Kao Overview

Founded 1887
Status Public
Employees 45,796
Stock Symbol 4452
Stock Symbol
Investments 7
Share Price $81.84 (As of Thursday 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
Other Business Products and Services
Other Industries
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 Tuesday closing)

Stock Price Previous Close 52 wk Range Market Cap Shares Average Volume EPS
$81.84 $80.19 $65.69 - $84.31 $39.4B 481M 2.06M $2.83

Kao Financials Summary

In Thousands,
TTM 31-Mar-2020 FY 2019 31-Dec-2019 FY 2018 31-Dec-2018 FY 2017 31-Dec-2017
EV 39,278,924 39,805,046 34,737,492 31,113,362
Revenue 13,727,232 13,778,858 13,654,145 13,278,364
EBITDA 2,745,467 2,726,144 2,448,744 2,329,574
Net Income 1,364,703 1,359,440 1,391,648 1,310,611
Total Assets 14,480,843 15,187,938 13,239,455 12,660,816
Total Debt 2,581,263 2,646,834 1,094,934 1,069,580
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Kao Valuation & Funding

Deal Type Date Amount Valuation/
Post-Val Status Debt

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Kao Competitors (12)

Company Name Financing Status Location Employees Total Raised Last Financing Date/Type Last Financing
Kimberly-Clark Corporation Neenah, WI 00000 000000 - 000
00000000 0000000 Corporation Tokyo, Japan 00000 00000000
000000 Corporation New York, NY 0000 0&0
0000 00000000 Corporate Backed or Acquired London, United Kingdom 00000 00000 000000&0 00000
0'00000000 0000000 Formerly PE-Backed Geneva, Switzerland 0000 00000 000000000000

Kao Executive Team (7)

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

2 Former Executives

Kao Investments & Acquisitions (7)

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Company Name Deal Date Deal Type Deal Size Industry Lead Partner
0000000 0000000 09-Aug-2018 000000000000000000 Specialty Chemicals
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
000 0000000 Other Commercial Products Cincinnati, OH 0000
0000000 0000000 Specialty Chemicals Loveland, OH 0000
000 000000000 Other Consumer Products and Services Barcelona, Spain 0000