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DBRS Morningstar Confirms PepsiCo Inc.’s Issuer Rating at A (high) with a Stable Trend

February 23, 2023

DBRS Limited (DBRS Morningstar) confirmed the Issuer Rating of PepsiCo, Inc. (Pepsi or the Company) at A (high) with a Stable trend. The rating confirmation acknowledges Pepsi's solid operating performance in 2022 against the challenging macroeconomic backdrop presented by rising inflation and supply chain disruptions. The Stable trend reflects DBRS Morningstar's expectation that the Company will continue to navigate this challenging operating environment within the current A (high) rating category. Pepsi's rating continues to be supported by its diversified portfolio of leading brands, wide geographic footprint, and economies of scale. The rating also reflects the intense competitive environment in which the Company operates, the mature nature of some of its core markets and product categories, and changing consumer preferences.

Pepsi’s earnings profile is expected to remain stable over the medium term, supported by its leading brands, channel and product diversification, and the benefits from its cost-saving and productivity-improving initiatives. DBRS Morningstar forecasts revenue to grow in the mid-single digits to approximately $90 billion in 2023 from $86.4 billion in 2022, driven by further pricing actions, which could more than offset modest volume declines and the negative effect of unfavourable foreign exchange volatility. In 2024, revenue is forecast to increase to approximately $94.5 billion, mainly attributable to volume recovery and growth. DBRS Morningstar anticipates that the benefits from Pepsi’s cost-saving and productivity-improving initiatives, coupled with some pricing actions, should offset persistent inflationary cost pressures in 2023, resulting in relatively stable EBITDA margins in that year. These initiatives should drive EBITDA margin recovery in 2024. Consequently, DBRS Morningstar projects EBITDA to increase to approximately $16 billion in 2023 from above $15 billion in 2022, and to reach approximately $17 billion in 2024.

This projected earnings growth, coupled with DBRS Morningstar's expectation that debt levels will remain relatively stable in the near to medium term, should strengthen Pepsi's financial profile and improve its credit metrics within the current rating category. DBRS Morningstar believes that operating cash flows will continue to trend in line with earnings, growing to approximately $12.5 billion in 2023 from $11.7 billion in 2022. These internally generated cash flows will be directed toward (1) capital expenditure (capex), which DBRS Morningstar forecasts to remain relatively flat at 2022 levels of around $5 billion; (2) dividends of $6.7 billion; and (3) share repurchases of approximately $1.0 billion. As such, DBRS Morningstar forecasts debt-to-EBITDA to improve to approximately 2.5 times (x) in 2023 from 2.7x in 2022. Looking ahead to 2024, DBRS Morningstar anticipates capex and increasing shareholder returns and share repurchases will continue to be financed by internally generated cash flows and, as such, forecasts debt-to-EBITDA to improve below 2.5x in 2024. Should credit metrics deteriorate for a sustained period (i.e., debt-to-EBITDA increases above 3.5x) as a result of weaker-than-expected operating performance and/or more aggressive financial management, the ratings will be pressured. Although unlikely, DBRS Morningstar could take a positive rating action should the Company’s business risk profile meaningfully strengthen, combined with a commensurate improvement in credit metrics on a normalized and sustainable basis.

There were no Environmental/ Social/Governance factors that had a significant or relevant effect on the credit analysis.

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All figures are in U.S. dollars unless otherwise noted.

The principal methodology applicable to the rating is the Global Methodology for Rating Companies in the Consumer Products Industry (; September 2, 2022).

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