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Coca-Cola Releases Q1 2023 Results, Beats Estimates & Doubles Down on Yearly Outlook

UTC by Tolu Ajiboye · 3 min read
Coca-Cola Releases Q1 2023 Results, Beats Estimates & Doubles Down on Yearly Outlook
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According to its Q1 2023 report, beverage giant Coca-Cola realized revenue of $10.96 billion on higher product prices and increased demand.

Coca-Cola (NYSE: KO) published a Q1 2023 earnings report that beat estimates, largely by benefitting from price increases and higher demand. For the first quarter of 2023, the beverage giant pulled in revenue of $10.96 billion adjusted. This haul compares favorably to the $10.8 billion analysts expected for the same period. For Q1 2023, Coca-Cola also realized earnings per share (EPS) of 68 cents adjusted versus the consensus estimate of 64 cents expected.

Coca-Cola reported a $3.11 billion, or 72 cents per share Q1 net income attributable to shareholders. This haul is a substantial increase from the $2.78 billion, or 64 cents per share, the Atlanta-based corporation got a year earlier. Minus items, the company behind the famous Coke brand earned 68 cents per share.

Meanwhile, net sales for the first three months of the year rose 5% to $10.98 billion. In addition, Coca-Cola’s organic revenue rose 12% in the first quarter. Organic revenue eliminates the impact of acquisitions and divestitures.

Following its commendable quarterly outing, Coca-Cola doubled down on its forecast for the rest of 2023. The company projects a comparable revenue increase of up to 5% for the year alongside earnings per share growth of 4% to 5%.

Coca-Cola CEO Comments on Company Q1 2023 Performance

Weighing in on Coca-Cola’s latest quarterly performance, company chief executive James Quincey enthused:

“We are encouraged by our first quarter 2023 results, our system alignment is stronger than ever, and our networked organization is allowing us to adapt as needed. We continue to invest for the long term, strengthening our capabilities to drive sustainable value for our stakeholders.”

Quincey also pointed out that Coca-Cola’s performance demonstrated its resilience in the marketplace. Emphasizing the leading beverage company’s ability to keep thriving in a dynamic operating environment, the CEO added:

“We have the right portfolio, the right strategy, and the right execution to deliver in the marketplace. We are confident in our ability to deliver on our 2023 objectives.”

Coca-Cola has been hiking prices on its drink products to counterbalance the effects of inflation. However, the company, whose stock had risen 1% in 2023, experienced a surge in demand despite the price increments.

Coca-Cola shares are currently trading at just over $64 a pop. The Atlanta-based beverage giant has a market value of $277 billion.

Coca-Cola AI Scheme

Quincey previously stated that Coca-Cola’s growth culture opened up new ways to drive growth. One such way is venturing into the artificial intelligence (AI) world by engaging digital creatives to be expressive.

Last month, Coca-Cola invited digital artists to generate original artwork using iconic creative assets from the company’s archives. The AI initiative, called “Create Real Magic,” is a platform built exclusively for the beverage corporation by OpenAI and Bain & Company. According to Coca-Cola at the time, “Create Real Magic” is a first-of-its-kind AI platform that leverages the capabilities and potential of GPT-4.

Quincey described the AI scheme as improving the company’s operations and capabilities.

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