🧀 Pepsi's Cheesy Surprise
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Lockdown and Comfort Food – PepsiCo’s Growth Drivers
PepsiCo reported better than expected earnings for Q2, which helped its stock price rally.
What Happened? What goes hand-in-hand with a pandemic at large, strict lockdowns, and resultant binge-watching at home? Comfort food! Snacks, chips, crisps (the edible kind!) have seen a great demand during Covid-19. PepsiCo has undoubtedly benefitted from the demand as it reported better than expected earnings for Q2 yesterday. Moreover, the company is highly optimistic about its current quarter forecasts.
The lockdown has seen Americans bulk-buying their beloved crunchy and salty treats. This led to brands such as Cheetos, Fritos, and Tostitos witnessing double-digit growth. However, beverage sales were notably down because grab-and-go gas stations, as well as in-restaurant sales, were affected during lockdowns.
PepsiCo is among the first big packaged-food companies reporting their earnings for the spring. Naturally, there is a lot of interest around it as Wall Street intends to use the company’s results to gauge consumer sentiments. PepsiCo is very well positioned to provide some answers because of its global presence and high brand equity.
The company has also benefitted from increasing online grocery shopping. It says its 5-year old e-commerce business will fetch $3 billion in sales by the fall of this year. Even though it is unclear how much of the gains will be sustainable, PepsiCo intends to make it big. It is also working on trying to capitalize on the changing eating and buying habits.
Market Reaction: PepsiCo’s shares were up 2.3% at 11.30 am in New York after an earlier gain of as much as 2.7%. The share price finally settled at $134.91 by the end of the day.
PEP $134.91 +0.45.97 (0.33%)
Analyst Ratings (19 Analysts) BUY 63% HOLD 37% SELL 0%
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There Have Been 11 Pepsi Logos Over the Past 122 Years
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