Drinks market

Beverage maker to keep stake at bottler

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•Coca-Cola Beverages Africa is the largest bottler of Coca-Cola beverages in Africa

Cases of Christmas branded Coca-Cola are shown for sale inside a Target retail department store in San Diego, California November 17, 2014. Photo/REUTERS
Cases of Christmas branded Coca-Cola are shown for sale inside a Target retail department store in San Diego, California November 17, 2014. Photo/REUTERS

Beverage making giant Coca-Cola Company will maintain the majority stake in Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA) for the foreseeable future, it has said.

With the change, Coca-Cola will now begin presenting financial statements of CCBA within its results from continuing operations in the second quarter of 2019, in accordance with US accounting standards. CCBA has been accounted for as a discontinued operation since Coca-Cola became the controlling shareowner in October 2017.

Coca-Cola previously announced intention to refranchise CCBA, the largest bottler of Coca-Cola beverages in Africa, serving 12 countries. The company has had discussions with a number of potential partners.

 

“Coca-Cola Beverages Africa is a very important part of the Coca-Cola system, and we see great opportunities to create even more value,” said Coca-Cola president and chief operating officer Brian Smith.

“We believe it’s in the best interests of all involved for Coca-Cola to continue to hold and operate CCBA.”

CCBA was formed in 2016 through the combination of the African nonalcoholic ready-to-drink bottling interests of SABMiller plc, Coca-Cola Company, and Gutsche Family Investments. AB InBev later acquired SABMiller and reached an agreement to transition AB InBev’s 54.5 per cent equity stake in CCBA to Coca-Cola. That 2017 transaction made Coca-Cola the controlling shareowner of CCBA.