NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- As part of the company's transparency campaign, Coca-Cola Co. (KO) - Get Reportis reporting how much it spent donations to health research organizations since 2010: $120 million.

The money went to research and nutritional programs. Some of the beneficiaries include the American Cancer Society, the American Academy of Family Physicians, and Boys & Girls Clubs of America. 

By comparison, the company spent $3.3 billion on marketing its sugary drinks in 2013 alone.  

Despite the discrepancy, will this act of transparency help Coca-Cola's stock?

Here is the recommendation, according to TheStreet Ratings, TheStreet's proprietary ratings tool.

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Coca-Cola Company (KO) - Get Report
Rating: Buy, B
Market Cap: $173.7 billion
Year-to-date return: -7.79%

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The Coca-Cola Company, a beverage company, manufactures and distributes various nonalcoholic beverages worldwide. The company primarily offers sparkling beverages and still beverages.

TheStreet Ratings team rates COCA-COLA CO as a Buy with a ratings score of B. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate COCA-COLA CO (KO) a BUY. This is driven by some important positives, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share and expanding profit margins. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated."

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Beverages industry. The net income increased by 19.8% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $2,595.00 million to $3,108.00 million.
  • The return on equity has improved slightly when compared to the same quarter one year prior. This can be construed as a modest strength in the organization. When compared to other companies in the Beverages industry and the overall market, COCA-COLA CO's return on equity exceeds that of the industry average and significantly exceeds that of the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has slightly increased to $3,544.00 million or 4.11% when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm also exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of -6.00%.
  • COCA-COLA CO has improved earnings per share by 22.4% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. But, we feel it is poised for EPS growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, COCA-COLA CO reported lower earnings of $1.59 versus $1.90 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($2.01 versus $1.59).
  • Regardless of the drop in revenue, the company managed to outperform against the industry average of 10.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 3.3%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: KO