Financial Analysis of Coca-Cola and Pepsi Co. Essay

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PepsiCo and Coca-Cola are fierce competitors and according to their financial statements they are both healthy companies. Therefore I would invest in Coca-Cola if I had to make the decision because it has higher income, a stronger long-term debt to networking capital ratio, steadily rising net income per common share, and a climbing and high solvency ratio. PepsiCo still shows healthy growth and outperforms Coca-Cola in many areas. I will conduct a financial analysis of Coca-Cola and PepsiCo to identify their strengths and weaknesses, ultimately deciding which one is worth the investment. With any financial statement it is important to note, when comparing and contrasting differences between the financial highlights page which is…show more content…
Because the current ratio measures a company’s ability to pay back short term loans I would be less uncomfortable with the slight drop in liquidity from Coca-Cola rather than the substantially larger drop from PepsiCo. Both current ratios are quite healthy though when compared to others in the industry. Another measure of a company’s ability to pay back loans, this time over a long period, measures solvency. Coca-Cola’s debt to total assets ratio is 35% in 2004 and 33% in 2005 compared to PepsiCo’s less attractive ratio of 52% in 2004 to 55% in 2005. Coca-Cola’s debts represent a healthy percentage of assets and in this case the lower the number the better. Coca-Cola’s debt to total assets ratio decreased by 2% from 2004 to 2005 while PepsiCo’s ratio increased by 3%. Were a potential lender or investor to look at these numbers alone they would prefer the performance of Coca-Cola over PepsiCo but there are still many calculations to be made and factors to consider. Another solvency ratio that measures a company’s ability to survive over a long period is the long-term debt to networking capital ratio. In this formula one subtracts current liabilities from current assets and then the total is divided by the total by long-term debt obligations. This formula provides insight into an organization’s ability to pay back long-term debt and interest. According to numbers from Appendix B Coca-Cola’s ability to pay

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