Coca-Cola share price up 2% on Q1 earnings revenue beat

The soft drink company reported an uptick in sales to boost its Q1 earnings report.

Coca-Cola logo after Coca-Cola Q1 earnings Source: Bloomberg

Coca-Cola share price is up 2% after a better-than-expected Q1 earnings report. Coca-Cola’s Q1 profits topped Wall Street estimates and recovered from weak Q4 2018 results.

Coca-Cola earnings: key figures

Earnings per share $0.48
Revenue $8.02 billion
Net income $1.68 billion

Coca-Cola share price up 2% as Q1 earnings revenue beats estimates

Coca-Cola’s Q1 earnings per share were $0.48, beating financial experts’ expectations of $0.46. Coca-Cola’s Q1 revenue was $8.02 billion, topping projections of $7.88 billion. The company’s net income also grew to $1.68 billion from $1.33 billion in 2018.

International sales also helped improved Coca-Cola’s Q1 revenue. Ironically, the Brexit drama has been good for Coca-Cola’s Q1 profits. The uncertainty over Brexit led to a surge in sales because of customers stockpiling the beverage before the UK leaves the European Union (EU). North American sales grew by 1%, while increasing by 5% in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East.

Chief executive officer,(CEO), James Quincey, said in a statement that he was pleased with Coca-Cola’s Q1 results.

‘We’re encouraged by our first quarter results as our disciplined growth strategies continue to deliver strong underlying performance,’ said Quincey in a statement.

How did Coca-Cola Q1 results compare to other beverage brands?

Coca-Cola’s Q1 results were good compared to Pepsi’s Q1 earnings. The rival soft drink company’s revenue beat expectations and had record earnings on the strength of international purchases.

What’s next for Coca-Cola’s full-year outlook?

Coca-Cola’s earnings are expected to increase by 1% and revenue to grow by 4%. Coca’s Cola’s profits may improve later in 2019 after the purchase of Costa coffee is finalised later in 2019. Quincey touted Coca-Cola’s full-year outlook.

‘We remain confident in our full-year guidance as we continue to make progress on our transformation as a consumer-centric total beverage company,’ said Quincey.

Coca-Cola Q1 profits show growth through adjustment to trends

Coca-Cola’s Q1 profits grew as the beverage company changed its brand to adjust to customers’ changing tastes. The company had a double-digit growth in sales with its Coke Zero Sugar to match customers’ interests in healthier soft drinks. Coca-Cola’s water and sports drink brands also had sales increase by 6%.

‘Constant innovation is crucial for sustained growth,’ said Quincey.


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