5-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Coca-Cola HBC

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, European alcohol-free beverage distributor Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Co. (NYS: CCH) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Coca-Cola HBC's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Coca-Cola HBC facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Athens (1969)

Market Cap

$7.2 billion


Soft drinks

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$9 billion


CEO Dimitris Lois (since July 2011)
CFO Robert Murray (since January 2009)

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)



$843.2 million / $3.1 billion


Dr Pepper Snapple Group
Nestle Waters

Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 96% of the 273 members who have rated Coca-Cola HBC believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Earlier this month, one of those Fools, FiscalFriend, nicely summed up the bull case for our community:

Like a good, risk-minimizing investor, [Coca-Cola HBC] spreads its sales across established (well-off), developing (increasingly competitive) and emerging (now up-and-coming) markets. In 2010, [Coca-Cola HBC] was able to offset losses in established and developing markets with a whopping 32 percent EBIT increase in emerging markets like Russia and Nigeria, which compose 44 percent of [Coca-Cola HBC's] total income. ... The EBIT numbers also show that emerging markets are amplifying their purchasing power and preference for Coca-Cola products; demand is just beginning to blossom. You will see a return on your investment simply because people in different areas of the world are drinking more Coca-Cola.

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