Monterrey, Mexico, July 27, 2016 — Fomento Económico Mexicano, S.A.B. de C.V. (“FEMSA”) announced today its operational and financial results for the second quarter of 2016.
Carlos Salazar Lomelín, FEMSA’s CEO, commented: “We continued to make solid progress during the second quarter. FEMSA Comercio as a whole, including its three divisions, increased its revenues by 41 percent versus the second quarter of last year. At its Retail Division, we again saw strong comparable growth and profitability gains at OXXO, even after accounting for a slightly negative calendar effect in April, and we made a small acquisition in Chile that should allow us to build a relevant convenience store presence in that market over time. Our drugstore operations also performed well, allowing us to continue investing in the integration of a single operating platform in Mexico, while expanding our store base both organically and through a small bolt-on acquisition in Mexico. For its part, the Fuel Division saw some sequential improvements in profitability even as we continue with our sustained rapid expansion strategy and we begin the re-branding of our stations into the new OXXO GAS image. At Coca-Cola FEMSA we again achieved robust growth in Mexico as well as pricing, market share and profitability gains in several key markets, even against continued macroeconomic and foreign exchange pressure. So all in all, encouraging trends across our platform.
As we begin the second half, we remain cautiously optimistic. Particularly in Mexico, where we will be facing demanding comparison bases the rest of the year, and we need to redouble efforts to keep the strong growth going. But we believe we have more opportunities than challenges ahead.”
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FEMSA is a leading company that participates in the beverage industry through Coca-Cola FEMSA, the largest franchise bottler of Coca-Cola products in the world by volume; and in the beer industry, through its ownership of the second largest equity stake in Heineken, one of the world's leading brewers with operations in over 70 countries. In the retail industry it participates through FEMSA Comercio, comprising a Retail Division operating various small-format store chains including OXXO, a Fuel Division, operating the OXXO GAS chain of retail service stations, and a Health Division, which includes drugstores and related operations. Additionally, through its Strategic Businesses unit, it provides logistics, point-of-sale refrigeration solutions and plastics solutions to FEMSA's business units and third-party clients.