Monterrey, Mexico, April 26, 2018 — Fomento Económico Mexicano, S.A.B. de C.V. (“FEMSA”) (NYSE: FMX; BMV: FEMSAUBD) announced today its operational and financial results for the first quarter of 2018.
- 40 basis points of gross margin expansion at FEMSA Consolidated
- 22.5% Income from operations growth at FEMSA Comercio’s Retail Division
- 11.6% Income from operations growth at FEMSA Comercio’s Health Division
- Operating margin recovery to 1.3% of total revenues at FEMSA Comercio’s Fuel Division
- 2.5% volume growth at Coca-Cola FEMSA Brazil
Eduardo Padilla, FEMSA’s CEO, commented:
“There are a number of reasons to be cautiously optimistic in our results for the first quarter. FEMSA Comercio’s Retail Division showed solid growth trends across its income statement, although we must remember that some of that came from the Holy Week calendar shift and we will likely give it back in the month of April. Nevertheless, profitability trends were structurally positive. The Health Division delivered improved results from Mexico, which may be the first signs that we are turning a corner in this key market after much hard work, while the Fuel Division faced an undemanding comparable base and thus delivered another quarter of gradual sequential recovery in profitability. And at Coca-Cola FEMSA, we continued to see promising signs in our key Brazilian operations, as well as a resilient environment in Mexico, while the team again navigated challenging consumer, cost and tax conditions across several of our markets.
It is also encouraging to see inflation coming down fast in Mexico, bolstering real wage growth, although we continue to expect volatility in the exchange rate in the coming months that could yet spill over and reverse those positive inflation trends. All told, FEMSA’s first quarter results came in a little better than we expected in several of our operations, but the second quarter will be tougher based on the calendar shift, and we continue to expect choppy waters ahead.”