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Heinz Announces Proposed Offering of Senior Secured Notes by Hawk Acquisition Sub, Inc.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Heinz Announces Proposed Offering of Senior Secured Notes by Hawk Acquisition Sub, Inc.14:25 EDT Wednesday, March 13, 2013 PITTSBURGH (Business Wire) -- H.J. Heinz Company (NYSE: HNZ) (“Heinz”) announced that Hawk Acquisition Sub, Inc. (“Merger Sub”), an entity formed by Berkshire Hathaway Inc. and 3G Capital Partners Ltd. (the “Investors”) intends, subject to market conditions, to offer $2,100 million in aggregate principal amount of its second lien senior secured notes due 2020 (the “notes”). The notes are being issued to provide a portion of the financing for the previously announced merger of Merger Sub with and into Heinz, with Heinz surviving the merger (the “Acquisition”). Merger Sub and the Investors expect that the net proceeds of the offering will be used to finance a portion of the cash consideration for the Acquisition. Merger Sub intends to deposit the gross proceeds of the offering into a segregated escrow account until the date that certain conditions, including the completion of the Acquisition, have been satisfied. Upon consummation of the Acquisition, Heinz will assume all of the obligations of Merger Sub under the notes and certain of Heinz's existing and future direct and indirect wholly owned domestic restricted subsidiaries will guarantee the notes. The notes and the related guarantees will be offered in the United States to qualified institutional buyers pursuant to Rule 144A under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), and outside the United States pursuant to Regulation S under the Securities Act. The notes and the related guarantees have not been registered under the Securities Act and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements. 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 the notes in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction. Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements This press release and our other public pronouncements contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are generally identified by the words “will,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “believes,” “estimates” or similar expressions and include our expectations as to future revenue growth, earnings, capital expenditures and other spending, dividend policy, and planned credit rating, as well as anticipated reductions in spending. These forward-looking statements reflect management's view of future events and financial performance. These statements are subject to risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other important factors, many of which may be beyond Heinz's control, and could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in these forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ from such statements include, but are not limited to: the occurrence of any event, change or other circumstances that could give rise to the termination of the merger agreement with an entity formed by Berkshire Hathaway and 3G Capital, the failure to receive, on a timely basis or otherwise, the required approvals by Heinz's shareholders and government or regulatory agencies with regard to the merger agreement, the risk that a closing condition to the merger agreement may not be satisfied, the failure of the buyer to obtain the necessary financing in connection with the merger agreement, the ability of Heinz to retain and hire key personnel and maintain relationships with customers, suppliers and other business partners pending the consummation of the proposed merger agreement, sales, volume, earnings, or cash flow growth, general economic, political, and industry conditions, including those that could impact consumer spending, competitive conditions, which affect, among other things, customer preferences and the pricing of products, production, and energy costs, competition from lower-priced private label brands, increases in the cost and restrictions on the availability of raw materials, including agricultural commodities and packaging materials, the ability to increase product prices in response, and the impact on profitability, the ability to identify and anticipate and respond through innovation to consumer trends, the need for product recalls, the ability to maintain favorable supplier and customer relationships, and the financial viability of those suppliers and customers, currency valuations and devaluations and interest rate fluctuations, changes in credit ratings, leverage, and economic conditions and the impact of these factors on our cost of borrowing and access to capital markets, our ability to effectuate our strategy, including our continued evaluation of potential opportunities, such as strategic acquisitions, joint ventures, divestitures, and other initiatives, our ability to identify, finance, and complete these transactions and other initiatives, and our ability to realize anticipated benefits from them, the ability to successfully complete cost reduction programs and increase productivity, the ability to effectively integrate acquired businesses, new products, packaging innovations, and product mix, the effectiveness of advertising, marketing, and promotional programs, supply chain efficiency, cash flow initiatives, risks inherent in litigation, including tax litigation, the ability to further penetrate and grow and the risk of doing business in international markets, particularly our emerging markets; economic or political instability in those markets, strikes, nationalization, and the performance of business in hyperinflationary environments, in each case such as Venezuela; and the uncertain global macroeconomic environment and sovereign debt issues, particularly in Europe, changes in estimates in critical accounting judgments and changes in laws and regulations, including tax laws, the success of tax planning strategies, the possibility of increased pension expense and contributions and other people-related costs, the potential adverse impact of natural disasters, such as flooding and crop failures, and the potential impact of climate change, the ability to implement new information systems, potential disruptions due to failures in information technology systems, and risks associated with social media, with regard to dividends, dividends must be declared by the Board of Directors and will be subject to certain legal requirements being met at the time of declaration, as well as our Board's view of our anticipated cash needs, and other factors described in “Risk Factors” and “Cautionary Statement Relevant to Forward-Looking Information” in Heinz's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended April 29, 2012 and reports on Forms 10-Q thereafter. The forward-looking statements are based on management's current views and assumptions regarding future events and speak only as of their dates. Heinz undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by the securities laws. ABOUT HEINZ: H.J. Heinz Company, offering “Good Food Every Day”™ is one of the world's leading marketers and producers of healthy, convenient and affordable foods specializing in ketchup, sauces, meals, soups, snacks and infant nutrition. Heinz provides superior quality, taste and nutrition for all eating occasions whether in the home, restaurants, the office or “on-the-go.” Heinz is a global family of leading branded products, including Heinz® Ketchup, sauces, soups, beans, pasta and infant foods (representing over one third of Heinz's total sales), Ore-Ida® potato products, Weight Watchers® Smart Ones® entrées, T.G.I. Friday's® snacks, and Plasmon infant nutrition. Heinz is famous for its iconic brands on six continents, showcased by Heinz® Ketchup, The World's Favorite Ketchup®. Copyright (c) 2013 H.J. Heinz CompanyMichael Mullen, 412-456-5751Michael.mullen@us.hjheinz.com