Dr Pepper Snapple (DPS) Tops Q2 Earnings, Sales; Ups View

Plano, TX-based Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. (DPS - Analyst Report) reported strong second-quarter 2016 results, surpassing the Zacks Consensus Estimate for both earnings and sales for the fourth quarter in a row. In addition, the company raised its guidance for full year 2016 and revealed that it expects to return over $1 billion to shareholders in the form of dividends and share repurchases.

Earnings Beat

Second-quarter adjusted earnings per share (EPS) of $1.25 beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.19 by 5.04%. Moreover, earnings increased 11% year over year helped by strong top-line performance and margin expansion.


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Strong Revenues and Margins

Dr Pepper Snapple’s net sales of $1.695 billion were ahead of the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.687 million by 0.5%. Net sales rose 2% year over year as favorable product/package mix, price hikes and sales volume offset currency headwinds and unfavorable segment mix.

While sales were driven by 1% volume growth, currency hurt sales by 2%.

Adjusted operating income of $387 million increased 6% year over year. Adjusted operating margin increased 70 basis points (bps) to 22.8% driven by higher sales, and productivity improvements.

Volumes in Detail

Dr Pepper Snapple’s sales volume is measured in two ways: 1) sales volume and 2) bottler case sales (BCS) volume. Sales volume represents concentrates and finished beverages sold to bottlers, retailers and distributors. BCS includes the sale of finished packaged beverages by the company and its bottlers to retailers and independent distributors.

Sales volume increased 1% in the quarter.

In the quarter, BCS volume went up 1%, lower than 2% increase in the previous quarter. During the quarter, Carbonated Soft Drinks (CSDs) volume increased 1% and non-carbonated beverages (NCBs) volumes increased 2%.

Geographically, volumes were flat in the U.S. and Canada, softer than 2% increase in the last quarter, while increasing 6% in Mexico and the Caribbean, same as in the previous quarter.

2016 Outlook

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