Today, 4:06 AM
- U.S. firms operating in Venezuela have escalated the use of an accounting maneuver to insulate themselves from the plunging bolivar and worsening economic crisis in the country that has erased more than $10B in profits over the past 18 months.
- Colgate-Palmolive (NYSE:CL), Procter & Gamble (NYSE:PG) and PepsiCo (NYSE:PEP) have all begun deconsolidating the financial results of their Venezuelan operations, meaning they can essentially no longer hurt or benefit a U.S. parent company.
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Wed, Jul. 13, 11:35 AM
- It's steady as she goes again for the group of well-known consumer staples stocks that investors continue to find appealing amid global volatility and low interest rates.
- Procter & Gamble (PG +0.2%), Colgate-Palmolive (CL +0.4%), Clorox (CLX +0.6%), Kimbery-Clark (KMB +0.3%), Coca-Cola (KO +0.2%), PepsiCo (PEP +0.7%), Altria Group (MO +0.5%), Philip Morris International (PM +0.1%), Church & Dwight (CHD +0.3%), and Unilever (UN, UL) have all outperformed the S&P 500 Index this year with returns ranging from 7% to 18%. Kraft Heinz (KHC +1%), Energizer (ENR -0.6%), Hershey (HSY +0.4%), Campbell Soup (CPB +0.3%), and J.M. Smucker (SJM +0.4%) are all up at least 20% YTD.
- Goldman Sachs has an explanation on why a generous valuation is warranted for the staples favorites.
- "We raise our average Staples target multiples to 20-22X P/E, up from the 19-20X range prior, to reflect the recent decline in 10-year yield as well as some likelihood of a slower rise in yield over the next 12 months and broader market volatility," wrote the MNST)+(NYSE:STZ)+(NYSE:PF)/11822884.html" target="_blank">analyst team covering the sector in a note to investors.
- Top consumer staples picks from GS include Monster Beverage (MNST +0.4%), Constellation Brands (STZ +0.2%), Pinnacle Foods (PF +1.2%), and Post Holdings (POST +0.5%).
- Consumer staples ETFs: XLP, VDC, FXG, RHS, FSTA, PSL, PSCC.
Tue, Jul. 12, 1:41 PM
- Frito-Lay is "just getting started" in the premium snacks business, according to PepsiCo (PEP +0.1%) CEO Indra Nooyi.
- "Frito-Lay US premium portfolio growth is outpacing the growth in the balance of the portfolio by a factor of more than four times. And we’re extending our value share leadership position in premium salty snacks," Nooyi said.
- PepsiCo reported a 4% gain in organic sales for Frito Lay North America in Q2.
- Earnings call transcript
Mon, Jul. 11, 2:12 PM
- A bill requiring food companies to label GMO ingredients was approved by the U.S. Senate by a 63 to 30 vote and now heads to the House of Representatives.
- The negotiated bill requires food companies to label genetically modified food by a phrase, symbol on the package, or a bar code that can be scanned by smartphones.
- The Department of agriculture still has two years to write the precise labeling rules if the House approves the bill.
- The passage of the bill is seen as a positive for the food sector as the alternative of having to adhere to state-by-state rules could create operational chaos for national sellers.
- Food stocks: SENEA, SENEB, THS, OTCPK:NCRA, CPB, MDLZ, GIS, OTCPK:NSRGY, FLO, CAG, DF, SJM,DF, ANFI, JJSF, WWAV, UL, OTCQX:DANOY, OTCPK:PLATF, POST, K, PEP, DMND, PF, HAIN, KO, BETR, KHC, WILC, PPC, PF, LWAY, HRL, TSN, DTEA, SAFM, BRID.
Thu, Jul. 7, 1:16 PM
- M&A intrigue has been ratcheted up in the food sector after Danone ponied up $10B for WhiteWave Foods.
- Stocks trading well-above broad market averages today include Lifeway Foods (LWAY +6.4%), G. Willi Food-International (WILC +5.9%), DAVIDsTEA (DTEA +4.7%), Golden Enterprises (GLDC +2.6%), and Snyder's-Lance (LNCE +3%).
- Just don't expect PepsiCo (PEP +1.8%) to rush into an acquisition half-fast after CFO Hugh Johnston told TheStreet.com that investors can assume the company hasn't found an advantageous large-cap target. "We expect to do small tuck-in acquisitions," said Johnston.
- Previously: Danone agrees to $12.5B deal for WhiteWave Foods (July 7)
- Previously: WhiteWave trades above buyout price, Hain Celestial on the move (July 7)
Thu, Jul. 7, 7:16 AM
- PepsiCo (NYSE:PEP) reports organic revenue increased 3.3% in Q2. All segments were in positive organic growth territory, led by a 9% gain for the Latin America business and a 4% rise for Frito Lay North America.
- Core gross margin improved 75 basis points during the quarter and operating margin was 80 bps higher than last year.
- The solid quarter for PepsiCo led it to raise full-year guidance. The company now sees EPS of $4.71 vs. $4.66 prior and $4.57 consensus. It's one of the first full-year looks from an U.S.-based multinational after the Brexit vote.
- Previously: PepsiCo beats by $0.05, beats on revenue (July 7)
- PEP +1.50% premarket to $107.51.
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Tue, Jul. 5, 7:45 AM
- All eyes in the consumer goods sector will be on PepsiCo (NYSE:PEP) later this week when the beverage giant reports Q2 earnings. The focus will be on if full-year guidance is adjusted to account for Brexit.
- The company hiked guidance after spilling Q2 numbers the last two years, but Edward Jones analyst Jack Russo thinks global uncertainty will keep Pepsico conservative this time around.
- Consensus estimates for Pepsico's Q2 numbers are for $15.37B in revenue and EPS of $1.29.
Thu, Jun. 30, 2:50 AM
- Aspartame-sweetened Diet Pepsi is not the only soda making a comeback. PepsiCo (NYSE:PEP) is returning Crystal Pepsi to store shelves this summer as the company taps 1990s nostalgia.
- While no TV ads are planned, the clear soda will be supported by what Pepsi marketing director Linda Lagos describes as an "extensive paid media campaign on digital channels."
Mon, Jun. 27, 11:16 AM
- The outperformance of low-P/E stocks that marked H1 is behind us, says RBC's Jonathan Golub, and it's time for the "Stable Growers" to re-asset leadership. He cautions about putting money to work too quickly though, noting the pullback so far has been limited.
- His list of Stable Growers (page 1, page 2): CHD, CL, CVS, K, MO, PEP, PG, PM, BCR, BDX, DGX, DVA, HSIC, JNJ, LH, MDT, SYK, TMO, UNH, ZBH, AFL, AON, MMC, TMK, CTAS, DHR, HON, ITW, LMT, MMM, NLSN, RSG, RTN, UPS, VRSK, WM, XYL, CMCSA, MCD, OMC, ADP, APH, EMC, MA, T, VZ, ECL, PX
Mon, Jun. 27, 10:28 AM
- PepsiCo (PEP -0.5%) says it is bringing back aspartame for some of its diet sodas less than a year after phasing it out as part of a marketing move over safety concerns.
- While PEP says Diet Pepsi with sucralose instead of aspartame will continue to be its primary diet cola, reviving the drink’s old recipe signals that the new version has not been a hit; Diet Pepsi’s sales volume fell 5.8% last year and fell ~11% at retail during Q1 2016.
- Pepsi MAX will be re-introduced to U.S. consumers this fall as Pepsi Zero Sugar and will contain aspartame.
Thu, Jun. 23, 2:48 AM
- San Francisco will have a second chance to vote on whether to tax sugar-sweetened beverages after city officials added the measure to a November ballot that could expand the hotly-debated levy deeper into the Bay Area.
- The penny-per-ounce tax proposal follows the city's legal victory last month against the soda industry, which tried to halt its effort to introduce warnings on advertisements for drinks with added sugar.
- Related stocks: KO, PEP, DPS, MNST, FIZZ, SBUX, UL, PG
Fri, Jun. 17, 3:07 PM
- Susquehanna issued a detailed report on IRI scanner data trends in the food and beverage industry.
- The investment firm noted that soda drink volume fell 2.8% Y/Y for the 12-week period ending on June 5. PepsiCo (NYSE:PEP) volume was down 5%, compared to 1.3% decline for Coca-Cola KO and 1.9% fall-off for Dr. Pepper Snapple (NYSE:DPS).
- K-cup revenue was up 8% for the 12 weeks as J.M. Smucker (NYSE:SJM). Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX), and Dunkin' Brands (NASDAQ:DNKN) all showed strong volume amid ongoing pricing pressure. K-cup sales decelerated for Kraft Heinz (NASDAQ:KHC) and could turn negative if pricing pressure sustains.
- In the yogurt category, scanner data over four weeks confirmed that General Mills (NYSE:GIS) is losing market share to Chobani and Danone (OTCQX:DANOY). Susquehanna tips that Chobani may be prepping for a sale.
- General Mills beat out Kellogg (NYSE:K) in the cereal category as its 12-week sales growth of +2.3% easily topped Kellogg's 2.2% decline.
- Pricing with beer is helping to make up for continued volume pressure. Across the sector, pricing was recorded as 2.5% higher for the 12 weeks of data.
- Beer volume: Anheuser-Busch InBev (NYSE:BUD) -1.8%, MillerCoors (OTCPK:SBMRY, TAP) -2.7%, Boston Beer (NYSE:SAM) -2.1%.
- Susquehann'a Pablo Zuniac put together the deep dive into the scanned data.
- Within the F&B sector, he has BUD, THS, WWAV, TAP, and KHC rated at Positive.
PepsiCo, Inc. markets, sells and distributes a wide variety of convenient and enjoyable foods and beverages through its operations, authorized bottlers, contract manufacturers and other partners. The company operates in four business units, PepsiCo Americas Foods, PepsiCo Americas Beverages,... More
Sector: Consumer Goods
Industry: Processed & Packaged Goods
Country: United States
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