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Soft Drink Stocks Reporting Q1 Earnings This Week: CCE, DPS, FMX

Investors of soft drink stocks have ample reason to be optimistic with leading companies like PepsiCo, Inc. PEP and The Coca-Cola Company KO delivering solid Q1 results. Despite declining demand for their sugary sodas, currency headwinds and slowdown in key emerging markets, earnings of these soft drink behemoths beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate, thereby bringing the sector in the limelight. Notably, Coca-Cola also beat sales expectations, while Pepsi’s top line narrowly missed the same.

Higher sales of the so-called “healthy” non-carbonated drinks, improved performance in the North America segments, pricing gains, lower costs of key raw materials, cost reductions and productivity gains and overall better execution helped these companies deliver impressive results in the reported quarter.

However, despite strong Q1 results, both Pepsi and Coca-Cola retained their previously issued guidance for 2016 due to a volatile macro outlook.

This week, three other soft drinks companies, Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc. CCE, Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Inc. DPS and Fomento Económico Mexicano, S.A.B de C.V FMX are set to report their quarterly results. Will these soft drink makers repeat Pepsi and Coca-Cola’s performance? Let’s have a look at what might be in store for them.

Coca-Cola Enterprises

The Western European bottler of The Coca-Cola Company is set to report Q1 results on Apr 28. Last quarter, the company delivered a positive earnings surprise of 3.92%.The company has an http://www.zacks.com/earnings/earnings-surprise-predictions/">Earnings ESP of 2.50% and a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the quarter is pegged at 40 cents.

Coca-Cola Enterprises delivered positive earnings surprises in each of the past four quarters with an average surprise of 3.50%.

Despite weak sales and volumes, certain positives like commodity cost favorability, cost cutting and share repurchases are driving the company’s operating profit and EPS growth. We expect the trend to continue in the to-be-reported quarter.(Read more: Coca-Cola Enterprises Q1 Earnings: What's in Store?)

Dr Pepper Snapple

The company is set to report Q1 results on Apr 27. Last quarter, the company delivered a positive earnings surprise of 2.04%.The company has an Earnings ESP of -1.16% and a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the quarter is pegged at 86 cents.

The company surpassed estimates in each of the trailing four quarters with an average positive surprise of 3.80%. 

Though pricing and productivity gains should boost profits in Q1, currency headwinds, softer  volumes of non-carbonated beverages (NCB) and higher interest might limit the upside. Nonetheless, marketing costs are expected to be lower in Q1 due to the favorable timing of several media campaigns. This, in turn, should also boost profits. (Read more:What's in Store for Dr Pepper Snapple in Q1 Earnings?)

Fomento Económico Mexicano (FEMSA)

This Mexican bottler of The Coca-Cola Company is set to report Q1 results on Apr 28. Last quarter, the company delivered a negative earnings surprise of 12.87%.The company has an Earnings ESP of 0.00% and a Zacks Rank #4 (Strong Sell). The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the quarter is pegged at 49 cents.

Additionally, the leading Latin American beverage company delivered negative earnings surprises in three of the last four quarters, with an average negative surprise of 6.42%.

FEMSA’s store openings, diversified business portfolio and focus on core business activities should drive growth in Q1. However, currency headwinds, along with continued regulatory pressures, can dampen its profits.(Read more: Will FEMSA Stock Suffer on Likely Dismal Q1 Earnings?)

Don’t miss out on our full earnings release articles for these soft drink stocks, as the actual results might hold some surprises!

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