Constellation Brands Reports Q2 Fiscal 2009 Results

  • Company generates strong free cash flow
  • Debt decreases by more than $400 million
  • Reaffirms fiscal 2009 comparable EPS guidance

FAIRPORT, N.Y., Oct. 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Constellation Brands, Inc. (NYSE: STZ, ASX: CBR), a leading international producer and marketer of beverage alcohol, today reported its fiscal 2009 second quarter results. "The company's second quarter comparable net income and diluted EPS of $0.45 per share were in line with our expectations and represent positive momentum toward achieving our full-year goals," said Rob Sands, Constellation Brands president and chief executive officer. "During the quarter, we generated strong free cash flow, reduced our debt, improved comparable margins and are well on our way to achieving our ROIC goals for the year. We are especially encouraged by the improved profitability from our North American wine and spirits businesses, and we are particularly gratified by our ongoing ability to rapidly delever."

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On a reported basis, the company incurred a net loss of $23 million, or $0.11 diluted loss per share for the quarter ended Aug. 31, 2008 ("second quarter 2009"), compared with net income of $72 million or $0.33 diluted earnings per share ("EPS") for the prior year. The net loss was driven by $129 million ($122 million after tax) of charges and inventory write-downs primarily associated with the previously announced business realignment activities related to the company's Australian operations.

Second quarter 2009 net income on a comparable basis, which excludes restructuring charges, acquisition-related integration costs and unusual items, totaled $99 million versus $77 million for the prior year, with $0.45 diluted EPS for the quarter versus $0.35 for the prior year.

Second Quarter 2009 Net Sales Highlights*

(in millions)

                         Reported                Organic
                  ----------------------- ----------------------
                                    Constant                 Constant
                    Net             Currency   Net           Currency
                   Sales   Change    Change   Sales  Change   Change
                   -----   ------    ------   -----  ------    ------
    Consolidated    $957      7%       7%     $911      6%       6%
    Branded Wine    $782      6%       5%     $736      4%       4%
    Spirits         $109      4%       4%     $109      4%       4%

Second Quarter 2009 Profit Highlights*

(in millions, except per share data)

                                     Reported   Change    Comparable   Change
                                     --------   ------    ----------   ------
    Operating income                    $22       -82%       $146        17%
     Equity in earnings of equity
      method investees**                $70       -12%        $74        -7%
    Earnings before interest and
     taxes (EBIT)                         -         -        $220         7%
    Operating margin                    2.2%       NM        15.3%     130 bps
    Net (loss)/income                  ($23)       NM         $99        28%
    Diluted (loss)/earnings per
     share                           ($0.11)       NM       $0.45        29%

     * Definitions of reported, comparable, organic and constant currency, 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

Net Sales Commentary

The reported consolidated net sales increase of seven percent primarily reflects branded wine growth, which includes the benefit of the acquisition of the Clos du Bois and Wild Horse brands, partially offset by the sale of the Almaden, Inglenook and certain Pacific Northwest wine brands. Organic net sales increased six percent on a constant currency basis.

Branded wine organic net sales on a constant currency basis increased four percent. For North America, branded wine organic net sales on a constant currency basis increased seven percent primarily as a result of the company's fiscal 2008 initiative to reduce distributor wine inventory levels in the U.S., which negatively impacted net sales in the first and second quarters of fiscal 2008. In addition, Canada delivered solid growth for second quarter 2009.

"In the U.S., our premium and above portfolio is performing well in the marketplace with brands such as Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi, Estancia, Toasted Head and Wild Horse," said Sands. "In addition, our Jackson-Triggs, Inniskillin and Naked Grape brands continued to drive strong premium portfolio performance in Canada."

Branded wine organic net sales on a constant currency basis for Europe and Australia/New Zealand decreased three percent and one percent, respectively. Internationally, to improve margins and enhance ROIC, the company has implemented price increases and SKU reductions that have unfavorably impacted volume growth in the near term.

Total spirits net sales increased four percent for the quarter, led by double-digit gains for SVEDKA Vodka, Black Velvet Canadian Whisky and Effen vodka.

"SVEDKA continued its excellent growth trajectory during the second quarter, and spirits brands including Ridgemont Reserve 1792 bourbon, 99 Schnapps, Caravella aperitif and Meukow cognac also performed very well," stated Sands. "In particular, we continue to see consumer and retail enthusiasm for SVEDKA's 'Join the Party' election year marketing campaign, which is generating a considerable amount of excitement for the brand."

Operating Income, Net Income, Diluted EPS Commentary

Wines segment operating income increased $24 million versus the prior year quarter. This increase reflects higher net sales in North America as the company overlapped its initiative to reduce U.S. distributor inventories, and contribution from the Clos du Bois and Wild Horse brands, partially offset by the divestiture of Almaden, Inglenook and certain Pacific Northwest wine brands. The repositioning of the company's U.S. portfolio and resulting synergies has positively impacted profit margins.

Spirits segment operating income increased $2 million primarily due to higher net sales and lower operating costs.

Constellation's equity earnings from its 50 percent interest in the Crown Imports joint venture totaled $74 million compared to $79 million in the prior year second quarter. For second quarter 2009, Crown Imports generated net sales of $732 million, an increase of one percent, and operating income of $149 million, a decrease of five percent. The decrease in operating income was driven primarily by a fixed contractual cost increase for product purchases from Grupo Modelo and year-over-year timing of marketing activities.

For second quarter 2009, pre-tax restructuring charges, acquisition-related integration costs and unusual items totaled $129 million compared to $8 million for the prior year quarter.

Interest expense decreased seven percent to $81 million for second quarter 2009. On a year-to-date basis through August, the company has generated free cash flow of $125 million. "Due primarily to the strong free cash flow and proceeds from asset sales during the first half of fiscal 2009, total borrowings have decreased by more than $400 million from fiscal year end 2008 levels," stated Bob Ryder, Constellation Brands chief financial officer.

Summary

"We remain confident about Constellation's ability to achieve targeted EPS and free cash flow goals for the remainder of the fiscal year while improving return on invested capital," said Sands. "We continue to focus on efforts to improve our effectiveness and efficiency while adapting to ever-changing market and economic conditions in our key markets around the world."

Outlook

The table below sets forth management's current diluted earnings per share expectations for fiscal year 2009 compared to fiscal year 2008 actual results, both on a reported basis and a comparable basis.

Constellation Brands Fiscal Year 2009

Diluted Earnings Per Share Outlook

                        Reported Basis               Comparable Basis
                       FY09           FY08           FY09          FY08
                     Estimate        Actual        Estimate       Actual
    Fiscal Year
     Ending Feb. 28
     or Feb. 29      $0.83 - $0.91   ($2.83)     $1.68 - $1.76     $1.44


Full-year fiscal 2009 guidance includes the following current assumptions:

  • Net sales: mid to high single-digit growth in organic net sales combined with the incremental benefit from the Beam Wine Estates acquisition, impact of reporting the joint venture for the Matthew Clark wholesale business under the equity method, and divestiture of the Almaden, Inglenook and certain Pacific Northwest wine brands, are expected to result in reported net sales increasing mid single-digits from net sales for fiscal 2008
  • Interest expense: approximately $325 - $335 million
  • Tax rate: approximately 46 percent on a reported basis, due to the company's inability to recognize tax benefits on net operating losses primarily associated with the Australian initiative, and 37 percent on a comparable basis
  • Weighted average diluted shares outstanding: approximately 222 million
  • Free cash flow: $310 - $340 million

Conference Call

A conference call to discuss second quarter 2009 results and fiscal 2009 outlook will be hosted by President and Chief Executive Officer Rob Sands and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Bob Ryder on Thursday, Oct. 2, 2008 at 10:00 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 in the call will be available on the Internet at Constellation's Web site: www.cbrands.com under "Investors," prior to the call.

Explanations

Reported basis ("reported") operating income, equity in earnings of equity method investees, net income and diluted earnings per share are as reported under generally accepted accounting principles. Operating income, equity in earnings of equity method investees, net income and diluted earnings per share on a comparable basis ("comparable"), exclude restructuring charges, acquisition-related integration costs and unusual items. The company's measure of segment profitability excludes restructuring charges, acquisition-related integration costs 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 and free cash flow.

Tables reconciling non-GAAP measures, together with definitions of these measures and the reasons management uses these measures, are included in this news release.

About Constellation Brands

Constellation Brands, Inc. is a leading international producer and marketer of beverage alcohol in the wine, spirits and imported beer categories, with significant market presence in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Australia and New Zealand. Based in Fairport, N.Y., the company has more than 250 brands, sales in about 150 countries and operates approximately 50 facilities worldwide. It is also the largest wine producer in the world and an S&P 500 Index and Fortune 500® company. Major brands in the company's portfolio include Corona, Black Velvet, SVEDKA Vodka, Robert Mondavi, Clos du Bois, Ravenswood, Blackstone, Hardys, Banrock Station, Nobilo, Kim Crawford, Inniskillin, Jackson-Triggs and Arbor Mist. To learn more about the company and its products, visit Constellation's Web site at www.cbrands.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

The statements made under the heading Outlook, as well as all other statements set forth in this news release which are not historical facts regarding Constellation's business strategy, future operations, financial position, estimated revenues, projected costs, prospects, plans and objectives of management, or 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 may reiterate the Projections. Prior to the start of the company's quiet period, which will begin at the close of business on Nov., 21, 2008, the public can continue to rely on the Projections as still being Constellation's current expectations on the matters covered, unless Constellation publishes a notice stating otherwise. During Constellation's "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, or financing 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:

  • successful integration of acquired businesses, realization of expected synergies and completion of various portfolio actions;
  • 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;
  • accuracy of the bases for forecasts relating to joint ventures and associated costs and capital investment requirements;
  • final management determinations and independent appraisals may vary materially from current management estimates of the fair value of assets acquired and liabilities assumed in the company's acquisitions and from estimates of goodwill and intangible asset impairment charges;
  • restructuring charges, acquisition-related integration costs, other one-time costs and purchase accounting adjustments associated with integration and 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 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 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 or effective tax rate;
  • changes in interest rates and the inherent unpredictability of currency fluctuations, commodity prices and raw material costs; 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. 29, 2008, which could cause actual future performance to differ from current expectations.

    Constellation Brands, Inc. and Subsidiaries
    CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
    (in millions)

                                                   August 31,  February 29,
                                                     2008          2008
                                                  -----------  -----------
    Assets

      Current Assets:
        Cash and cash investments                       $24.9       $20.5
        Accounts receivable, net                        775.9       731.6
        Inventories                                   2,005.1     2,179.5
        Prepaid expenses and other                      232.2       267.4
                                                        -----       -----

          Total current assets                        3,038.1     3,199.0

      Property, plant and equipment, net              1,752.6     2,035.0
      Goodwill                                        3,049.8     3,123.9
      Intangible assets, net                          1,107.8     1,190.0
      Other assets, net                                 473.5       504.9
                                                        -----       -----

        Total assets                                 $9,421.8   $10,052.8
                                                     ========   =========

    Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity

      Current Liabilities:
        Notes payable to banks                          $87.0      $379.5
        Current maturities of long-term debt            264.3       229.3
        Accounts payable                                347.7       349.4
        Accrued excise taxes                             68.3        62.4
        Other accrued expenses and liabilities          573.8       697.7
                                                        -----       -----

          Total current liabilities                   1,341.1     1,718.3

      Long-term debt, less current maturities         4,486.5     4,648.7
      Deferred income taxes                             549.7       535.8
      Other liabilities                                 368.7       384.1
                                                        -----       -----

        Total liabilities                             6,746.0     7,286.9

        Total stockholders' equity                    2,675.8     2,765.9
                                                      -------     -------

        Total liabilities and stockholders' equity   $9,421.8   $10,052.8
                                                     ========   =========



    Constellation Brands, Inc. and Subsidiaries
    CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
    (in millions, except per share data)

                             Three Months Ended         Six Months Ended
                             ------------------         ----------------
                           August 31,   August 31,   August 31,   August 31,
                             2008         2007         2008         2007
                          -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------

    Sales                    $1,239.2     $1,167.9     $2,451.2     $2,343.3
    Excise taxes               (282.7)      (275.3)      (562.9)      (549.5)
                               ------       ------       ------       ------
      Net sales                 956.5        892.6      1,888.3      1,793.8

     Cost of product sold      (650.7)      (582.9)    (1,253.5)    (1,215.9)
                               ------       ------     --------     --------
      Gross profit              305.8        309.7        634.8        577.9

      Selling, general
       and administrative
       expenses                (225.2)      (190.5)      (458.7)      (388.1)
     Impairment of
      intangible assets         (21.8)           -        (21.8)           -
     Restructuring charges      (35.5)        (0.4)       (36.0)        (0.8)
     Acquisition-related
      integration costs          (1.8)        (1.6)        (6.1)        (3.6)
                                 ----         ----         ----         ----
      Operating income           21.5        117.2        112.2        185.4

       Equity in earnings
        of equity method
        investees                70.1         80.1        142.2        155.9
     Interest expense, net      (80.7)       (86.7)      (167.3)      (166.4)
                                -----        -----       ------       ------
        Income before
         income taxes            10.9        110.6         87.1        174.9

      Provision for
       income taxes             (33.6)       (38.5)       (65.2)       (73.0)
                                -----        -----        -----        -----
      Net (loss) income        $(22.7)       $72.1        $21.9       $101.9
                               ======        =====        =====       ======

      (Loss) Earnings
       Per Common Share:
        Basic - Class A
         Common Stock          $(0.11)       $0.34        $0.10        $0.46
        Basic - Class B
         Common Stock          $(0.10)       $0.31        $0.09        $0.42

        Diluted - Class A
         Common Stock          $(0.11)       $0.33        $0.10        $0.45
        Diluted - Class B
         Common Stock          $(0.10)       $0.30        $0.09        $0.41

       Weighted Average
        Common Shares
        Outstanding:
        Basic - Class A
         Common Stock         193.733      191.308      193.262      198.472
        Basic - Class B
         Common Stock          23.754       23.819       23.762       23.821

        Diluted - Class A
         Common Stock         193.733      219.300      219.828      226.395
        Diluted - Class B
         Common Stock          23.754       23.819       23.762       23.821



    Constellation Brands, Inc. and Subsidiaries
    CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
    (in millions)

                                                     Six Months Ended
                                                     ----------------
                                                  August 31,   August 31,
                                                    2008         2007
                                                 -----------  -----------
    Cash Flows From Operating Activities
      Net income                                       $21.9       $101.9
      Adjustments to reconcile net income to
       net cash provided by operating activities:
           Depreciation of property, plant and
            equipment                                   79.3         71.6
           Write-down of inventory associated
            with the Australian Initiative              47.6            -
           Loss on disposal or impairment of
            long-lived assets, net                      28.6          0.7
           Stock-based compensation expense             22.3         16.9
           Impairment of intangible assets              21.8            -
           Loss on businesses sold                      15.8          6.8
           Deferred tax provision                       11.8          3.4
           Amortization of intangible and
            other assets                                 5.9          5.4
           Equity in earnings of equity method
            investees, net of distributed earnings       3.1          2.2
           Change in operating assets and
            liabilities, net of effects from
            purchases and sales of businesses:
              Accounts receivable, net                 (76.0)       (56.6)
              Inventories                              (28.3)         1.8
              Prepaid expenses and other
               current assets                            9.7         (9.0)
              Accounts payable                          10.2        (10.7)
              Accrued excise taxes                       9.5         13.1
              Other accrued expenses and liabilities   (65.5)        61.4
           Other, net                                   59.1        (31.2)
                                                        ----        -----
                Total adjustments                      154.9         75.8
                                                       -----         ----
                Net cash provided by operating
                 activities                            176.8        177.7
                                                       -----        -----

    Cash Flows From Investing Activities
      Proceeds from sales of businesses                204.2          3.0
      Proceeds from sales of assets                     16.0          2.3
      Purchase of business, net of cash acquired         0.6       (386.3)
      Purchases of property, plant and equipment       (52.0)       (47.0)
      Investment in equity method investee              (0.6)        (0.6)
      Proceeds from formation of joint venture             -        185.6
      Payment of accrued earn-out amount                   -         (2.8)
      Other investing activities                        11.3            -
                                                        ----         ----
                Net cash provided by (used in)
                 investing activities                  179.5       (245.8)
                                                       -----       ------

    Cash Flows From Financing Activities
      Net repayment of notes payable                  (281.0)        (2.1)
      Principal payments of long-term debt             (99.5)      (163.1)
      Exercise of employee stock options                19.2         12.5
      Excess tax benefits from
       stock-based payment awards                        6.4          7.4
      Proceeds from employee stock purchases             2.9          3.0
      Proceeds from issuance of long-term debt             -        716.1
      Purchases of treasury stock                          -       (500.0)
      Payment of financing costs of long-term debt         -         (6.1)
                                                        ----         ----

                Net cash (used in) provided by
                 financing activities                 (352.0)        67.7
                                                      ------         ----

     Effect of exchange rate changes
      on cash and cash investments                       0.1          0.1
                                                         ---          ---

     Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash
       investments                                       4.4         (0.3)
     Cash and cash investments, beginning of period     20.5         33.5
                                                        ----         ----
     Cash and cash investments, end of period          $24.9        $33.2
                                                       =====        =====



    Constellation Brands, Inc. and Subsidiaries
    SEGMENT INFORMATION
    (in millions)

                                          Three Months Ended
                                          ------------------
                                         August 31,   August 31,   Percent
                                           2008         2007        Change
                                       ------------  ------------

    Segment Net Sales and
     Operating Income
      Constellation Wines
        Branded wine net sales              $782.1       $738.9         6%
        Wholesale and other net sales         65.3         48.9        34%
                                              ----         ----
          Segment net sales                 $847.4       $787.8         8%
          Operating income                  $149.0       $124.9        19%
          % Net sales                         17.6%        15.9%
          Equity in earnings of
           equity method investees           $(0.2)        $1.4        NM

      Constellation Spirits
          Segment net sales                 $109.1       $104.8         4%
          Operating income                   $23.3        $20.9        11%
          % Net sales                         21.4%        19.9%

      Crown Imports
          Segment net sales                 $732.1       $722.7         1%
          Operating income                  $148.8       $157.3        (5%)
          % Net sales                         20.3%        21.8%

      Consolidation and Eliminations
          Segment net sales                $(732.1)     $(722.7)        1%
          Operating income                 $(148.8)     $(157.3)       (5%)
          Equity in earnings of
           Crown Imports                     $74.4        $78.8        (6%)

      Corporate Operations and Other
          Consolidated net sales            $956.5       $892.6         7%
          Operating income                  $(26.2)      $(20.7)       27%
          % Net sales                          2.7%         2.3%



                                           Six Months Ended
                                           ----------------
                                         August 31,   August 31,   Percent
                                          2008          2007        Change
                                       ------------  ------------

    Segment Net Sales and
     Operating Income
      Constellation Wines
        Branded wine net sales            $1,547.8     $1,358.8        14%
        Wholesale and other net sales        125.8        233.3       (46%)
                                             -----        -----
          Segment net sales               $1,673.6     $1,592.1         5%
          Operating income                  $293.5       $211.1        39%
          % Net sales                         17.5%        13.3%
           Equity in earnings of
            equity method investees           $2.2         $4.0       (45%)

      Constellation Spirits
          Segment net sales                 $214.7       $201.7         6%
          Operating income                   $34.1        $36.7        (7%)
          % Net sales                         15.9%        18.2%

      Crown Imports
          Segment net sales               $1,404.6     $1,380.8         2%
          Operating income                  $287.4       $303.6        (5%)
          % Net sales                         20.5%        22.0%

      Consolidation and Eliminations
          Segment net sales              $(1,404.6)   $(1,380.8)        2%
          Operating income                 $(287.4)     $(303.6)       (5%)
          Equity in earnings of
           Crown Imports                    $144.1       $152.2        (5%)

      Corporate Operations and Other
          Consolidated net sales          $1,888.3     $1,793.8         5%
          Operating income                  $(50.2)      $(40.4)       24%
          % Net sales                          2.7%         2.3%

    Constellation Brands, Inc. and Subsidiaries
    GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION
    (in millions)

                            Three Months Ended                       Constant
                            ------------------                       Currency
                            August 31, August 31, Percent  Currency  Percent
                               2008       2007    Change    Impact   Change(3)
                               ----       ----
    Geographic
     Net Sales (1)(2)
      North America          $666.1     $604.0      10%        1%      10%
        Branded wine         $534.7     $488.1      10%        1%       9%
        Spirits              $109.1     $104.8       4%        -        4%
        Wholesale and other   $22.3      $11.1     101%        2%      99%

      Europe                 $191.1     $194.4      (2%)      (3%)      1%
        Branded wine         $153.1     $162.8      (6%)      (3%)     (3%)
        Wholesale and other   $38.0      $31.6      20%       (4%)     24%

      Australia/New Zealand   $99.3      $94.2       5%        8%      (3%)
        Branded wine          $94.3      $88.0       7%        8%      (1%)
        Wholesale and other    $5.0       $6.2     (19%)       6%     (26%)



                                     Three Months Ended
                                     ------------------
                                    August 31, August 31, Percent Acquisition
                                        2008       2007    Change   Impact(4)
                                        ----       ----
    Branded Wine Geographic Net
     Sales (1)(2)
      North America                   $534.7     $488.1       10%       9%
      Europe                           153.1      162.8       (6%)      -
      Australia/New Zealand             94.3       88.0        7%       -
                                        ----       ----
        Consolidated branded wine
         net sales                    $782.1     $738.9        6%       6%
                                      ======     ======


                                                                  Organic
                                                                  Constant
                                                                  Currency
                                        Divestiture   Currency    Percent
                                          Impact(5)    Impact     Change(3)
    Branded Wine Geographic Net
     Sales (1)(2)
      North America                         (7%)         1%          7%
      Europe                                 -          (3%)        (3%)
      Australia/New Zealand                  -           8%         (1%)
        Consolidated branded wine
         net sales                          (5%)         1%          4%



                          Six Months Ended                          Constant
                          ----------------                          Currency
                        August 31, August 31,  Percent   Currency   Percent
                            2008       2007    Change     Impact    Change(3)
                            ----       ----
    Geographic Net
     Sales (1)(2)
       North America    $1,318.6   $1,110.2       19%        1%         18%
         Branded wine   $1,065.4     $881.5       21%        1%         19%
         Spirits          $214.7     $201.7        6%        -           6%
         Wholesale
          and other        $38.5      $27.0       43%        4%         39%

      Europe              $373.2     $496.6      (25%)      (1%)       (24%)
         Branded wine     $296.1     $306.1       (3%)      (1%)        (2%)
         Wholesale
          and other        $77.1     $190.5      (60%)      (1%)       (59%)

       Australia/New
        Zealand           $196.5     $187.0        5%       10%         (5%)
         Branded wine     $186.3     $171.2        9%       11%         (2%)
         Wholesale
          and other        $10.2      $15.8      (35%)       7%        (42%)


                                       Six Months Ended
                                      ----------------
                                    August 31, August 31, Percent Acquisition
                                        2008       2007    Change   Impact(4)
                                        ----       ----
    Branded Wine Geographic Net
     Sales (1)(2)
      North America                 $1,065.4     $881.5      21%       11%
      Europe                           296.1      306.1      (3%)       -
      Australia/New Zealand            186.3      171.2       9%        -
                                       -----      -----
        Consolidated branded wine
         net sales                  $1,547.8   $1,358.8      14%        7%
                                    ========   ========


                                                                    Organic
                                                                    Constant
                                                                    Currency
                                         Divestiture   Currency     Percent
                                           Impact(5)    Impact      Change(3)
    Branded Wine Geographic Net
     Sales (1)(2)
       North America                          (7%)         1%         16%
       Europe                                  3%         (1%)        (5%)
       Australia/New Zealand                   -          11%         (2%)
         Consolidated branded wine
          net sales                           (4%)         2%          9%

    (1) Refer to discussion under "Reconciliation of Reported, Organic and
        Constant Currency Net Sales" on following page for definition of
        constant currency net sales and organic constant currency net sales
        and reasons for use.

    (2) Net sales are attributed to countries based on the location of the
        selling company.

    (3) May not sum due to rounding as each item is computed independently.

    (4) Acquisition impact includes net sales of branded wine acquired in the
        BWE Acquisition for the period June 1, 2008, through August 31, 2008,
        included in the three months ended August 31, 2008, and March 1, 2008,
        through August 31, 2008, included in the six months ended August 31,
        2008.

    (5) Divestiture impact includes (i) the removal of Almaden and Inglenook
        branded wine net sales for the period June 1, 2007, through August 31,
        2007, included in the three months ended August 31, 2007, and for the
        period March 1, 2007, through August 31, 2007, included in the six
        months ended August 31, 2007; (ii) the removal of branded wine net
        sales associated with the Pacific Northwest brands for the period
        June 1, 2007, through August 31, 2007, included in the three months
        and six months ended August 31, 2007; and (iii) the add-back of U.K.
        branded wine net sales previously sold through the U.K. wholesale
        business for the period March 1, 2007, through April 16, 2007,
        included in the six months ended August 31, 2007.



Constellation Brands, Inc. and Subsidiaries

RECONCILIATION OF REPORTED, ORGANIC AND CONSTANT CURRENCY NET SALES

(in millions)

As the company formed its U.K. wholesale joint venture on April 17, 2007; acquired BWE on December 17, 2007; sold its Almaden and Inglenook wine brands on February 28, 2008; and sold certain Pacific Northwest wine brands on June 5, 2008, organic net sales for the respective periods are defined by the company as reported net sales plus/less net sales of U.K. wholesale, U.K. branded wine, Almaden and Inglenook branded wine, Pacific Northwest brands, or BWE products, as appropriate. As the company acquired Svedka on March 19, 2007, organic net sales for the six months ended August 31, 2008, have not been adjusted for net sales of Svedka products during the period March 1, 2008, through March 18, 2008, as amounts are not significant. Organic net sales and percentage increase (decrease) in constant currency net sales (which excludes the impact of year over year currency exchange rate fluctuations) are provided because management uses this information in monitoring and evaluating the underlying business trends of the continuing operations of the company. In addition, the company believes this information provides investors better insight on underlying business trends and results in order to evaluate year over year financial performance.


                         Three Months Ended
                         ------------------                       Constant
                          August    August                        Currency
                            31,       31,   Percent    Currency    Percent
                           2008      2007   Change      Impact    Change (1)
                           ----      ----
    Consolidated
     Net Sales
      Branded wine       $782.1    $738.9         6%       1%         5%
      Wholesale
       and other           65.3      48.9        34%      (1%)       35%
      Spirits             109.1     104.8         4%       -          4%
                          -----     -----
        Consolidated
         reported net
         sales            956.5     892.6         7%       -          7%
      Less:  BWE (2)      (46.0)        -
      Less:  U.K.
       wholesale, net
       of U.K. branded
       wine (3)               -         -
      Less:  Almaden
       and Inglenook
       branded wine
       net sales (4)          -     (27.2)
      Less:  Pacific
       Northwest
       branded wine
       net sales (5)          -      (6.7)
                              -      ----
        Consolidated
         organic net
         sales           $910.5    $858.7         6%       1%         6%
                         ======    ======

    Branded Wine
     Net Sales
      Branded wine
       reported net
       sales             $782.1    $738.9         6%       1%         5%
      Less:  BWE (2)      (46.0)        -
      Plus:  U.K.
       branded wine (3)       -         -
      Less:  Almaden
       and Inglenook
       branded wine
       net sales (4)          -     (27.2)
      Less:  Pacific
       Northwest
       branded wine
       net sales (5)          -      (6.7)
                              -      ----
        Branded wine
         organic net
         sales           $736.1    $705.0         4%       1%         4%
                         ======    ======

    Wholesale and
     Other Net Sales
      Wholesale and
       Other reported
       net sales          $65.3     $48.9        34%      (1%)       35%
      Less: U.K.
       wholesale (3)          -         -
                              -         -
        Wholesale
         and other
         organic
         net sales        $65.3     $48.9        34%      (1%)       35%
                          =====     =====


                          Six Months Ended
                          ----------------                         Constant
                          August    August                         Currency
                            31,       31,    Percent    Currency    Percent
                           2008      2007     Change     Impact    Change (1)
                           ----      ----
    Consolidated
     Net Sales
      Branded wine     $1,547.8  $1,358.8        14%        2%        12%
      Wholesale
       and other          125.8     233.3       (46%)       1%       (47%)
      Spirits             214.7     201.7         6%        -          6%
                          -----     -----
        Consolidated
         reported net
         sales          1,888.3   1,793.8         5%        2%         4%
      Less:  BWE (2)      (93.5)        -
      Less:  U.K.
       wholesale, net
       of U.K. branded
       wine (3)               -    (117.1)
      Less:  Almaden
       and Inglenook
       branded wine
       net sales (4)          -     (51.3)
      Less:  Pacific
       Northwest
       branded wine
       net sales (5)          -      (6.7)
                              -      ----
        Consolidated
         organic net
         sales         $1,794.8  $1,618.7        11%        2%         9%
                       ========  ========


    Branded Wine
     Net Sales
      Branded wine
       reported net
       sales           $1,547.8  $1,358.8        14%        2%        12%
      Less:  BWE (2)      (93.5)        -
      Plus:  U.K.
       branded wine (3)       -       8.4
      Less:  Almaden
       and Inglenook
       branded wine
       net sales (4)          -     (51.3)
      Less:  Pacific
       Northwest
       branded wine
       net sales (5)          -      (6.7)
                              -      ----
        Branded wine
         organic net
         sales         $1,454.3  $1,309.2        11%        2%         9%
                       ========  ========

    Wholesale and
     Other Net Sales
      Wholesale
       and other
       reported
       net sales         $125.8    $233.3       (46%)       1%       (47%)
      Less:  U.K.
       wholesale (3)          -    (125.5)
                              -    ------
        Wholesale
         and other
         organic
         net sales       $125.8    $107.8        17%        1%        16%
                         ======    ======


    (1) May not sum due to rounding as each item is computed independently.

    (2) For the period June 1, 2008, through August 31, 2008, included in the
        three months ended August 31, 2008, and March 1, 2008, through
        August 31, 2008, included in the six months ended August 31, 2008.

    (3) For the period March 1, 2007, through April 16, 2007, included in the
        six months ended August 31, 2007.

    (4) For the period June 1, 2007, through August 31, 2007, included in the
        three months ended August 31, 2007, and March 1, 2007, through
        August 31, 2007, included in the six months ended August 31, 2007.

    (5) For the period June 1, 2007, through August 31, 2007, included in the
        three months and six months ended August 31, 2007.


     

    Constellation Brands, Inc. and Subsidiaries
    RECONCILIATIONS OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES (1)
    (in millions, except per share data)

                                 Three Months Ended August 31, 2008
                                 ----------------------------------
                                               Strategic         Compar-
                          Reported             Business           able
                           Basis   Inventory   Realign-   Other   Basis
                           (GAAP)   Step-up     ment(2)    (3)  (Non-GAAP)
                         ---------  --------  ---------   ----- ----------
    Net Sales               $956.5                                $956.5
      Cost of product sold  (650.7)     4.3      49.9             (596.5)
                            ------      ---      ----             ------
    Gross Profit             305.8      4.3      49.9              360.0
      Selling, general
       and administrative
       expenses ("SG&A")    (225.2)              11.3             (213.9)
      Impairment of
       intangible assets     (21.8)              21.8                  -
      Restructuring charges  (35.5)              35.5                  -
      Acquisition-related
       integration costs      (1.8)               1.8                  -
                              ----      ---       ---                  -
    Operating Income          21.5      4.3     120.3              146.1
      Equity in earnings
       of equity method
       investees              70.1                        4.1       74.2
                                                                    ----
    EBIT                                                           220.3
      Interest expense, net  (80.7)                                (80.7)
                             -----      ---     -----     ---      -----
    Income Before Income
     Taxes                    10.9      4.3     120.3     4.1      139.6
      Provision for
       income taxes          (33.6)    (1.6)     (5.4)      -      (40.6)
                             -----     ----      ----       -      -----
    Net (Loss) Income       $(22.7)    $2.7    $114.9    $4.1      $99.0
                            ======     ====    ======    ====      =====
     Diluted (Loss)
      Earnings Per Common
      Share                 $(0.11)                                $0.45
                            ======                                 =====
     Weighted Average
      Common Shares
      Outstanding -
      Diluted(4)           193.733                               220.353
                           =======                               =======

    Gross Margin              32.0%                                 37.6%
    SG&A as a percent of
     net sales                23.5%                                 22.4%
    Operating Margin           2.2%                                 15.3%
    Effective Tax Rate          NM                                  29.1%
                                --                                  ----


                                 Three Months Ended August 31, 2007
                                 ----------------------------------
                                               Strategic          Compar-
                          Reported             Business            able
                            Basis   Inventory  Realign-            Basis
                           (GAAP)    Step-up    ment(2)   Other  (Non-GAAP)
                          --------  --------   ---------  -----  ----------
    Net Sales               $892.6                                 $892.6
      Cost of product sold  (582.9)      2.3       2.1      0.1    (578.4)
                            ------       ---       ---      ---    ------
    Gross Profit             309.7       2.3       2.1      0.1     314.2
      Selling, general
       and administrative
       expenses ("SG&A")    (190.5)                1.4             (189.1)
      Impairment of
       intangible assets         -                                      -
      Restructuring
       charges                (0.4)                0.4                  -
      Acquisition-related
       integration costs      (1.6)                1.6                  -
                              ----       ---       ---      ---         -
    Operating Income         117.2       2.3       5.5      0.1     125.1
      Equity in earnings
       of equity method
       investees              80.1                                   80.1
                                                                     ----
    EBIT                                                            205.2
      Interest expense, net  (86.7)                                 (86.7)
                             -----       ---       ---      ---     -----
    Income Before Income
     Taxes                   110.6       2.3       5.5      0.1     118.5
      Provision for
       income taxes          (38.5)     (0.9)     (1.7)    (0.1)    (41.2)
                             -----      ----      ----     ----     -----
    Net (Loss) Income        $72.1      $1.4      $3.8       $-     $77.3
                             =====      ====      ====       ==     =====
     Diluted (Loss)
      Earnings Per Common
      Share                  $0.33                                  $0.35
                             =====                                  =====
     Weighted Average
      Common Shares
      Outstanding -
      Diluted(4)           219.300                                219.300
                           =======                                =======

    Gross Margin              34.7%                                  35.2%
    SG&A as a percent of
     net sales                21.3%                                  21.2%
    Operating Margin          13.1%                                  14.0%
    Effective Tax Rate        34.8%                                  34.8%
                              ----                                   ----


                               Percent      Percent
                               Change -     Change -
                               Reported    Comparable
                                Basis        Basis
                                (GAAP)     (Non-GAAP)
                              ---------    ---------
                                   -             -
    Net Sales                      7%            7%
      Cost of product sold        12%            3%
    Gross Profit                  (1%)          15%
      Selling, general
       and administrative
       expenses ("SG&A")          18%           13%
      Impairment of
       intangible assets          N/A           N/A
      Restructuring
       charges                     NM           N/A
      Acquisition-related
       integration costs          13%           N/A
    Operating Income             (82%)          17%
      Equity in earnings
       of equity method
       investees                 (12%)          (7%)
    EBIT                          N/A            7%
      Interest expense, net       (7%)          (7%)
    Income Before Income
     Taxes                       (90%)          18%
      Provision for
       income taxes              (13%)          (1%)
    Net (Loss) Income              NM           28%
     Diluted (Loss)
      Earnings Per Common
      Share                        NM           29%
     Weighted Average
      Common Shares
      Outstanding -
      Diluted(4)

    Gross Margin
    SG&A as a percent of net sales
    Operating Margin
    Effective Tax Rate



    Constellation Brands, Inc. and Subsidiaries
    RECONCILIATIONS OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES (1)
    (in millions, except per share data)


                                   Six Months Ended August 31, 2008
                                   --------------------------------
                                                 Strategic       Compar-
                           Reported              Business         able
                             Basis   Inventory  Realign-   Other   Basis
                            (GAAP)    Step-up    ment(5)    (6)  (Non-GAAP)
                           --------  --------  ---------   -----  --------
    Net Sales              $1,888.3                              $1,888.3
      Cost of product sold (1,253.5)     10.6     53.9      0.1  (1,188.9)
                           --------      ----     ----      ---  --------
    Gross Profit              634.8      10.6     53.9      0.1     699.4
      Selling, general
       and administrative
       expenses ("SG&A")     (458.7)              36.7             (422.0)
      Impairment of
       intangible assets      (21.8)              21.8                  -
      Restructuring
       charges                (36.0)              36.0                  -
      Acquisition-related
       integration costs       (6.1)               6.1                  -
                               ----      ----      ---      ---         -
    Operating Income          112.2      10.6    154.5      0.1     277.4
      Equity in earnings
       of equity method
       investees              142.2                         4.1     146.3
                                                                    -----
    EBIT                                                            423.7
      Interest expense, net  (167.3)                               (167.3)
                             ------      ----    -----      ---    ------
    Income Before Income
     Taxes                     87.1      10.6    154.5      4.2     256.4
      (Provision for)
       benefit from income
       taxes                  (65.2)     (4.0)   (14.6)       -     (83.8)
                              -----      ----    -----        -     -----
    Net Income                $21.9      $6.6   $139.9     $4.2    $172.6
                              =====      ====   ======     ====    ======
     Diluted Earnings Per
      Common Share            $0.10     $0.03    $0.64    $0.02     $0.79
                              =====     =====    =====    =====     =====
     Weighted Average
      Common Shares
      Outstanding -
      Diluted               219.828   219.828  219.828  219.828   219.828
                            =======   =======  =======  =======   =======

    Gross Margin               33.6%                                 37.0%
    SG&A as a percent of
     net sales                 24.3%                                 22.3%
    Operating Margin            5.9%                                 14.7%
    Effective Tax Rate           NM                                  32.7%
                                 --                                  ----


                                   Six Months Ended August 31, 2007
                                   --------------------------------
                                               Strategic          Compar-
                           Reported            Business            able
                             Basis   Inventory Realign-            Basis
                            (GAAP)    Step-up   ment(5)   Other  (Non-GAAP)
                           --------  --------  ---------  -----   --------
    Net Sales              $1,793.8                              $1,793.8
      Cost of product sold (1,215.9)      5.2      4.3      0.1  (1,206.3)
                           --------       ---      ---      ---  --------
    Gross Profit              577.9       5.2      4.3      0.1     587.5
      Selling, general
       and administrative
       expenses ("SG&A")     (388.1)               8.0             (380.1)
      Impairment of
       intangible assets          -                                     -
      Restructuring
       charges                 (0.8)               0.8                  -
      Acquisition-related
       integration costs       (3.6)               3.6                  -
                               ----       ---      ---      ---         -
    Operating Income          185.4       5.2     16.7      0.1     207.4
      Equity in earnings
       of equity method
       investees              155.9       0.2                       156.1
                                                                    -----
    EBIT                                                            363.5
      Interest expense, net  (166.4)                               (166.4)
                             ------       ---     ----      ---    ------
    Income Before Income
     Taxes                    174.9       5.4     16.7      0.1     197.1
      (Provision for)
       benefit from income
       taxes                  (73.0)     (2.0)     3.8     (0.1)    (71.3)
                              -----      ----      ---     ----     -----
    Net Income               $101.9      $3.4    $20.5       $-    $125.8
                             ======      ====    =====       ==    ======
     Diluted Earnings Per
      Common Share            $0.45     $0.02    $0.09       $-     $0.56
                              =====     =====    =====       ==     =====
     Weighted Average
      Common Shares
      Outstanding -
      Diluted               226.395   226.395  226.395  226.395   226.395
                            =======   =======  =======  =======   =======

    Gross Margin               32.2%                                 32.8%
    SG&A as a percent of
     net sales                 21.6%                                 21.2%
    Operating Margin           10.3%                                 11.6%
    Effective Tax Rate         41.7%                                 36.2%
                               ----                                  ----


                               Percent       Percent
                               Change -      Change -
                               Reported     Comparable
                                Basis         Basis
                                (GAAP)      (Non-GAAP)
                              ---------     ---------
    Net Sales                      5%            5%
      Cost of product sold         3%           (1%)
    Gross Profit                  10%           19%
      Selling, general
       and administrative
       expenses ("SG&A")          18%           11%
      Impairment of
       intangible assets         N/A           N/A
      Restructuring
       charges                    NM           N/A
      Acquisition-related
       integration costs          69%          N/A
    Operating Income             (39%)          34%
      Equity in earnings
       of equity method
       investees                  (9%)          (6%)
    EBIT                         N/A            17%
      Interest expense, net        1%            1%
    Income Before Income
     Taxes                       (50%)          30%
      (Provision for)
       benefit from income
       taxes                     (11%)          18%
    Net Income                   (79%)          37%
     Diluted Earnings Per
      Common Share               (78%)          41%
     Weighted Average
      Common Shares
      Outstanding -
      Diluted

    Gross Margin
    SG&A as a percent of net sales
    Operating Margin
    Effective Tax Rate

Constellation Brands, Inc. and Subsidiaries

RECONCILIATIONS OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES (continued)

NOTES

(1) The company reports its financial results in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the U.S. ("GAAP"). However, non-GAAP financial measures, as defined in the reconciliation tables above, are provided because management uses this information in evaluating the results of the continuing operations of the company and/or internal goal setting. In addition, the company believes this information provides investors better insight on underlying business trends and results in order to evaluate year over year financial performance. See the tables above for supplemental financial data and corresponding reconciliations of these non-GAAP financial measures to GAAP financial measures for the three months and six months ended August 31, 2008, and August 31, 2007. Non-GAAP financial measures should be viewed in addition to, and not as an alternative for, the company's reported results prepared in accordance with GAAP. Please refer to the company's Web site at http://www.cbrands.com/CBI/investors.htm for more detailed description and further discussion of these non-GAAP financial measures.

(2) For the three months ended August 31, 2008, strategic business realignment items consist primarily of costs recognized by the company in connection with its Australian Initiative of $104.0 million, net of a tax benefit of $0.6 million, and the loss in connection with the sale of a nonstrategic Canadian distilling facility of $5.1 million, net of a tax benefit of $2.7 million. For the three months ended August 31, 2007, strategic business realignment items primarily include costs recognized by the company in connection with (i) its Fiscal 2007 Wine Plan of $1.4 million, net of a tax benefit of $0.6 million, (ii) the Vincor Plan of $1.1 million, net of a tax benefit of $0.6 million and (iii) the Fiscal 2006 Plan of $0.7 million, net of a tax benefit of $0.4 million.

(3) For the three months ended August 31, 2008, other consists of $4.1 million, net of a tax benefit of $0 million, associated with the impairment of an Australian equity method investment.

(4) In accordance with the antidilution provisions of Statement of Financial Accounting Standards No. 128, "Earnings Per Share" ("SFAS No. 128"), the dilutive impact of potential common shares is excluded from the company's reported diluted weighted average common shares outstanding for the three months ended August 31, 2008. As a result of the company having net income on a comparable basis, the dilutive impact of potential common shares is included in the company's comparable diluted weighted average common shares outstanding.

(5) For the six months ended August 31, 2008, strategic business realignment items consist primarily of (i) costs recognized by the company in connection with the Australian Initiative, of $104.0 million, net of a tax benefit of $0.6 million, and (ii) the loss in connection with the disposal of the Pacific Northwest wine brands of $17.1 million, net of a tax benefit of $6.1 million. For the six months ended August 31, 2007, strategic business realignment items primarily include the loss on disposal in connection with the company's contribution of its U.K. wholesale business of $13.8 million, including $7.2 million additional tax expense, and costs recognized by the company primarily in connection with (i) the Fiscal 2007 Wine Plan of $2.5 million, net of a tax benefit of $1.1 million, (ii) the Vincor Plan of $2.4 million, net of a tax benefit of $1.2 million and (iii) the Fiscal 2006 Plan of $1.6 million, net of a tax benefit of $1.0 million.

(6) For the six months ended August 31, 2008, other consists primarily of $4.1 million, net of a tax benefit of $0 million, associated with the impairment of an Australian equity method investment.

DEFINITIONS

Australian Initiative

The company's plan announced in August 2008 to sell certain assets and implement operational changes designed to improve the efficiencies and returns associated with its Australian business.

Fiscal 2008 Plan

The company's plan announced in November 2007 to streamline certain of its international operations, primarily in Australia, and its plan announced in January 2008 to streamline certain of its operations in the U.S., primarily in connection with the restructuring and integration of the operations of BWE (collectively, the "Fiscal 2008 Plan").

Fiscal 2007 Wine Plan

The company's plan announced in August 2006 to invest in new distribution and bottling facilities in the U.K. and to streamline certain Australian wine operations (collectively, the "Fiscal 2007 Wine Plan").

Vincor Plan

The company's plan announced in July 2006 to restructure and integrate the operations of Vincor International Inc. (the "Vincor Plan").

Fiscal 2006 Plan

The company's worldwide wine reorganization plan announced in fiscal 2006, including its program to consolidate certain west coast production processes in the U.S. (collectively, the "Fiscal 2006 Plan").

    Constellation Brands, Inc. and Subsidiaries
    RECONCILIATIONS OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES (continued)
    GUIDANCE - DILUTED EARNINGS PER SHARE AND FREE CASH FLOW
    (in millions, except per share data)


                                                   Range for the Year
    Diluted Earnings Per Share Guidance         Ending February 28, 2009

                                                  -------------------

    Forecasted diluted earnings per share -
     Reported basis (GAAP)                       $0.83          $0.91
       Inventory step-up                          0.05           0.05
       Strategic business realignment (1)         0.78           0.78
       Other (2)                                  0.02           0.02
                                                  ----           ----
    Forecasted diluted earnings per share -
     comparable basis
     (Non-GAAP) (3)                              $1.68          $1.76
                                                 =====          =====

                                                  Actual for the Year
                                                   Ended February 29,
                                                         2008
                                                    --------------

    Diluted earnings per share - reported
     basis (GAAP)                                       $(2.83)
       Inventory step-up                                  0.03
       Strategic business realignment (1)                 0.31
       Other (2)                                          3.85
       Impact of anti-dilutive potential common
        shares (4)                                        0.08
                                                          ----
    Diluted earnings per share - comparable
     basis
     (Non-GAAP) (3)                                      $1.44
                                                         =====
      

(1) Includes $0.54, $0.08, $0.06, $0.06, $0.02 and $0.01 diluted earnings per share for the year ending February 28, 2009, associated with the Australian Initiative, the loss in connection with the disposal of the Pacific Northwest wine brands, the Fiscal 2008 Plan, the Fiscal 2007 Wine Plan, the loss in connection with the sale of a nonstrategic Canadian distilling facility, and other previously announced restructuring plans, respectively. Includes $0.12, $0.11, $0.06, $0.02, $0.02 and ($0.02) diluted earnings per share for the year ended February 29, 2008, associated with the loss on disposal of the Almaden and Inglenook wine brands, the Fiscal 2008 Plan, the loss on disposal in connection with the company's contribution of its U.K. wholesale business to the Matthew Clark joint venture and the company's provision for income taxes in connection with the repatriation of proceeds associated with this transaction, the Fiscal 2007 Wine Plan, other previously announced restructuring plans, and the realized gain on a prior asset sale, respectively.(3)

(2) Includes $0.02 diluted earnings per share for the year ending February 28, 2009, associated with the Australian initiative for impairment of an equity method investment. Includes $3.57, $0.23, $0.07, $0.02 and ($0.05) diluted earnings per share for the year ended February 29, 2008, associated with an impairment of goodwill and intangible assets, a valuation allowance against net operating loss carryforwards in Australia, an impairment of an equity method investment, a loss on write-off of certain property, plant and equipment, and a tax benefit related to prior period stock option exercises.(3)

(3) May not sum due to rounding as each item is computed independently.

(4) In accordance with the antidilution provisions of SFAS No. 128, the dilutive impact of potential common shares is excluded from the company's reported diluted earnings per share calculation for the year ended February 29, 2008. As a result of the company having net income on a comparable basis for the year ended February 29, 2008, the dilutive impact of potential common shares is included in the company's comparable diluted earnings per share calculation.

Free Cash Flow Guidance

Free cash flow, as defined in the reconciliation below, is considered a liquidity measure and is considered to provide useful information to investors about the amount of cash generated, which can then be used, after required debt service and dividend payments, for other general corporate purposes. A limitation of free cash flow is that it does not represent the total increase or decrease in the cash balance for the period. Free cash flow should be considered in addition to, not as a substitute for, or superior to, cash flow from operating activities prepared in accordance with GAAP.

                                                  Range for the Year
                                               Ending February 28, 2009
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    Net cash provided by operating
     activities (GAAP)                          $460.0          $510.0
      Purchases of property, plant and
       equipment                                (150.0)         (170.0)
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    Free cash flow (Non-GAAP)                   $310.0          $340.0
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                                          Actual for      Actual for
                                            the Six         the Six
                                          Months Ended    Months Ended
                                           August 31,      August 31,
                                              2008            2007
                                         -------------   -------------

    Net cash provided by operating
     activities (GAAP)                       $176.8          $177.7
      Purchases of property, plant and
       equipment                              (52.0)          (47.0)
                                              -----           -----
    Free cash flow (Non-GAAP)                $124.8          $130.7
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