Heineken Holding N.V. reports 2017 third quarter Trading Update

Amsterdam, 25 October 2017 - Heineken Holding N.V. (EURONEXT: HEIO; OTCQX: HKHHY) today announces its trading update for the third quarter of 2017.

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Consolidated beer volume +2.5% organically, with growth in Asia Pacific, Americas and Africa, Middle East & Eastern Europe offsetting lower volume in Europe against tough comparatives.
  • Heineken® volume +3.4% driven by Brazil, South Africa, Russia and Mexico.
  • Full year expectations unchanged.

Heineken Holding N.V. engages in no activities other than its participating interest in Heineken N.V. and the management or supervision of and provision of services to that company.

THIRD QUARTER AND NINE MONTHS VOLUME BREAKDOWN

Consolidated beer volume1
(in mhl or %)
3Q17 Total
growth %
Organic growth % YTD 3Q17 Total
growth %
Organic growth %
Consolidated beer volume 60.0   11.1   2.5   161.3   6.8   2.5  

Heineken®2
(in mhl or %)
3Q17 Organic
growth %
YTD 3Q17 Organic
growth %
Heineken® 9.5   3.4   26.8   3.7  

Heineken® volume2 grew by  3.4% organically. Key markets that contributed to this growth included Brazil, South Africa, Russia and Mexico, which more than offset weaker volume in the US, France, the Netherlands and China.

HEINEKEN means Heineken Holding N.V., Heineken N.V., its subsidiaries and interests in joint ventures and associates.
Refer to the Definitions section for an explanation of organic growth.
2 Heineken® volume is now total Heineken® volume including the Netherlands.

REPORTED NET PROFIT OF HEINEKEN N.V.
Reported net profit of Heineken N.V. for the nine months was €1,486 million (2016: €1,239 million). In the nine months of 2016, reported net profit of Heineken N.V. included an asset impairment of €233 million in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

TRANSLATIONAL CURRENCY UPDATE 
Using spot rates as at 19 October 2017 for the remainder of this year, the calculated negative currency translational impact would be approximately €185 million at consolidated operating profit (beia), and €75 million impact at net profit (beia). Foreign exchange markets remain very volatile.

ACQUISITION OF PUNCH
On 15 December 2016, HEINEKEN announced that following Vine Acquisitions Limited's announcement of a recommended cash offer for Punch Taverns plc ('Punch'), HEINEKEN through HEINEKEN UK had agreed a back-to-back deal with Vine Acquisitions to acquire Punch Securitisation A ('Punch A'), comprising approximately 1,900 pubs across the UK. The transaction completed on 29 August 2017.

The pubs acquired by HEINEKEN UK will be operated for six months by Punch under a transitional services agreement, after which they will be integrated into the existing Star Pubs & Bars business. The transitional services agreement has no impact on Star's existing licensees, who will continue to trade on a 'business as usual' basis.

FINANCING UPDATE
On 22 September 2017, HEINEKEN placed 12-year Notes with a coupon of 1.50% for a principal amount of €800 million. The notes are issued under the Company's Euro Medium Term Note Programme and are listed on the Luxembourg Stock Exchange. The proceeds were used for general corporate purposes including the refinancing of existing debts.

Following the completion of the acquisition of Punch Securitisation A on 29 August 2017, HEINEKEN decided to terminate the securitisation structure and has since repaid all outstanding Punch A notes (notional amount €864 million) by 4 October 2017.

DEFINITIONS
Organic growth excludes the effect of foreign currency translational effects, consolidation changes, accounting policy changes, exceptional items and amortisation of acquisition-related intangibles.

ENQUIRIES

Media Heineken Holding N.V.  
Kees Jongsma  
tel. +31 6 54 79 82 53  
E-mail: cjongsma@spj.nl  
   
Media Heineken N.V. Investors
John-Paul Schuirink Federico Castillo Martinez
Director of Global Communication Director of Investor Relations
Michael Fuchs Chris MacDonald / Aris Hernández
Corporate & Financial Communication Manager Investor Relations Manager / Senior Analyst
E-mail: pressoffice@heineken.com E-mail: investors@heineken.com
Tel : +31-20-5239355 Tel: +31-20-5239590

Editorial information:
HEINEKEN is the world's most international brewer. It is the leading developer and marketer of premium beer and cider brands. Led by the Heineken® brand, the Group has a portfolio of more than 250 international, regional, local and speciality beers and ciders. HEINEKEN is committed to innovation, long-term brand investment, disciplined sales execution and focused cost management. Through "Brewing a Better World", sustainability is embedded in the business and delivers value for all stakeholders. HEINEKEN has a well-balanced geographic footprint with leadership positions in both developed and developing markets. HEINEKEN employs over 80,000 employees and operates breweries, malteries, cider plants and other production facilities in more than 70 countries. Heineken N.V. and Heineken Holding N.V. shares trade on the Euronext in Amsterdam. Prices for the ordinary shares may be accessed on Bloomberg under the symbols HEIA NA and HEIO NA and on Reuters under HEIN.AS and HEIO.AS. HEINEKEN has two sponsored level 1 American Depositary Receipt (ADR) programmes: Heineken N.V. (OTCQX: HEINY) and Heineken Holding N.V. (OTCQX: HKHHY). Most recent information is available on the website: www.theHEINEKENcompany.com and follow HEINEKEN on Twitter via @HEINEKENCorp.
Heineken Holding N.V. engages in no activities other than its participating interest in Heineken N.V. and the management or supervision of and provision of services to that company.

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Disclaimer: 
This press release contains forward-looking statements with regard to the financial position and results of HEINEKEN's activities. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements. Many of these risks and uncertainties relate to factors that are beyond HEINEKEN's ability to control or estimate precisely, such as future market and economic conditions, the behaviour of other market participants, changes in consumer preferences, the ability to successfully integrate acquired businesses and achieve anticipated synergies, costs of raw materials, interest-rate and exchange-rate fluctuations, changes in tax rates, changes in law, change in pension costs, the actions of government regulators and weather conditions. These and other risk factors are detailed in HEINEKEN's publicly filed annual reports. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only of the date of this press release. HEINEKEN does not undertake any obligation to update these forward-looking statements contained in this press release. Market share estimates contained in this press release are based on outside sources, such as specialised research institutes, in combination with management estimates.