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Kimberly-Clark Piotroski F-Score

: 7 (As of Today)
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Good Sign:

Piotroski F-Score is 7, indicating very healthy situation.

The zones of discrimination were as such:

Good or high score = 7, 8, 9
Bad or low score = 0, 1, 2, 3

Kimberly-Clark has an F-score of 7. It is a good or high score, which usually indicates a very healthy situation.

NYSE:KMB' s Piotroski F-Score Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 2   Med: 6   Max: 9
Current: 7

2
9

During the past 13 years, the highest Piotroski F-Score of Kimberly-Clark was 9. The lowest was 2. And the median was 6.


Kimberly-Clark Piotroski F-Score Historical Data

* All numbers are in millions except for per share data and ratio. All numbers are in their local exchange's currency.

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Kimberly-Clark Annual Data
Dec10 Dec11 Dec12 Dec13 Dec14 Dec15 Dec16 Dec17 Dec18 Dec19
Piotroski F-Score Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only 6.00 8.00 8.00 5.00 8.00

Kimberly-Clark Quarterly Data
Sep15 Dec15 Mar16 Jun16 Sep16 Dec16 Mar17 Jun17 Sep17 Dec17 Mar18 Jun18 Sep18 Dec18 Mar19 Jun19 Sep19 Dec19 Mar20 Jun20
Piotroski F-Score Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only 7.00 7.00 8.00 8.00 7.00

Competitive Comparison
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Kimberly-Clark Piotroski F-Score Distribution

* The bar in red indicates where Kimberly-Clark's Piotroski F-Score falls into.


How is the Piotroski F-Score calculated?

* All numbers are in millions except for per share data and ratio. All numbers are in their local exchange's currency.

This Year (Jun20) TTM:Last Year (Jun19) TTM:
Net Income was 671 + 547 + 660 + 681 = $2,559 Mil.
Cash Flow from Operations was 886 + 924 + 704 + 1579 = $4,093 Mil.
Revenue was 4640 + 4583 + 5009 + 4612 = $18,844 Mil.
Gross Profit was 1555 + 1566 + 1791 + 1777 = $6,689 Mil.
Average Total Assets from the begining of this year (Jun19)
to the end of this year (Jun20) was
(15347 + 15033 + 15283 + 15677 + 16173) / 5 = $15502.6 Mil.
Total Assets at the begining of this year (Jun19) was $15,347 Mil.
Long-Term Debt & Capital Lease Obligation was $7,223 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $5,904 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $6,494 Mil.
Net Income was 451 + 411 + 454 + 485 = $1,801 Mil.

Revenue was 4582 + 4569 + 4633 + 4594 = $18,378 Mil.
Gross Profit was 1416 + 1402 + 1428 + 1486 = $5,732 Mil.
Average Net Income from the begining of last year (Jun18)
to the end of last year (Jun19) was
(14564 + 14583 + 14518 + 15204 + 15347) / 5 = $14843.2 Mil.
Total Assets at the begining of last year (Jun18) was $14,564 Mil.
Long-Term Debt & Capital Lease Obligation was $6,701 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $5,321 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $6,585 Mil.

*Note: If the latest quarterly/semi-annual/annual total assets data is 0, then we will use previous quarterly/semi-annual/annual data for all the items in the balance sheet.

Profitability

Question 1. Return on Assets (ROA)

Net income before extraordinary items for the year divided by Total Assets at the beginning of the year.

Score 1 if positive, 0 if negative.

Kimberly-Clark's current Net Income (TTM) was 2,559. ==> Positive ==> Score 1.

Question 2. Cash Flow Return on Assets (CFROA)

Net cash flow from operating activities (operating cash flow) divided by Total Assets at the beginning of the year.

Score 1 if positive, 0 if negative.

Kimberly-Clark's current Cash Flow from Operations (TTM) was 4,093. ==> Positive ==> Score 1.

Question 3. Change in Return on Assets

Compare this year's return on assets (1) to last year's return on assets.

Score 1 if it's higher, 0 if it's lower.

ROA (This Year)=Net Income/Total Assets (Jun19)
=2559/15347
=0.16674269

ROA (Last Year)=Net Income/Total Assets (Jun18)
=1801/14564
=0.12366108

Kimberly-Clark's return on assets of this year was 0.16674269. Kimberly-Clark's return on assets of last year was 0.12366108. ==> This year is higher. ==> Score 1.

Question 4. Quality of Earnings (Accrual)

Compare Cash flow return on assets (2) to return on assets (1)

Score 1 if CFROA > ROA, 0 if CFROA <= ROA.

Kimberly-Clark's current Net Income (TTM) was 2,559. Kimberly-Clark's current Cash Flow from Operations (TTM) was 4,093. ==> 4,093 > 2,559 ==> CFROA > ROA ==> Score 1.

Funding

Question 5. Change in Gearing or Leverage

Compare this year's gearing (long-term debt divided by average total assets) to last year's gearing.

Score 0 if this year's gearing is higher, 1 otherwise.

Gearing (This Year: Jun20)=Long-Term Debt & Capital Lease Obligation/Average Total Assets from Jun19 to Jun20
=7223/15502.6
=0.46592185

Gearing (Last Year: Jun19)=Long-Term Debt & Capital Lease Obligation/Average Total Assets from Jun18 to Jun19
=6701/14843.2
=0.45145252

Kimberly-Clark's gearing of this year was 0.46592185. Kimberly-Clark's gearing of last year was 0.45145252. ==> Last year is lower than this year ==> Score 0.

Question 6. Change in Working Capital (Liquidity)

Compare this year's current ratio (current assets divided by current liabilities) to last year's current ratio.

Score 1 if this year's current ratio is higher, 0 if it's lower

Current Ratio (This Year: Jun20)=Total Current Assets/Total Current Liabilities
=5904/6494
=0.9091469

Current Ratio (Last Year: Jun19)=Total Current Assets/Total Current Liabilities
=5321/6585
=0.8080486

Kimberly-Clark's current ratio of this year was 0.9091469. Kimberly-Clark's current ratio of last year was 0.8080486. ==> This year's current ratio is higher. ==> Score 1.

Question 7. Change in Shares in Issue

Compare the number of shares in issue this year, to the number in issue last year.

Score 0 if there is larger number of shares in issue this year, 1 otherwise.

Kimberly-Clark's number of shares in issue this year was 341.9. Kimberly-Clark's number of shares in issue last year was 346. ==> There is smaller number of shares in issue this year, or the same. ==> Score 1.

Efficiency

Question 8. Change in Gross Margin

Compare this year's gross margin (Gross Profit divided by sales) to last year's.

Score 1 if this year's gross margin is higher, 0 if it's lower.

Gross Margin (This Year: TTM)=Gross Profit/Revenue
=6689/18844
=0.3549671

Gross Margin (Last Year: TTM)=Gross Profit/Revenue
=5732/18378
=0.31189466

Kimberly-Clark's gross margin of this year was 0.3549671. Kimberly-Clark's gross margin of last year was 0.31189466. ==> This year's gross margin is higher. ==> Score 1.

Question 9. Change in asset turnover

Compare this year's asset turnover (total sales for the year divided by total assets at the beginning of the year) to last year's asset turnover ratio.

Score 1 if this year's asset turnover ratio is higher, 0 if it's lower

Asset Turnover (This Year)=Revenue/Total Assets at the Beginning of This Year (Jun19)
=18844/15347
=1.22786212

Asset Turnover (Last Year)=Revenue/Total Assets at the Beginning of Last Year (Jun18)
=18378/14564
=1.2618786

Kimberly-Clark's asset turnover of this year was 1.22786212. Kimberly-Clark's asset turnover of last year was 1.2618786. ==> Last year's asset turnover is higher ==> Score 0.

Evaluation

Piotroski F-Score= Que. 1+ Que. 2+ Que. 3+Que. 4+Que. 5+Que. 6+Que. 7+Que. 8+Que. 9
=1+1+1+1+0+1+1+1+0
=7

Good or high score = 7, 8, 9
Bad or low score = 0, 1, 2, 3

Kimberly-Clark has an F-score of 7. It is a good or high score, which usually indicates a very healthy situation.

Kimberly-Clark  (NYSE:KMB) Piotroski F-Score Explanation

The developer of the system is Joseph D. Piotroski is relatively unknown accounting professor who shuns publicity and rarely gives interviews.

He graduated from the University of Illinois with a B.S. in accounting in 1989, received an M.B.A. from Indiana University in 1994. Five years later, in 1999, after earning a Ph.D. in accounting from the University of Michigan, he became an associate professor of accounting at the University of Chicago.

In 2000, he wrote a research paper called "Value Investing: The Use of Historical Financial Statement Information to Separate Winners from Losers" (pdf).

He wanted to see if he can develop a system (using a simple nine-point scoring system) that can increase the returns of a strategy of investing in low price to book (referred to in the paper as high book to market) value companies.

What he found was something that exceeded his most optimistic expectations.

Buying only those companies that scored highest (8 or 9) on his nine-point scale, or F-Score as he called it, over the 20 year period from 1976 to 1996 led to an average out-performance over the market of 13.4%.

Even more impressive were the results of a strategy of investing in the highest F-Score companies (8 or 9) and shorting companies with the lowest F-Score (0 or 1).

Over the same period from 1976 to 1996 (20 years) this strategy led to an average yearly return of 23%, substantially outperforming the average S&P 500 index return of 15.83% over the same period.


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