2 Beverage Giants Offer Investors Above-Average Dividend Yields and Long-Term Share Price Growth

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One beverage giant just declared a 7% dividend hike and the other company’s offers a 5.7% annualized dividend yield boost.

The Coca Cola Company and Pepsico, Inc. started their fight for world cola supremacy more than a century ago. While the lead in that competition has gone back-and-forth between the two beverage giants, the true winners have been investors looking for reliable, rising-dividend income and steady asset appreciation.

Both companies have been paying rising dividends for approximately half a century and growing shareholder value for much longer than that. While dividend yields of 2.9% and 3.4% are slightly higher than the overall market, those yields are almost 60% and 90% above the 1.82% average yield for the consumer goods sector.


There is plenty of time to get in on this opportunity, as ex-dividend dates for these two equities are at the end of May and beginning of June.

Table with Dividend data for Pesico and the Coca Cola Comapny

Pepsico, Inc. (NYSE:PEP)

Pepsico, Inc. operates as a food and beverage company worldwide. The company’s beverage segment offers beverage concentrates, fountain syrups, ready-to-drink tea and coffee, juices, bottled water and dairy products under multiple global brands, as well as regional brands. In addition to its original beverage business, PepsiCo has been expanding its food business since the 1960s and in 2015 generated more than 50% of its global revenue from the food and snack business segment. PepsiCo’s lineup includes some of the most prominent food and snack brands, such as Lay’s, Ruffles, Cheetos, Doritos, Quaker, Aunt Jemima, Rice-A-Roni and Cap’n Crunch.

The company hiked its quarterly dividend 7% from $0.7525 to $0.805 per share, which brings the annual dividend payout to $3.22 and a 2.9% yield. Pepsico started paying a dividend in 1952 and has raised its annual payout consecutively for the past 45 years. Over the past two decades, its annual dividend grew at an average rate of 4.1% a year.

The share price rose 7.6% over the last 12 months with some volatility. Between May 2016 and February 2017, the stock traded mostly in the $100 to $110 range. The price began its current rally in mid-January 2017 and broke through the $110 resistance level by March. Since the new 52-week high of $114.61 on April 18, the share price pulled back about 1.7% and is currently trading around $112.

The share price’s 50-day moving average (MA) topped out at 5.2% above the 200-day MA, before reversing trend and heading down in early September 2016. On December 1, 2016, the share price reached its 52-week low during this downtrend. The 50-day MA has been rising again since late January 2017 and it crossed above the 200-day MA in early March. Since the current 50-day MA is already up to 4.2% above the 200-day MA, the current pullback might be the beginning of another trend reversal.

However, there is very little indication that Pepsico’s share price is likely to encounter a major long-term decline. Any potential near-term price drop will most likely be just an opportunity to take a long position in the stock at a discount.

The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE:KO)

The Coca-Cola Company, manufactures and distributes various non-alcoholic beverages worldwide. The company offers a variety of sparkling beverages and still beverages, such as carbonated energy drinks, carbonated waters, flavored waters, non-carbonated waters, non-carbonated energy drinks, juices, juice drinks, sports drinks and, ready-to-drink teas and coffees. It also provides flavoring ingredients, sweeteners, beverage ingredients and fountain syrups for commercial use. The company offers its beverage products through a network of company-owned or controlled bottling and distribution operators, as well as through independent bottling partners, distributors, wholesalers and retailers

After boosting its quarterly payout 5.7% at the beginning of the year, the company continues following the pattern of paying the same dividend amount for the remaining three quarters. The current quarterly distribution of $0.37 per share converts to a $1.48 annual payout and a 3.4% yield, which is 17.8% higher than the 2.9% five-year average yield.


The Coca-Cola Company has been paying a dividend for more than 120 years and boosting its annual payout for the past 54 consecutive years. Over the last 20 years, the annual distribution amount compounded at an average annual rate of 3.1%.

The share price experienced a 12.6% drop between May and December 2016, before reversing its course and starting to rise again. Since the December 52-week low, the share price regained 8.6% but is still about 5.6% short of the June 2016 price peak.

The 50-day MA is trending below the 200-day MA since mid-September 2016. However, the 50-day MA has been trending up since late January 2017 and has just broken above the 200-day MA on April 27, 2017. This technical indicator could be a sign that the share price is due for an uptrend – at least in the short term.

The potential share price rise and the upcoming dividend payout yielding 3.4% are good reasons to consider adding KO to your portfolio.

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Ned Piplovic, formerly an assistant editor of website content at Eagle Financial Publications, is an economic analyst and editor at Skousen Publishing. Additionally, Ned is also a teaching assistant at Chapman University to Mark Skousen, PhD, a free-market economist and Doti-Spogli Endowed Chair of Free Enterprise at the school. Ned graduated from Columbia University with a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Philosophy. He previously spent 15 years in corporate operations and financial management. Ned has written hundreds of articles for www.DividendInvestor.com and www.StockInvestor.com.
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