Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, European alcohol-free beverage distributor Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Co.
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Coca-Cola HBC's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.
Coca-Cola HBC facts
|Headquarters (Founded)||Athens (1969)|
|Market Cap||$7.2 billion|
|Trailing-12-Month Revenue||$9 billion|
|Management||CEO Dimitris Lois (since July 2011)
CFO Robert Murray (since January 2009)
|Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)||10.2%|
|Cash/Debt||$843.2 million / $3.1 billion|
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Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.
On CAPS, 96% of the 273 members who have rated Coca-Cola HBC believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.
Like a good, risk-minimizing investor, [Coca-Cola HBC] spreads its sales across established (well-off), developing (increasingly competitive) and emerging (now up-and-coming) markets. In 2010, [Coca-Cola HBC] was able to offset losses in established and developing markets with a whopping 32 percent EBIT increase in emerging markets like Russia and Nigeria, which compose 44 percent of [Coca-Cola HBC's] total income. ... The EBIT numbers also show that emerging markets are amplifying their purchasing power and preference for Coca-Cola products; demand is just beginning to blossom. You will see a return on your investment simply because people in different areas of the world are drinking more Coca-Cola.
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