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U.S. Corporate Tax Rate Unlikely to Change After Roadblocks Rise in Senate

Julie Utterback, CFA Senior Equity Analyst

Analyst Note

| Julie Utterback, CFA |

Given recent political developments around the Build Back Better bill, we are reversing our forecast that the U.S. corporate tax rate will rise to 26% in 2022. We now believe the U.S. statutory tax rate will remain at 21% at least through President Joe Biden’s remaining term, which ends in early 2025. Our equity analysts will incorporate this new U.S. corporate tax rate assumption into their valuation models in the coming weeks. We previously simulated the impact of various tax rate changes on covered U.S. equities; reversing the statutory tax rate assumption to 21% results in a 3% average valuation increase, all else being equal.

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Business Description

Coca-Cola is the largest nonalcoholic beverage entity in the world, owning and marketing some of the leading carbonated beverage brands, such as Coke, Fanta, and Sprite, as well as nonsparkling brands, such as Minute Maid, Georgia Coffee, Costa, and Glaceau. Operationally, the firm focuses its manufacturing efforts early in the supply chain, making the concentrate (or beverage bases) for its drinks that are then processed and distributed by its network of more than 100 bottlers. Concentrate operations represent roughly 85% of the company's unit case volume. The firm generates most of its revenue internationally, with countries like Mexico, Brazil, and Japan being key markets outside of the U.S.

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One Coca-Cola Plaza
Atlanta, GA, 30313
T +1 404 676-2121
Sector Consumer Defensive
Industry Beverages - Non-Alcoholic
Most Recent Earnings Sep 30, 2021
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2021
Stock Type High Yield
Employees 80,300

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