Reviewing Coca-Cola European Partners (CCE) & Its Competitors

Coca-Cola European Partners (NYSE: CCE) is one of 54 publicly-traded companies in the “BEVERAGES” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare Coca-Cola European Partners to related companies based on the strength of its valuation, earnings, risk, dividends, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and profitability.

Dividends

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Coca-Cola European Partners pays an annual dividend of $1.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.2%. Coca-Cola European Partners pays out 81.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. As a group, “BEVERAGES” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.5% and pay out 34.2% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Coca-Cola European Partners has raised its dividend for 9 consecutive years.

Profitability

This table compares Coca-Cola European Partners and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Coca-Cola European Partners 5.91% 16.12% 5.77%
Coca-Cola European Partners Competitors -20.05% -50.01% -7.82%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Coca-Cola European Partners and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Coca-Cola European Partners $12.50 billion $777.64 million 25.78
Coca-Cola European Partners Competitors $7.33 billion $719.00 million -1.80

Coca-Cola European Partners has higher revenue and earnings than its peers. Coca-Cola European Partners is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Coca-Cola European Partners and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Coca-Cola European Partners 2 4 4 0 2.20
Coca-Cola European Partners Competitors 309 1441 1691 64 2.43

Coca-Cola European Partners currently has a consensus price target of $42.33, suggesting a potential upside of 4.58%. As a group, “BEVERAGES” companies have a potential upside of 10.85%. Given Coca-Cola European Partners’ peers stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Coca-Cola European Partners has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

30.9% of Coca-Cola European Partners shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 30.8% of shares of all “BEVERAGES” companies are owned by institutional investors. 3.0% of Coca-Cola European Partners shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 20.7% of shares of all “BEVERAGES” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk and Volatility

Coca-Cola European Partners has a beta of 0.84, indicating that its share price is 16% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Coca-Cola European Partners’ peers have a beta of 0.57, indicating that their average share price is 43% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Coca-Cola European Partners beats its peers on 9 of the 15 factors compared.

About Coca-Cola European Partners

Coca-Cola Enterprises, Inc. (CCE) markets, produces and distributes nonalcoholic beverages. The Company serves customers across Belgium, continental France, Great Britain, Luxembourg, Monaco, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden. The Company’s segments include Europe and Corporate. CCE is The Coca-Cola Company’s strategic bottling partner in Western Europe. The Company has bottling rights within its territories for various beverage brands, including products with the name Coca-Cola. The Company offers beverages, such as Coca-Cola trademark beverages, allied beverages, still beverages and certain other beverages specific to the European market. In Great Britain, the Company distributes Schweppes, Dr Pepper, Oasis and Schweppes Abbey Well. The Company distributes Capri-Sun beverages in France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg. The Company also produces and distributes Capri-Sun beverages in Great Britain. The Company distributes Monster-branded beverages.

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