MEXICO CITY, MEXICO--(Marketwired - Feb 26, 2014) - Coca-Cola FEMSA, S.A.B. de C.V. (
- Reported total revenues reached Ps. 43,240 million in the fourth quarter of 2013, an increase of 8.5% as compared to the fourth quarter of 2012. On a currency neutral basis and excluding the non-comparable effect of the integration of Grupo Yoli ("Yoli") in our Mexican territories, Companhia Fluminense de Refrigerantes ("Fluminense") and Spaipa S.A. Industria Brasileira de Bebidas ("Spaipa") in our Brazilian operation, total revenues grew 12.1%.
- Reported operating income reached Ps. 6,609 million in the fourth quarter of 2013, resulting in an operating margin of 15.3%.
- Reported consolidated net controlling interest income reached Ps. 3,066 million in the fourth quarter of 2013.
Coca-Cola FEMSA, S.A.B. de C.V. (
"Despite the many challenges that we faced during 2013, including a tough consumer environment -- especially in Brazil and Mexico -- and a volatile currency environment across our operations, our company delivered double-digit currency-neutral top-line growth. More importantly, during the year, we were pleased to integrate four Coca-Cola franchises -- Coca-Cola Bottlers Philippines, Inc., Grupo Yoli in Mexico, and Fluminense and Spaipa in Brazil -- reinforcing our position as the largest bottler of Coca-Cola products in the world, now serving more than 346 million consumers in 10 countries in Latin America and Southeast Asia. Our very talented management team is committed to extend the successful track record of our company through our most important asset -- our people. Our growing family of more than 120,000 employees enters 2014 fully aware of the structural changes in markets like Mexico, along with the challenges that some of our other franchises present. Nevertheless, we are encouraged by the good start of the year in the volume performance of our Brazilian franchise and by the smooth integration process of the new territories, where we are confident that we can achieve the targeted synergies efficiently and effectively. We continue to successfully adjust our Mexican operation to better serve our customers and consumers in 2014 and we have the flexibility to adapt to local market conditions in the rest of our operations," said John Santa Maria Otazua, Chief Executive Officer of the Company.
CONFERENCE CALL INFORMATION
Our fourth-quarter 2013 Conference Call will be held on February 26, 2014, at 11:00 A.M. Eastern Time (10:00 A.M. Mexico City Time). To participate in the conference call, please dial: Domestic U.S.: 888-503-8169 or International: 719-325-2354. Participant code: 9703013. If you wish to participate in the conference call using a specific toll free number for your country, please visit the Company's website for additional information. We invite investors to listen to the live audiocast of the conference call on the Company's website, www.coca-colafemsa.com. If you are unable to participate live, the conference call audio will be available at www.coca-colafemsa.com.
Coca-Cola FEMSA, S.A.B. de C.V. produces and distributes Coca-Cola, Fanta, Sprite, Del Valle, and other trademark beverages of The Coca-Cola Company in Mexico (a substantial part of central Mexico, including Mexico City, as well as southeast and northeast Mexico), Guatemala (Guatemala City and surrounding areas), Nicaragua (nationwide), Costa Rica (nationwide), Panama (nationwide), Colombia (most of the country), Venezuela (nationwide), Brazil (greater São Paulo, Campiñas, Santos, the state of Mato Grosso do Sul, the state of Paraná, part of the state of Goias, part of the state of Rio de Janeiro and part of the state of Minas Gerais), Argentina (federal capital of Buenos Aires and surrounding areas) and Philippines (nationwide), along with bottled water, juices, teas, isotonics, beer, and other beverages in some of these territories. The Company has 64 bottling facilities and serves more than 346 million consumers through close to 2,900,000 retailers with more than 120,000 employees worldwide.
This news release may contain forward-looking statements concerning Coca-Cola FEMSA's future performance, which should be considered as good faith estimates by Coca-Cola FEMSA. These forward-looking statements reflect management's expectations and are based upon currently available data. Actual results are subject to future events and uncertainties, many of which are outside Coca-Cola FEMSA's control, which could materially impact the Company's actual performance. References herein to "US$" are to United States dollars. This news release contains translations of certain Mexican peso amounts into U.S. dollars for the convenience of the reader. These translations should not be construed as representations that Mexican peso amounts actually represent such U.S. dollar amounts or could be converted into U.S. dollars at the rate indicated.