Keurig Dr Pepper ( KDP Quick Quote KDP - Free Report) is well-positioned from its continued brand strength, significant pricing, solid performance in its cold beverages and strong market share gains. This led to the solid first-quarter 2023 results, wherein the top line and bottom line surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate and grew year over year. Factors to Note
Keurig Dr Pepper has been gaining traction in the Refreshment Beverage segment for quite some time now. The division reported a 12.7% increase in sales for the first quarter, gaining from higher net price realization of 12.5% and an increase in volume/mix of 0.2% year over year. The segment benefited from strong traction from recent innovation, most notably Dr Pepper Strawberries & Cream, effective in-market execution and its recently announced sales and distribution partnership for C4 Energy. The continuation of this trend may help the company's bottom line in the short term.
The company witnessed a strong in-market performance in the Liquid Refreshment Beverages category during the first quarter. Its retail dollar consumption grew 13.6%, with market share expansion above 88% of KDP's cold beverage portfolio. This mainly reflected strength in CSDs, seltzers, energy, apple juice, coconut waters and fruit drinks.
Also, strength in Dr Pepper, Canada Dry, A&W, Sunkist, Squirt and Crush CSDs, Polar seltzers, Vita Coco, C4 Energy, Mott's and Hawaiian Punch aided the results. In coffee, Keurig Dr Pepper’s manufactured shares were solid at 81%, driven by higher consumer mobility year over year.
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This Zacks Rank #3 (Hold) company produced robust first-quarter 2023 results. Net sales of $3,353 million jumped 8.9% from the year-ago quarter and on a constant-currency basis. The upside was driven by net price realization growth of 9.9%. Adjusted earnings of 34 cents per share grew 3% year over year.
Driven by the robust quarterly results, management reaffirmed its view for 2023, which seems encouraging. The company expects sales growth of 5% and adjusted earnings increase of 6-7%. However, Keurig Dr Pepper has been reeling under significant input cost inflation, rising transportation costs and supply-chain disruptions, which are likely to persist in the near term. These, along with the adverse impacts of higher marketing investment, acted as deterrents. Going ahead, management expects inflation to remain the greatest challenge. Shares of the company have lost 9.3% in the past three months against the industry’s growth of 7%. The above-mentioned upsides are likely to help get KDP back on track in the near term. Stocks to Consider
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