Mexico City, April 26, 2023, Coca-Cola FEMSA, S.A.B. de C.V. (BMV: KOFUBL, 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 first quarter of 2023.
FIRST QUARTER HIGHLIGHTS
- Volume growth 6.6%
- Revenue growth 12.0%
- Operating income growth 12.9%
- Majority net income growth 35.3%
- Earnings per share were Ps. 0.23 (Earnings per unit were Ps. 1.86 and per ADS were Ps. 18.65)
- Achieved more than 900 thousand monthly active buyers on Juntos+, our omnichannel B2B platform
Ian Craig, Coca-Cola FEMSA’s CEO, commented:
“Our first quarter results reflected our positive momentum and strong execution. We achieved double-digit revenue, operating income, and net income growth in the face of unfavorable currency translation effects from most of our operating currencies. Notably, these results were supported by positive volume performance across most of our territories, including strong growth in Mexico, Brazil, Guatemala, and Uruguay. On the profitability front, we remain focused on implementing cost and expense efficiencies, as we invest across our operations to increase capacity and support our growth.
Looking ahead, we will continue to focus on the strategic priorities and promoting sustainability and social responsibility across our markets. We are confident that we can execute against these priorities and deliver long-term value for all of our stakeholders.”
- On March 27, 2023, Coca-Cola FEMSA held its Annual Ordinary General Shareholders’ Meeting, during which its shareholders approved among other things, the Company’s consolidated financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2022, the annual report presented by the Board of Directors, the declaration and payment of dividends corresponding to the fiscal year 2022, and the appointment or reelection of the members of the Board of Directors, the Planning and Finance, Audit and Corporate Practices Committees for 2023. The shareholders’ meeting approved the payment of a cash dividend of Ps. 0.725 per share (equivalent to Ps. 5.80 per unit) to be paid in two installments: the first installment for the amount of Ps. 0.3625 as of May 3, 2023, and the second installment for the amount of Ps. 0.3625 as of November 3, 2023, for all outstanding shares on the payment date.
- Coca-Cola FEMSA released its 2022 integrated report entitled “Future-Ready,” the annual report on Form 20-F filing to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and the annual report filing to the Mexican National Banking and Securities Commission (Comisión Nacional Bancaria y de Valores). These three reports are available on the Investor Relations section of Coca-Cola FEMSA´s website at www.coca-colafemsa.com
- At the end of last year, Coca-Cola FEMSA acquired Cristal bulk water business from Embotelladoras Bepensa in the southeast region of Mexico. The results from this acquisition for the first quarter of 2023 include 15.1 million unit cases. As a result, excluding these volumes, consolidated volumes would have increased 4.9%.
- The company continues progressing in the rollout of its Juntos+, its business-to-business (B2B) omnichannel commercial platform. During the quarter the company reached over 900 thousand digital active buyers on a consolidated level, driven mainly by an increase in Mexico, who reached 460 thousand active buyers and Brazil, with 230 thousand.
- On April 26, the Company announced that it experienced a cybersecurity incident in recent days and has implemented its cybersecurity protection and response protocols. The Company is currently working with experts on measures to prevent an adverse impact on its information technology applications. While such measures are implemented, the Company expects to continue its business operations through backup procedures, and will prioritize its protection of the integrity, confidentiality, and availability of its information. A forensic assessment to determine the extent of the cybersecurity incident is currently ongoing.
CONSOLIDATED FIRST QUARTER RESULTS
Volume increased 6.6% to 939.6 million unit cases, driven by volume growth in most of our territories, including strong performance in Mexico, Brazil, and Guatemala. On a comparable basis, excluding the acquisition of CVI in Brazil, total volume would have increased 6.2%.
Total revenues increased 12.0% to Ps. 57,357 million. This increase was driven by volume growth, revenue management initiatives and favorable mix effects. These factors were partially offset by unfavorable currency translation into Mexican Pesos. On a comparable basis, total revenues would have increased 21.7%.
Gross profit increased 12.6% to Ps. 25,458 million, and gross margin increased 30 basis points to 44.4%. This gross profit increase was driven mainly by our top-line growth and was partially offset by higher raw material costs, mainly sweeteners and PET across our territories. On a comparable basis, gross profit would have increased 21.8%.
Operating income increased 12.9% to Ps. 7,724 million, and operating margin increased 10 basis points to 13.5%. This expansion was driven mainly by a solid top-line performance and an operating foreign exchange gain in Mexico as a result of the appreciation of the Mexican Peso. These effects were partially offset by an increase in raw material costs, mainly sweeteners and PET, coupled with an increase in operating expenses such as labor, marketing, and maintenance. On a comparable basis, operating income would have increased 20.3%.
Comprehensive financing result recorded an expense of Ps. 1,399 million, compared to an expense of Ps. 2,194 million in the previous year. This decrease was driven mainly by a gain of Ps. 56 million in financial instruments as compared to a loss of Ps. 936 million that was driven mainly by a one-off market value loss that was recognized during the same period of 2022.
In addition, we recognized a decrease in our interest expense, net, mainly as a result of a gain in our interest income of Ps. 1,042 million as compared to a gain of Ps. 405 million that was driven by an increase in interest rates.
These effects were partially offset by a foreign exchange loss of Ps. 640 million as compared to a gain of Ps. 165 million, as our net cash exposure in U.S. dollars was negatively impacted by the appreciation of the Mexican Peso and the Brazilian Real. Moreover, we recognized a lower gain in monetary position in inflationary subsidiaries during the first quarter of 2023 as compared to the same period of the previous year.
Income tax as a percentage of income before taxes was 32.4% as compared to 29.5%. This increase was driven mainly by inflationary effects across our territories, effects of non-recoverable withholdings, and deferred taxes.
Net income attributable to equity holders of the company was Ps. 3,916 million as compared to Ps. 2,894 million during the same period of the previous year. This increase was driven mainly by operating income growth, coupled with a one-off non-cash effect that affected our comprehensive financial result during the same period of 2022. Earnings per share1 were Ps. 0.23 (Earnings per unit were Ps. 1.86 and per ADS were Ps. 18.85.).
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 131 brands to a population of more than 266 million. With over 80 thousand employees, the Company markets and sells approximately 3.5 billion unit cases through 2 million points of sale a year. Operating 49 manufacturing plants and 260 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.