Arca Continental Reports Revenue Growth of 46.4% with Net Income up 44.9% in 2017

MONTERREY, Mexico--()--Arca Continental, S.A.B. de C.V. (BMV: AC*) (“Arca Continental” or “AC”), the second-largest Coca-Cola bottler in Latin America, announced today its results for the fourth quarter and full year of 2017 (“4Q17” and “2017”).

Table 1: Financial Highlights

Data in millions of Mexican pesos

         

4Q17

4Q16

Variación %

Total Beverage Volume (MUC)

550.7

438.4

25.6%

Net Sales

38,078

24,894

53.0%

EBITDA

6,792

5,163

31.6%

Net Income

4,261

1,932

120.6%

                 

Total Beverage Volume includes jug water

EBITDA = Operating income + Depreciation + Amortization + Non Recurring Expenses

4Q17 HIGHLIGHTS

  • Net sales increased 53.0% when compared to 4Q16, reaching Ps. 38,078 million.
  • EBITDA was Ps. 6,792 million, representing a margin of 17.8%, 31.6% higher than 4Q16.
  • Net Income rose 120.6% to Ps. 4,261 million for a net margin of 11.2%.

2017 HIGHLIGHTS

  • Net sales reached Ps. 137,156 million for an increase of 46.4% compared to 2016.
  • EBITDA grew 29.4% to Ps. 25,993 million for a margin of 19.0%.
  • Net Income registered 44.9% growth to reach Ps. 13,090 million, representing a net margin of 9.5%.

COMMENTS FROM THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

“Thanks to our discipline and innovation in market execution, as well as the passion of every member of the Arca Continental team to better serve every day, our customers and consumers, we were able to once again, double our revenues in 5 years in a profitable and sustainable manner. This result does not include the effects of the new operations acquired in the U.S.; their addition brings us to a level of over Ps. 137 billion in total revenues for 2017, an increase of 46.4% when compared to the previous year”, stated Francisco Garza Egloff, Chief Executive Officer of Arca Continental.

“In 2018 we will focus on integrating and strengthening the solid growth achieved by our Company, thus reinforcing our commitment to creating value for our shareholders. At the same time, we will seek to continue increasing our competitiveness and market leadership in all the countries in which we operate”, he added.

RECENT EVENTS

  • On November 27, 2017, AC announced the acquisition of Deep River Snacks, a premium snacks company based in the state of Connecticut in the United States. This acquisition complements and diversifies the snacks portfolio for the US consumer.
  • On December 28, 2017, AC Bebidas announced CCSWB first private placement debt offering for USD $800 million, of this amount, USD $600 million were issued that day and the remaining USD $200 million will be issued on March 1, 2018. Half of the total offering matures in December 2029 at a fixed rate of 3.49%, while the rest matures in December 2032 at a fixed rate of 3.64%.
  • In 2018, AC will remain part of the FTSE4Good Emerging Index, which it was incorporated to in 2017 and includes the publicly-traded companies that demonstrate a strong commitment to having the best environmental, social responsibility and corporate governance practices among emerging economies.
  • For the seventh consecutive year, the Mexican Stock Exchange announced that AC will continue to be part of the Sustainability and Social Responsibility Index (ISRS) upon having the best international practices in the areas of social and environmental responsibility and corporate governance.
  • AC’s guidance for consolidated volume growth in 2018 is approximately 2%, excluding jug water.

For the full version of the earnings release and financials, please go to arcacontal.com

CONFERENCE CALL INFORMATION

Arca Continental will host a conference call on February 23, 2018 to discuss these results at 09:00 am Mexico/Monterrey time / 10:00 am New York time. A live webcast of this event is available at www.arcacontal.com or connect via telephone by dialing:

To participate, please dial:
+1-877-712-5080 (U.S. participants)
+1-334-245-3009 (International participants)
0-1-800-062-2650 (Mexico participants)
Passcode: 36151

About Arca Continental

Arca Continental is a company dedicated to the production, distribution, and sale of non-alcoholic beverages which are brand names of The Coca-Cola Company as well as salty snacks under the brands of Bokados in Mexico, Inalecsa in Ecuador, and Wise in the United States. With an outstanding track record of more than 91 years, Arca Continental is the second largest Coca-Cola bottling company in Latin America and one of the most important in the world. Within its Coca-Cola franchise, the company serves a population of more than 118 million in the northern and western parts of Mexico as well as Ecuador, Peru, the northern region of Argentina and the Southwestern U.S. Arca Continental is listed on the Mexican Stock Market under the ticker symbol "AC". For further information about Arca Continental, please visit www.arcacontal.com

This material may contain forward-looking statements regarding Arca Continental and its subsidiaries based on management’s expectations. This information as well as statements regarding future events and expectations is subject to risks and uncertainties, as well as factors that could cause the results, performance and achievements of the Company to differ at any time. Such factors include changes in the general economic, political, governmental and commercial conditions both domestically and globally, as well as variations in interest rates, inflation rates, exchange rate volatility, tax rates, the demand for and the price of carbonated beverages, water, and the price of sugar and other raw materials used in the production of sparkling beverages, weather conditions and various others. As a result of these risks and factors, actual results could be materially different from the estimates provided; therefore, Arca Continental does not accept responsibility for any variations or for the information provided by official sources.

Contacts

Investor Relations
Monterrey

Arca Continental
Ulises Fernández de Lara, 52 (81) 8151-1525
ulises.fernandezdelara@arcacontal.com
or
Felipe R. Barquin Goris, 52 (81) 8151-1674
felipe.barquin@arcacontal.com
or
New York
i-advize Corporate Communications
Melanie Carpenter, 212-406-3692
arcacontal@i-advize.com
or
Corporate Communications
Arca Continental
Guillermo Garza, 52 (81) 8151-1589
guillermo.garza@arcacontal.com

Contacts

Investor Relations
Monterrey

Arca Continental
Ulises Fernández de Lara, 52 (81) 8151-1525
ulises.fernandezdelara@arcacontal.com
or
Felipe R. Barquin Goris, 52 (81) 8151-1674
felipe.barquin@arcacontal.com
or
New York
i-advize Corporate Communications
Melanie Carpenter, 212-406-3692
arcacontal@i-advize.com
or
Corporate Communications
Arca Continental
Guillermo Garza, 52 (81) 8151-1589
guillermo.garza@arcacontal.com