Kimberly-Clark (KMB) is lower Monday, following a downgrade from Deutsche Bank, on the heels of its first-quarter earnings.
Analyst Bill Schmitz cut his trading on the stock from Buy to Hold, with a $130 price target. He writes that while the companys transformation in the past few years has been a thing of beauty its categories are slowing , as are its market share gains, and the majority of favorable commodity pricing is already baked into the stock.
He writes that the long-term story of continued emerging market penetration is compelling, but sees slowing earnings momentum in the near-term that sends him to the sidelines.
More detail from the note:
Organic sales growth of 2% (+5% KCI) was driven by volumes below our 3.7% estimate with negative f/x impact of 7 pts. GM of 36.6% was up 1 point YoY with EBIT margin up 0.9 pts. EBIT of $818m missed Street estimates by 1.7%. By segment, organic growth was 5% in Personal Care, flat in Tissue, and 1% in KCP. Consumer tissue margins were up 0.2 pts YoY while Personal care margins were up 0.6 pts YoY, with KCP margins up 2.8 pts YoY. Below the line, a lower tax rate helped by over $0.06. CFFO of $553m for the quarter was up YoY due to pension plan contributions but well below our estimate. FY16 guidance maintained at $5.95-$6.15 with organic growth of 3-5%.
stockmarketquotes: FMC Technologies, Inc.(FTI)
- [By Matthew DiLallo]
Following a series of M&A announcements in the oilfield-services sector since the onset of the oil market downturn, French oil-field service company Technip and U.S. oilfield equipment company FMC Technologies (NYSE:FTI) hooked up in an all-stock deal valuing the combined company at $13 billion. Shareholders of each company will own 50% of the combined entity, to be named TechnipFMC, which implies a roughly $6.5 billion acquisition valuation for each entity. The transaction, which should close early next year, will “combine Technip’s innovative systems and solutions, state-of-the-art assets, engineering strengths, and project management capabilities with FMC Technologies’ leading technology, manufacturing, and service capabilities.” Further, it should save $400 million in annual costs by 2019. Moreover, it will enable the combined company to compete better against larger oil-field service rivals Baker Hughes (NYSE:BHI), Halliburton (NYSE:HAL), and Schlumberger (NYSE:SL B), which have all gained strength during the downturn either through M&A activities or cost savings initiatives.
stockmarketquotes: Ossen Innovation Co., Ltd.(OSN)
- [By Monica Gerson]
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stockmarketquotes: FormFactor, Inc.(FORM)
- [By Jim Robertson]
On Tuesday, our Elite Opportunity Pronewsletter suggested small cap semiconductor equipment & testing stock FormFactor, Inc (NASDAQ: FORM) as a short term long trade thats a pure small cap play with excellent valuation metrics, in addition to some very attractive chart implications right now:
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- [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]
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stockmarketquotes: Mitek Systems, Inc.(MITK)
- [By U.S. News]
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- [By Lisa Levin]
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- [By Monica Gerson]
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Northern Technologies International Corp (NASDAQ: NTIC) is projected to post its quarterly earnings.