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PepsiCo beats distinction estimates, sets $12 billion buyback plan

(Reuters) – PepsiCo Inc (PEP.N) reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit, helped by aloft sales during a Frito-Lay break business, and pronounced it would buy behind shares value adult to $12 billion by 2018.

Shares of a company, that has been underneath vigour from romantic financier Nelson Peltz, were adult some-more than 3 percent in premarket trade on Wednesday.

Pepsi also hiked a annual multiplication by 7.3 percent to $2.81 per share and pronounced it expects to lapse about $8.5-$9 billion to shareholders by dividends and buybacks this year.

Peltz’s Trian Fund Management has been pulling Pepsi for about dual years to apart a multiplying break multiplication from a libation business to make dual leaner and some-more entrepreneurial companies.

Sales in Pepsi’s North American break business rose 3 percent. The business, that accounted for 21 percent of sum sales in mercantile 2013, has been a splendid mark for a company, assisting a batch vastly outperform that of incomparable opposition Coca-Cola Co (KO.N) in a past year.

“We have momentum,” Chief Financial Officer Hugh Johnston told Reuters, observant a company’s expansion with retailers in a United States. “We are positively rolling right now.”

Johnston, however, pronounced macroeconomic conditions remained tough and that a stronger dollar was a plea for everybody.

The dollar has surged about 20 percent opposite a basket of vital currencies, creation abroad sales denominated in other currencies reduction profitable in dollar terms.

Pepsi’s net income for a fourth entertain finished Dec. 27 fell about 1 percent to $19.95 billion, harm especially by a stronger dollar.

Net income attributable to a association fell to $1.31 billion, or 87 cents per share, in a quarter, from $1.74 billion, or $1.12 per share.

Excluding equipment a association warranted $1.12 per share.

Analysts on normal approaching distinction of $1.08 per share on income of $19.66 billion, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

Shares of a Purchase-New York formed association were trade during $100.01 before a bell. They sealed during $97.99 on a New York Stock Exchange on Tuesday.

(Editing by Maju Samuel and Saumyadeb Chakrabarty)

Article source: http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/02/11/us-pepsico-results-idUSKBN0LF16220150211

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