Coca-Cola HBC Expects Annual Profit Growth At Top-End Of Forecast

By Dave Simpson
Coca-Cola HBC Expects Annual Profit Growth At Top-End Of Forecast

Coca-Cola HBC AG has forecast full-year profit growth to be at the top end of its guidance, aided by robust demand for its soft drinks and executed price increases.

Raised Prices In Line With A Rise In Energy And Commodity Prices

Beverage makers have raised prices in line with a rise in energy and commodity prices after Russia's invasion of Ukraine last year, but companies such as Coca-Cola HBC have witnessed sustained demand as customers continued to spend on soft drinks.

Statement By CEO

"Market shares improved for both non-alcoholic ready-to-drink (NARTD) and sparkling, while we effectively implemented thoughtful price and mix changes in the face of continued cost inflation," CEO Zoran Bogdanovic said in a statement.

Value Increase

In the first quarter ended 31 March, HBC saw its value share increase by 70 basis points (bps) in the NARTD market, while sparkling value share increased by 10 bps.

Net Revenue Per Case

The company's net sales revenue per case for the quarter grew 21% on an organic basis, while analysts on average expected a 16.7% growth, according to a company-compiled consensus.


EBIT Growth Expectation

The company said it expected organic earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) growth to be at the high end of its forecast range of -3% to +3%.

Organic Revenue Growth Expectation

It continues to expect organic revenue growth above its 5-6% average target range at a group level.

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