SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 OR 15(d) of The Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported) January 8, 2019
CONSTELLATION BRANDS, INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
(State or other jurisdiction
207 High Point Drive, Building 100, Victor, NY 14564
(Address of principal executive offices) (Zip Code)
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code (585) 678-7100
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report.)
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Results of Operations and Financial Condition.
On January 9, 2019, Constellation Brands, Inc. (“Constellation” or the “Company”), a Delaware corporation, issued a news release (the “release”) announcing its financial condition and results of operations as of and for the third fiscal quarter ended November 30, 2018. A copy of the release is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1 and incorporated herein by reference. The projections constituting the guidance included in the release involve risks and uncertainties, the outcome of which cannot be foreseen at this time; therefore, actual results may vary materially from these forecasts. In this regard, see the information included in the release under the caption “Forward-Looking Statements.”
The information in the release is “furnished” and not “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and is not otherwise subject to the liabilities of that section. Such information may be incorporated by reference in another filing under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 or the Securities Act of 1933 only if and to the extent such subsequent filing specifically references the information incorporated by reference herein.
The release contains non-GAAP financial measures; in the release these are referred to as “comparable” measures. For purposes of Regulation G, a non-GAAP financial measure is a numerical measure of a registrant’s historical or future financial performance, financial position or cash flows that excludes amounts, or is subject to adjustments that have the effect of excluding amounts, that are included in the most directly comparable measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP in the statement of income, balance sheet or statement of cash flows (or equivalent statements) of the issuer; or includes amounts, or is subject to adjustments that have the effect of including amounts, that are excluded from the most directly comparable measure so calculated and presented. In this regard, GAAP refers to generally accepted accounting principles in the United States. Pursuant to the requirements of Regulation G, the Company has provided reconciliations within the release of the non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures.
Comparable measures are provided because management uses this information in monitoring and evaluating the results and underlying business trends of the core operations of the Company and/or in internal goal setting. In addition, the Company believes this information provides investors valuable insight on underlying business trends and results in order to evaluate year-over-year financial performance. As such, the following items, including any related income tax effect, are excluded from comparable results, when appropriate: net gain (loss) on the mark to fair value of undesignated commodity derivative contracts; settlements of undesignated commodity derivative contracts; flow through of inventory step-up associated with acquisitions; accelerated depreciation in connection with certain restructuring and other strategic business development costs; loss on inventory write-down; net loss on change in fair value of derivative instrument entered into to hedge the U.S. dollar cost of a foreign currency denominated investment; transaction, integration and other acquisition-related costs recognized in connection with acquisitions and investments; restructuring and other strategic business development costs; a prior period adjustment for deferred compensation related to certain employment agreements; impairment of certain intangible assets; loss associated with the restructuring of an agreement; net costs in connection with the sale of the Canadian wine business and related activities; certain other selling, general and administrative gains; unrealized net gain (loss) from the mark to fair value of securities measured at fair value and related activities; net gain on the sale of our remaining interest in our previously-owned Australian and European business; net gain on change in fair value of a derivative instrument entered into to hedge the Company’s exposure to interest rate volatility associated with debt financing of investment; bridge commitment fees associated with debt financing of investment; loss on extinguishment of debt; and net income tax benefit recognized in connection with the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
Regulation FD Disclosure.
On January 9, 2019, Constellation issued a news release, a copy of which release is furnished herewith as Exhibit 99.1 and is incorporated herein by reference.
In addition, on January 8, 2019, the Board of Directors of Constellation Brands, Inc. declared a quarterly cash dividend in the amount of $0.74 per issued and outstanding share of the Company’s Class A Common Stock, $0.67 per issued and outstanding share of the Company’s Class B Common Stock and $0.67 per issued and outstanding share of the Company’s Class 1 Common Stock, in each case payable on February 26, 2019, to stockholders of record of each respective class as of the close of business on February 12, 2019.
References to Constellation’s website and/or other social media sites or platforms in the release do not incorporate by reference the information on such websites, social media sites or platforms into this Current Report on Form 8-K, and Constellation disclaims any such incorporation by reference. The information in the news release attached as Exhibit 99.1 is incorporated by reference into this Item 7.01 in satisfaction of the public disclosure requirements of Regulation FD. This information is “furnished” and not “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and is not otherwise subject to the liabilities of that section. Such information may be incorporated by reference in another filing under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 or the Securities Act of 1933 only if and to the extent such subsequent filing specifically references the information incorporated by reference herein.
Financial Statements and Exhibits.
The following exhibit is furnished as part of this Current Report on Form 8-K:
News Release of Constellation Brands, Inc. dated January 9, 2019.
INDEX TO EXHIBITS
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
January 9, 2019
CONSTELLATION BRANDS, INC.
/s/ David Klein
Executive Vice President and
Chief Financial Officer