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Heinz Reports Double-Digit EPS Growth To $0.90 From Continuing Operations; Reaffirms Previously Announced Fiscal 2013 Full-Year Sales And Profit Outlook

SECOND-QUARTER OPERATING RESULTS BY BUSINESS SEGMENT

North American Consumer Products

Sales of $795 million increased 0.1%, while increasing 0.4% on an organic basis. Volume increased 1.2%, driven by Heinz ® Gravy and Ketchup, Classico ® pasta sauces and Ore-Ida ® frozen potatoes, partially offset by the exit of T.G.I. Friday's ® frozen meals. Net pricing declined 0.8%. Sales were unfavorably impacted 0.6% from the exit of the Boston Market ®  license. Favorable Canadian exchange translation rates increased sales 0.3%. Operating income of $190 million decreased 5.7%, reflecting a significant increase in marketing.

Europe

Sales of $808 million declined 4.2%, while increasing 0.1% on an organic basis. Volume increased 0.3% as strong growth in Russia and the U.K. was partially offset by declines in Italy and The Netherlands. Net pricing decreased 0.2%. Divestitures decreased sales by 0.6%. Unfavorable foreign exchange translation rates reduced sales 3.8%. Operating income of $140 million declined 2.8%, reflecting the impact of foreign currency and higher marketing investment.

Asia/Pacific

Sales of $606 million grew 2.3%, while increasing 4.1% on an organic basis. Volume increased 1.9% led by Master ® soy sauce and Heinz ® Ketchup and sauces in China. These results reflect the planned decreases in Long Fong ® frozen products. Pricing increased 2.2%, driven primarily by Indonesia. Unfavorable foreign exchange translation rates reduced sales 1.9%. Operating income of $50 million grew 24.5%, reflecting strong results in both Developed and Emerging Markets.

U.S. Foodservice

Both reported and organic sales grew 4.1% to $348 million. Volume was unchanged in the quarter as growth in Heinz ® Ketchup was largely offset by a decline in soup. Pricing increased sales 4.1%, largely due to prior-year increases to offset commodity cost increases. Operating income of $44 million rose 26.8%, due to higher sales and the benefit from productivity initiatives.

Rest of World

Sales of $270 million grew 8.6%, while increasing 19.8% on an organic basis. Volume increased 6.5%, led by Quero ® in Brazil. Pricing increased 13.3%, led by Brazil and Venezuela. Unfavorable foreign exchange translation rates reduced sales 11.3%. Operating income of $27 million decreased 15.6% from a very strong growth quarter last year, reflecting unfavorable foreign exchange, inflation in Venezuela and capability investments in Brazil.

Year-to-Date

For the six months ended October 28, 2012, sales of $5.62 billion decreased 0.5%, and increased 4.0% on an organic basis. Operating income of $802 million increased 10.1%, while decreasing 0.6% excluding charges for productivity initiatives in Fiscal 2012. Net income of $569 million from continuing operations grew 22.7%. Excluding charges for productivity initiatives in Fiscal 2012, net income rose 9.9%. The year-to-date tax rate was 13.8% versus 20.7% last year. The lower tax rate reflects foreign tax planning initiatives and has helped fund marketing capability investments in the business. Diluted earnings per share from continuing operations of $1.76 grew 23.1% and increased 10.0% excluding charges for productivity initiatives in Fiscal 2012. EPS this year was reduced by $0.07 from unfavorable foreign currency translation. On a constant currency, continuing operations basis, sales grew 3.5% and excluding charges for productivity initiatives in Fiscal 2012, operating income grew 2.8% and EPS rose 14.4%. Total Company net income including discontinued operations was $547 million and EPS grew to $1.70.

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