PURCHASE, N.Y. - Soda and snack maker PepsiCo (PEP) says its fourth-quarter net income climbed 5 percent, helped by higher prices and improved volumes.
The company, which owns Gatorade,
Quaker Oats and other products, also announced a five-year, $5 billion
cost-saving program. It also plans to increase cash returns to shareholders in
2014 to $8.7 billion through higher dividends and stock buybacks.
PepsiCo Inc.'s annual dividend will be
raised by 15 percent, starting in June.
For the period ended Dec. 28, the
company earned $1.74 billion, or $1.12 per share. That compares with $1.66
billion, or $1.06 per share, a year ago.
Excluding charges and other items,
earnings were $1.05 per share. Analysts expected $1 per share.
Revenue rose 1 percent to $20.12
billion. Analysts expected revenue of $20.1 billion.