|Bid||102.92 x 1300|
|Ask||105.48 x 1300|
|Day's range||101.74 - 103.62|
|52-week range||97.10 - 134.29|
|PE ratio (TTM)||20.29|
|Earnings date||24 Jul 2018|
|Forward dividend & yield||4.00 (3.87%)|
|1y target est||109.27|
Colgate-Palmolive (CL) has fallen this year, along with peers. Colgate-Palmolive stock had fallen 16.1% YTD (year-to-date) as of June 14, whereas Procter & Gamble (PG), Clorox (CLX), and Kimberly-Clark (KMB) had fallen 17.3%, 14.0%, and 15.4%, respectively.
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Shares of household and personal care product manufacturers Procter & Gamble (PG), Clorox (CLX), Colgate-Palmolive (CL), and Kimberly-Clark (KMB) are underperforming the broader markets. Despite the fact that these companies have reported improvements in their volumes and earnings growth rates, investors don’t seem interested in giving them the benefit of the doubt.
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Clorox (CLX) continues to disappoint investors with its sluggish margin performance. The trend is likely to continue in the near term. Branded consumer packaged goods manufacturers in the United States are grappling with increased costs related to raw materials and packaging. Higher transportation costs, exacerbated by carrier supply restraints and driver shortages, are further pressuring profitability.
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Numerous analysts covering Colgate-Palmolive (CL) stock decreased their target prices after the company’s 1Q18 results. Jefferies dropped its price target to $67 per share from $77, Wells Fargo reduced it to $68 from $73, and Berenberg lowered its target price to $67 from $69. The graph below shows the decline in analysts’ target prices for Colgate-Palmolive stock.
Colgate-Palmolive (CL) reported net sales of $4.0 billion, a shade lower than what analysts had expected but marking a 6.5% improvement YoY (year-over-year). Colgate-Palmolive’s top line benefited from currency rates boosting its sales growth rate by 4.5%. Volumes grew 2.0%, reflecting a 0.5% contribution from professional skin care acquisitions.
Colgate-Palmolive’s (CL) earnings finally came ahead of analysts’ expectation, after just meeting estimates in the past three quarters. Colgate-Palmolive’s 1Q18 adjusted EPS (earnings per share) of $0.74 exceeded analysts’ estimate of $0.72 and marked a 10.4% rise YoY (year-over-year).
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Analysts expect Clorox (CLX) to report sales of $1.5 billion in fiscal 3Q18, which reflects a YoY (year-over-year) increase of 2.2%. Clorox’s top line is projected to benefit from higher volumes. However, adverse mix and its divestiture of the Aplicare business could subdue its top line.
The profitability of consumer packaged goods manufacturers is taking a hit from the inflation in raw material prices. Alongside lower pricing, packaging and transportation costs pose additional challenges. Two of the industry leaders—Procter & Gamble (PG) and Kimberly-Clark (KMB)—reported YoY (year-over-year) improvement in their earnings. However, margin headwinds and price competition remained a drag on their growth.