|February 14, 2014|
|12:43 EDT||KO, PEP, GMCR||Earnings 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
|October 2, 2015|
|18:07 EDT||KO||Coca-Cola, other blue chips, call for Blatter to step down, WSJ says |
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|09:13 EDT||GMCR||On The Fly: Pre-market Movers|
HIGHER: Wynn Resorts (WYNN), up 6.7% after reports indicate Chinese government may enact new policies to support Macau's economy. Shares of fellow Macau casino operators Las Vegas Sands (LVS) and MGM Resorts (MGM) are also higher in pre-market trading. UP AFTER EARNINGS: Micron (MU), up 3.3%... CalAmp (CAMP), up 9%. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Progress Software (PRGS), down 14.5%. ALSO LOWER: Valeant (VRX), down 4.5% after being downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR), down 3.4% after disclosing that its president of U.S. sales and marketing resigned... AIG (AIG), down 3% after being downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at FBR Capital... Gilead (GILD), down 2% following a downgrade to Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley.
|October 1, 2015|
|19:23 EDT||GMCR||On The Fly: After Hours Movers |
UP AFTER EARNINGS: CalAmp (CAMP), up 9%... Micron Technology (MU), up 7%. ALSO HIGHER: bebe stores (BEBE), up 12.7% after reaffirming its first quarter guidance and announcing that its September Same Store Sales turned positive... Coherus Biosciences (CHRS), up 7.5% after CHS-1701 PK/PD study met primary PD endpoints... Nordstrom (JWN), up 3.6% after announcing a special cash dividend and additional $1B repurchase program. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Progress Software (PRGS), down 15.7%. ALSO LOWER: Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR), down 3.1% after disclosing the that president of U.S. sales and marketing, John Whoriskey, resigned... T-Mobile (TMUS), down 1.4% after Experian (EXPGY) disclosed a data breach affecting T-Mobile customers... XenoPort (XNPT), down 5.2% after announcing that the company will discontinue the development of XP23829.
|17:14 EDT||GMCR||Keurig Green Mountain discloses departure of president of U.S. sales, marketing|
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|September 30, 2015|
|14:50 EDT||PEP||PepsiCo volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook|
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|September 29, 2015|
|19:06 EDT||KO||Coca Cola will not renew health group sponsorships, AP says|
Coca-Cola will not renew its sponsorship of a professional group for dietitians, according to the Associated Press, and will not renew its contracts with the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Cardiology when they end later this year. The company said the move was driven by "budget realities" and not criticism over these partnerships. Reference Link
|07:28 EDT||GMCR||Keurig CEO: Kold machine to drive long-term growth, Reuters reports|
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|September 25, 2015|
|08:10 EDT||PEP||PepsiCo Q3 should mark earnings trough, says JPMorgan|
JPMorgan analyst John Faucher expects PepsiCo's earnings to trough in Q3 as currency headwinds peak. Earnings growth acceleration and gross margin upside position the stock well heading into 2016, the analyst argues. He reiterates an Overweight rating on PepsiCo with a $110 price target.
|September 24, 2015|
|08:03 EDT||KO||Coca-Cola Bottling signs LOI to acquire manufacturing facilities|
Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated (COKE) has signed a non-binding letter of intent with The Coca-Cola Company (KO) to purchase manufacturing facilities in Virginia, Maryland, Indiana and Ohio and also that it has signed a definitive agreement with an affiliate of The Coca-Cola Company to expand the bottler's franchise distribution territory to include territories located within Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia. The Company has signed a non-binding Manufacturing Letter of Intent with The Coca-Cola Company to purchase and operate manufacturing facilities currently owned and operated by Coca-Cola Refreshments USA, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Coca-Cola Company, in Sandston, Virginia; Silver Spring and Baltimore, Maryland; Indianapolis and Portland, Indiana and Cincinnati, Ohio. The transactions proposed in the Manufacturing Letter of Intent are subject to the parties reaching a definitive agreement, with a series of transaction closings for these facilities expected to begin in the first half of 2016. The Definitive Agreement represents the first phase of the proposed franchise territory expansion described in the previously-announced Letter of Intent dated May 12, 2015 between the Company and The Coca-Cola Company ("May 2015 Letter of Intent") and includes the following territories: Baltimore, Capital Heights, Cumberland, Easton, Hagerstown, La Plata and Salisbury in Maryland; Alexandria, Norfolk, Richmond, Yorktown, Fredericksburg and Staunton in Virginia; Elizabeth City in North Carolina; and Washington D.C. CCR currently serves these territories. The Company expects to begin a series of transaction closings for these distribution territories in the fall of 2015 and to complete them by mid-2016. 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 May 2015 Letter of Intent, including distribution territories in parts of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky. The Definitive Agreement and other agreements to be entered into at closing will provide the Company the exclusive rights to distribute beverage brands owned by The Coca-Cola Company as well as certain other beverage brands not owned by The Coca-Cola Company that are currently being distributed in the territories by CCR. The transaction includes the purchase by the Company of distribution assets and certain working capital items from CCR relating to these territories and the purchase of exclusive rights to distribute certain non-Coca-Cola beverage brands in these territories. The transaction also includes the grant by CCR to the Company of exclusive rights to distribute beverage brands owned by The Coca-Cola Company in these territories 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. In addition to the transactions contemplated by the Definitive Agreement, the parties also have executed a "Territory Conversion Agreement" which provides for all of the Company's franchise distribution territories with The Coca-Cola Company, including the Company's legacy, recently-acquired and to-be-acquired distribution territories, to be governed in the future by a new and final form of comprehensive beverage agreement.
|08:02 EDT||PEP||PepsiCo sustainability initiatives delivered $375M in cost savings since 2010|
|07:32 EDT||KO||Coca-Cola signs LOI to implement national product supply system in the U.S. |
The Coca-Cola Company announces the formation of a new National Product Supply System in the United States. The mission of the NPSS will be to facilitate optimal operation of the U.S. product supply system for Coca-Cola bottlers in order to: Achieve the lowest optimal manufactured and delivered cost for all bottlers in the Coca-Cola system; Enable system investment to build sustainable capability and competitive advantage; Prioritize quality, service and innovation in order to successfully meet and exceed customer and consumer requirements. Under the new NPSS, three existing independent producing bottlers, Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated, Coca-Cola Bottling Company United, and Swire Coca-Cola USA, as well as the Company-owned Coca-Cola Refreshments along with Coca-Cola North America, will be members of Coca-Cola's National Product Supply Group. The NPSG will administer key national product supply activities for these NPSS bottlers, which currently represent approximately 95 percent of the U.S. produced volume. Under the initial terms of the Letters of Intent, it is anticipated that each NPSS bottler will acquire certain production facilities from CCR within their transitioning distribution territories. Initially, it is contemplated that CCR will divest the following nine production facilities with an estimated net book value of $380 million: Consolidated will acquire production facilities in Sandston, Va., Baltimore and Silver Spring, Md., Indianapolis and Portland, In. and Cincinnati, Oh.; United will acquire the production facility in New Orleans, La.; Swire will acquire production facilities in Phoenix, Az. and Denver, Co. The transition of these production facilities from CCR to NPSS bottlers is anticipated to take place between 2016 and 2018. The sale of additional production facilities from CCR to NPSS bottlers in previously announced transitioning distribution territories will be considered in due course. CCR's territories will continue to be refranchised as previously announced and decisions on any remaining production facilities in those territories will also be considered at that time. The new transactions announced today are subject to the parties reaching definitive agreements. The parties are committed to working together to implement a smooth transition with minimal disruption for customers, consumers and system associates.
|September 23, 2015|
|09:18 EDT||PEP||Paulson Institute and CCPIT to co-host U.S.-China Business Roundtable|
The Paulson Institute and the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) provide an opportunity for U.S. and Chinese business leaders to discuss issues facing the two countries in a roundtable being held in Seattle, Washington on September 23.
|September 22, 2015|
|07:36 EDT||KO||Coca-Cola spent almost $120M since 2010 on health programs, research, WSJ says|
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