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DR PEPPER SNAPPLE GP Reports Operating Results (10-K)

February 22, 2012 | About:

DR PEPPER SNAPPLE GP (NYSE:DPS) filed Annual Report for the period ended 2011-12-31.

Dr Pepper Snapl has a market cap of $8.48 billion; its shares were traded at around $38.85 with a P/E ratio of 14.1 and P/S ratio of 1.4. The dividend yield of Dr Pepper Snapl stocks is 3.2%.

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Volume (BCS) decreased 1% for the year ended December 31, 2011, compared with the year ended December 31, 2010. In the U.S. and Canada, volume decreased 1% and in Mexico and the Caribbean, volume increased 4% compared with the year ago period. CSD volume remained flat, while NCB volume decreased 2%. In CSDs, Sun Drop increased 9 million cases compared with the year ago period due to the national launch of the brand. As a result of growth in our Latin America Beverages segment, Peñafiel and Squirt increased 4% and 3%, respectively. Dr Pepper volume was flat as sales volume in the prior year was driven by higher volumes a year ago caused by low holiday and summer pricing by a national account that did not recur in 2011 and higher retail pricing in the second half of 2011, which was offset in part by the impact of additional fountain availability and the launch of Dr Pepper TEN in the fourth quarter of 2011. Crush declined 9% compared with the year ago period due to decreased promotional activity. Canada Dry, 7UP, A&W and Sunkist soda (our "Core 4 brands") were down 2% compared to the year ago period as a double-digit decline in Sunkist soda, mid single-digit decline in 7UP and low single-digit decline in A&W were partially offset by a double-digit increase in Canada Dry due to targeted marketing programs. Decreases in NCBs were driven by a 9% decrease in Mott's due to larger-than-normal price increases as a result of the significant increase in the cost of apple juice concentrate, promotional activities that did not recur in 2011 and a 5% decrease for Hawaiian Punch as a result of the impact from higher pricing that was partially offset by increased sales volume from package innovation. These decreases were partially offset by a 7% increase for Snapple as a result of distribution gains and package innovation and an 11% increase for Clamato driven primarily by growth in our Latin America Beverages segment.

Gross profit increased $25 million for the year ended December 31, 2011, compared with the year ended December 31, 2010. Gross margin of 57.9% for the year ended December 31, 2011, was lower than the 60.2% gross margin for the year ended December 31, 2010, primarily due to higher costs for packaging materials, sweeteners, apple juice concentrate and other commodities. The cost of inflation also contributed to a $12 million LIFO inventory provision recorded in the current year compared to a $2 million inventory provision in the prior year. In addition to the effect of this cost inflation, we recorded $22 million of unrealized losses during the year ended December 31, 2011 for the mark-to-market activity on commodity derivative contracts versus $1 million of unrealized gains in the prior year. These reductions in our gross margin were partially offset by increases in our product prices and ongoing productivity savings.

Volume (BCS) increased approximately 2% for the year ended December 31, 2010 compared with the year ended December 31, 2009. CSDs increased 2% and NCBs increased 3%. In CSDs, Crush increased 18% compared with the year ago period due to expanded distribution, the launch of Cherry Crush during the first quarter of 2010 and the limited time offering of the Lime extension. Dr Pepper volume increased 3% compared with the year ago period, which resulted from increases in our regular and diet extensions partially offset by decreases in Dr Pepper Cherry and Cherry Vanilla. Our Core 4 brands were down 1% compared to the year ago period as a high single-digit decline in Sunkist soda, a mid single-digit decline in 7UP and a low single-digit decline in A&W were partially offset by a double-digit increase in Canada Dry. Peñafiel volume decreased 8% due to decreased sales to third party distributors. Squirt volume increased 5%. In NCBs, 10% growth in Snapple was due to the successful restage of the brand, the growth of value offerings and increased marketing. A 3% increase in Mott's was the result of new distribution and strong brand support. Additionally, a 6% increase in Hawaiian Punch was partially offset by declines in third party NCB brands, such as AriZona.

Capital expenditures were $215 million, $246 million and $317 million for 2011, 2010, and 2009, respectively. Capital expenditures for all periods primarily consisted of expansion of our capabilities in existing facilities, cold drink equipment and IT investments for new systems. The decrease in expenditures for 2010 compared with 2009 was primarily related to the significant investment in 2009 in our new Victorville, California facility, partially offset by expansion and replacement of existing cold drink equipment. We expect to incur discretionary annual capital expenditures in an amount equal to approximately 4% of our net sales which we expect to fund through cash provided by operating activities.

The Company offers a variety of incentives and discounts to bottlers, customers and consumers through various programs to support the distribution of its products. These incentives and discounts include cash discounts, price allowances, volume based rebates, product placement fees and other financial support for items such as trade promotions, displays, new products, consumer incentives and advertising assistance. These incentives and discounts are reflected as a reduction of gross sales to arrive at net sales. The aggregate deductions from gross sales recorded in relation to these programs were approximately $3,733 million, $3,686 million and $3,419 million for the years ended December 31, 2011, 2010 and 2009, respectively. During 2009, the Company upgraded its SAP platform in DSD. As part of the upgrade, DPS harmonized its gross list price structure across locations. The impact of the change increased gross sales and related discounts by equal amounts on customer invoices. Net sales were not affected. The amounts of trade spend are larger in our Packaged Beverages segment than those related to other parts of our business. Accruals are established for the expected payout based on contractual terms, volume-based metrics and/or historical trends and require management judgment with respect to estimating customer participation and performance levels.

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