The second quarter of 2007 presents much of the same that investors have seen in previous quarters. While consolidated revenue grew 7.4%, net income from operations eked out an imperceptible 0.6% gain. Yes, net income grew 19%, but that "growth" was due almost entirely to a foreign exchange gain in this quarter (compared to a loss in the year-ago quarter) and other non-operational factors. As we've seen in previous quarters, expenses continued to outpace revenue.
Subsidiary Coca-Cola FEMSA
For long-term investors who don't pay attention to temporary economic factors, this is a great company to own. FEMSA's management cannot do much about macroeconomic factors outside their control. Commodities prices (especially grains), Latin American inflation, and a stronger peso all contributed to absorbing growth in revenue that would otherwise flow to the bottom line. However, these conditions will change sooner or later, while FEMSA's core business maintains its steady, predictable top-line growth.
Perhaps the only bit of truly concerning news is the report released July 18, stating that while Coca-Cola FEMSA received permission to acquire Mexico's second largest juice maker, Jugos del Valle, antitrust regulations require FEMSA's Oxxo convenience store chain to eliminate exclusivity deals to sell only FEMSA products. But with Coca-Cola
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