Organic sales grew by 16% during the quarter, shooting past the expected 9.6% growth, with the highest growth seen in Europe at 20%, Middle East & Africa at 18%, and North America at 14% growth.
Operating margin was 29.5% of sales vs. 30.0% last year, almost remaining flat year-on-year (YoY), while revenues grew by 11%. For the rest of the year, Coca-Cola expects to deliver 14-15% organic revenue growth.
Investors seemed to like what the beverage maker posted, as shares are up 2.48% at the time of writing.
KO chart and analysis
In the last month, KO has been trading in the $54.02 to $58.37 range, above the 20-day moving average. The stock is part of the beverages industry, with other 40 stocks in the same industry, outperforming 65% of them.
Analysts rate the stock a ‘strong buy,’ with the average price in the next 12 months for KO expected to reach $65.50, 13.77% higher than the current trading price of $57.57. Out of 14 Wall Street analysts, 11 have a ‘buy’ rating, and 3 have a ‘hold’ rating.
With increasing organic revenue growth in a challenging economic environment and a steady and secure dividend yield of 3.06%, it is clear why KO often represents a cornerstone of dividend investors’ portfolios.
If the company manages to continue growing organically, the stock will likely head higher, possibly confirming the bullishness on Wall Street.
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