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Jan. 6, 2015, 4:16 PM
- GasBuddy.com projects gas prices will average $2.64 per gallon in 2015.
- Most economists see a boost in U.S. retail spending from the gas savings with the exception of regions highly dependent upon the energy industry.
- While some Q4 reports from restaurant chains and retailers may show a marginal lift in sales due to the drop in gas prices, insiders think quantifying the impact will be more art than science.
- The following sub-sectors have been tapped by analysts as potential under-the-radar beneficiaries of the gas price effect.
- C-stores:KR, CASY, PTRY, OTCPK:ANCUF, CST, MUSA.
- Theme parks: SIX, FUN, DIS, CMCSA, PLAY.
- Beverages: KO, PEP, COT, DPS, BUD, SAM, BREW, TAP, MNST.
Dec. 17, 2014, 12:35 PM
- Estimates on PepsiCo (PEP +0.2%) are at risk of being lowered due to currency swings in the key markets of Russia, Mexico, and Canada.
- The three regions account for over 18% of the company's total sales.
- PepsiCo's last update on guidance came with its Q3 report and during the subsequent earnings conference call.
Dec. 17, 2014, 9:29 AM
- General Mills (NYSE:GIS) reported cereal demand fell off once again in FQ2.
- The decline is in spite of efforts to introduce more on-trend brands (protein, gluten-free, low-calorie).
- The company offset the cereal slump to a degree with gains in yogurt.
- Yogurt sales grew in both the U.S. Retail and Convenience Store channels.
- The shift by consumers from cereal to yogurt has also negatively impacted Kellogg (NYSE:K) and Post Holdings (NYSE:POST) - while benefiting Danone (OTCQX:DANOY) and Mueller-PepsiCo (NYSE:PEP).
- Previously: General Mills earnings, highlights
Dec. 12, 2014, 10:59 AM
Dec. 8, 2014, 2:20 PM
- Boulder Brands (NASDAQ:BDBD) says it's looking to invest in brands in the $1M to $10M range.
- EVP Duane Primozich sees a dynamic shift in beverage as new brands scale rapidly to fill niche categories with unexpectedly strong demand.
- "Crazy plays," says Primozich.
- Looking for the next break-through beverage fad? Primozoch mentions drinkable vinegar as a category that could grow.
- Large-cap companies (COT, DPS, KO, PEP) seem to have their head in the sand over innovation, bemoans Primozich.
- The comments were made during the company's presentation at the Beverage Entrepreneur & Innovation Conference (live stream).
Dec. 8, 2014, 10:07 AM
- PepsiCo (PEP +0.1%) CEO Indra Nooyi is on the mike at the Beverage-Digest.com conference in NYC.
- The executive has reportedly warned on more weak soda sales in the U.S., although she likes the large opportunity presented in the craft soda category.
- She notes automation might lead to efficiency gains at PepsiCo.
- Nooyi keeps up the mantra that a combined beverage and snacks business is better than two stand-alones.
Dec. 1, 2014, 2:27 PM
- PepsiCo (PEP -0.3%) names Enderson Guimaraes to be its Global Categories and Operations chief.
- Ramon Laguarta will replace Guimaraes as the PepsiCo Europe CEO.
- What to watch: The company's failure to give Guimaraes the title of president could indicate the exec is not a shoo-in as the eventual replacement to CEO Indra Nooyi.
Nov. 22, 2014, 8:25 AM
- Harvard Business School's Bill George is troubled by the trend of activist investors shifting their wrath to some of America’s best companies, which he says may net nice profits in the short term but places the competitiveness of America’s great global companies at risk.
- An example is Amgen (NASDAQ:AMGN), whose stock has gained 185% in the past five years, but Dan Loeb still wants to split the company; George says this would destroy a productive innovator by taking away the cash it needs to develop new drugs and fuel growth.
- PepsiCo’s (NYSE:PEP) 52% increase in three years is double that of Coca-Cola, yet Nelson Peltz is agitating to split the company in two, as he did with Kraft - which has struggled, as has its Mondelez spinout.
- Peltz also is trying to break up DuPont (NYSE:DD) even though the stock has climbed 250% since Ellen Kullman became CEO in 2009; a disjointed conglomerate without a clear strategy, DuPont's stock had slipped 62% since 2000.
- Bill Ackman successfully partnered to put Allergan (NYSE:AGN) in play, which resulted in a sale, but George says the deal was unnecessary for a stock that had gained 2,400% since David E.I. Pyott became CEO in 1998.
- In each case, George says leaders were forced to focus on saving their companies instead of winning global competitive battles, creating great products and building new businesses.
Nov. 21, 2014, 3:16 PM
- The PepsiCo (PEP +0.8%) launch of Pepsi True on Amazon.com went poorly after over 3.6K negative reviews flooded the product's page on the site and delivered a lowly 1-star rating for the mid-calorie soft drink which isn't available in stores yet.
- The company drew the wrath of environmentalists over its policies with palm oil sourcing and the use of a "green" can for the soda product.
- The Pepsi True page was taken off of Amazon's website mid-week before being reinstated yesterday.
Nov. 21, 2014, 7:38 AM
- PepsiCo (NYSE:PEP) declares $0.655/share quarterly dividend, in line with previous.
- Forward yield 2.67%
- Payable Jan 7; for shareholders of record Dec. 5; ex-div Dec. 3.
Nov. 7, 2014, 3:15 AM
- PepsiCo (NYSE:PEP) President Zein Abdalla, widely viewed as a potential successor to Chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi, is leaving the company Dec. 31.
- The move follows the departure of two other top PepsiCo executives, Brian Cornell who left this summer to take over Target, and Debra Crew who was hired by R.J. Reynolds in September.
- The loss of the well-seasoned execs thins the management bench at PepsiCo, creating a very short list of potential internal CEO successors.
Nov. 5, 2014, 7:56 AM| Nov. 5, 2014, 7:56 AM | 7 Comments
Nov. 1, 2014, 8:25 AM
- Phil Davidson likes to choose solid but "boring" stocks with healthy balance sheets and strong market positions in stable industries for his American Century Equity Income Fund, which is mostly focused on wealth preservation; when volatility spiked earlier in October, his portfolio fell 2.7% vs. the market’s 4.3% decline.
- His five favorite stocks he sees as pleasantly boring in a volatile market include Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) for its global dominance across all three of its businesses - pharmaceutical, consumer and medical devices.
- PepsiCo (NYSE:PEP) is under activist pressure to split its beverage and snack units, an added bonus to a stock that's worth owning either way; Davidson thinks fears over the decline in the U.S. carbonated soft drink market are overblown.
- At Air Products (NYSE:APD), new CEO Seifi Ghasemi is a perfect fit to squeeze more out of a company that already has good assets in a stable industry, Davidson says.
- UPS has been under pressure to keep up with growing business to consumer shipments, and has spent money to increase capacity; the spending has weighed on earnings this year, but Davidson thinks it's bound to pay off.
- Commerce Bancshares (NASDAQ:CBSH) has been a victim of the low interest rate environment, but Davidson likes its conservative business model.
Oct. 22, 2014, 7:18 AM
Oct. 13, 2014, 12:34 PM
- Anheuser-Busch InBev (BUD +0.7%) has considered the benefits of a merger with PepsiCo (PEP +0.6%), sources tell Bloomnberg.
- Though no talks between the consumer product giants are in the works, the culture of sector-rattling mergers at A-B keeps PepsiCo on a short list of takeover candidates.
- The most obvious synergy a BUD-PEP combination would create is a shared global distribution network which some analysts think would add more to the bottom line than a SABMiller buyout for the brewer.
Oct. 13, 2014, 11:45 AM
- Pepsi True has landed on Amazon.com as promised by PepsiCo (PEP -0.3%).
- The product is notable for its use of real sugar and stevia.
- The introduction of the product through the Amazon distribution channel is also of interest to CPG insiders who see an advantage in data crunching before laying huge ad dollars.
PepsiCo Inc is a food, snack and beverage company. It manufactures, markets, distributes and sells convenient and enjoyable beverages, foods and snacks, serving customers and consumers in more than 200 countries and territories.
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