By Matt Grossman


Kimberly-Clark Corp. Monday posted little changed earnings in the latest quarter as the company faced greater cost increases than it had expected from a supply-chain crunch.

The Irving, Texas-based paper-products maker logged third-quarter earnings of $1.39 a share, compared with $1.38 a share a year earlier. Net income attributable to the company was $469 million, compared with $472 million a year ago.

Stripping out one-time items, the company posted adjusted earnings of $1.62 a share. Analysts polled by FactSet had forecast an adjusted profit of $1.65 a share.

Sales grew to $5.01 billion from $4.68 billion in the year-ago quarter. Analysts were forecasting sales of $4.99 billion.

Personal-care sales grew 14% to $2.7 billion, including 11% growth in North America. Input costs for the segment rose, Kimberly-Clark said.

Consumer-tissue sales declined by 5% to $1.5 billion, as demand subsided year over year compared with the earlier phases of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Professional sales rose 13% to $800 million.

"Our earnings were negatively impacted by significant inflation and supply chain disruptions that increased our costs beyond what we anticipated," Chairman and Chief Executive Mike Hsu said.


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October 25, 2021 08:00 ET (12:00 GMT)

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