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April 16, 2013
11:29 EDTKO, COKECoca-Cola climbs after Q1 results, preliminary restructuring deal
Coca-Cola (KO) is advancing after the company announced stronger than expected first quarter results and said that it would look to restructure its U.S. bottling system sooner than previously expected WHAT'S NEW: Coca-Cola's first quarter earnings per share and revenue were both higher than expected. Coke reported earnings per share of 46c, which beat the consensus 45c forecast, on operating revenue of $11.04B, which topped the $11.02B consensus. The beverage maker said that its sales volume increased 4% during the quarter, up from 3% in the previous quarter. The company also announced that it had agreed in principle with five bottling companies to create a franchised bottling system. Under the system, the five companies would receive exclusive rights to bottle Coca-Cola products in some areas of the U.S. The deal will enhance the quality of the bottling operations in these areas, Coca-Cola stated. Financial terms of the deal, which is expected to be hammered out by the end of this year, were not disclosed. The territories that will be affected include Tennessee, Alabama, Denver, and Kentucky. One of the bottlers, Coca-Cola Bottling Consolidated (COKE), announced it has signed a non-binding letter of intent to expand its franchise territory. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors, Citigroup analyst Wendy Nichols wrote that Coca-Cola's results were strong. Moreover, the company's decision to refranchise some of its territories is positive, as uncertainty about the timing and scope of the move had weighed on the stock, Nichols added. She maintained a $45 price target and Buy rating on the shares. TODAY'S PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Coca-Cola jumped $2.22, or 5.5%, to $42.31. Meanwhile, Coca-Cola Bottling Consolidated rose 3.8% to $60.23.
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November 20, 2014
11:58 EDTKOKeurig Green Mountain sinks after Q1 outlook disappoints, CFO reports departure
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November 19, 2014
18:11 EDTKOKeurig Green Mountain says 2.0 brewer introduced on time with retailer support
Says retailers aggressively ordered portion packs in Q4. Says brewer inventory levels "healthy" for upcoming holiday season. Says will run local, national TV ads during the holidays. Says Canadian business down for FY14. Says will offer 70 brands for brewers by March, 2015. Says on track to launch Keurig Cold in fall of 2015. Says working closely with Coca-Cola (KO) on cold brewing system. Says in FY15, expects growth in portion pack sales to accelerate as the year progresses. Says over 90% locked for coffee costs for FY15, but higher than FY14. Says coffee costs will be a headwind in 2Q15. Says expects some gross margin pressure in Q1. Says continues to expect long-term annual revenue, EPS growth in mid-teens. Comments from company's Q4 earnings conference call.
14:08 EDTKOEarnings Preview: Keurig Green Mountain sees FY14 EPS $3.71-$3.78
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08:15 EDTKOGreat Lakes Coca-Cola Distribution signs definitive agreement with Coca-Cola
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November 18, 2014
16:00 EDTKOOptions Update; November 18, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 48c to 28.09. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR KO PBR GILD according to Track Data.
14:20 EDTKOCoca-Cola rumored to be in sights of 3G Capital, Forbes contributor reports
Investment firm 3G Capital is in advanced talks for a new fund targeted at the food and beverage industry, according to Veja magazine, reported a contributor to Forbes. The new fund could be used to acquire a significant stake in Coca-Cola or possibly even be used to orchestrate a takeover of the beverage giant, according to Veja columnist Geraldo Samor, the Forbes report said. Shares of Coca-Cola have moved into positive territory and are up 0.5% in afternoon trading following the circulation of the Forbes article. Reference Link
November 12, 2014
10:25 EDTKOSABMiller, Coca-Cola to form new company in Africa, Sky News reports
Mark Kleinman of Sky News tweeted, "SABMiller and Coca-Cola to announce formation of new company in Africa later this week, consolidating existing operations, I'm told."

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