K-C announces details on restructuring program

Published October 22, 2014

In announcing its third quarter financial results this week, Kimberly-Clark executives announced further details on a restructuring program intended to offset overhead costs associated with the spinoff of K-C Healthcare later this month. Company CEO Thomas Falk said that K-C will eliminate 1100-1300 jobs by the end of 2015. These efforts will save the company $120-140 million by the end of 2017, more than compensating for the $85 million costs associated with the healthcare spinoff. “This is a further example of how we manage our company with financial and cost discipline,” Falk says. K-C announced earlier this year it would spin off its healthcare business into a standalone company known as Halyard Healthy. The spinoff is set to become effective the end of business October 31. In other news, K-C executives reported strong growth in its global diaper business during the third quarter. Sales were reportedly up 25% in China, Russia and Eastern Europe and 10% in Brazil. Meanwhile, diaper and training pant sales were soft in the U.S. but the company reported growth in its U.S. adult incontinence and baby wipes businesses.