While being able to match analysts’ expectation for the latest quarter’s earnings and revenue, PepsiCo. portends earnings challenges for 2019.
The soft drink behemoth reported fourth quarter earnings of $1.49 per share and revenue of $19.52 billion - both in line with what Wall Street estimated.
Pepsi’s North American beverage market increased +2% - thereby rewarding the company’s advertising investment in the region. The company’s snack business registered +4% organic revenue growth in North America for the quarter.
PepsiCo.’s fiscal fourth-quarter net income came in at $6.85 billion (or $4.83 per share), compared to a loss of -$710 million, (or -50 cents per share) of the year-ago quarter.
However, Pepsi has apparently lowered its hopes for full-year 2019 earnings, owing to currency exchange rates headwinds, increased advertising/marketing expenses, and an expected hike in the effective tax rate to 21 percent from 18.8 percent. It now predicts earnings of $5.50 per share during 2019, down from its 2018 earnings of $5.66 per share. Wall Street had expected earnings of $5.86 a share for 2019 (according to Refinitiv).
But what might be good news for the company’s shareholders is that it announced a +3% dividend increase - to $3.82 from $3.71 - starting June.