-tax charges of $81, $66 after tax, related to European strategic changes. Additionally, results were negatively impacted by a $36 pre-tax charge, $26 after tax, related to the devaluation of the Venezuelan bolivar. See Item 8, Notes 1 and 4 of the Consolidated Financial Statements for details.
(d)
Results include pre-tax charges of $299, $242 after tax, related to European strategic changes. Additionally, results were negatively impacted by $135 in pre-tax charges, $86 after tax, for restructuring actions related to our pulp and tissue operations. See Item 8, Note 4 of the Consolidated Financial Statements for details related to European strategic changes.
(e)
Results include a nondeductible business tax charge related to a law change in Colombia of $35, as well as the effect of pre-tax charges of $415, $289 after tax, related to the restructuring of our pulp and tissue operations.







 
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ITEM 7.
MANAGEMENT'S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS
Introduction
This MD&A is intended to provide investors with an understanding of our recent performance, financial condition and prospects. Dollar amounts are reported in millions, except per share dollar amounts, unless otherwise noted. The following will be discussed and analyzed:
Overview of Business
Overview of 2015 Results
Results of Operations and Related Information
Unaudited Quarterly Data
Liquidity and Capital Resources
Critical Accounting Policies and Use of Estimates
Legal Matters
Business Outlook
Information Concerning Forward-Looking Statements
Throughout this MD&A, we refer to financial measures that have not been calculated in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the U.S., or GAAP, and are therefore referred to as non-GAAP financial measures. These measures include adjusted operating profit, adjusted net income, adjusted earnings per share, adjusted other (income) and expense, net, and adjusted effective tax rate. We believe these measures provide our investors with additional information about our underlying results and trends, as well as insight to some of the financial measures used to evaluate management.
Non-GAAP financial measures are not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the comparable GAAP measures, and they should be read only in conjunction with our consolidated financial statements prepared in accordance with GAAP.  There are limitations to these non-GAAP financial measures because they are not prepared in accordance with GAAP and may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies due to potential differences in methods of calculation and items being excluded.  We compensate for these limitations by using these non-GAAP financial measures as a supplement to the GAAP measures and by providing reconciliations of the non-GAAP and comparable GAAP financial measures.
The non-GAAP financial measures exclude the following items for the relevant time periods as indicated in the reconciliations included later in this MD&A:
Pension settlement charges - In 2015, we recorded settlement-related charges from certain actions taken for our U.S. pension plan.
Charges related to Venezuelan Operations - Results in 2015, 2014 and 2013 include charges for remeasuring the local currency balance sheet in Venezuela, and in 2015 include charges for the deconsolidation of our Venezuelan operations.
Uncertain tax positions adjustment - In the fourth quarter of 2015, we updated our assessment of uncertain tax positions for certain international operations, and recorded a charge related to prior years in provision for income taxes.
2014 Organization Restructuring - In October 2014, we initiated a restructuring plan in order to improve organization efficiency and offset the impact of stranded overhead costs resulting from the spin-off of our health care business. Results in both 2014 and 2015 include charges related to this initiative.
Turkey restructuring - In 2015, we recorded charges related to the restructuring of our operations in Turkey.
Regulatory dispute in the Middle East - In 2014, we recorded a charge as a result of an adverse court ruling regarding the treatment of capital contributions in prior years to an affiliate in the Middle East.
European strategic changes and related restructuring charges - In 2012, we initiated strategic changes to and a related restructuring in our Western and Central European businesses. Results in 2014 and 2013 include charges related to this restructuring activity.
In addition, we provide commentary regarding organic net sales, which exclude the impact of changes in foreign currency rates and lower sales in 2014 and 2013 associated with European strategic changes and tissue restructuring actions.


 
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Overview of Business
We are a global company focused on leading the world in essentials for a better life, with manufacturing facilities in 36 countries and products sold in more than 175 countries. Our products are sold under well-known brands such as Kleenex, Scott, Huggies, Pull-Ups, Kotex and Depend. We have three reportable business segments: Personal Care, Consumer Tissue and K-C Professional ("KCP"). These business segments are described in greater detail in Item 8, Note 16 to the Consolidated Financial Statements.
In operating our business, we seek to:
manage our portfolio to balance growth, profit margin and cash flow,
invest in our brands, innovation and growth initiatives,
deliver sustainable cost reductions, and
provide disciplined capital management to improve return on invested capital and return cash to shareholders.
Beginning in 2015, we describe our business outside North America in two groups – Developing and Emerging Markets ("D&E") and Developed Markets, instead of K-C International ("KCI") and Europe. D&E markets comprise Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Latin America and Asia-Pacific, excluding Australia and South Korea. Developed Markets consist of Western and Central Europe, Australia and South Korea. Previously, KCI consisted of our businesses in Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, Eastern Europe and Africa.
Highlights for 2015 include the following:
Net sales of $18.6 billion decreased 6 percent compared to 2014. Weakening foreign currency exchanges rates significantly decreased net sales and operating profit. Organic net sales increased 5 percent.
We executed our growth strategies in D&E markets with a focus on China, Eastern Europe and Latin America. Organic net sales in D&E grew 10 percent in 2015 as a result of strong growth in diapers, feminine care, adult care and baby wipes. In D&E, we continue to benefit from innovation, expansion, category development and higher net selling prices.
In North America, we generated 5 percent volume growth in our consumer business, with increases on most brands. Results benefited from innovations, promotion support, category growth and market share gains.
In our Developed Markets outside North America, organic net sales were even with prior year.
To help fund our investments in innovations and growth initiatives and to improve our profit margins, we are generating cost savings through several initiatives, including leveraging our global procurement organization and deploying lean principles. Full-year cost savings from our ongoing FORCE (Focused On Reducing Costs Everywhere) program in 2015 were $365.
In 2015, we continued to execute our 2014 Organization Restructuring in order to improve organization efficiency and offset the impact of stranded overhead costs resulting from the spin-off of our health care business in 2014. The restructuring is expected to be completed by the end of 2016. In 2015, savings from this initiative were $65.
We continued to focus on generating cash flow and allocating capital to shareholders. In 2015, cash provided by operations was $2.3 billion, and share repurchases of Kimberly-Clark common stock were $0.8 billion. In addition, we raised our dividend in 2015 by 5 percent, the 43rd consecutive annual increase in our dividend. Altogether, share repurchases and dividends in 2015 amounted to $2.1 billion.
We completed the spin-off of our health care business on October 31, 2014. As a result, the health care business is presented as discontinued operations on the Consolidated Income Statement in 2014 and 2013.
We are subject to risks and uncertainties, which can affect our business operations and financial results. See Item 1A, "Risk Factors" in this Form 10-K for additional information.


 
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Overview of 2015 Results
Net sales of $18.6 billion decreased 6 percent compared to prior year, as changes in foreign currency exchange rates decreased net sales by 10 percent.
Operating profit and income from continuing operations decreased 36 percent and 31 percent, respectively, compared to 2014. Comparisons were negatively impacted by significant unfavorable currency effects, as well as adjusting items described elsewhere in this MD&A.
Adjusted operating profit and adjusted earnings per share increased 1 percent and 5 percent, respectively, compared to 2014.
Results of Operations and Related Information
This section presents a discussion and analysis of net sales, operating profit and other information relevant to an understanding of 2015 results of operations. This discussion and analysis compares 2015 results to 2014, and 2014 results to 2013. The reference to "N.M." indicates that the calculation is not meaningful.
Consolidated
Selected Financial Results
Year Ended December 31
 
2015
 
2014
 
Change
2015 vs. 2014
 
2013
 
Change
2014 vs. 2013
Net Sales
$
18,591

 
$
19,724

 
-5.7
 %
 
$
19,561

 
+0.8
 %
Other (income) and expense, net
1,568

 
453

 
+246.1
 %
 
7

 
N.M.

Operating Profit
1,613

 
2,521

 
-36.0
 %
 
2,903

 
-13.2
 %
Provision for income taxes
418

 
856

 
-51.2
 %
 
828

 
+3.4
 %
Share of net income from equity companies
149

 
146

 
+2.1
 %
 
205

 
-28.8
 %
Income from Continuing Operations
1,066

 
1,545

 
-31.0
 %
 
2,018

 
-23.4
 %
Income from discontinued operations, net of income taxes

 
50

 
N.M.

 
203

 
-75.4
 %
Net Income Attributable to Kimberly-Clark Corporation
1,013

 
1,526

 
-33.6
 %
 
2,142

 
-28.8
 %
Diluted Earnings per Share from Continuing Operations
2.77

 
3.91

 
-29.2
 %
 
5.01

 
-22.0
 %
Operating Profit Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP
Operating profit includes the following adjusting items:
 
Year Ended December 31
 
2015
 
2014
 
2013
Operating Profit, GAAP
$
1,613

 
$
2,521

 
$
2,903

Plus adjustments for:
 
 
 
 
 
Pension Settlements
1,358

 

 

Charges Related to Venezuelan Operations
153

 
462

 
36

2014 Organization Restructuring
63

 
133

 

Turkey Restructuring
23

 

 

Regulatory Dispute in Middle East

 
35

 

European Strategic Changes

 
33

 
81

Adjusted Operating Profit
$
3,210

 
$
3,184

 
$
3,020



 
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Consolidated Net Sales and Adjusted Operating Profit
 
 
Percent Change
 
2015 vs. 2014
Net sales of $18.6 billion decreased 6 percent compared to 2014, as changes in foreign currency exchange rates reduced net sales more than 10 percent. Organic net sales increased 5 percent, as volumes increased 4 percent and product mix was favorable by 1 percent. Adjusted operating profit of $3,210 in 2015 increased 1 percent compared to $3,184 in 2014. The comparisons benefited from organic sales growth, FORCE cost savings of $365, input cost deflation of $150 and $65 of savings from the 2014 Organization Restructuring. Translation effects due to changes in foreign currency exchange rates lowered adjusted operating profit by $360 and foreign currency transaction effects also negatively impacted the operating profit comparisons. Total marketing, research and general expenses increased on a local currency basis, driven by higher administrative costs.
2014 vs. 2013
Net sales of $19.7 billion increased 1 percent compared to 2013. Organic net sales increased 4 percent, with volumes and net selling prices each increasing net sales by 2 percent. Foreign currency exchange rates were unfavorable by 2 percent and lower sales in conjunction with European strategic changes and pulp and tissue restructuring actions reduced sales by 1 percent. Adjusted operating profit of $3,184 in 2014 increased 5 percent compared to $3,020 in 2013. The comparisons benefited from organic sales growth, FORCE cost savings of $320 and $30 of savings from pulp and tissue restructuring actions. Input costs were $240 higher overall versus 2013. Foreign currency translation effects reduced operating profit by $75 and currency transaction effects also negatively impacted the operating profit comparison.





Net Sales
 
2015 vs. 2014
 
2014 vs. 2013
 
Volume
 
4

 
2

 
Restructuring
 

 
(1
)
 
Net Price
 

 
2

 
Mix/Other(a) 
 

 

 
Currency
 
(10
)
 
(2
)
 
Total
 
(5.7
)
 
0.8

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Adjusted Operating Profit
 
 
 
 
 
Volume
 
8

 
5

 
Net Price
 
1

 
13

 
Input Costs
 
5

 
(8
)
 
Cost Savings
 
11

 
11

 
Currency Translation
 
(11
)
 
(3
)
 
Other
 
(13
)
 
(13
)
 
Total
 
0.8

 
5.4

 
(a)Mix/Other includes rounding
Other (Income) & Expense, Net Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP
Other (income) & expense, net includes the following adjusting items:


Year Ended December 31
 
2015
 
2014
 
2013
Other (income) and expense, net, GAAP
$
1,568

 
$
453

 
$
7

Less adjustments for:
 
 
 
 
 
Pension Settlements
1,358

 

 

Charges Related to Venezuelan Operations
148

 
421

 
36

Regulatory Dispute in Middle East

 
35

 

European Strategic Changes

 

 
5

Adjusted other (income) and expense, net
$
62

 
$
(3
)
 
$
(34
)
Adjusted other (income) and expense, net was expense of $62 in 2015 and income of $3 in 2014. The change was driven by higher foreign currency transaction losses in 2015 compared to 2014, and gains on asset sales in 2014. Lower income of $3 in 2014 compared to $34 in 2013 was driven by higher foreign currency transaction losses in 2014, as both periods included gains on the sale of non-core assets.


 
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Provision for Income Taxes Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP
Provision for income taxes includes the following adjusting items:


Year Ended December 31
 
2015
 
2014
 
2013
Effective Tax Rate, GAAP
31.3
%
 
38.0
%
 
31.4
%
Provision for income taxes, GAAP
$
418

 
$
856

 
$
828

Plus adjustments for:
 
 
 
 
 
Pension Settlements
523

 

 

Charges Related to Venezuelan Operations
6

 

 
10

Uncertain Tax Positions Adjustment
(49
)
 

 

2014 Organization Restructuring
21

 
38

 

Europe Strategic Changes

 
3

 
15

Adjusted Provision for income taxes
$
919

 
$
897

 
$
853

Adjusted Effective Tax Rate
31.3
%
 
30.7
%
 
30.9
%
The increase in adjusted tax rate in 2015 is primarily due to the redemption of preferred securities in 2014.
Share of Net Income from Equity Companies
Our share of net income of equity companies was $149 in 2015, $146 in 2014 and $205 in 2013. Kimberly-Clark de Mexico, S.A.B. de C.V. ("KCM") results in 2015 compared to 2014 benefited from increased organic net sales, cost savings, and lower input costs, partially offset by a weaker Mexican peso. Results in 2014 compared to 2013 were negatively impacted by input cost increases and a weaker Mexican peso, partially offset by increased sales volumes and cost savings.
Income from Discontinued Operations
Income from discontinued operations, net of income taxes, was $50 in 2014 and $203 in 2013. The decrease was primarily due to after tax charges of $138 ($157 pre-tax), excluded from adjusted earnings per share, related to the spin-off of our health care business.
Net Income Attributable to Noncontrolling Interests
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests decreased in 2015 as a result of the redemption of preferred securities. In 2014, adjusted net income attributable to noncontrolling interests of $87 includes an adjustment of $18, excluded from adjusted earnings per share, as a result of an adverse court ruling regarding the treatment of capital contributions in prior years to an affiliate in the Middle East.


 
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Net Income Attributable to Kimberly-Clark and Diluted Earnings Per Share from Continuing Operations Reconciliations of GAAP to Non-GAAP
Net Income Attributable to Kimberly-Clark and Diluted Earnings Per Share include the following adjusting items:
 
Year Ended December 31
 
2015
 
2014
 
2013
Net Income Attributable to Kimberly-Clark, GAAP
$
1,013

 
$
1,526

 
$
2,142

Plus adjustments (net of tax) for:
 
 
 
 
 
Pension Settlements
835

 

 

Charges Related to Venezuelan Operations
147

 
462

 
26

Uncertain Tax Positions Adjustment
49

 

 

2014 Organization Restructuring
42

 
95

 

Turkey Restructuring
23

 

 

Regulatory Dispute in Middle East

 
17

 

Health Care Spin-off

 
138

 

European Strategic Changes

 
30

 
66

Adjusted Net Income Attributable to Kimberly-Clark
$
2,109

 
$
2,268

 
$
2,234

 
Year Ended December 31
 
2015
 
2014
 
2013
Diluted Earnings Per Share from Continuing Operations, GAAP
$
2.77

 
$
3.91

 
$
5.01

Plus adjustments for:
 
 
 
 
 
Pension Settlements
2.28

 

 

Charges Related to Venezuelan Operations
0.40

 
1.22

 
0.07

Uncertain Tax Positions Adjustment
0.13

 

 

2014 Organization Restructuring
0.11

 
0.25

 

Turkey Restructuring
0.06

 

 

Regulatory Dispute in Middle East

 
0.05

 

European Strategic Changes

 
0.08

 
0.17

Rounding
0.01

 

 
(0.01
)
Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share from Continuing Operations
$
5.76

 
$
5.51

 
$
5.24

The increase in adjusted earnings per share from continuing operations in 2015 and 2014 are primarily due to lower share counts and higher earnings.


 
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Geographical Information
 
Year Ended December 31
 
2015
 
2014
 
Change
2015 vs. 2014
 
2013
 
Change
2014 vs. 2013
NET SALES
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
North America
$
9,531

 
$
9,400

 
+1.4
 %
 
$
9,430

 
-0.3
 %
Europe
2,304

 
2,717

 
-15.2
 %
 
2,839

 
-4.3
 %
Asia, Latin America and other
7,154

 
7,961

 
-10.1
 %
 
7,639

 
+4.2
 %
Intergeographic sales
(398
)
 
(354
)
 
+12.4
 %
 
(347
)
 
+2.0
 %
TOTAL NET SALES
$
18,591

 
$
19,724

 
-5.7
 %
 
$
19,561

 
+0.8
 %
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
OPERATING PROFIT
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
North America
$
2,180

 
$
2,003

 
+8.8
 %
 
$
1,984

 
+1.0
 %
Europe
297

 
282

 
+5.3
 %
 
237

 
+19.0
 %
Asia, Latin America and other
1,071

 
1,184

 
-9.5
 %
 
1,070

 
+10.7
 %
Corporate & Other(a)
(367
)
 
(495
)
 
N.M.

 
(381
)
 
N.M.

Other (income) and expense, net(b)
1,568

 
453

 
N.M.

 
7

 
N.M.

TOTAL OPERATING PROFIT
$
1,613

 
$
2,521

 
-36.0
 %
 
$
2,903

 
-13.2
 %
(a)
Corporate & Other includes charges related to the 2014 Organization Restructuring of $63 and $133 and $5 and $41 related to the remeasurement of the Venezuelan balance sheet, in 2015 and 2014, respectively. Corporate & Other also includes $23 for restructuring in Turkey in 2015, and $33 and $76 related to European strategic changes in 2014 and 2013, respectively.
(b)
Other (income) and expense, net for 2015 and 2014 include charges of $40 and $421, respectively, related to the remeasurement of the Venezuelan balance sheet. In addition, 2015 includes charges of $108 for the deconsolidation of our Venezuelan operations and $1,358 for charges related to pension settlements and 2014 includes a charge of $35 related to a regulatory dispute in the Middle East. The results for 2013 include a balance sheet remeasurement charge of $36 due to a devaluation of the Venezuelan bolivar and a charge of $5 for European strategic changes.



 
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Business Segments
Personal Care
 
 
Year Ended December 31
 
 2015 vs. 2014
In 2015, net sales of $9.2 billion decreased 4 percent compared to 2014. Unfavorable currency rates decreased net sales by 11 percent while sales volumes increased 5 percent and net selling prices and product mix each increased net sales by 1 percent. Operating profit of $1,885 increased 5 percent. The comparison benefited from growth in organic net sales, cost savings and lower input and other manufacturing costs, partially offset by unfavorable effects from changes in currency rates and higher marketing, research and general expenses on a local currency basis.
Net sales in North America increased 1 percent. Sales volumes increased 4 percent while net selling prices and currency decreased net sales by 2 percent and 1 percent, respectively. Adult care volumes increased high-single digits with benefits from innovations, brand investments and category growth. Volumes on Huggies diapers rose low-single digits including benefits from innovation and increased promotion support. Huggies baby wipes volumes rose mid-single digits with benefits from innovation and child care volumes were even with prior year.
Net sales in developing and emerging markets decreased 8 percent including a 22 percent decrease from unfavorable currency rate changes. This was partly offset by an increase in sales volumes of 8 percent which included gains in China, most of Latin America, and Eastern Europe, and 5 percent higher net selling prices, driven by increases in Eastern Europe and Latin America in response to weaker currency rates.
Net sales in developed markets outside North America decreased 10 percent. Currency rates were unfavorable by 11 percent. Volumes and product mix increased by 1 percent each while net selling prices decreased net sales by 1 percent.






 

 
 
2015
 
2014
 
2013
 
Net Sales
 
$
9,204

 
$
9,635

 
$
9,536

 
Operating Profit
 
$
1,885

 
$
1,803

 
$
1,698

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
PERCENT CHANGE
 
Net Sales
 
2015 vs. 2014
 
2014 vs. 2013
 
Volume
 
5

 
3

 
Restructuring
 

 
(1
)
 
Net Price
 
1

 
3

 
Mix/Other(a) 
 
1

 

 
Currency
 
(11
)
 
(4
)
 
Total
 
(4.5
)
 
1.0

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Operating Profit
 
 
 
 
 
Volume
 
10

 
5

 
Net Price
 
5

 
15

 
Input Costs
 
6

 
(9
)
 
Cost Savings
 
12

 
12

 
Currency Translation
 
(11
)
 
(3
)
 
Other
 
(17
)
 
(14
)
 
Total
 
4.5

 
6.2

 
(a) Mix/Other includes rounding
2014 vs. 2013
In 2014, net sales of $9.6 billion increased 1 percent compared to 2013. Sales volumes and net selling prices each increased 3 percent. Currency rates were unfavorable by 4 percent, and lower sales in conjunction with European strategic changes reduced net sales by 1 percent. Operating profit of $1,803 increased 6 percent. The comparison benefited from higher net selling prices, sales volume growth and cost savings, partially offset by unfavorable effects from changes in currency rates and input cost inflation.
Net sales in North America were essentially even with the prior year. Slightly higher sales volumes and net selling prices were offset by unfavorable currency rates. Huggies baby wipes volumes rose double-digits, including benefits from market share gains and product innovation. Adult care volumes increased high-single digits, including innovation on Depend and Poise brands. Huggies diaper volumes decreased mid-single digits and were impacted by market share declines and competitive promotional activity. Child care volumes decreased mid-single digits, driven by lower Pull-Ups training pants volumes, partially offset by the launch of new GoodNites youth pants. Feminine care volumes were down slightly.
Net sales in KCI increased 4 percent. Sales volumes increased 6 percent, and net selling prices were higher by 5 percent, partially offset by unfavorable currency rates of 7 percent. The volume increase included gains in China, Eastern Europe, South Africa, South Korea, Vietnam and most of Latin America. The higher net selling prices were driven by increases in Latin America and Eastern Europe in response to weaker currency rates and cost inflation.
Net sales in Europe decreased 19 percent. Lower sales in conjunction with European strategic changes reduced net sales by 20 percent and net selling prices decreased net sales by 1 percent. Favorable currency rates increased net sales by 2 percent.



 
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Consumer Tissue
 
 
Year Ended December 31
 
2015 vs. 2014
In 2015, net sales of $6.1 billion decreased 8 percent compared to 2014. Unfavorable currency rates reduced net sales by 9 percent. Sales volumes increased net sales by 3 percent and net selling price lowered net sales by 1 percent. Operating profit of $1,073 increased 1 percent compared to prior year. The comparison benefited from cost savings and higher sales volumes, mostly offset by the impact of unfavorable foreign currency rates.
Net sales in North America increased 2 percent. Sales volumes increased by 6 percent, while net selling prices decreased net sales by 2 percent and product mix was unfavorable by 1 percent. Paper towel volumes rose double-digits led by Viva and bathroom tissue volumes rose high-single digits led by Cottonelle.
Net sales in developing and emerging markets decreased 22 percent. Unfavorable currency rates reduced net sales by 25 percent. Net selling price increased net sales by 2 percent while volumes increased 1 percent.
Net sales in developed markets outside North America decreased 13 percent. Unfavorable currency effects reduced net sales by 11 percent. Sales volumes decreased 1 percent, mostly in Western/Central Europe, and net selling price decreased net sales by 1 percent.

 
 
2015
 
2014
 
2013
 
Net Sales
 
$
6,121

 
$
6,645

 
$
6,637

 
Operating Profit
 
$
1,073

 
$
1,062

 
$
988

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
PERCENT CHANGE
 
Net Sales
 
2015 vs. 2014
 
2014 vs. 2013
 
Volume
 
3

 
1

 
Restructuring
 

 
(1
)
 
Net Price
 
(1
)
 
1

 
Mix/Other (a)
 
(1
)
 

 
Currency
 
(9
)
 
(1
)
 
Total
 
(7.9
)
 
0.1

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Operating Profit
 
 
 
 
 
Volume
 
7

 
1

 
Net Price
 
(5
)
 
10

 
Input Costs
 
1

 
(5
)
 
Cost Savings
 
10

 
10

 
Currency Translation
 
(8
)
 

 
Other
 
(4
)
 
(9
)
 
Total
 
1.0

 
7.5

 
(a)Mix/Other includes rounding
2014 vs. 2013
In 2014, net sales of $6.6 billion were essentially even with the prior year. Sales volumes and net selling prices each increased net sales by 1 percent. Unfavorable currency rates decreased net sales by 1 percent, and lower sales in conjunction with European strategic changes and pulp and tissue restructuring actions reduced net sales by a combined 1 percent. Operating profit of $1,062 increased 7 percent. The comparison benefited from higher net selling prices and cost savings, partially offset by input cost inflation and higher manufacturing-related costs in 2014.
Net sales in North America increased 1 percent. Sales volumes increased 2 percent, driven by growth in Cottonelle and Scott bathroom tissue and the launch of Viva Vantage paper towels. Unfavorable currency effects and changes in product mix reduced net sales by a combined 1 percent.
Net sales in KCI increased 1 percent. Net selling prices increased net sales by 4 percent, and improved product mix and growth in sales volumes increased net sales by a combined 1 percent. Unfavorable currency rates decreased net sales by 4 percent. The improvement in net selling prices was driven by increases in Latin America.
Net sales in Europe decreased 4 percent, driven by lower sales in conjunction with European strategic changes and pulp and tissue restructuring actions which reduced net sales by a combined 6 percent. Favorable currency rates increased net sales by 3 percent.



 
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K-C Professional
 
 
Year Ended December 31
 

2015 vs. 2014
In 2015, net sales of $3.2 billion decreased 5 percent compared to 2014. Unfavorable currency rate changes decreased net sales by 9 percent. Sales volumes and product mix each increased net sales by 2 percent, including sales of nonwovens to Halyard Health, Inc. in conjunction with a near-term supply agreement. Operating profit of $590 decreased 2 percent. The comparison was impacted by unfavorable currency effects, mostly offset by benefits from organic net sales growth, cost savings and lower input costs.
Net sales in North America increased 1 percent. Sales volumes increased 2 percent, primarily due to growth in wipers, while unfavorable currency effects decreased net sales by 1 percent.
Net sales in developing and emerging markets decreased 15 percent, including a 21 percent decrease from unfavorable changes in currency rates. Volumes increased by 2 percent and the combined impact of changes in net selling prices and product mix improved net sales by 4 percent.
Net sales in developed markets outside North America were down 13 percent. Unfavorable changes in currency rates decreased net sales by 13 percent. Sales volumes increased 1 percent, while the combined impact of changes in overall net selling prices and product mix reduced net sales 1 percent.
 
 
2015
 
2014
 
2013
 
Net Sales
 
$
3,219

 
$
3,388

 
$
3,323

 
Operating Profit
 
$
590

 
$
604

 
$
605

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
PERCENT CHANGE
 
Net Sales
 
2015 vs. 2014
 
2014 vs. 2013
 
Volume
 
2

 
3

 
Restructuring
 

 

 
Net Price
 

 
1

 
Mix/Other(a)
 
2

 

 
Currency
 
(9
)
 
(2
)
 
Total
 
(5.0
)
 
2.0

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Operating Profit
 
 
 
 
 
Volume
 
3

 
5

 
Net Price
 
1

 
3

 
Input Costs
 
3

 
(8
)
 
Cost Savings
 
7

 
5

 
Currency Translation
 
(13
)
 
(3
)
 
Other
 
(3
)
 
(2
)
 
Total
 
(2.3
)
 
(0.2
)
 
(a)Mix/Other includes rounding
2014 vs. 2013
In 2014, net sales of $3.4 billion increased 2 percent compared to 2013. Sales volumes increased 3 percent, and net selling prices improved by 1 percent. The impact of currency rates on net sales was unfavorable by 2 percent. Operating profit of $604 was essentially even with the prior year. The comparison benefited from sales volume growth, higher net selling prices and cost savings, offset by input cost inflation and unfavorable currency effects.
Net sales in North America decreased 2 percent. Net selling prices were lower by 2 percent, and unfavorable currency effects and changes in product mix decreased net sales by a combined 1 percent. Sales volumes increased 1 percent, driven by gains in safety products, wipers and other categories, partially offset by declines in washroom products.
Net sales in KCI increased 8 percent, despite unfavorable currency rates of 5 percent. Sales volumes rose 7 percent, net selling prices improved net sales by 5 percent and product mix improved 1 percent. Sales volumes rose in each major geography.
Net sales in Europe increased 3 percent. Sales volumes increased 3 percent, driven by growth in washroom products. Favorable currency rates and improved product mix each increased net sales by 1 percent, while lower sales in conjunction with European strategic changes and pulp and tissue restructuring actions and the impact of lower net selling prices each reduced net sales by 1 percent.




 
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Defined Benefit Pension Plan Changes
Effective January 2015, the U.S. pension plan was amended to include a lump-sum pension benefit payout option for certain plan participants. In addition, in April 2015, the U.S. pension plan completed the purchase of group annuity contracts that transferred to two insurance companies the pension benefit obligations totaling $2.5 billion for approximately 21,000 Kimberly-Clark retirees in the United States. As a result of these changes, we recognized pension settlement-related charges of $0.8 billion after tax ($1.4 billion pre-tax in other (income) and expense, net) during 2015, mostly in the second quarter. In 2015, we made cash contributions of $484 to our pension trusts, of which $410 relates to the changes in the U.S. plan.
2014 Organization Restructuring
In October 2014, we initiated a restructuring plan in order to improve organization efficiency and offset the impact of stranded overhead costs resulting from the spin-off of our health care business. The restructuring is intended to improve our underlying profitability and increase our flexibility to invest in targeted growth initiatives, brand building and other capabilities critical to delivering future growth.
The restructuring is expected to be completed by the end of 2016, with total costs anticipated to be $130 to $160 after tax ($190 to $230 pre-tax). Cash costs are projected to be approximately 80 percent of the total charges. Cumulative pre-tax savings from the restructuring are expected to be $120 to $140 by the end of 2017, and were $70 by the end of 2015. The restructuring is expected to impact all of our business segments and our organizations in all major geographies.
During 2015, $63 of pre-tax charges were recognized for the organization restructuring, including $23 recorded in cost of products sold and $40 recorded in marketing, research and general expenses, primarily for workforce reductions. A related benefit of $21 was recorded in provision for income taxes. During 2014, $133 of pre-tax charges were recognized for the organization restructuring, including $40 recorded in cost of products sold and $93 recorded in marketing, research and general expenses, primarily for workforce reductions. A related benefit of $38 was recorded in provision for income taxes.
European Strategic Changes
In 2012, we approved strategic changes related to our Western and Central European consumer and professional businesses to focus our resources and investments on stronger market positions and growth opportunities. We exited the diaper category in that region, with the exception of the Italian market, and divested or exited some lower-margin businesses, mostly in consumer tissue, in certain markets. The changes primarily affected our consumer businesses, with a modest impact on KCP. The impacted businesses generated annual net sales of approximately $0.5 billion and negligible operating profit. As a result of the restructuring activities, compared to 2012, annual net sales in 2014 and 2013 were decreased by $500 and $350, respectively.
Restructuring actions related to the strategic changes involved the sale or closure of five of our European manufacturing facilities and streamlining of our administrative organization. The restructuring actions commenced in 2012 and were completed by December 31, 2014. The restructuring resulted in cumulative pre-tax charges of $413 ($338 after tax) over that period.
For information on the charges by year, see Item 8, Note 4 to the Consolidated Financial Statements.
Venezuela Charges
Effective December 31, 2015, we deconsolidated the assets and liabilities of our business in Venezuela from our consolidated balance sheet and moved to the cost method of accounting for our operations in that country. The change reflects the continued deterioration of conditions in the country, including a slowdown in the availability of foreign exchange, and resulted in an after tax charge of $102 in the fourth quarter of 2015. Beginning in the first quarter of 2016, we will no longer include the results of our Venezuelan business in our consolidated financial statements. We also recorded nondeductible charges of $45 and $462, and pre-tax charges of $36 (after-tax of $26), related to the remeasurement of the Venezuelan balance sheet in 2015, 2014 and 2013 respectively. For information on the charges by year, see Item 8, Note 1 to the Consolidated Financial Statements.



 
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Unaudited Quarterly Data
 
2015
 
2014
 
Fourth
 
Third
 
Second
 
First
 
Fourth
 
Third
 
Second
 
First
Net sales
$
4,539

 
$
4,718

 
$
4,643

 
$
4,691

 
$
4,828

 
$
5,056

 
$
4,953

 
$
4,887

Gross profit
1,626

 
1,682

 
1,657

 
1,659

 
1,553

 
1,765

 
1,700

 
1,665

Operating profit (loss)
630

 
779

 
(544
)
 
748

 
158

 
877

 
775

 
711

Income (loss) from continuing operations
344

 
529

 
(293
)
 
486

 
(48
)
 
581

 
522

 
490

Income (loss) from discontinued operations, net of income taxes

 

 

 

 
(15
)
 
1

 
8

 
56

Net income (loss)
344

 
529

 
(293
)
 
486

 
(63
)
 
582

 
530

 
546

Net income (loss) attributable to Kimberly-Clark Corporation
333

 
517

 
(305
)
 
468

 
(83
)
 
562

 
509

 
538

Earnings (loss) per share -
   Diluted
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Continuing operations
0.91

 
1.41

 
(0.83
)
 
1.27

 
(0.18
)
 
1.49

 
1.32

 
1.26

Discontinued operations

 

 

 

 
(0.04
)
 

 
0.02

 
0.15

Net income (loss)
0.91

 
1.41

 
(0.83
)
 
1.27

 
(0.22
)
 
1.50

 
1.35

 
1.41

Cash dividends declared per share
0.88

 
0.88

 
0.88

 
0.88

 
0.84

 
0.84

 
0.84

 
0.84

Market price per share
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
High
129.89

 
117.95

 
113.45

 
119.01

 
118.83

 
114.45

 
113.93

 
111.71

Low
107.79

 
103.04

 
104.53

 
103.67

 
103.88

 
103.50

 
108.02

 
102.81

Close
127.30

 
109.04

 
105.97

 
107.11

 
115.54

 
107.57

 
111.22

 
110.25

Historical market prices do not reflect any adjustment for the impact of the spin-off of our health care business completed on October 31, 2014.
Income (loss) from continuing operations was impacted by the $102 after tax charge ($108 pre-tax) to deconsolidate our Venezuelan operations and a charge of $49 related to prior years for uncertain tax positions for certain international operations in the fourth quarter of 2015, and charges related to pension settlements of $0.8 billion after tax ($1.4 billion pre-tax) primarily in the second quarter of 2015. Income (loss) from continuing operations was impacted by a nondeductible charge of $462 in the fourth quarter of 2014 for the remeasurement of the Venezuelan balance sheet as of December 31, 2014.

Liquidity and Capital Resources
Cash Provided by Operations
Cash provided by operations was $2.3 billion in 2015 compared to $2.8 billion in 2014. The decrease was driven by higher pension contributions in conjunction with the transfer of the pension benefit obligations to two insurance companies in the second quarter of 2015, the spin-off of the health care business in the fourth quarter of 2014 and increased operating working capital. Cash provided by operations of $2.8 billion in 2014 decreased compared to $3.0 billion in 2013 due to higher tax payments and transaction costs for the health care spin-off, partially offset by lower payments for restructuring items.
 


 
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Obligations
The following table presents our total contractual obligations for which cash flows are fixed or determinable. 
 
Total
 
2016
 
2017
 
2018
 
2019
 
2020
 
2021+
Long-term debt
$
6,720

 
$
598

 
$
964

 
$
933

 
$
308

 
$
755

 
$
3,162

Interest payments on long-term debt
2,693

 
280

 
254

 
205

 
158

 
144

 
1,652

Operating leases
545

 
142

 
115

 
86

 
67

 
53

 
82

Unconditional purchase obligations
1,314

 
698

 
170

 
139

 
144

 
156

 
7

Open purchase orders
1,435

 
1,373

 
54

 
4

 
2

 
1

 
1

Total contractual obligations
$
12,707

 
$
3,091

 
$
1,557

 
$
1,367

 
$
679

 
$
1,109

 
$
4,904

Projected interest payments for variable-rate debt were calculated based on the outstanding principal amounts and prevailing market rates as of December 31, 2015.
The unconditional purchase obligations are for the purchase of raw materials, primarily superabsorbent materials, pulp and utilities. Although we are primarily liable for payments on the above operating leases and unconditional purchase obligations, based on historic operating performance and forecasted future cash flows, we believe exposure to losses, if any, under these arrangements is not material.
The open purchase orders displayed in the table represent amounts for goods and services we have negotiated for delivery.
The table does not include amounts where payments are discretionary or the timing is uncertain. The following payments are not included in the table:
We will fund our defined benefit pension plans to meet or exceed statutory requirements and currently expect to contribute up to $100 to these plans in 2016.
Other postretirement benefit payments are estimated using actuarial assumptions, including expected future service, to project the future obligations. Based upon those projections, we anticipate making annual payments for these obligations ranging from $51 in 2016 to more than $58 by 2025.
Accrued income tax liabilities for uncertain tax positions, deferred taxes and noncontrolling interests.
Potential estimated redemption price of $38 for the redeemable preferred securities related to our subsidiary in Central America as the timing of such redemption is unknown.
Investing
Our capital spending was $1.1 billion in 2015 and $1.0 billion in 2014. We expect capital spending to be $950 to $1,050 in 2016.
Financing
In August 2015, we issued $250 aggregate principal amount of 2.15% notes due August 2020 and $300 aggregate principal amount of 3.05% notes due August 2025. Proceeds from the offering were used to repay $300 of notes due in August 2015 and to pay down a portion of our outstanding commercial paper balance.
In February 2015, we issued $250 aggregate principal amount of 1.85% notes due March 2020 and $250 aggregate principal amount of 2.65% notes due March 2025. Proceeds from the offering were used for general corporate purposes, including pension contribution payments.
In 2015, at our election, we redeemed $200 of dealer remarketable securities.
Our short-term debt, which consists of U.S. commercial paper with original maturities up to 90 days and/or other similar short-term debt issued by non-U.S. subsidiaries, was $1,071 as of December 31, 2015 (included in debt payable within one year on the Consolidated Balance Sheet). The average month-end balance of short-term debt for the fourth quarter of 2015 was $971 and for the twelve months ended December 31, 2015 was $993. These short-term borrowings provide supplemental funding for supporting


 
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our operations. The level of short-term debt generally fluctuates depending upon the amount of operating cash flows and the timing of customer receipts and payments for items such as pension contributions, dividends and income taxes.
At December 31, 2015, total debt was $7.8 billion compared to $7.0 billion at December 31, 2014.
We maintain a $2.0 billion revolving credit facility which expires in 2019. This facility, currently unused, supports our commercial paper program, and would provide liquidity in the event our access to the commercial paper markets is unavailable for any reason.
We paid $1.3 billion in dividends in 2015. We repurchase shares of Kimberly-Clark common stock from time to time pursuant to publicly announced share repurchase programs. During 2015, we repurchased 7.1 million shares of our common stock at a cost of $800 through a broker in the open market. In addition, we acquired the remaining interest in our subsidiary in Israel for $151. We are targeting full-year 2016 share repurchases of $600 to $900, subject to market conditions.
Management believes that our ability to generate cash from operations and our capacity to issue short-term and long-term debt are adequate to fund working capital, capital spending, payment of dividends, pension plan contributions and other needs for the foreseeable future. Further, we do not expect restrictions or taxes on repatriation of cash held outside of the United States to have a material effect on our overall business, liquidity, financial condition or results of operations for the foreseeable future.
Critical Accounting Policies and Use of Estimates
The preparation of financial statements in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the U.S. requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements and the reported amounts of net sales and expenses during the reporting period. The critical accounting policies we used in the preparation of the Consolidated Financial Statements are those that are important both to the presentation of our financial condition and results of operations and require significant judgments by management with regard to estimates used. The critical judgments by management relate to accruals for sales incentives and trade promotion allowances, pension and other postretirement benefits, deferred income taxes and potential income tax assessments. These critical accounting policies have been reviewed with the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors.
Sales Incentives and Trade Promotion Allowances
Trade promotion programs include introductory marketing funds such as slotting fees, cooperative marketing programs, temporary price reductions, end-of-aisle or in-store product displays and other activities conducted by our customers to promote our products. Rebate and promotion accruals are based on estimates of the quantity of customer sales and the promotion accruals also consider estimates of the number of consumer coupons that will be redeemed, timing of promotional activities and forecasted costs for activities within the promotional programs. Generally, the estimates for consumer coupon costs are based on historical patterns of coupon redemption, influenced by judgments about current market conditions such as competitive activity in specific product categories. Our related accounting policies are discussed in Item 8, Note 1 to the Consolidated Financial Statements.
Employee Postretirement Benefits
Pension Plans
We have defined benefit pension plans in the United States and the United Kingdom (the "Principal Plans") and/or defined contribution retirement plans covering substantially all regular employees. Certain other subsidiaries have defined benefit pension plans or, in certain countries, termination pay plans covering substantially all regular employees. Effective January 2015, the U.S. pension plan was amended to include a lump-sum pension benefit payout option for certain plan participants. In addition, in April 2015, the U.S. pension plan completed the purchase of group annuity contracts that transferred to two insurance companies the pension benefit obligations totaling $2.5 billion for approximately 21,000 Kimberly-Clark retirees in the United States. As a result of these changes, we recognized pension settlement-related charges of $0.8 billion after tax ($1.4 billion pre-tax in other (income) and expense, net) during the twelve months ended December 31, 2015, mostly in the second quarter. During 2015, we made cash contributions of $484 to our pension trusts, of which $410 relates to the changes to the U.S. plan. Our related accounting policies and account balances are discussed in Item 8, Note 9 to the Consolidated Financial Statements.
Changes in certain assumptions could significantly affect pension expense and the benefit obligations, particularly the estimated long-term rate of return on plan assets and the discount rates used to calculate the obligations:
Long-term rate of return on plan assets. The expected long-term rate of return is evaluated on an annual basis. In setting these assumptions, we consider a number of factors including projected future returns by asset class relative to the target


 
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asset allocation. Actual asset allocations are regularly reviewed and they are periodically rebalanced to the targeted allocations when considered appropriate. Pension expense is determined using the fair value of assets rather than a calculated value that averages gains and losses ("Calculated Value") over a period of years. Investment gains or losses represent the difference between the expected return calculated using the fair value of assets and the actual return based on the fair value of assets. The variance between actual and expected gains and losses on pension assets is recognized in pension expense more rapidly than it would be if a Calculated Value was used for plan assets.
As of December 31, 2015, the Principal Plans had cumulative unrecognized investment and actuarial losses of approximately $1.4 billion. These unrecognized net losses may increase future pension expense if not offset by (i) actual investment returns that exceed the assumed investment returns, (ii) other factors, including reduced pension liabilities arising from higher discount rates used to calculate pension obligations, or (iii) other actuarial gains, including whether such accumulated actuarial losses at each measurement date exceed the "corridor" as required. If the expected long-term rates of return on assets for the Principal Plans were lowered by 0.25 percent, the impact on annual pension expense would not be material in 2016.
Discount rate. The discount (or settlement) rate used to determine the present value of our future U.S. pension obligation at December 31, 2015 was based on a portfolio of high quality corporate debt securities with cash flows that largely match the expected benefit payments of the plan. For the U.K. plan, the discount rate was determined based on yield curves constructed from a portfolio of high quality corporate debt securities. Each year's expected future benefit payments were discounted to their present value at the appropriate yield curve rate to determine the pension obligations. If the discount rate assumptions for these same plans were reduced by 0.25 percent, the increase in annual pension expense would not be material in 2016, and the December 31, 2015 pension liability would increase by about $127.
Other assumptions. There are a number of other assumptions involved in the calculation of pension expense and benefit obligations, primarily related to participant demographics and benefit elections.
Pension expense for defined benefit pension plans is estimated to approximate $75 in 2016. Pension expense beyond 2016 will depend on future investment performance, our contributions to the pension trusts, changes in discount rates and various other factors related to the covered employees in the plans.
Other Postretirement Benefit Plans
Substantially all U.S. retirees and employees have access to our unfunded healthcare and life insurance benefit plans. Changes in significant assumptions could affect the consolidated expense and benefit obligations, particularly the discount rates used to calculate the obligations and the healthcare cost trend rate:
Discount rate. The determination of the discount rates used to calculate the benefit obligations of the plans is discussed in the pension benefit section above, and the methodology for each country is the same as the methodology used to determine the discount rate for that country's pension obligation. If the discount rate assumptions for these plans were reduced by 0.25 percent, there would be no impact to 2016 other postretirement benefit expense and the increase in the December 31, 2015 benefit liability would not be material. The discount rates displayed for the two types of obligations for our consolidated operations may appear different due to the unique benefit payments of the plans.
Healthcare cost trend rate. The healthcare cost trend rate is based on a combination of inputs including our recent claims history and insights from external advisers regarding recent developments in the healthcare marketplace, as well as projections of future trends in the marketplace.
Our related accounting policies, account balances and the effects of a one percentage point change in the healthcare cost trend rate are discussed in Item 8, Note 9 to the Consolidated Financial Statements.
Deferred Income Taxes and Potential Assessments
As a global organization we are subject to income tax requirements in various jurisdictions in the U.S. and internationally. Changes in certain assumptions related to income taxes could significantly affect consolidated results, particularly with regard to valuation allowances on deferred tax assets, unremitted earnings of subsidiaries outside the U.S. and uncertain tax positions:
Deferred tax assets and related valuation allowances. We have recorded deferred tax assets related to, among other matters, income tax loss carryforwards, income tax credit carryforwards and capital loss carryforwards and have established


 
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valuation allowances against these deferred tax assets. These carryforwards are primarily in non-U.S. taxing jurisdictions and in certain states in the U.S. Foreign tax credits earned in the U.S. in current and prior years, which cannot be used currently, also give rise to net deferred tax assets. In determining the valuation allowances to establish against these deferred tax assets, many factors are considered, including the specific taxing jurisdiction, the carryforward period, income tax strategies and forecasted earnings for the entities in each jurisdiction. A valuation allowance is recognized if, based on the weight of available evidence, it is more likely than not that some portion or all of the deferred tax asset will not be realized.
Unremitted earnings. As of December 31, 2015, U.S. income taxes and foreign withholding taxes have not been provided on approximately $8.8 billion of unremitted earnings of subsidiaries operating outside the U.S. These earnings are considered by management to be invested indefinitely. However, they would be subject to income tax if they were remitted as dividends, were lent to one of our U.S. entities or if we were to sell our stock in the subsidiaries. It is not practicable to determine the amount of unrecognized deferred U.S. income tax liability on these unremitted earnings. We periodically determine whether our non-U.S. subsidiaries will invest their undistributed earnings indefinitely and reassess this determination, as appropriate.
Uncertain tax positions. We record our global tax provision based on the respective tax rules and regulations for the jurisdictions in which we operate. Where we believe that a tax position is supportable for income tax purposes, the item is included in our income tax returns. Where treatment of a position is uncertain, a liability is recorded based upon the expected most likely outcome taking into consideration the technical merits of the position based on specific tax regulations and facts of each matter. These liabilities may be affected by changing interpretations of laws, rulings by tax authorities or the expiration of the statute of limitations. In the fourth quarter of 2015, we updated our assessment of uncertain tax positions for certain international operations and, as a result, recorded a charge of $49 related to prior years in provision for income taxes. We currently believe that the ultimate resolution of matters subject to administrative appeals, litigation or other uncertainty, individually or in the aggregate, will not have a material effect on our business, financial condition, results of operations or liquidity.
Our income tax related accounting policies, account balances and matters affecting income taxes are discussed in Item 8, Note 14 to the Consolidated Financial Statements.
Legal Matters
See Item 8, Note 12 to the Consolidated Financial Statements for information on legal matters.
New Accounting Standards
See Item 8, Note 1 to the Consolidated Financial Statements for a description of new accounting standards and their anticipated effects on our Consolidated Financial Statements.
Business Outlook
In 2016, we plan to continue to execute our Global Business Plan strategies, which include a focus on targeted growth initiatives, innovation and brand building, cost savings programs and shareholder-friendly capital allocation. In 2016, we expect adjusted earnings per share in a range of $5.95 to $6.15. This excludes expected 2014 Organization Restructuring charges equivalent to $0.06 to $0.03. Our adjusted earnings per share guidance is based on the assumptions described below:
Growth in sales volumes, net selling prices and product mix is expected to be in the combined 3 to 5 percent range.
We expect net sales to be negatively impacted by unfavorable foreign currency exchange rates of 5 to 6 percent. We also expect unfavorable foreign currency translation effects to negatively impact operating profit growth by 5 to 6 percent. Currency transaction effects are also anticipated to negatively impact operating profit.
We anticipate the net impact of changes in commodity costs to be between deflation of $100 and $50 of inflation.
We plan to achieve cost savings of at least $350 from our FORCE program, and at least $50 from the 2014 Organization Restructuring.
We anticipate that advertising spending will be similar to, or up slightly, as a percentage of net sales to support targeted growth initiatives, brand building and innovation activities.
We expect the adjusted effective tax rate to be between 30.5 and 32.5 percent.


 
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Our share of net income from equity companies is expected to be similar to, or up somewhat, compared to 2015.
We anticipate capital spending to be in a $950 to $1,050 range and share repurchases to total $600 to $900, subject to market conditions.
We expect to contribute up to $100 to our defined benefit pension plans and to increase our quarterly dividend mid-single digits effective April 2016, subject to approval by the Board of Directors.
Information Concerning Forward-Looking Statements
Certain matters contained in this report concerning the business outlook, including the anticipated costs, scope, timing and financial and other effects of the 2014 Organization Restructuring, the anticipated cost savings from the company’s FORCE program, cash flow and uses of cash, growth initiatives, innovations, marketing and other spending, cost savings and reductions, net sales, anticipated currency rates and exchange risks, raw material, energy and other input costs, contingencies and anticipated transactions of Kimberly-Clark, including dividends, share repurchases and pension contributions, constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and are based upon management's expectations and beliefs concerning future events impacting Kimberly-Clark.  There can be no assurance that these future events will occur as anticipated or that our results will be as estimated.  Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they were made, and we undertake no obligation to publicly update them. 
The assumptions used as a basis for the forward-looking statements include many estimates that, among other things, depend on the achievement of future cost savings and projected volume increases. In addition, many factors outside our control, including fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates, the prices and availability of our raw materials, potential competitive pressures on selling prices for our products, energy costs and retail trade customer actions, as well as general economic and political conditions globally and in the markets in which we do business, could affect the realization of these estimates.
The factors described under Item 1A, "Risk Factors" in this Form 10-K, or in our other SEC filings, among others, could cause our future results to differ from those expressed in any forward-looking statements made by us or on our behalf. Other factors not presently known to us or that we presently consider immaterial could also affect our business operations and financial results.


ITEM 7A.
QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE DISCLOSURES ABOUT MARKET RISK
As a multinational enterprise, we are exposed to risks such as changes in foreign currency exchange rates, interest rates and commodity prices. A variety of practices are employed to manage these risks, including operating and financing activities and, where deemed appropriate, the use of derivative instruments. Derivative instruments are used only for risk management purposes and not for speculation. All foreign currency derivative instruments are entered into with major financial institutions. Our credit exposure under these arrangements is limited to agreements with a positive fair value at the reporting date. Credit risk with respect to the counterparties is actively monitored but is not considered significant since these transactions are executed with a diversified group of financial institutions.
Presented below is a description of our risks (foreign currency risk and interest rate risk) together with a sensitivity analysis, performed annually, of each of these risks based on selected changes in market rates and prices. These analyses reflect management's view of changes which are reasonably possible to occur over a one-year period. Also included is a description of our commodity price risk.
Foreign Currency Risk
A portion of our foreign currency risk is managed by the systematic use of foreign currency forward and swap contracts. The use of these instruments allows the management of transactional exposures to exchange rate fluctuations because the gains or losses incurred on the derivative instruments will offset, in whole or in part, losses or gains on the underlying foreign currency exposure.
Foreign currency contracts and transactional exposures are sensitive to changes in foreign currency exchange rates. An annual test is performed to quantify the effects that possible changes in foreign currency exchange rates would have on annual operating profit based on our foreign currency contracts and transactional exposures at the current year-end. The balance sheet effect is calculated by multiplying each affiliate's net monetary asset or liability position by a 10 percent change in the foreign currency exchange rate versus the U.S. dollar.


 
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As of December 31, 2015, a 10 percent unfavorable change in the exchange rate of the U.S. dollar against the prevailing market rates of foreign currencies involving balance sheet transactional exposures would not be material to our consolidated financial position, results of operations or cash flows. This hypothetical loss on transactional exposures is based on the difference between the December 31, 2015 rates and the assumed rates.
The translation of the balance sheets of non-U.S. operations from local currencies into U.S. dollars is also sensitive to changes in foreign currency exchange rates. Consequently, an annual test is performed to determine if changes in currency exchange rates would have a significant effect on the translation of the balance sheets of non-U.S. operations into U.S. dollars. These translation gains or losses are recorded as unrealized translation adjustments ("UTA") within stockholders' equity. The hypothetical change in UTA is calculated by multiplying the net assets of these non-U.S. operations by a 10 percent change in the currency exchange rates. As of December 31, 2015, a 10 percent unfavorable change in the exchange rate of the U.S. dollar against the prevailing market rates of our foreign currency translation exposures would have reduced stockholders' equity by approximately $700. These hypothetical adjustments in UTA are based on the difference between the December 31, 2015 exchange rates and the assumed rates. In the view of management, the above UTA adjustments resulting from these assumed changes in foreign currency exchange rates are not material to our consolidated financial position because they would not affect our cash flow.
Interest Rate Risk
Interest rate risk is managed through the maintenance of a portfolio of variable- and fixed-rate debt composed of short- and long-term instruments. The objective is to maintain a cost-effective mix that management deems appropriate. At December 31, 2015, the debt portfolio was composed of approximately 29 percent variable-rate debt and 71 percent fixed-rate debt.
Two separate tests are performed to determine whether changes in interest rates would have a significant effect on our financial position or future results of operations. Both tests are based on consolidated debt levels at the time of the test. The first test estimates the effect of interest rate changes on fixed-rate debt. Interest rate changes would result in increases or decreases in the market value of fixed-rate debt due to differences between the current market interest rates and the rates governing these instruments. With respect to fixed-rate debt outstanding at December 31, 2015, a 10 percent decrease in interest rates would have increased the fair value of fixed-rate debt by about $186, which would not have a significant impact on our financial statements as we do not record debt at fair value. The second test estimates the potential effect on future pre-tax income that would result from increased interest rates applied to our current level of variable-rate debt. With respect to variable-rate debt, a 10 percent increase in interest rates would not have a material effect on the future results of operations or cash flows.
Commodity Price Risk
We are subject to commodity price risk, the most significant of which relates to the price of pulp. Selling prices of tissue products are influenced, in part, by the market price for pulp. As previously discussed under Item 1A, "Risk Factors," increases in pulp prices could adversely affect earnings if selling prices are not adjusted or if such adjustments significantly trail the increases in pulp prices. Derivative instruments have not been used to manage these risks.
Our energy, manufacturing and transportation costs are affected by various market factors including the availability of supplies of particular forms of energy, energy prices and local and national regulatory decisions. As previously discussed under Item 1A, "Risk Factors," there can be no assurance we will be fully protected against substantial changes in the price or availability of energy sources. In addition, we are subject to price risk for utilities and manufacturing inputs, used in our manufacturing operations. Derivative instruments are used in accordance with our risk management policy to hedge a limited portion of the price risk.


 
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ITEM 8.
FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND SUPPLEMENTARY DATA
 
KIMBERLY-CLARK CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED INCOME STATEMENT
 
 
Year Ended December 31
(Millions of dollars, except per share amounts)
 
2015
 
2014
 
2013
Net Sales
 
$
18,591

 
$
19,724

 
$
19,561

Cost of products sold
 
11,967

 
13,041

 
12,952

Gross Profit
 
6,624

 
6,683

 
6,609

Marketing, research and general expenses
 
3,443

 
3,709

 
3,699

Other (income) and expense, net
 
1,568

 
453

 
7

Operating Profit
 
1,613

 
2,521

 
2,903

Interest income
 
17

 
18

 
20

Interest expense
 
(295
)
 
(284
)
 
(282
)
Income From Continuing Operations Before Income Taxes and Equity Interests
 
1,335

 
2,255

 
2,641

Provision for income taxes
 
(418
)
 
(856
)
 
(828
)
Income From Continuing Operations Before Equity Interests
 
917

 
1,399

 
1,813

Share of net income of equity companies
 
149

 
146

 
205

Income From Continuing Operations
 
1,066

 
1,545

 
2,018

Income from discontinued operations, net of income taxes
 

 
50

 
203

Net Income
 
1,066

 
1,595

 
2,221

Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests in continuing operations
 
(53
)
 
(69
)
 
(79
)
Net Income Attributable to Kimberly-Clark Corporation
 
$
1,013

 
$
1,526

 
$
2,142

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Per Share Basis
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net Income Attributable to Kimberly-Clark Corporation
 
 
 
 
 
 
Basic
 
 
 
 
 
 
Continuing operations
 
$
2.78

 
$
3.94

 
$
5.05

Discontinued operations
 

 
0.13

 
0.53

Net income
 
$
2.78

 
$
4.07

 
$
5.58

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Diluted
 
 
 
 
 
 
Continuing operations
 
$
2.77

 
$
3.91

 
$
5.01

Discontinued operations
 

 
0.13

 
0.52

Net income
 
$
2.77

 
$
4.04

 
$
5.53

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cash Dividends Declared
 
$
3.52

 
$
3.36

 
$
3.24

 





See Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements.


 
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KIMBERLY-CLARK CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME
 
 
Year Ended December 31
(Millions of dollars)
 
2015
 
2014
 
2013
Net Income
 
$
1,066

 
$
1,595

 
$
2,221

Other Comprehensive Income (Loss), Net of Tax
 
 
 
 
 
 
   Unrealized currency translation adjustments
 
(922
)
 
(835
)
 
(494
)
   Employee postretirement benefits
 
942

 
(275
)
 
302

   Other
 
5

 
20

 
17

Total Other Comprehensive Income (Loss), Net of Tax
 
25

 
(1,090
)
 
(175
)
Comprehensive Income
 
1,091

 
505

 
2,046

   Comprehensive income attributable to noncontrolling interests
 
(33
)
 
(57
)
 
(87
)
Comprehensive Income Attributable to Kimberly-Clark Corporation
 
$
1,058

 
$
448

 
$
1,959














































See Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements.


 
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KIMBERLY-CLARK CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET
 
 
December 31
(Millions of dollars)
 
2015
 
2014
ASSETS
 
 
 
 
Current Assets
 
 
 
 
Cash and cash equivalents
 
$
619

 
$
789

Accounts receivable, net
 
2,281

 
2,223

Inventories