Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO) disappointed some on Wall Street this week when it announced that revenue slipped last quarter as its soda business stayed flat. Still, the company closed out an incredibly strong year financially by booking a near-record $10.5 billion in operating cash flow. That cash boost allowed the beverage giant to return more than $8 billion to shareholders while still investing heavily in the business.
In the video below, Fool contributor Demitrios Kalogeropoulos breaks down Coke's cash returns over the last year, noting that they were tilted slightly toward dividends, with $3.5 billion, or 40%, coming in the form of share repurchases. As for the year ahead, investors can expect those share buybacks to fall slightly while dividend payments increase.
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