Constellation Files Shelf Registration

FAIRPORT, N.Y., June 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Constellation Brands, Inc. (NYSE: STZ and STZ.B) announced today that it has filed a Shelf Registration Statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission. This shelf registration will allow the Company to issue various types of securities, including debt, Class A common stock and preferred stock, from time to time, up to an aggregate of $750 million.

Thomas Summer, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Constellation said, "Updating our shelf registration is a prudent step to maintain financial flexibility for the Company. It provides us with efficient access to the capital markets, to refinance debt when market conditions are favorable. Longer term, the shelf registration will support the growth of the Company, although we have no immediate plans to issue securities under the shelf registration in connection with any acquisitions."

A registration statement relating to these securities has been filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission but has not yet become effective. These securities may not be sold nor may offers to buy be accepted prior to the time the registration statement becomes effective. This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state.

About Constellation

Constellation Brands, Inc. is a leader in the production and marketing of beverage alcohol brands in North America and the United Kingdom and is a leading independent drinks wholesaler in the United Kingdom. Leading brands in Constellation's portfolio include: Franciscan Oakville Estate, Simi, Estancia, Corona Extra, Modelo Especial, St. Pauli Girl, Almaden, Arbor Mist, Talus, Vendange, Alice White, Black Velvet, Fleischmann's, Schenley, Ten High, Stowells of Chelsea, Blackthorn and K.

SOURCE Constellation Brands, Inc.

CONTACT: Mark Maring of Constellation Brands, Inc., 716-218-2132/