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SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Pinterest, Inc. (NYSE: PINS) today announced financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2020.

  • Q3 revenue grew 58% year over year to $443 million.
  • Global Monthly Active Users (MAUs) grew 37% year over year to 442 million.
  • GAAP net loss was $(94) million for Q3. Adjusted EBITDA was $93 million.

“More than ever before, people are coming to Pinterest to get inspiration for their lives—everything from planning early for a socially distant Halloween to creating great home schools for their kids,” said Ben Silbermann, CEO and co-founder, Pinterest. “Our top priority is to continue making Pinterest home to the most inspiring and actionable content. This quarter we launched a set of tools to empower creators to show and share their ideas with people who are ready to act.”

“The strong momentum our business experienced in July continued throughout the rest of the third quarter. We’re extremely pleased with the broad based strength of our business, driven by recovering advertiser demand as well as positive returns from our investments in advertiser products and international expansion,” said Todd Morgenfeld, CFO and Head of Business Operations, Pinterest.

 

NY, USA – DECEMBER 26, 2019: Pinterest paper logo lies with envelope full of dollar bills and smartphone

Q3 2020 Financial Highlights

The following table summarizes our consolidated financial results (in thousands, except percentages, unaudited):

Three Months Ended September 30,

% Change

2020

2019

Revenue

$

442,616

$

279,703

58

%

Net loss

$

(94,220

)

$

(124,732

)

24

%

Non-GAAP net income*

$

87,164

$

5,960

1,362

%

Adjusted EBITDA*

$

93,042

$

3,871

2,304

%

Adjusted EBITDA margin*

21

%

1

%

For more information on these non-GAAP financial measures, please see “—About non-GAAP financial measures” and the tables under “—Reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP financial results” included at the end of this release.

Q3 2020 Other Highlights

The following table sets forth our revenue, MAUs and average revenue per user (“ARPU”) based on the geographic location of our users (in millions, except ARPU and percentages, unaudited):

Three Months Ended September 30,

% Change

2020

2019

Revenue – Global

$

443

$

280

58

%

Revenue – United States

$

374

$

251

49

%

Revenue – International

$

69

$

28

145

%

MAUs – Global

442

322

37

%

MAUs – United States

98

87

13

%

MAUs – International

343

235

46

%

ARPU – Global

$

1.03

$

0.90

15

%

ARPU – United States

$

3.85

$

2.93

31

%

ARPU – International

$

0.21

$

0.13

66

%

Outlook

Our current expectation is that Q4 revenue will grow around 60% year over year, a modest acceleration compared to our growth rate in Q320. We continue to navigate uncertainty given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and other factors.

We’re also operating in a more remote working environment while maintaining investments in the long-term strategic priorities of the company. We continue to evaluate our spending as the situation evolves.

We intend to provide further detail on our outlook during the conference call.

Webcast and conference call information

A live audio webcast of our third quarter 2020 earnings release call will be available at investor.pinterestinc.com. The call begins today at 1:30 PM (PT) / 4:30 PM (ET). We have also posted to our investor relations website a letter to shareholders. This press release, including the reconciliations of certain non-GAAP measures to their nearest comparable GAAP measures, letter to shareholders and slide presentation are also available. A recording of the webcast will be available at investor.pinterestinc.com for 90 days.

We have used, and intend to continue to use, our investor relations website at investor.pinterestinc.com as a means of disclosing material nonpublic information and for complying with our disclosure obligations under Regulation FD.

Forward-looking statements

This press release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, about us and our industry that involve substantial risks and uncertainties, including, among other things, statements about our future operational and financial performance. Words such as “believe,” “project,” “may,” “will,” “estimate,” “continue,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “expect,” “plan” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are only predictions and may differ materially from actual results due to a variety of factors including: uncertainty regarding the duration and scope of the coronavirus referred to as COVID-19 pandemic; actions governments and businesses take in response to the pandemic, including actions that could affect levels of advertising activity; the impact of the pandemic and actions taken in response to the pandemic on global and regional economies and economic activity; the pace of recovery when the COVID-19 pandemic subsides; general economic uncertainty in key global markets and a worsening of global economic conditions or low levels of economic growth; the scope and impact of the recent outbreak of COVID-19 on our planned investments, operations, expenses, revenue, cash flow, liquidity and users; our ability to attract and retain Pinners and engagement levels; our ability to provide useful and relevant content; risks associated with new products and changes to existing products as well as other new business initiatives; our ability to maintain and enhance our brand and reputation; compromises in security; our financial performance and fluctuations in operating results; our dependency on internet search engines’ methodologies and policies; discontinuation, disruptions or outages in authentication by third-party login providers; changes by third-party login providers that restrict our access or ability to identify users; competition; our ability to scale our business and revenue model; our reliance on advertising revenue and our ability to attract and retain advertisers and effectively measure advertising campaigns; our ability to effectively manage growth and expand and monetize our platform internationally; our lack of operating history and ability to attain and sustain profitability; decisions that reduce short-term revenue or profitability or do not produce expected long-term benefits; risks associated with government actions, laws and regulations that could restrict access to our products or impair our business; litigation and government inquiries; privacy, data and other regulatory concerns; our ability to protect our intellectual property; real or perceived inaccuracies in metrics related to our business; disruption, degradation or interference with the hosting services we use and infrastructure; our ability to attract and retain personnel; and the dual class structure of our common stock and its effect of concentrating voting control with stockholders who held our capital stock prior to the completion of our initial public offering. These and other potential risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ from the results predicted are more fully detailed in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2020, which is available on our investor relations website at investor.pinterestinc.com and on the SEC website at www.sec.gov. Additional information will be made available in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q and other future reports that we may file with the SEC from time to time, which could cause actual results to vary from expectations. All information provided in this release and in the earnings materials is as of October 28, 2020. Undue reliance should not be placed on the forward-looking statements in this press release, which are based on information available to us on the date hereof. We undertake no duty to update this information unless required by law.

About non-GAAP financial measures

To supplement our condensed consolidated financial statements, which are prepared and presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States (“GAAP”), we use the following non-GAAP financial measures: Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA margin, non-GAAP costs and expenses (including non-GAAP cost of revenue, research and development, sales and marketing, and general and administrative), non-GAAP income (loss) from operations, non-GAAP net income (loss) and non-GAAP net income (loss) per share. The presentation of these financial measures is not intended to be considered in isolation, as a substitute for or superior to the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP. Investors are cautioned that there are material limitations associated with the use of non-GAAP financial measures as an analytical tool. In addition, these measures may be different from non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies, limiting their usefulness for comparative purposes. We compensate for these limitations by providing specific information regarding GAAP amounts excluded from these non-GAAP financial measures.

We define Adjusted EBITDA as net loss adjusted to exclude depreciation and amortization expense, share-based compensation expense, interest income, interest expense and other income (expense), net, provision for (benefit from) income taxes and, for the third quarter of 2020, a one-time payment for the termination of a future lease contract. Adjusted EBITDA margin is calculated by dividing Adjusted EBITDA by revenue. Non-GAAP costs and expenses (including non-GAAP cost of revenue, research and development, sales and marketing, and general and administrative) and non-GAAP net income (loss) exclude amortization of acquired intangible assets, share-based compensation expense and, for the third quarter of 2020, a one-time payment for the termination of a future lease contract. Non-GAAP income (loss) from operations is calculated by subtracting non-GAAP costs and expenses from revenue. Non-GAAP net income per share is calculated by dividing non-GAAP net income by diluted weighted-average shares outstanding. We use Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA margin, non-GAAP costs and expenses, non-GAAP income (loss) from operations, non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP net income per share to evaluate our operating results and for financial and operational decision-making purposes. We believe these non-GAAP financial measures help identify underlying trends in our business that could otherwise be masked by the effect of the income and expenses they exclude. We also believe these non-GAAP financial measures provide useful information about our operating results, enhance the overall understanding of our past performance and future prospects and allow for greater transparency with respect to key metrics we use for financial and operational decision-making. We present these non-GAAP financial measures to assist potential investors in seeing our operating results through the eyes of management and because we believe these measures provide an additional tool for investors to use in comparing our operating results over multiple periods with other companies in our industry. There are a number of limitations related to the use of Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA margin, non-GAAP costs and expenses, non-GAAP income (loss) from operations, non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP net income per share rather than net loss, net margin, total costs and expenses, loss from operations, net loss and net loss per share, respectively, the nearest GAAP equivalents. For example, Adjusted EBITDA excludes certain recurring, non-cash charges such as depreciation of fixed assets and amortization of acquired intangible assets, although these assets may have to be replaced in the future, and share-based compensation expense, which has been, and will continue to be for the foreseeable future, a significant recurring expense and an important part of our compensation strategy.

For a reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures, please see the tables under “—Reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP financial results” included at the end of this release.

Limitation of key metrics and other data

The numbers for our key metrics, which include our MAUs and ARPU, are calculated using internal company data based on the activity of user accounts. We define a monthly active user as an authenticated Pinterest user who visits our website, opens our mobile application or interacts with Pinterest through one of our browser or site extensions, such as the Save button, at least once during the 30-day period ending on the date of measurement. We present MAUs based on the number of MAUs measured on the last day of the current period. We define ARPU as our total revenue in a given geography during a period divided by the average of the number of MAUs in that geography during the period. We calculate average MAUs based on the average between the number of MAUs measured on the last day of the current period and the last day prior to the beginning of the current period. We calculate ARPU by geography based on our estimate of the geography in which revenue-generating activities occur. We use these metrics to assess the growth and health of the overall business and believe that MAUs and ARPU best reflect our ability to attract, retain, engage and monetize our users, and thereby drive revenue. While these numbers are based on what we believe to be reasonable estimates of our user base for the applicable period of measurement, there are inherent challenges in measuring usage of our products across large online and mobile populations around the world. In addition, we are continually seeking to improve our estimates of our user base, and such estimates may change due to improvements or changes in technology or our methodology.

PINTEREST, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(in thousands, except par value)

(unaudited)

September 30,

December 31,

2020

2019

ASSETS

Current assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$

652,723

$

649,666

Marketable securities

996,392

1,063,679

Accounts receivable, net of allowances of $5,670 and $2,851 as of September 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively

339,274

316,367

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

44,537

37,522

Total current assets

2,032,926

2,067,234

Property and equipment, net

76,294

91,992

Operating lease right-of-use assets

164,803

188,251

Goodwill and intangible assets, net

13,814

14,576

Restricted cash

9,221

25,339

Other assets

3,980

5,925

Total assets

$

2,301,038

$

2,393,317

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

Current liabilities:

Accounts payable

$

41,703

$

34,334

Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

147,946

141,823

Total current liabilities

189,649

176,157

Operating lease liabilities

150,162

173,392

Other liabilities

26,623

20,063

Total liabilities

366,434

369,612

Commitments and contingencies

Stockholders’ equity:

Class A common stock, $0.00001 par value, 6,666,667 shares authorized, 507,248 and 360,850 shares issued and outstanding as of September 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively; Class B common stock, $0.00001 par value, 1,333,333 shares authorized, 107,995 and 209,054 shares issued and outstanding as of September 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively

6

6

Additional paid-in capital

4,475,425

4,229,778

Accumulated other comprehensive income

2,063

647

Accumulated deficit

(2,542,890

)

(2,206,726

)

Total stockholders’ equity

1,934,604

2,023,705

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

$

2,301,038

$

2,393,317

PINTEREST, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(in thousands, except per share amounts)

(unaudited)

Three Months Ended September 30,

2020

2019

Revenue

$

442,616

$

279,703

Costs and expenses:

Cost of revenue

112,844

83,520

Research and development

160,187

167,703

Sales and marketing

118,531

110,740

General and administrative

148,087

51,450

Total costs and expenses

539,649

413,413

Loss from operations

(97,033

)

(133,710

)

Interest income

2,896

9,837

Interest expense and other income (expense), net

(51

)

(1,056

)

Loss before provision for (benefit from) income taxes

(94,188

)

(124,929

)

Provision for (benefit from) income taxes

32

(197

)

Net loss

$

(94,220

)

$

(124,732

)

Net loss per share attributable to common stockholders, basic and diluted

$

(0.16

)

$

(0.23

)

Weighted-average shares used in computing net loss per share attributable to common stockholders, basic and diluted

603,490

546,126

PINTEREST, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(in thousands)

(unaudited)

Nine Months Ended September 30,

2020

2019

Operating activities
Net loss $

(336,164

)

$

(1,325,653

)

Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash provided by (used in) operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization

29,174

19,496

Share-based compensation

234,801

1,265,581

Other

7,268

(3,296

)

Changes in assets and liabilities:
Accounts receivable

(25,667

)

12,331

Prepaid expenses and other assets

(6,184

)

(1,502

)

Operating lease right-of-use assets

31,835

21,746

Accounts payable

7,689

8,897

Accrued expenses and other liabilities

20,391

13,133

Operating lease liabilities

(35,013

)

(19,634

)

Net cash used in operating activities

(71,870

)

(8,901

)

Investing activities
Purchases of property and equipment and intangible assets

(14,032

)

(20,433

)

Purchases of marketable securities

(808,180

)

(527,899

)

Sales of marketable securities

174,042

93,389

Maturities of marketable securities

699,133

252,164

Other investing activities

316

Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities

51,279

(202,779

)

Financing activities
Proceeds from initial public offering, net of underwriters’ discounts and commissions

1,573,200

Proceeds from exercise of stock options, net

64,992

744

Shares repurchased for tax withholdings on release of restricted stock units

(56,894

)

(424,965

)

Payment of deferred offering costs and other financing activities

(1,750

)

(11,305

)

Net cash provided by financing activities

6,348

1,137,674

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash

(86

)

(182

)

Net increase (decrease) in cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash

(14,329

)

925,812

Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash, beginning of period

677,743

135,290

Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash, end of period $

663,414

$

1,061,102

Supplemental cash flow information
Accrued property and equipment $

3,952

$

7,174

Operating lease right-of-use assets obtained in exchange for operating lease liabilities $

14,030

$

41,399

Reconciliation of cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash to condensed consolidated balance sheets
Cash and cash equivalents $

652,723

$

1,033,871

Restricted cash included in prepaid expenses and other current assets

1,470

2,409

Restricted cash

9,221

24,822

Total cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash $

663,414

$

1,061,102

RECONCILIATION OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP FINANCIAL RESULTS

(in thousands, except per share amounts)

(unaudited)

Three Months Ended September 30,

2020

2019

Share-based compensation by function:

Cost of revenue

$

2,298

$

1,568

Research and development

61,357

83,539

Sales and marketing

11,958

21,243

General and administrative

16,019

23,938

Total share-based compensation

$

91,632

$

130,288

Amortization of acquired intangible assets by function:

Cost of revenue

$

94

$

94

General and administrative

158

310

Total amortization of acquired intangible assets

$

252

$

404

Reconciliation of total costs and expenses to non-GAAP costs and expenses:

Total costs and expenses

$

539,649

$

413,413

Share-based compensation

(91,632

)

(130,288

)

Amortization of acquired intangible assets

(252

)

(404

)

Termination of future lease contract

(89,500

)

Total Non-GAAP costs and expenses

$

358,265

$

282,721

Reconciliation of net loss to non-GAAP net income:

Net loss

$

(94,220

)

$

(124,732

)

Share-based compensation

91,632

130,288

Amortization of acquired intangible assets

252

404

Termination of future lease contract

89,500

Non-GAAP net income

$

87,164

$

5,960

Weighted-average shares outstanding for net loss per share, basic and diluted

603,491

546,126

Weighted-average dilutive securities(1)

72,803

104,594

Diluted weighted-average shares outstanding for Non-GAAP net income per share

676,294

650,720

Net loss per share

$

(0.16

)

$

(0.23

)

Non-GAAP net income per share

$

0.13

$

0.01

___________

(1)

Gives effect to potential common stock instruments such as stock options, unvested restricted stock units and unvested restricted stock awards.

RECONCILIATION OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP FINANCIAL RESULTS

(in thousands, except per share amounts)

(unaudited)

Three Months Ended September 30,

2020

2019

Reconciliation of net loss to Adjusted EBITDA:

Net Loss

$

(94,220

)

$

(124,732

)

Depreciation and amortization

8,943

7,293

Share-based compensation

91,632

130,288

Interest income

(2,896

)

(9,837

)

Interest expense and other (income) expense, net

51

1,056

Provision for (benefit from) income taxes

32

(197

)

Termination of future lease contract

89,500

Adjusted EBITDA

$

93,042

$

3,871

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Coca-Cola Reports Third Quarter 2020 Results, Provides Update on Strategic Actions to Emerge Stronger from the Pandemic

Global Unit Case Volume Declined 4%

Net Revenues Declined 9%;
Organic Revenues (Non-GAAP) Declined 6%

Operating Income Declined 8%; Comparable Currency
Neutral Operating Income (Non-GAAP) Grew 7%

Operating Margin Was 26.6% Versus 26.3% in the Prior Year;
Comparable Operating Margin (Non-GAAP) Was 30.4% Versus 28.1% in the Prior Year

EPS Declined 33% to $0.40; Comparable EPS (Non-GAAP) Declined 2% to $0.55

ATLANTA- The Coca-Cola Company today reported third quarter 2020 results and updated its progress on several strategic initiatives that are designed to accelerate a return to growth. The Coca-Cola system continues to focus on emerging stronger from the pandemic with a portfolio of the right brands, high-impact marketing, effective innovation and a highly networked organizational structure.

“Throughout this year’s crisis, our system has remained focused on its beverages for life strategy. We are accelerating our transformation that was already underway, shaping our company to recover faster than the broader economic recovery,” said James Quincey, chairman and CEO of The Coca-Cola Company. “While many challenges still lie ahead, our progress in the quarter gives me confidence we are on the right path.”

Highlights

Quarterly Performance

  • Revenues: Net revenues declined 9% to $8.7 billion. Organic revenues (non-GAAP) declined 6%. Revenue performance included a 4% decline in concentrate sales and a 3% decline in price/mix. The company reported improvement in trends versus the prior quarter, with revenue declines versus the prior year driven by ongoing pressure in away-from-home channels partially offset by sustained growth in at-home channels.
  • Margin: Operating margin, which included items impacting comparability, was 26.6% versus 26.3% in the prior year, while comparable operating margin (non-GAAP) was 30.4% versus 28.1% in the prior year. Operating margin expansion was primarily driven by effective cost management, partially offset by top-line pressure and currency headwinds.
  • Earnings per share: EPS declined 33% to $0.40, and comparable EPS (non-GAAP) declined 2% to $0.55.
  • Market share: The company lost value share in total nonalcoholic ready-to-drink (NARTD) beverages as an underlying share gain was more than offset by negative channel mix due to continued pressure in away-from-home channels, where the company has a strong share position.
  • Cash flow: Year-to-date cash from operations was $6.2 billion, down 20%. Free cash flow (non-GAAP) was $5.5 billion, down 17%.

Business Environment and Strategic Actions Update

Since the company’s last earnings update in July, global unit case volume trends have continued to improve. The pace in the third quarter was more gradual than the second quarter, and the percentage decline in global unit case volume for October month-to-date was low single digits. The company is seeing an elevated level of sales in at-home channels being more than offset by ongoing pressure in away-from-home channels, which are affected by the level of lockdown in a particular market.

While the company is pleased with the sequential improvement, given the uncertainty remaining surrounding the coronavirus pandemic including a resurgence in various markets, the ultimate impact on its near-term results is unknown. Importantly, the company’s balance sheet remains strong, and the company is confident in its liquidity position as it continues to navigate through the crisis.

The recent strategic actions of portfolio optimization, disciplined innovation, increased marketing effectiveness and efficiency, enhanced system collaboration and evolving the organizational structure have given the company increased confidence in emerging stronger.

Company Updates

  • Building a networked organization designed for growth: The company is establishing a networked structure that is comprised of operating units, category teams, Platform Services and the center. Operating units will be highly interconnected and will sit under the four existing geographic segments, with a focus on local execution. Category teams will drive innovation, marketing efficiency and effectiveness in partnership with operating units. Platform Services will focus on world-class services and capabilities globally to the system, while the center will provide strategy, governance and scale for global initiatives. The company’s new, networked organization will combine the power of scale with local execution. The changes to the company’s structure will result in a reallocation of some associates along with a reduction in the number of associates, which is underway through a combination of voluntary separation programs and involuntary reductions.
  • Shaping a winning growth portfolio: The company continues to pursue its beverages for life ambition by calibrating a portfolio with an optimal set of global, regional and local brands with the strongest potential to grow their consumer bases, increase frequency and drive system margins. The company expects to offer a portfolio of approximately 200 master brands, an approximate 50% reduction from the current number, and phase out some products, such as ZICO® and TaB®.
  • Expanding consumer-centric innovation: The company is committed to exploring new products in dynamic beverage categories. In the third quarter, the company launched Topo Chico™ Hard Seltzer, which blends purified sparkling water, a gluten-free alcohol base and natural flavors, with minerals added for taste. Topo Chico™ Hard Seltzer is inspired by Topo Chico® sparkling mineral water, a 125-year-old brand with a rich heritage. The new product is currently available in select cities in Latin America. In the United States, the company entered into an agreement with Molson Coors Beverage Company to manufacture, market and distribute the product. This relationship will allow Topo Chico™ Hard Seltzer to launch with scale in the U.S., which we anticipate will occur in the first half of 2021. 

Operating Review – Three Months Ended September 25, 2020

Revenues and Volume

Percent Change

Concentrate
Sales1

Price/Mix

Currency
Impact

Acquisitions,
Divestitures
and Structural
Changes, Net

Reported
Net
Revenues

Organic
Revenues2

Unit Case
Volume

Consolidated

(4)

(3)

(3)

0

(9)

(6)

(4)

Europe, Middle East & Africa

0

(6)

(1)

0

(7)

(6)

(3)

Latin America

(2)

(1)

(19)

0

(23)

(4)

(4)

North America

(7)

4

0

1

(2)

(3)

(6)

Asia Pacific

(4)

(4)

(1)

0

(9)

(8)

(4)

Global Ventures3

(14)

(7)

2

0

(19)

(20)

(11)

Bottling Investments

(9)

2

(5)

(1)

(12)

(6)

(10)

Operating Income and EPS

Percent Change

Reported
Operating
Income

Items
Impacting
Comparability

Currency
Impact

Comparable
Currency
Neutral2

Consolidated

(8)

(7)

(8)

7

Europe, Middle East & Africa

2

(4)

(3)

9

Latin America

(20)

(4)

(28)

12

North America

14

(5)

0

18

Asia Pacific

(5)

1

(2)

(4)

Global Ventures

4

Bottling Investments

662

617

(25)

69

Percent Change

Reported
EPS

Items
Impacting
Comparability

Currency

Impact

Comparable

Currency

Neutral2

Consolidated EPS

(33)

(31)

(7)

5

Note: Certain rows may not add due to rounding.

1

For Bottling Investments, this represents the percent change in net revenues attributable to the increase (decrease) in unit case volume computed based on total sales (rather than average daily sales) in each of the corresponding periods after considering the impact of structural changes.

2

Organic revenues, comparable currency neutral operating income and comparable currency neutral EPS are non-GAAP financial measures. Refer to the Reconciliation of GAAP and Non-GAAP Financial Measures section.

3

Due to the combination of multiple business models in the Global Ventures segment, the composition of concentrate sales and price/mix may fluctuate materially on a periodic basis. Therefore, the company places greater focus on revenue growth as the best indicator of underlying performance of the segment.

4

Reported operating loss for Global Ventures for the three months ended September 25, 2020 was $31 million. Reported operating income for Global Ventures for the three months ended September 27, 2019 was $77 million. Therefore, the percent change is not meaningful.

In addition to the data in the preceding tables, third quarter operating results included the following:

Consolidated

  • Price/mix declined 3% for the quarter driven by negative channel and package mix due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Price/mix was also impacted by negative segment mix from Global Ventures and Bottling Investments. Concentrate sales were in line with unit case volume. Year-to-date concentrate sales were 2 points behind unit case volume, impacted by one less day and cycling the timing of certain shipments from the prior year related to the Brexit bottler inventory build.
  • Unit case volume declined 4%, as continued strength in at-home channels was more than offset by coronavirus-related pressure in away-from-home channels. Category cluster performance was as follows:
    • Sparkling soft drinks declined 1%, led by a decline in the fountain business in North America and in Mexico due to pressure in away-from-home channels. Trademark Coca-Cola grew 1%. Coca-Cola® Zero Sugar grew 7% in the quarter and 4% year-to-date.
    • Juice, dairy and plant-based beverages declined 6% as solid performance by Simply® and fairlife® in North America was more than offset by pressure in the Asia Pacific and Latin America operating groups.
    • Water, enhanced water and sports drinks declined 11%, led by a broad-based decline across operating groups, primarily due to a decline in lower-margin water brands.
    • Tea and coffee declined 15%, primarily driven by coronavirus-related pressure on Costa® retail stores, along with some pressure on the doğadan® tea business in Turkey.
  • Operating income declined 8%, which included a headwind from items impacting comparability in addition to a currency headwind. Comparable currency neutral operating income (non-GAAP) grew 7%, driven by effective cost management across operating groups, partially offset by top-line pressure due to the coronavirus.

Europe, Middle East & Africa

  • Price/mix declined 6% for the quarter, driven by negative channel and package mix in Europe. Price/mix was also impacted by negative geographic mix due to better performance in emerging and developing markets versus developed markets. Concentrate sales ran 3 points ahead of unit case volume, largely due to the timing of shipments in the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey.
  • Unit case volume declined 3%, primarily related to coronavirus-related pressure in away-from-home channels in Western Europe and South Africa, partially offset by growth in Western Africa.
  • Operating income grew 2%, impacted by a headwind from comparability items and a 3-point currency headwind. Comparable currency neutral operating income (non-GAAP) grew 9% driven by effective cost management.
  • The company gained value share in total NARTD beverages, driven by a share gain in sparkling soft drinks.

Latin America

  • Price/mix declined 1% as pricing in the market was more than offset by the timing of deductions from revenue. Concentrate sales ran 2 points ahead of unit case volume, largely due to cycling the timing of shipments from the prior year in Brazil.
  • Unit case volume declined 4%, led by declines in Mexico and Argentina primarily due to the impact of the coronavirus, partially offset by solid performance in Brazil.
  • Operating income declined 20%, which included a headwind from items impacting comparability and a 28-point currency headwind. Comparable currency neutral operating income (non-GAAP) grew 12%, primarily due to effective cost management across all business units.
  • The company gained value share in total NARTD beverages, driven by share gains in sparkling soft drinks and the water, enhanced water and sports drinks category cluster.

North America

  • Price/mix grew 4% for the quarter, as solid growth in premium offerings and pricing in the marketplace was partially offset by pressure in the fountain business and away-from-home channels.
  • Unit case volume declined 6%, as strong growth in sparkling soft drinks in at-home channels along with continued strength in AHA®, fairlife® and Topo Chico® was more than offset by pressure in the fountain business.
  • Operating income grew 14%, which included a headwind from items impacting comparability. Comparable currency neutral operating income (non-GAAP) grew 18%, driven by pricing and effective cost management.
  • The company lost value share in total NARTD beverages due to coronavirus-related restrictions in away-from-home channels, where the company has a strong share position.

Asia Pacific

  • Price/mix declined 4%, due to negative channel mix in key markets, partially offset by positive geographic mix. Concentrate sales were in line with unit case volume.
  • Unit case volume declined 4%, primarily due to coronavirus-related restrictions in India and Japan. The unit case volume performance included solid growth in sparkling soft drinks in China.
  • Operating income declined 5%, which included a tailwind from items impacting comparability and a 2-point currency headwind. Comparable currency neutral operating income (non-GAAP) declined 4%, driven by top-line pressure due to the coronavirus across most markets, partially offset by effective cost management.
  • The company lost value share in total NARTD beverages, primarily driven by a share loss in sparkling soft drinks.

Global Ventures

  • Net revenues declined 19%, which included a 2-point currency tailwind. Organic revenues (non-GAAP) declined 20%. The revenue declines were primarily driven by the coronavirus-related pressure on the Costa® retail stores, partially offset by strong performance in Costa® Express machines in the United Kingdom.
  • The operating loss was primarily driven by the coronavirus-related pressure on the Costa® retail stores.

Bottling Investments

  • Price/mix grew 2% in the quarter due to trade promotion optimization in most markets.
  • Unit case volume declined 10%, driven by India and South Africa due to the impact of the coronavirus.
  • Operating income growth included a tailwind from items impacting comparability and a headwind from currency. Comparable currency neutral operating income (non-GAAP) grew 69%, driven by effective operating expense management.

Operating Review  Nine Months Ended September 25, 2020

Revenues and Volume

Percent Change

Concentrate
Sales1

Price/Mix

Currency
Impact

Acquisitions,
Divestitures
and Structural
Changes, Net

Reported
Net
Revenues

Organic
Revenues2

Unit Case
Volume

Consolidated

(9)

(2)

(3)

0

(13)

(11)

(7)

Europe, Middle East & Africa

(10)

(5)

(2)

0

(16)

(15)

(7)

Latin America

(6)

4

(13)

0

(15)

(2)

(4)

North America

(8)

2

0

2

(4)

(6)

(7)

Asia Pacific

(10)

(3)

(1)

1

(13)

(13)

(10)

Global Ventures3

(17)

(8)

0

0

(25)

(25)

(15)

Bottling Investments

(16)

1

(4)

(2)

(20)

(15)

(19)

Operating Income and EPS

Percent Change

Reported
Operating
Income

Items
Impacting
Comparability

Currency
Impact

Comparable
Currency
Neutral2

Consolidated

(16)

(7)

(5)

(4)

Europe, Middle East & Africa

(11)

(1)

(3)

(7)

Latin America

(10)

(2)

(20)

12

North America

(17)

(17)

0

0

Asia Pacific

(7)

0

(1)

(6)

Global Ventures

4

Bottling Investments

(43)

(42)

15

(16)

Percent Change

Reported
EPS

Items
Impacting
Comparability

Currency
Impact

Comparable
Currency
Neutral2

Consolidated EPS

(9)

2

(5)

(6)

Note: Certain rows may not add due to rounding.

1

For Bottling Investments, this represents the percent change in net revenues attributable to the increase (decrease) in unit case volume computed based on total sales (rather than average daily sales) in each of the corresponding periods after considering the impact of structural changes.

2

Organic revenues, comparable currency neutral operating income and comparable currency neutral EPS are non-GAAP financial measures. Refer to the Reconciliation of GAAP and Non-GAAP Financial Measures section.

3

Due to the combination of multiple business models in the Global Ventures segment, the composition of concentrate sales and price/mix may fluctuate materially on a periodic basis. Therefore, the company places greater focus on revenue growth as the best indicator of underlying performance of the segment.

4

Reported operating loss for Global Ventures for the nine months ended September 25, 2020 was $114 million. Reported operating income for Global Ventures for the nine months ended September 27, 2019 was $216 million. Therefore, the percent change is not meaningful.

Outlook

Full Year 2020 Considerations

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to evolve, there is uncertainty around its ultimate impact; therefore, the company’s full year financial and operating results cannot be reasonably estimated at this time.

For comparable net revenues (non-GAAP), the company expects an approximate 3% currency headwind based on the current rates and including the impact of hedged positions.

For comparable operating income (non-GAAP), the company expects an approximate 6% currency headwind based on the current rates and including the impact of hedged positions.

The company’s underlying effective tax rate (non-GAAP) is estimated to be 19.5%.

Fourth Quarter 2020 Considerations

Comparable net revenues (non-GAAP) are expected to include an approximate 3% currency headwind based on the current rates and including the impact of hedged positions.

Comparable operating income (non-GAAP) is expected to include an approximate 9% currency headwind based on the current rates and including the impact of hedged positions.

Full Year 2021 Considerations

For comparable net revenues (non-GAAP) and comparable operating income (non-GAAP), the company expects minimal currency impact based on the current rates and including the impact of hedged positions.

Notes

  • All references to growth rate percentages and share compare the results of the period to those of the prior year comparable period.
  • All references to volume and volume percentage changes indicate unit case volume, unless otherwise noted. All volume percentage changes are computed based on average daily sales, unless otherwise noted. “Unit case” means a unit of measurement equal to 192 U.S. fluid ounces of finished beverage (24 eight-ounce servings), with the exception of unit case equivalents for Costa® non-ready-to-drink beverage products which are primarily measured in number of transactions. “Unit case volume” means the number of unit cases (or unit case equivalents) of company beverages directly or indirectly sold by the company and its bottling partners to customers or consumers.
  • “Concentrate sales” represents the amount of concentrates, syrups, beverage bases, source waters and powders/minerals (in all instances expressed in equivalent unit cases) sold by, or used in finished beverages sold by, the company to its bottling partners or other customers. For Costa® non-ready-to-drink beverage products, “concentrate sales” represents the amount of coffee beans and finished beverages (in all instances expressed in equivalent unit cases) sold by the company to customers or consumers. In the reconciliation of reported net revenues, “concentrate sales” represents the percent change in net revenues attributable to the increase (decrease) in concentrate sales volume for the geographic operating segments and the Global Ventures operating segment after considering the impact of structural changes. For the Bottling Investments operating segment, this represents the percent change in net revenues attributable to the increase (decrease) in unit case volume computed based on total sales (rather than average daily sales) in each of the corresponding periods after considering the impact of structural changes. The Bottling Investments operating segment reflects unit case volume growth for consolidated bottlers only.
  • “Price/mix” represents the change in net operating revenues caused by factors such as price changes, the mix of products and packages sold, and the mix of channels and geographic territories where the sales occurred.
  • First quarter 2020 financial results were impacted by one less day as compared to the same period in 2019, and fourth quarter 2020 financial results will be impacted by two additional days as compared to the same period in 2019. Unit case volume results for the quarters are not impacted by the variances in days due to the average daily sales computation referenced above.

Conference Call

 

The company is hosting a conference call with investors and analysts to discuss third quarter 2020 operating results today, October 22, 2020, at 8:30 a.m. ET. The company invites participants to listen to a live webcast of the conference call on the company’s website, http://www.coca-colacompany.com, in the “Investors” section. An audio replay in downloadable digital format and a transcript of the call will be available on the website within 24 hours following the call. Further, the “Investors” section of the website includes certain supplemental information and a reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures to the company’s results as reported under GAAP, which may be used during the call when discussing financial results.