Mexico City, October 24, 2022, 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 third quarter and the first nine months of 2022.
THIRD QUARTER OPERATIONAL AND FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS
- Consolidated volumes increased 8.4% as compared to the third quarter of 2021. This increase was driven by volume growth across all of our territories, including single-digit increases in Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, and Uruguay, coupled with double-digit volume increases in Argentina and Central America. On a comparable basis, our volume increased 7.3%.
- Total revenues increased 18.2%, while comparable revenues increased 19.3%, driven mainly by volume growth, pricing initiatives, and favorable price-mix effects. These factors were partially offset by a decline in beer revenues related to the transition of the beer portfolio in Brazil, coupled with unfavorable currency translation effects of some of our operating currencies into Mexican Pesos.
- Operating income increased 13.3%, while comparable operating income increased 13.1%. Our raw material hedging strategies and operating expense efficiencies were partially offset by (i) a tough comparison base that includes the recognition of an extraordinary Ps. 620 million during the third quarter of 2021, related to favorable entitlements to reclaim certain taxes in Brazil following a favorable decision from Brazilian tax authorities; and (ii) higher PET and sweetener costs.
- Majority net income increased 27.9%, driven mainly by an increase in our operating income, coupled with a decrease in our comprehensive financing result, related to a decrease in our interest expense, net.
- Earnings per share1 were Ps. 0.26 (Earnings per unit were Ps. 2.08 and per ADS were Ps. 20.82.).
John Santa Maria, Coca-Cola FEMSA’s CEO, commented:
“Our company´s momentum is evident in our solid results and the continuous progress we are making towards our key strategic objectives. Once again, our volumes grew across all of our territories, enabling us to deliver solid double-digit top- and bottom-line growth. Additionally, we continue making history in sustainable financing, becoming the first company in the consumer sector in the Americas and the first in the Coca-Cola System to successfully price social bonds, underscoring our profound commitment to our communities.
In light of our recent announcements regarding management succession, I am extremely privileged for the opportunity to serve and lead Coca-Cola FEMSA as CEO over the past nine years. Our company is better positioned than ever to capture the many opportunities that are in front of us, and I am very pleased with Ian Craig’s appointment by our Board of Directors as Chief Executive Officer as of January 1, 2023. Ian is a proven leader with an outstanding 28-year track record at FEMSA and Coca-Cola FEMSA. I am confident in the bright future that lies ahead for Coca-Cola FEMSA under his tenure. Finally, I thank and congratulate Constantino Spas, our CFO, who has played a fundamental role in our company’s transformation journey, and has now been invited by FEMSA to become Chief Executive Officer of FEMSA Strategic Businesses as of next year. I wish them both great success.”
- On September 9, Coca-Cola FEMSA announced the total consideration and acceptance of its tender offers to partially repurchase debt instruments or “Senior Notes” due in 2030, for an amount of US$209 million; and “Senior Notes” due in 2043, for an amount US$111 million.
- On September 28, the Company announced that its Board of Directors appointed Mr. José Henrique Cutrale as a Board member by its Series A shareholders, through which FEMSA indirectly participates in Coca-Cola FEMSA, replacing Mr. José Luis Cutrale, after his unfortunate passing last August.
- On October 6, Coca-Cola FEMSA announced the successful pricing of its social and sustainability bonds in the Mexican market for a total of Ps. 6,000 million, becoming the first non-financial corporate in Mexico and the first corporation from the consumer sector to price financial instruments with a social label in the Americas. The Company priced bonds at a fixed rate of 9.95% (Mbono+0.30%) for an amount of Ps. 5,500 million due in 7 years; and Ps. 500 million at a variable rate of TIIE + 0.05% due in 4 years. The net proceeds of these bonds will be used to finance social and sustainability projects, respectively.
- On October 13, Coca-Cola FEMSA announced that in accordance with its senior leadership succession planning process, John Santa Maria Otazua will retire from his position as Coca-Cola FEMSA’s Chief Executive Officer on January 1, 2023. Accordingly, Coca-Cola FEMSA’s Board of Directors has appointed Ian Craig García, currently CEO of Coca-Cola FEMSA Brazil, to become CocaCola FEMSA’s Chief Executive Officer as of the same date. Concurrently, Constantino Spas Montesinos, currently Chief Financial Officer of Coca-Cola FEMSA, has been appointed to become Chief Executive Officer of FEMSA Strategic Businesses as of the same date. Ian and Constantino’s replacements at their current positions will be named in due course.
- As of October, Coca-Cola FEMSA and HEINEKEN began a pilot program in the Mexican City of Irapuato to increase HEINEKEN products´ distribution in the area. We expect this pilot will enable us to gather valuable learnings and insights. As this is the beginning of pilot tests, further details will be provided in due course.
- On November 3, 2022, Coca-Cola FEMSA will pay the second installment of the ordinary dividend approved for Ps. 0.67875 per share (equivalent to Ps. 5.43 per unit).
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.