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Kao Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, develops and sells consumer products worldwide. It 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 primarily under the Sofina, Kanebo, Molton Brown, Bioré, Jergens, Asience, John Frieda, and Goldwell brand names. The Human Health Care Business segment provides functional health beverages, feminine and baby care products, and oral care products primarily under the brand names of Laurier and Merries. The Fabric and Home Care Business segment offers fabric care products, including laundry detergents, fabric softeners, and bleaching products; and home care products comprising dishwashing detergents and house cleaning products principally under the brand names of Attack, Haiter, and Magiclean brand names. The Chemical Business segment manufactures and sells oleo chemicals, performance chemicals, and specialty chemicals, as well as develops various chemical products, such as fat and oil derivatives and surfactants, functional polymers, and fragrances, which are produced from natural oils and fats primarily under the brand names of KALCOL, EMAL, MIGHTY, and TUFTONE. This segment serves 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.

33,054 Employees
Last Reported Date: 03/28/14
Founded in 1887

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Kao Corporation Announces Unaudited Consolidated Earnings Results for the Six Months Ended June 30, 2014; Provides Earnings Guidance for the Fiscal Year Ending December 31, 2014; Provides Dividend Guidance for the Fiscal Year Ending December 31, 2014

Kao Corporation announced unaudited consolidated earnings results for the six months ended June 30, 2014. For the period, net sales were JPY 665,940 million, operating income was JPY 49,349 million, ordinary income was JPY 51,463 million, income before income taxes and minority interests was JPY 50,380 million and net income was JPY 31,646 million against net sales of JPY 624,953 million, operating income of JPY 42,944 million, ordinary income of JPY 44,894 million, income before income taxes and minority interests of JPY 38,355 million and net income of JPY 18,262 million a year ago. Net cash provided by operating activities was JPY 57,026 million against JPY 78,866 million a year ago. Purchase of property, plant and equipment was JPY 23,091 million against JPY 23,964 million a year ago. Purchase of intangible assets was JPY 1,237 million against JPY 3,050 million a year ago. Net income per share, fully diluted was JPY 61.69 against JPY 35.38 a year ago. For the fiscal year ending December 31, 2014, the company expects net sales of JPY 1,390.0 billion, operating income of JPY 130.0 billion, ordinary income of JPY 133.0 billion and net income of JPY 75.0 billion or JPY 147.54 per share. The company expects dividend of JPY 68.00 per share for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2014.

Kao Corporation, Board Meeting, Jul 29, 2014

Kao Corporation, Board Meeting, Jul 29, 2014. Agenda: To approve to purchase the company's stock, up to a maximum of 13.0 million shares or JPY 50.0 billion, from July 30 to October 24, 2014, in accordance with Article 156 of the Corporation Law applicable pursuant to Article 165, paragraph 3 of the said Law.

Kao Corporation Launches Laundry Detergent Attack Jaz1 in Indonesia in June 2014

Kao Corporation launched laundry detergent Attack Jaz1 in Indonesia in June 2014. Attack Jaz1 is a powder detergent for hand-washing laundry, newly developed for Indonesian home lifestyles. Attack Jaz1 is produced at Karawang Plant in West Java, opened recently with a completion ceremony on June 19, and will be available nationwide in Indonesia. The laundry detergent market in Indonesia is regarded as one of the most crucial markets in Asia because of its large scale and high growth. In Indonesia, while washing machine usage is quite low, at about 30% in Jakarta, the ratio of people hand-washing laundry is about 80%, including those people who use washing machines as well as hand-wash. Moreover, as local water used for washing is hard and can make stain-removing difficult, consumers often use a cream-type detergent to enhance cleaning performance, in addition to powder detergent. So, washing the laundry is both time-consuming and labor-intensive.


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