Mexico City, October 27, 2021, Coca-Cola FEMSA, S.A.B. de C.V. (BMV: KOF UBL, NYSE: KOF) (“Coca-Cola FEMSA,” “KOF” or the “Company”), the largest Coca-Cola franchise bottler in the world by sales volume, announces results for the third quarter and the first nine months of 2021.
THIRD QUARTER OPERATIONAL AND FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS
- Consolidated volumes increased 5.8% as compared to the third quarter of 2020 and 1.5% as compared to the same period of 2019. This increase was driven mainly by strong volume growth in our territories in South America and Central America, as most of our markets continued to show sequential recovery. These effects were partially offset by flat volume performance in Mexico, driven mainly by unfavorable weather conditions during the quarter.
- Total revenues increased 3.4%, while comparable revenues increased 8.8%, driven by volume growth, pricing initiatives, and favorable price-mix effects. These factors were partially offset by (i) unfavorable currency translation effects; (ii) a tough comparison base due to an entitlement to reclaim tax payments in Brazil; and (iii) a decline in beer revenues related to the partial transition of the beer portfolio in Brazil. Total revenues declined 0.8% versus the same period of 2019.
- Operating income decreased 9.0%, while on a comparable basis decreased 7.0%. This decline was driven mainly by a nonrecurring tax income recognized during the third quarter of 2020 and by the normalization of certain operating expenses. These effects were partially offset by our favorable raw material hedging initiatives and the resumption of the recognition of tax credits in Brazil related to the Manaus Free Trade Zone. By normalizing the non-recurring tax effects, our operating income would have increased 6.3%. As compared to the same period of 2019, our operating income decreased 7.7%.
- Majority net income increased 38.8%, as our third quarter 2020 included one-time non-operating expenses of Ps. 1,813 million, mainly related to the sale of our dairy joint venture Estrella Azul in Panama and an impairment recognized in Leão Alimentos, our non-carbonated beverage joint-venture in Brazil.
- Earnings per share were Ps. 0.20 (Earnings per unit were Ps. 1.63 and per ADS were Ps. 16.28.).
John Santa Maria, Coca-Cola FEMSA’s CEO, commented: “For the third quarter, our focus on affordability and execution enabled us to deliver 5.8% year-on-year volume growth, 1.5% ahead of the volume we achieved during 2019. This performance reflects double-digit volume growth in South America, driven by outstanding performance in Colombia, Brazil, and Argentina. Notably, our stable volume performance in Mexico, due mainly to unfavorable weather, was offset by double-digit growth across all of our territories in Central America. On the profitability front, excluding one-time tax effects in Brazil, our revenue management initiatives together with our favorable raw material hedging strategies enabled us to protect our gross margin in the face of the challenging supply chain and input cost environment that is affecting industries worldwide. This allowed a normalized operating income to increase 6.3%. Moreover, we continue taking important steps across all of our strategic fronts—from portfolio management to sustainable development. In Brazil, we continue to complement our beer portfolio, while in other markets, we began pilot testing additional categories as distribution opportunities. Finally, we are very proud to have successfully issued the first sustainability-linked bonds in the Mexican market, enabling us to align our financial strategy with ambitious water efficiency targets that are now public commitments. We are convinced that we have the right strategy and talent to continue positioning Coca-Cola FEMSA for continuous growth and success for many years to come.”
ABOUT THE COMPANY
Stock listing information: Mexican Stock Exchange, Ticker: KOFUBL | NYSE (ADS), Ticker: KOF | Ratio of KOFUBL to KOF = 10:1
Coca-Cola FEMSA files reports, including annual reports and other information with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, or the “SEC,” and the Mexican Stock Exchange (Bolsa Mexicana de Valores, or the “BMV”) pursuant to the rules and regulations of the SEC (that apply to foreign private issuers) and of the BMV. Filings we make electronically with the SEC and the BMV are available to the public on the Internet at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov, the BMV’s website at www.bmv.com.mx, and our website at www.coca-colafemsa.com.
Coca-Cola FEMSA, S.A.B. de C.V. is the largest Coca-Cola franchise bottler in the world by sales volume. The Company produces and distributes trademark beverages of The Coca-Cola Company, offering a wide portfolio of 129 brands to a population of more than 265 million. With over 80 thousand employees, the Company markets and sells approximately 3.3 billion unit cases through close to 2 million points of sale a year. Operating 49 manufacturing plants and 268 distribution centers, Coca-Cola FEMSA is committed to generating economic, social, and environmental value for all of its stakeholders across the value chain. The Company is a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability Emerging Markets Index, Dow Jones Sustainability MILA Pacific Alliance Index, FTSE4Good Emerging Index, and the Mexican Stock Exchange’s IPC and Social Responsibility and Sustainability Indices, among others. Its operations encompass franchise territories in Mexico, Brazil, Guatemala, Colombia, and Argentina, and, nationwide, in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama, Uruguay, and Venezuela through its investment in KOF Venezuela. For further information, please visit www.coca-colafemsa.com.