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The Clorox Company
Type
Public
Traded as
  • NYSE: CLX
  • S&P 500 Component
Industry
  • Consumer household products
  • Healthcare
  • Food
Founded May 3, 1913; 104 years ago (1913-05-03)
Founders
  • Archibald Taft
  • Edward Hughes
  • Charles Husband
  • Rufus Myers
  • William Hussey
Headquarters Clorox Building, Oakland, California, U.S.
Area served
Worldwide
Key people
Benno Dorer
(Chairman and CEO)
Pamela Thomas-Graham
(Independent Lead Director)
Dawn Willoughby
(Exec. Vice President)
Products
  • Cleaning
  • Food storage/trash bags
  • Food
  • Cat litter
  • Charcoal
  • Personal Care
  • Healthcare
  • Water filtration
Revenue Increase US$6.0 billion (2017)
Operating income
Increase US$1.1 billion (2017)
Net income
Increase US$701 million (2017)
Total assets Increase US$6 billion (2017)
Total equity Increase US$542 million (2017)
Number of employees
8,100
Subsidiaries Burt's Bees
Formula 409
The Glad Products Company
Kitchen Bouquet
Kingsford
Lestoil
Liquid-Plumr
Pine-Sol
Website thecloroxcompany.com

The Clorox Company (formerly Clorox Chemical Co.), based in Oakland, California, is an American worldwide manufacturer and marketer of consumer and professional products with approximately 8,100 employees worldwide as of June 30, 2017. The company’s fiscal year 2017 net sales were $6.0 billion, which ranked the company at #453 on Fortune’s 2017 Fortune 500 list.

Clorox products are sold primarily through mass merchandisers, retail outlets, e-commerce channels, distributors and medical supply providers. Clorox brands include its namesake bleach and cleaning products, as well as Brita (Americas only), Burt's Bees, Formula 409, Glad, Hidden Valley, Kingsford, Kitchen Bouquet, KC Masterpiece, Liquid-Plumr, Mistolin, Pine-Sol, Poett, Soy Vay, RenewLife, Tilex, S.O.S., and Fresh Step, Scoop Away and Ever Clean cat litters.

In 2008, The Clorox Company became the first major consumer packaged goods company to develop and nationally launch a green cleaning line, Green Works, into the mainstream cleaning aisle.

In 2011, the Clorox Company integrated corporate social responsibility (CSR) reporting with financial reporting. The company’s annual report for the fiscal year ending in June 2011 shared data on financial performance as well as advances in environmental, social and governance performance.

The company has been criticized for over-promoting the green credentials of its products.

The product and the company date back to May 3, 1913, when five entrepreneurs, Archibald Taft, a banker; Edward Hughes, a purveyor of wood and coal; Charles Husband, a bookkeeper; Rufus Myers, a lawyer; and William Hussey, a miner, invested $100 each to set up the first commercial-scale liquid bleach factory in the United States, on the east side of San Francisco Bay. The firm was first called the Electro-Alkaline Company. The name of its original bleach product, Clorox, was coined as a portmanteau of chlorine and sodium hydroxide, the two main ingredients. The original Clorox packaging featured a diamond-shaped logo, and the diamond shape has persisted in one form or another in Clorox branding to the present.

The public, however, didn't know very much about liquid bleach when Clorox bleach debuted. Although the Electro-Alkaline Company started slowly and was about to collapse quickly, it would not be until 1916 when investor William Murray took over the company as general manager. His wife, Annie Murray, prompted the creation of a less-concentrated liquid bleach for home use, she built customer demand by giving away 15-ounce sample bottles at the family's grocery store in downtown Oakland. Not long after, word began to spread and, in 1917, the Electro-Alkaline Company began shipping Clorox bleach to the East Coast via the Panama Canal.

On May 28, 1928, the company went public on the San Francisco stock exchange and changed its name to the Clorox Chemical Co. Butch, an animated Clorox liquid bleach bottle, was used in advertising and became well-known, even surviving the 1941 transition from rubber-stoppered bottles to screw-off caps.

The Clorox Chemical Company was strong enough to survive the Great Depression throughout the 1930s, achieving national distribution of Clorox bleach in the process, but during World War II, even though Clorox bleach proved useful as a first aid product for American armed forces, one of the bleach's ingredients was being rationed, as, under U.S. government orders, chlorine gas shortages forced many bleach manufacturers to reduce the concentration of sodium hypochlorite in their products, thus diluting them with water. Clorox, however, declined and elected to sell fewer units of a full-strength product, establishing a reputation for quality.

In 1957, Clorox was purchased by Procter & Gamble, which renamed its new subsidiary "The Clorox Company." Almost immediately, a rival company objected to the purchase, and it was challenged by the Federal Trade Commission, which feared it would stifle competition in the household products market. The FTC won in 1967 after a 10-year battle, in which the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that P&G must divest The Clorox Company, and on January 1, 1969, Clorox became independent again.

Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, Clorox pursued an aggressive expansion program in which it attempted to establish itself as a major diversified consumer products conglomerate, like P&G. In 1970, Clorox introduced Clorox 2 all-fabric bleach. Later on, in that period, it acquired a number of brands that remain a part of their portfolio today, including Formula 409, Liquid-Plumr, Kingsford charcoal and developed cleaning products such as Tilex instant mildew remover. It even acquired a ranch dressing that was still new to the market, which was known as "Hidden Valley."

In 1988, Clorox struck a licensing-and-distribution agreement that brought Brita water filters to the U.S. The company acquired sole control of the brand for the U.S. and Canada in 1995 when it acquired Brita International Holdings (Canada). In 2000 it secured the remaining Americas market from Brita.

In 1990, Clorox purchased Pine-Sol.

In 1999, Clorox acquired First Brands, the former consumer products division of Union Carbide, in the largest transaction in its history. Such brands as Glad, Handi-Wipes (which First Brands acquired from Colgate-Palmolive several months before the Clorox acquisition) and STP became part of the Clorox portfolio. The First Brands acquisition doubled the size of the company and helped it land on the Fortune 500 for the first time the following year.

During the next decade, the company focused on consumer megatrends that included sustainability, health and wellness, multicultural, and affordability/value. In 2002, Clorox entered into a joint venture with Procter & Gamble to create food and trash bags, food wraps, and containers under the names Glad, GladWare and related trademarks. As part of this agreement, Clorox sold a 10% stake in the Glad products to P&G, which increased to 20% in 2005.

In 2007, the company acquired Burt’s Bees. The next year, it became the first U.S. marketer to develop and nationally launch a natural cleaning line, Green Works, into the mainstream cleaning aisle. In 2010, Clorox shed businesses that were no longer a good strategic fit for the company, announcing that it was selling the Armor All and STP brands to Avista Capital Partners. In 2011, Clorox acquired the Aplicare and HealthLink brands, bolstering its presence in the healthcare industry. Operating income in 2017 was US$1.1 billion. With approximately 8,100 employees worldwide as of June 30, 2017, yearly revenue for the period ending June 30, 2017, equaled $6.0 billion, which ranked the company at #453 on the Fortune 500.

The Clorox Company currently owns a number of well-known household and professional brands across a wide variety of products, among them:

For historical reasons, and in certain markets, the company's bleach products are sold under regional brands. In 2006, Clorox acquired the Javex line of bleach products in Canada, and similar product lines in parts of Latin and South America, from Colgate-Palmolive.

Sometimes confused with chlorine bleach, household bleach has a completely different chemistry. Household bleach is a chemically-combined oxidizing agent that is used to remove or lighten color. Clorox bleach is derived from sodium chloride – common table salt. Clorox produces household bleach by bubbling chlorine into a solution of water and sodium hydroxide. During this process, the chlorine is converted to a sodium hypochlorite solution. The ingredients in Clorox bleach are water, sodium hypochlorite (used to whiten and kill bacteria), sodium chloride, sodium carbonate (removes alcohol and grease stains), sodium chlorate, sodium hydroxide (removes soils that are fatty, oily, or acidic), and sodium polyacrylate.

In 2011, the Clorox Company became an early adopter of a corporate trend to integrate corporate social responsibility (CSR) reporting with financial reporting. The company’s annual report for the fiscal year ending in June 2011 shared data on financial performance as well as advances in environmental, social and governance performance. In 2015, the company became a signatory of the United Nations Global Compact, a large corporate responsibility initiative.

In 2012, Clorox “Bleachable Moments,” a national television ad campaign targeted to young adults, garnered silver and bronze Clio awards for DDB San Francisco, the agency that produced the ads. Another ad produced by DDB in 2012, a suggestive Liquid Plumr spot titled “Double Impact,” was named Advertising Age’s Viral Video of the Year in the :60 spot category. The company was listed at Advertising Age's 2015 Marketer A-List. The Burt’s Bees brand was ranked as one of the most authentic brands by U.S. consumers, according to Cohn & Wolfe’s fifth annual Authentic Brands report.

In 2017 the company’s Clorox brand launched an ad campaign to “establish a higher purpose for our brand,” by championing a “cleaner world where people thrive.” Also in 2017, the company’s Burt’s Bees brand announced its biggest product launch in the beauty category through the “I Am Not Synthetic” campaign.

During 2006 and 2007, a Clorox commercial that aired nationally showed several generations of women doing laundry. The commercial included the words "Your mother, your grandmother, her mother, they all did the laundry, maybe even a man or two." Feminists criticized the commercial for insinuating that doing laundry is a job for women only.

The Clorox slogan, "Mama's got the magic of Clorox," was criticized on similar grounds. The slogan first appeared in a Clorox commercial in 1986. A modified version of the commercial ran from 2002 to 2004.

In 2009, Clorox received complaints of sexism for an advertisement that featured a man's white, lipstick-stained dress shirt with the caption, "Clorox. Getting ad guys out of hot water for generations." The ad, and others, were produced expressly for the television program Mad Men, capitalizing on “the show’s unique vintage style to [create] a link between classic and modern consumer behaviors.”

In 2008, the Sierra Club endorsed the Clorox Green Works line. Sierra Club Executive Director Carl Pope stated that one of non-profit organization's "primary goals is to foster vibrant, healthy communities with clean water and air that are free from pollution. Products like Green Works help to achieve this goal in the home.” The Sierra Club also partnered with Clorox “to promote a line of natural cleaning products for consumers who are moving toward a greener lifestyle." The partnership "caused schisms" in the club, which contributed in part to Pope's decision to resign.

Also in 2008, the National Advertising Division told Clorox to either discontinue or modify its advertisements for Green Works on the grounds the cleaners actually do not work as well as traditional cleaners, as Clorox had claimed.

In 2009, Clorox received further criticism for its Clorox Green Works line, regarding claims the products are environmentally friendly. Several Clorox Green Works products contain ethanol, which environmental groups state is neither cost-effective nor eco-friendly. Many Green Works products also contain sodium lauryl sulfate, a known skin irritant. Women's Voices for the Earth have questioned whether or not the Clorox Green Works line is greenwashing, as Clorox's "green" products are far outnumbered by their traditional products, asking "Why sell one set of products that have hazardous ingredients and others that don't?"


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Q reports

Period Date Adjusted Actuals EPS GAAP EPS
Q2 2021 2021-02-02 Future report Set alerts
Q1 2021 2020-10-29 Future report Set alerts
Q4 2020 2020-08-03 2.41 2.41
Q3 2020 2020-05-01 1.89 1.89
Q2 2020 2020-02-04 1.46 1.46
Q1 2020 2019-10-31 1.59 1.59
Q4 2019 2019-08-01 1.88 1.88
Q3 2019 2019-05-01 1.44 1.44
Q2 2019 2019-02-04 1.40 1.40
Q1 2019 2018-10-31 1.62 1.62

Ratings

2016-06-14 Initiated Coverage Atlantic Securities Neutral $138.00
2016-05-10 Reiterated Rating B. Riley Neutral $109.00
2016-05-05 Reiterated Rating B. Riley Neutral $102.00 to $109.00
2016-05-04 Boost Price Target JPMorgan Chase & Co. Underweight $120.00 to $123.00
2016-05-03 Boost Price Target Goldman Sachs Neutral $125.00 to $126.00
2016-05-03 Boost Price Target Goldman Sachs Group Inc. Neutral $125.00 to $126.00
2016-03-21 Boost Price Target Barclays Underweight $112.00 to $120.00
2016-03-21 Boost Price Target Barclays PLC Underweight $112.00 to $120.00
2016-02-26 Downgrade Sterne Agee CRT Buy to Neutral
2016-02-14 Reiterated Rating B. Riley Neutral $102.00
2016-02-09 Boost Price Target B. Riley Neutral $101.00 to $102.00
2015-11-21 Reiterated Rating B. Riley Neutral $101.00
2015-11-16 Reiterated Rating B. Riley Neutral $92.00 to $101.00
2015-11-03 Boost Price Target Sanford C. Bernstein Market-Perform $111.00 to $116.00
2015-11-03 Boost Price Target Deutsche Bank Hold $118.00 to $126.00
2015-11-03 Boost Price Target RBC Capital Sector Perform $115.00 to $121.00
2015-11-03 Boost Price Target Deutsche Bank AG Hold $118.00 to $126.00
2015-11-03 Boost Price Target Royal Bank Of Canada Sector Perform $115.00 to $121.00
2015-10-07 Reiterated Rating B. Riley Neutral $92.00
2015-10-02 Reiterated Rating B. Riley Neutral $92.00
2015-08-09 Reiterated Rating B. Riley Neutral $92.00
2015-08-06 Reiterated Rating Deutsche Bank Hold $114.00
2015-08-04 Boost Price Target B. Riley Neutral $89.00 to $92.00
2015-08-04 Reiterated Rating Bank of America Underperform $110.00 to $118.00
2015-08-04 Reiterated Rating Bank of America Corp. Underperform $110.00 to $118.00
2015-07-20 Initiated Coverage Sterne Agee CRT Buy
2015-05-04 Reiterated Rating B. Riley Neutral $89.00
2015-04-21 Initiated Coverage KeyBanc Sector Weight
2015-04-21 Initiated Coverage KeyCorp Sector Weight
2015-02-06 Boost Price Target Argus Buy $120.00 to $125.00
2015-02-06 Boost Price Target Citigroup Inc. Neutral $103.00 to $112.00
2015-02-05 Reiterated Rating S&P Equity Research Strong Sell
2015-02-05 Boost Price Target Deutsche Bank Hold $100.00 to $110.00
2015-02-05 Reiterated Rating Credit Suisse Underperform $102.00
2015-02-05 Reiterated Rating B. Riley Neutral $83.00 to $89.00
2015-02-05 Reiterated Rating Credit Suisse Group AG Underperform $102.00
2015-02-04 Reiterated Rating BTIG Research Hold
2015-01-15 Reiterated Rating Deutsche Bank Hold $95.00 to $100.00
2015-01-15 Upgrade Goldman Sachs Sell to Neutral
2014-12-19 Reiterated Rating B. Riley Neutral $83.00
2014-12-15 Reiterated Rating Citigroup Inc. Hold $101.00 to $103.00
2014-12-12 Reiterated Rating B. Riley Neutral $83.00
2014-12-11 Initiated Coverage Raymond James Market Perform
2014-12-11 Initiated Coverage Raymond James Financial Inc. Market Perform
2014-12-05 Boost Price Target Argus Buy $105.00 to $120.00
2014-11-03 Reiterated Rating JPMorgan Chase & Co. Underweight $90.00 to $98.00
2014-11-03 Reiterated Rating Credit Suisse Underperform $84.00 to $90.00
2014-11-03 Upgrade B. Riley Sell to Neutral $77.00 to $83.00
2014-10-10 Reiterated Rating Bank of America Underperform $89.00 to $92.00
2014-09-23 Downgrade B. Riley & Co. Neutral to Sell $77
2014-09-23 Reiterated Rating Scotiabank Strong Sell
2014-09-23 Downgrade Citigroup Inc. Buy to Neutral $78.00 to $101.00
2014-09-23 Downgrade B. Riley Neutral to Sell $77.00
2014-08-04 Lower Price Target B. Riley Neutral $79.00 to $77.00
2014-07-18 Downgrade BTIG Research Buy to Neutral $92.00
2014-05-12 Reiterated B. Riley & Co. Neutral $85 to $79
2014-05-12 Lower Price Target B. Riley Neutral $85.00 to $79.00
2014-05-06 Lower Price Target BMO Capital Markets $83.00 to $4.00
2014-01-29 Initiated Coverage BTIG Research Buy
2014-01-08 Downgrade JPMorgan Chase & Co. Neutral to Underweight $90.00
2013-11-25 Initiated Coverage RBC Capital Sector Perform $97.00
2013-11-25 Downgrade Goldman Sachs Neutral to Sell
2013-11-19 Reiterated Rating BMO Capital Markets Hold $88.00
2013-11-19 Boost Price Target Argus Buy $10.00 to $105.00
2013-11-04 Boost Price Target BMO Capital Markets Market Perform $85.00 to $88.00
2013-11-01 Boost Price Target Deutsche Bank Hold $87.00 to $90.00
2013-10-17 Downgrade Morgan Stanley Equal Weight to Underweight $83.00
2013-10-07 Boost Price Target JPMorgan Chase & Co. Neutral $85.00 to $90.00
2013-09-20 Downgrade Credit Suisse Neutral to Underperform $87.00 to $78.00
2013-07-15 Initiated Argus Buy $95
2013-05-03 Reiterated B. Riley & Co. Neutral $75 to $81
2012-11-05 Reiterated Caris & Company Average $67 to $74
2012-08-03 Reiterated UBS Neutral $69 to $72
2011-09-27 Upgrade Caris & Company Below Average to Average $60 to $66
2011-08-04 Downgrade Caris & Company Average to Below Average $60
2011-07-18 Reiterated UBS Neutral $70 to $74
2011-07-18 Downgrade Oppenheimer Perform to Underperform
2016-06-14 Initiated Coverage Atlantic Securities Neutral $138.00
2016-05-10 Reiterated Rating B. Riley Neutral $109.00
2016-05-05 Reiterated Rating B. Riley Neutral $102.00 to $109.00
2016-05-04 Boost Price Target JPMorgan Chase & Co. Underweight $120.00 to $123.00
2016-05-03 Boost Price Target Goldman Sachs Neutral $125.00 to $126.00

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Major Shareholders

Name Relationship Total Shares Holding stocks
STEIN LAURA SVP - General Counsel 0.04%  (57698) BEN / CLX /
Dorer Benno O EVP-COO - Cleaning, Int\'nl 0.04%  (55200) CLX / VFC /
Robb Stephen SVP - Chief Financial Officer 0.03%  (33186) CLX / TBI /
KNAUSS DONALD R Chairman & CEO 0.02%  (29697) CLX / K / MCK / TGT / URS /
Costello Michael R. VP - GM, International 0.02%  (24293) CLX /
TATASEO FRANK A EVP - Prof. Products Div. 0.02%  (24054) CLX /
KANE JACQUELINE P SVP- HR & Corporate Affairs 0.02%  (22411) CLX / CMA /
Foster James E SVP Chief Product Supply Off. 0.02%  (22069) CLX /
LaMontagne Grant J SVP-Prof. Products Development 0.02%  (19736) CLX /
Britanik Thomas P SVP-Chief Marketing Officer 0.01%  (13982) CLX /
Willoughby Dawn C SVP - GM, Cleaning Div 0.01%  (13604) CLX / SJM /
JOHNSON THOMAS D VP - Global Business Services 0.01%  (12754) CLX /
Balousek Jon M SVP - GM, Specialty Div 0.01%  (12738) CLX /
Vlahos Nikolaos A SVP - Chief Customer Officer 0.01%  (11393) CLX /
Thomas-Graham Pamela 0.01%  (9778) CLX / IDIX / NCLH /
Laszlo Matthew T SVP - Chief Customer Officer 0.01%  (7815) CLX /
Reynolds Eric H SVP-Chief Marketing Officer 0.01%  (6787) CLX /

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