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30 Apr 2009

Coca-Cola FEMSA Announces 2009 First Quarter Results


Thursday, 04/30/2009, 7:13:00 am

Mexico City (April 29, 2009), 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 first quarter of 2009.
 
"Our Company achieved healthy top- and bottom-line results for the quarter, growing volumes, revenues and EBITDA by 7, 30 and 20 percent respectively. Among other factors, we benefited from the consolidation of our REMIL franchise territory in Brazil, the continued successful rollout of the Jugos del Valle line of juice-based beverages in Mexico, Colombia and Central America, and organic growth. We have the flexibility to adapt our business through initiatives that sustain our cash flow and meet our strategic objectives. Importantly, our company is in a very strong financial position as exemplified by the dividends of more than 1.3 billion Mexican pesos that we paid our shareholders in the month of April." said Carlos Salazar Lomelin, Chief Executive Officer of the Company.
 
CONSOLIDATED RESULTS
 
Our consolidated total revenues increased 30.5% to Ps. 22,526 million in the first quarter of 2009, compared to the first quarter of 2008, as a result of increases in all of our divisions. Revenue growth was driven by (i) organic growth, mainly due to pricing, accounting for approximately 40% of incremental revenues, (ii) the consolidation of Refrigerantes Minas Gerais, Ltda. (“REMIL”) in Brazil, contributing more than 25% of incremental revenues for the quarter and (iii) a positive exchange rate translation effect providing the balance. Excluding the positive translation effect and the acquisition of REMIL, our consolidated total revenues would have increased approximately 12%.
 
Total sales volume increased 7.1% to 554.2 million unit cases in the first quarter of 2009 as compared to the same period of 2008; excluding REMIL, total sales volume increased 1.7% mainly driven by incremental volumes from our bottled water business and still beverages. Still beverages sales volume grew close to 120%, mainly driven by volumes from the Jugos del Valle brand in our Mexico and Latincentro divisions, accounting for the majority of incremental volumes in this category. Bottled water, including bulk water, grew more than 8%, mainly driven by the consolidation of the Agua de Los Angeles business in Mexico.
 
Our gross profit increased 26.3% to Ps. 10,443 million in the first quarter of 2009, compared to the first quarter of 2008. Cost of goods sold increased 34.5% mainly driven by (i) higher year-over-year sweetener costs, (ii) the devaluation of the local currencies in our main operations as applied to our U.S. dollar-denominated raw material cost and (iii) the integration of REMIL; which were partially offset by lower cost of resin. Gross margin reached 46.4% in the first quarter of 2009 as compared to 47.9% in the same period of 2008.
 
Our consolidated operating income increased 17.3% to Ps. 3,305 million in the first quarter of 2009, mainly driven by double-digit operating income growth in our Latincentro and Mercosur divisions. Our operating margin was 14.7% in the first quarter of 2009, a decrease of 160 basis points. Revenue growth compensated higher operating expenses and cost of goods sold.
 
During the first quarter of 2009, we recorded Ps. 330 million in the other expenses line. These expenses were mainly driven by the loss on sale of some fixed assets and employee profit sharing recorded in the other expenses line, in accordance with the Mexican Financial Reporting Standards.
 
Our integral result of financing in the first quarter of 2009 recorded an expense of Ps. 938 million as compared to Ps. 222 million in the same period of 2008, mainly due to a higher foreign exchange expense driven by the devaluation of the Mexican peso as applied to our U.S. dollar-denominated net debt.
 
During the first quarter of 2009, income tax, as a percentage of income before taxes, was 30.7%.
 
Our consolidated majority net income decreased by 18.1% to Ps. 1,327 million in the first quarter of 2009 as compared to the first quarter of 2008, mainly reflecting the devaluation of the Mexican peso as applied to our U.S. dollar-denominated net debt. Earnings per share (EPS) were Ps. 0.72 (Ps. 7.19 per ADR) computed on the basis of 1,846.5 million shares outstanding (each ADR represents 10 local shares).
 
BALANCE SHEET
 
As of March 31, 2009, Coca-Cola FEMSA had a cash balance of Ps. 9,760 million including US$ 449 million in US dollar currency, an increase of Ps. 3,568 million compared to December 31, 2008, net of the US$ 46 million paid for our share of the joint acquisition of the Brisa bottled water business in Colombia.
Total short-term debt was Ps. 8,206 million and long-term debt was Ps. 12,785 million. Total debt increased Ps. 2,417 million compared with year end 2008 mainly due to the issuance of Ps. 2,000 million in 1.1 year “Certificados Bursátiles” in January 2009, priced at a yield of 28-day TIIE plus 80 basis points. Net debt decreased approximately Ps. 1,151 million compared to year end 2008, mainly as a result of cash generated during the quarter. KOF’s total debt balance includes U.S. dollar-denominated debt in the amount of US$ 652 million (1).
 
MEXICO DIVISION OPERATING RESULTS
 
Revenues
Total revenues from our Mexico division increased 4.8% to Ps. 8,141 million in the first quarter of 2009, as compared to the same period of the previous year. Incremental volumes accounted for close to 70% of incremental revenues during the quarter. Average price per unit case reached Ps. 29.78, an increase of 1.6%, as compared to the first quarter of 2008, reflecting higher average prices per unit case from our growing still beverage portfolio that were partially offset by lower average prices per unit case in flavored sparkling beverages. Excluding bulk water under the brands Ciel and Agua de Los Angeles, our average price per unit case was Ps. 35.13, a 2.6% increase as compared to the same period of 2008.
 
Total sales volume increased 3.2% to 272.4 million unit cases in the first quarter of 2009, as compared to the first quarter of 2008, resulting from incremental volumes in the still beverage category, increasing almost threefold, driven by the Jugos del Valle product line and more than 11% volume growth in our bottled water business which more than compensated for a sales volume decline of 3.6% in sparkling beverages. This decline was mainly driven by lower flavored sparkling beverages sales.
 
Operating Income
Our gross profit increased 3.0% to Ps. 4,077 million in the first quarter of 2009 as compared to the same period of 2008. Cost of goods sold increased 6.6% as a result of the devaluation of the Mexican peso as applied to our U.S. dollar-denominated raw material cost and the third and final stage of the scheduled Coca-Cola Company concentrate price increase announced in 2006, which was partially offset by lower year-over-year cost of resin. Gross margin decreased from 51.0% in the first quarter of 2008 to 50.1% in the same period of 2009.
 
Operating income increased 0.8% to Ps. 1,334 million in the first quarter of 2009, compared to Ps. 1,323 million in the same period of 2008, as a result of revenue growth, that compensated for higher cost of goods sold and higher selling expenses due to the integration of the specialized sales force of Jugos del Valle, and the integration of the Agua De Los Angeles and Ciel jug water businesses in the Valley of Mexico. Our operating margin was 16.4% in the first quarter of 2009, a decrease of 60 basis points as compared to the same period of 2008.
 
LATINCENTRO DIVISION OPERATING RESULTS (Colombia, Venezuela, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama)
 
Revenues
Total revenues reached Ps. 8,049 million in the first quarter of 2009, an increase of 50.4% as compared to the same period of 2008. Higher average price per unit case and volume growth accounted for more than 40% of incremental revenues and a positive currency translation effect represented the balance. Excluding this positive currency translation effect, our Latincentro division’s revenues would have increased aproximately 21%.
 
Total sales volume in our Latincentro division increased 1.9% to 132.7 million unit cases in the first quarter of 2009 as compared to the same period of 2008. Volume growth was mainly driven by increases in sparkling beverages in Venezuela and still beverages in Colombia, due to the strong performance of the Jugos del Valle line of business, which compensated for a volume decline in Central America.
 
Operating Income
Gross profit reached Ps. 3,672 million, an increase of 50.2% in the first quarter of 2009, as compared to the same period of 2008. Cost of goods sold increased 50.6% mainly driven by higher sweetener costs across the division and the depreciation of the Colombian peso as applied to our U.S. dollar-denominated packaging costs. Gross margin decreased 10 basis points to 45.6% in the first quarter of 2009.
 
Our operating income increased 32.0% to Ps. 1,044 million in the first quarter of 2009, compared to the first quarter of 2008, as a result of operating leverage achieved by higher revenues that more than compensated for higher labor costs in Venezuela. Our operating margin reached 13.0% in the first quarter of 2009, resulting in a 180 basis points decline as compared to the same period of 2008.
 
MERCOSUR DIVISION OPERATING RESULTS (Brazil and Argentina)
 
As of June 2008, Coca-Cola FEMSA includes the REMIL operation in its Mercosur division. Volume and average price per unit case exclude beer results.
 
 
Revenues
Net revenues increased 53.1% to Ps. 6,230 million in the first quarter of 2009, as compared to the same period of 2008. Excluding beer, which accounted for Ps. 608 million during the quarter, net revenues increased 50.1% to Ps. 5,622 million, compared to the same period of 2008. The acquisition of REMIL accounted for more than 60% of this growth, higher average prices per unit case accounted for almost 30% of incremental net revenues and a positive translation effect represented the balance. Excluding this positive currency translation effect, our Mercosur division’s net revenues would have increased approximately 48%.
 
Sales volume, excluding beer, increased 20.7% to 149.1 million unit cases in the first quarter of 2009, as compared to the first quarter of 2008, driven by the acquisition of REMIL. Sales volume, excluding REMIL and beer, decreased 1.5% to reach 121.6 million unit cases as a result of volume declines in Argentina.
 
Operating Income
In the first quarter of 2009, our gross profit increased 44.2% to Ps. 2,694 million, as compared to the same period of the previous year. Cost of goods sold increased 60.6% driven by (i) the integration of REMIL in Brazil, (ii) the devaluation of the local currencies as applied to our U.S. dollar-denominated raw material cost and (iii) higher sweetener cost in the division, as compared to the same period of last year. Our Mercosur division gross margin decreased 270 basis points to 42.5% in the first quarter of 2009.
 
Operating income increased 31.7%, reaching Ps. 927 million in the first quarter of 2009, as compared to Ps. 704 million in the same period of 2008. Operating leverage achieved by higher revenues more than compensated for higher labor and freight costs in Argentina. Our operating margin was 14.6% in the first quarter of 2009, a decrease of 240 basis points as compared to the first quarter of 2008.
 
RECENT DEVELOPEMENTS
 
  • On February 27, 2009 Coca-Cola FEMSA announced that it had successfully closed the transaction with Bavaria, a subsidiary of SABMiller, to jointly acquire with The Coca-Cola Company, the Brisa bottled water business (including the Brisa brand and production assets). This transaction will enable us to increase our presence in the water business and complement our portfolio. Brisa sold 47 million unit cases in 2008 in Colombia. The purchase price of US$92 million was shared equally by Coca-Cola FEMSA and The Coca-Cola Company. The parties have also agreed a transition arrangement after closing, during which Bavaria will still be producing, selling and distributing Brisa.
 
  • On March 23, 2009 – Coca-Cola FEMSA held its Annual Ordinary General Shareholders Meeting during which its shareholders approved the Company’s consolidated financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2008, the declaration of dividends corresponding to fiscal year 2008 and the composition of the Board of Directors and Committees for 2009. Shareholders approved the payment of a cash dividend in the amount of Ps. 1,343.9 million. The dividend was paid on April 13, 2009, in the amount of Ps. 0.7278 per each ordinary share, equivalent to Ps. 7.278 per ADR. In addition, shareholders approved an amount of Ps. 400 million, the maximum amount allowed under Mexican law, which is available to the Company for share repurchases in the future, should it decide to use these funds.
 
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Coca-Cola FEMSA, S.A.B. de C.V. produces and distributes Coca-Cola, Sprite, Fanta, Lift and other trademark beverages of The Coca-Cola Company in Mexico (a substantial part of central Mexico, including Mexico City and southeast Mexico), Guatemala (Guatemala City and surrounding areas), Nicaragua (nationwide), Costa Rica (nationwide), Panama (nationwide), Colombia (most of the country), Venezuela (nationwide), Brazil (greater São Paulo, Campiñas, Santos, the state of Mato Grosso do Sul, part of the state of Goias and Minas Gerais) and Argentina (federal capital of Buenos Aires and surrounding areas), along with bottled water, beer and other beverages in some of these territories. The Company has 30 bottling facilities in Latin America and serves over 1,500,000 retailers in the region. The Coca-Cola Company owns a 31.6% equity interest in Coca-Cola FEMSA.
 
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This news release may contain forward-looking statements concerning Coca-Cola FEMSA’s future performance and should be considered as good faith estimates by Coca-Cola FEMSA. These forward-looking statements reflect management’s expectations and are based upon currently available data. Actual results are subject to future events and uncertainties, many of which are outside Coca-Cola FEMSA’s control that could materially impact the Company’s actual performance.
References herein to “US$” are to United States dollars. This news release contains translations of certain Mexican peso amounts into U.S. dollars for the convenience of the reader. These translations should not be construed as representations that Mexican peso amounts actually represent such U.S. dollar amounts or could be converted into U.S. dollars at the rate indicated.
U.S. dollar amounts in this report, solely for the convenience of the reader, have been translated from Mexican pesos at the rate for pesos as of March 31, 2009, referred to in page 13 of this document, which exchange rate was Ps. 14.3317 to US$ 1.00.
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To obtain the complete version of this results report, we invite you to download the PDF version, or you can visit the Financial Reports section of Investor Relations.
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