PepsiCo Reports First Quarter 2014 Results, Volume Declines In Mexico Related To Sugary Beverage Tax

PepsiCo, Inc. reported core earnings per share (EPS) of $0.83 for the first quarter, an increase of 7 percent. Core constant currency EPS increased 10 percent on organic revenue growth of 4.0 percent. In PepsiCo Americas Foods (PAF), organic revenue grew 5 percent in the quarter driven by 1 percentage point of organic volume growth and 4 percentage points of effective net pricing. Each division within PAF had organic revenue growth in the quarter. Reported net revenue increased 1 percent, reflecting a 4-percentage-point unfavorable impact from foreign exchange translation. Core constant currency operating profit increased 5 percent, reflecting organic revenue gains and productivity initiatives, partially offset by increased advertising and marketing expense.

For Frito-Lay North America (FLNA),organic revenue increased 4 percent in the quarter, reflecting a 3-percentage-point increase in organic volume and 1 percentage point of effective net pricing. Reported net revenue increased 3 percent, reflecting a 1-percentage-point unfavorable foreign exchange translation impact.

Core constant currency operating profit grew 6 percent in the quarter, reflecting organic revenue gains and productivity savings, partially offset by operating cost inflation and a double-digit increase in advertising and marketing expense.

For PepsiCo Americas Beverages (PAB), organic revenue increased 1 percent in the quarter, reflecting 1 percentage point of effective net pricing and even organic volume. During the quarter, PAB maintained its value market share position in the U.S. in measured channels. Reported net revenue was even versus the prior-year quarter, reflecting a 1-percentage-point impact from unfavorable foreign exchange translation.

In North America, non-carbonated beverage volume grew 2 percent, and carbonated soft drink volume declined 1 percent. Latin America beverage volume decreased 1 percent driven by volume declines in Mexico related to the enactment of taxes on certain beverage products.

Core constant currency operating profit declined 3 percent, reflecting operating cost inflation and the adverse impact of the tax in Mexico, partially offset by effective net pricing, productivity gains and adjustments recognized through the company's share of the results of a joint venture. Full report.

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