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April 16, 2013
11:29 EDTCOKE, KOCoca-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.
News For KO;COKE From The Last 14 Days
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December 18, 2014
16:22 EDTKO, COKECoca-Cola Bottling announces agreement with Coca-Cola to expand franchise
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December 17, 2014
16:00 EDTKOOptions Update; December 17, 2014
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December 16, 2014
09:31 EDTKOCoca-Cola names Julie Hamilton as Chief Customer & Commercial Leadership Officer
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December 15, 2014
17:16 EDTKOCoca-Cola sees FY15 comparable currency neutral EPS growth similar to FY14
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16:27 EDTKOCoca-Cola sees 2015 net share repurchases of $2B-$3B
As previously indicated, the company does not expect comparable currency neutral EPS growth in 2015 to be significantly different from 2014. Longer term, the company intends to return to delivering against its stated growth targets. Based on current spot rates, existing hedge positions, and the cycling of 2014 rates, the company now expects a 5 to 6 point currency headwind on profit before tax in 2015. The underlying effective annual tax rate on operations in 2015 is currently expected to be 22.5%. In 2015, the company is targeting net share repurchases of $2B to $3B.
16:25 EDTKOCoca-Cola sees 9 point currency headwind on Q4 EPS
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16:20 EDTKOCoca-Cola sees FY14 comparable currency neutral EPS growth of 4%-5%
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16:00 EDTKOOptions Update; December 15, 2014
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13:52 EDTKOWintergreen says Coca-Cola CEO Muhtar Kent 'incapable' of leading turnaround
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December 10, 2014
10:00 EDTKOCoca-Cola to host conference call
Conference call to address financial and modeling-related questions will be held on December 15 at 4:30 pm. Webcast Link
December 8, 2014
16:22 EDTKO, COKECoca-Cola Bottling in pact with Coca-Cola to expand franchise territory
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