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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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September 2, 2014
10:09 EDTKOStudy finds adverse heart events associated with energy drinks, ScienceWR says
A study presented at the European Society of Cardiology congress concluded that caffeinated energy drinks can be associated with several adverse heart conditions including angina, cardiac arrhythmia and sudden death, reported Science World Report. Monster Beverage (MNST) markets energy drinks and recently struck a deal to acquire additional energy drink brands from Coca-Cola (KO). PepsiCo also markets energy drinks. Reference Link
August 29, 2014
16:18 EDTCOKE, KOCoca-Cola Bottling forms pact with Coca-Cola to expand franchise territory
Coca-Cola Bottling Co. (COKE) announced it has signed a definitive agreement with The Coca-Cola Company (KO) to expand the bottler’s franchise territory to include the Knoxville, TN territory currently served by Coca-Cola Refreshments USA, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Coca-Cola Company. This agreement represents the second phase of the proposed franchise territory expansion described in the previously-announced Letter of Intent between the company and The Coca-Cola Company. The company expects the transaction to close by the end of October. The company is continuing to work towards a definitive agreement with The Coca-Cola Company for the remainder of the proposed franchise territory expansion described in the previously-announced Letter of Intent, including Cleveland and Cookeville, TN and Louisville, Lexington, Paducah and Pikeville, KY and Evansville, IN. The definitive agreement and other agreements to be entered into at closing will provide the Company the exclusive rights to distribute brands owned by The Coca-Cola Company as well as certain other brands not owned by The Coca-Cola Company that are currently being distributed in the Knoxville territory by CCR. The transaction includes the purchase by the Company of distribution assets and certain working capital items from CCR relating to this territory and the purchase of exclusive rights to distribute certain non-Coca-Cola brands in this territory. The transaction also includes the grant by CCR to the Company of exclusive rights to distribute brands owned by The Coca-Cola Company in this territory under a comprehensive beverage agreement to be entered into at closing. Under such agreement, the Company will make a quarterly sub-bottling payment to CCR on a continuing basis after the closing for the grant of such exclusive rights. The Company will not acquire any production assets from CCR and will, with certain exceptions, purchase finished goods from CCR to service customers in this territory.
August 27, 2014
16:05 EDTKOKeurig Green Mountain expands board, appoints José Octavio Reyes Lagunes
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August 26, 2014
06:20 EDTKOCoca-Cola to introduce mid-calorie soda in Mexico, WSJ reports
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