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Tuesday 21 March, 2017


COCA-COLA EUROPEAN PARTNERS REPORTS FOURTH-QUARTER & FULL-YEAR RESULTS FOR THE PERIOD ENDED 31 DECEMBER 2016

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LONDON, 21 March 2017 - Coca-Cola European Partners plc (CCEP) (ticker symbol: CCE) today announces fourth-quarter and full-year results for the period ended 31 December 2016, and affirms its full-year 2017 outlook.

Highlights

  • Full-year diluted earnings per share were €1.42 on a reported basis or €1.92 on a pro forma comparable basis, including a negative currency translation impact of €0.08.
  • Full-year reported revenue totalled €9.1 billion. Pro forma comparable revenue was €10.9 billion, down 1.5 percent vs. prior year, or up 1.0 percent on a pro forma comparable and fx-neutral basis. Volume increased 0.5 percent on a pro forma comparable basis.
  • Full-year reported operating profit was €851 million; pro forma comparable operating profit was €1.4 billion, up 1.0 percent, or up 5.0 percent on a pro forma comparable and fx-neutral basis.
  • Fourth-quarter diluted earnings per share were €0.02 on a reported basis or €0.43 on a pro forma comparable basis, including a negative currency translation impact of €0.03.
  • CCEP affirms its full-year guidance for 2017 including comparable and fx-neutral diluted earnings per share growth in a high single-digit range when compared to the 2016 pro forma comparable results; at recent rates, currency translation would reduce diluted earnings per share by approximately 2.0 percent.
  • CCEP remains on track to achieve pre-tax savings of €315 million to €340 million through synergies by mid-2019.
  • CCEP declares quarterly dividend of €0.21 per share.

“During 2016, we successfully brought together the businesses of Coca-Cola European Partners, while delivering our growth objectives for revenue, profit, and diluted earnings per share,” said Chief Executive Officer Damian Gammell. “This transaction, completed only 10 months ago, establishes an improved platform for growth as we diversify and increase our portfolio value, collaborate to win with our customers, and operate more efficiently, effectively, and locally to capture the market opportunities.

“As we worked to integrate our business in 2016, our company remained focused on driving core revenue, operating profit, and improving profit margins,” Mr. Gammell said. “These results were driven by strong field level execution by our employees, solid marketing initiatives, and the benefits of improved weather in key months.

“Going forward, we will focus on delivering our operating objectives for 2017 - goals we have affirmed today - by successfully implementing our marketing and brand initiatives and continuing to realize our synergy objectives,” Mr. Gammell said. “We believe the operating advantages of our new company, coupled with the skill and dedication of our people, will enable us to deliver consistent, value-building growth that creates benefits for our stakeholders and drives shareholder value.

“Today’s dividend announcement, an increase of over 20 percent, is a clear demonstration of our strong commitment to driving shareholder value,” Mr. Gammell said. 

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