It has been about a month since the last earnings report for PepsiCo (PEP). Shares have lost about 0.3% in that time frame, underperforming the S&P 500.
Will the recent negative trend continue leading up to its next earnings release, or is PepsiCo due for a breakout? Before we dive into how investors and analysts have reacted as of late, let’s take a quick look at the most recent earnings report in order to get a better handle on the important catalysts.
PepsiCo Q2 Earnings & Sales Beat Estimates
PepsiCo has reported strong second-quarter 2020 results, wherein earnings and sales surpassed estimates. Despite the challenges presented by the coronavirus outbreak, the company’s better-than-expected performance can be attributed to resilience in the global snacks and foods business. Further, the second quarter benefited from the lifting of restrictions and the gradual easing of challenges, which resulted in improved business performance and channel mix.
The company also gained from its strong portfolio of brands, a responsive supply chain and flexible go-to-market systems, which helped maintain continued supplies amid the coronavirus pandemic.
It notes that there is uncertainty regarding the duration and long-term implications of the coronavirus outbreak. Consequently, the company did not provide any guidance for 2020. However, it expects to maintain a strong balance sheet, increased cash generation and ample liquidity to invest in its business and reward shareholders.
For 2020, the company plans to return $7.5 billion of cash to shareholders, comprising $5.5 billion of dividends and $2 billion of share repurchases. Further, it expects core effective tax rate of 21%. Moreover, the company expects currency headwinds to hurt revenues and core earnings per share (EPS) by 3 percentage points in 2020, based on current rates.
Quarter in Detail
PepsiCo’s second-quarter core EPS of $1.32 beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.25. However, core EPS declined 15% year over year. In constant currency, core earnings were down 11% from the year-ago period. The company’s reported EPS of $1.18 declined 18% year over year.
Net revenues of $15,945 million declined 3.1% year over year and surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $15,542.5 million. On an organic basis, revenues fell 0.3% year over year. Foreign currency impacted revenues and earnings by 4% and 3%, respectively, in the second quarter. The decline in the top line was mainly caused by the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.
Although revenues were hurt by soft volume, it gained from robust pricing during the quarter. Total volume was down 2% in the reported quarter. Notably, organic volume for snacks/food business improved 4%, while it declined 11% for the beverage business. Meanwhile, net pricing improved 1.5% in the second quarter, driven by strong pricing across almost all segments.
On a consolidated basis, reported gross margin expanded 56 basis points (bps), while core gross margin improved 6 bps. Reported operating margin contracted 205 bps, while core operating margin declined 195 bps. The decline in operating margin was mainly owing to higher SG&A expenses.
On a segmental basis, the company witnessed organic and reported revenue growth for the snacks and food businesses as well as APAC.
Reported revenues improved 7% in FLNA, 23% in QFNA and 10% in APAC, whereas it declined 9% in Europe, 17% in Latin America, 7% in PBNA and 1% in AMESA segments. Organic revenues increased 23% at QFNA, 6% at FLNA and 15% at APAC. However, organic revenues declined 7% each at AMESA and PBNA, and 2.5% at Europe. Meanwhile, organic revenues remained flat in Latin America.
Operating profit (on a reported basis) declined 42% for the PBNA segment, 22% for Latin America and 75% for AMESA. However, it grew 63% for APAC, 3% for Europe, 55% for QFNA and 2% for FLNA.
The company ended second-quarter 2020 with cash and cash equivalents of $8,927 million, long-term debt of $38,371 million, and shareholders’ equity (excluding non-controlling interest) of $12,491 million.
Net cash provided by operating activities was $1,462 million as of Jun 13, 2020, compared with $1,388 million as of Jun 15, 2019.
How Have Estimates Been Moving Since Then?
It turns out, estimates revision have trended downward during the past month.
At this time, PepsiCo has a nice Growth Score of B, though it is lagging a bit on the Momentum Score front with a C. Following the exact same course, the stock was allocated a grade of C on the value side, putting it in the middle 20% for this investment strategy.
Overall, the stock has an aggregate VGM Score of B. If you aren’t focused on one strategy, this score is the one you should be interested in.
Estimates have been broadly trending downward for the stock, and the magnitude of these revisions indicates a downward shift. Notably, PepsiCo has a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). We expect an in-line return from the stock in the next few months.
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