01.04.07 | Press Releases

Constellation Brands' Q3 Net Sales Up, Fueled by Imported Beer and Branded Wine

- Net sales up 18% to $1.5 billion; branded business net sales up 18% - Reported diluted EPS $0.45 compared to $0.46 for the prior year -

Comparable basis diluted EPS up 12% to $0.58 - Company revises fiscal 2007 EPS guidance

FAIRPORT, N.Y., Jan 04, 2007 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ -- Constellation Brands, Inc. (NYSE: STZ, ASX: CBR), a leading international producer and marketer of beverage alcohol, today reported record net sales of $1.5 billion for the quarter ended Nov. 30, 2006 ("third quarter 2007"). Net sales were up 18 percent over prior year, primarily due to the June 5, 2006, acquisition of Vincor International Inc. ("Vincor"), and from growth in the base business. Branded business net sales grew 18 percent. This increase was due to the addition of Vincor and four percent growth for branded business organic net sales on a constant currency basis.

"Strong imported beer performance, growth from branded wine in North America, and the addition of Vincor generated solid results for the quarter," said Richard Sands, Constellation Brands chairman and chief executive officer. "We continue to be very optimistic about our portfolio's long-term growth potential, although our third quarter results reflect ongoing softness in our U.K. branded wine business as very challenging market conditions persist."


 Third Quarter 2007 Financial Highlights*
 (in millions, except per share data)

 Reported Change Comparable Change
 Operating income $236 +7% $279 +15%
 Operating margin 15.7% -180 bps 18.6% -50 bps
 Net income $108 -1% $139 +13%
 Diluted EPS $0.45 -2% $0.58 +12%


 Third Quarter 2007 Net Sales Highlights*
 (in millions)
 Reported Organic
 Constant Constant
 Net Currency Net Currency
 Sales Change Change Sales Change Change

 Consolidated $1,501 18% 16% $1,349 7% 4%
 Branded
 Business $1,210 18% 17% $1,069 5% 4%
 Branded Wine $816 21% 20% $675 0% -1%
 Imported Beers $304 16% 16% $304 16% 16%
 Spirits $90 4% 4% $90 4% 4%
 Wholesale/other $291 19% 10% $281 14% 6%

 * Definitions of reported, comparable, organic and constant currency, as
 well as reconciliations of non-GAAP financial measures, are contained
 elsewhere in this news release.

 Net Sales Commentary

Branded wine net sales growth reflects the addition of Vincor and a one percent decrease in branded wine organic net sales on a constant currency basis. Organic growth of branded wine for North America was more than offset by a decrease in Europe.

Net sales of branded wine for North America increased 29 percent due to the Vincor acquisition and four percent growth in the base business. Branded wine net sales for Australia/New Zealand increased nine percent due to Vincor and a decrease of two percent in the base business. Net sales of branded wine for Europe increased four percent (negative three percent on a constant currency basis) reflecting the addition of Vincor and a decrease of nine percent in the base business (negative 16 percent on a constant currency basis).

The decrease in Europe was primarily in the U.K., reflecting lower volumes and the impact of the large retailers benefiting from a highly competitive environment, particularly given the availability of low cost bulk Australian wine. Additionally, competitive conditions have not allowed the annual U.K. duty increase to be passed on to retailers. The company believes this situation is unlikely to change in the near term, and Constellation continues to focus on increasing its operating efficiencies in this intensely competitive market.

There are signs that the industry could see a firming of the Australian bulk wine market. In Australia, ongoing drought and late spring frost could reduce the wine grape harvest by approximately 15 to 25 percent in 2007 according to industry projections, versus the large 2006 harvest. The effects of ongoing drought conditions may also impact the size of the 2008 harvest. Significant reductions in the 2007 and 2008 harvests could impact the oversupply and may result in firming prices for Australian bulk wine.

Organic net sales for wholesale and other increased six percent on a constant currency basis, primarily from growth in the company's U.K. wholesale business.

The 16 percent increase in imported beers net sales was primarily due to volume growth in Constellation's Mexican beer portfolio, which includes Corona Extra, Corona Light, Pacifico, Modelo Especial and Negra Modelo, as well as growth in the St. Pauli Girl brand.

"Constellation's imported beer business delivered strong third quarter growth as consumers continued to trade up in the category, and both the bottle supply and inventory levels for Corona Extra and Corona Light improved during the quarter," stated Sands. "Crown Imports LLC, the joint venture formed by Constellation Brands and Grupo Modelo to import and market beer in the United States and Guam, commenced operations on Jan. 2, 2007, and the transition to a single importer and marketer is progressing as planned."

Total spirits net sales increased four percent for third quarter 2007. Investments behind the company's premium spirits brands helped drive a six percent increase in branded spirits, while contract production services decreased seven percent.

"We continue to build our premium spirits portfolio with focus on our investment brands including Effen Vodka, Cocktails by Jenn and Ridgemont Reserve 1792 bourbon, and priority growth brands such as Black Velvet Canadian whisky, Meukow cognac and Chi-Chi's prepared cocktails," said Sands.

Operating Income, Net Income, Diluted EPS Commentary

For third quarter 2007, operating income increased primarily due to the acquisition of Vincor, as well as growth in the base business. The company incurred $4.4 million of stock-based compensation expense ("stock compensation expense") for third quarter 2007 related to the company's March 1, 2006, adoption of Statement of Financial Accounting Standards No. 123(R), "Share- Based Payment" ("SFAS 123(R)"). The recognition of stock compensation expense reduced operating income growth by approximately two percentage points. For the quarter, the company also recorded approximately $1.0 million for its share of start-up and transition expenses related to building out the infrastructure in the eastern United States for Crown Imports LLC joint venture.

Wines segment operating margin decreased 70 basis points. This is primarily due to competitive U.K. market conditions that have made it difficult for the company to pass along the annual duty increase and the impact of lower U.K. sales on fixed cost absorption. The impact of these factors was somewhat offset by synergies and mix benefit from the Vincor acquisition. Beers and spirits segment operating margin declined 140 basis points for the quarter, primarily due to higher transportation costs for imported beers, increased material costs for spirits and higher spending behind premium spirits.

Interest expense increased 52 percent to $73.1 million for third quarter 2007, primarily due to the financing of the Vincor acquisition and higher average interest rates. The reported effective tax rate for third quarter 2007 was 37.7 percent compared with 39.4 percent for third quarter 2006. The comparable basis effective tax rate was 36.1 percent for third quarter 2007 versus 39.3 percent for the prior year period.

Stock Repurchases

During third quarter 2007, the company purchased approximately 652,000 shares of its class A common stock at an aggregate cost of $18 million, or at an average cost of $27.65 per share. This completes purchases under the company's previously announced $100 million share repurchase program.

Summary

"We continue to harvest opportunities from our existing portfolio, new product development, strategic partnerships and acquisitions," explained Sands. "We are evaluating strategic options to address challenges in the U.K. market and strengthen our long-term position, while we maintain our focus on improving efficiency. Our commitment to improving upon Constellation's leadership position in beverage alcohol and creating shareholder value, while increasing our return on invested capital, is unwavering. Opportunities such as our acquisition of Vincor expand and complement Constellation's portfolio breadth and geographic and distribution scale, and we are pleased with the performance of the Vincor brands, as well as with the seamless integration of Vincor operations into Constellation's international footprint. Additionally, we are encouraged and optimistic about the growth potential for our Crown Imports beer joint venture in fiscal 2008 and beyond. We believe there continue to be opportunities to harvest additional long-term growth and value creation," concluded Sands.

Outlook

The table below sets forth management's current diluted earnings per share expectations for fiscal year 2007 compared to fiscal year 2006 actual results, both on a reported basis and a comparable basis. For comparison purposes, the table also provides actual comparable basis diluted earnings per share, including pro forma stock compensation expense, as though the company had adopted SFAS 123(R) for fiscal year 2006.

Primarily due to the increasingly competitive U.K. market conditions, the company has revised its fiscal 2007 comparable basis diluted EPS outlook to $1.65 to $1.70 from the company's previous estimate of $1.72 to $1.76.

With respect to the table, reconciliations of reported information to comparable information and to comparable information, including pro forma stock compensation expense, are included in this news release.


 Constellation Brands Fiscal Year 2007
 Diluted Earnings Per Share Outlook

 Reported Comparable Comparable
 Basis Basis Basis, Including
 Pro Forma Stock
 Compensation
 Expense
 FY07 FY06 FY07 FY06 FY06
 Estimate Actual Estimate Actual Actual
 Fiscal Year
 Ending Feb. 28 $1.32 - $1.37 $1.36 $1.65 - $1.70 $1.59 $1.44


 Full-year fiscal 2007 guidance includes the following assumptions:

 - Net sales growth: low double digit to low teens
 - Interest expense: approximately $265 million
 - Stock compensation expense: approximately $18 million
 - Tax rate: approximately 39.2 percent on a reported basis, which includes
 a provision of 2.3 percent primarily related to the sale of Strathmore
 water and the Fiscal 2007 Wine Plan, or 36.9 percent on a comparable
 basis
 - Weighted average diluted shares outstanding: approximately 240 million
 - Free cash flow: $155 - $175 million

 Conference Call

A conference call to discuss third quarter 2007 results and outlook for fiscal 2007 will be hosted by Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Richard Sands and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Tom Summer on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2007 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, net income and diluted earnings per share are as reported under generally accepted accounting principles. Operating income, net income and diluted earnings per share on a comparable basis ("comparable"), exclude acquisition-related integration costs, restructuring and related charges and unusual items. The company's measure of segment profitability excludes acquisition-related integration costs, restructuring and related 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, free cash flow and comparable basis diluted earnings per share, including pro forma stock compensation expense.

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 brands with a broad portfolio across the wine, spirits and imported beer categories. Well-known brands in Constellation's portfolio include: Almaden, Arbor Mist, Vendange, Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi, Hardys, Goundrey, Nobilo, Kim Crawford, Alice White, Ruffino, Kumala, Robert Mondavi Private Selection, Rex Goliath, Toasted Head, Blackstone, Ravenswood, Estancia, Franciscan Oakville Estate, Inniskillin, Jackson-Triggs, Simi, Robert Mondavi Winery, Stowells, Blackthorn, Black Velvet, Mr. Boston, Fleischmann's, Paul Masson Grande Amber Brandy, Chi-Chi's, 99 Schnapps, Ridgemont Reserve 1792 and Effen Vodka. Constellation Brands, through Crown Imports LLC, imports and markets Corona Extra, Corona Light, Pacifico, Modelo Especial, Negra Modelo, St. Pauli Girl and Tsingtao beers. For additional information about Constellation Brands, as well as its product portfolio, visit the company'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 are forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those set forth in or implied by the forward-looking statements.

During the quarter, Constellation may reiterate the estimates set forth above under the heading Outlook and elsewhere in this news release (collectively, the "Projections"). Prior to the start of the company's quiet period, which will begin at the close of business on Feb. 14, 2007, 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.

Commencing at the close of business on Feb. 14, 2007, Constellation will observe a "quiet period" during which the Projections should not be considered to constitute the company's expectations. During the quiet period, the Projections should be considered to be historical, speaking as of prior to the quiet period only and not subject to update by the company.

The company's forward-looking statements 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. Any projections of future results of operations, and in particular, (i) the company's estimated diluted earnings per share on a reported basis for fiscal 2007, and (ii) the company's estimated diluted earnings per share on a comparable basis for fiscal 2007 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 forward-looking statements of the company contained in this news release are also subject to the following risks and uncertainties: Constellation's ability to integrate Vincor's business successfully and realize expected synergies; the continued strength of Vincor's relationships with its employees, suppliers and customers; the accuracy of the bases for forecasts relating to Vincor's business; final management determinations and independent appraisals vary materially from current management estimates of the fair value of assets acquired and liabilities assumed in the Vincor acquisition; the company's restructuring and related charges, acquisition-related integration costs and purchase accounting adjustments associated with the Vincor integration plan (announced in July 2006) and the company's restructuring and related charges associated with the Fiscal 2007 Wine Plan (announced in August 2006) and its global wine restructuring plan announced in February 2006 vary materially from management's current estimates of these charges, costs and adjustments due to variations in one or more of anticipated headcount reductions, contract terminations, or costs of implementation of these plans; the company achieving all of the expected cost savings from its Fiscal 2007 Wine Plan, from its Vincor integration plan and from its global wine restructuring plan due to, with respect to any or all of these plans, lower than anticipated reductions in headcount or other expenses, or a delay or greater than anticipated costs in their implementation; the company realizes lower than expected proceeds from sale of assets identified for sale under the Fiscal 2007 Wine Plan and consequently incurs a greater than expected loss on the sale of such assets; the company achieving certain sales projections and meeting certain cost targets; wholesalers and retailers may give higher priority to products of the company's competitors; 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 higher than expected selling, general and administrative expenses; a general decline in alcohol consumption; increases in excise and other taxes on beverage alcohol products; governmental bodies may increase tax rates; proportionately, the company's taxable income may be higher than expected in jurisdictions with higher tax rates; and changes in interest rates and foreign currency exchange rates. In addition, on Jan. 2, 2007, the company formed a joint venture with Grupo Modelo for the purpose of importing and marketing Modelo's Mexican beer portfolio into the United States and Guam. Risks and uncertainties associated with this joint venture include, among others, the joint venture's ability to operate the business successfully, the joint venture's ability to develop appropriate standards, controls, procedures and policies for the growth and management of the joint venture and the strength of the joint venture's relationships with its employees, suppliers and customers.

For additional information about risks and uncertainties that could adversely affect the company's forward-looking statements, please refer to 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, 2006, which contain a discussion of additional factors that may affect Constellation's business. The factors discussed in these reports could cause actual future performance to differ from current expectations.


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

 November 30, February 28,
 2006 2006
 Assets

 Current Assets:
 Cash and cash investments $34.7 $10.9
 Accounts receivable, net 1,159.6 771.9
 Inventories 2,138.9 1,704.4
 Prepaid expenses and other 303.2 213.7

 Total current assets 3,636.4 2,700.9

 Property, plant and equipment, net 1,706.1 1,425.3
 Goodwill 3,089.1 2,193.6
 Intangible assets, net 1,161.3 883.9
 Other assets, net 252.4 196.9

 Total assets $9,845.3 $7,400.6

 Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity

 Current Liabilities:
 Notes payable to banks $316.8 $79.9
 Current maturities of long-term debt 59.7 214.1
 Accounts payable 543.4 312.8
 Accrued excise taxes 94.6 76.7
 Other accrued expenses and
 liabilities 828.7 614.6

 Total current liabilities 1,843.2 1,298.1

 Long-term debt, less current
 maturities 3,949.4 2,515.8
 Deferred income taxes 457.9 371.2
 Other liabilities 266.9 240.3

 Total liabilities 6,517.4 4,425.4

 Total stockholders' equity 3,327.9 2,975.2

 Total liabilities and stockholders'
 equity $9,845.3 $7,400.6


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

 Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
 November November November November
 30, 2006 30, 2005 30, 2006 30, 2005

 Sales $1,834.2 $1,567.9 $4,979.3 $4,402.9
 Excise taxes (333.4) (300.8) (905.1) (847.3)
 Net sales 1,500.8 1,267.1 4,074.2 3,555.6

 Cost of product sold (1,055.6) (882.9) (2,895.6) (2,517.4)
 Gross profit 445.2 384.2 1,178.6 1,038.2

 Selling, general and
 administrative expenses (197.8) (156.9) (574.8) (478.5)
 Restructuring and
 related charges (2.1) (4.3) (26.1) (8.4)
 Acquisition-related
 integration costs (9.5) (1.6) (17.6) (15.9)
 Operating income 235.8 221.4 560.1 535.4

 Equity in earnings (loss)
 of equity method
 investees 10.4 6.5 10.7 5.7
 Gain on change in fair
 value of derivative
 instrument - - 55.1 -
 Interest expense, net (73.1) (48.1) (194.3) (142.3)
 Income before income taxes 173.1 179.8 431.6 398.8

 Provision for income taxes (65.3) (70.8) (169.9) (131.7)
 Net income 107.8 109.0 261.7 267.1

 Dividends on preferred
 stock - (2.5) (4.9) (7.4)
 Income available to
 common stockholders $107.8 $106.5 $256.8 $259.7


 Earnings Per Common Share:
 Basic - Class A Common
 Stock $0.47 $0.49 $1.14 $1.19
 Basic - Class B Common
 Stock $0.42 $0.44 $1.04 $1.08
 Diluted $0.45 $0.46 $1.09 $1.12

 Weighted Average Common Shares
 Outstanding:
 Basic - Class A Common
 Stock 209.524 197.220 203.113 196.432
 Basic - Class B Common
 Stock 23.837 23.888 23.845 23.916
 Diluted 239.396 238.583 239.889 238.669


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

 Nine Months Ended
 November 30, November 30,
 2006 2005
 Cash Flows From Operating Activities
 Net income $261.7 $267.1
 Adjustments to reconcile net income
 to net cash provided by operating
 activities:
 Depreciation of property, plant and
 equipment 92.2 86.3
 Deferred tax provision 31.5 38.8
 Loss on disposal of business 16.9 -
 Stock-based compensation expense 12.1 0.2
 Non-cash portion of loss on
 extinguishment of debt 11.8 -
 Loss on disposal of assets 10.7 1.9
 Amortization of intangible and other
 assets 6.0 6.0
 Gain on change in fair value of
 derivative instrument (55.1) -
 Equity in (earnings) loss of equity
 method investees (10.7) (5.7)
 Proceeds from early termination of
 derivative instruments - 42.9
 Change in operating assets and
 liabilities, net of effects
 from purchases and sales of
 businesses:
 Accounts receivable, net (275.7) (161.5)
 Inventories (147.7) (255.5)
 Prepaid expenses and other current
 assets (45.1) 7.3
 Accounts payable 172.0 172.6
 Accrued excise taxes 13.3 6.9
 Other accrued expenses and
 liabilities 24.4 85.8
 Other, net (0.2) (10.8)
 Total adjustments (143.6) 15.2
 Net cash provided by operating
 activities 118.1 282.3

 Cash Flows From Investing Activities
 Purchase of business, net of cash
 acquired (1,093.7) (45.8)
 Purchases of property, plant and
 equipment (135.6) (91.6)
 Payment of accrued earn-out amount (3.7) (3.1)
 Proceeds from maturity of derivative
 instrument 55.1 -
 Proceeds from sales of businesses 28.4 17.8
 Proceeds from sales of assets 8.8 119.1
 Proceeds from sales of equity method
 investment - 36.0
 Investment in equity method investee - (2.7)
 Other investing activities (0.4) (4.9)
 Net cash (used in) provided by
 investing activities (1,141.1) 24.8

 Cash Flows From Financing Activities
 Proceeds from issuance of long-term
 debt 3,695.0 -
 Net proceeds from notes payable 210.5 111.1
 Exercise of employee stock options 51.3 21.0
 Excess tax benefits from stock-based
 payment awards 12.0 -
 Proceeds from employee stock
 purchases 3.3 3.1
 Principal payments of long-term debt (2,780.3) (425.3)
 Purchases of treasury stock (100.0) -
 Payment of issuance costs of long-
 term debt (20.2) -
 Payment of preferred stock dividends (7.3) (7.4)
 Net cash provided by (used in)
 financing activities 1,064.3 (297.5)

 Effect of exchange rate changes on
 cash and cash investments (17.5) (0.8)

 Net increase in cash and cash
 equivalents 23.8 8.8
 Cash and cash investments, beginning
 of period 10.9 17.6
 Cash and cash investments, end of
 period $34.7 $26.4


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

 Three Months Ended
 November 30, November 30, Percent
 2006 2005 Change

 Segment Net Sales and
 Operating Income
 Constellation Wines
 Branded wine net sales $815.9 $672.2 21%
 Wholesale and other net
 sales 291.3 245.5 19%
 Segment net sales $1,107.2 $917.7 21%
 Operating income $214.3 $184.4 16%
 % Net sales 19.4% 20.1%

 Constellation Beers and Spirits
 Imported beers net sales $303.8 $262.8 16%
 Spirits net sales 89.8 86.6 4%
 Segment net sales $393.6 $349.4 13%
 Operating income $77.3 $73.3 5%
 % Net sales 19.6% 21.0%

 Corporate Operations and Other
 Consolidated net sales $1,500.8 $1,267.1 18%
 Operating income $(12.6) $(15.3) (18%)
 % Net sales (0.8%) (1.2%)


 Nine Months Ended
 November 30, November 30, Percent
 2006 2005 Change

 Segment Net Sales and
 Operating Income
 Constellation Wines
 Branded wine net sales $2,049.6 $1,724.6 19%
 Wholesale and other net
 sales 814.4 743.9 9%
 Segment net sales $2,864.0 $2,468.5 16%
 Operating income $474.3 $404.1 17%
 % Net sales 16.6% 16.4%

 Constellation Beers and Spirits
 Imported beers net sales $953.5 $837.4 14%
 Spirits net sales 256.7 249.7 3%
 Segment net sales $1,210.2 $1,087.1 11%
 Operating income $251.7 $236.9 6%
 % Net sales 20.8% 21.8%

 Corporate Operations and Other
 Consolidated net sales $4,074.2 $3,555.6 15%
 Operating income $(44.8) $(43.9) 2%
 % Net sales (1.1%) (1.2%)


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

 Constant
 Three Months Ended Currency
 November 30, November 30, Percent Currency Percent
 2006 2005 Change Impact Change(3)
 Geographic Net
 Sales (1)(2)
 North America $990.6 $807.1 23% - 23%
 Branded wine $580.2 $449.5 29% - 29%
 Imported beers $303.8 $262.8 16% - 16%
 Spirits $89.8 $86.6 4% - 4%
 Wholesale and
 other $16.8 $8.2 105% - 105%

 Europe $413.2 $370.8 11% 8% 3%
 Branded wine $143.9 $138.2 4% 7% (3%)
 Wholesale and
 other $269.3 $232.6 16% 9% 7%

 Australia/
 New Zealand $97.0 $89.2 9% (1%) 9%
 Branded wine $91.8 $84.5 9% (1%) 9%
 Wholesale and
 other $5.2 $4.7 11% - 11%


 Constant
 Nine Months Ended Currency
 November 30, November 30, Percent Currency Percent
 2006 2005 Change Impact Change(3)
 Geographic Net
 Sales (1)(2)
 North America $2,673.9 $2,241.2 19% - 19%
 Branded wine $1,431.8 $1,133.9 26% - 26%
 Imported beers $953.5 $837.4 14% - 14%
 Spirits $256.7 $249.7 3% - 3%
 Wholesale and
 other $31.9 $20.2 58% - 58%

 Europe $1,133.0 $1,063.1 7% 3% 4%
 Branded wine $369.9 $353.9 5% 3% 2%
 Wholesale
 and other $763.1 $709.2 8% 3% 5%

 Australia/
 New Zealand $267.3 $251.3 6% (3%) 9%
 Branded wine $247.9 $236.8 5% (3%) 8%
 Wholesale and
 other $19.4 $14.5 34% (3%) 37%

 (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 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.


 Constellation Brands, Inc. and Subsidiaries
 RECONCILIATION OF REPORTED, ORGANIC AND CONSTANT CURRENCY NET SALES
 (in millions)

As the Company acquired Vincor on June 5, 2006, organic net sales are defined by the Company for third quarter fiscal 2007 and nine months fiscal 2007 as reported net sales for the respective period less net sales of Vincor products during the period from September 1, 2006, through November 30, 2006, and June 5, 2006, through November 30, 2006, respectively. 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.


 Constant
 Three Months Ended Currency
 November 30, November 30, Percent Currency Percent
 2006 2005 Change Impact Change(1)
 Consolidated
 Net Sales
 Branded wine $815.9 $672.2 21% 1% 20%
 Wholesale and
 other 291.3 245.5 19% 9% 10%
 Imported beers 303.8 262.8 16% - 16%
 Spirits 89.8 86.6 4% - 4%
 Consolidated
 reported net
 sales 1,500.8 1,267.1 18% 2% 16%
 Less:
 Vincor(2) (151.4) -
 Consolidated
 organic net
 sales $1,349.4 $1,267.1 7% 2% 4%


 Branded Business
 Net Sales (3)
 Branded wine $815.9 $672.2 21% 1% 20%
 Imported beers 303.8 262.8 16% - 16%
 Spirits 89.8 86.6 4% - 4%
 Branded business
 reported net
 sales 1,209.5 1,021.6 18% 1% 17%
 Less:
 Vincor(2) (140.9) -
 Branded business
 organic net
 sales $1,068.6 $1,021.6 5% 1% 4%


 Branded Wine
 Net Sales
 Branded wine
 reported net
 sales $815.9 $672.2 21% 1% 20%
 Less:
 Vincor(2) (140.9) -
 Branded wine
 organic net
 sales $675.0 $672.2 - 1% (1%)

 Wholesale and
 Other Net Sales
 Wholesale and
 other reported
 net sales $291.3 $245.5 19% 9% 10%
 Less: Vincor(2) (10.5) -
 Wholesale and
 other organic
 net sales $280.8 $245.5 14% 8% 6%


 Constant
 Nine Months Ended Currency
 November 30, November 30, Percent Currency Percent
 2006 2005 Change Impact Change(1)
 Consolidated Net Sales
 Branded wine $2,049.6 $1,724.6 19% - 19%
 Wholesale and
 other 814.4 743.9 9% 3% 7%
 Imported beers 953.5 837.4 14% - 14%
 Spirits 256.7 249.7 3% - 3%
 Consolidated
 reported net
 sales 4,074.2 3,555.6 15% 1% 14%
 Less:
 Vincor(2) (280.3) -
 Consolidated
 organic net
 sales $3,793.9 $3,555.6 7% 1% 6%

 Branded Business
 Net Sales (3)
 Branded wine $2,049.6 $1,724.6 19% - 19%
 Imported beers 953.5 837.4 14% - 14%
 Spirits 256.7 249.7 3% - 3%
 Branded
 business
 reported net
 sales 3,259.8 2,811.7 16% - 16%
 Less:
 Vincor(2) (262.1) -
 Branded
 business
 organic net
 sales $2,997.7 $2,811.7 7% - 7%

 Branded Wine Net Sales
 Branded wine
 reported net
 sales $2,049.6 $1,724.6 19% - 19%
 Less:
 Vincor(2) (262.1) -
 Branded wine
 organic net
 sales $1,787.5 $1,724.6 4% - 3%

 Wholesale and
 Other Net Sales
 Wholesale and
 other reported
 net sales $814.4 $743.9 9% 3% 7%
 Less: Vincor(2) (18.2) -
 Wholesale and
 other organic
 net sales $796.2 $743.9 7% 3% 4%


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

 (2) For the period September 1, 2006, through November 30, 2006, and
 June 5, 2006, through November 30, 2006, respectively.

 (3) Branded business net sales includes the branded wine, imported beers
 and spirits product categories and excludes the wholesale and other
 product category.


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

 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 reconciliations below, 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 below for supplemental
financial data and corresponding reconciliations of these non-GAAP financial
measures to GAAP financial measures for the three months and nine months ended
November 30, 2006, and November 30, 2005. 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.


 Three Months Ended November 30, 2006
 Items Affecting Comparability

 Mondavi Comparable
 Reported Adverse Strategic Basis
 Basis Grape Inventory Business (Non-
 (GAAP) Cost Step-up Realignment(1) Other GAAP)

 Net Sales $1,500.8 $1,500.8
 Cost of
 product
 sold (1,055.6) 0.6 17.8 2.3 (1,034.9)
 Gross Profit 445.2 0.6 17.8 2.3 - 465.9
 Selling,
 general
 and
 administrative
 expenses (197.8) 10.8 (187.0)
 Restructuring
 and related
 charges (2.1) 2.1 -
 Acquisition-
 related
 integration
 costs (9.5) 9.5 -
 Operating
 Income 235.8 0.6 17.8 24.7 - 278.9
 Equity in
 earnings
 (loss) of
 equity method
 investees 10.4 1.8 12.2
 EBIT 291.1
 Gain on change
 in fair value
 of derivative
 instrument - -
 Interest expense,
 net (73.1) (73.1)
 Income Before
 Income Taxes 173.1 0.6 19.6 24.7 - 218.0
 Provision for
 income taxes (65.3) (0.2) (7.1) (6.2) (78.8)
 Net Income $107.8 $0.4 $12.5 $18.5 $ - $139.2
 Diluted Earnings
 Per Common
 Share(3) $0.45 $ - $0.05 $0.08 $ - $0.58
 Weighted Average
 Common Shares
 Outstanding
 - Diluted 239.396 239.396 239.396 239.396 239.396 239.396

 Gross Margin 29.7% 31.0%
 Operating
 Margin 15.7% 18.6%
 EBIT Margin 19.4%
 Effective Tax
 Rate 37.7% 36.1%


 Three Months Ended November 30, 2005
 Items Affecting Comparability

 Mondavi Comparable
 Reported Adverse Strategic Basis
 Basis Grape Inventory Business (Non-
 (GAAP) Cost Step-up Realignment(1) Other(2) GAAP)

 Net Sales $1,267.1 $1,267.1
 Cost of
 product
 sold (882.9) 6.3 2.0 7.2 (867.4)
 Gross Profit 384.2 6.3 2.0 7.2 - 399.7
 Selling,
 general and
 administrative
 expenses (156.9) (0.4) (157.3)
 Restructuring
 and related
 charges (4.3) 4.3 -
 Acquisition-
 related
 integration
 costs (1.6) 1.6 -
 Operating
 Income 221.4 6.3 2.0 13.1 (0.4) 242.4
 Equity in
 earnings
 (loss) of
 equity
 method
 investees 6.5 2.9 9.4
 EBIT 251.8
 Gain on change
 in fair value
 of derivative
 instrument - -
 Interest
 expense, net (48.1) (48.1)
 Income Before
 Income Taxes 179.8 6.3 4.9 13.1 (0.4) 203.7
 Provision for
 income taxes (70.8) (2.5) (1.8) (5.1) 0.1 (80.1)
 Net Income $109.0 $3.8 $3.1 $8.0 $(0.3) $123.6
 Diluted
 Earnings Per
 Common
 Share(3) $0.46 $0.02 $0.01 $0.03 $ - $0.52
 Weighted Average
 Common Shares
 Outstanding
 - Diluted 238.583 238.583 238.583 238.583 238.583 238.583

 Gross Margin 30.3% 31.5%
 Operating
 Margin 17.5% 19.1%
 EBIT Margin 19.9%
 Effective Tax
 Rate 39.4% 39.3%


 Percent Change - Percent Change -
 Reported Basis Comparable Basis
 (GAAP) (Non-GAAP)

 Net Sales 18% 18%
 Cost of product sold 20% 19%
 Gross Profit 16% 17%
 Selling, general and administrative
 expenses 26% 19%
 Restructuring and related charges (51%) N/A
 Acquisition-related integration costs 494% N/A
 Operating Income 7% 15%
 Equity in earnings (loss) of equity
 method investees 60% 30%
 EBIT N/A 16%
 Gain on change in fair value of
 derivative instrument N/A N/A
 Interest expense, net 52% 52%
 Income Before Income Taxes (4%) 7%
 Provision for income taxes (8%) (2%)
 Net Income (1%) 13%
 Diluted Earnings Per Common Share(3) (2%) 12%
 Weighted Average Common Shares
 Outstanding - Diluted

 Gross Margin
 Operating Margin
 EBIT Margin
 Effective Tax Rate

 (1) For the three months ended November 30, 2006, strategic business
 realignment items include costs recognized by the company in
 connection with (i) its plan 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") of $12.0
 million, net of a tax benefit of $2.5 million, (ii) the restructuring
 and integration of the operations of Vincor International Inc. (the
 "Vincor Plan") of $6.1 million, net of a tax benefit of $3.5 million,
 (iii) its worldwide wine reorganization, including its program to
 consolidate certain west coast production processes in the U.S.
 (collectively, the "Fiscal 2006 Plan") of $0.6 million, net of a tax
 benefit of $0.5 million, (iv) its restructuring and integration of
 the operations of the Robert Mondavi Corporation (the "Robert Mondavi
 Plan") of $0.2 million, net of a tax benefit of $0.0 million, (v) its
 further realignment of business operations and its decision to exit
 the commodity concentrate product line in the U.S., both announced
 during fisal 2004 (the "Fiscal 2004 Plan") of $0.1 million, net of a
 tax benefit of $0.0 million, and (vi) the reduction in the loss on the
 sale of the company's branded bottled water business of $0.5 million,
 net of tax expense of $0.3 million. For the three months ended
 November 30, 2005, strategic business realignment items include costs
 recognized by the company primarily in connection with the Fiscal 2006
 Plan.

 (2) For the three months ended November 30, 2005, other consists of the
 reimbursement of certain costs associated with professional service
 fees incurred for due diligence in connection with the company's
 evaluation of a potential offer for Allied Domecq.

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


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


 Nine Months Ended November 30, 2006
 Items Affecting Comparability

 Mondavi Comparable
 Reported Adverse Strategic Basis
 Basis Grape Inventory Business (Non-
 (GAAP) Cost Step-up Realignment(1) Other(2) GAAP)

 Net Sales $4,074.2 $4,074.2
 Cost of
 product
 sold (2,895.6) 3.0 24.3 4.7 (2,863.6)
 Gross Profit 1,178.6 3.0 24.3 4.7 - 1,210.6
 Selling,
 general and
 administrative
 expenses (574.8) 28.1 17.2 (529.5)
 Restructuring
 and related
 charges (26.1) 26.1 -
 Acquisition-
 related
 integration
 costs (17.6) 17.6 -
 Operating
 Income 560.1 3.0 24.3 76.5 17.2 681.1
 Equity in
 earnings
 (loss) of
 equity method
 investees 10.7 2.7 13.4
 EBIT 694.5
 Gain on change
 in fair value
 of derivative
 instrument 55.1 (55.1) -
 Interest expense,
 net (194.3) (194.3)
 Income Before
 Income Taxes 431.6 3.0 27.0 76.5 (37.9) 500.2
 Provision for
 income taxes (169.9) (1.0) (9.7) (14.8) 13.6 (181.8)
 Net Income $261.7 $2.0 $17.3 $61.7 $(24.3) $318.4
 Diluted Earnings
 Per Common
 Share(3) $1.09 $0.01 $0.07 $0.26 $(0.10) $1.33
 Weighted Average
 Common Shares
 Outstanding
 - Diluted 239.889 239.889 239.889 239.889 239.889 239.889

 Gross Margin 28.9% 29.7%
 Operating
 Margin 13.7% 16.7%
 EBIT Margin 17.0%
 Effective Tax
 Rate 39.4% 36.3%


 Nine Months Ended November 30, 2005
 Items Affecting Comparability

 Mondavi Comparable
 Reported Adverse Strategic Basis
 Basis Grape Inventory Business (Non-
 (GAAP) Cost Step-up Realignment(1) Other(2) GAAP)

 Net Sales $3,555.6 $3,555.6
 Cost of
 product
 sold (2,517.4) 20.2 6.6 7.2 (2,483.4)
 Gross Profit 1,038.2 20.2 6.6 7.2 - 1,072.2
 Selling,
 general and
 administrative
 expenses (478.5) 3.4 (475.1)
 Restructuring
 and related
 charges (8.4) 8.4 -
 Acquisition-
 related
 integration
 costs (15.9) 15.9 -
 Operating
 Income 535.4 20.2 6.6 31.5 3.4 597.1
 Equity in
 earnings
 (loss) of
 equity method
 investees 5.7 4.8 10.5
 EBIT 607.6
 Gain on change
 in fair value
 of derivative
 instrument - -
 Interest expense,
 net (142.3) (142.3)
 Income Before
 Income Taxes 398.8 20.2 11.4 31.5 3.4 465.3
 Provision for
 income taxes(131.7) (7.7) (3.7) (11.9) (17.4) (172.4)
 Net Income $267.1 $12.5 $7.7 $19.6 $(14.0) $292.9
 Diluted Earnings
 Per Common
 Share(3) $1.12 $0.05 $0.03 $0.08 $(0.06) $1.23
 Weighted Average
 Common Shares
 Outstanding
 - Diluted 238.669 238.669 238.669 238.669 238.669 238.669

 Gross Margin 29.2% 30.2%
 Operating
 Margin 15.1% 16.8%
 EBIT Margin 17.1%
 Effective Tax
 Rate 33.0% 37.1%


 Percent Change - Percent Change -
 Reported Basis Comparable Basis
 (GAAP) (Non-GAAP)

 Net Sales 15% 15%
 Cost of product sold 15% 15%
 Gross Profit 14% 13%
 Selling, general and administrative
 expenses 20% 11%
 Restructuring and related charges 211% N/A
 Acquisition-related integration costs 11% N/A
 Operating Income 5% 14%
 Equity in earnings (loss) of equity
 method investees 88% 28%
 EBIT N/A 14%
 Gain on change in fair value of
 derivative instrument N/A N/A
 Interest expense, net 37% 37%
 Income Before Income Taxes 8% 8%
 Provision for income taxes 29% 5%
 Net Income (2%) 9%
 Diluted Earnings Per Common Share(3) (3%) 8%
 Weighted Average Common Shares
 Outstanding - Diluted

 Gross Margin
 Operating Margin
 EBIT Margin
 Effective Tax Rate


 (1) For the nine months ended November 30, 2006, strategic business
 realignment items consist primarily of costs recognized by the company
 in connection with (i) the Fiscal 2007 Wine Plan of $26.3 million,
 net of a tax benefit of $7.8 million, (ii) the Vincor Plan of $11.6
 million, net of a tax benefit of $6.7 million, (iii) the Fiscal 2006
 Plan of $6.2 million, net of a tax benefit of $3.5 million, (iv) the
 Robert Mondavi Plan of $0.6 million, net of a tax benefit of $0.3
 million, (v) the Fiscal 2004 Plan of $0.1 million, net of a tax
 benefit of $0.0 million, and (vi) the loss on the sale of the
 company's branded bottled water business of $16.9 million, including
 $3.5 million additional tax expense. For the nine months ended
 November 30, 2005, strategic business realignment items include costs
 recognized by the company primarily in connection with the Robert
 Mondavi Plan and the Fiscal 2006 Plan.

 (2) For the nine months ended November 30, 2006, other includes (i) a
 gain of $35.1 million, net of tax expense of $20.0 million, on the
 mark-to-market adjustment of the foreign currency forward contract
 entered into by the company in connection with the acquisition of
 Vincor to fix the U.S. dollar cost of the acquisition and payment of
 certain outstanding indebtedness, (ii) the write-off of deferred
 financing fees of $7.4 million, net of a tax benefit of $4.4 million,
 in connection with the company's repayment of its prior senior credit
 facility, and (iii) foreign currency losses of $3.4 million, net of a
 tax benefit of $2.0 million, on foreign denominated intercompany loan
 balances associated with the acquisition of Vincor Internationl Inc.
 ("Vincor"). For the nine months ended November 30, 2005, other
 consists of (i) costs associated with professional service fees
 incurred for due diligence in connection with the company's evaluation
 of a potential offer for Allied Domecq of $2.2 million, net of a tax
 benefit of $1.2 million, and (ii) a non-cash reduction in the
 company's provision for income taxes of $16.2 million as a result of
 adjustments to income tax accruals in connection with the completion
 of various income tax examinations.

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


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


 Diluted Earnings Per Share Guidance Range for the Year
 Ending February 28, 2007

 Forecasted diluted earnings per share
 - reported basis (GAAP)(1) $1.32 $1.37
 Mondavi adverse grape cost 0.01 0.01
 Inventory step-up 0.09 0.09
 Strategic business realignment(2) 0.33 0.33
 Other(3) (0.10) (0.10)
 Forecasted diluted earnings per share
 - comparable basis (Non-GAAP)(4) $1.65 $1.70



 Actual for the
 Year Ended
 February 28, 2006

 Diluted earnings per share
 - reported basis (GAAP)(1) $1.36
 Mondavi Adverse Grape Cost 0.06
 Inventory step-up 0.06
 Strategic business realignment 0.17
 Other 0.01
 Income tax adjustments (0.07)
 Diluted earnings per share - comparable
 basis (Non-GAAP)(4) 1.59
 Pro forma stock-based compensation expense,
 net of related tax effects(5) (0.15)
 Diluted earnings per share - comparable basis,
 including pro forma stock-based compensation
 expense (Non-GAAP)(4) $1.44

 (1) Includes $0.05 diluted earnings per share impact of expensing stock-
 based compensation for the year ending February 28, 2007, in
 accordance with the adoption of SFAS 123(R) beginning March 1, 2006.
 Includes $0.02 diluted earnings per share impact of expensing stock-
 based compensation for the year ended February 28, 2006, in accordance
 with APB No. 25 and its related interpretations, which was recorded
 within Restructuring and Related Charges in the company's Consolidated
 Statements of Income.

 (2) Includes $0.14, $0.08 and $0.03 diluted earnings per share for the
 year ending February 28, 2007, associated with the company's Fiscal
 2007 Wine Plan, Vincor Plan and Fiscal 2006 Plan, respectively, and
 $0.07 diluted earnings per share associated with the loss on the sale
 of the company's branded bottled water business for the year ending
 February 28, 2007.(4)

 (3) Includes ($0.15), $0.03 and $0.01 diluted earnings per share for the
 year ending February 28, 2007, associated with the gain on the mark-
 to-market adjustment of the foreign currency forward contract entered
 into by the company in connection with the acquisition of Vincor to
 fix the U.S. dollar cost of the acquisition and payment of certain
 outstanding indebtedness, the write-off of deferred financing fees in
 connection with the company's repayment of its prior senior credit
 facility, and foreign currency losses on foreign denominated
 intercompany loan balances associated with the acquisition of Vincor,
 respectively.(4)

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

 (5) Amount included herein is net of the impact of actual stock-based
 compensation expense recorded in the company's consolidated statement
 of income in accordance with APB No. 25 and its related
 interpretations (see (1) above).

 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 after capital expenditures and excess tax benefits, 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.


 Actual for the Actual for the Year Range for the Year
 Nine Months Ended Ended Ending
 November 30, 2006 February 28, 2006 February 28, 2007



 Net cash provided
 by operating
 activities (GAAP) $118.1 $436.0 $320.0 $340.0
 Purchases of
 property, plant
 and equipment (135.6) (132.5) (180.0) (180.0)
 Excess tax benefits
 from stock-based
 payment awards 12.0 - 15.0 15.0
 Free cash flow
 (Non-GAAP) $(5.5) $303.5 $155.0 $175.0


SOURCE Constellation Brands, Inc.

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