3 Things to Watch for in The Coca-Cola Company (KO)’s Earnings

The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE:KO) is set to report earnings before the market opens on Tuesday. Here’s what you need to watch for in the company’s results.

Coca-Cola Earnings ReportTempered expectations
The first issue that needs to be addressed after earnings are released is whether the cola giant met Wall Street’s expectations. Analysts tack profits for Coke at $0.44 per share this quarter . Coca-Cola booked earnings per share of $0.95 in the same quarter last year , so the company is expecting a decline in profit growth. The company reported $12.2 billion in sales for last year’s Q3, and $46.5 billion for the full year .

Sales growth
Third-quarter 2012 net revenues grew 1%, with the company enjoying volume growth across every geographic group . Coca-Cola’s Q3 earnings announcement showcased strong unit case volume growth for key emerging markets — Thailand and India grew at 19% and 15%, respectively . Even though sales outside the U.S. already stand at roughly 80% of Coke’s worldwide volume, the company is aggressively pursuing growth in relatively untapped emerging markets.

For example, Coke possesses only a fraction of the market penetration in India as it has in the U.S. , yet India contains nearly four times as many people . With this Asian nation as one of the last frontiers for cola companies, rivals Coke and PepsiCo, Inc. (NYSE:PEP) are putting out all the stops to gain market share. Coke has historically eaten PepsiCo’s dust in India, but is closing the gap . In the company’s quest to double revenue and volume in a decade , Coke plans to spend $5 billion in India by 2020 .

Product innovation
Coca-Cola’s future success lies in the breadth and depth of its product pipeline. Non-carbonated drinks are growing at a faster rate than carbonated beverages . As consumers become more health and calorie conscious, this trend is expected to continue. Even though Coca-Cola remains heavily dependent on carbonated soft drinks, it’s admirably grown its non-carbonated offerings, most recently by gaining a majority ownership stake in Zico  coconut water. I’ll be looking for reported sales growth in Coke’s non-carbonated drinks.

Foolish bottom line
Soda sales at U.S. stores declined 0.6% in 2012, and December alone accounted for a 2.8% slump in sales . Given that, I’ll especially be watching to see exactly if and how Coca-Cola achieved its fourth-quarter sales growth. I’ll also be looking for Coca-Cola’s reported case volume growth in key emerging markets.

The article 3 Things to Watch for in Coca-Cola’s Earnings originally appeared on Fool.com and is written by Nicole Seghetti.

Fool contributor Nicole Seghetti owns shares of PepsiCo. You can follow her on Twitter @NicoleSeghetti. The Motley Fool recommends Coca-Cola and PepsiCo. The Motley Fool owns shares of PepsiCo.

Copyright © 1995 – 2013 The Motley Fool, LLC. All rights reserved. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

Comments
Insider Monkey Small Cap Strategy
Insider Monkey Small Cap Strategy

Insider Monkey beat the market by 52 percentage points in 24 months. Our beta is only 1.2 (don't click this link if beating the market isn't important to you).

Lists

Most Expensive Animals in the World

Most Expensive Specialty Crops in the World

Movies That Took Ages to Make

The Longest Hollywood Films Ever Made

Most Expensive Concert Stages

The Richest Bands of all Time

10 Most Corrupt Countries 2013 List

10 Countries with the Highest Quality of Life Index

Most Expensive Mattresses in the World

5 Smallest Countries by Land Area

The Ultimate Heartbreak Songs

Richest Teenagers in the World

10 Most Haunted Places in America

10 Best Places to Retire in Florida East Coast

Top 10 Places to See Before You Die

Top 8 Countries in the World Where Justice Prevails

10 Richest States in America

15 Wealthiest Countries in the World

Richest Singers in the World

Most Expensive Tasting Menu in New York City

Most Expensive Baby Items in the World

Most Expensive Hotel Suites in Vegas

Most Expensive Brunch in New York City

Most Expensive Beef Cuts in the World

25 Best Colleges to Get a Job

Top 10 US Supermarkets

The 25 Most Dangerous Cities in the World to Visit

Most Expensive Xbox Games

Top 11 Cities Where Billionaires Live

Top 10 Most Charitable Companies in America

Most Expensive Seafood in the World

The 10 Wildest Conspiracy Theories

The 10 Best Job Markets in the US

Top 10 Accounting Scandals of All Time

The 25 Biggest Cities in the World

Top 10 Best Paying Virtual Jobs

Most Expensive Leather Shoes in the World

Top 6 Things to Buy in March

The 10 Most Stressful Jobs in America – 2014 List

Top 10 Jobs for Introverted People

Top 10 Honeymoon Destinations in the World

Top 10 Highest Paying Jobs in the World

Most Expensive Day-Care in New York City

The 10 Cheapest Places to Retire Abroad

Top 10 Most Expensive Luxury Cars in the World – 2014

Killer Small Business Ideas

The 50 Best Personal Finance Blogs

Most Expensive Apartments in New York City

Bloodiest UFC Fights Ever Fought

Most Expensive Rum Brands in the World

Subscribe

Enter your email:

Delivered by FeedBurner

X

Thanks! An email with instructions is sent to !

Your email already exists in our database. Click here to go to your subscriptions

Insider Monkey returned 47.6% in its first year! Wondering How?

Download a complete edition of our newsletter for free!