Ahold reports Q4 sales of EUR 8.1 billion, up 7.9%; FY 2014 results announced

  • Q4 sales of €8.1 billion, up 7.9% driven by currency and improved sales trends (up 2.6% at constant exchange rates)
  • Underlying operating margin of 3.7%; excluding the impact of the SPAR acquisition, stable versus prior two quarters at 3.9%
  • Simplicity program 2012-2014 achieved €865 million; new target for 2015 of €350 million
  • Strong free cash flow in Q4 resulted in full-year free cash flow of €1,055 million
  • Dividend increased by 2.1% to €0.48 per share
  • New €500 million share buyback program over the next 12 months

Zaandam, The Netherlands, 2015-3-3 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ahold today published its summary report for the fourth quarter and full year 2014.

CEO Dick Boer said: “In the fourth quarter, we reported a strong sales performance, reflecting a positive currency impact as well as improvements in underlying sales trends, both in the United States and in the Netherlands. Our underlying operating margin was stable versus the previous two quarters, adjusted for the SPAR acquisition. Free cash flow generation during the quarter was strong, with €613 million compared to €485 million last year.

“The actions we took this year across our businesses to improve our customer proposition and to provide better value to our customers resulted in an improving sales performance over the course of the year. Operating income of €1,250 million was slightly higher than last year. Underlying operating margin of 3.9% was impacted by investments in our customer proposition in the United States, strong sales growth from our online business in the Netherlands and our acquisition of the SPAR stores in the Czech Republic. We completed our 2012-2014 Simplicity program and achieved €865 million in cost and efficiency improvements, exceeding our target of €600 million.

“We continued to generate strong free cash flow, amounting to €1,055 million for the year. In May, we executed our €1 billion capital repayment and reverse stock split and by December we completed our €2 billion share buyback program. Today, we are announcing a new €500 million share buyback program over the next 12 months. Following our strong free cash flow, the Board has proposed a 2.1% increase in our dividend to €0.48, reflecting a payout of 51%.”

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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 dividend and payout ratio, share buyback, competition in the markets in which Ahold operates, the integration of SPAR, customer proposition, costs savings and efficiency improvements, investments, pension costs and cash contributions, free cash flow, capital expenditures, interest expense, effective tax rate, debt repayment, returning cash to shareholders, liquidity, capital structure, leverage ratio, agreements with Albert Heijn franchisees, conversion of stores to the Albert Heijn banner, synergies from the combination of operations, Ahold’s ability to expand its geographic area , Albert Heijn franchise litigation and GRO shares. 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 forwardlooking statements. Many of these risks and uncertainties relate to factors that are beyond Ahold’s ability to control or estimate precisely, such as the effect of general economic or political conditions, fluctuations in exchange rates or interest rates, increases or changes in competition, Ahold’s ability to implement and successfully complete its plans and strategies, the benefits from and resources generated by Ahold’s plans and strategies being less than or different from those anticipated, changes in Ahold’s liquidity needs, the actions of competitors and third parties and other 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. 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: the appeal period in the “Waterbury litigation” case expired and the settlement is now final

Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2015-1-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ahold today announced that the appeal period regarding the court approval of the settlement of the class action in the United States, which it has referred to in its annual reports as the “Waterbury litigation”, has expired and the settlement is now final. Ahold previously announced on May 21, 2014 that it had reached the settlement which was subject to the approval of the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut.

The settlement was approved by the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut in December 2014 and the settlement amount of $297 million has been paid from Ahold’s existing provision. Accordingly, the Waterbury settlement has now become final, and the potential liability for Ahold in this class action has been resolved.

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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 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”.

Jan Ernst de Groot appointed Chief Legal Officer and member of the Ahold’s Executive Committee

Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2015-1-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ahold today announced the appointment of Jan Ernst de Groot as Chief Legal Officer and member of the company’s Executive Committee. Jan Ernst will start on February 1, reporting to CEO Dick Boer, and will be based at Ahold’s headquarters in Zaandam, the Netherlands.

Jan Ernst de Groot will be responsible for Ahold’s legal affairs, governance and compliance, and he will also head up responsible retailing and product integrity.

Dick Boer, Ahold CEO, said: “I am excited that Jan Ernst is joining our company as Chief Legal Officer. He brings highly relevant global commercial experience as a general counsel. In addition, Jan Ernst has strong business and sustainability acumen, and is an experienced board room advisor. He will provide key insights as we continue to execute our Reshaping Retail strategy.”

Jan Ernst de Groot, (Dutch, 51) joins Ahold from TNT Express, the international courier delivery services company, where he was General Counsel and Managing Director External Affairs & Corporate Responsibility. Prior to TNT Express, he worked at KLM Royal Dutch Airlines in a wide range of business and legal roles, most recently as Managing Director and member of the Board of Management. He was also responsible for the development and implementation of KLM’s sustainability strategy. Jan Ernst started his career at Dutch law firm De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek.

Following the announcement of October 14, 2014, Lodewijk Hijmans van den Bergh will be stepping down as member of the Board of Management as of March 1, 2015.

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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 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”.

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Ahold announces its share buyback program has been finalized as of December 12, 2014

Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2014-12-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ahold has repurchased 1,501,600 Ahold common shares in the period from December 8, 2014 up to and including December 12, 2014.

The shares were repurchased at an average price of €14.3088 per share for a total consideration of € 21.49 million. These repurchases were made as part of the €500 million share buyback program announced on February 28, 2013 as increased by €1.5 billion to a total amount of €2 billion announced on June 4, 2013.

The total number of shares repurchased under this program to date is 153,494,149 common shares for a total consideration of €2,000.00 million.

Ahold also announces that the share buyback program has been finalized as of December 12, 2014.

During the share buyback program, Ahold published 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 2,016,898 AHOLD COMMON SHARES FOR €28.86 MILLION BETWEEN DECEMBER 1 AND DECEMBER 5, 2014

Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2014-12-9 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ahold has repurchased 2,016,898 Ahold common shares in the period from December 1, 2014 up to and including December 5, 2014.

The shares were repurchased at an average price of €14.3085 per share for a total consideration of €28.86 million. These repurchases were made as part of the €500 million share buyback program announced on February 28, 2013 as increased by €1.5 billion to a total amount of €2 billion announced on June 4, 2013.

The total number of shares repurchased under this program to date is 151,992,549 common shares for a total consideration of €1,978.51 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 2,287,209 AHOLD COMMON SHARES FOR €32.25 MILLION BETWEEN NOVEMBER 24 AND NOVEMBER 28, 2014

Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2014-12-1 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ahold has repurchased 2,287,209 Ahold common shares in the period from November 24, 2014 up to and including November 28, 2014.

The shares were repurchased at an average price of €14.0989 per share for a total consideration of €32.25 million. These repurchases were made as part of the €500 million share buyback program announced on February 28, 2013 as increased by €1.5 billion to a total amount of €2 billion announced on June 4, 2013.

The total number of shares repurchased under this program to date is 149,975,651 common shares for a total consideration of €1,949.66 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 REPURCHASED 2,051,098 AHOLD COMMON SHARES FOR €28.53 MILLION BETWEEN NOVEMBER 17 AND NOVEMBER 21, 2014

Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2014-11-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ahold has repurchased 2,051,098 Ahold common shares in the period from November 17, 2014 up to and including November 21, 2014.

The shares were repurchased at an average price of € 13.9084 per share for a total consideration of € 28.53 million. These repurchases were made as part of the € 500 million share buyback program announced on February 28, 2013 as increased by € 1.5 billion to a total amount of € 2 billion announced on June 4, 2013.

The total number of shares repurchased under this program to date is 147,688,442 common shares for a total consideration of € 1,917.41 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 222,898 AHOLD COMMON SHARES FOR €3.03 MILLION BETWEEN NOVEMBER 10 AND NOVEMBER 14, 2014

Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2014-11-17— /EPR Retail News/ — Ahold has repurchased 222,898 Ahold common shares in the period from November 10, 2014 up to and including November 14, 2014.

The shares were repurchased at an average price of €13.6089 per share for a total consideration of €3.03 million. These repurchases were made as part of the €500 million share buyback program announced on February 28, 2013 as increased by €1.5 billion to a total amount of €2 billion announced on June 4, 2013.

The total number of shares repurchased under this program to date is 145,637,344 common shares for a total consideration of €1,888.88 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 presents update of the company’s online retail strategy to analysts and investors, November 17-18

Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2014-11-17— /EPR Retail News/ — Today and tomorrow, Ahold’s senior management will present an update of the company’s online retail strategy to analysts and investors.

Ahold’s management will announce that the company’s online sales are expected to reach €1.4 billion* by the end of 2014; and the company will present an ambition of €2.5* billion in online sales by the end of 2017.

With trusted consumer brands, leadership in its markets, millions of loyal customers, and its physical store network, Ahold has a strong foundation. In the past 25 years, the company has created a robust set of strengths to serve customers anyhow, anytime, and anywhere. To stay in the forefront of omni-channel retail, Ahold has invested in technology, marketing and online capabilities. Following the acquisition of bol.com in 2012, the company now employs over 1,000 IT experts, based in four technology hubs in the U.S. and the Netherlands.

Commenting on Ahold’s online retail strategy, CEO Dick Boer said: “Our online brands bol.com, Peapod.com and ah.nl have played a pioneering role over the past 25 years. Today, we announce the next stage of our ambition, aiming for a growth in online sales to €2.5* billion by the end of 2017. This growth will be supported by an incremental EBIT investment of €60 million in the period 2015 until 2017. We offer a great omni-channel proposition for our customers, creating a strong platform for continued future growth and long-term value creation.”

Ahold’s online growth strategy has three elements: “more customers,” benefitting from general market growth and driving share growth; “more places,” expanding into new regions; and “more choices,” expanding the offering for customers and partners.

The Online Strategy Event begins at 5.30pm CET at the offices of bol.com in Utrecht, the Netherlands. Presentations from the two-day event will be available to view on the company’s website at www.ahold.com

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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 market-leadership, online business, including but not limited to sales and investments as part thereof, Ahold’s online strategy and its basic elements customers, market growth, market share, geographical expansion and offering. 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 REPURCHASED 1,359,052 AHOLD COMMON SHARES FOR €18.22 MILLION BETWEEN NOVEMBER 3 AND nOVEMBER 7, 2014

Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2014-11-11— /EPR Retail News/ — Ahold has repurchased 1,359,052 Ahold common shares in the period from November 3, 2014 up to and including November 7, 2014.

The shares were repurchased at an average price of €13.4034 per share for a total consideration of €18.22 million. These repurchases were made as part of the € 500 million share buyback program announced on February 28, 2013 as increased by €1.5 billion to a total amount of €2 billion announced on June 4, 2013.

The total number of shares repurchased under this program to date is 145,414,446 common shares for a total consideration of €1,885.85 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 196,490 AHOLD COMMON SHARES FOR € 2.56 MILLION BETWEEN OCTOBER 27 AND OCTOBER 31, 2014

Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2014-11-5— /EPR Retail News/ — Ahold has repurchased 196,490 Ahold common shares in the period from October 27, 2014 up to and including October 31, 2014.

The shares were repurchased at an average price of €13.0348 per share for a total consideration of €2.56 million. These repurchases were made as part of the € 500 million share buyback program announced on February 28, 2013 as increased by €1.5 billion to a total amount of €2 billion announced on June 4, 2013.

The total number of shares repurchased under this program to date is 144,055,394 common shares for a total consideration of € 1,867.63 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 373,464 AHOLD COMMON SHARES FOR € 4.60 MILLION BETWEEN OCTOBER 20 AND OCTOBER 24, 2014

Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2014-10-27— /EPR Retail News/ — Ahold has repurchased 373,464 Ahold common shares in the period from October 20, 2014 up to and including October 24, 2014.

The shares were repurchased at an average price of € 12.3224 per share for a total consideration of € 4.60 million. These repurchases were made as part of the € 500 million share buyback program announced on February 28, 2013 as increased by € 1.5 billion to a total amount of € 2 billion announced on June 4, 2013.

The total number of shares repurchased under this program to date is 143,858,904 common shares for a total consideration of € 1,865.07 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 1,887,906 AHOLD COMMON SHARES FOR € 22.59 MILLION BETWEEN OCTOBER 13 AND OCTOBER 17, 2014

Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2014-10-20— /EPR Retail News/ — Ahold has repurchased 1,887,906 Ahold common shares in the period from October 13, 2014 up to and including October 17, 2014.

The shares were repurchased at an average price of € 11.9677 per share for a total consideration of € 22.59 million. These repurchases were made as part of the € 500 million share buyback program announced on February 28, 2013 as increased by € 1.5 billion to a total amount of € 2 billion announced on June 4, 2013.

The total number of shares repurchased under this program to date is 143,485,440 common shares for a total consideration of € 1,860.47 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’s Chief Corporate Governance Counsel Lodewijk Hijmans van den Bergh to step down during the first half of 2015

Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2014-10-14— /EPR Retail News/ — Ahold today announced that Lodewijk Hijmans van den Bergh, Chief Corporate Governance Counsel and member of the Management Board and Executive Committee, will step down during the first half of 2015.

Lodewijk joined Ahold on December 1, 2009, and his responsibilities include Ahold’s Legal Affairs, Corporate Governance, M&A, Product Integrity, and the company’s Responsible Retailing strategy.

Dick Boer, Ahold CEO, said: “On behalf of the Management Board and Executive Committee, I would like to thank Lodewijk for over 5 years of excellent service, during which he has successfully resolved some of the key legacy issues of Ahold. During his tenure, Lodewijk actively contributed to the development and execution of Ahold’s strategic agenda, including the ICA divestment, the acquisition of bol.com, and the recent acquisition of SPAR in the Czech Republic. Lodewijk has also played a pivotal role in developing Ahold’s Responsible Retailing strategy. Following these accomplishments, we agreed that this is the right time to change the legal role within Ahold. We wish Lodewijk all the very best for the future.”

Rob van den Bergh, Chairman of Ahold’s Supervisory Board said: “On behalf of all my Supervisory Board colleagues, I would like to thank Lodewijk for the significant contribution he has made to the company, and wish him every success in his new endeavors.”

The process of finding Lodewijk’s successor will commence and a further announcement will be made in due course.

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 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 REPURCHASED 1,705,159 AHOLD COMMON SHARES FOR € 21.08 MILLION BETWEEN OCTOBER 6 AND OCTOBER 10, 2014

Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2014-10-13— /EPR Retail News/ — Ahold has repurchased 1,705,159 Ahold common shares in the period from October 6, 2014 up to and including October 10, 2014.

The shares were repurchased at an average price of € 12.3636 per share for a total consideration of € 21.08 million. These repurchases were made as part of the € 500 million share buyback program announced on February 28, 2013 as increased by € 1.5 billion to a total amount of € 2 billion announced on June 4, 2013.

The total number of shares repurchased under this program to date is 141,597,534 common shares for a total consideration of € 1,837.87 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 1,875,308 AHOLD COMMON SHARES FOR € 23.51 MILLION BETWEEN SEPTEMBER 29 AND OCTOBER 3, 2014

Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2014-10-6— /EPR Retail News/ — Ahold has repurchased 1,875,308 Ahold common shares in the period from September 29, 2014 up to and including October 3, 2014

The shares were repurchased at an average price of € 12.5374 per share for a total consideration of € 23.51 million. These repurchases were made as part of the € 500 million share buyback program announced on February 28, 2013 as increased by € 1.5 billion to a total amount of € 2 billion announced on June 4, 2013.

The total number of shares repurchased under this program to date is 139,892,375 common shares for a total consideration of € 1,816.79 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 2,167,976 AHOLD COMMON SHARES FOR € 28.04 MILLION BETWEEN SEPTEMBER 22 AND SEPTEMBER 26, 2014

Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2014-9-30— /EPR Retail News/ — Ahold has repurchased 2,167,976 Ahold common shares in the period from September 22, 2014 up to and including September 26, 2014.

The shares were repurchased at an average price of € 12.9325 per share for a total consideration of € 28.04 million. These repurchases were made as part of the € 500 million share buyback program announced on February 28, 2013 as increased by € 1.5 billion to a total amount of € 2 billion announced on June 4, 2013.

The total number of shares repurchased under this program to date is 138,017,067 common shares for a total consideration of € 1,793.28 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 1,620,299 AHOLD COMMON SHARES FOR € 20.83 MILLION BETWEEN SEPTEMBER 15 AND SEPTEMBER 19, 2014

Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2014-9-22— /EPR Retail News/ — Ahold has repurchased 1,620,299 Ahold common shares in the period from September 15, 2014 up to and including September 19, 2014.

The shares were repurchased at an average price of € 12.8563 per share for a total consideration of € 20.83 million. These repurchases were made as part of the € 500 million share buyback program announced on February 28, 2013 as increased by € 1.5 billion to a total amount of € 2 billion announced on June 4, 2013.

The total number of shares repurchased under this program to date is 135,849,091 common shares for a total consideration of € 1,765.24 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 1,135,476 AHOLD COMMON SHARES FOR € 14.51 MILLION BETWEEN SEPTEMBER 8 AND SEPTEMBER 12, 2014

Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2014-9-15— /EPR Retail News/ — Ahold has repurchased 1,135,476 Ahold common shares in the period from September 8, 2014 up to and including September 12, 2014.

The shares were repurchased at an average price of € 12.7793 per share for a total consideration of € 14.51 million. These repurchases were made as part of the € 500 million share buyback program announced on February 28, 2013 as increased by € 1.5 billion to a total amount of € 2 billion announced on June 4, 2013.

The total number of shares repurchased under this program to date is 134,228,792 common shares for a total consideration of € 1,744.41 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 included in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Indices (DJSI) for the sixth consecutive year

Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2014-9-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ahold’s position as a responsible retailer has been confirmed, following its inclusion on the Dow Jones Sustainability World Indices (DJSI).

Published today, the ranking recognizes the progress that Ahold has made in recent years with its Reshaping Retail strategy. Ahold scored an average of 75 (out of 100) in the Food & Staples Retailing sector in 2014 – improving on last year’s 74, and compared to an industry average of 48, with the sector lead scoring 76. This is the sixth consecutive year that Ahold has been included on the DJSI.

The company scored particularly high in a number of areas, including supply chain management practices, carbon emissions and waste reduction programs, and its active contribution to the health and safety of associates by offering multiple health and well-being programs.

Ahold CEO Dick Boer commented: “Responsible retailing is a fundamental element of our Reshaping Retail strategy and today’s recognition, which should make all of our 220,000 associates proud, fuels our ambition to be a better place to shop, a better place to work and a better neighbor, every day.”

Launched in 1999 as the first global sustainability benchmarks, the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices track the performance of the world’s leading companies in terms of economic, environmental and social criteria. The indices serve as benchmarks for investors who integrate sustainability considerations into their portfolios, and provide an effective engagement platform for companies who want to adopt sustainable best practices.

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Ahold included in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Indices (DJSI) for the sixth consecutive year