Mexico City April 29, 2015, 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 first quarter of 2015.
Starting the first quarter of 2015, Coca-Cola FEMSA is using the SIMADI exchange rate to translate its results of operations from Venezuela into the reporting currency, the Mexican peso. As of March 31, 2015 the exchange rate of SIMADI was 192.95 bolivars per US dollar.
Message from the Chief Executive Officer
“We are pleased with the performance of our operations during the first quarter of the year. Despite a slight contraction in our consolidated volume driven by a continued difficult economic and consumer environment in Mexico and Brazil, we gained or maintained market share in the sparkling beverage category across our operations. Thanks to our robust packaging portfolio and reinforced point-of-sale execution, our consumer transactions outperformed our volumes for the quarter. Moreover, our revenue management initiatives, coupled with our operating and financial discipline, enabled us to deliver comparable, currency-neutral top- and bottom-line line growth with a healthy EBITDA margin expansion in most of our operations and growth in earnings per share. Going forward, we will continue to transform our management and operating models, while investing in our operations` infrastructure, as exemplified by our new state-of-the-art bottling plant in Colombia, which commenced operations during the quarter,” said John Santa Maria Otazua, Chief Executive Officer of the Company.
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 351 million consumers through more of 2,800,000 retailers with more than 120,000 employees worldwide.