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Has anyone been following KMB for long enough that can help me understand what happened in Q3 2015? The P/E is ridiculously high but the stock price kept going up from that moment on.


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It raised my attention because it's an aristocrat and it was down roughly 3% this morning.
The second quarter saw a $1.322 billion charge due to pension settlements that resulted in a net income of -$0.83 for the quarter. Adjusted earnings were $1.41, which is why you saw the spike in PE calculated with reported earnings. This compares with a 21.4 PE based on adjusted earnings of $5.76.

In short, what you are seeing is the difference between GAAP and non-GAAP earnings being used to calculate the PE.
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Thanks Eric. Great explanation.

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