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23 Oct 2008

2008 Third-Quarter and First Nine Months Results

  • Total revenues reached Ps. 19,770 million in the third quarter of 2008, an increase of 14.5% compared to the third quarter of 2007.
  • Excluding the positive effect of Refrigerantes Minas Gerais (“Remil”), total revenues would have increased 7.0% compared to the third quarter of 2007.
  • Driven by double digit operating income growth from our Mercosur division, consolidated operating income increased 10.3% to Ps. 3,194 million for the third quarter of 2008. Our operating margin reached 16.2% for the third quarter of 2008.
  • Consolidated majority net income decreased 35.5% to Ps. 1,252 million in the third quarter of 2008, resulting in earnings per share of Ps. 0.68 in the third quarter of 2008.

Mexico City (October 23, 2008), Coca-Cola FEMSA, S.A.B. de C.V. (BMV: KOFL, NYSE: KOF) ("Coca-Cola FEMSA" or the "Company"), the largest Coca-Cola bottler in Latin America and the second-largest Coca-Cola bottler in the world in terms of sales volume, announces results for the third quarter of 2008.

"In the face of today's challenging economic environment, our company was able to deliver double-digit top-line growth this quarter. We continued to integrate our new franchise territory into our existing Brazilian operations with great results. In addition to the organic growth of our existing Brazilian operations, this acquisition accounted for half of our company's consolidated incremental top-line for the quarter, reinforcing this important engine for growth. In August, our company and The Coca-Cola Company entered into an agreement to jointly acquire the Brisa bottled water business in Colombia from Bavaria, a subsidiary of SAB Miller; this acquisition, once completed, will enable us to expand our product portfolio to satisfy consumers' preferences and advance our water strategy. We also started to distribute the Jugos Del Valle line of juice-based beverages in Colombia, Panama, and Nicaragua. This new line of business is helping us to introduce innovative new products such as Vallefrut in Mexico." said Carlos Salazar Lomelin, Chief Executive Officer of the company.

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