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Why Cott Corporation Stock Jumped 10%

By Daniel Sparks - Aug 4, 2016 at 8:01PM

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A higher gross profit margin, and a sensible acquisition, have Cott investors looking up.

What: Beverage company Cott Corporation's (PRMW 1.18%) stock jumped as much as 10.8% on Thursday, after the company announced second-quarter results and the acquisition of S&D Coffee and Tea. Shares closed the trading day up 9.97%.

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So what: Cott reported revenue and adjusted EPS of $765 million and $0.15, respectively. These figures compare to Cott's $780 million in revenue and adjusted earnings per share of $0.18 in the year-ago quarter.

Analyst estimates were in line with results. On average, analysts expected Cott to report revenue of $766 million and adjusted EPS of $0.15.

One of the most positive takeaways from the quarter was Cott's higher gross profit margin. For the quarter, Cott's gross profit margin was 33% -- up from 30.9% in the year-ago quarter.

Cott management confirmed the company "entered into a definitive stock purchase agreement to acquire S&D Coffee," a premium coffee roaster and provider of customized coffee, tea, and extract solutions.

"The acquisition of S&D is in line with Cott's strategy of focusing on acquiring cash accretive businesses with higher growth while continuing Cott's beverage diversification outside of carbonated soft drinks, shelf stable juices, and large format retail," the company said in a press release.

Now what: Looking forward, management believes its recent acquisitions can help the company generate between $395 to $435 million in operating cash flow in 2019. After backing out expected capital expenditures of $160 million to $170 million, Cott anticipates generating between $225 to $275 million in free cash flow in 2019.

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