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Coca-Cola (KO) Q3 2023 earnings

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Coca-Cola on Tuesday reported quarterly earnings and revenue that topped analysts’ expectations as consumers shook off higher prices for its namesake soda, Simply juice and other drinks.

The company also hiked its full-year outlook.

Coca-Cola shares rose more than 2% in premarket trading.

Here’s what the company reported compared with what Wall Street was expecting, based on a survey of analysts by LSEG, formerly known as Refinitiv:

  • Earnings per share: 74 cents adjusted vs. 69 cents expected
  • Revenue: $11.91 billion adjusted vs. $11.44 billion expected

Coke reported third-quarter net income attributable to shareholders of $3.09 billion, or 71 cents per share, up from $2.83 billion, or 65 cents per share, a year earlier.

Excluding transactions gains, restructuring costs and other items, the beverage giant earned 74 cents per share.

Net sales rose 8% to $11.91 billion, excluding items. Organic revenue, which strips out the impact of acquisitions and divestitures, climbed 11%.

Like many companies, Coke has raised prices on its products over the last two years, citing rising commodity costs. But in July, the company said it was done hiking prices in the U.S. and Europe this year. This quarter, its prices were up 9% compared with the year-ago period.

Coke’s unit case volume, which unlike its net revenue excludes pricing and currency, grew 2% in the quarter despite its higher prices. While Coke has seen demand weaken somewhat, rival PepsiCo has seen steeper declines in demand.

In North America, the company’s volume was flat, but shoppers bought more Coke Zero Sugar and Fairlife dairy drinks. For comparison, Pepsi reported that its North American beverage volume shrank 6% in its third quarter.

All of Coke’s drink divisions reported volume growth. Both its sparkling soft drinks and juice, dairy and plant-based beverage divisions reported 2% increases in volume. Coke’s water, sports, coffee and tea business saw 1%…

2023-10-24 07:40:21

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