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(B)(N) KMB Kimberly-Clark Corporation

November 16, 2013

Drama. Kimberly-Clark has been in our portfolio and in our cabinets for so long that we’ve almost forgotten that it’s there since much lower prices of $50 four years ago. Apparently nine major Wall Street firms rate the company as a hold (6) or a sell (3) but nobody wants to buy it and they think that it’s “overvalued” with a [P/E] of 22× or yield of 5% (The Street, November 15, 2013, Jim Cramer: The Indefatigable Kimberly-Clark).

What's she listening to?

What’s she listening to?

Oh well. Good luck to them. We’re just going to check our stop/losses and maybe buy some puts for extra profits in case somebody is listening to them.

The company will pay a dividend of $1.2 billion to its shareholders this year for a current yield of 2.9% in addition to its stock price gains of +30% so far this year. This is outrageous and unheard of on Wall Street. Too much money for the shareholders.

Our estimate of the downside in the stock price due to the demonstrated volatility is minus ($7.50) so that it could be trading off the current price of $109 between $102 and $116 without surprise. But we know how to deal with surprise – it’s a buying opportunity if still above the “price of risk” which we currently estimate as the Risk Price (SF) of $72 and rising. That’s quite a gap. The December puts at $105 are still available at $0.85 per share and we could sell one share and take some profits or use our dividends to protect the price of the other ninety-nine above $105 for the next month and wait for more information. Let’s hear it now for “volatility” and more anxious reports from Wall Street.

Exhibit 1: (B)(N) KMB Kimberly-Clark Corporation – Risk Price Chart

(B)(N) KMB Kimberly-Clark Corporation

(B)(N) KMB Kimberly-Clark Corporation

Kimberly Clark Corporation is engaged in the manufacturing & marketing of products made from natural or synthetic fibers using technologies in fibers, nonwovens and absorbency. It has four segments: Analog, Embedded Processing, Wireless and Other.

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From the Company: Kimberly-Clark Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and markets personal care, consumer tissue, and health care products worldwide. The company operates in four segments: Personal Care, Consumer Tissue, K-C Professional, and Health Care. The Personal Care segment offers disposable diapers, training and youth pants, swimpants, baby wipes, feminine and incontinence care products, and related products under the Huggies, Pull-Ups, Little Swimmers, GoodNites, Kotex, Depend, Plenitud, and Poise brand names. The Consumer Tissue segment provides facial and bathroom tissue, paper towels, napkins, and related products under the Kleenex, Scott, Cottonelle, Viva, Andrex, Scottex, Hakle, and Page brands. The K-C Professional segment offers apparel, wipers, soaps, sanitizers, tissues, and towels under the Kleenex, Scott, WypAll, Kimtech, and Jackson Safety brand names. The Health Care segment provides surgical and infection prevention products; and medical devices focused on pain management, respiratory, and digestive health under the Kimberly-Clark and ON-Q brands. The company sells its products for household use 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; and away-from-home use products through distributors and directly to manufacturing, lodging, office building, food service, health care establishments, and public facilities. Kimberly-Clark Corporation was founded in 1872, has 58,000 employees and is headquartered in Dallas, Texas.

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