AHOLD SHARE BUYBACK UPDATE: AHOLD REPURCHASED 1,959,066 AHOLD COMMON SHARES IN THE PERIOD FROM JUNE 12, 2017 UP TO AND INCLUDING JUNE 14, 2017

Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2017-Jun-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ahold Delhaize has repurchased 1,959,066 of Ahold Delhaize common shares in the period from June 12, 2017 up to and including June 14, 2017. The shares were repurchased at an average price of €19.23 per share for a total consideration of €37.7 million. These repurchases were made as part of the €1 billion share buyback program announced on December 7, 2016.

The total number of shares repurchased under this program to date is 25,313,892 common shares for a total consideration of €500 million.

Download the share buyback transactions excel sheet for detailed individual transaction information under “Files to download” (on the right).

Visit www.aholddelhaize.com/en/investors/share-information/share-buy-back-programs for a complete overview of all Ahold Delhaize share buyback programs.

Contact:

Ellen van Ginkel
Director External Communications
media.relations@aholddelhaize.com
+31 88 6595134

Source: Ahold Delhaize

AHOLD SHARE BUYBACK UPDATE: AHOLD REPURCHASED 1,725,270 AHOLD COMMON SHARES IN THE PERIOD FROM June 5, 2017 UP TO AND INCLUDING June 9, 2017

Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2017-Jun-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ahold Delhaize has repurchased 1,725,270 of Ahold Delhaize common shares in the period from June 5, 2017 up to and including June 9, 2017. The shares were repurchased at an average price of €19.35 per share for a total consideration of €33.4 million. These repurchases were made as part of the €1 billion share buyback program announced on December 7, 2016.

The total number of shares repurchased under this program to date is 23,354,826 common shares for a total consideration of €462 million.

Download the share buyback transactions excel sheet for detailed individual transaction information under “Files to download” (on the right).

Visit www.aholddelhaize.com/en/investors/share-information/share-buy-back-programs for a complete overview of all Ahold Delhaize share buyback programs.

Contact:

Ellen van Ginkel
Director External Communications
media.relations@aholddelhaize.com
+31 88 6595134

Source: Ahold Delhaize

 

AHOLD SHARE BUYBACK UPDATE: AHOLD REPURCHASED 936,555 AHOLD COMMON SHARES IN THE PERIOD FROM MAY 29, 2017 UP TO AND INCLUDING June 2, 2017

Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2017-Jun-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ahold Delhaize has repurchased 936,555 of Ahold Delhaize common shares in the period from May 29, 2017 up to and including June 2, 2017. The shares were repurchased at an average price of €19.71 per share for a total consideration of €18.5 million. These repurchases were made as part of the €1 billion share buyback program announced on December 7, 2016.

The total number of shares repurchased under this program to date is 21,629,556 common shares for a total consideration of €429 million.

Download the share buyback transactions excel sheet for detailed individual transaction information under “Files to download” (on the right).

Visit www.aholddelhaize.com/en/investors/shareholders/share-buy-back-programs for a complete overview of all Ahold Delhaize share buyback programs.

Contact:

Ellen van Ginkel
Director External Communications
media.relations@aholddelhaize.com
+31 88 6595134

Source: Ahold Delhaize

AHOLD SHARE BUYBACK UPDATE: AHOLD REPURCHASED 638,098 AHOLD COMMON SHARES IN THE PERIOD FROM May 8, 2017 UP TO AND INCLUDING May 12, 2017

Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2017-May-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ahold Delhaize has repurchased 638,098 of Ahold Delhaize common shares in the period from May 8, 2017 up to and including May 12, 2017. The shares were repurchased at an average price of €19.51 per share for a total consideration of €12.4 million. These repurchases were made as part of the €1 billion share buyback program announced on December 7, 2016.

The total number of shares repurchased under this program to date is 18,991,245 common shares for a total consideration of €376.5 million.

Download the share buyback transactions excel sheet for detailed individual transaction information under “Files to download” (on the right).

Visit www.aholddelhaize.com/en/investors/shareholders/share-buy-back-programs for a complete overview of all Ahold Delhaize share buyback programs.

Contact:
Phone: +31 88 659 9111

Source: Ahold Delhaize

AHOLD UPDATES ON ITS SHARE BUYBACK PROGRAM FROM January 23, 2017 UP TO AND INCLUDING January 27, 2017

Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2017-Feb-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ahold Delhaize repurchased 1,213,909 of Ahold Delhaize common shares in the period from January 23, 2017 up to and including January 27, 2017. The shares were repurchased at an average price of €19.94 per share for a total consideration of € 24.2 million. These repurchases were made as part of the €1 billion share buyback program announced on December 7, 2016.

The total number of shares repurchased under this program to date is 3,540,266 common shares for a total consideration of €70.1 million.

Download the share buyback transactions excel sheet for detailed individual transaction information from www.aholddelhaize.com/en/investors/shareholders/share-buy-back-programs/

Contact:

Ellen van Ginkel
Director External Communications
media.relations@aholddelhaize.com
+31 88 6595134

Source: Ahold Delhaize

Ahold and Delhaize Group expect to complete their intended merger on July 23, 2016

Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2016-Jul-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — In line with required notification periods for listing purposes, Ahold and Delhaize Group today announced that they expect to complete their intended merger on July 23, 2016, if regulatory clearance has been obtained from the United States Federal Trade Commission by that date.Subject to completion of the merger on July 23, 2016, Ahold Delhaize is expected to start trading on Euronext Amsterdam and Brussels on Monday, July 25, 2016, with ticker symbol AD. Ahold Delhaize American Depositary Receipts (ADRs) will trade over-the-counter in the United States and will be quoted on the OTCQX International marketplace.

Details on the settlement mechanics for holders of Delhaize Group shares are provided in Delhaize Group’s press release of today.

Please visit www.delhaizegroup.com or www.adcombined.com for more information.

Read all about the intended merger

Cautionary notice
This press release includes forward-looking statements, which do not refer to historical facts but refer to expectations based on management’s current views and assumptions and involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results, performance or events to differ materially from those included in such statements. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements as to the expectation of Ahold and Delhaize to complete their merger on July 23, 2016, subject to FTC clearance, and trading and quoting of Ahold Delhaize shares and ADRs. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from future results expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Many of these risks and uncertainties relate to factors that are beyond Ahold’s ability to control or estimate precisely, such as discussed in Ahold’s public filings and other disclosures. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date they are made. Koninklijke Ahold N.V. does not assume any obligation to update any public information or forward-looking statements in this release to reflect subsequent events or circumstances, except as may be required by law. Outside the Netherlands, Koninklijke Ahold N.V., being its registered name, presents itself under the name of “Royal Ahold” or simply “Ahold.”

Contact:
Phone: +31 88 659 9111

Source: Ahold

Ahold and Delhaize Group to divest 86 stores in U.S.

BRUSSELS, Belgium, 2016-Jul-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Delhaize Group and Ahold today announced that their United States subsidiaries have reached agreements with buyers to divest a total of 86 stores in a limited number of locations in which the companies’ U.S. subsidiaries both operate. These divestments are being made in connection with the United States Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) pending review of the proposed merger between the two companies. The divested stores are being sold to well-established supermarket operators.

All of the purchase agreements are subject to FTC approval. The agreements are also subject to FTC clearance and formal completion of the Delhaize Group and Ahold merger, which the companies continue to expect before the end of July.

These store locations represent 4.1% of the Ahold and Delhaize Group companies’ total combined U.S. store count and 3.2% of combined U.S. 2015 net sales.

“Selling stores is a difficult part of any merger process, given the impact on our associates, customers and communities in which we operate,” said Frans Muller, President and Chief Executive Officer, Delhaize Group. “We believe we have made every effort to identify strong buyers for these locations, and we want to thank our loyal associates and customers who have shopped our stores and supported us for so many years. Upon the completion of the merger, we will continue to maintain our local Food Lion and Hannaford brands; however, our new company scale will enable us to accelerate our local market strategies to better serve our customers with nearly 2,000 stores along the East Coast in the United States.”

The buyers of the 86 stores being divested are:

  • New Albertson’s, Inc. (part of Albertsons Companies based in Idaho), purchasing 1 Giant Food store in Salisbury, Maryland;
  • Big Y (based in Massachusetts), purchasing 8 Hannaford stores in eastern Massachusetts;
  • Publix (based in Florida), purchasing 10 MARTIN’S stores in Richmond, Virginia;
  • Saubel’s Markets (based in Pennsylvania), purchasing 1 Food Lion store in York, Pennsylvania
  • Supervalu (based in Minnesota), purchasing 22 Food Lion stores in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia;
  • Tops Markets (based in New York), purchasing 1 Stop & Shop store in Massachusetts as well as  3 Stop & Shop  stores and 2 Hannaford stores in New York; and
  • Weis Markets (based in Pennsylvania), purchasing 38 Food Lion stores in Delaware, Maryland and Virginia.

The divested stores are expected to be converted by the buyers to their new banners and re-opened as supermarkets after any remodeling planned by the buyers.

A full list of the locations being sold by both companies as part of this process is attached as an annex to this press release.

On June 24, 2015, Delhaize Group and Ahold announced their intention to merge. The shareholders’ meetings of both companies approved the merger in March 2016. The Belgian Competition Authority (BCA) granted its conditional approval for the merger in March 2016.  FTC clearance is the remaining regulatory approval requirement for the Ahold and Delhaize Group merger.

Please visit www.delhaizegroup.com, www.ahold.com, or www.adcombined.com for more information.

Delhaize Group 
Delhaize Group is a Belgian international food retailer present in seven countries on three continents. On March 31, 2016, Delhaize Group’s sales network consisted of 3,524 stores. In 2015, Delhaize Group posted €24.4 billion ($27.1 billion) in revenues and €366 million ($407 million) in net profit (Group share). At the end of 2015, Delhaize Group employed approximately 154,000 people. Delhaize Group’s stock is listed on NYSE Euronext Brussels (DELB) and the New York Stock Exchange (DEG).

This press release is available in English, French and Dutch. You can also find it on the website http://www.delhaizegroup.com. Questions can be sent to investor @delhaizegroup.com.

Contacts

Investor Relations: + 32 2 412 2151
Media Relations: + 32 2 412 8669
U.S. Media: Christy Phillips-Brown
+1-704-310-2221
Cphillips-brown@foodlion.com

Source: Delhaize Group

Delhaize Group and Ahold expect their merger to complete before the end of July 2016

BRUSSELS, Belgium, 2016-Jul-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — In the context of the intended merger between Delhaize Group and Ahold, the companies have confirmed today that they expect the merger to complete before the end of July, subject to regulatory approval by the Federal Trade Commission of the United States.

In addition, Ahold today provided further details on its €1 billion capital repayment and reverse stock split, which had been announced on June 24, 2015 and approved by Ahold’s shareholders on March 14, 2016. Please refer to Ahold’s press release of today for further details.

On June 24, 2015, Ahold and Delhaize announced their intention to merge. The shareholders’ meetings of both companies approved the merger in March 2016.The Belgian Competition Authority (BCA) granted its conditional approval for the merger in March 2016. FTC clearance is the final regulatory approval requirement for the merger to complete.

Please visit www.delhaizegroup.com, www.ahold.com, or www.adcombined.com for more information.

Delhaize Group

Delhaize Group is a Belgian international food retailer present in seven countries on three continents. On March 31, 2016, Delhaize Group’s sales network consisted of 3 524 stores. In 2015, Delhaize Group recorded €24.4 billion ($27.1 billion) in revenues and €366 million ($407 million) net profit (Group share). At the end of 2015, Delhaize Group employed approximately 154 000 people. Delhaize Group’s stock is listed on NYSE Euronext Brussels (DELB) and the New York Stock Exchange (DEG).

This press release is available in English, French and Dutch. You can also find it on the website http://www.delhaizegroup.com. Questions can be sent to investor@delhaizegroup.com.

Contacts

Investor Relations: + 32 2 412 2151
Media Relations: + 32 2 412 8669

Source: Delhaize Group

Ahold and Delhaize Group US subsidiaries to divest 86 stores in connection with US FTC pending review of their merger

Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2016-Jul-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ahold and Delhaize Group today announced that their United States subsidiaries have reached agreements with buyers to divest a total of 86 stores in a limited number of locations in which the companies’ U.S. subsidiaries both operate. These divestments are being made in connection with the United States Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) pending review of the proposed merger between the two companies. The divested stores are being sold to well established supermarket operators.

All of the purchase agreements are subject to FTC approval. The agreements are also subject to FTC clearance and formal completion of the Ahold and Delhaize Group merger, which the companies continue to expect before the end of July.

Ahold CEO Dick Boer said: “The combination of Ahold and Delhaize Group is a unique opportunity to deliver even more for customers, associates and local communities. Together, Ahold and Delhaize Group have been working hard to resolve the competition concerns raised by the FTC, and we are pleased to have found strong, well established buyers for the stores we are required to divest. We deeply appreciate the long-time support of our customers and associates in these locations and are confident that the new owners will continue to serve local communities well.”

The buyers of the 86 stores being divested are:

• New Albertson’s, Inc. (part of Albertsons Companies based in Idaho) purchasing 1 Giant Food store in Salisbury, Maryland;
• Big Y (based in Massachusetts), purchasing 8 Hannaford stores in eastern Massachusetts;
• Publix (based in Florida), purchasing 10 MARTIN’S stores in Richmond, Virginia;
• Saubel’s Markets (based in Pennsylvania) purchasing 1 Food Lion store in York, Pennsylvania;
• Supervalu (based in Minnesota), purchasing 22 Food Lion stores in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia;
• Tops Markets (based in New York), purchasing 1 Stop & Shop store in Massachusetts as well as 3 Stop & Shop stores and 2 Hannaford stores in New York; and
• Weis Markets (based in Pennsylvania), purchasing 38 Food Lion stores in Delaware, Maryland and Virginia.

The divested stores are expected to be converted by the buyers to their new banners and re-opened as supermarkets after any remodeling planned by the buyers.

A full list of the locations being sold by both companies as part of this process is attached as an annex to this press release.

On June 24, 2015, Ahold and Delhaize announced their intention to merge, creating an international retailer with a portfolio of strong, trusted local brands, more than 6,500 stores and over 375,000 associates. These brands serve more than 50 million customers every week in Europe and the United States.

FTC clearance is the remaining regulatory approval requirement for the Ahold and Delhaize Group merger. In March of this year, the Belgian Competition Authority (BCA) granted its conditional approval for the merger. Also in March, shareholders of both companies approved the merger with an overwhelming majority.

Please visit www.ahold.com, www.delhaizegroup.com or www.adcombined.com for more information.

Press release including store list
Read all about the intended merger

Cautionary notice
This press release includes forward-looking statements, which do not refer to historical facts but refer to expectations based on management’s current views and assumptions and involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results, performance or events to differ materially from those included in such statements. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements as to the divestment of stores and the conversion of the relevant stores to new banners, subject to FTC approval and the intention of Ahold and Delhaize Group to complete their merger before the end of July, subject to FTC clearance. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from future results expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Many of these risks and uncertainties relate to factors that are beyond Ahold’s ability to control or estimate precisely, such as discussed in Ahold’s public filings and other disclosures. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date they are made. Koninklijke Ahold N.V. does not assume any obligation to update any public information or forward-looking statements in this release to reflect subsequent events or circumstances, except as may be required by law. Outside the Netherlands, Koninklijke Ahold N.V., being its registered name, presents itself under the name of “Royal Ahold” or simply “Ahold.”

Contact details:

Royal Ahold
Provincialeweg 11
1506 MA Zaandam
The Netherlands
Phone: +31 88 659 9111

Source: Ahold

SUPERVALU to acquire 22 Food Lion grocery stores that are being sold in connection with the merger between Ahold and Delhaize

MINNEAPOLIS, 2016-Jul-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — SUPERVALU INC. (NYSE:SVU) today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire 22 Food Lion grocery stores that are being sold in connection with the merger between Ahold and Delhaize. The 22 Food Lion stores are located in northern West Virginia, western Maryland, south central Pennsylvania and northwestern Virginia. The acquired stores will be converted to SUPERVALU’s Shop ‘N Save format and at least initially be operated by SUPERVALU. SUPERVALU is in discussions with certain of its wholesale customers and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on ways for its wholesale customers to have an interest in these stores going forward.

SUPERVALU supplies and supports nearly 100 independently-operated Shop ‘N Save stores located primarily in western Pennsylvania and West Virginia. These independently-operated stores are a key component of SUPERVALU’s wholesale business and the network of stores and owners is among the strongest in SUPERVALU’s wholesale business. The 22 acquired stores are expected to benefit from both the scale of the format and similar merchandising and marketing strategies. These stores are not part of SUPERVALU’s corporately-owned Shop ‘n Save retail banner comprised of 44 stores in the St. Louis, Missouri area.

“I’m pleased that SUPERVALU will acquire these stores, which should provide excellent opportunities for our wholesale customers, who were unable to buy them outright,” said SUPERVALU President and CEO Mark Gross. “The stores will operate under our Shop ‘N Save format, which we believe is a great format for us and our wholesale customers. This acquisition is another example of the work we’re doing to grow our business and to deliver creative solutions for our wholesale customers.”

The stores being acquired are conventional supermarkets that are approximately 35,000 square feet in size. As Shop ‘N Save stores, the plan will be to deliver a full-variety meat department, full-service delis and bakeries and an expanded produce department. Additionally, these 22 stores also will receive comprehensive marketing, advertising, and promotional support, including implementation of the Shop ‘N Save loyalty card program, and interactive website and mobile app. The 22 stores currently employ more than 1,200 full and part-time associates and, as part of the acquisition, SUPERVALU anticipates offering employment to substantially all interested employees.

The acquisition of the 22 stores is subject to customary closing conditions, including approval by the FTC, and is expected to be completed in a staggered closing process over the next 105 days.

A complete list of stores and locations follows below.

Food Lion Stores Being Acquired by SUPERVALU

Store Address City ST Zip
761 East Wilson Boulevard Hagerstown MD 21740
22401 Jefferson Boulevard Smithburg MD 21783
18717 North Pointe Drive Hagerstown MD 21742
17718 Virginia Avenue Hagerstown MD 21740
18360 College Road Hagerstown MD 21740
4170 Philadelphia Avenue Chambersburg PA 17202
875 Lincoln Way West Chambersburg PA 17202
500 North Antrim Way Greencastle PA 17225
11105 Buchanan Trail Waynesboro PA 17268
707 Fort Collier Road Winchester VA 22601
2600 Valley Avenue Winchester VA 22601
249 Sunnyside Plaza Circle Winchester VA 22603
609 K East Main Street Purcellville VA 20132
260 Remount Road Front Royal VA 22630
409 North McNeil Road Berryville VA 22611
190 Delco Plaza Winchester VA 22602
380 Fairfax Pike Stephens City VA 22655
159 Grocery Avenue Winchester VA 22602
147 Roaring Lion Drive Hedgesville WV 25427
1140 Winchester Avenue Martinsburg WV 25401
50 Coast Guard Drive Kearneysville WV 25430
1317 Old Courthouse Square Martinsburg WV 25401

About SUPERVALU INC.
SUPERVALU INC. is one of the largest grocery wholesalers and retailers in the U.S. with annual sales of approximately $18 billion. SUPERVALU serves customers across the United States through a network of 3,588 stores composed of 1,796 independent stores serviced primarily by the Company’s food distribution business; 1,360 Save-A-Lot stores, of which 897 are operated by licensee owners; and 200 traditional retail grocery stores (store counts as of February 27, 2016). Headquartered in Minnesota, SUPERVALU has approximately 40,000 employees.

For more information about SUPERVALU visit www.supervalu.com.

CAUTIONARY STATEMENTS RELEVANT TO FORWARD-LOOKING INFORMATION FOR THE PURPOSE OF “SAFE HARBOR” PROVISIONS OF THE PRIVATE SECURITIES LITIGATION REFORM ACT OF 1995.

Except for the historical and factual information contained herein, the matters set forth in this news release, particularly those pertaining to SUPERVALU’s expectations, guidance, or future operating results, and other statements identified by words such as “estimates,” “anticipates,” “expects,” “projects,” “plans,” “intends,” “will” and similar expressions are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially, including uncertainties as to the timing of the acquisition and satisfaction of the closing conditions, including approval by the FTC, SUPERVALU’s ability to integrate the Food Lion stores into the Shop ‘N Save format and ability to reach agreement on ways for its wholesale customers to have an interest in these new stores, and the resulting business impacts of these new stores. You should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this news release. Unless legally required, SUPERVALU undertakes no obligation to update or revise publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Contact:

For Investors:
Steve Bloomquist
952-828-4144
Steve.j.bloomquist@supervalu.com

For Media:
Jeff Swanson
952-903-1645
Jeffrey.s.swanson@supervalu.com

Source: SUPERVALU INC.

Delhaize Group and Ahold merger expect completion before the end of July

BRUSSELS, Belgium, 2016-Jul-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Delhaize Group and Ahold today announced that their United States subsidiaries have reached agreements with buyers to divest a total of 86 stores in a limited number of locations in which the companies’ U.S. subsidiaries both operate. These divestments are being made in connection with the United States Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) pending review of the proposed merger between the two companies. The divested stores are being sold to well-established supermarket operators.

All of the purchase agreements are subject to FTC approval. The agreements are also subject to FTC clearance and formal completion of the Delhaize Group and Ahold merger, which the companies continue to expect before the end of July.

These store locations represent 4.1% of the Ahold and Delhaize Group companies’ total combined U.S. store count and 3.2% of combined U.S. 2015 net sales.

“Selling stores is a difficult part of any merger process, given the impact on our associates, customers and communities in which we operate,” said Frans Muller, President and Chief Executive Officer, Delhaize Group. “We believe we have made every effort to identify strong buyers for these locations, and we want to thank our loyal associates and customers who have shopped our stores and supported us for so many years. Upon the completion of the merger, we will continue to maintain our local Food Lion and Hannaford brands; however, our new company scale will enable us to accelerate our local market strategies to better serve our customers with nearly 2,000 stores along the East Coast in the United States.”

The buyers of the 86 stores being divested are:

  • New Albertson’s, Inc. (part of Albertsons Companies based in Idaho), purchasing 1 Giant Food store in Salisbury, Maryland;
  • Big Y (based in Massachusetts), purchasing 8 Hannaford stores in eastern Massachusetts;
  • Publix (based in Florida), purchasing 10 MARTIN’S stores in Richmond, Virginia;
  • Saubel’s Markets (based in Pennsylvania), purchasing 1 Food Lion store in York, Pennsylvania
  • Supervalu (based in Minnesota), purchasing 22 Food Lion stores in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia;
  • Tops Markets (based in New York), purchasing 1 Stop & Shop store in Massachusetts as well as  3 Stop & Shop  stores and 2 Hannaford stores in New York; and
  • Weis Markets (based in Pennsylvania), purchasing 38 Food Lion stores in Delaware, Maryland and Virginia.

The divested stores are expected to be converted by the buyers to their new banners and re-opened as supermarkets after any remodeling planned by the buyers.

A full list of the locations being sold by both companies as part of this process is attached as an annex to this press release.

On June 24, 2015, Delhaize Group and Ahold announced their intention to merge. The shareholders’ meetings of both companies approved the merger in March 2016. The Belgian Competition Authority (BCA) granted its conditional approval for the merger in March 2016.  FTC clearance is the remaining regulatory approval requirement for the Ahold and Delhaize Group merger.

Please visit www.delhaizegroup.com, www.ahold.com, or www.adcombined.com for more information.

Delhaize Group 
Delhaize Group is a Belgian international food retailer present in seven countries on three continents. On March 31, 2016, Delhaize Group’s sales network consisted of 3,524 stores. In 2015, Delhaize Group posted €24.4 billion ($27.1 billion) in revenues and €366 million ($407 million) in net profit (Group share). At the end of 2015, Delhaize Group employed approximately 154,000 people. Delhaize Group’s stock is listed on NYSE Euronext Brussels (DELB) and the New York Stock Exchange (DEG).

This press release is available in English, French and Dutch. You can also find it on the website http://www.delhaizegroup.com. Questions can be sent to investor@delhaizegroup.com.

Contacts:

Investor Relations: + 32 2 412 2151
Media Relations: + 32 2 412 8669
U.S. Media: Christy Phillips-Brown
+1-704-310-2221
Cphillips-brown@foodlion.com

Source: Delhaize Group

Ahold announces €1 billion capital repayment and reverse stock split to take place on July 15, 2016 after close of NYSE trading hours

Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2016-Jul-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ahold today provided further details on the €1 billion capital repayment and reverse stock split, prior to completion of the intended merger with Delhaize Group.

The capital repayment, announced on June 24, 2015, was approved by Ahold’s shareholders on March 14, 2016. Ahold and Delhaize Group continue to expect the merger to complete before the end of July, subject to regulatory clearance of the merger by the United States Federal Trade Commission.

The capital repayment and reverse stock split are expected to take place after close of New York Stock Exchange trading hours on July 15, 2016 by way of a consolidation of every 17 issued Ahold common shares into 16 common shares and a capital repayment of €1.29 per remaining share (equivalent to about €1.21 per old share).

For shareholders holding shares through Euroclear Nederland, the ex-date on Euronext Amsterdam will be July 18, 2016. For holders of American Depositary Receipts (ADRs) the ex-date will be July 15, 2016. The record date for the capital repayment has been fixed at the close of trading hours on July 19, 2016. Shareholders holding their shares with a bank or broker will be informed by their respective bank or broker. Shareholders registered in the register of Ahold will be informed by Ahold about the administrative process. Holders of ADRs will be paid in U.S. dollars.

The expected timetable for the capital repayment and reverse stock split is as follows:

July 15, 2016: ex-date ADRs
July 18, 2016: ex-date common shares
July 19, 2016: record date for the capital repayment
July 21, 2016: payment date

If the number of common shares or ADRs held by any one holder is not exactly divisible by 17, banks and brokers will round positions up or down, depending on the particular contractual arrangements between the bank or broker and the shareholder.

On June 24, 2015, Ahold and Delhaize announced their intention to merge, creating an international retailer with more than 6,500 stores. The combined company, Ahold Delhaize, will bring together a portfolio of strong, trusted local brands with more than 375,000 associates serving more than 50 million customers each week in the United States and Europe.

For more information:

Ahold Investor Relations: +31 88 659 5213
Ahold Media Relations: +31 88 659 5134
ABN AMRO Corporate Broking: +31 20 344 2000 (questions related to common shares)

Deutsche Bank (questions related to ADRs):
• United States:+1 866 249 2593
• Outside the United States: +1 718 921 8137

Or visit www.delhaizegroup.com or www.adcombined.com.

Read all about the intended merger

Cautionary notice
This press release includes forward-looking statements, which do not refer to historical facts but refer to expectations based on management’s current views and assumptions and involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results, performance or events to differ materially from those included in such statements. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements as to the intention of Ahold to effectuate a reverse stock split, to repay approximately €1 billion to Ahold security holders and the expected closing of the intended merger between Ahold and Delhaize Group before the end of July to sell certain stores to certain buyers and to complete their merger in the second half of July, 2016, subject to FTC clearance. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from future results expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Many of these risks and uncertainties relate to factors that are beyond Ahold’s ability to control or estimate precisely, such as discussed in Ahold’s public filings and other disclosures. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date they are made. Koninklijke Ahold N.V. does not assume any obligation to update any public information or forward-looking statements in this release to reflect subsequent events or circumstances, except as may be required by law. Outside the Netherlands, Koninklijke Ahold N.V., being its registered name, presents itself under the name of “Royal Ahold” or simply “Ahold.

Contact details:

Royal Ahold
Provincialeweg 11
1506 MA Zaandam
The Netherlands
Phone: +31 88 659 9111

Source: Ahold

243 shareholders attended Ahold’s AGM in Amsterdam

Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2016-Apr-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ahold today held its Annual General Meeting of Shareholders (AGM) at het Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ in Amsterdam. The meeting was attended by 243 shareholders, representing approximately 794 million votes.

Shareholders adopted Ahold’s 2015 financial statements and determined the dividend over 2015 at €0.52 per common share, to be paid on May 4, 2016.

Shareholders in particular also adopted the following proposals on the agenda: the remuneration policy for the Management Board, and the appointment of PricewaterhouseCoopers Accountants N.V. as external auditor for the financial year 2016.

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This press release includes forward-looking statements, which do not refer to historical facts but refer to expectations based on management’s current views and assumptions and involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results, performance or events to differ materially from those included in such statements. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements as to the remuneration policy of Ahold’s Management Board. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from future results expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Many of these risks and uncertainties relate to factors that are beyond Ahold’s ability to control or estimate precisely, such as discussed in Ahold’s public filings and other disclosures. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date they are made. Koninklijke Ahold N.V. does not assume any obligation to update any public information or forward-looking statements in this release to reflect subsequent events or circumstances, except as may be required by law. Outside the Netherlands, Koninklijke Ahold N.V., being its registered name, presents itself under the name of “Royal Ahold” or simply “Ahold.”

Ahold CEO Dick Boer speech on the AGM 2016

Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2016-Apr-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ahold’s Annual General Meeting of Shareholders on April 19, 2016, included a speech by Ahold Chief Executive Officer Dick Boer. Following is the full text of the speech.

Once again, a very warm welcome here in Amsterdam for the second time this year. At today’s special meeting, which looks like it will be the last before Ahold merges with Delhaize, I would like to tell you a story about this great company and look back on our journey forward.

In 129 years, Ahold has grown from a family business with just one grocery store in the Dutch town of Oostzaan, to a leading retailer that serves millions of customers every day with more than 3,200 stores and, of course, our online businesses.

I don’t know about you, but the pictures you are seeing here in the Muziekgebouw today bring back a lot of memories for me. I have been with Ahold since 1998 and in the grocery business for 35 years already. I started in the eighties, right around the time when Albert Heijn introduced its slogan, “The nation’s largest grocer will start watching its pennies.” Perhaps you still remember this. Albert Heijn lowered prices on a large number of products. This was good for the customer, but I can tell you that it made times hard for competitors.

“What is right for the customer is also right for the business.” Right up to today, this has been the driving force behind our strong, local brands. Last month, bol.com, part of Ahold since 2012, won a major prize for being the best web store in the Netherlands. Here is a quote from the jury report: “Bol.com deserves this prize because it bases its choices on what customers find most important rather than what happens to be ‘cool’ in the industry.”

I am proud of that. This focus on the customer is the common thread that runs through our history and that connects all our brands.

Pioneering, responding to what is happening in society, as well as anticipating and bringing about change in the supermarket sector. This is also a common thread running through our history. The Heijns, along with the founders of our other brands, were retail pioneers. Take the founders of Giant Landover in the United States, who opened the first mass-merchandised supermarket in 1936. Skeptics said that “supermarkets” would never catch on, but they were wrong. Later on, Mr. Albert Heijn was inspired by the large stores he saw on a trip to the United States. If he had not decided to invest in the supermarket formula then, and open the first self-service store in 1952, our supermarket landscape and our business would look very different now.

I should also mention 1981, when Albert Heijn started to roll out the franchise formula. This company realized the value of having a good balance between company-owned stores and local entrepreneurship. That still applies today, and we are very proud of all these motivated entrepreneurs.

Change is in our DNA, and that has also brought us much with regard to online. AH.nl, by far the largest online supermarket in the Netherlands, traces its roots back to 1987, when Ahold operated the home shopping service James TeleSuper. In the late eighties, Peapod in the United States – part of Ahold since 2001 – was the first e-commerce-only company in the world. And since its launch as an online bookshop in 1999, bol.com has grown into the largest online department store in the Netherlands and Belgium.

At the time when I took the helm as CEO of Ahold, we had not really utilized the leading positions of AH.nl and Peapod enough. The assumption was that customers wanted the physical store online. But my team and I saw tremendous opportunities for this sleeping beauty in our group. In 2011, when we presented our Reshaping Retail strategy with omni-channel as a key element, it really got its place in our organization and picked up steam. In 2012, bol.com joined the group, which was a crucial step. They did not think in terms of the limitations of physical shops, but in terms of the infinite possibilities of online. They really infused Ahold’s DNA with online.

Two years later, in 2014, we presented our omni-channel ambitions to the market. We are well on track to achieving our goal of €2.5 billion in online consumer sales in 2017. In 2015, we were at €1.8 billion.

At the time, we said that we would invest to achieve this growth, based on the conviction that digitization is changing our industry irreversibly.

You have to fully commit to be successful – you have to be the first mover and be able to scale up quickly. Bol.com is a great example of this, with sales growth of more than 25% in 2015. This year, their consumer sales are on track to exceed €1 billion, thanks to investments in areas such as product range, product information and delivery options. This is almost three times as much as in 2012.

Ah.nl currently has a service area of 86% of the Netherlands for home delivery. Or Peapod: though it is not growing as fast as bol.com, it managed to grow new customers and sales by 45% in the fourth quarter in the New York area, a key growth market.

I told you about our stores: brick-and-mortar and online. But the listed company, Ahold, also has a history worth mentioning. In 1948, Albert Heijn was the first retailer listed on the Amsterdam Stock Exchange. In 1973, Ahold N.V. was established and Albert Heijn became part of the holding, which was able to expand abroad. In 1987, when Albert Heijn celebrated its 100th anniversary, Ahold received the predicate “Royal.” We are very proud that Ahold Delhaize will also use the predicate after the intended merger.

We are looking back at our journey forward. And let me be clear, we have also had some tough times along the way. I don’t need to remind you, our often longstanding shareholders, of that. After a period of very rapid global expansion, we were dealt a hard blow in 2003. I will personally never forget the shock wave that hit us back then. What will also stay with me is how we, as a team, put our shoulders to the wheel to put the business back on track, together with our associates and suppliers. Ahold sold many business units and we reinvented ourselves as a focused company with leading positions in our markets.

I was CEO of Albert Heijn at that time. Inspired by conversations I had with Mr. Albert Heijn after I was appointed, my team and I developed the slogan that helped put the Albert Heijn brand on the road to recovery after 2003: “Everyday products affordable and special products attainable.” We went back to a clear focus on the customer.
Because what is right for the customer is also right for the business. I mentioned this motto already. It is reflected in our formats, in our product range and in how we do business. We are seeing a shift in what our customers want. They want to be able to shop how, when and where they want. They are demanding better quality, more value for money. They want responsibly sourced and healthy food. They want to know where the products come from. And affordability is key – basically, they want it all.

Ahold is constantly taking steps in this area, too. As a large employer, as a producer and a customer, as a neighbor and as a place where people come to do their daily grocery shopping, we see a role for ourselves in tackling a number of the major challenges in society, including health, food security, diversity, responsible consumption and production, and so on.

In 2011, we clearly set out a number of ambitions in our Responsible Retailing strategy. Last month, in our Responsible Retailing Report, we showed that we had achieved most of the goals we had set ourselves in five years.

Let me mention just a couple:

Healthier products make up an increasing portion of our sales. We have achieved this, among others, by reducing the price of fruit and vegetables, by changing product formulation and by offering more and more choice, but also by making it easier for customers to find and understand the healthy options we offer.

Let me take this opportunity to talk about our successful organic brands, too. Albert Heijn was one of the first supermarkets in the Netherlands to launch a line of own-brand organic products in 1998 and now is the supermarket with the most organic products in the Netherlands. In the U.S., we introduced our Nature’s Promise brand in 2004, with great success, and a growing assortment — with more than 800 products currently, including food but also non-food items such as detergents.

We want to be a better neighbor, and many of our efforts are aimed at children (though – as you know – we never forget about the elderly). Almost one million children took part in our educational programs on healthy living, such as the Passport to Nutrition Program in the U.S. and the “Ik eet het beter”’ program in the Netherlands.

We also made important progress in the field of sourcing. We analyze the supply chain, from farmer to customer, and continuously take steps to ensure food safety, sustainable production and good working conditions.

We have established deep and long-standing relationships with many of our suppliers of fresh products, whom we consider our partners. We have been working with some of them for more than 50 years. See, for instance, Albert Heijn’s cucumber farmer in the next video clip.

In 2007, the Albert Heijn Foundation was established – a partnership of Albert Heijn, ICCO and Fair Match Support to improve the circumstances and future prospects of African vegetable, fruit and flower farm workers.

And one final example: I am very pleased to report at this meeting that Ahold USA has joined the Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ (CIW) Fair Food Program, dedicated to delivering responsibly sourced tomatoes and improving the lives of farm workers in the U.S.

And very importantly, our people. Mr. Albert Heijn was already aware decades ago that associates were the company’s true capital. And this is still the case. In 2015, we had 236,000 associates. It is their daily interactions with our customers, their entrepreneurship and creativity that makes us successful. We want to offer them a working environment that encourages initiative and where they can continue to build a future with Ahold or in the next phases of their career, with competitive remuneration and other benefits. We are proud that so many people are able to take the first steps on their career paths in our stores.

We are forging ahead as a Responsible Retailer. As we are about to merge, we will present our joint plans and ambitions as Ahold Delhaize in the fourth quarter. Both companies were included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index in 2015 – for Ahold it was the seventh straight time – a clear recognition of our efforts in this field.

I am convinced that collaboration in the industry is also essential if we are to have real impact, for example, in the Consumer Goods Forum, of which both Ahold and Delhaize are members, along with around 400 retailers, producers and other stakeholders globally.

And now it is time for a few words about the recent past, 2015. Our CFO, Jeff Carr, will shortly be talking about our financial performance in more depth, so I will just mention a couple of highlights.

We can look back on a strong year in which we have challenged ourselves to innovate more quickly, to find new ways of offering our customers fresher products and to create more value. We reported sales of just over €38 billion driven by strong performances in our stores, particularly during the holidays in December, and very strong growth in online sales. And, of course, also helped by the U.S. dollar.

In the U.S., sales, excluding gasoline sales, grew by more than 4%, adjusted for an additional week in 2015. We saw an improvement in price perception across our brands.

This is an important driver of sales and a key goal of our local strategy, which is aimed at investments in price and quality. As part of this program, we have rolled out improved fruit and vegetable departments in more than 500 stores. And we are now tackling the bakery departments. Earlier this month we announced a next round of price decreases, on about 1,000 products in our stores.

We tested a new format, named bfresh: smaller stores aimed at city customers with a focus on fresh food and local convenience. We also added 25 former A&P stores in the interesting New York Metro market area.

In the Netherlands, sales momentum remained strong, with a 3.2% increase in identical sales. The recovery at Albert Heijn continued, after a couple more difficult years. We re-invented ourselves as a market leader that knows how to touch customers’ hearts and minds – and that makes me very proud. It is a compliment to the Albert Heijn team and all associates.

They launched new products, inspired our customers and introduced popular savings and collectibles campaigns. As an example, over the past few weeks, we have distributed more than 47 million “grow-your-own garden” kits here in the Netherlands, which I’m sure won’t have escaped your attention. They help tell customers the stories behind the products they buy.

Or look at the Albert Heijn to go team, who can develop an idea into a product on the shelves in just a month. Very importantly, customers showed their appreciation. Albert Heijn’s market share grew to 35% in the past year.

In the Czech Republic, we now have more than 330 stores, including the SPAR stores we acquired last year. Most of these are supermarkets and they reported strong identical sales growth thanks to a new store concept we rolled out.

I have already talked about our strong growth in online. Our investments over the past couple of years paid off, with online consumer sales of €1.8 billion. Bol.com accounted for half this figure, following an excellent, record-breaking holiday period. At a peak moment right before Christmas, they received 11 orders every second. Peapod and AH.nl were also leaders in online food.

Our free cash flow remained strong at €1.2 billion this year. This enables us to continue to invest. Today, we are proposing a dividend of 52 cents, more than 8% higher than last year. And, as approved last month, we will return about €1 billion in capital to you, Ahold’s shareholders, prior to the completion of the proposed merger with Delhaize

On our way forward, we have brought together a portfolio of strong, local brands on which we continue to build. A lot happened in this area in 2015. Etos and Gall & Gall here in the Netherlands launched new logos, with a strong link to core values in their past. The Albert brand in the Czech Republic, considerably bigger thanks to the acquisition of the SPAR stores last year, was also repositioned.

Our U.S. stores are running the tagline “My Giant helps me save money, save time, and eat well” – or “My Stop & Shop,” or “My Martin’s” of course. This helps them to communicate more clearly to the customer what they stand for.

And, as you may have already seen online or in the media, Albert Heijn has also launched a new campaign that harks back to the mottos and key drivers of its founders: Authenticity, innovation, what matters, commitment. It started out as an internal movement, shared with associates in the stores, in the distribution centers and in the office. And it is now finding its way to the outside world.

In 1911, Albert Heijn launched the first own-brand products, next to other brands, of course, as the customer always wants a balance. In the Netherlands, more than half the products we sell are now own brand. In the United States, this figure is 38% and in the Czech Republic it is one-third. I’m proud of these figures as this too, is a strategic choice within our Reshaping Retail framework.

Before I finish, I would like to make a confession that touches upon this. During my career, I have worked in several countries so my family has lived in different places. In all these places we had one constant factor, which was our favorite chocolate spread, and that was from the own brand of … Delhaize.

Of course there is a reason why I am making this personal confession. Delhaize’s experience with its own brand in various countries is one of the areas in which we can learn from our future merger partner.

We, on the other hand, bring in our expertise with regard to omni-channel. And together we will be stronger with our shared vision on corporate social responsibility.

One month ago, you gave us the go-ahead to merge with Delhaize. So, I no longer need to convince you of the reasons behind this transaction. Still, I would like to emphasize once more the opportunities we see to further build our strong, local brands together. What is right for the customer is also right for the new business.

Since the Extraordinary General Meeting, we have received approval from the Belgian Competition Authority. With that, the antitrust reviews in Europe are complete. The review by the Federal Trade Commission in the U.S. is still underway. I cannot comment on that further but what I can say is that we are on track to finalize the merger in mid-2016 and kick off with the new company.

At next year’s meeting, I hope to be able to talk about the results of our first trading period as Ahold Delhaize. A new milestone. In 2017, Delhaize will be celebrating its 150th anniversary, and Ahold, its 130th. This will be the next step on our shared journey forward, on which we will become an even stronger international retailer, driven by great brands.

I would like to end with a few words of thanks. To our customers, who come to us for their daily groceries and inspire us to continue improving. To our associates, and our franchisers. And of course, I would like to thank you, our shareholders, for your support and your confidence in the future of Ahold, and Ahold Delhaize.

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The Dutch version of this press release is leading in case of inconsistencies.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This communication contains forward-looking statements, which do not refer to historical facts but refer to expectations based on management’s current views and assumptions and involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results, performance, or events to differ materially from those included in such statements. These statements or disclosures may discuss goals, intentions and expectations as to future trends, plans, events, results of operations or financial condition, or state other information relating to Ahold, based on current beliefs of management as well as assumptions made by, and information currently available to, management. Forward-looking statements generally will be accompanied by words such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “plan,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “forecast,” “guidance,” “intend,” “may,” “possible,” “potential,” “predict,” “project” or other similar words, phrases or expressions.

This communication contains Ahold forward-looking statements as to, amongst others,

Ahold tackling major challenges in society as to, amongst others, health, food security, diversity and responsible consumption, its Responsible Retailing Strategy, which covers, amongst others, organic products, being a better neighbor, sourcing and people, capital repayment, strong local brands and the intended merger between Ahold and Delhaize.

Many of the risks and uncertainties relate to factors that are beyond Ahold’s control. Therefore, investors and shareholders should not place undue reliance on such statements, which include but are not limited to Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to: the occurrence of any change, event or development that could give rise to the termination of the merger agreement; the risk that the necessary regulatory approvals may not be obtained or may be obtained subject to conditions that are not anticipated; failure to satisfy other closing conditions with respect to the transaction on the proposed terms and timeframe; the possibility that the transaction does not close when expected or at all; the risks that the new businesses will not be integrated successfully or promptly or that the combined company will not realize the expected benefits from the transaction; Ahold’s ability to successfully implement and complete its plans and strategies and to meet its targets; risks related to disruption of management time from ongoing business operations due to the proposed transaction; the benefits from Ahold’s plans and strategies being less than anticipated; the effect of the announcement or completion of the proposed transaction on the ability of Ahold to retain customers and retain and hire key personnel, maintain relationships with suppliers, and on their operating results and businesses generally; litigation relating to the transaction; the effect of general economic or political conditions; Ahold’s ability to retain and attract employees who are integral to the success of the business; business and IT continuity, collective bargaining, distinctiveness, competitive advantage and economic conditions; information security, legislative and regulatory environment and litigation risks; and product safety, pension plan funding, strategic projects, responsible retailing, insurance and unforeseen tax liabilities.

The foregoing list of factors is not exhaustive. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made. Ahold does not assume any obligation to update any public information or forward-looking statement in this communication to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this communication, except as may be required by applicable laws.

Outside the Netherlands, Koninklijke Ahold N.V., being its registered name, presents itself under the name of “Royal Ahold” or simply “Ahold.”

Strong financial results for Ahold in the fourth quarter and full year 2015

Ahold achieved strong results, led by solid store performance and a substantial increase in online sales:

  • 21.4% increase in Q4 Group sales to €9.8 billion (up 11.8% at constant exchange rates)
  • 4.3% increase in Q4 sales excluding gas (at constant exchange rates and adjusted for an additional week)
  • Online sales growth continued to accelerate, with Q4 adjusted net consumer sales up 29.1% at constant rates
  • Q4 underlying operating income up 39.4% to €421 million; underlying operating margin at 4.3%
  • Strong Q4 free cash flow of €401 million, resulting in €1,184 million full year free cash flow
  • Proposed dividend of €0.52, up 8.3% compared to last year
  • Announced merger with Delhaize on track to close in mid-2016; EGM to be held on March 14

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Zaandam, The Netherlands, 2016-Mar-07 — /EPR Retail News/ —  Ahold today announced strong financial results for the fourth quarter and full year 2015, reflecting good performances across its key markets and multiple formats. This included net annual sales of €38 billion, driven by excellent store operations, especially during the holiday season, and a strong increase in consumer online sales.

Ahold CEO Dick Boer said: “With a sharp focus on supporting our great local brands and investing to serve the rapidly changing interests and needs of our customers, we have made very good progress and achieved strong operating and financial results for the fourth quarter and the year. We challenged ourselves to innovate faster, to bring our customers fresher products in new and different ways, and to deliver greater value. This progress was supported by reinvesting the substantial savings achieved through our company-wide Simplicity program. We are pleased with the response from our customers and appreciate the continued great work of our associates, which led to robust sales performance, market share gains and an increase in Group operating income for the year.

“In the Netherlands, sales momentum remains strong, with a 3.2% increase in identical sales. This reflects our successful omni-channel strategy, a strong holiday season and positive sales momentum at Albert Heijn. Albert Heijn’s customers are benefiting from our broader and innovative product range and the expansion of healthy choices in our Fresh departments, resulting in increased market share for Q4 and the full year.

“In the United States, we grew sales excluding gas by 4.1%, adjusted for an additional week. We continue to make good progress with our investments in quality and price, highlighted by growth in identical sales and market share gains, primarily in the New York Metro market where we further strengthened our position with the successful conversion of 25 former A&P stores.

“Our online performance was also strong with a nearly 30% increase in consumer sales in the fourth quarter. Bol.com maintained its position as the number one online retail destination in the Netherlands and had a particularly strong December. In addition, Peapod and ah.nl remain leading online grocers in their respective markets.

“Finally, our proposed merger with Delhaize continues to progress on schedule. The combination of Ahold and Delhaize will create an even better retail leader for customers and associates and will enable us to further build on the position of our respected and popular local brands in the communities we serve.”

 

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This communication is being made in connection with, among others, the proposed business combination transaction between Koninklijke Ahold N.V., also known as Royal Ahold (“Ahold”), and Delhaize Group NV/SA (“Delhaize”). This communication is not intended to and does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to subscribe for or buy or an invitation to purchase or subscribe for any securities or the solicitation of any vote or approval in any jurisdiction in connection with the proposed transaction or otherwise, nor shall there be any sale, issuance or transfer of securities in any jurisdiction in contravention of applicable law. No offer of securities shall be made except by means of a prospectus meeting the requirements of Section 10 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and applicable Dutch, Belgian and other European regulations. This communication is not for release, publication or distribution, in whole or in part, in or into, directly or indirectly, any jurisdiction in which such release, publication or distribution would be unlawful.

Important additional information will be filed with the SEC
In connection with the proposed transaction, Ahold has filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) a registration statement on Form F-4, which includes a prospectus. On January 28, 2016, the SEC declared the registration statement effective, and the prospectus was mailed to the holders of American Depositary Shares of Delhaize and holders of ordinary shares of Delhaize (other than holders of ordinary shares of Delhaize who are non-U.S. persons (as defined in the applicable rules of the SEC)) on or around February 5, 2016. INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS ARE URGED TO READ THE PROSPECTUS AND OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS FILED OR TO BE FILED WITH THE SEC CAREFULLY WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT AHOLD, DELHAIZE, THE TRANSACTION AND RELATED MATTERS. Investors and security holders are able to obtain free copies of the prospectus and other documents filed with the SEC by Ahold and Delhaize through the website maintained by the SEC at www.sec.gov. In addition, investors and security holders are able to obtain free copies of the prospectus and other documents filed by Ahold with the SEC by contacting Ahold Investor Relations at investor.relations@ahold.com or by calling +31 88 659 5213, and are able to obtain free copies of the prospectus and other documents filed by Delhaize by contacting Investor Relations Delhaize Group at Investor@delhaizegroup.com or by calling +32 2 412 2151.

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This communication contains forward-looking statements, which do not refer to historical facts but refer to expectations based on management’s current views and assumptions and involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results, performance, or events to differ materially from those included in such statements. These statements or disclosures may discuss goals, intentions and expectations as to future trends, plans, events, results of operations or financial condition, or state other information relating to Ahold, based on current beliefs of management as well as assumptions made by, and information currently available to, management. Forward-looking statements generally will be accompanied by words such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “plan,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “forecast,” “guidance,” “intend,” “may,” “possible,” “potential,” “predict,” “project” or other similar words, phrases or expressions. Many of these risks and uncertainties relate to factors that are beyond Ahold’s control. Therefore, investors and shareholders should not place undue reliance on such statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to: the occurrence of any change, event or development that could give rise to the termination of the merger agreement; the ability to obtain the approval of the transaction by Ahold’s and Delhaize’s shareholders; the risk that the necessary regulatory approvals may not be obtained or may be obtained subject to conditions that are not anticipated; failure to satisfy other closing conditions with respect to the transaction on the proposed terms and time frame; the possibility that the transaction does not close when expected or at all; the risks that the new businesses will not be integrated successfully or promptly or that the combined company will not realize the expected benefits from the transaction; Ahold’s ability to successfully implement and complete its plans and strategies and to meet its targets; risks related to disruption of management time from ongoing business operations due to the proposed transaction; the benefits from Ahold’s plans and strategies being less than anticipated; the effect of the announcement or completion of the proposed transaction on the ability of Ahold to retain customers and retain and hire key personnel, maintain relationships with suppliers, and on their operating results and businesses generally; litigation relating to the transaction; the effect of general economic or political conditions; Ahold’s ability to retain and attract employees who are integral to the success of the business; business and IT continuity, collective bargaining, distinctiveness, competitive advantage and economic conditions; information security, legislative and regulatory environment and litigation risks; and product safety, pension plan funding, strategic projects, responsible retailing, insurance, unforeseen tax liabilities and other factors discussed in Ahold’s public filings and other disclosures.

Furthermore, this communication contains Ahold forward-looking statements as to investments in online businesses, the translation of new and innovative ideas into products in store, price campaigns and differentiation with local products in the Czech Republic, underlying margins, the Simplicity cost saving and efficiency program, investments in logistical infrastructure in The Netherlands, liquidity, cash, working capital, capital expenditures, interest payments, dividends, debt repayments, leverage, investment grade credit rating, the impact of new accounting standards, expected synergies from the combination of operations and Ahold’s ability expand its geographic reach, capital return, reverse stock split, Ahold’s Global Reward Opportunity program and the use of treasury shares.

The foregoing list of factors is not exhaustive. Investors and shareholders are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this communication. Ahold does not assume any obligation to update any public information or forward-looking statements in this communication to reflect subsequent events or circumstances, except as may be required by applicable laws. Outside the Netherlands, Koninklijke Ahold N.V., being its registered name, presents itself under the name of “Royal Ahold” or simply “Ahold.”

Ahold and Delhaize Group announce Extraordinary General Meetings on March 14, 2016

Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2016-Feb-03 — /EPR Retail News/ —  Ahold and Delhaize Group today announced that they have called Extraordinary General Meetings (EGM) for March 14, 2016 at which their respective shareholders will consider and vote on the proposal to approve the companies’ intended merger.

Ahold’s EGM will be held at Amsterdam RAI on March 14, 2016 at 14:00 hours CET. The Delhaize Group EGM will be held at the Proximus Lounge in Brussels on March 14, 2016 at 14.00 hours CET.

The EGM convocation documents and related materials have been published by Ahold and Delhaize on their respective websites at www.ahold.com and www.delhaizegroup.com.

Today, Ahold has also made publicly available the prospectus included in its F-4 registration statement, which has now been declared effective by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and its approved EU prospectus. These are required steps in the process of completing their merger. The prospectus in Ahold’s F-4 registration statement as well as the EU prospectus are available on Ahold’s and Delhaize’s respective websites.

Ahold’s F-4’s registration statement is a document required under U.S. law in connection with the intended merger between Ahold and Delhaize and, as part of the merger, the issuance of Ahold shares to holders of Delhaize ordinary shares and Delhaize American Depositary Shares in exchange for these securities.

The EU prospectus is required in connection with the admission to listing and trading of the Ahold ordinary shares on Euronext Brussels and the Ahold ordinary shares to be issued as part of the merger on Euronext Amsterdam.

On June 24, 2015, Ahold and Delhaize announced their intention to merge, creating an international retailer with more than 6,500 stores. The combined company, Ahold Delhaize, will bring together a portfolio of strong, trusted local brands and more than 375,000 associates serving more than 50 million customers each week in the United States and Europe.

Through its local brands, Ahold Delhaize will offer enhanced choice and value for customers, provide more compelling opportunities for associates and contribute even more to the local communities it serves. Additional information related to the merger is available at www.adcombined.com.

The transaction is expected to be completed in mid-2016, following associate consultation procedures, shareholder approval and regulatory clearances.

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NO OFFER OR SOLICITATION
This communication is being made in connection with the proposed business combination transaction between Koninklijke Ahold N.V. also known as Royal Ahold (“Ahold”), and Delhaize Group NV/SA (“Delhaize”). This communication is not intended to and does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to subscribe for or buy or an invitation to purchase or
subscribe for any securities or the solicitation of any vote or approval in any jurisdiction in connection with the proposed transaction or otherwise, nor shall there be any sale, issuance or transfer of securities in any jurisdiction in contravention of applicable law. No offer of securities shall be made except by means of a prospectus meeting the requirements of Section 10 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and applicable Dutch, Belgian and other European regulations. This communication is not for release, publication or distribution, in whole or in part, in or into, directly or indirectly, any jurisdiction in which such release, publication or distribution would be unlawful.

IMPORTANT ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FILED AND TO BE FILED WITH THE SEC
In connection with the proposed transaction, Ahold has filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) a registration statement on Form F-4, which includes a prospectus. On January 28, 2016, the SEC declared the registration statement effective, and the prospectus will be mailed to the holders of American Depositary Shares of Delhaize and holders of ordinary shares of Delhaize (other than holders of ordinary shares of Delhaize who are non-U.S. persons (as defined in the applicable rules of the SEC)). INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS ARE URGED TO READ THE PROSPECTUS AND OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS FILED OR TO BE FILED WITH THE SEC CAREFULLY WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT AHOLD, DELHAIZE, THE TRANSACTION AND RELATED MATTERS. Investors and security holders are able to obtain free copies of the prospectus and other documents filed with the SEC by Ahold and Delhaize through the website maintained by the SEC at www.sec.gov. In addition, investors and security holders are able to obtain free copies of the prospectus and other documents filed by Ahold with the SEC by contacting Ahold Investor Relations at investor.relations@ahold.com or by calling +31 88 659 5213, and are able to obtain free copies of the prospectus and other documents filed by Delhaize by contacting Investor Relations Delhaize Group at Investor@delhaizegroup.com or by calling +32 2 412 2151.

Proposed Executive Committee of Ahold Delhaize

Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2015-11-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ahold and Delhaize Group today announced the proposed Executive Committee of Ahold Delhaize, effective upon completion of the proposed merger of the two companies.

The future Executive Committee will be comprised of the Management Board members as announced on June 24, 2015, and will be supplemented by the following four members, in alphabetical order, who will report directly to the Ahold Delhaize CEO:

• Marc Croonen, Chief Sustainability, Transformation & Communications Officer
• Hanneke Faber, Chief E-Commerce & Innovation Officer
• Jan Ernst de Groot, Chief Legal Officer
• Abbe Luersman, Chief Human Resources Officer

Ahold and Delhaize Group have created two new important roles in the future Executive Committee to help shape and drive the company’s ambitions as a responsible and innovative retailer: Chief Sustainability, Transformation & Communications Officer and Chief E-Commerce & Innovation Officer. At the level of the Supervisory Board, these areas will be overseen by a Sustainability and Innovation Committee.

As announced, the proposed Ahold Delhaize Management Board consists of CEO Dick Boer, Deputy CEO and Chief Integration Officer Frans Muller, CFO Jeff Carr, COO Europe Pierre Bouchut, COO USA Kevin Holt, and COO USA James McCann.

The Management Board will be responsible for the overall management and decision-making of the new company and will have fiduciary responsibility towards the Supervisory Board and shareholders. The future Executive Committee will be charged with the day-to-day management of the company. With a strong and balanced leadership team with representation from both companies, it exhibits the right combination of functional capabilities and retail experience to steer a company that will greatly expand its reach to deliver even more for the customers and communities it serves. The team will be well-positioned to drive and support integration, while managing the businesses for continued customer service and commercial success.

On June 24, 2015, Ahold and Delhaize announced their intention to merge, creating an international retailer with a portfolio of strong, trusted local brands with more than 375,000 associates serving more than 50 million customers every week in the United States and Europe.

Ahold and Delhaize remain on track to complete their proposed merger by mid-2016. The appointment of the future Management Board members and other important elements of the merger are subject to shareholder approval and regulatory clearance as well as other customary conditions. More information can be found at www.adcombined.com.

Cautionary notice

NO OFFER OR SOLICITATION
This communication is being made in connection with the proposed business combination transaction between Koninklijke Ahold N.V. also known as Royal Ahold (“Ahold”) and Delhaize Group NV/SA (“Delhaize”). This communication is not intended to and does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to subscribe for or buy or an invitation to purchase or subscribe for any securities or the solicitation of any vote or approval in any jurisdiction in connection with the proposed transaction or otherwise, nor shall there be any sale, issuance or transfer of securities in any jurisdiction in contravention of applicable law. No offer of securities shall be made except by means of a prospectus meeting the requirements of Section 10 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and applicable Dutch, Belgian and other European regulations. This communication is not for release, publication or distribution, in whole or in part, in or into, directly or indirectly, any jurisdiction in which such release, publication or distribution would be unlawful.

IMPORTANT ADDITIONAL INFORMATION WILL BE FILED WITH THE SEC
In connection with the proposed transaction, Ahold will file with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) a registration statement on Form F-4 that will include a prospectus. The prospectus will be mailed to the holders of American Depositary Shares of Delhaize and holders of ordinary shares of Delhaize (other than holders of ordinary shares of Delhaize that are non-U.S. persons (as defined in the applicable rules of the SEC)). INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS ARE URGED TO READ THE PROSPECTUS AND OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS FILED OR TO BE FILED WITH THE SEC CAREFULLY WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT AHOLD, DELHAIZE, THE TRANSACTION AND RELATED MATTERS. Investors and security holders will be able to obtain free copies of the prospectus and other documents filed with the SEC by Ahold and Delhaize through the website maintained by the SEC at www.sec.gov. In addition, investors and security holders will be able to obtain free copies of the prospectus and other documents filed by Ahold with the SEC by contacting Ahold Investor Relations at investor.relations@ahold.com or by calling +31 88 659 5213, and will be able to obtain free copies of the prospectus and other documents filed by Delhaize by contacting Investor Relations Delhaize Group at Investor@delhaizegroup.com or by calling +32 2 412 2151.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS
This communication contains forward-looking statements, which do not refer to historical facts but refer to expectations based on management’s current views and assumptions and involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results, performance, or events to differ materially from those included in such statements. These statements or disclosures may discuss goals, intentions and expectations as to future trends, plans, events, results of operations or financial condition, or state other information relating to Ahold, based on current beliefs of management as well as assumptions made by, and information currently available to, management. Forward-looking statements generally will be accompanied by words such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “plan,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “forecast,” “guidance,” “intend,” “may,” “possible,” “potential,” “predict,” “project” or other similar words, phrases or expressions. Many of these risks and uncertainties relate to factors that are beyond Ahold’s control. Therefore, investors and shareholders should not place undue reliance on such statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to: the occurrence of any change, event or development that could give rise to the termination of the merger agreement; the ability to obtain the approval of the transaction by Ahold’s and Delhaize’s shareholders; the risk that the necessary regulatory approvals may not be obtained or may be obtained subject to conditions that are not anticipated; failure to satisfy other closing conditions with respect to the transaction on the proposed terms and timeframe; the possibility that the transaction does not close when expected or at all; the risks that the new businesses will not be integrated successfully or promptly or that the combined company will not realize the expected benefits from the transaction; Ahold’s ability to successfully implement and complete its plans and strategies and to meet its targets; risks related to disruption of management time from ongoing business operations due to the proposed transaction; the benefits from Ahold’s plans and strategies being less than anticipated; the effect of the announcement or completion of the proposed transaction on the ability of Ahold to retain customers and retain and hire key personnel, maintain relationships with suppliers, and on their operating results and businesses generally; litigation relating to the transaction; the effect of general economic or political conditions; Ahold’s ability to retain and attract employees who are integral to the success of the business; business and IT continuity, collective bargaining, distinctiveness, competitive advantage and economic conditions; information security, legislative and regulatory environment and litigation risks; and product safety, pension plan funding, strategic projects, responsible retailing, insurance and unforeseen tax liabilities. The foregoing list of factors is not exhaustive. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made. Ahold does not assume any obligation to update any public information or forward-looking statement in this communication to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this communication, except as may be required by applicable laws.

SOURCE: AHOLD

Ahold in three-year partnership with startup accelerator Startupbootcamp

Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2015-10-27 — /EPR Retail News/ —  Ahold today announced it has entered into a three-year partnership with startup accelerator Startupbootcamp, to support young companies elected to participate in the Startupbootcamp E-commerce program.

Being involved with Startupbootcamp will enable Ahold to witness e-commerce trends and innovations at their origin and get to know promising startups. In exchange, program participants will benefit from Ahold’s experience as a retailer with a history of innovations spanning almost 130 years.

Ahold’s business includes several e-commerce frontrunners – some of which began as startups. In the Netherlands, Albert Heijn started experimenting with home delivery in 1987 with a service called James Telesuper. Today, Albert Heijn Online is the largest online supermarket in the country. U.S. Internet grocer Peapod, part of Ahold since 2001, started out in 1989 as the first pure e-commerce company in the world. Bol.com has grown into the largest online general merchandise retailer in the Netherlands since its inception as an online bookstore in 1999.

Hanneke Faber, Ahold Chief Commercial Officer and responsible for online activities and innovation said, “We are excited to be partnering with Startupbootcamp E-commerce. With their creativity and flexibility, Startupbootcamp’s young companies are quick to spot what consumers and companies need, while they are also able to commercialize innovations very rapidly. With those qualities, they can inspire Ahold to develop further as an omni-channel retailer. At the same time, our mentors will help promising start-ups with a wealth of experience in the areas of both e-commerce and traditional retail.”

Patrick de Zeeuw, co-founder of Startupbootcamp said, “Ahold is a great company that has offered young companies like Peapod and bol.com the opportunity to blossom. This makes it an inspiring example for our participants. The startups can sharpen and grow their businesses, and Ahold can stay close to the startup-ecosystem.”

The first ten companies selected for Startupbootcamp E-commerce originate from Portugal, the Netherlands, Israel, the Czech Republic, Greece and the U.K. Ahold is providing mentors, with different areas of expertise, from Albert Heijn and bol.com.

About Startupbootcamp
Founded in 2010, Startupbootcamp is the Number 1 accelerator outside the U.S. with a mentor and alumni network in more than 60 countries. The program offers startups access to a large network of experts in a range of sectors during an intensive three-month program. After three months, the participating startups present their company to more than 300 investors on Demo Day. Startupbootcamp currently has programs in Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, Istanbul, Eindhoven, Sittart, London, Barcelona and Singapore. For more information visit: www.startupbootcamp.org.

For more information on the Startupbootcamp E-commerce program, click here

Cautionary notice

This press release includes forward-looking statements, which do not refer to historical facts but refer to expectations based on management’s current views and assumptions and involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results, performance or events to differ materially from those included in such statements. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements as to Ahold’s further development as an omni-channel retailer. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from future results expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Many of these risks and uncertainties relate to factors that are beyond Ahold’s ability to control or estimate precisely, such as discussed in Ahold’s public filings and other disclosures. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. Koninklijke Ahold N.V. does not assume any obligation to update any public information or forward-looking statements in this release to reflect subsequent events or circumstances, except as may be required by law. Outside the Netherlands, Koninklijke Ahold N.V., being its registered name, presents itself under the name of “Royal Ahold” or simply “Ahold.”

SOURCE: Ahold N.V.

Ahold included in Food & Staples Retailing industry group in Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI)

Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2015-9-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ahold was included in the Food & Staples Retailing industry group in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI) for the 7th consecutive year today. This demonstrates its commitment to responsible retailing.

Ahold received a top score in supply chain management and raw materials sourcing, and also performed particularly well on environmental and social criteria, which are key elements in its sustainability strategy.

Ahold CEO Dick Boer said: “This recognition makes me proud of Ahold and all of our 227,000 associates. Responsible retailing is a fundamental ingredient of our Reshaping Retail strategy, and this proves that we are on the right track. Our place in this influential ranking only drives our ambition to be a responsible retailer.”

The ranking demonstrates the progress that Ahold has made in recent years. Ahold scored 76 (out of 100), compared to the industry average of 47. The Food & Staples Retailing sector lead scored 77.

The DJSI World started in 1999 as the first global sustainability benchmark, tracking the performance of the world’s leading companies on economic, environmental and social criteria.

Through its Responsible Retailing program, Ahold promises customers healthy choices and products that are made with respect for people, animals and the environment. The strategy focuses on five priority areas: healthy living, community well-being, our people, responsible products and care for the environment. Responsible Retailing is one of the six strategic pillars supporting Ahold’s ambition to grow as part of its Reshaping Retail framework.

More information on Ahold’s commitment to responsible retailing is available at www.ahold.com/Media/Responsible-retailing.htm.

Cautionary notice

This press release includes forward-looking statements, which do not refer to historical facts but refer to expectations based on management’s current views and assumptions and involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results, performance or events to differ materially from those included in such statements. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements as to the ambition to be a responsible retailer. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from future results expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Many of these risks and uncertainties relate to factors that are beyond Ahold’s ability to control or estimate precisely, such as factors discussed in Ahold’s public filings and other disclosures. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. Ahold does not assume any obligation to update any public information or forward-looking statements in this press release to reflect subsequent events or circumstances, except as may be required by applicable laws.

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Ahold CEO Dick Boer: We grew sales, operating income and net income and delivered strong free cash flow in Q2 2015

Zaandam, The Netherlands, 2015-8-24— /EPR Retail News/ — Ahold today published its summary report for the second quarter and first half of 2015. Highlights of the second quarter are:

  • Sales of €8.7 billion, up 17.1% (up 3.1% at constant exchange rates)
  • Sales excluding gas up 4.8% at constant exchange rates
  • Underlying operating margin of 3.8%, down 0.1 percentage points
  • Strong free cash flow of €367 million, up €297 million
  • Sales in the Netherlands up 6.8%, due to a strong performance by Albert Heijn and the impact of growth initiatives, resulting in increased transactions and higher volumes
  • Sales in the United States excluding gas up 2.1%, reflecting an improved customer proposition
  • Consumer online sales up 22.8% (at constant exchange rates), driven by ongoing investments
  • Ahold and Delhaize announced their intention to merge on June 24, 2015, combining two highly complementary businesses

CEO Dick Boer said: “We had a strong quarter and are pleased with the financial performance across our business. We grew sales, operating income and net income and delivered strong free cash flow.

“In the Netherlands, Albert Heijn continued its strong sales momentum with more transactions and higher volumes, increasing its market share this quarter versus one year ago. Our market-leading Dutch online businesses Albert Heijn Online and bol.com achieved combined consumer sales growth of more than 30% and we continue to invest in future growth. In the United States, we continue to focus on improving our customer proposition and remain on track with the implementation of our program to provide better quality and value to our customers. For the fourth consecutive quarter, we grew volume market share in the United States and our margins were resilient, as a result of ongoing cost control. In the Czech Republic, we saw improved sales, primarily driven by our Albert supermarkets, with profitability temporarily affected by the SPAR acquisition, as per our previous guidance.

“Looking ahead, we remain confident in our outlook for the business and are on track to deliver a full-year performance in line with expectations. We are excited about the agreement with Delhaize, which brings together two highly complementary businesses to create a stronger, international food retailer for the benefit of our customers, associates and shareholders.”

Legal notices

No offer or solicitation
This communication is being made in connection with, amongst others, the proposed business combination transaction between Koninklijke Ahold N.V. also known as Royal Ahold (“Ahold”) and Delhaize Group (“Delhaize”). This communication is not intended to and does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to subscribe for or buy or an invitation to purchase or subscribe for any securities or the solicitation of any vote or approval in any jurisdiction in connection with the proposed transaction or otherwise, nor shall there be any sale, issuance or transfer of securities in any jurisdiction in contravention of applicable law. No offer of securities shall be made except by means of a prospectus meeting the requirements of Section 10 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and applicable Dutch, Belgian and other European regulations. This communication is not for release, publication or distribution, in whole or in part, in or into, directly or indirectly, any jurisdiction in which such release, publication or distribution would be unlawful.

Important additional information will be filed with the SEC
In connection with the proposed transaction, Ahold will file with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) a registration statement on Form F-4 that will include a prospectus. The prospectus will be mailed to the holders of American Depositary Shares of Delhaize and holders of ordinary shares of Delhaize (other than holders of ordinary shares of Delhaize that are non-U.S. persons (as defined in the applicable rules of the SEC). INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS ARE URGED TO READ THE PROSPECTUS AND OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS FILED OR TO BE FILED WITH THE SEC CAREFULLY WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT AHOLD, DELHAIZE, THE TRANSACTION AND RELATED MATTERS. Investors and security holders will be able to obtain free copies of the prospectus and other documents filed with the SEC by Ahold and Delhaize through the website maintained by the SEC at www.sec.gov. In addition, investors and security holders will be able to obtain free copies of the prospectus and other documents filed by Ahold with the SEC by contacting Ahold Investor Relations at investor.relations@ahold.com or by calling +31 88 659 5213, and will be able to obtain free copies of the prospectus and other documents filed by Delhaize by contacting Investor Relations Delhaize Group at Investor@delhaizegroup.com or by calling +32 2 412 2151.

Forward-looking statements
This communication contains forward-looking statements, which do not refer to historical facts but refer to expectations based on management’s current views and assumptions and involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results, performance, or events to differ materially from those included in such statements. These statements or disclosures may discuss goals, intentions and expectations as to future trends, plans, events, results of operations or financial condition, or state other information relating to Ahold, based on current beliefs of management as well as assumptions made by, and information currently available to, management. Forward-looking statements generally will be accompanied by words such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “plan,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “forecast,” “guidance,” “intend,” “may,” “possible,” “potential,” “predict,” “project” or other similar words, phrases or expressions. Many of these risks and uncertainties relate to factors that are beyond Ahold’s control. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to: the occurrence of any change, event or development that could give rise to the termination of the merger agreement; the ability to obtain the approval of the transaction by Ahold’s and Delhaize’s shareholders; the risk that the necessary regulatory approvals may not be obtained or may be obtained subject to conditions that are not anticipated; failure to satisfy other closing conditions with respect to the transaction on the proposed terms and time frame; the possibility that the transaction does not close when expected or at all; the risks that the new businesses will not be integrated successfully or promptly or that the combined company will not realize the expected benefits from the transaction; Ahold’s ability to successfully implement and complete its plans and strategies and to meet its targets; risks related to disruption of management time from ongoing business operations due to the proposed transaction; the benefits from Ahold’s plans and strategies being less than anticipated, risks related to disruption of management time from ongoing business operations due to the proposed transaction; the effect of the announcement or completion of the proposed transaction on the ability of Ahold to retain customers and retain and attract employees who are integral to the success of the business; maintain relationships with suppliers, and on their operating results and businesses generally; litigation relating to the transaction; the effect of general economic or political conditions; fluctuations in exchange rates or interest rates; increases or changes in competition; changes in Ahold’s liquidity needs; the actions of competitors and third parties business and IT continuity; collective bargaining; distinctiveness; competitive advantage and economic condition; information security; legislative and regulatory environment and litigation risks; product safety; pension plan funding; strategic projects; responsible retailing; insurance and unforeseen tax liabilities and other factors discussed in Ahold’s public filings and other disclosures.

Furthermore, this communication contains Ahold forward-looking statements as to continued focus on customer proposition and the implementation of Ahold’s program to provide better quality and value to its customers, outlook for the business, delivery of a full-year performance in line with expectations, acquisition by Stop & Shop New York Metro of A&P stores, investments in online business, , higher pension costs, margin dilution by the SPAR acquisition in the Czech Republic, financial and operational performance, cost savings and cost control, the effect of improvements in accounting standards on the consolidated financial statements of Ahold and the return of former C1000 stores by Ahold to Jumbo.

The foregoing list of factors is not exhaustive. Investors and shareholders are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this communication. Ahold does not assume any obligation to update any public information or forward-looking statements in this communication to reflect subsequent events or circumstances, except as may be required by applicable laws.

Outside the Netherlands, Koninklijke Ahold N.V., being its registered name, presents itself under the name of “Royal Ahold” or simply “Ahold.”

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Ahold: Stop & Shop to acquire 25 stores in Greater New York from The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company for $146 million

Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2015-7-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ahold today announced its Stop & Shop division has entered into an agreement with The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company to acquire 25 A&P stores in Greater New York for $146 million.

Upon completion, Stop & Shop plans to convert the Waldbaums, Pathmark and A&P stores that are part of the agreement into Stop & Shop stores. The transaction is currently expected to close in the second half of 2015.

The agreement is subject to further terms and conditions set forth therein and relating to A&P’s (chapter 11) bankruptcy proceedings filed on July 19, 2015, which include the potential of a subsequent auction under which other higher bid or bids could be received and accepted by A&P for these stores. The agreement is also conditioned on regulatory requirements including anti-trust approval, and the fulfillment thereof.

Stop & Shop, established in 1914, currently employs over 59,000 associates and operates 395 stores throughout Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York and New Jersey.

Cautionary notice

This press release includes forward-looking statements, which do not refer to historical facts but refer to expectations based on management’s current views and assumptions and involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results, performance or events to differ materially from those included in such statements. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements as to the closing of the transaction. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from future results expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Many of these risks and uncertainties relate to factors that are beyond Ahold’s ability to control or estimate precisely, such as factors discussed in Ahold’s public filings and other disclosures. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. Ahold does not assume any obligation to update any public information or forward-looking statements in this press release to reflect subsequent events or circumstances, except as may be required by applicable laws.

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Ahold: Giant Carlisle named 2015 Chain Retailer of the Year by U.S. monthly business publication Grocery Headquarters

Giant Carlisle has been named 2015 Chain Retailer of the Year by Grocery Headquarters, a national U.S. monthly business publication with a circulation of more than 33,000. The recognition was given for the company’s deep commitment to community, its dedicated associates, its emphasis on buying local, and its focus on nutrition.

Carlisle, PA, 2015-5-6 — /EPR Retail News/ — “On behalf of all of our associates, I want to thank Grocery Headquarters for recognizing our efforts by naming us Chain Retailer of the Year,” said Division President Tom Lenkevich. “Our associates are driven to engaging our customers, connecting to the many communities we serve, and bringing our stores to life. Our store teams are the foundation of our growth and success, and we are just thrilled by this honor.”

As part of this distinction, Giant is the cover story for Grocery Headquarters’ May issue, which can be found here. Richard Turcsik, executive editor of Grocery Headquarters, said that despite Giant Carlisle’s phenomenal growth, its stores remain deeply rooted in their local communities, supporting numerous local charities as well as local farmers and manufacturers. He said the division “does not rest on its laurels, continually offering competitive prices to make it a market leader, along with services and amenities, including in-store dietitians, healthcare clinics, Peapod home delivery and hand-held scanners to help shoppers expedite their visit,” all of which made it an easy choice for 2015 Chain Retailer of the Year.

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Ahold: Giant Carlisle named 2015 Chain Retailer of the Year by U.S. monthly business publication Grocery Headquarters

Ahold: Giant Carlisle named 2015 Chain Retailer of the Year by U.S. monthly business publication Grocery Headquarters

Ahold share buyback update: Ahold repurchased 1,179,305 Ahold common shares in the period from April 13, 2015 up to and including April 17, 2015

Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2015-4-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ahold has repurchased 1,179,305 Ahold common shares in the period from April 13, 2015 up to and including April 17, 2015.

The shares were repurchased at an average price of € 18.6041 per share for a total consideration of € 21.94 million. These repurchases were made as part of the € 500 million share buyback program announced on February 26, 2015.

The total number of shares repurchased under this program to date is 3,310,249 common shares for a total consideration of € 60.64 million.

During the share buyback program, Ahold publishes a press release every Monday with a weekly update. Click here to view all the relevant information of these these weekly updates. Separate weekly press releases are available upon request. Please send an email to communications@ahold.com if you would like to receive one or more of these weekly releases.

Ahold updates on its share buyback program from March 30, 2015 up to and including April 3, 2015

Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2015-4-6 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ahold has repurchased 120,000 Ahold common shares in the period from March 30, 2015 up to and including April 3, 2015.

The shares were repurchased at an average price of € 18.4048 per share for a total consideration of € 2.21 million. These repurchases were made as part of the € 500 million share buyback program announced on February 26, 2015.

The total number of shares repurchased under this program to date is 1,995,944 common shares for a total consideration of € 36.12 million.

During the share buyback program, Ahold publishes a press release every Monday with a weekly update. Click here to view all the relevant information of these these weekly updates. Separate weekly press releases are available upon request. Please send an email to communications@ahold.com if you would like to receive one or more of these weekly releases.

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Ahold: Jan Hommen will resume his role as Chairman of the Supervisory Board

Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2015-4-4 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ahold announces that Jan Hommen will resume his role as Chairman of the Supervisory Board with immediate effect after temporarily stepping down as Chairman on June 14, 2014.

Upon resuming his role as Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Jan Hommen will chair the upcoming 2015 Annual General Meeting of Shareholders on April 15.

Rob van den Bergh, who replaced Jan Hommen ad interim, will remain on the Supervisory Board, as Chairman of the Remuneration Committee and as a member of the Selection and Appointment Committee.

Additional information on the composition of the Supervisory Board is available here.

Cautionary notice

Certain statements in this press release are forward-looking statements. These statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the future results expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. Many of these risks and uncertainties relate to factors that are beyond Ahold’s ability to control or estimate precisely, as mostly detailed in Ahold’s public filings and other disclosures. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. Ahold does not undertake any obligation to publicly release any revisions to these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this press release, except as may be required by applicable laws. Outside the Netherlands, Koninklijke Ahold N.V., being its registered name, also presents itself under the name of “Royal Ahold” or “Ahold”.

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Ahold share buyback update: Ahold repurchased 728,000 Ahold common shares in the period from March 23, 2015 up to and including March 27, 2015

Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2015-3-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ahold has repurchased 728,000 Ahold common shares in the period from March 23, 2015 up to and including March 27, 2015.

The shares were repurchased at an average price of € 18.0444 per share for a total consideration of € 13.14 million. These repurchases were made as part of the € 500 million share buyback program announced on February 26, 2015.

The total number of shares repurchased under this program to date is 1,875,944 common shares for a total consideration of € 33.91 million.

During the share buyback program, Ahold publishes a press release every Monday with a weekly update. Click here to view all the relevant information of these these weekly updates. Separate weekly press releases are available upon request. Please send an email to communications@ahold.com if you would like to receive one or more of these weekly releases.

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Ahold repurchased 394,244 Ahold common shares in the period from March 16, 2015 up to and including March 20, 2015

Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2015-3-26 — /EPR Retail News/ —Ahold has repurchased 394,244 Ahold common shares in the period from March 16, 2015 up to and including March 20, 2015.

The shares were repurchased at an average price of €18.2141 per share for a total consideration of €7.18 million. These repurchases were made as part of the €500 million share buyback program announced on February 26, 2015.

The total number of shares repurchased under this program to date is 1,147,944 common shares for a total consideration of €20.77 million.

During the share buyback program, Ahold publishes a press release every Monday with a weekly update. Click here to view all the relevant information of these these weekly updates. Separate weekly press releases are available upon request. Please send an email to communications@ahold.com if you would like to receive one or more of these weekly releases.

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Ahold repurchased 753,700 Ahold common shares in the period from March 9, 2015 up to and including March 13, 2015

Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2015-3-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ahold has repurchased 753,700 Ahold common shares in the period from March 9, 2015 up to and including March 13, 2015.

The shares were repurchased at an average price of €18.0311 per share for a total consideration of €13.59 million. These repurchases were made as part of the €500 million share buyback program announced on February 26, 2015.

The total number of shares repurchased under this program to date is 753,700 common shares for a total consideration of €13.59 million.

During the share buyback program, Ahold publishes a press release every Monday with a weekly update. Click here to view all the relevant information of these these weekly updates. Separate weekly press releases are available upon request. Please send an email to communications@ahold.com if you would like to receive one or more of these weekly releases.

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Ahold updates stakeholders on the progress it made during the year on its Responsible Retailing Report 2014

Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2015-3-9 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ahold today published its Responsible Retailing Report 2014, updating stakeholders on the progress it has made during the year on its five priority areas – healthy living, community well-being, our people, responsible products and care for the environment. Responsible Retailing is one of the six strategic pillars supporting Ahold’s ambition to grow as part of its Reshaping Retail framework.

The report offers stories from across Ahold’s businesses about how associates are working towards the company’s current 2015 targets.

Ahold CEO Dick Boer said: “We want to bring our customers great value, high quality and affordable fresh products, and to do so in a responsible way. We cannot do this in isolation and will continue to work closely with our partners and stakeholders. I am very pleased with the progress in this area we are reporting today.”

Herewith some key highlights of Ahold’s 2014 accomplishments:

Healthy living

  • Healthy products accounted for 24.4% of total food sales at Ahold.
  • Ahold increased its assortment of products with a healthy-choice logo or shelf tag by over 500, to a total of 9,341.
  • Ahold USA piloted a new fresh produce department, offering local, exotic and organic fruits and vegetables and ready-to-eat products, and supported by specially trained associates. It will be rolled out to additional stores in 2015.

Community well-being

  • With programs in the U.S., the Netherlands and the Czech Republic, Ahold continued to support food banks through direct donations and food collection drives coordinated from its stores.
  • Ahold’s health education programs reached over 720,000 kids in the U.S. and Europe.
  • Ahold USA was awarded Progressive Grocer’s prestigious 2014 Retailer of the Year award in recognition of its community support.

Our people

  • 1 out 10 associates took part in healthy living programs around the globe.
  • 40 Albert Heijn stores in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, offered free homework tuition classes to help part-time associates who also attend school, the program is now being rolled out to other cities.
  • Albert stores in Czech Republic rolled out its “Favorite” program to 70 stores, helping associates to engage better with customers to become the favorite supermarket in town.

Responsible products

  • 83% of Ahold’s own-brand coffee was sourced according to accepted industry certification standards.
  • 97% of Ahold’s own-brand food suppliers in Europe had been certified against Global Food Safety Initiative recognized standards, compared to 94% of own-brand food sales in the U.S.
  • In the U.S, the company’s supermarkets were the first in the country to introduce own-brand UTZ certified sustainable chocolate bars, following Albert Heijn’s initiatives.

Care for the environment

  • Ahold achieved 18.5% reduction in CO2 emissions, compared to 2008, by switching to LED lighting, eco-friendly refrigerants and natural gas delivery trucks.
  • The Ahold USA divisions succeeded in cutting back the number of disposable bags distributed in their stores by 547 million since 2011, as part of their Billion Bag Reduction Program.
  • “Young Ahold Best Idea” winners opened Instock restaurant in Amsterdam, tackling food waste.

As the current five-year targets under the Responsible Retailing strategy expire at the end of 2015, Ahold is currently finalizing new ambitions for 2020, which will be shared in the second half of the year.

Read more in the Responsible Retailing Report 2014.

Cautionary notice

This press release includes forward-looking statements, which do not refer to historical facts but refer to expectations based on management’s current views and assumptions and involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results, performance or events to differ materially from those included in such statements. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements as to Ahold’s current 2015 targets in its five responsible retailing priority areas. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from future results expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Many of these risks and uncertainties relate to factors that are beyond Ahold’s ability to control or estimate precisely, such as discussed in Ahold’s public filings and other disclosures. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. Koninklijke Ahold N.V. does not assume any obligation to update any public information or forward-looking statements in this release to reflect subsequent events or circumstances, except as may be required by law. Outside the Netherlands, Koninklijke Ahold N.V., being its registered name, presents itself under the name of “Royal Ahold” or simply “Ahold.”

Ahold commenced the €500 million share buyback program announced on February 26, 2015

Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2015-3-9 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ahold today commenced the €500 million share buyback program announced on February 26, 2015 and expected to be finalized within 12 months.

The purpose of the share buyback program is to return value to shareholders. The program will be executed by intermediaries allowing the execution of share repurchases in the open market during open and closed periods.

The program will be executed within the limitations of the existing authority granted at Ahold’s 2014 Annual General Meeting of Shareholders and, if granted, the authority proposed to shareholders at Ahold’s 2015 Annual General Meeting of Shareholders on April 15, 2015.

Ahold may cancel all or part of the common shares acquired through the program. Ahold will provide updates on the progress of the program by means of weekly press releases.

Cautionary notice

Certain statements in this press release are forward-looking statements. These statements include, but are not limited to, the execution and duration of the share buyback program and the use of treasury shares, for employee share-based compensation and are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the future results expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. Many of these risks and uncertainties relate to factors that are beyond Ahold’s ability to control or estimate precisely, as mostly detailed in Ahold’s public filings and other disclosures. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. Ahold does not undertake any obligation to publicly release any revisions to these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this press release, except as may be required by applicable laws. Outside the Netherlands, Koninklijke Ahold N.V., being its registered name, also presents itself under the name of “Royal Ahold” or “Ahold”.