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Dr Pepper Snapple Group Reports First Quarter RESULTS

The following excerpt is from the company's SEC filing.

Company reports EPS of $0.96 for the quarter. Core EPS were $0.94 for the quarter, up 16%.

Reported Net Sales increased 2% in the quarter.

Foreign currency translation reduced Reported Net Sales by 2% and Reported EPS by 1% in the quarter.

Company now expects full year 2016 Core EPS at the high end of its previously communicated range of $4.20 to $4.30 and continues to expect to return over $1 billion to shareholders in the form of stock repurchases and dividends.

Plano, TX, April 27, 2016 - Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Inc. (NYSE: DPS) reported first quarter 2016 EPS of $0.96 compared to $0.81 in the prior year period. Core EPS were $0.94, up 16%, compared to $0.81 in the prior year period.

For the quarter, reported net sales increased 2% on favorable product and package mix of 3%, price increases of 1% and a 1% increase in sales volumes. These increases were partially offset by 2 percentage points of unfavorable foreign currency translation. Net sales growth was also partially offset by unfavorable segment mix, as well as higher discounts, which were primarily related to our fountain foodservice business. Reported segment operating profit (SOP) increased 11%, or $36 million, on net sales growth, commodity deflation and planned lower marketing costs, partially offset by inflationary increases in certain operating expenses.

Reported income from operations for the quarter was $313 million, including $7 million in unrealized commodity mark-to-market gains. Reported income from operations was $270 million in the prior year period, including a $1 million unrealized commodity mark-to-market loss. Core income from operations for the quarter was $306 million, up 13%, representing 20.6% of net sales compared to 18.7% in the prior year period.

DPS President and CEO Larry Young said, “We’re off to a good start this year. Our teams stayed focused on our strategy of unlocking growth across our priority brands through integrated communication and execution. We gained dollar share in both CSDs and sparkling waters in Nielsen measured markets and delivered both product and package innovation to meet consumers’ evolving needs. Rapid Continuous Improvement (RCI) continues to enhance growth and productivity across the business.”

EPS reconciliation

First Quarter

Percent Change

Unrealized commodity mark-to-market net gain

EPS - earnings per share

Net sales and SOP in the tables and commentary below are presented on a currency neutral basis. Beginning in the second quarter of 2015, we excluded the impact of realized gains and losses on foreign currency transactions from our currency neutral calculation. Refer to the Definitions section of this press release for details on how the company calculates currency neutral metrics. For a reconciliation of non-GAAP to GAAP measures see pages A-5 through A-8 accompanying this release.

Summary of 2016 results

(Percent change)

As Reported

Currency Neutral (Translation)

BCS Volume

Sales Volume

BCS - bottler case sales

BCS Volume

For the quarter, BCS volume increased 2%, with both carbonated soft drinks (CSDs) and non-carbonated beverages (NCBs) increasing 2%.

By geography, U.S. and Canada volume increased 2%, and Mexico and the Caribbean volume increased 6%.

In CSDs, brand Dr Pepper increased 4% driven by growth in our fountain foodservice business. Schweppes and Crush grew 10% and 6%, respectively, on increased promotional activity at a large retailer. Peñafiel grew 5%, and Squirt grew 3%. These increases were partially offset by our Core 4 brands, which decreased 3%, as a mid-single-digit increase in Canada Dry was more than offset by a double-digit decrease in 7UP, a mid-single-digit decrease in Sunkist soda and a low-single-digit decrease in A&W. Fountain foodservice volume increased 10% in the quarter, partially impacted by the timing of orders for a large customer.

In NCBs, our water category grew 22% on strong growth in Bai brands, Aguafiel and FIJI. Snapple grew 4%, while Clamato grew 10% primarily on increased promotional activity. Hawaiian Punch decreased 7% on higher single serve pricing, while Mott’s declined 4% in the quarter.

Sales volumes increased 1% in the quarter.

2016 Segment results

(Percent Change)

Beverage Concentrates

Packaged Beverages

Latin America Beverages

Net sales increased 1% in the quarter driven by concentrate price increases taken at the beginning of the year and a 1% increase in concentrate shipments, which were partially offset by higher discounts, primarily related to our fountain foodservice business. SOP increased 3% on net sales growth and planned lower marketing costs, which were partially offset by increases in certain operating costs.

Net sales increased 4% in the quarter on favorable product and package mix and price increases, partially offset by a 1% decline in sales volumes. SOP increased 24% on net sales growth and lower commodity, logistics and marketing costs, which were partially offset by increases in certain operating expenses.

Net sales increased 6% in the quarter on a 6% increase in sales volumes. SOP was flat in the quarter, as net sales growth, lower commodity costs and ongoing productivity improvements were partially offset by the higher cost of certain U.S. dollar denominated input costs as a result of the strengthening U.S. dollar.

Furthermore, a $4 million arbitration award related to our Mexican joint venture reduced SOP growth by 24 percentage points in the quarter.

Corporate and Other Items

For the quarter, corporate costs totaled $64 million, which included $7 million in unrealized commodity mark-to-market gains. Corporate costs in the prior year period were $71 million, which included a $1 million unrealized commodity mark-to-market loss.

Net interest expense increased $6 million in the quarter primarily driven by higher debt balances and refinancing of certain debt in the prior year.

For the quarter, the reported effective tax rate was 35.2%. The effective tax rate in the prior year period was 35.7%.

Cash Flow

For the quarter, the company generated $177 million of cash from operating activities compared to $101 million in the prior year. Capital spending totaled $27 million compared to $20 million in the prior year period. The company returned $269 million to shareholders in the form of stock repurchases ($179 million) and dividends ($90 million).

2016 Full Year Guidance

The company now expects full year reported net sales to be up approximately 2% and core EPS to be at the high end of the previously communicated $4.20 to $4.30 range. Collectively, foreign currency translation and transaction are now expected to negatively impact net sales by approximately 1% and core EPS growth by about 2.5%.

Packaging and ingredient costs are now expected to decrease COGS by approximately 0.5% on a constant volume/mix basis.

The company continues to expect its core tax rate to be approximately 35.5%.

The company continues to expect capital spending to be approximately 3% of net sales.

The company continues to expect to repurchase $650 million to $700 million of its common stock.

Bottler case sales (BCS) volume: Sales of finished beverages, in equivalent 288 fluid ounce cases, sold by the company and its bottling partners to retailers and independent distributors and excludes contract manufacturing volume. Volume for products sold by the company and its bottling partners is reported on a monthly basis, with the first quarter comprising January, February and March.

Sales volume: Sales of concentrates and finished beverages, in equivalent 288 fluid ounce cases, shipped by the company to its bottlers, retailers and independent distributors and includes contract manufacturing volume.

Pricing refers to the impact of list price changes.

Unrealized mark-to-market: We recognize the change in the fair value of open commodity derivative positions between periods in corporate unallocated expenses, as these instruments do not qualify for hedge accounting treatment. As the underlying commodity is delivered, the realized gains and losses are subsequently reflected in the segment results.

EPS represents diluted earnings per share.

Core financial measures are determined utilizing reported financial numbers adjusted for the unrealized mark-to-market impact of commodity derivatives and certain items that are excluded for comparison to prior year periods.

Core metrics are determined based on the core financial measures.

Net sales and Segment Operating Profit, as adjusted to currency neutral: Net sales and Segment Operating Profit are calculated on a currency neutral basis by converting our current-period local currency financial results using the prior-period foreign currency exchange rates. Beginning in the second quarter of 2015, we excluded the impact of realized gains and losses on foreign currency transactions from our currency neutral calculation.

Forward-Looking Statements

This release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, including, in particular, statements about future events, future financial performance including earnings estimates, plans, strategies, expectations, prospects, competitive environment, regulation, and cost and availability of raw materials. Forward-looking statements include all statements that are not historical facts and can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as the words “may,” “will,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “plan,” “intend” or the negative of these terms or similar expressions. These forward-looking statements have been based on our current views with respect to future events and financial performance. Our actual financial performance could differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements due to the inherent uncertainty of estimates, forecasts and projections, and our financial performance may be better or worse than anticipated. Given these uncertainties, you should not put undue reliance on any forward-looking statements. All of the forward-looking statements are qualified in their entirety by reference to the factors discussed under “Risk Factors” in Part I, Item 1A of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2015, and our other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Forward-looking statements represent our estimates and assumptions only as of the date that they were made. We do not undertake any duty to update the forward-looking statements, and the estimates and assumptions associated with them, after the date of this release, except to the extent required by applicable securities laws.

Conference Call

At 9 a.m. (CDT) today, the company will host a conference call with investors to discuss first quarter results and the outlook for 2016. The conference call and slide presentation will be accessible live through DPS’s website at

http://www.drpeppersnapple.com

and will be archived for replay for a period of 14 days.

In discussing financial results and guidance, the company may refer to certain non-GAAP measures. Reconciliations of any such non-GAAP measures to the most directly comparable financial measures in accordance with GAAP can be found on pages A-5 through A-8 accompanying this release and under “Financial News” on the company's website at

in the “Investors” section.

For additional information about Dr Pepper Snapple Group, please reference the “DPS Overview” presentation slideshow under “Events and Presentations” on the company's website at

About Dr Pepper Snapple Group

Dr Pepper Snapple Group (NYSE: DPS) is a leading producer of flavored beverages in North America and the Caribbean. Our success is fueled by more than 50 brands that are synonymous with refreshment, fun and flavor. We have 6 of the top 10 non-cola soft drinks, and 13 of our 14 leading brands are No. 1 or No. 2 in their flavor categories. In addition to our flagship Dr Pepper and Snapple brands, our portfolio includes 7UP, A&W, Canada Dry, Clamato, Crush, Hawaiian Punch, Mott's, Mr & Mrs T mixers, Peñafiel, Rose's, Schweppes, Squirt and Sunkist soda. To learn more about our iconic brands and Plano, Texas-based company, please visit www.DrPepperSnapple.com. For our latest news and updates, follow us at www.Facebook.com/DrPepperSnapple or www.Twitter.com/DrPepperSnapple.

DR PEPPER SNAPPLE GROUP, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED

STATEMENTS OF INCOME

Three Months Ended March 31, 2016 and 2015

(Unaudited, in millions, except per share data)

Cost of sales

Gross profit

Selling, general and administrative expenses

Depreciation and amortization

Other operating expense, net

Income from operations

Interest expense

Interest income

Other income, net

Income before provision for income taxes and equity in earnings of unconsolidated subsidiaries

Provision for income taxes

Income before equity in earnings of unconsolidated subsidiaries

Equity in earnings of unconsolidated subsidiaries, net of tax

Net income

Earnings per common share:

Diluted

Weighted average common shares outstanding:

BALANCE SHEETS

As of

March 31, 2016 and December 31, 2015

(Unaudited, in millions, except share and per share data)

Assets

Current assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

Accounts receivable:

Trade, net

Inventories

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

Total current assets

Property, plant and equipment, net

Investments in unconsolidated subsidiaries

Goodwill

Other intangible assets, net

Other non-current assets

Non-current deferred tax assets

Total assets

Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity

Current liabilities:

Accounts payable

Deferred revenue

Short-term borrowings and current portion of long-term obligations

Income taxes payable

Other current liabilities

Total current liabilities

Long-term obligations

Non-current deferred tax liabilities

Non-current deferred revenue

Other non-current liabilities

Total liabilities

Commitments and contingencies

Stockholders' equity:

Preferred stock, $0.01 par value, 15,000,000 shares authorized, no shares issued

Common stock, $0.01 par value, 800,000,000 shares authorized,

186,694,160

187,841,509

shares issued and outstanding for 2016 and 2015, respectively

Additional paid-in capital

Retained earnings

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

Total stockholders' equity

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

March 31, 2016

(Unaudited, in millions)

Operating activities:

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:

Depreciation expense

Amortization expense

Amortization of deferred revenue

Employee stock-based compensation expense

Deferred income taxes

Other, net

Changes in assets and liabilities, net of effects of acquisition:

Trade accounts receivable

Other accounts receivable

Other current and non-current assets

Other current and non-current liabilities

Trade accounts payable

Net cash provided by operating activities

Investing activities:

Purchase of property, plant and equipment

Investment in unconsolidated subsidiaries

Purchase of cost method investment

Proceeds from disposals of property, plant and equipment

Net cash used in investing activities

Financing activities:

Repayment of senior unsecured notes

Repurchase of shares of common stock

Dividends paid

Tax withholdings related to net share settlements of certain stock awards

Proceeds from stock options exercised

Excess tax benefit on stock-based compensation

Capital lease payments

Net cash used in financing activities

Cash and cash equivalents — net change from:

Operating, investing and financing activities

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

OPERATIONS BY OPERATING SEGMENT

(Unaudited, in millions)

For the Three Months Ended March 31,

Segment Results – Net sales

Segment Results – SOP

Total SOP

Unallocated corporate costs

Interest expense, net

RECONCILIATION OF GAAP AND NON-GAAP INFORMATION

(Unaudited)

The company reports its financial results in accordance with U.S. GAAP. However, management believes that certain non-GAAP measures that reflect the way management evaluates the business may provide investors with additional information regarding the company's results, trends and ongoing performance on a comparable basis. Specifically, investors should consider the following with respect to our quarterly results:

Free Cash Flow:

Free cash flow is defined as net cash provided by operating activities adjusted for capital spending and certain items excluded for comparison to prior year periods. For the three months ended March 31,

, there were no certain items excluded for comparison to prior year periods.

Core earnings:

Core earnings is defined as net income adjusted for the unrealized mark-to-market impact of commodity derivatives and certain items that are excluded for comparison to prior year periods. For the three months ended March 31,

, there were no items other than mark-to-market excluded for comparison to prior year periods.

The tables on the following pages provide these reconciliations.

RECONCILIATION OF NET SALES AND SOP

AS REPORTED TO AS ADJUSTED TO CURRENCY NEUTRAL

For the Three Months Ended March 31, 2016

Reported net sales

Impact of foreign currency

Net sales, as adjusted to currency neutral

Reported SOP

SOP, as adjusted to currency neutral

RECONCILIATION OF NET CASH PROVIDED BY OPERATING ACTIVITIES TO FREE CASH FLOW

RECONCILIATION OF NET INCOME TO CORE EARNINGS

Mark to Market

FX Translation

Currency Neutral Core

Diluted earnings per common share

Effective tax rate

Operating margin

RECONCILIATION OF NET INCOME TO CORE EARNINGS - (Continued)

For the Three Months Ended March 31, 2015

The above information was disclosed in a filing to the SEC. To see the filing, click here.

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