Consolidated Financial Statements
The Consolidated Financial Statements present the accounts of Kimberly-Clark Corporation and all subsidiaries in which it has a controlling financial interest as if they were a single economic entity in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“GAAP”). All intercompany transactions and accounts are eliminated in consolidation. The terms “Corporation,” “Kimberly-Clark,” “we,” “our,” and “us” refer to Kimberly-Clark Corporation and all subsidiaries in which it has a controlling financial interest. Dollar amounts are reported in millions, except per share dollar amounts, unless otherwise noted. Kimberly-Clark’s prior period Consolidated Income Statements and related disclosures have been recast to present the results of the spun-off health care business (see further discussion below) as discontinued operations. Segment results have also been recast to present net sales and operating profit by segment on a continuing operations basis. On October 31, 2014, we completed the spin-off of our health care business, creating a stand-alone, publicly traded health care company, Halyard Health, Inc. (“Halyard”), by distributing 100 percent of the outstanding shares of Halyard to holders of our common stock. See Note 2 for more information. The spun-off health care business is presented as discontinued operations on the Consolidated Income Statement for all periods presented. The health care business’ balance sheet, other comprehensive income and cash flows are included within our Consolidated Balance Sheet, Consolidated Statement of Stockholders’ Equity, Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income and Consolidated Cash Flow Statement through October 31, 2014. Use of Estimates The preparation of financial statements requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements and the reported amounts of net sales and expenses during the reporting periods. Actual results could differ from these estimates, and changes in these estimates are recorded when known. Estimates are used in accounting for, among other things, sales incentives and trade promotion allowances, employee postretirement benefits, and deferred income taxes and potential assessments. Cash Equivalents Cash equivalents are short-term investments with an original maturity date of three months or less.