Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, bottling specialist Coca-Cola Enterprises (NYSE: CCE) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at the business of Coca-Cola Enterprises and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Coca-Cola Enterprises facts



Market Cap

$8.67 billion


Soft drinks

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$6.71 billion


Chairman/CEO John Brock

CFO William Douglas III

Return on Equity (average, past 2 years)



$321 million / $2.29 billion

Dividend Yield



Kraft (NYSE: KFT)

PepsiCo (NYSE: PEP)

Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 89% of the 272 members who have rated Coca-Cola Enterprises believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include TMFDeej, who is ranked in the top 1% of our community, and euroazn.

Almost a year ago, TMFDeej highlighted Coca-Cola Enterprises as a refreshing situation:

Despite Europe's economic problems, the area's per-capita soft drink consumption is much lower than the United States'. As a result, [Coca-Cola Enterprises] has more room to grow now that it only operates in Europe. ... We are now able to get the crown jewel of [Coca-Cola Enterprises], with higher margins, better ROIC, and better growth.

Currently, Coca-Cola Enterprises even sports a cheapish forward P/E of 11.7. That represents a slight discount to listed competitors Kraft (12.4) and PepsiCo (13.1).

CAPS member euroazn expands on the outperform argument:

Everyone talks about [The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO)], but what about Coca-Cola Enterprises? The bottling operation is just as important as is the concentrate/advertising arm of Coca-Cola. ... [F]or the next 5 years there is not too much risk of expenditures getting out of hand. Revenue should increase as Coca-Cola volume keeps on increasing. Fundamentals are good and the stock is relatively cheap. Good buy.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Coca-Cola is a Motley Fool Inside Value and Income Investor selection. PepsiCo is a choice of Income Investor, and Motley Fool Options has recommended a diagonal call position on it. The Fool owns shares of Coca-Cola and PepsiCo. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days.

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