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PepsiCo's Pricing Actions Fantastic; Needs Better Free Cash Flow in 2023 to Cover 10% Dividend Hike

publication date: Feb 13, 2023
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PepsiCo revealed tremendous product pricing power during its fourth quarter of 2022, but inflationary pressures were still present across its business operations. The beverage and snacks giant raised its dividend 10%, marking the 51st consecutive year the company has upped its payout. However, PepsiCo will have to step up its free cash flow generation during 2023 in order to cover the increased payout obligations. During 2022, for example, free cash flow came up short in covering cash dividends paid. PepsiCo also has a rather large net debt position, even as it plans to spend $1 billion in buybacks during 2023. We still like PepsiCo as an idea in the Best Ideas Newsletter portfolio, however, and peg its fair value estimate at $187 per share. Shares yield ~2.8% at the time of this writing.

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