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Can Dr Pepper Snapple Continue Earnings Growth Streak in 3Q15?

Sharon Bailey

Will Dr Pepper Snapple Continue to Impress Investors in 3Q15?

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Earnings growth

Dr Pepper Snapple (DPS) delivered growth in its adjusted earnings in the first and second quarters of fiscal 2015. Adjusted EPS (earnings per share) increased by 9.5% and 6.6% in 1Q15 and 2Q15, respectively, on a year-over-year basis.

2Q15 earnings growth shadows peers

Dr Pepper Snapple beat analyst expectations in both the first and second quarters of fiscal 2015. The company reported adjusted EPS of $1.13 in 2Q15, ahead of consensus Wall Street analyst earnings estimate of $1.10. The 6.6% growth in Dr Pepper Snapple’s 2Q15 adjusted EPS was better than its peer group.

The growth in Dr Pepper Snapple’s earnings in 2Q15 was driven by a 1.5% growth in net sales and a 1% decline in selling, general, and administrative expenses. Dr Pepper Snapple constitutes 0.3% of the portfolio holdings of the iShares Russell Mid-Cap ETF (IWR) and 0.9% of the Vanguard Consumer Staples ETF (VDC).

Coca-Cola (KO) and Monster Beverage (MNST) reported a 1.6% and 3.7% decline, respectively, in their 2Q15 adjusted EPS. PepsiCo’s (PEP) 2Q15 adjusted EPS was unchanged from 2Q14. PepsiCo reported its 3Q15 results on October 6. Its adjusted EPS fell by 0.7%.

Expectations from 3Q15 and fiscal 2015

The consensus Wall Street analyst earnings expectation for Dr Pepper Snapple’s 3Q15 adjusted EPS is $1.03. This estimate reflects a 5% growth in 3Q15 adjusted EPS on a year-over-year basis.

In July 2015, Dr Pepper Snapple increased its full-year fiscal 2015 core EPS guidance by $0.05 to a range of $3.85–$3.93. This increase was a result of the company’s strong performance in the first half of fiscal 2015. Dr Pepper Snapple expects foreign currency fluctuations to be a 4% headwind on operating income and EPS. The consensus analyst earnings estimate for fiscal 2015 is $3.96.

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