Can Pepsi Earnings Keep Lifting the Stock?http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2013/07/22/can-pepsi-earnings-keep-lifting-the-stock.aspx Dan Caplinger
July 22, 2013
PepsiCo (NYSE: PEP) will release its quarterly report on Wednesday, but its stock has already popped higher, hitting all-time record highs earlier this month. Despite the share-price celebration, though, Pepsi earnings growth has been somewhat less impressive, raising concerns about whether the stock is getting ahead of itself.
Many investors think of PepsiCo only for its No. 2 beverage business, but the company goes a lot further than rival Coca-Cola (NYSE: KO) in providing both snacks and drinks for hungry consumers. The snack business introduces both opportunities and challenges for PepsiCo, and lately, the company has had to focus not just on its core North American market but also on trying to make the most of growth prospects around the world. Let's take an early look at what's been happening with PepsiCo over the past quarter and what we're likely to see in its quarterly report.
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Can Pepsi earnings keep fizzing higher?
One big reason for the stock's strong performance is that PepsiCo has produced good growth in the past. In the first quarter, for instance, the company grew organic net revenue by 4.4%, with a large part of its growth coming from the Asia-Middle East-Africa segment and its 15% sales gains when you exclude the impact of Chinese bottling refranchising. Pepsi's Latin America Foods division also posted double-digit sales gains, with 12% growth in Brazil coming as welcome news given the economic and social tensions there.
Both PepsiCo and Coca-Cola have identified the needs to bolster their growth in markets around the world. As Fool contributor Nicole Seghetti identified last week, India is a potential battleground for both countries, as soft drinks haven't made much headway among consumers in the world's second most populous nation. As the North American market continues to mature, such opportunities are the best way for PepsiCo to grow more quickly.
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