Coca-Cola (KO) Beats on Earnings & Revenues in Q4

The Coca-Cola CompanyKO commands a strong market position due to its global reach, strong brand power, expanding international presence, a solid global bottling network and an impressive cash position.

2015 was a "transition year" for Coca-Cola because of the changes implemented to create a new operating model. The company made tangible progress on the plan. The company implemented aggressive cost-cutting measures and several initiatives to drive growth during the year. The resultant savings are being deployed to fund marketing programs and in innovations to re-accelerate top-line growth, margin expansion and returns on capital.

Coca-Cola is also refranchising the majority of its company-owned North American bottling territories to create a more efficient system.

Investors should note the recent earnings estimate revisions for KO have been mostly downwards in the last 30 days. However, KO has a superb history in earnings season. KO has delivered positive earnings surprise for four straight, making for an average positive earnings surprise of 2.63%.

Currently, KO has a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell), but that could definitely change following Coca-Cola's earnings report which was just released. You can see the complete list of today's Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here .

We have highlighted some of the key stats from this just-revealed announcement below:

Earnings: KO beat on earnings. Our consensus earnings estimate called for EPS of 36 cents/share, and the company reported EPS of 37 cents instead.

Revenues: KO reported revenues of $9.4 billion, beating our consensus estimate of $9.10 billion.

Key Stats to Note: The cola giant witnessed 1% decline in volumes in the fourth quarter, lower than the previous quarter.

The company issued full year 2017 profit outlook. The company expects about 3% growth in organic revenues with 1-2% currency headwind. Comparable EPS (non-GAAP) is expected to decline 1% to 4% from $1.91 in 2016.

Stock Price: Shares were down 0.48% in pre-market trading at the time of writing.

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Check back later for our full write up on this KO earnings report later!

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