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February 14, 2014
12:43 EDTGMCR, KO, PEPEarnings Preview: Coca-Cola significantly lagging S&P ahead of Q4 report
Coca-Cola (KO) is scheduled to report fourth quarter earnings before the market opens on Tuesday, February 18, with a conference call scheduled for 9:30 am ET. Coca-Cola, a member of the S&P 500 index, is a beverage company that owns or licenses and markets more than 500 nonalcoholic beverage brands. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 46c on revenue of $11.31B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 44c-47c on revenue of $11.17B-$11.51B. LAST QUARTER: Coca-Cola reported third quarter EPS of 53c against estimates for 53c, on revenue of $12.03B against estimates for $12.05B. The company also reported worldwide growth of 2% in the quarter. On its earnings conference call, Coca-Cola added that it saw fiscal year 2013 operating income in-line with year-to-date performance and that it saw Q4 income hurt 5%-6% by foreign exchange impacts. RESEARCH AND NEWS: On December 28, 2013, Barron's ran a feature which opined that Coca-Cola's stock could rise 20% or more in 2014 due to expected growth in both earnings and revenue, as well as a rising dividend return. On February 5, Coca-Cola and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (GMCR) announced that the companies have signed a 10-year agreement to collaborate on the development and introduction of Coca-Cola's global brand portfolio for use in Green Mountain's forthcoming Keurig Cold at-home beverage system. As part of the deal, Coca-Cola agreed to buy a 10% stake in Green Mountain for $1.25B. The next day, Wells Fargo said it believed the deal with Green Mountain was very positive and should drive revenue and profit growth for Coca-Cola. The firm added that the deal could drive margin expansion for Coca-Cola over the long-term and it kept an Outperform rating on the stock. COMPETITORS: Coca-Cola rival PepsiCo (PEP) reported mixed Q4 results on February 13, reporting EPS of $1.05 against estimates of $1.01, and revenue of $20.12B against estimates of $20.16B. PepsiCo added that it saw fiscal year 2014 core EPS growth of 7%, mid single-digit organic revenue growth, and low-single-digit commodity inflation. PRICE ACTION: Over the last 12 months, Coca-Cola's stock is up 5%, lagging the S&P 500, which has risen over 20% in that time frame. Over the last three months, the stock is down 3.7%.
News For KO;GMCR;PEP From The Last 14 Days
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December 18, 2014
16:22 EDTKOCoca-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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06:38 EDTGMCRKeurig Green Mountain transferring coffee buying to Switzerland, Reuters says
Keurig Green Mountain is moving a majority of its U.S. coffee buying operations to Switzerland, emulating its competitors, according to Reuters. The move will make the company "a global beverage player," Reuters quoted a Green Mountain spokeswoman as saying. Reference Link
December 11, 2014
09:00 EDTGMCRKeurig Green Mountain announces expanded agreement with Caribou Coffee
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December 10, 2014
11:41 EDTGMCRGreen Mountain Coffee December calls active
Green Mountain Coffee December weekly 140 calls are active on total call volume of 2,200 contracts, compared to its open interest of 395 contracts. December weekly call option implied volatility is at 57, December is at 37, January is at 32, March is at 33; compared to its 26-week average of 42 according to Track Data. Active call volume suggests traders taking positions for large near term price movement
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 EDTKOCoca-Cola Bottling in pact with Coca-Cola to expand franchise territory
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