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August 15, 2014
12:16 EDTDPS, MNST, GMCR, SODA, PEP, KOMonster surges as Coca-Cola takes 16.7% stake in company
Shares of beverage company Monster Beverage (MNST) are surging after Coca-Cola (KO) took a 16.7% stake in Monster and the companies announced a long-term strategic partnership and asset swap. WHAT'S NEW: Coca-Cola will pay $2.15B for a 16.7% stake in Monster Beverage Corp, the companies said. Under the terms of their agreement, Coca-Cola will add two directors to Monster's board. Coca-Cola will transfer ownership of its worldwide energy business including brands like NOS, Full Throttle, Burn, Mother, Play and Power Play, and Relentless to Monster. Monster will transfer its non-energy business, which includes Hansenís Natural Sodas, Peace Tea, Hubertís Lemonade and Hansenís Juice Products to Coca-Cola. Coca-Cola will become Monster's preferred distribution partner globally, while Monster brands will be the only energy drinks distributed by Coca-Cola. At closing, Coke will make a net cash payment of $2.15B and transfer its worldwide energy business to Monster, and Monster will issue to Coke the shares of Monster common stock, transfer its non-energy business to Coke, and enter into expanded distribution arrangements. The transaction is expected to close late in 2014 or early in 2015. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On slides discussing the partnership, Monster said that it anticipates fiscal year 2013 pro forma operating income to be over $700M following the deal with Coke vs. $600M for "current Monster." Monster sees a pro forma second quarter cash balance of $2.6B vs. $0.8B for current Monster. ANALYST REACTION: Following the companies' announcement, Wells Fargo analyst Bonnie Herzog said she feels that the Coke/Monster deal is a good move for both firms. She expects the agreement to significantly quicken Monster's international division and believes that the company's market share could gross 4 to 5 times its current international sales within the next three years due to the deal. She feels that Coke gains increased access to the energy category. The firm maintains an Outperform rating on both the stocks. Stifel analyst Mark Astrachan perceives Monster's agreement with Coke as hugely positive since it builds international and U.S. revenue synergies while boosting EBITDA BY $95M next year. He keeps Monster's shares with a Buy rating and raises its price target to $94 from $75. CLSA upgraded Monster to Outperform from Underperform. PRICE ACTION: During afternoon, Monster is up $21.62 or 30.17% to $93.27 and Coca-Cola is up 58c or 1.46% to $40.76. OTHERS TO WATCH: Shares of SodaStream (SODA) are up relatively flat following the news. Dr. Pepper Snapple (DPS) is down 0.2% and PepsiCo (PEP) is down 0.25%. Shares of Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR) are down 1% since Coke took a 10% stake in the company on February 5.
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July 22, 2015
07:38 EDTKOCoca-Cola rises 1.4% to $41.80 after Q2 earnings top estimates
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07:37 EDTKOCoca-Cola CEO says 'work to do,' but confident right plans in place
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07:36 EDTKOCoca-Cola reports Q2 global volume growth of 2%
Coca-Cola said global sparkling beverage volume growth in the quarter was led by 1% growth in brand Coca-Cola, 6% growth in Coca-Cola Zero, 3% growth in Sprite and 2% growth in Fanta. Growth in these brands was partially offset by a 7% decline in Diet Coke. The company gained global value and volume share in sparkling beverages in the quarter. Global still beverage volume growth in the quarter reflects 7% growth in ready-to-drink tea, 8% growth in packaged water and double-digit growth in value-added dairy. Volume growth in these categories was partially offset by a 1% decline in juice and juice drinks attributable to price increases taken to cover higher input costs and continued industry softness in certain markets. The company gained global value and volume share in still beverages, juice and juice drinks, ready-to-drink tea and sports drinks in the quarter.
07:35 EDTKOCoca-Cola now targeting FY15 net share repurchases of $2B-$2.5B
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07:34 EDTKOCoca-Cola sees currency to be 7 point headwind to Q3 revenue
For Q3, Coca-Cola estimates that currency will be an approximate 7 point headwind on net revenues, a 13 point headwind on operating income and a 10 point headwind on income before taxes.
07:34 EDTKOCoca-Cola backs comparable currency neutral growth expectations
Coca-Cola estimates that the net impact of structural items on FY15 results will be a 1 point headwind on both net revenues and income before taxes. The company expects fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates to have an unfavorable impact on its reported results in 2015. Based on current spot rates, its existing hedge positions, and the cycling of its prior year rates, Coke estimates that currency will be an approximate 6 point headwind on net revenues, an 11 point headwind on operating income, and a 7 to 8 point headwind on income before taxes for the full year.
07:32 EDTKOCoca-Cola reports Q2 comparable EPS 63c, consensus 60c
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July 21, 2015
16:21 EDTPEPRuby Tuesday appoints David Skena as Chief Marketing Officer
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15:22 EDTKOCoca-Cola technical comments ahead of results
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15:02 EDTKONotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's open, with earnings consensus, include Coca-Cola (KO), consensus 60c... Boeing (BA), consensus $1.42... Abbott Laboratories (ABT), consensus 50c... Thermo Fisher Scientific (TMO), consensus $1.78... EMC (EMC), consensus 41c... Illinois Tool Works (ITW), consensus $1.28... St. Jude Medical (STJ), consensus $1.00... Northern Trust (NTRS), consensus 96c... Check Point Software (CHKP), consensus 95c... Polaris Industries (PII), consensus $1.58... Interpublic Group (IPG), consensus 27c... New York Community Bancorp (NYCB), consensus 26c... B/E Aerospace (BEAV), consensus 76c... Owens Corning (OC), consensus 54c... Knight Transportation (KNX), consensus 37c.
12:25 EDTKOCoca-Cola July weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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10:01 EDTPEP, MNST, GMCR, DPS, KOOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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05:57 EDTGMCRStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; CMG GMCR
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July 20, 2015
16:45 EDTKOCoca-Cola initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee CRT
Target $46.
16:45 EDTDPSDr Pepper Snapple initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee CRT
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16:40 EDTGMCRKeurig Green Mountain initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee CRT
16:39 EDTPEPPepsiCo initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee CRT
Target $108.
16:11 EDTMNSTMonster Beverage initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee CRT
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July 17, 2015
10:52 EDTGMCRKeurig Green Mountain volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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05:55 EDTGMCRStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; XOMA GMCR
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; XOMA (XOMA) 295, Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR) 50 according to iVolatility.
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