Global Unit Case Volume Grew 2%
Net Revenues Grew 8%;
Organic Revenues (Non-GAAP) Grew 11%
Operating Income Grew 6%;
Comparable Currency Neutral Operating Income (Non-GAAP) Grew 13%
Operating Margin Was 27.4% Versus 27.9% in the Prior Year;
Comparable Operating Margin (Non-GAAP) Was 29.7% Versus 29.5% in the Prior Year
EPS Grew 9% to $0.71; Comparable EPS (Non-GAAP) Grew 7% to $0.74
ATLANTA, October 24, 2023 – The Coca‑Cola Company today reported third quarter 2023 results, reflecting continued momentum from the first half of the year. “We delivered an overall solid quarter and are raising our full-year topline and bottom-line guidance in light of our year-to-date performance,” said James Quincey, Chairman and CEO of The Coca‑Cola Company. “Our leading portfolio of brands, coupled with an aligned and motivated system, positions us to win in the marketplace today while also laying the groundwork for the long term.”
In addition to the data in the preceding tables, operating results included the following:
The 2023 and 2024 outlook information provided below includes forward-looking non-GAAP financial measures, which management uses in measuring performance. The company is not able to reconcile full-year 2023 projected organic revenues (non-GAAP) to full-year 2023 projected reported net revenues, full-year 2023 projected comparable net revenues (non-GAAP) to full-year 2023 projected reported net revenues, full-year 2023 projected comparable cost of goods sold (non-GAAP) to full-year 2023 projected reported cost of goods sold, full-year 2023 projected underlying effective tax rate (non-GAAP) to full-year 2023 projected reported effective tax rate, full-year 2023 projected comparable currency neutral EPS (non-GAAP) to full-year 2023 projected reported EPS, full-year 2023 projected comparable EPS (non-GAAP) to full-year 2023 projected reported EPS, full-year 2024 projected comparable net revenues (non-GAAP) to full-year 2024 projected reported net revenues, or full-year 2024 projected comparable EPS (non-GAAP) to full-year 2024 projected reported EPS without unreasonable efforts because it is not possible to predict with a reasonable degree of certainty the exact timing and exact impact of acquisitions, divestitures and structural changes throughout 2023; the exact impact of changes in commodity costs throughout 2023; the exact timing and exact amount of items impacting comparability throughout 2023 and 2024; and the exact impact of fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates throughout 2023 and 2024. The unavailable information could have a significant impact on the company’s full-year 2023 and full-year 2024 reported financial results.
The company expects to deliver organic revenue (non-GAAP) growth of 10% to 11%. – Updated
For comparable net revenues (non-GAAP), the company expects an approximate 4% currency headwind based on the current rates and including the impact of hedged positions, in addition to an approximate 1% headwind from acquisitions, divestitures and structural changes. – Updated
The company expects commodity price inflation to be a mid single-digit percentage headwind on comparable cost of goods sold (non-GAAP) based on the current rates and including the impact of hedged positions. – No Change
The company’s underlying effective tax rate (non-GAAP) is estimated to be 19.0%. This does not include the impact of ongoing tax litigation with the IRS, if the company were not to prevail. – Updated
Given the above considerations, the company expects to deliver comparable currency neutral EPS (non-GAAP) growth of 13% to 14% and comparable EPS (non-GAAP) growth of 7% to 8%, versus $2.48 in 2022. – Updated
Comparable EPS (non-GAAP) percentage growth is expected to include an approximate 6% currency headwind based on the current rates and including the impact of hedged positions, in addition to a slight headwind from acquisitions, divestitures and structural changes. – Updated
The company expects to generate free cash flow (non-GAAP) of approximately $9.5 billion through cash flow from operations of approximately $11.4 billion, less capital expenditures of approximately $1.9 billion. This does not include any potential payments related to ongoing tax litigation with the IRS. – No Change
The company continues to expect to repurchase shares to offset dilution resulting from employee stock-based compensation plans and may also use a portion of the proceeds we expect to receive from nonoperating activities to repurchase additional shares. – Updated
Comparable net revenues (non-GAAP) are expected to include an approximate 4% currency headwind based on the current rates and including the impact of hedged positions, in addition to an approximate 1% headwind from acquisitions, divestitures and structural changes.
Comparable EPS (non-GAAP) percentage growth is expected to include an approximate 8% currency headwind based on the current rates and including the impact of hedged positions.
Comparable net revenues (non-GAAP) are expected to include a low single-digit currency headwind based on the current rates and including the impact of hedged positions.
Comparable EPS (non-GAAP) is expected to include a mid single-digit currency headwind based on the current rates and including the impact of hedged positions.
The company will provide full-year 2024 guidance when it reports fourth quarter earnings.
The company is hosting a conference call with investors and analysts to discuss third quarter 2023 operating results today, Oct. 24, 2023, at 8:30 a.m. ET. The company invites participants to listen to a live webcast of the conference call on the company’s website, http://www.coca-colacompany.com, in the “Investors” section. An audio replay in downloadable digital format and a transcript of the call will be available on the website within 24 hours following the call. Further, the “Investors” section of the website includes certain supplemental information and a reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures to the company’s results as reported under GAAP, which may be used during the call when discussing financial results.
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