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Last ¥5,446 JPY
Change Today -69.00 / -1.25%
Volume 1.2M
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Kao Corporation develops and sells consumer and chemical products in Japan and internationally. The company operates through four segments: Beauty Care Business, Human Health Care Business, Fabric and Home Care Business, and Chemical Business. The Beauty Care Business segment offers cosmetics; skin and body care products, such as facial and body cleansers; and hair care products, including shampoos and conditioners, and hair styling agents, as well as hair coloring and permanent wave products under the brands Sofina, Kanebo, Molton Brown, Bioré, Jergens, Asience, John Frieda, and Goldwell. The Human Health Care Business segment provides functional health beverages; feminine and baby care products, such as sanitary napkins and baby diapers; and oral care products under the Laurier, Merries, Pyuora, Clear Clean, and Bub brand names. The Fabric and Home Care Business segment offers fabric care products, including laundry detergents, fabric softener, and bleaching agents; and home care products comprising dishwashing detergents and house cleaning products under the Attack, Haiter, Magiclean, Humming, Family, CuCute, and Quickle, brand names. The Chemical Business segment provides oleo chemicals; performance chemicals; specialty chemicals; and fat and oil derivatives and surfactants, functional polymers, and fragrances under the brands KALCOL, EMAL, MIGHTY, and TUFTONE. This segment serves the paper and pulp, food products, pharmaceutical products, electronics, civil engineering and construction, information media, electronics, and other industries. The company was formerly known as Kao Soap Co., Ltd. and changed its name to Kao Corporation in 1982. Kao Corporation was founded in 1887 and is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan.

32,707 Employees
Last Reported Date: 03/25/15
Founded in 1887

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Kao to Launch New Cosmetics Brand for Women

Kao Corporation as announced that it will launch the new cosmetics brand SOFINA iP on November 13, 2015 for women. The new brand will be launched in advance at the 'Try&Enjoy' Shop located in SOFINA Beauty Power Station to be opened in Ginza, Tokyo. From January 2016, the brand will be released at department stores nationwide. Kao will develop the SOFINA iP brand with two items in the lineup: SOFINA base essence, an essence with high-concentration carbonated foam for use as a skincare base after facial cleansing, and SOFINA drink, a beauty drink formulated with high-purity chlorogenic acid.

Kao Corporation Reports Consolidated Earnings Results for the Six Months Ended June 30, 2015; Provides Earnings and Dividend Guidance for the Fiscal Year Ending December 31, 2015

Kao Corporation reported consolidated earnings results for the six months ended June 30, 2015. For the period, the company reported net sales of JPY 695,167 million against JPY 665,940 million a year ago. Operating income was JPY 60,094 million against JPY 49,349 million a year ago. Ordinary income was JPY 61,216 million against JPY 51,463 million a year ago. Net income was JPY 34,045 million or JPY 67.82 per diluted share against JPY 31,646 million or JPY 61.69 per diluted share a year ago. Cash flows from operating activities were JPY 54,704 million against JPY 57,026 million a year ago. Income before income taxes and minority interests was JPY 59,135 million against JPY 50,380 million a year ago. Purchase of property, plant and equipment was JPY 28,449 million against JPY 23,091 million a year ago. Purchase of intangible assets was JPY 1,944 million against JPY 1,237 million a year ago. For the fiscal year ending December 31, 2015, for the period, the company expects net sales of JPY 1,470.0 billion, operating income of JPY 150.0 billion, ordinary income of JPY 153.0 billion and net income of JPY 87.0 or JPY 173.52 per share. For the fiscal year ending December 31, 2015, the company expects to pay cash dividend of JPY 76.00 per share.

Kao Corporation Revised Consolidated Earnings Guidance for the Six Months Ended June 30, 2015

Kao Corporation revised consolidated earnings guidance for the six months ended June 30, 2015. The company now expects net sales of JPY 695,200 million, operating income of JPY 60,100 million, net income of JPY 34,000 million or JPY 67.92 per share against net sales of JPY 700,000 million, operating income of JPY 50,000 million, net income of JPY 26,000 million or JPY 51.87 per share as previously forecasted. With regard to income for the six months ended June 30, 2015, the Company has revised its forecast of business results due to the effect of increased sales, mainly in the Human Health Care Business in Japan and the Consumer Products Business in Asia, and factors including the impact of a delay in incurring marketing expenses and other expenditures until the third quarter or thereafter.


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