There's no mistake that one of the greatest wealth creators of the last century is The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE:KO). With 20 different beverage brands generating over a billion dollars in annual revenues they are the envy of plenty of companies. Especially when you consider that most of their profits are generated from water, sugar, and flavoring. That's a truly tremendous feat. They also have a vast distribution network which is the strength of their company with access to over 200 different countries around the world. Coca-Cola Company also belongs in the exclusive club of 50+ consecutive years of dividend increases. Shares closed trading on Friday, July 10th at $40.39 giving a current yield of 3.27%.
The following tables/graphs are taken from my personal stock analysis spreadsheet. Data for the stock analysis was sourced from The Coca-Cola Company's investor relations page, Morningstar, and Yahoo Finance.
Historic Growth Rates:
Historically, owners of Coca-Cola Company have earned solid returns. According to longrundata.com, KO has delivered investors with a total return of 152.8% or 9.7% annualized returns over the last 10 years. Those numbers are market returns at specific snapshots in time and aren't necessarily indicative of the business results over the same time period. Looking at the historic growth rates for per share dividends, earnings, revenue, and free cash flow gives a better idea of the true operational results that Coca-Cola has delivered.
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