PepsiCo Lifts Annual Forecasts Again On Price Hikes, Steady Demand

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PepsiCo Lifts Annual Forecasts Again On Price Hikes, Steady Demand

PepsiCo Inc has raised its annual revenue and profit forecasts for the second time, banking on resilient demand for its snacks and beverages as well as price hikes.

Shares rose about 2% in premarket trading after the company also beat second-quarter results.

“We are very pleased with our performance for the second quarter as our business momentum remains strong,” said chairman and CEO Ramon Laguarta.

Price Increases

Packaged food companies have hiked prices over the past two years to counter a jump in costs of everything from commodities such as sugar to transportation costs caused by supply chain snags during the pandemic and worsened by Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Meanwhile, US consumers have been spending on sodas and snacks from PepsiCo and rival Coca-Cola even as rising interest rates and food prices hammered non-essential spending.


PepsiCo's average prices jumped 15% for the quarter ended 17 June, while organic volume slipped 2.5%.

Average price of 192 ounces of PepsiCo's soda in the US rose to $8.68 in 2022 from $7.57 in 2021, according to NielsenIQ's data. It was $9.83 as of 17 June this year.

Divisional Performance

Net revenue at PepsiCo's North America beverages unit, the company's largest business which houses 7UP and Gatorade, rose 10% in the second quarter benefiting from price hikes.

But volumes slipped 4% in the unit, signalling consumers were becoming mindful about spending on sodas.


Organic revenue at the company's Frito-Lay North America unit rose 14% and Quaker Foods saw a 2% increase.

The company said it expects 2023 organic revenue to rise 10%, compared with prior forecast of an 8% increase.

It estimated annual core earnings per share of $7.47, compared with earlier expectation of $7.27.

Net revenue rose to $22.32 billion from $20.23 billion in the second quarter, compared with analysts' average estimate of $21.73 billion, according to Refinitiv data.

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