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22 Apr 2010

Coca-Cola FEMSA Announces 2010 First Quarter Results


Thursday, 04/22/2010, 11:31:51 am

Mexico City (April 22, 2010), 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 in terms of sales volume, announces results for the first quarter of 2010.

"Our operations were able to deliver solid results for the quarter, growing revenues and EBITDA by approximately 19 and 17 percent, respectively, on a currency neutral basis. We continued to benefit from the strong performance of our sparkling beverage portfolio, supported by a 6 percent growth of brand Coca-Cola across our territories. The still beverage category, driven mainly by the Jugos del Valle line of juice-based beverages, grew significantly in our Latincentro and Mercosur divisions. Additionally, we benefited from the integration of the Brisa water business in Colombia. Our Company is in a very strong financial position and we believe that we are taking the right steps to constantly develop new capabilities that allow us to maximize the potential of our business and capture the value of learning." said Carlos Salazar Lomelin, Chief Executive Officer of the Company.

  • Total revenues reached Ps. 23,595 million in the first quarter of 2010, an increase of 4.7% compared to the first quarter of 2009, mainly driven by double-digit total revenue growth in our Mercosur division. On a currency neutral basis and excluding the acquisition of Brisa in Colombia, total revenues grew approximately 19%.
  • Consolidated operating income grew 6.4% to Ps. 3,518 million for the first quarter of 2010, mainly driven by double-digit operating income growth recorded in our Mercosur and Latincentro divisions. Our operating margin reached 14.9% for the first quarter of 2010.
  • Consolidated net controlling interest income increased 59.0% to Ps. 2,110 million in the first quarter of 2010, mainly reflecting a more favorable comprehensive financing result in combination with higher operating income, resulting in earnings per share of Ps. 1.14 in the first quarter of 2010.


CONSOLIDATED RESULTS

Our consolidated total revenues increased 4.7% to Ps. 23,595 million in the first quarter of 2010, compared to the first quarter of 2009 despite a negative currency translation effect, mainly due to the devaluation of the Venezuelan bolivar (Refer to Recent Developments). On a currency neutral basis and excluding the acquisition of Brisa in Colombia, total revenues grew approximately 19%, driven by growth in both pricing and volumes.

Total sales volume increased 6.3% to reach 589.4 million unit cases in the first quarter of 2010 as compared to the same period in 2009 as a result of (i) increases in sparkling beverages across our divisions, mainly due to a 6% increase in the Coca-Cola brand, accounting for more than 65% of incremental volumes, (ii) our bottled water business, driven by the acquisition of Brisa in Colombia, representing less than 20%, and (iii) still beverages sales volume, supported by the Jugos del Valle line of business across our territories, accounting for approximately 15% of incremental sales volume. Excluding Brisa, total sales volume increased 4.1%.

Our gross profit increased 2.6% to Ps. 10,715 million in the first quarter of 2010, compared to the first quarter of 2009. Cost of goods sold increased 6.6%, mainly driven by higher year-over-year sweetener costs, which were partially offset by the appreciation of the Colombian peso(1), the Brazilian real(1) and the Mexican peso(1) as applied to our U.S. dollar-denominated raw material cost. Gross margin reached 45.4% in the first quarter of 2010 as compared to 46.4% in the same period in 2009.

Our consolidated operating income increased 6.4% to Ps. 3,518 million in the first quarter of 2010, mainly driven by double-digit operating income growth in our Latincentro and Mercosur divisions. Operating expenses grew 0.8% in the first quarter of 2010, mainly as a result of (i) continued marketing expenses in the Latincentro division, due to the integration of the Brisa portfolio in Colombia and the continued expansion of the Jugos del Valle line of business in Colombia and Central America, (ii) higher labor costs in Venezuela and (iii) higher labor and freight costs in Argentina. Our operating margin was 14.9% in the first quarter of 2010, an expansion of 20 basis points compared to the same period in 2009.

During the first quarter of 2010, we recorded Ps. 156 million in the other expense line. These expenses mainly reflected the recording of employee profit sharing.

Our comprehensive financing result in the first quarter of 2010 recorded an expense of Ps. 179 million as compared to an expense of Ps. 938 million in the same period of 2009, mainly driven by the quarterly appreciation of the Mexican peso as applied to a lower U.S. dollar-denominated net debt position and lower net interest expenses.

During the first quarter of 2010, income tax, as a percentage of income before taxes, was 29.8% compared to 30.7% in the same period of 2009.

Our consolidated net controlling interest income(2) increased by 59.0% to Ps. 2,110 million in the first quarter of 2010 as compared to the first quarter of 2009, mainly as a result of a more favorable comprehensive financing result in combination with higher operating income. Earnings per share (EPS) in the first quarter of 2010 were Ps. 1.14 (Ps. 11.43 per ADS) computed on the basis of 1,846.5 million shares outstanding (each ADS represents 10 local shares)


BALANCE SHEET

As of March 31, 2010, we had a cash balance of Ps. 14,681 million, including US$ 749 million denominated in U.S. dollars, an increase of Ps. 4,727 million compared to December 31, 2009, as a result of cash generated by our operations and unused cash reserves from new financing during the year.
As of March 31, 2010, total short-term debt was Ps. 2,586 million and long-term debt was Ps. 16,568 million. Total debt increased by Ps. 3,229 million compared with year-end 2009 mainly due to the issuance of a Yankee Bond in the amount of US$ 500 million, net of the maturity of a Certificado Bursátil in the amount of Ps. 2,000 million, both during February of 2010. Net debt decreased Ps. 1,498 million compared to year-end 2009, 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$ 854 million. (1)

MEXICO DIVISION OPERATING RESULTS

Revenues
Total revenues from our Mexico division increased 2.0% to Ps. 8,305 million in the first quarter of 2010, as compared to the same period in 2009. Increased average price per unit case accounted for incremental revenues during the quarter. Average price per unit case reached Ps. 30.55, an increase of 2.6%, as compared to the first quarter of 2009, reflecting higher volumes from the Coca-Cola brand, which carries higher average price per unit case and selective price increases implemented during the quarter. Excluding bulk water under the Ciel brand, our average price per unit case was Ps. 35.50, a 1.0% increase as compared to the same period in 2009.

Total sales volume decreased 0.4% to 271.3 million unit cases in the first quarter of 2010, as compared to the first quarter of 2009. The Coca-Cola brand in multi-serve and single-serve presentations grew 3%, driving an increase in sparkling beverages; and the still beverage category grew 6% mainly driven by the Jugos del Valle product line.  These increases were offset by a 9% volume decline in our bottled water business, including bulk water.
 
Operating Income
Our gross profit decreased 1.8% to Ps. 4,004 million in the first quarter of 2010 as compared to the same period in 2009. Cost of goods sold increased 5.8% as a result of higher sweetener costs, which were partially offset by the appreciation of the Mexican peso(1) as applied to our U.S. dollar-denominated raw material cost. Gross margin decreased from 50.1% in the first quarter of 2009 to 48.2% in the same period of 2010.

Operating income decreased 16.6% to Ps. 1,112 million in the first quarter of 2010, compared to Ps. 1,334 million in the same period of 2009. Operating expenses grew 5.4% mainly due to continued marketing investment to support our execution in the marketplace, widen our cooler coverage and broaden our returnable base availability. Our operating margin was 13.4% in the first quarter of 2010, compared to 16.4% in the same period of 2009.


LATINCENTRO DIVISION OPERATING RESULTS (Colombia, Venezuela, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama)
As of June 1, 2009, Coca-Cola FEMSA started to distribute the Brisa portfolio in Colombia.

Revenues
Total revenues reached Ps. 7,384 million in the first quarter of 2010, a decrease of 8.3% as compared to the same period of 2009 due to a negative currency translation effect, mainly as a result of the devaluation of the Venezuelan bolivar. On a currency neutral basis and excluding the acquisition of Brisa in Colombia, total revenues increased approximately 36% due to pricing initiatives across the division and volume growth in Colombia and Central America.

Total sales volume in our Latincentro division increased 15.5% to 153.3 million unit cases in the first quarter of 2010 as compared to the same period of 2009. Volume growth resulted from (i) incremental water volumes, driven by the consolidation of the Brisa water business in Colombia, contributing approximately 55% of incremental volumes, (ii) a 7% increase in sparkling beverages across the division, mainly driven by an 8% increase in the Coca-Cola brand, representing approximately 40% of incremental volumes and (iii) the strong performance of the Jugos del Valle line of business in Colombia and Central America, representing the balance. Excluding the acquisition of Brisa in Colombia, the divisions’ total volumes would have grown 6.1%.

Operating Income
Gross profit reached Ps. 3,381 million, a decrease of 7.9% in the first quarter of 2010, as compared to the same period of 2009. Cost of goods sold decreased 8.5% due to a negative currency translation effect, mainly as a result of the devaluation of the Venezuelan bolivar. In local currency, cost of goods sold increased mainly driven by higher year-over-year sweetener costs across the division, which were partially compensated by the appreciation of the Colombian peso(1) as applied to our U.S. dollar-denominated raw material cost. Gross margin expanded 20 basis points to 45.8% in the first quarter of 2010.

Our operating income increased 17.8% to Ps. 1,230 million in the first quarter of 2010, compared to the first quarter of 2009. Operating expenses decreased 18.2% due to a negative currency translation effect, mainly as a result of the devaluation of the Venezuelan bolivar. In local currency, operating expenses grew as a result of continued marketing expenses, mainly due to the integration of the Brisa portfolio in Colombia and the continued expansion of the Jugos del Valle line of business in Colombia and Central America; and higher labor costs in Venezuela. Our operating margin reached 16.7% in the first quarter of 2010, resulting in a 370 basis points expansion.

MERCOSUR DIVISION OPERATING RESULTS (Brazil and Argentina)
Volume and average price per unit case exclude beer results.

Revenues
Total revenues increased 24.8% to Ps. 7,906 million in the first quarter of 2010, as compared to the same period of 2009. Excluding beer, which accounted for Ps. 763 million during the quarter, revenues increased 24.6% to Ps. 7,143 million. Higher average prices per unit case and volume growth accounted for approximately 70% of incremental revenues and a positive currency translation effect, resulting from the depreciation of the Mexican peso against the Brazilian real,(1) represented approximately 30% of incremental revenues. On a currency neutral basis, our Mercosur division’s revenues increased approximately 17%.

Total sales volume in our Mercosur division increased 10.5% to 164.8 million unit cases in the first quarter of 2010 as compared to the same period of 2009. Volume growth was a result of (i) 9% growth in sparkling beverages, driven by a 15% increase in the Coca-Cola brand in Brazil, accounting for approximately 75% of incremental volumes (ii) 60% growth in the still beverage category, driven by flavored water in Argentina and the Jugos del Valle line of business in Brazil, contributing close to 20% of incremental volumes, and (iii) a 15% increase in our bottled water category, representing the balance.
 
Operating Income
In the first quarter of 2010, our gross profit increased 23.6% to Ps. 3,330 million, as compared to the same period in 2009. Cost of goods sold increased 25.6% mainly due to higher cost of sweetener in the division which was partially compensated by the appreciation of the Brazilian real(1) as applied to our U.S. dollar-denominated raw material cost. Gross margin in the Mercosur division decreased 40 basis points to 42.1% in the first quarter of 2010.

Operating income increased 26.9%, reaching Ps. 1,176 million in the first quarter of 2010, as compared to Ps. 927 million in the same period of 2009. Operating expenses increased 21.9% mainly driven by higher labor and freight costs in Argentina. Our operating margin was 14.9% in the first quarter of 2010, an increase of 30 basis points as compared to the first quarter of 2009.


RECENT DEVELOPEMENTS

  • The exchange rate used to translate the financial statements from our Venezuelan subsidiary to our reporting currency, the Mexican peso, is 4.30 bolivars per US dollar. Previously, the financial statements from our Venezuelan subsidiary were translated using the exchange rate of 2.15 bolivars per US dollar.
  • On April 14, 2010 – 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, 2009, the declaration of dividends corresponding to fiscal year 2009 and the composition of the Board of Directors and Committees for 2010. Shareholders approved the payment of a cash dividend in the amount of approximately Ps. 2,604 million. The dividend will be paid as of April 26, 2010, in the amount of Ps. 1.41 per each ordinary share, equivalent to Ps. 14.10 per ADS. In addition, shareholders approved the sum of Ps. 400 million as the maximum amount that can potentially be used for the share repurchase program during 2010.
  • On April 14, 2010 – Coca-Cola FEMSA held an Extraordinary Shareholders Meeting during which its shareholders approved the amendment to the Company’s by-laws to reflect changes to the shareholder agreement between subsidiaries of The Coca-Cola Company and subsidiaries of Fomento Económico Mexicano, S.A.B. de C.V.. The main purpose of the amendment is to set forth that the appointment and compensation of the chief executive officer and all officers reporting to the chief executive officer, and that the adoption of decisions related to the ordinary operations of Coca-Cola FEMSA shall only require a simple majority vote of the board of directors. Decisions related to extraordinary matters (such as business acquisitions or combinations, among others) shall continue requiring the vote of the majority of the board of directors, with the vote of two of the members appointed by The Coca-Cola Company.
  • On April 16, 2010, we fully paid the Ps. 1,000 million 7 year Certificado Bursátil (KOF 03-3), issued on April 25, 2003. This maturity was paid down with the proceeds of the February 2010 Yankee Bond issuance and will be reflected on our balance sheet on the second quarter of 2010.

CONFERENCE CALL INFORMATION

Our first-quarter 2010 Conference Call will be held on: April 22, 2010, at 11:00 A.M. Eastern Time (10:00 A.M. Mexico City Time). To participate in the conference call, please dial: Domestic U.S.: 866-700-7477 or International: 617-213-8840. We invite investors to listen to the live audiocast of the conference call on the Company’s website, www.coca-colafemsa.com
If you are unable to participate live, an instant replay of the conference call will be available through April 29, 2010. To listen to the replay, please dial: Domestic U.S.: 888-286-8010 or International: 617-801-6888. Pass code: 47320266.

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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 part of the state of 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 31 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.

 


 

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