Is a Spin-Off Next for Pepsi?

With soda sales down, does a spin-off make sense for PepsiCo?

Jul 23, 2014 at 4:07PM

On Wednesday's Market Foolery, host Chris Hill and Bill Barker, an analyst from Motley Fool Funds, look at the reports of soda company PepsiCo (NYSE:PEP).

Second-quarter profits for PepsiCo fell 2%, but Chris adds that they were still better than expected. Soda volumes for the company were down 2%, but snack volumes rose 2.5% and the company raised guidance. Additionally, shares of the stock edged up at least 3% today. Chris thinks that the soda company's latest reports look similar to Coca-Cola's. Bill agrees and sees a general trend toward both being and eat healthier, and, sadly, avoiding sodas. Looking at the soda decline, Chris notes that soda is still selling in massive amounts, just not as much in America. Chris asks Bill where he thinks PepsiCo is in the snack sector, as he's heard some lean toward a spin-off. Bill points to diversification with having soda and snack businesses, yet he remembers PepsiCo spinning off Yum! Brands and the success with that. Watch the video below to learn more.

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Bill Barker owns shares of Apple. Chris Hill owns shares of Coca-Cola. The Motley Fool recommends Apple, Coca-Cola, and PepsiCo. The Motley Fool owns shares of Apple and PepsiCo and has the following options: long January 2016 $37 calls on Coca-Cola and short January 2016 $37 puts on Coca-Cola. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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