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PepsiCo raises forecast after profit beats Wall Street estimates; looks to new Lay's flavours

PURCHASE, N.Y. - PepsiCo raised its forecast for the year on Wednesday and said its new Lay's potato chips — including a cappuccino variety — should help boost its profit in the months ahead.

The company, which also owns Tropicana, Gatorade and Quaker, said global volume for both its snacks and drinks rose 1 per cent in the second quarter. The gains were relatively modest, but PepsiCo has been driving its financial performance with a cost-cutting plan expected to generate $1 billion in savings this year.

In its Frito-Lay North America division, PepsiCo said lower prices helped lift sales volume. Although the performance was muted, Chief Financial Officer Hugh Johnston noted in a phone interview that the unit is expected to benefit in the current quarter from the rollout of special flavours — Cappuccino, Mango Salsa, Wasabi Ginger and Bacon Mac & Cheese.

The varieties were recently announced as finalists for the company's annual "Do Us a Flavor" contest, which gives customers a chance to create a new variety that is sold nationwide. The chips have so far received mixed reviews, but the contest is designed to pique curiosity and drive people to stores.

Johnston said such special flavours are also more profitable for the company, even if the prices are the same as regular flavours. That's because PepsiCo puts fewer chips in those bags.

"There might be an ounce or two less," Johnston said.

A representative for PepsiCo said regular Lay's come in 10-ounce bags and flavoured Lay's come in 9.5-ounce bags. At those sizes, all bags have a suggested price of $4.29.

In its closely watched North American beverage business, soda volume fell 2 per cent while non-carbonated drinks rose 1 per cent. On Monday, Coca-Cola also said non-carbonated drinks rose 1 per cent, while soda volume was flat. The two companies have been struggling to boost beverage volumes in the region, given the growing competition from smaller players and the shift away from soda that has been underway for years.

PepsiCo now expects core earnings per share to rise 8 per cent from 2013, instead of the 7 per cent increase it previously forecast.

For the quarter, the Purchase, New York-based company said net income fell to $1.98 billion, or $1.29 per share. That was down 2 per cent from a year ago, as restructuring and impairment charges took their toll.

Adjusted for one-time charges, earnings were $1.32 per share, topping the $1.23 analysts expected, according to Zacks Investment Research.

Revenue edged up to $16.89 billion, matching Wall Street forecasts.

PepsiCo shares have increased $6.23, or 7.5 per cent, to $89.17 since the beginning of the year, while the Standard & Poor's 500 index has climbed 7.3 per cent. The stock has climbed $2.97, or 3.4 per cent, in the last 12 months.

The Canadian Press


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