Net Revenues Grew 6%; Organic Revenues (Non-GAAP) Grew 6%
Operating Income Grew 8%; Comparable Currency Neutral Operating Income (Non-GAAP) Grew 14%
Operating Margin Was 29.9%; Comparable Operating Margin (Non-GAAP) Was 30.3%, Including the Impact from
Currency Headwinds and Acquisitions
EPS Grew 12% to $0.61; Comparable EPS (Non-GAAP) Grew 4% to $0.63, Despite a 9% Currency Headwind
The Coca-Cola Company today reported strong operating results in the second quarter of 2019, driven by consumer-centric innovation, solid core brand performance and improved execution in the marketplace. Reported net revenues and organic revenues (non-GAAP) both grew 6% through balanced volume and price/mix, with all operating segments contributing to organic revenue (non-GAAP) growth. The company continued to gain global value share. The company’s performance year-to-date led to an update in full year guidance.
"Our strategy to transform as a total beverage company has allowed us to continue to win in a growing and vibrant industry," said James Quincey, chairman and CEO of The Coca-Cola Company. "Our progress is positioning the company to create more value for all of our stakeholders, including our shareowners."
- Revenues: Net revenues grew 6% to $10.0 billion. Organic revenues (non-GAAP) grew 6%. Revenue growth was driven by concentrate sales growth of 4% and price/mix growth of 2%.
- Margin: Operating margin, which included items impacting comparability, was 29.9% versus 29.4% in the prior year. Comparable operating margin (non-GAAP) was 30.3% versus 30.6% in the prior year. Strong underlying operating margin (non-GAAP) expansion was offset by an approximate 185 basis point negative impact from currency headwinds and net acquisitions.
- Earnings per share: EPS grew 12% to $0.61. Comparable EPS (non-GAAP) grew 4% to $0.63. Comparable EPS growth included the impact from a 9-point currency headwind.
- Market share: The company continued to gain value share in total non-alcoholic ready-to-drink (NARTD) beverages.
- Cash flow: Year-to-date cash from operations was $4.5 billion, up 68% largely due to strong underlying growth, working capital initiatives and the timing of tax payments. Year-to-date free cash flow (non-GAAP) was $3.7 billion, up 87%.
- Driving sparkling: Strong performance for the quarter was driven by sparkling soft drinks, led by 4% volume and transaction growth in trademark Coca-Cola. Coca-Cola Zero Sugar continues to perform well, with a seventh consecutive quarter of double-digit volume growth globally. Quarterly performance was further driven by innovation, such as Coca-Cola Plus Coffee, and a modernized marketing strategy for today's consumers. The company reached a first-of-its-kind partnership with Netflix to temporarily bring back 1985’s New Coke for the July 4 debut of season 3 of the hit series "Stranger Things."
- Growing coffee: During the quarter, the company launched the first-ever Costa Coffee ready-to-drink (RTD) chilled product in Great Britain, marking the first major introduction since Coca-Cola acquired Costa earlier this year. The company plans to roll out the product in additional markets in the second half of the year. The brand delivers an authentic coffee taste experience with 30% less sugar than most RTD coffees in Costa’s core market of Great Britain. The Costa Coffee brand is also expanding through a new agreement with Coca-Cola HBC AG. The agreement will address a broad range of consumer and customer needs across multiple channels and occasions, including roast and ground coffee, RTD offerings and vending. The bottler plans to introduce Costa Coffee in at least 10 markets in 2020.
- Expanding energy: The first energy drink under the Coca-Cola brand launched in select European countries during the quarter. Coca-Cola Energy features caffeine from naturally derived sources, guarana extracts, B vitamins and no taurine, all with the great Coca-Cola taste and feeling that people know and love. The product has shown early signs of success. Coca-Cola Energy is now available in 14 countries, including recent launches in Japan, Australia and South Africa. The company expects to offer Coca-Cola Energy in 20 markets by the end of 2019, including Mexico and Brazil.
- Lifting, shifting and scaling: Since the company's initial investment in the innocent business in 2009, the innocent team has taken the business from the #1 smoothie brand in the U.K. to the #1 chilled juice brand across Europe. The brand is now expanding into Asia for the first time through a targeted rollout, starting in Tokyo. Innocent is loved by consumers who want more functional and nutritional benefits in their daily diet, in addition to those who enjoy natural, delicious and healthy juices and smoothies.
- Making progress in packaging: The company continues to make progress on its World Without Waste goals for recycling, recyclable packaging and the use of recycled materials, including these recent milestones:
- Bottlers worldwide continue to introduce more brands in 100% recycled PET (rPET) packaging. Recent launches include the green tea brand Hajime Ichinichi Ippon in Japan; the Romerquelle and Valser water brands in Austria and Switzerland, respectively; Viva water in the Philippines; and San Luis water in Peru. In Western Europe, 100% rPET bottles will be launched for smartwater, Chaudfontaine and Honest by the end of 2019.
- Coca-Cola Amatil and Coca-Cola Australia announced that 70% of all PET bottles in the market will be made from 100% rPET by the end of 2019.
- Coca-Cola European Partners and Coca-Cola Great Britain announced a switch from green to clear bottles for Sprite in their markets as a way to improve recycling. Other markets are making this change as well.
- Coca-Cola Beverages Philippines, the bottling arm of Coca-Cola in the Philippines, announced that it will lead the investment in a $19 million state-of-the-art, food-grade recycling facility that will collect, sort, clean and wash post-consumer recyclable plastic bottles and turn them into new bottles using advanced technology. It is Coca-Cola’s first major investment in a recycling facility in Southeast Asia.
- Coca-Cola Vietnam led the launch of an industry-backed packaging recovery organization alongside other companies. The organization will initially focus on increasing recovery and recycling rates for three materials: PET, aluminium and Tetra Pak®.
- All references to growth rate percentages and share compare the results of the period to those of the prior year comparable period.
- All references to volume and volume percentage changes indicate unit case volume, unless otherwise noted. All volume percentage changes are computed based on average daily sales, unless otherwise noted. "Unit case" means a unit of measurement equal to 24 eight-ounce servings of finished beverage. "Unit case volume" means the number of unit cases (or unit case equivalents) of company beverages directly or indirectly sold by the company and its bottling partners to customers.
- "Concentrate sales" represents the amount of concentrates, syrups, beverage bases, source waters and powders/minerals (in all instances expressed in equivalent unit cases) sold by, or used in finished beverages sold by, the company to its bottling partners or other customers. In the reconciliation of reported net revenues, "concentrate sales" represents the percent change in net revenues attributable to the increase (decrease) in concentrate sales volume for the geographic operating segments and the Global Ventures operating segment (excluding Costa) (expressed in equivalent unit cases) after considering the impact of structural changes. For the Bottling Investments operating segment, this represents the percent change in net revenues attributable to the increase (decrease) in unit case volume computed based on total sales (rather than average daily sales) in each of the corresponding periods after considering the impact of structural changes. The Bottling Investments operating segment reflects unit case volume growth for consolidated bottlers only.
- "Price/mix" represents the change in net operating revenues caused by factors such as price changes, the mix of products and packages sold, and the mix of channels and geographic territories where the sales occurred.
- First quarter 2019 financial results were impacted by one less day as compared to the same period in 2018, and fourth quarter 2019 financial results will be impacted by one additional day as compared to the same period in 2018. Unit case volume results for the quarters are not impacted by the variances in days due to the average daily sales computation referenced above.
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