Kao Overview

  • Founded
  • 1887
  • Status
  • Public
  • Employees
  • 45,378
  • Stock Symbol
  • 4452
Stock Symbol
  • Investments
  • 7
  • Share Price
  • $62.26
  • (As of Friday Closing)

Kao General Information


Kao is the largest household and personal care product manufacturer in Japan with a footprint across Asia, Europe, and the Americas. Japan remains its largest market, contributing about 68% of sales and three-fourths of profits with several leading brands including Attack and Biore. Initially a soap producer established in the 1890s, Kao has expanded into cosmetics, human healthcare (mainly disposable hygiene products), and chemicals, in addition to its home care and toiletry products. Asia, the largest overseas segment--contributing 16% of group sales--is a key growth driver, led by expansion in China and Indonesia. It has also acquired several Western skin and haircare brands including Jergens, John Frieda, Curel, Molton Brown, and the latest, Oribe.

Contact Information

Formerly Known As
Taiwan-Kao Company
Ownership Status
Publicly Held
Financing Status
Primary Industry
Personal Products
Stock Exchange
Primary Office
  • 14-10, Nihonbashi Kayabacho 1-chome
  • Chuo-ku
  • Tokyo, 103-8210
  • Japan
+81 00-0000-0000
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Kao Stock Performance

(As of Friday Closing)

Stock Price Previous Close 52 wk Range Market Cap Shares Average Volume EPS
$62.26 $61.91 $60.67 - $85.01 $29.7B 478M 1.94M $2.46

Kao Financials Summary

In Thousands,
TTM 31-Mar-2021 FY 2020 31-Dec-2020 FY 2019 31-Dec-2019 FY 2018 31-Dec-2018
EV 31,147,436 37,020,026 39,805,046 34,737,492
Revenue 12,870,562 12,942,156 13,778,858 13,654,145
EBITDA 2,416,326 2,473,989 2,726,144 2,448,744
Net Income 1,180,654 1,181,297 1,359,440 1,391,648
Total Assets 14,545,729 16,150,312 15,187,938 13,239,455
Total Debt 2,451,212 2,658,784 2,646,834 1,094,934
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Kao Valuation & Funding

Deal Type Date Amount Valuation/
Post-Val Status Debt

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Kao Comparisons

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Total Raised
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Kao Competitors (11)

Company Name Financing Status Location Employees Total Raised Last Financing Date/Type Last Financing Amount
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0000000000 Corporate Backed or Acquired Hamburg, Germany 00000 00000000000
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Kao Executive Team (8)

Name Title Board Seat Contact Info
Yoshihiro Hasebe Chief Executive Officer & President
Cory Couts Global President, Kao Salon Division
Akio Yamasaki Director, Corporate Development
Alisa Smith Executive, Inventor
Ryuji Tezuka Senior Director & Head, Corporate Development
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Kao Signals

Growth Rate

0.80% Weekly
Weekly Growth 0.80%, 93rd %ile
-35.5%. 530%

Size Multiple

219x Median
Size Multiple 219x, 100th %ile
0.00x 0.95x. 413Kx

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Kao Investments & Acquisitions (7)

Company Name Deal Date Deal Type Deal Size Industry Lead Partner
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00000 0000 0000 20-Dec-2017 000000000000000000 00000 Personal Products 0000 00000
000 000000000 03-Aug-2016 000000000000000000 Other Consumer Products and Services 000000000 000000
000 0000000 01-Jul-2016 000000000000000000 000.00 Other Commercial Products 000000000 000000
Incubation Alliance 03-Mar-2016 Early Stage VC 00.000 Other Metals, Minerals and Mining
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Kao Subsidiaries (4)

Company Name Industry Location Founded
Oribe Hair Care Personal Products Miami Beach, FL 2008
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0000000 0000000 Specialty Chemicals Loveland, OH 0000
000 000000000 Other Consumer Products and Services Barcelona, Spain 0000
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