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The numbers were up in all product categories. Worldwide beverage volume rose 10% over the comparable quarter a year ago -- a level of effervescence that rival Coca-Cola
Worldwide PepsiCo revenue for the quarter increased 13%, and net income, after excluding one-time tax items, was up 18%.
In North America, beverage volume grew 8%. But check out this mix. Carbonated beverage volume was, well, flat while non-carbonated beverages sparkled with 24% growth. Leading the charge were brands such as Gatorade and Propel -- acquired in the 2001 Quaker Oats merger -- and Aquafina bottled water.
International beverage volume, up 13%, saw double-digit percentage gains in both carbonated and non-carbonated beverages. Snacks delivered a tasty 2% increase in North America and a 7% gain internationally.
Particularly positive was that revenue growth within each division surpassed volume growth -- indicative of positive pricing and demand trends across the company's product mix. While acknowledging that Hurricane Katrina will impact raw-material costs and, potentially, consumer demand, the company raised high-end guidance for fiscal 2005 (which includes one more week than last year) by two cents to $2.65, a figure that excludes a repatriation charge.
All of this good news is priced into the stock, which is trading at 21.8 times the mean analyst estimate for this fiscal year. That's a rich premium for a company that analysts expect to grow earnings at 10.4% annually for the next five years, though it compares favorably with Coke, which is trading at 20.2 times mean analyst estimates and is forecasted to grow 8.1% for the next five years.
But PepsiCo is a cash machine that is expected to churn out $6 billion in operating cash flow this year. With a capital budget of around $1.1 billion, there is plenty of cash left over for debt reduction, share buybacks, or even an increase in the dividend. This just might be a stock worth popping into.
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