Management anticipates annual interest expense to be approximately $20 million to $22 million, reflecting $60 million in recent debt reduction from proceeds received as part of Dean Foods’ divesture of its Morningstar business. The Company’s estimated tax rate for 2013 is approximately 33 percent.
The Company expects to deliver pro forma adjusted diluted earnings per share of between $0.68 and $0.72 for full year 2013. For the first quarter, management expects pro form adjusted diluted earnings of between $0.14 to $0.16 per share.
PLANNED SPIN-OFF BY DEAN FOODS IN MAY 2013
Dean Foods has affirmed its intention to effect a tax-free spin-off of shares of the Company in May, following the April 23, 2013 expiration of its IPO lock-up period. Dean Foods announced it has received a private letter ruling from the Internal Revenue Service providing that, subject to certain conditions, the anticipated spin-off will be tax-free for U.S. federal income tax purposes. Dean Foods also announced plans to retain up to 19.9% of the total outstanding WhiteWave shares, or up to 34.4 million shares, with the intention to monetize or distribute the position in a tax-free manner at a later date.“We continue to develop the functions and capabilities necessary for us to operate as a stand-alone company and look forward to the planned separation from Dean Foods in May,” said Engles. The spin-off or other disposition is subject to various conditions including approval by Dean Foods’ Board of Directors, the receipt of any necessary regulatory or other approvals, the maintenance of the private letter ruling from the Internal Revenue Service, and the existence of satisfactory market conditions. There can be no assurance as to when or whether the proposed spin-off or any other disposition will occur. CONFERENCE CALL/WEBCAST A webcast to discuss the Company’s financial results and outlook will be held on February 13, 2013, at 9:00AM ET and may be heard live by visiting the “Webcast” section of the Company’s website at http://www.thewhitewavefoodscompany.com/investor_relations. A slide presentation will accompany the webcast and a webcast replay will be available for approximately 45 days following the event within the Investor Relations section of the Company's website.