Kraft Foods Succeeds in Offer for Cadbury Plc
NORTHFIELD, Ill., Feb 02, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Kraft Foods is pleased to announce that it has acquired control of Cadbury plc. The combination creates a global powerhouse in snacks, confectionery and quick meals with annual revenues of approximately $50 billion and sales in approximately 160 countries. Holders of 71.73 percent of Cadbury's outstanding shares have already accepted Kraft Foods' Final Offer - as recommended by the Cadbury board. As such, all of the conditions of the recommended Final Offer for Cadbury have been satisfied or waived, allowing Cadbury to become part of Kraft Foods.
"The combination of Kraft Foods and Cadbury creates a global powerhouse in snacks, confectionery and quick meals," said Irene Rosenfeld, Chairman and CEO. "Together we have impressive global reach and an unrivalled portfolio of iconic brands, with tremendous growth potential. I warmly welcome Cadbury employees into the Kraft Foods family and look forward to meeting many of them in the days and weeks ahead. This combined company has a phenomenal future, and I firmly believe it will deliver outstanding returns to our shareholders."
The Final Offer remains open. Cadbury Securityholders who have not yet accepted the Offer are encouraged to do so without delay. Further information, including the Final Offer Documents, is available at www.transactioninfo.com/kraftfoods.
About Kraft Foods
The combination of Kraft Foods and Cadbury creates a global powerhouse in snacks, confectionery and quick meals. With annual revenues of approximately $50 billion, the combined company is the world's second largest food company, making delicious products for billions of consumers in more than 160 countries. The combined company's portfolio includes 11 iconic brands with revenues exceeding $1 billion - Oreo, Nabisco and LU biscuits; Milka and Cadbury chocolates; Trident gums; Jacobs and Maxwell House coffees; Philadelphia cream cheeses; Kraft cheeses, dinners and dressings; and Oscar Mayer meats. Another 70+ brands generate annual revenues of more than $100 million. Kraft Foods (www.kraftfoodscompany.com; NYSE: KFT) is a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, Standard & Poor's 500, Dow Jones Sustainability Index and Ethibel Sustainability Index.
Other than as expressly set out in this announcement, capitalised terms used in this announcement shall have the meaning given to them in the Final Offer Document published by Kraft Foods on 19 January 2010.
This announcement does not constitute, and must not be construed as, an offer to sell or an invitation to purchase or subscribe for any securities or the solicitation of an offer to purchase or subscribe for any securities, pursuant to the Offer or otherwise. The Offer is being made by the Original Offer Documents, the Final Offer Documents and accompanying documentation (the "Offer Documentation"). Cadbury Securityholders who accept the Offer may rely only on the Offer Documentation for all the terms and conditions of the Offer.
This announcement is not a prospectus for the purposes of the EU Prospectus Directive. Cadbury Securityholders in the EU should not tender their shares except on the basis of information in the prospectus published pursuant to the EU Prospectus Directive on Kraft Foods' website (as supplemented from time to time). In making their decision whether or not to accept the Offer, Cadbury Securityholders who are South African residents will need to take into account the Excon Regulations, and consider whether or not their acceptance of the Offer and their subsequent receipt of consideration for their Cadbury Shares from Kraft Foods, whether in the form of cash and/or New Kraft Foods Shares, will be in compliance with the Excon Regulations.
The release, publication or distribution of this announcement and any other Offer-related documentation in jurisdictions other than the UK, the US, Canada, France, Ireland or Spain, and the availability of the Offer to Cadbury Securityholders who are not resident in such jurisdictions may be affected by the laws or regulations of relevant jurisdictions. Therefore any persons who are subject to the laws and regulations of any jurisdiction other than the UK, the US, Canada, France, Ireland or Spain, and Cadbury Securityholders who are not resident in such jurisdictions should inform themselves of and observe any applicable requirements.
This announcement contains forward-looking statements regarding Kraft Foods' combination with Cadbury. Such statements include, but are not limited to, statements about the benefits of the combination and other such statements that are not historical facts, which are or may be based on Kraft Foods' plans, estimates and projections. These forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond Kraft Foods' control, that could cause Kraft Foods' actual results to differ materially from those indicated in any such forward-looking statements. Such factors include, but are not limited to, the risk factors, as they may be amended from time to time, set forth in Kraft Foods' filings with the US Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"), including the registration statement on Form S-4, as amended from time to time, filed by Kraft Foods in connection with the offer, Kraft Foods' most recently filed Annual Report on Form 10-K and subsequent reports on Forms 10-Q and 8-K. Kraft Foods disclaims and does not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement in this announcement, except as required by applicable law or regulation.
Additional US-related information
This announcement is provided for informational purposes only and is neither an offer to purchase nor a solicitation of an offer to sell shares of Cadbury or Kraft Foods. Kraft Foods has filed a registration statement and tender offer documents, including subsequent amendments, and Cadbury has filed a solicitation/recommendation statement on Schedule 14D-9, including subsequent amendments, with the SEC in connection with the recommended final offer. Cadbury Shareholders who are US or Canadian residents and holders of Cadbury ADSs, wherever located, should read those filings, and any other filings made by Kraft Foods and Cadbury with the SEC in connection with the recommended final offer, as they contain important information. Those documents, as well as Kraft Foods' other public filings with the SEC, may be obtained without charge at the SEC's website at www.sec.gov and at Kraft Foods' website at www.kraftfoodscompany.com.
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