Constellation Brands Inc: Constellation Brands Reports Second Quarter Fiscal 2014 Results

 Constellation Brands Inc: Constellation Brands Reports Second Quarter Fiscal
                                 2014 Results

  *Completes acquisition of Grupo Modelo's U.S. beer business; drives
    significant increase in second quarter sales and earnings

  *Achieves comparable basis diluted EPS of $0.96 and reported basis diluted
    EPS of $7.74; quarterly results include lower than anticipated tax rate 

  *Updates fiscal 2014 outlook: expects comparable basis diluted EPS of $2.80
    - $3.10 reflecting reduced tax rate guidance; expects reported basis
    diluted EPS of $9.30 - $9.60 

  *Reaffirms free cash flow projection of $475 - $575 million for fiscal
    2014

  *Targets effective tax rate to approximate 32 percent longer term due to
    beer acquisition

  *Recognizes $1.6 billion non-cash gain on original 50 percent interest in
    Crown Imports

  *Records non-cash impairment charges of $301 million relating to Canadian
    wine business

Second Quarter 2014 Financial Highlights*
(in millions, except per share data)
                                  Comparable     % Reported  %
                                                    Change              Change
Net sales                                 $1,460      109%       $1,460   109%
Operating income                            $352      150%       $1,674     NM
Operating margin                           24.1%  +400 bps           NM     NM
Equity in earnings of equity                  $4      -95%           $4   -95%
method investees**
Earnings before interest and                $356       68%           NA     NA
taxes (EBIT)
Net income                                  $189       44%       $1,522     NM
Diluted earnings per share                 $0.96       35%        $7.74     NM

^*Definitions of reported and comparable, as well as reconciliations of
non-GAAP financial measures, are contained elsewhere in this news release.
^**Hereafter referred to as "equity earnings."
^NM=Not Meaningful
NA=Not applicable

VICTOR, N.Y., OCT. 3, 2013 - Constellation Brands, Inc. (NYSE: STZ and STZ.B),
a leading beverage alcohol company, reported today its second quarter 2014
results.

"We began the quarter by closing the beer transaction and starting the process
of integrating our newly acquired brewery into our operations. We are very
pleased that the employees at the Nava brewery, along with the Crown team, are
now fully part of the company," said Rob Sands, president and chief executive
officer, Constellation Brands. "Our beer supply chain is operating efficiently
and the Crown team continues its superb marketplace execution as they achieved
their 14^th consecutive quarter of market share gains during the second
quarter."

Net Sales Commentary

The significant increase for second quarter consolidated net sales was driven
by $763 million of incremental net sales related to the consolidation of
Crown. Full quarter net sales for the beer segment were $815 million compared
to $788 million for the prior year second quarter, an increase of three
percent.

"Crown had a strong summer selling season with seven percent depletion growth
for the second quarter," said Sands. "We saw excellent marketplace execution
with the 'Live it, Share it and Win it' summer retail promotion and the
accompanying TV advertising campaign, which drove improved Corona Extra and
Corona Light growth trends. In addition, Modelo Especial continued to
demonstrate excellent marketplace momentum posting double-digit depletion
growth for the quarter."

Wine and spirits net sales on an organic constant currency basis decreased one
percent as wine volume growth was more than offset by higher promotional
expense and lower spirits volume. "As previously discussed, we expect most of
our growth for the wine and spirits business to be generated during the second
half of the year resulting from the timing of product shipments," said Sands.
"Our investments in innovation and advertising behind new products and key
focus brands position us for strong marketplace execution during the upcoming
holiday selling season. Some of our successful new brands were recently
honored by key industry publications including The Dreaming Tree which was
named 'Best New Wine' by Market Watch and a top 'Hot Prospect' by Impact. We
are also excited about the roll-out of our line-up of new brands and line
extensions including Milestone, Rosatello, Hidden Crush, V.NO, SAVED and Black
Velvet Cinnamon Rush."

Operating Income and Net Income Commentary

The increase in consolidated comparable basis operating income includes an
incremental benefit of $221 million of operating income from the consolidation
of results for Crown and the new Mexican brewery since completing the beer
business acquisition. Second quarter operating results for the beer business
were slightly impacted by the realization of less than a full quarter of
operating profits due to the timing of the close of the beer transaction. The
decrease in wine and spirits operating income primarily reflects higher
promotional expense and grape costs and the timing of shipments for the year.

The company's equity earnings from its original 50 percent interest in the
Crown joint venture totaled $4 million compared to $71 million for the prior
year second quarter. The decrease reflects the timing of the close of the
beer acquisition. 

As a result of the beer business acquisition, the company recorded a $1.6
billion non-cash gain on the remeasurement to fair value of the company's
original 50 percent interest in Crown.

Also, for second quarter, the company recorded $301 million of charges related
to non-cash impairments of goodwill and intangible assets associated with the
company's acquired Canadian wine business. "Portions of our legacy Canadian
portfolio have slowed since the acquisition of Vincor such as wine kits,
refreshments and certain value wine brands. Going forward, we expect to
concentrate our efforts in the growing higher margin import segment where we
have had success with leading brands such as Kim Crawford, Woodbridge and
Ruffino. We also plan to continue driving growth of our most important premium
domestic wines including Jackson-Triggs and Inniskillin. Canada is a growing,
healthy market and continues to be an important business for Constellation,"
said Sands.

Interest expense totaled $90 million, an increase of 65 percent. The increase
was primarily due to higher average borrowings driven by the financing for the
beer business acquisition, partially offset by lower average interest rates.

The comparable basis effective tax rate for the second quarter was 29 percent
which reflected the benefits from integrating the beer business as well as the
favorable outcome of various tax items. This compares to a 16 percent tax rate
for the prior year second quarter which included the benefit of higher foreign
tax credits. The company now expects its fiscal year 2014 and longer term
effective tax rate to approximate 32 percent due to the beer acquisition.

The reported basis effective tax rate for the second quarter was four percent
which also reflected the recognition of the $1.6 billion non-taxable gain and
the non-deductible goodwill impairment charge.

Free Cash Flow Commentary

Free cash flow for the first six months of fiscal 2014 totaled $440 million as
compared to $333 million for the same period last year. The increase was
primarily due to incremental benefits from the beer business acquisition,
partially offset by higher interest expense payments and lower contributions
from the wine business.  

"I am quite pleased with our strong free cash flow results through the second
quarter. We continue to expect some acquisition related integration costs and
brewery capital expansion investments to occur in the second half of this
year," said Bob Ryder, chief financial officer, Constellation Brands.
"Therefore, our free cash flow guidance of $475 million to $575 million for
fiscal 2014 remains unchanged."

Beer Business Acquisition

The company completed its acquisition of Grupo Modelo's U.S. beer business
from Anheuser-Busch InBev for approximately $4.75 billion on June 7, 2013. The
transaction includes full ownership of Crown which provides Constellation with
complete, independent control of the U.S. commercial business; a
state-of-the-art brewery in Nava (Piedras Negras), Mexico; and an exclusive
perpetual brand license in the U.S. to import, market and sell Corona and the
other Modelo brands Crown currently sells in the U.S. market. The perpetual
brand license also includes certain brands and brand extensions not currently
marketed in the U.S. by Crown and the freedom to develop new brand extensions
and innovations. 

Outlook

The table below sets forth management's current diluted EPS expectations for
fiscal 2014 compared to fiscal 2013 actual results, both on a reported basis
and a comparable basis.

                         Reported Basis             Comparable Basis
                         FY14          FY13          FY14          FY13
                       Estimate       Actual       Estimate       Actual
Fiscal Year Ending   $9.30 - $9.60   $2.04   $2.80 - $3.10   $2.19
Feb. 28

Full-year fiscal 2014 guidance also includes the following current
assumptions:

  *Interest expense: approximately $325 - $335 million

  *Tax rate: approximately 11 percent on a reported basis as compared to 32
    percent on a comparable basis, primarily due to the non-taxable gain on
    the remeasurement to fair value of the company's original 50 percent
    interest in Crown and the non-deductible goodwill impairment charge

  *Weighted average diluted shares outstanding: approximately 199 million

  *Free cash flow: approximately $475 - $575 million

  *Capital expenditures: approximately $200 - $230 million

Conference Call

A conference call to discuss second quarter 2014 results and outlook will be
hosted by President and Chief Executive Officer Rob Sands and Executive Vice
President and Chief Financial Officer Bob Ryder on Thurs., Oct. 3, 2013 at
10:30 a.m. (eastern). The conference call can be accessed by dialing
+973-935-8505 beginning 10 minutes prior to the start of the call. A live
listen-only webcast of the conference call, together with a copy of this news
release (including the attachments) and other financial information that may
be discussed during the call will be available on the Internet at the
company's website: www.cbrands.com under "Investors," prior to the call.

Explanations

Reported basis ("reported") operating income, net income and diluted EPS are
as reported under generally accepted accounting principles. Operating income,
net income and diluted EPS on a comparable basis ("comparable"), exclude
restructuring charges and unusual items. The company's measure of segment
profitability excludes restructuring charges and unusual items, which is
consistent with the measure used by management to evaluate results.

The company discusses additional non-GAAP measures in this news release,
including constant currency net sales, organic net sales, comparable basis
EBIT, comparable basis effective tax rate and free cash flow.

Supplemental Financial Information

Tables reconciling non-GAAP measures, together with definitions of these
measures and the reasons management uses these measures, are attached to and
are part of this news release. Please see the link below.

About Constellation Brands
Constellation Brands (NYSE: STZ and STZ.B) is an S&P 500 Index and Fortune
1000® wine, beer and spirits company with more than 100 brands in its
portfolio, sales in approximately 100 countries, operations in about 40
facilities and approximately 6,000 talented employees. Founded in 1945,
Constellation has grown to become the world's leader in premium wine, the
number one beer importer, and the number three beer company in the U.S. with
brands that people love, including: Arbor Mist, Black Box, Blackstone, Clos du
Bois, Estancia, Franciscan Estate, Inniskillin, Kim Crawford, Mark West, Mount
Veeder, Nobilo, Ravenswood, Rex Goliath, Robert Mondavi, Ruffino, SIMI,
Toasted Head, Wild Horse, Corona Extra, Corona Light, Modelo Especial, Negra
Modelo, Pacifico, Tsingtao, Victoria, Black Velvet Canadian Whisky and SVEDKA
Vodka.

Based in Victor, N.Y., the company believes that industry leadership involves
a commitment to its brands, to the trade, to the land, to investors and to
people around the world who turn to our products when celebrating big moments
or enjoying quiet ones. We express this commitment through our vision: to
elevate life with every glass raised. To learn more, visit www.cbrands.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

The statements made under the heading Outlook, and all statements other than
statements of historical fact set forth in this news release regarding
Constellation Brands' business strategy, future operations, financial
position, estimated revenues, projected costs, prospects, plans and objectives
of management, as well as information concerning expected actions of third
parties, are forward-looking statements (collectively, the "Projections") that
involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ
materially from those set forth in or implied by the Projections.

During the current quarter, Constellation Brands may reiterate the
Projections. Prior to the start of the company's quiet period, which will
begin at the close of business on Nov. 29, 2013, the public can continue to
rely on the Projections as still being Constellation Brands' current
expectations on the matters covered, unless the company publishes a notice
stating otherwise. During Constellation Brands' "quiet period," the
Projections should not be considered to constitute the company's expectations
and should be considered historical, speaking as of prior to the quiet period
only and not subject to update by the company.

The Projections are based on management's current expectations and, unless
otherwise noted, do not take into account the impact of any future
acquisition, merger or any other business combination, divestiture,
restructuring or other strategic business realignments, financing or share
repurchase that may be completed after the date of this release. The
Projections should not be construed in any manner as a guarantee that such
results will in fact occur. 

In addition to the risks and uncertainties of ordinary business operations,
the Projections of the company contained in this news release are subject to a
number of risks and uncertainties, including:

  *brewery expansion activities take place on expected terms and timetable
    and receipt of any necessary regulatory approvals; 

  *accuracy of supply projections, including those relating to brewery
    expansion;

  *timeframe and actual costs associated with the brewery expansion may vary
    from management's current expectations due to market conditions, the
    company's cash and debt position, and other factors as determined by
    management;

  *the impact of and the ability to realize the anticipated benefits of
    acquisitions, including as a result of difficulty in integrating the
    businesses of the companies involved;

  *final management determinations and independent appraisals, including
    those relating to purchase price allocation, may vary materially from
    current management estimates of the fair value of assets acquired and
    liabilities assumed in the beer business acquisition;

  *the actual amount of cash payment for any beer business acquisition
    purchase price adjustment and certain working capital adjustments relating
    to the beer business acquisition may vary from management's current
    expectations;

  *the exact duration of the share repurchase implementation and the amount
    and timing of any additional share repurchases;

  *achievement of all expected cost savings from the company's various
    restructuring plans and realization of expected asset sale proceeds from
    the sale of inventory and other assets; 

  *restructuring charges and other one-time costs associated with
    restructuring plans may vary materially from management's current
    estimates due to variations in one or more of anticipated headcount
    reductions, contract terminations, costs or timing of plan implementation;
    

  *raw material and water supply, production or shipment difficulties could
    adversely affect the company's ability to supply its customers; 

  *increased competitive activities in the form of pricing, advertising and
    promotions could adversely impact consumer demand for the company's
    products and/or result in lower than expected sales or higher than
    expected expenses; 

  *general economic, geo-political and regulatory conditions, prolonged
    downturn in the economic markets in the U.S. and in the company's major
    markets outside of the U.S., continuing instability in world financial
    markets, or unanticipated environmental liabilities and costs; 

  *changes to accounting rules and tax laws, and other factors which could
    impact the company's reported financial position, results of operations or
    effective tax rate; 

  *changes in interest rates and the inherent unpredictability of currency
    fluctuations, commodity prices and raw material costs; 

  *accuracy of the bases for forecasts relating to joint ventures and
    associated costs, losses, purchase obligations and capital investment
    requirements; and

  *other factors and uncertainties disclosed in the company's filings with
    the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Annual Report on
    Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended Feb. 28, 2013, which could cause
    actual future performance to differ from current expectations.

CONTACTS
Media 
Angela Howland Blackwell: 585-678-7141
Cheryl Gossin: 585-678-7191

Investor Relations
Patty Yahn-Urlaub: 585-678-7483
Bob Czudak: 585-678-7170

Q2 FY 14 Financial Tables

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