Mexico City October 22, 2014, Coca-Cola FEMSA, S.A.B. de C.V. (BMV: KOFL, NYSE: KOF) (“Coca-Cola FEMSA” or the “Company”), the largest franchise bottler in the world, announces results for the third quarter of 2014.
“As we enter the final stretch of the year, we continue to build positive momentum in our operations. This quarter, our operators delivered solid bottom-line growth, despite the many challenges we face across our markets. In Mexico, superior point of sale execution, hard work, and packaging and brand innovation continue to yield encouraging results. Importantly, at the beginning of September, we launched Coca-Cola Life, a mid-calorie option naturally sweetened with Stevia and sugar, refreshing the Coke category in Mexico with benchmark results for the system. Colombia and Central America continue to accelerate volume growth in their operations, while our revenue management initiatives, coupled with the synergies captured from our recent integrations, have enabled us to improve the profitability of Brazil. Argentina and Venezuela delivered positive results, despite a difficult macroeconomic and operating environment. Our implementation of an improved route-to-market, an efficient supply chain, and a renewed portfolio underscore our long-term commitment to develop our Philippine operation to capture the potential that we envision together with our partner, The Coca-Cola Company, in that region. We look forward to 2015, recognizing that we have the right team to win in the marketplace, delivering sustained economic, social, and environmental value for all of our stakeholders,” said John Santa Maria Otazua, Chief Executive Officer of the Company.
CONFERENCE CALL INFORMATION
Our third quarter 2014 conference call will be held on October 22, 2014, 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.: 888-430-8709 or International: 719-457-2645. Participant code: 9882269. 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, the conference call audio will be available at www.coca-colafemsa.com.
Coca-Cola FEMSA, S.A.B. de C.V. produces and distributes Coca-Cola, Fanta, Sprite, Del Valle, and other trademark beverages of The Coca-Cola Company in Mexico (a substantial part of central Mexico, including Mexico City, as well as southeast and northeast 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, the state of Paraná, part of the state of Goias, part of the state of Rio de Janeiro and part of the state of Minas Gerais), Argentina (federal capital of Buenos Aires and surrounding areas) and Philippines (nationwide), along with bottled water, juices, teas, isotonics, beer, and other beverages in some of these territories. The Company has 64 bottling facilities and serves more than 346 million consumers through close to 2,900,000 retailers with more than 120,000 employees worldwide.
This news release may contain forward-looking statements concerning Coca-Cola FEMSA’s future performance, which 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, which 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.