10-K 1 cag-2015x10k.htm CAG 2015 10-K CAG-2015-10K


UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549

FORM 10-K 
(Mark One)
þ
ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15 (d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the fiscal year ended May 31, 2015
or
¨
TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15 (d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the transition period from                   to
Commission File No. 1-7275
_________________________________________________
CONAGRA FOODS, INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
 __________________________________________________
Delaware
 
47-0248710
(State or other jurisdiction of
incorporation or organization)
 
(I.R.S. Employer
Identification No.)
 
 
One ConAgra Drive
Omaha, Nebraska
 
68102-5001
(Address of principal executive offices)
 
(Zip Code)
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code (402) 240-4000
___________________________________________________ 
Securities registered pursuant to section 12(b) of the Act:
Title of each class
 
Name of each exchange on which registered
Common Stock, $5.00 par value
 
New York Stock Exchange
Securities registered pursuant to section 12(g) of the Act: None
Indicate by check mark if the registrant is a well-known seasoned issuer, as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act.    Yes  þ    No  ¨
Indicate by check mark if the registrant is not required to file reports pursuant to Section 13 or Section 15(d) of the Act.    Yes  ¨    No  þ
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.    Yes  þ    No  ¨
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Website, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files).    Yes  þ    No  ¨
Indicate by check mark if disclosure of delinquent filers pursuant to Item 405 of Regulation S-K (229.405 of this chapter) is not contained herein, and will not be contained, to the best of registrant’s knowledge, in definitive proxy or information statements incorporated by reference in Part III of this Form 10-K or any amendment to this Form 10-K.    þ
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, or a smaller reporting company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer” and “smaller reporting company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act. (Check one):
Large accelerated filer  þ Accelerated filer  ¨
Non-accelerated filer    ¨  (Do not check if a smaller reporting company) Smaller reporting company   ¨
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Act).    Yes  ¨     No  þ
The aggregate market value of the voting common stock of ConAgra Foods, Inc. held by non-affiliates on November 23, 2014 (the last business day of the Registrant’s most recently completed second fiscal quarter) was approximately $15,124,310,966 based upon the closing sale price on the New York Stock Exchange on such date.
At June 28, 2015, 428,854,392 common shares were outstanding.
Documents Incorporated by Reference
Portions of the Registrant’s definitive Proxy Statement for the Registrant’s 2015 Annual Meeting of Stockholders (the “2015 Proxy Statement”) are incorporated into Part III.




Table of Contents
 
Item 1
Item 1A
Item 1B
Item 2
Item 3
Item 4
 
 
 
 
Item 5
Item 6
Item 7
Item 7A
Item 8
 
 
 
 
 
 
Item 9
Item 9A
Item 9B
 
 
 
Item 10
Item 11
Item 12
Item 13
Item 14
 
 
 
Item 15




PART I
ITEM 1. BUSINESS
General Development of Business
ConAgra Foods, Inc. (“ConAgra Foods”, “Company”, “we”, “us”, or “our”) is one of North America’s largest packaged food companies with branded and private branded food found in 99 percent of America's households, as well as a strong commercial foods business serving restaurants and foodservice operations globally. Consumers can find recognized brands such as Banquet®, Chef Boyardee®, Egg Beaters®, Healthy Choice®, Hebrew National®, Hunt's®, Marie Callender's®, Orville Redenbacher's®, PAM®, Peter Pan®, Reddi-wip®, Slim Jim®, Snack Pack®, and many other ConAgra Foods brands, along with food sold by ConAgra Foods under private brand labels, in grocery, convenience, mass merchandise, club, and drug stores. Additionally, ConAgra Foods supplies frozen potato and sweet potato products, as well as other vegetable, spice, bakery, and grain products, to restaurants, commercial, and foodservice customers.
We began as a Midwestern flour-milling company and entered other commodity-based businesses throughout our history. We were initially incorporated as a Nebraska corporation in 1919 and were reincorporated as a Delaware corporation in December 1975. Over time, through various acquisitions and divestitures, we changed the make-up of our company and focused on growing our branded food businesses to become the leading food company we are today. Making this shift involved acquiring a number of consumer food brands such as Banquet®, Chef Boyardee®, Marie Callender’s®, and Alexia®. Businesses we divested include our milling business, dehydrated and fresh vegetable operations, a trading and merchandising business, packaged meat and cheese operations, and poultry, beef, and pork businesses, among others. Growing our food businesses has also been fueled by innovation, organic growth of our brands, and expansion into adjacent categories. We are focused on delivering sustainable, profitable growth with strong and improving returns on our invested capital.
In January 2013, we acquired Ralcorp Holdings, Inc. ("Ralcorp"), a manufacturer of private branded food. Since the acquisition of Ralcorp, we focused on addressing executional shortfalls and customer service issues intended to improve operating performance for the Private Brands business. However, after further review of the Private Brands business, we announced a change to our strategic direction on June 30, 2015. In pursuit of our underlying objective of creating and maximizing long-term shareholder value, we announced our intent to divest the Private Brands business for greater focus on the best opportunities for growth in our branded and Commercial Foods businesses. We also plan to aggressively pursue cost reductions through our selling, general and administrative functions and productivity improvements to drive margin expansion, and to maintain our balanced capital allocation philosophy.
Our efficiency and effectiveness initiatives continue to be implemented with a high degree of customer focus, food safety and quality, and commitment to our people.
Financial Information about Reporting Segments
We report our operations in three reporting segments: Consumer Foods, Commercial Foods, and Private Brands. The contributions of each reporting segment to net sales, operating profit, and identifiable assets are set forth in Note 21 “Business Segments and Related Information” to the consolidated financial statements.
Narrative Description of Business
We compete throughout the food industry and focus on adding value for our customers who operate in the retail food, foodservice, and ingredients channels.
Our operations, including our reporting segments, are described below. Our locations, including manufacturing facilities, within each reporting segment, are described in Item 2, Properties.
Consumer Foods
The Consumer Foods reporting segment includes branded food sold in various retail channels primarily in North America. Our food products are sold in a variety of categories (meals, entrees, condiments, sides, snacks, and desserts) in various retail channels across frozen, refrigerated, and shelf-stable temperature classes. Major brands include: ACT II®, Banquet®, Blue Bonnet®, Chef Boyardee®, DAVID®, Egg Beaters®, Healthy Choice®, Hebrew National®, Hunt’s®, Marie Callender’s®, Orville Redenbacher’s®, PAM®, Peter Pan®, Reddi-wip®, Slim Jim®, Snack Pack®, Swiss Miss®, Van Camp’s®, and Wesson®.

1



Commercial Foods
The Commercial Foods reporting segment includes commercially branded and private branded food and ingredients, which are sold primarily to commercial, restaurants, foodservice, food manufacturing, and industrial customers. The segment's primary food items include: frozen potato and sweet potato items, as well as a variety of vegetable, spice, bakery, and grain products which are sold under brands such as Alexia®, Lamb Weston® and Spicetec Flavors & Seasonings®.
Private Brands
The Private Brands reporting segment principally includes private brand and customized food products which are sold in various retail channels, primarily in North America. The products include a variety of categories including: bars, cereal, snacks, condiments, pasta, and retail bakery products. Subsequent to fiscal 2015, on June 30, 2015, we announced our plan to exit the Private Brands operations.
Unconsolidated Equity Investments
We have a number of unconsolidated equity investments. Our significant equity method investments include a milling business (see "Formation of Ardent Mills" below) and other domestic and international investments that produce and market potato products for retail and foodservice customers.
Acquisitions
On May 12, 2015, we acquired Blake's All Natural Foods, a family-owned company specializing in all natural and organic frozen meals, including pot pies, casseroles, pasta dishes and other entrees. This business is included in the Consumer Foods segment.
In July 2014, we acquired TaiMei Potato Industry Limited, a potato processor in China. The purchase included property and equipment associated with making frozen potato products. This business is included in the Commercial Foods segment.
In September 2013, we acquired frozen dessert production assets from Harlan Bakeries. The purchase included machinery, operating systems, warehousing/storage, and other assets associated with making frozen fruit pies, cream pies, pastry shells, and loaf cakes. This business is included in the Consumer Foods segment.
Discontinued Operations
In April 2014, we completed the sale of a small snack business, Medallion Foods. We previously reflected the results of this business within the Private Brands segment. We reflected the results of these operations as discontinued operations for all periods presented.
In September 2013, we completed the sale of the assets of the Lightlife® business. We previously reflected the results of this business within the Consumer Foods segment. We reflected the results of these operations as discontinued operations for all periods presented.
Formation of Ardent Mills
On May 29, 2014, the Company, Cargill, Incorporated ("Cargill"), and CHS Inc. ("CHS") (collectively, the “Owners”), completed the formation of Ardent Mills, which combined the North American flour milling operations and related businesses operated through the ConAgra Mills division of ConAgra Foods and the Horizon Milling joint venture of Cargill and CHS. We reflected the operating results of our legacy milling business as discontinued operations for all periods presented. Our equity in the earnings of Ardent Mills is reflected in our continuing operations.

2



General
The following comments pertain to all of our reporting segments.
ConAgra Foods is a food company that operates in many sectors of the food industry, with a significant focus on the sale of branded, private branded, and value-added consumer food, as well as foodservice items and ingredients. We use many different raw materials, the bulk of which are commodities. The prices paid for raw materials used in making our food generally reflect factors such as weather, commodity market fluctuations, currency fluctuations, tariffs, and the effects of governmental agricultural programs. Although the prices of raw materials can be expected to fluctuate as a result of these factors, we believe such raw materials to be in adequate supply and generally available from numerous sources. From time to time, we have faced increased costs for many of our significant raw materials, packaging, and energy inputs. We seek to mitigate higher input costs through productivity and pricing initiatives, and through the use of derivative instruments used to economically hedge a portion of forecasted future consumption.
We experience intense competition for sales of our food items in our major markets. Our food items compete with widely advertised, well-known, branded food, as well as private branded and customized food items. Some of our competitors are larger and have greater resources than we have. We compete primarily on the basis of quality, value, customer service, brand recognition, and brand loyalty.
Demand for certain of our food items may be influenced by holidays, changes in seasons, or other annual events.
We manufacture primarily for stock and fill our customer orders from finished goods inventories. While at any given time there may be some backlog of orders, such backlog is not material in respect to annual net sales, and the changes of backlog orders from time to time are not significant.
Our trademarks are of material importance to our business and are protected by registration or other means in the United States and most other markets where the related food items are sold. Some of our food items are sold under brands that have been licensed from others. We also actively develop and maintain a portfolio of patents, although no single patent is considered material to the business as a whole. We have proprietary trade secrets, technology, know-how, processes, and other intellectual property rights that are not registered.
Many of our facilities and products we make are subject to various laws and regulations administered by the United States Department of Agriculture, the Federal Food and Drug Administration, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and other federal, state, local, and foreign governmental agencies relating to the food safety and quality, sanitation, safety and health matters, and environmental control. We believe that we comply with such laws and regulations in all material respects, and that continued compliance with such regulations will not have a material effect upon capital expenditures, earnings, or our competitive position.
Our largest customer, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. and its affiliates, accounted for approximately 18%, 19%, and 20% of consolidated net sales for fiscal 2015, 2014, and 2013, respectively.
At May 31, 2015, ConAgra Foods and its subsidiaries had approximately 32,900 employees, primarily in the United States. Approximately 32% of our employees are parties to collective bargaining agreements. Of the employees subject to collective bargaining agreements, approximately 25% are parties to collective bargaining agreements scheduled to expire during fiscal 2016. We believe our relationships with employees and their representative organizations are good.
Research and Development
We employ processes at our principal manufacturing locations that emphasize applied research and technical services directed at product improvement and quality control. In addition, we conduct research activities related to the development of new products. Research and development expense was $90.4 million, $101.8 million, and $91.1 million in fiscal 2015, 2014, and 2013, respectively.


3



EXECUTIVE OFFICERS OF THE REGISTRANT AS OF JULY 17, 2015
Name
 
Title & Capacity
 
Age
 
Year First
Appointed an
Executive
Officer
Sean M. Connolly
 
President and Chief Executive Officer
 
49

 
2015
John F. Gehring
 
Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
 
54

 
2004
Colleen R. Batcheler
 
Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
 
41

 
2008
Albert D. Bolles
 
Executive Vice President, Chief Technical and Operations Officer
 
57

 
2014
Thomas M. McGough
 
President, Consumer Foods
 
50

 
2013
Scott E. Messel
 
Senior Vice President, Treasurer and Assistant Corporate Secretary
 
56

 
2001
Andrew G. Ross
 
Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer
 
47

 
2011
Nicole B. Theophilus
 
Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer
 
45

 
2013
Thomas P. Werner
 
President, Commercial Foods
 
49

 
2015
Robert G. Wise
 
Senior Vice President, Corporate Controller
 
47

 
2012
Sean M. Connolly has served as our Chief Executive Officer and a member of our Board since April 6, 2015. Previously, he was President and Chief Executive Officer and a director of The Hillshire Brands Company (brand name food products from June 2012 to August 2014; Executive Vice President of Sara Lee Corporation (the former name of Hillshire) and Chief Executive Officer, Sara Lee North American Retail and Foodservice, from January 2012 to June 2012. Prior to joining Hillshire, Mr. Connolly served as President of Campbell North America, the largest division of Campbell Soup Company (branded convenience food products), from October 2010 to December 2011; President, Campbell USA from 2008 to 2010; and President, North American Foodservice from 2007 to 2008. Before joining Campbell in 2002, he served in various marketing and brand management roles at Procter & Gamble (branded consumer product goods).
John F. Gehring has served as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer since January 2009. Mr. Gehring joined ConAgra Foods as Vice President of Internal Audit in 2002, became Senior Vice President in 2003, and most recently served as Senior Vice President and Corporate Controller from July 2004 to January 2009. He served as ConAgra Foods' interim Chief Financial Officer from October 2006 to November 2006. Prior to joining ConAgra Foods, Mr. Gehring was a partner at Ernst & Young LLP (an accounting firm) from 1997 to 2001.
Colleen R. Batcheler has served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary since September 2009 and Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary from February 2008 until September 2009. Ms. Batcheler joined ConAgra Foods in June 2006 as Vice President, Chief Securities Counsel and Assistant Corporate Secretary. In September 2006, she was named Corporate Secretary. From 2003 until joining ConAgra Foods, Ms. Batcheler was Vice President and Corporate Secretary of Albertson's, Inc. (a retail food and drug chain). Previously, she was Associate Counsel with The Cleveland Clinic Foundation and an associate with Jones Day (a law firm).
Albert D. Bolles, Ph.D., was named Executive Vice President, Chief Technical and Operations Officer in May 2014. Dr. Bolles joined ConAgra Foods in 2006 as Executive Vice President, Research, Quality & Innovation. Prior to joining ConAgra Foods, he led Worldwide Research and Development for PepsiCo Beverages and Foods. From 1993 to 2002, he was Senior Vice President, Global Technology and Quality for Tropicana Products Incorporated (a beverage company). Dr. Bolles has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Landec Corporation (food products technologies and biomedical materials manufacturer) since May 2014.
Thomas M. McGough has served as President of the Consumer Foods segment since May 2013. Mr. McGough joined ConAgra Foods in 2007 as Vice President in the Consumer Foods organization and has provided leadership for many brand teams within ConAgra Foods, including Banquet®, Hunt's®, and Reddi-wip®. He most recently served as President, Grocery Products since 2011, leading the largest business within the Consumer Foods segment. Mr. McGough has over twenty years of experience in the branded packaged foods industry, beginning his career at H.J. Heinz in 1990.
Scott E. Messel has served as Senior Vice President, Treasurer and Assistant Corporate Secretary since July 2004. Mr. Messel joined ConAgra Foods in August 2001 as Vice President and Treasurer. Prior to joining ConAgra Foods, Mr. Messel served in various treasury leadership roles at Lennox International (a provider of climate control solutions), Flowserve

4



Corporation (a manufacturer of flow management products and services), and Ralston Purina Company (a former manufacturer of cereals, packaged foods, pet food, and livestock feed).
Andrew G. Ross joined ConAgra Foods as Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer in November 2011. Prior to joining ConAgra Foods, he was a principal at McKinsey & Company, Inc. (consulting firm) from May 2002 until November 2011, where he led the firm's global consumer, retail, and marketing practices. Prior to that, he worked for William Grant & Sons, Ltd.
Nicole B. Theophilus has served as Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer since May 2013. Ms. Theophilus joined ConAgra Foods as Vice President, Chief Employment Counsel in April 2006. In addition to her legal duties, she assumed the role of Vice President, Human Resources for Commercial Foods in 2008, and most recently served as Senior Vice President, Human Resources from November 2009 until May 2013. Prior to joining ConAgra Foods, she was an attorney and partner with Blackwell Sanders Peper Martin LLP (a law firm).
Thomas P. Werner was named President of Commercial Foods in May 2015. Prior to that, Mr. Werner served as Senior Vice President of Finance for our Private Brands and Commercial Foods operating segments from June 2013 to April 2015, Senior Vice President of Finance for the Lamb Weston operations within our Commercial Foods segment from May 2011 until June 2013, and Vice President of Supply Chain from December 2009 until May 2011. Mr. Werner originally joined ConAgra Foods in 1999 and has been in finance roles of increasing responsibility throughout his career across all three of ConAgra Foods' operating segments-Commercial Foods, Consumer Foods and Private Brands.
Robert G. Wise has served as Senior Vice President, Corporate Controller since December 2012. Mr. Wise joined ConAgra Foods in March 2003 and has held various positions of increasing responsibility with ConAgra Foods, including Vice President, Assistant Corporate Controller from March 2006 until January 2012 and most recently served as Vice President, Corporate Controller from January 2012 until December 2012. Prior to joining ConAgra Foods, Mr. Wise served in various roles at KPMG LLP (an accounting firm) from October 1995 to March 2003.
OTHER SENIOR OFFICERS OF THE REGISTRANT AS OF JULY 17, 2015
Name
  
Title & Capacity
  
Age  

Joan K. Chow
  
Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer
  
54

Randy D. Harvey
  
Vice President, Internal Audit
  
53

Derek De La Mater
  
Executive Vice President and President, Sales
  
48

Joan K. Chow joined ConAgra Foods in February 2007 as Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer. Prior to joining ConAgra Foods, she served Sears Holding Corporation (retailing) as Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Sears Retail from July 2005 until January 2007, and as Vice President, Marketing Services from April 2005 until July 2005. From 2002 until April 2005, Ms. Chow served Sears, Roebuck and Co. as Vice President, Home Services Marketing.
Randy Harvey joined ConAgra Foods in 2005. He was named to his current position in March 2015. He previously served the Company as Vice President, Corporate Tax from 2005 to 2015.
Derek De La Mater joined ConAgra Foods in 1993 and has held various leadership roles in sales and business development within the Company. He was named to his current position in March 2014. He previously served the Company as President, Customer Development, from 2013 to 2014, Senior Vice President, Sales, from 2011 to 2013, and Vice President, Sales from 2006 to 2011.

Foreign Operations
Foreign operations information is set forth in Note 21 “Business Segments and Related Information” to the consolidated financial statements.


5



Available Information
We make available, free of charge through the “Investors—Financial Reports & Filings” link on our Internet website at http://www.conagrafoods.com, our annual report on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, current reports on Form 8-K, and amendments to those reports filed or furnished pursuant to Section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as soon as reasonably practicable after such material is electronically filed with or furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission. We use our Internet website, through the “Investors” link, as a channel for routine distribution of important information, including news releases, analyst presentations, and financial information.
We have also posted on our website our (1) Corporate Governance Principles, (2) Code of Conduct, (3) Code of Ethics for Senior Corporate Officers, and (4) Charters for the Audit/Finance Committee, Nominating, Governance and Public Affairs Committee, and Human Resources Committee. Shareholders may also obtain copies of these items at no charge by writing to: Corporate Secretary, ConAgra Foods, Inc., One ConAgra Drive, Omaha, NE, 68102-5001.

ITEM 1A. RISK FACTORS
Our business is subject to various risks and uncertainties. Any of the risks and uncertainties described below could materially adversely affect our business, financial condition, and results of operations and should be considered in evaluating us. While we believe we have identified and discussed below the key risk factors affecting our business, there may be additional risks and uncertainties that are not presently known or that are not currently believed to be significant that may adversely affect our business, performance, or financial condition in the future.
Deterioration of general economic conditions could harm our business and results of operations.
Our business and results of operations may be adversely affected by changes in national or global economic conditions, including inflation, interest rates, availability of capital markets, consumer spending rates, energy availability and costs (including fuel surcharges), and the effects of governmental initiatives to manage economic conditions.
Volatility in financial markets and deterioration of national and global economic conditions could impact our business and operations in a variety of ways, including as follows:
consumers may shift purchases to more generic, lower-priced, or other value offerings, or may forego certain purchases altogether during economic downturns, which could result in a reduction in sales of higher margin products or a shift in our product mix to lower margin offerings adversely affecting the results of our Consumer Foods or Private Brands operations;
decreased demand in the restaurant business, particularly casual and fine dining, which may adversely affect our Commercial Foods operations;
volatility in commodity and other input costs could substantially impact our result of operations;
volatility in the equity markets or interest rates could substantially impact our pension costs and required pension contributions; and
it may become more costly or difficult to obtain debt or equity financing to fund operations or investment opportunities, or to refinance our debt in the future, in each case on terms and within a time period acceptable to us.
If we are unable to complete proposed divestitures, including the proposed divestiture of our Private Brands operations in a timely manner or at all, our financial results could be materially and adversely affected.
On June 30, 2015, we announced our intent to divest our Private Brands operations. A divestiture of our Private Brands operations may not occur in a timely manner or at all, and any disposition will be subject to a number of factors, including the satisfaction of pre-closing conditions, as well as necessary regulatory and governmental approvals on acceptable terms. In addition, from time to time, we may divest other businesses that do not meet our strategic objectives or do not meet our growth or profitability targets. We may not be able to complete desired or proposed divestitures on terms favorable to us. Gains or losses on the sales of, or lost operating income from, those businesses may affect our profitability. Moreover, we may incur asset impairment charges related to divestitures that reduce our profitability.

6



Our divestiture activities may present financial, managerial, and operational risks. Those risks include diversion of management attention from existing businesses, difficulties separating personnel and financial and other systems, adverse effects on existing business relationships with suppliers and customers and indemnities and potential disputes with the buyers. Any of these factors could adversely effect our product sales, financial condition, and results of operations.
Our existing and future debt may limit cash flow available to invest in the ongoing needs of our business and could prevent us from fulfilling our debt obligations.
As of May 31, 2015, we had a substantial amount of debt, including $4.24 billion of senior notes that we issued, or in connection with the acquisition of Ralcorp. We have the ability under our existing revolving credit facility to incur substantial additional debt. Our level of debt could have important consequences. For example, it could:
make it more difficult for us to make payments on our debt;
require us to dedicate a substantial portion of our cash flow from operations to the payment of debt service, reducing the availability of our cash flow to fund working capital, capital expenditures, acquisitions, and other general corporate purposes;
increase our vulnerability to adverse economic or industry conditions;
limit our ability to obtain additional financing in the future to enable us to react to changes in our business; or
place us at a competitive disadvantage compared to businesses in our industry that have less debt.
Additionally, any failure to meet required payments on our debt, or failure to comply with any covenants in the instruments governing our debt, could result in an event of default under the terms of those instruments and a downgrade to our credit ratings. A downgrade in our credit ratings would increase our borrowing costs and could affect our ability to issue commercial paper. In the event of a default, the holders of our debt could elect to declare all the amounts outstanding under such instruments to be due and payable. Any default under the agreements governing our debt and the remedies sought by the holders of such debt could render us unable to pay principal and interest on our debt.
We may not realize the benefits that we expect from our Supply Chain and Administrative Efficiency Plan, or SCAE Plan.
During fiscal 2014, we announced our Supply Chain and Administrative Efficiency Plan, or SCAE Plan, which was an expansion of the scope of the plan to integrate Ralcorp. The SCAE Plan includes steps to optimize the entire organization’s supply chain network and to improve selling, general and administrative effectiveness and efficiencies, as well as our continuing evaluation of plans for the integration of Ralcorp and related restructuring activities. As discussed above, on June 30, 2015, we announced our intent to divest our Private Brands operations. A divestiture of our Private Brands operations may not occur in a timely manner or at all, and we will continue to implement the work related to optimizing our supply chain network and pursue cost reductions through our selling, general and administrative functions and productivity improvemnts. The successful design and implementation of the SCAE Plan presents significant organizational design and infrastructure challenges and in many cases will require successful negotiations with third parties, including labor organizations, suppliers, business partners, and other stakeholders. In addition, the SCAE Plan may not advance our business strategy as expected. Events and circumstances, such as financial or strategic difficulties, delays and unexpected costs may occur that could result in our not realizing all or any of the anticipated benefits or our not realizing the anticipated benefits on our expected timetable. If we are unable to realize the anticipated savings of the SCAE Plan, our ability to fund other initiatives may be adversely affected. Any failure to implement the SCAE Plan in accordance with our expectations could adversely affect our financial condition, results of operations and cash flows.
In addition, the complexity of the SCAE Plan will require a substantial amount of management and operational resources. Our management team must successfully implement administrative and operational changes necessary to achieve the anticipated benefits of the SCAE Plan. These and related demands on our resources may divert the organization’s attention from existing core businesses, integrating financial or other systems, have adverse effects on existing business relationships with suppliers and customers, and impact employee morale. As a result, our financial condition, results of operations or cash flows may be adversely affected.

7



Increases in commodity costs may have a negative impact on profits.
We use many different commodities such as wheat, corn, oats, soybeans, beef, pork, poultry, and energy. Commodities are subject to price volatility caused by commodity market fluctuations, supply and demand, currency fluctuations, external conditions such as weather, and changes in governmental agricultural and energy policies and regulations. Commodity price increases will result in increases in raw material, packaging, and energy costs and operating costs. We may not be able to increase our product prices and achieve cost savings that fully offset these increased costs; and increasing prices may result in reduced sales volume, reduced margins, and profitability. We have experience in hedging against commodity price increases; however, these practices and experience reduce, but do not eliminate, the risk of negative profit impacts from commodity price increases. We do not fully hedge against changes in commodity prices, and the risk management procedures that we use may not always work as we intend.
Volatility in the market value of derivatives we use to manage exposures to fluctuations in commodity prices will cause volatility in our gross margins and net earnings.
We utilize derivatives to manage price risk for some of our principal ingredients and energy costs, including grains (wheat, corn, and oats), oils, beef, pork, poultry, and energy. Changes in the values of these derivatives are generally recorded in earnings currently, resulting in volatility in both gross margin and net earnings. These gains and losses are reported in cost of sales in our Consolidated Statements of Operations and in unallocated corporate items in our segment operating results until we utilize the underlying input in our manufacturing process, at which time the gains and losses are reclassified to segment operating profit. We may experience volatile earnings as a result of these accounting treatments.
Increased competition may result in reduced sales or profits.
The food industry is highly competitive, and further consolidation in the industry would likely increase competition. Our principal competitors have substantial financial, marketing, and other resources. Increased competition can reduce our sales due to loss of market share or the need to reduce prices to respond to competitive and customer pressures. Competitive pressures also may restrict our ability to increase prices, including in response to commodity and other cost increases. We sell branded, private brand, and customized food products, as well as commercially branded foods and ingredients. Our branded products have an advantage over private brand products primarily due to advertising and name recognition, although private brand products typically sell at a discount to those of branded competitors. In addition, when branded competitors focus on price and promotion, the environment for private brand producers becomes more challenging because the price difference between private brand products and branded products may become less significant. In most product categories, we compete not only with other widely advertised branded products, but also with other private label and store brand products that are generally sold at lower prices. A strong competitive response from one or more of our competitors to our marketplace efforts, or a consumer shift towards more generic, lower-priced, or other value offerings, could result in us reducing pricing, increasing marketing or other expenditures, or losing market share. Our profits could decrease if a reduction in prices or increased costs are not counterbalanced with increased sales volume.
Significant private brand competitive activity can lead to volatility in results and margin compression.
Private brand customer buying decisions are often based on a periodic bidding process. Our sales volume may decrease significantly if our offer is too high and we lose the ability to sell private brand products through these channels, even temporarily. Alternatively, we risk reducing our margins if our offer is successful but below our desired price. Either of these outcomes may adversely affect our results of operations.
Changes in our relationships with significant customers or suppliers could adversely affect us.
During fiscal 2015, our largest customer, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. and its affiliates, accounted for approximately 18% of our net revenues. There can be no assurance that Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. and other significant customers will continue to purchase our products in the same quantities or on the same terms as in the past, particularly as increasingly powerful retailers continue to demand lower pricing. The loss of a significant customer or a material reduction in sales to a significant customer could materially and adversely affect our product sales, financial condition, and results of operations.
Disruption of our supply chain could have an adverse impact on our business, financial condition, and results of operations.
Our ability to make, move, and sell our products is critical to our success. Damage or disruption to our supply chain, including third-party manufacturing or transportation and distribution capabilities, due to weather, including any potential

8



effects of climate change, natural disaster, fire or explosion, terrorism, pandemics, strikes, government action, or other reasons beyond our control or the control of our suppliers and business partners, could impair our ability to manufacture or sell our products. Failure to take adequate steps to mitigate the likelihood or potential impact of such events, or to effectively manage such events if they occur, particularly when a product is sourced from a single supplier or location, could adversely affect our business or financial results. In addition, disputes with significant suppliers, including disputes regarding pricing or performance, could adversely affect our ability to supply products to our customers and could materially and adversely affect our product sales, financial condition, and results of operations.
The sophistication and buying power of our customers could have a negative impact on profits.
Our customers, such as supermarkets, warehouse clubs, and food distributors, have continued to consolidate, resulting in fewer customers on which we can rely for business. These consolidations and the growth of supercenters have produced large, sophisticated customers with increased buying power and negotiating strength who are more capable of resisting price increases and can demand lower pricing, increased promotional programs, or specialty tailored products. In addition, larger retailers have the scale to develop supply chains that permit them to operate with reduced inventories or to develop and market their own retailer brands. These customers may also in the future use more of their shelf space, currently used for our products, for their store brand products. We continue to implement initiatives to counteract these pressures. However, if the larger size of these customers results in additional negotiating strength and/or increased private label or store brand competition, our profitability could decline.
Consolidation also increases the risk that adverse changes in our customers' business operations or financial performance will have a corresponding material adverse effect on us. For example, if our customers cannot access sufficient funds or financing, then they may delay, decrease, or cancel purchases of our products, or delay or fail to pay us for previous purchases.
We must identify changing consumer preferences and develop and offer food products to meet their preferences.
Consumer preferences evolve over time and the success of our food products depends on our ability to identify the tastes and dietary habits of consumers and to offer products that appeal to their preferences, including concerns of consumers regarding health and wellness, obesity, product attributes, and ingredients. Introduction of new products and product extensions requires significant development and marketing investment. If our products fail to meet consumer preferences, or we fail to introduce new and improved products on a timely basis, then the return on that investment will be less than anticipated and our strategy to grow sales and profits with investments in acquisitions, marketing, and innovation will be less successful. Similarly, demand for our products could be affected by consumer concerns or perceptions regarding the health effects of ingredients such as sodium, trans fats, sugar, processed wheat, or other product ingredients or attributes.
If we do not achieve the appropriate cost structure in the highly competitive food industry, our profitability could decrease.
Our future success and earnings growth depend in part on our ability to achieve the appropriate cost structure and operate efficiently in the highly competitive food industry, particularly in an environment of volatile input costs. We continue to implement profit-enhancing initiatives that impact our supply chain and general and administrative functions. These initiatives are focused on cost-saving opportunities in procurement, manufacturing, logistics, and customer service, as well as general and administrative overhead levels. Gaining additional efficiencies may become more difficult over time. Our failure to reduce costs through productivity gains or by eliminating redundant costs resulting from acquisitions could adversely affect our profitability and weaken our competitive position. If we do not continue to effectively manage costs and achieve additional efficiencies, our competitiveness and our profitability could decrease.
We may be subject to product liability claims and product recalls, which could negatively impact our profitability.
We sell food products for human consumption, which involves risks such as product contamination or spoilage, product tampering, other adulteration of food products, mislabeling, and misbranding. We may be subject to liability if the consumption of any of our products causes injury, illness, or death. In addition, we will voluntarily recall products in the event of contamination or damage. We have issued recalls and have from time to time been and currently are involved in lawsuits relating to our food products. A significant product liability judgment or a widespread product recall may negatively impact our sales and profitability for a period of time depending on the costs of the recall, the destruction of product inventory, product availability, competitive reaction, customer reaction and consumer attitudes. Even if a product liability claim is unsuccessful or is not fully pursued, the negative publicity surrounding any assertion that our products caused illness or injury could adversely affect our reputation with existing and potential customers and our corporate and brand image.

9



Additionally, as a manufacturer and marketer of food products, we are subject to extensive regulation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and other national, state, and local government agencies. The Food, Drug & Cosmetic Act, or the FDCA, and the Food Safety Modernization Act and their respective regulations govern, among other things, the manufacturing, composition and ingredients, packaging, and safety of food products. Some aspects of these laws use a strict liability standard for imposing sanctions on corporate behavior; meaning that no intent is required to be established. If we fail to comply with applicable laws and regulations, we may be subject to civil remedies, including fines, injunctions, recalls, or seizures, as well as criminal sanctions, any of which could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, or results of operations. As previously disclosed, among the matters outstanding during fiscal 2015 related to the Company's 2007 peanut butter recall, was an investigation by the U.S. Attorney's office in Georgia and the Consumer Protection Branch of the Department of Justice. We cooperated with the U.S. Attorney’s office and the Department of Justice in regard to the investigation and in May 2015, our subsidiary, ConAgra Grocery Products, entered into an executed plea agreement with the government, pursuant to which it agreed to plead guilty to a single misdemeanor under the Food, Drug & Cosmetics Act. The plea agreement is subject to the approval of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia.
Any damage to our reputation could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, and results of operations.
Maintaining a good reputation globally is critical to selling our products. Product contamination or tampering, the failure to maintain high standards for product quality, safety, and integrity, including with respect to raw materials and ingredients obtained from suppliers, or allegations of product quality issues, mislabeling or contamination, even if untrue, may reduce demand for our products or cause production and delivery disruptions. Our reputation could also be adversely impacted by any of the following, or by adverse publicity (whether or not valid) relating thereto: the failure to maintain high ethical, social, and environmental standards for all of our operations and activities; the failure to achieve our goals with respect to sodium or saturated fat; our research and development efforts; or our environmental impact, including use of agricultural materials, packaging, energy use, and waste management. Failure to comply with local laws and regulations, to maintain an effective system of internal controls or to provide accurate and timely financial information could also hurt our reputation. Damage to our reputation or loss of consumer confidence in our products for any of these or other reasons could result in decreased demand for our products and could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, and results of operations, as well as require additional resources to rebuild our reputation.
Our results could be adversely impacted as a result of increased pension, labor, and people-related expenses.
Inflationary pressures and any shortages in the labor market could increase labor costs, which could have a material adverse effect on our operating results or financial condition. Our labor costs include the cost of providing employee benefits in the U.S. and foreign jurisdictions, including pension, health and welfare, and severance benefits. Changes in interest rates, mortality rates, health care costs, early retirement rates, investment returns, and the market value of plan assets can affect the funded status of our defined benefit plans and cause volatility in the future funding requirements of the plans. A significant increase in our obligations or future funding requirements could have a negative impact on our results of operations and cash flows from operations. Additionally, the annual costs of benefits vary with increased costs of health care and the outcome of collectively-bargained wage and benefit agreements.
If we fail to comply with the many laws applicable to our business, we may face lawsuits or incur significant fines and penalties.
Our facilities and products are subject to many laws and regulations administered by the United States Department of Agriculture, the Federal Food and Drug Administration, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and other federal, state, local, and foreign governmental agencies relating to the processing, packaging, storage, distribution, advertising, labeling, quality, and safety of food products, the health and safety of our employees, and the protection of the environment. Our failure to comply with applicable laws and regulations could subject us to lawsuits, administrative penalties, and civil remedies, including fines, injunctions, and recalls of our products. Our operations are also subject to extensive and increasingly stringent regulations administered by the Environmental Protection Agency, which pertain to the discharge of materials into the environment and the handling and disposition of wastes. Failure to comply with these regulations can have serious consequences, including civil and administrative penalties and negative publicity. Changes in applicable laws or regulations or evolving interpretations thereof, including increased government regulations to limit carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions as a result of concern over climate change, may result in increased compliance costs, capital expenditures, and other financial obligations for us, which could affect our profitability or impede the production or distribution of our products, which could affect our net operating revenues.

10



Climate change, or legal, regulatory, or market measures to address climate change, may negatively affect our business and operations.
There is growing concern that carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere may have an adverse impact on global temperatures, weather patterns, and the frequency and severity of extreme weather and natural disasters. In the event that such climate change has a negative effect on agricultural productivity, we may be subject to decreased availability or less favorable pricing for certain commodities that are necessary for our products, such as corn, wheat, and potatoes. We may also be subjected to decreased availability or less favorable pricing for water as a result of such change, which could impact our manufacturing and distribution operations. In addition, natural disasters and extreme weather conditions may disrupt the productivity of our facilities or the operation of our supply chain. The increasing concern over climate change also may result in more regional, federal, and/or global legal and regulatory requirements to reduce or mitigate the effects of greenhouse gases. In the event that such regulation is enacted and is more aggressive than the sustainability measures that we are currently undertaking to monitor our emissions and improve our energy efficiency, we may experience significant increases in our costs of operation and delivery. In particular, increasing regulation of fuel emissions could substantially increase the distribution and supply chain costs associated with our products. As a result, climate change could negatively affect our business and operations.
We are increasingly dependent on information technology, and potential disruption, cyber attacks, security problems, and expanding social media vehicles present new risks.
We are increasingly dependent on information technology networks and systems, including the Internet, to process, transmit, and store electronic and financial information, to manage and support a variety of business processes and activities, and to comply with regulatory, legal, and tax requirements. If we do not allocate and effectively manage the resources necessary to build and sustain the proper technology infrastructure and to maintain and protect the related automated and manual control processes, we could be subject to billing and collection errors, business disruptions, or damage resulting from security breaches. If any of our significant information technology systems suffer severe damage, disruption, or shutdown, and our business continuity plans do not effectively resolve the issues in a timely manner, our product sales, financial condition, and results of operations may be materially and adversely affected, and we could experience delays in reporting our financial results. In addition, there is a risk of business interruption, litigation risks, and reputational damage from leakage of confidential information.
The inappropriate use of certain media vehicles could cause brand damage or information leakage. Negative posts or comments about the Company on any social networking web site could seriously damage its reputation. In addition, the disclosure of non-public company sensitive information through external media channels could lead to information loss. Identifying new points of entry as social media continues to expand presents new challenges. Any business interruptions or damage to our reputation could negatively impact our financial condition, results of operations, and the market price of our common stock.
In connection with Ralcorp's separation of its Post brand cereals business, Post agreed to indemnify Ralcorp for certain liabilities. However, there can be no assurance that the indemnity will be sufficient to protect us against the full amount of such liabilities, or that Post's ability to satisfy its indemnification obligations will not be impaired in the future.
Pursuant to the separation and distribution agreement and the tax sharing agreement that Ralcorp entered into with Post in connection with the separation of Ralcorp's Post brand cereals business, Post agreed to indemnify Ralcorp for certain liabilities. Third parties may seek to hold us responsible for any of the liabilities that Post agreed to retain or assume, and there can be no assurance that the indemnification from Post will be sufficient to protect us against the full amount of such liabilities, or that Post will be able to fully satisfy its indemnification obligations. In addition, even if we ultimately succeed in recovering from Post any amounts for which we are held liable, we may be temporarily required to bear these losses ourselves.
Impairment in the carrying value of goodwill or other intangibles could result in the incurrence of impairment charges and negatively impact our net worth.
As of May 31, 2015, we had goodwill of $6.30 billion and other intangibles of $3.03 billion. The net carrying value of goodwill represents the fair value of acquired businesses in excess of identifiable assets and liabilities as of the acquisition date (or subsequent impairment date, if applicable). The net carrying value of other intangibles represents the fair value of trademarks, customer relationships, and other acquired intangibles as of the acquisition date (or subsequent impairment date, if applicable), net of accumulated amortization. Goodwill and other acquired intangibles expected to contribute indefinitely to our cash flows are not amortized, but must be evaluated by management at least annually for impairment. Amortized

11



intangible assets are evaluated for impairment whenever events or changes in circumstance indicate that the carrying amounts of these assets may not be recoverable. Impairments to goodwill and other intangible assets may be caused by factors outside our control, such as the inability to quickly replace lost co-manufacturing business, increasing competitive pricing pressures, lower than expected revenue and profit growth rates, changes in industry EBITDA multiples, changes in discount rates based on changes in cost of capital (interest rates, etc.), or the bankruptcy of a significant customer and could result in the incurrence of impairment charges and negatively impact our net worth.
Following the impairment charges recorded in fiscal 2015, the carrying value of goodwill in our Private Brands reporting units included $269.3 million for Cereal, $588.2 million for Pasta, $276.5 million for Snacks, and $535.5 million for Retail Bakery. All of the goodwill for the Bars and Coordinated and Condiments reporting units was impaired as of the end of fiscal 2015. If the future performance of one or more of the reporting units within the Private Brands segment falls short of our expectations or if there are significant changes in risk-adjusted discount rates due to changes in market conditions, we could be required to recognize additional, material impairment charges in future periods.
The termination or expiration of current co-manufacturing arrangements could reduce our sales volume and adversely affect our results of operations.
Our businesses periodically enter into co-manufacturing arrangements with manufacturers of products. The terms of these agreements vary but are generally for relatively short periods of time. Volumes produced under each of these agreements can fluctuate significantly based upon the product's life cycle, product promotions, alternative production capacity, and other factors, none of which are under our direct control. Our future ability to enter into co-manufacturing arrangements is not guaranteed, and a decrease in current co-manufacturing levels could have a significant negative impact on sales volume.
Ardent Mills may not achieve the benefits that are anticipated from the joint venture.
The benefits that are expected to result from the recently formed Ardent Mills joint venture will depend, in part, on our ability to realize the anticipated cost synergies in the transaction, Ardent Mills' ability to successfully integrate the ConAgra Mills and Horizon Milling businesses and its ability to successfully manage the joint venture on a going-forward basis. It is not certain that we will realize these benefits at all, and if we do, it is not certain how long it will take to achieve these benefits. If, for example, we are unable to achieve the anticipated cost savings, or if there are unforeseen integration costs, or if Ardent Mills is unable to operate the joint venture smoothly in the future, the financial performance of the joint venture may be negatively affected.
If we are unable to complete proposed acquisitions or integrate acquired businesses, our financial results could be materially and adversely affected.
From time to time, we evaluate acquisition candidates that may strategically fit our business objectives. If we are unable to complete acquisitions or to successfully integrate and develop acquired businesses, our financial results could be materially and adversely affected. Moreover, we may incur asset impairment charges related to acquisitions that reduce our profitability.
Our acquisition activities may present financial, managerial, and operational risks. Those risks include diversion of management attention from existing businesses, difficulties integrating personnel and financial and other systems, effective and immediate implementation of control environment processes across our employee population, adverse effects on existing business relationships with suppliers and customers, inaccurate estimates of fair value made in the accounting for acquisitions and amortization of acquired intangible assets which would reduce future reported earnings, potential loss of customers or key employees of acquired businesses, and indemnities and potential disputes with the sellers. Any of these factors could affect our product sales, financial condition, and results of operations.
Actions of activist stockholders could cause us to incur substantial costs, divert management’s attention and resources, and have an adverse effect on our business.
From time to time, we may be subject to proposals by stockholders urging us to take certain corporate actions. If activist stockholder activities ensue, our business could be adversely affected because responding to proxy contests and reacting to other actions by activist stockholders can be costly and time-consuming, disrupt our operations and divert the attention of management and our employees. For example, we may be required to retain the services of various professionals to advise us on activist stockholder matters, including legal, financial and communications advisors, the costs of which may negatively impact our future financial results. In addition, perceived uncertainties as to our future direction, strategy or leadership created as a consequence of activist stockholder initiatives may result in the loss of potential business opportunities, harm our ability

12



to attract new investors, customers, employee, and joint venture partners, and cause our stock price to experience periods of volatility or stagnation.

ITEM 1B. UNRESOLVED STAFF COMMENTS
None.

ITEM 2. PROPERTIES
Our headquarters are located in Omaha, Nebraska. In addition, certain shared service centers are located in Omaha, Nebraska, including a product development facility, enterprise business services center, and an information technology center. The general offices and location of principal operations are set forth in the following summary of our properties. We also lease a number of sales offices mainly in the United States.
We maintain a number of stand-alone distribution facilities. In addition, there are warehouses at most of our manufacturing facilities.
Utilization of manufacturing capacity varies by manufacturing plant based upon the type of products assigned and the level of demand for those products. Management believes that our manufacturing and processing plants are well maintained and are generally adequate to support the current operations of the business.
We own most of the manufacturing facilities. However, a limited number of plants and parcels of land with the related manufacturing equipment are leased. Substantially all of our transportation equipment and forward-positioned distribution centers containing finished goods are leased or operated by third parties. Information about the properties supporting our three business segments follows.
Consumer Foods Reporting Segment
Domestic general offices supporting the Consumer Foods segment are located in Omaha, Nebraska, Naperville, Illinois, Miami, Florida, and Madison, Tennessee. We also have international general offices in Canada, China, Columbia, Mexico, Panama, and Puerto Rico.
As of July 17, 2015, we have thirty-two domestic manufacturing facilities located in Arkansas, California, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Wisconsin. We also have international manufacturing facilities in Argentina, Canada, and Mexico and interests in ownership of international manufacturing facilities in India and Mexico.
Commercial Foods Reporting Segment
Domestic general offices supporting the Commercial Foods segment are located in Omaha, Nebraska, Eagle, Idaho, Downers Grove, Illinois, North Liberty, Iowa, and Tri-Cities, Washington. We also have international general offices in China, Japan, the Netherlands, and Singapore.
As of July 17, 2015, we have twenty domestic manufacturing facilities located in Idaho, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, New Jersey, Oregon, Tennessee, and Washington. We also have international manufacturing facilities in Canada and China; interests in ownership of domestic manufacturing facilities located in Minnesota and Washington; and interests in ownership of international manufacturing facilities located in Austria, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom.
Private Brands Reporting Segment
We have a general office supporting the Private Brands segment located in St. Louis, Missouri.
As of July 17, 2015, we have twenty-nine domestic manufacturing facilities located in Alabama, Arizona, California, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, and Wisconsin. We also have international manufacturing facilities located in Canada and Italy.


13



ITEM 3. LEGAL PROCEEDINGS
We are a party to various environmental proceedings and litigation, primarily related to our acquisition of Beatrice Company (“Beatrice”) in fiscal 1991. As a result of the acquisition of Beatrice and the significant pre-acquisition contingencies of the Beatrice business and its former subsidiaries, our consolidated post-acquisition financial statements reflect liabilities associated with the estimated resolution of these contingencies. These include various litigation and environmental proceedings related to businesses divested by Beatrice prior to its acquisition by us. The litigation includes suits against a number of lead paint and pigment manufacturers, including ConAgra Grocery Products Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company (“ConAgra Grocery Products”), and the Company as alleged successors to W. P. Fuller Co., a lead paint and pigment manufacturer owned and operated by Beatrice until 1967. Although decisions favorable to us have been rendered in Rhode Island, New Jersey, Wisconsin, and Ohio, we remain a defendant in active suits in Illinois and California. The Illinois suit seeks class-wide relief in the form of medical monitoring for elevated levels of lead in blood. In California, a number of cities and counties have joined in a consolidated action seeking abatement of the alleged public nuisance. On September 23, 2013, a trial of the California case concluded in the Superior Court of California for the County of Santa Clara, and on January 27, 2014, the court entered Judgment against ConAgra Grocery Products and two other defendants, which orders the creation of a California abatement fund in the amount of $1.15 billion. Liability is joint and several. The Company believes ConAgra Grocery Products did not inherit any liabilities of W. P. Fuller Co. The Company will continue to vigorously defend itself in this case and has appealed the Judgment to the Court of Appeal of the State of California Sixth Appellate District. The Company expects the appeal process will last several years. The absence of any linkage between ConAgra Grocery Products and W. P. Fuller Co. is a critical issue that the Company will continue to advance throughout the appeals process. It is not possible to estimate exposure in this case or the remaining case in Illinois (which is based on different legal theories). If ultimately necessary, the Company will look to its insurance policies for coverage; its carriers are on notice. However, the extent of the insurance coverage is uncertain, and the Company cannot absolutely assure that the final resolution of these matters will not a have a material adverse effect on its financial condition, results of operations, or liquidity.
The environmental proceedings associated with Beatrice include litigation and administrative proceedings involving Beatrice's status as a potentially responsible party at 37 Superfund, proposed Superfund, or state-equivalent sites. These sites involve locations previously owned or operated by predecessors of Beatrice that used or produced petroleum, pesticides, fertilizers, dyes, inks, solvents, PCBs, acids, lead, sulfur, tannery wastes, and/or other contaminants. Beatrice has paid or is in the process of paying its liability share at 33 of these sites. Reserves for these matters have been established based on our best estimate of the undiscounted remediation liabilities, which estimates include evaluation of investigatory studies, extent of required clean-up, the known volumetric contribution of Beatrice and other potentially responsible parties, and its experience in remediating sites. The reserves for Beatrice-related environmental matters totaled $53.7 million as of May 31, 2015, a majority of which relates to the Superfund and state-equivalent sites referenced above. We expect expenditures for Beatrice-related environmental matters to continue for up to 18 years.
We are also a party to a number of lawsuits and claims arising out of our ongoing business operations. Among these, there are lawsuits, claims, and matters related to the February 2007 recall of our peanut butter products. Among the matters outstanding during fiscal 2015 related to the peanut butter recall was an investigation by the U.S. Attorney's office in Georgia and the Consumer Protection Branch of the Department of Justice into the 2007 recall. Just prior to the end of fiscal 2015, we negotiated a resolution of this matter, which resulted in an executed plea agreement pursuant to which ConAgra Grocery Products will plead guilty to a single misdemeanor violation of the Food, Drug & Cosmetics Act. If the plea is accepted by the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia, the government’s investigation into the 2007 recall will conclude and ConAgra Grocery Products will make payments totaling $11.2 million to the federal government. Expenses related to this payment were accrued in previous periods. During fiscal 2013 and 2012, we recognized charges of $7.5 million and $17.5 million, respectively, in connection with this matter. During the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014, we reduced our accrual by $6.7 million. During the first quarter of fiscal 2015, we further reduced our accrual by $5.8 million and further reduced it by $1.2 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2015, based on ongoing discussions with the U.S. Attorney's office and the Department of Justice. The plea agreement is subject to Court approval, which will be sought along with the formal sentencing process in the coming months.
In June 2009, an accidental explosion occurred at our manufacturing facility in Garner, North Carolina. This facility was the primary production facility for our Slim Jim® branded meat snacks. In June 2009, the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives announced its determination that the explosion was the result of an accidental natural gas release, and not a deliberate act. During the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011, we settled our property and business interruption claims related to the Garner accident with our insurance providers. During the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011, Jacobs Engineering Group Inc., our engineer and project manager at the site, filed a declaratory judgment action against us seeking indemnity for personal injury claims brought against it as a result of the accident. In the first quarter of fiscal 2012, our motion for summary

14



judgment was granted and the suit was dismissed without prejudice on the basis that the suit was filed prematurely. In the third quarter of fiscal 2014, Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. refiled its action for indemnity. We will continue to defend this action vigorously. Any exposure in this case is expected to be limited to the applicable insurance deductible, although our insurance carriers have reserved their rights under the policies of insurance.
After taking into account liabilities recognized for all of the foregoing matters, management believes the ultimate resolution of such matters should not have a material adverse effect on our financial condition, results of operations, or liquidity.

ITEM 4. MINE SAFETY DISCLOSURES
Not applicable.
PART II

ITEM 5. MARKET FOR REGISTRANT'S COMMON EQUITY, RELATED STOCKHOLDER MATTERS, AND ISSUER PURCHASES OF EQUITY SECURITIES
Our common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange where it trades under the ticker symbol: CAG. At June 28, 2015, there were approximately 19,700 shareholders of record.
Quarterly sales price and dividend information is set forth in Note 22 “Quarterly Financial Data (Unaudited)” to the consolidated financial statements and incorporated herein by reference.
Purchases of Equity Securities by the Issuer and Affiliated Purchasers
The following table presents the total number of shares of common stock purchased during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015, the average price paid per share, the number of shares that were purchased as part of a publicly announced repurchase program, and the approximate dollar value of the maximum number of shares that may yet be purchased under the share repurchase program:
Period
Total Number
of Shares (or
units)
Purchased
 
Average
Price Paid
per Share
(or unit)
 
Total Number of
Shares
Purchased as Part of
Publicly Announced
Plans or Programs (1)
 
Approximate Dollar
Value of Maximum
Number of Shares that
may yet be Purchased
under the Program (1)
February 23 through March 22, 2015
332,208

 
$
34.77

 
332,208

 
$
131,927,000

March 23 through April 19, 2015

 
$

 

 
$
131,927,000

April 20 through May 31, 2015

 
$

 

 
$
131,927,000

Total Fiscal 2015 Fourth Quarter Activity
332,208

 
$
34.77

 
332,208

 
$
131,927,000


(1) 
Pursuant to publicly announced share repurchase programs from December 2003, we have repurchased approximately 168.1 million shares at a cost of $4.2 billion through May 31, 2015. The current program has no expiration date.


15



ITEM 6. SELECTED FINANCIAL DATA
For the Fiscal Years Ended May
 
2015
 
2014
 
2013
 
2012
 
2011
Dollars in millions, except per share amounts
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net sales (1)
 
$
15,832.4

 
$
15,843.6

 
$
13,469.3

 
$
11,420.9

 
$
10,746.0

Income (loss) from continuing operations (1)(2)
 
$
(607.4
)
 
$
173.7

 
$
698.4

 
$
396.8

 
$
714.9

Net income (loss) attributable to ConAgra Foods, Inc. (2)
 
$
(252.6
)
 
$
303.1

 
$
773.9

 
$
467.9

 
$
817.6

Basic earnings per share:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Income (loss) from continuing operations attributable to ConAgra Foods, Inc. common stockholders (1)(2)
 
$
(1.46
)
 
$
0.38

 
$
1.67

 
$
0.94

 
$
1.66

Net income (loss) attributable to ConAgra Foods, Inc. common stockholders (2)
 
$
(0.60
)
 
$
0.72

 
$
1.88

 
$
1.13

 
$
1.90

Diluted earnings per share:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Income (loss) from continuing operations attributable to ConAgra Foods, Inc. common stockholders (1)(2)
 
$
(1.46
)
 
$
0.37

 
$
1.64

 
$
0.93

 
$
1.64

Net income (loss) attributable to ConAgra Foods, Inc. common stockholders (2)
 
$
(0.60
)
 
$
0.70

 
$
1.85

 
$
1.12

 
$
1.88

Cash dividends declared per share of common stock
 
$
1.00

 
$
1.00

 
$
0.99

 
$
0.95

 
$
0.89

At Year-End
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Total assets
 
$
17,542.2

 
$
19,319.5

 
$
20,349.7

 
$
11,431.7

 
$
11,400.5

Senior long-term debt (noncurrent)
 
$
6,693.0

 
$
8,524.6

 
$
8,635.3

 
$
2,652.3

 
$
2,666.1

Subordinated long-term debt (noncurrent)
 
$
195.9

 
$
195.9

 
$
195.9

 
$
195.9

 
$
195.9

 
(1) 
Amounts exclude the impact of discontinued operations of the Gilroy Foods & Flavors™ operations, the frozen handhelds operations, the Lightlife® operations, the Medallion Foods operations, and the ConAgra Mills operations.
(2) 
Amounts include aggregate pre-tax goodwill and intangible impairment charges of $1.57 billion and $681.1 million for fiscal 2015 and 2014, respectively.


16




ITEM 7. MANAGEMENT'S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS
The following discussion and analysis is intended to provide a summary of significant factors relevant to our financial performance and condition. The discussion should be read together with our consolidated financial statements and related notes in Item 8, Financial Statements and Supplementary Data. Results for the fiscal year ended May 31, 2015 are not necessarily indicative of results that may be attained in the future.
EXECUTIVE OVERVIEW
ConAgra Foods, Inc. (NYSE: CAG) is one of North America's largest packaged food companies with branded and private branded food found in 99% of America's households, as well as a strong commercial foods business serving restaurants and foodservice operations globally. Consumers can find recognized brands such as Banquet®, Chef Boyardee®, Egg Beaters®, Healthy Choice®, Hebrew National®, Hunt's®, Marie Callender's®, Orville Redenbacher's®, PAM®, Peter Pan®, Reddi-wip®, Slim Jim®, Snack Pack®, and many other ConAgra Foods brands, along with food sold by ConAgra Foods under private brand labels, in grocery, convenience, mass merchandise, club, and drug stores. Additionally, ConAgra Foods supplies frozen and sweet potato products as well as other vegetable, spice, bakery, and grain products to commercial and foodservice customers.
Management's primary objective for fiscal 2015 was stabilization and recovery. Fiscal 2015 performance reflected increased volumes in the Consumer Foods and Commercial Foods segments, primarily due to the extra week in the fiscal year. Private Brands performance continued to reflect weak volumes and margin pressures resulting from an intense bidding environment and executional challenges. We generated operating cash flows of approximately $1.47 billion from continuing operations and repaid $1.1 billion of debt during fiscal 2015.
Subsequent to fiscal 2015, on June 30, 2015, we announced our plan to exit the Private Brands operations. Our plans for creating long-term value will center on a more aggressive approach to driving margin improvement through selling, general and administrative expense reductions, supply chain efficiencies, and other projects. It also focuses on growing our Consumer Foods and Commercial Foods segments, as well as balanced capital allocation.
Diluted loss per share in fiscal 2015 was $0.60, including a loss of $1.46 per diluted share from continuing operations and earnings of $0.86 per diluted share from discontinued operations. Diluted earnings per share in fiscal 2014 were $0.70, including $0.37 per diluted share from continuing operations and $0.33 per diluted share from discontinued operations. Several significant items affect the comparability of year-over-year results of continuing operations (see “Items Impacting Comparability” below).
Items Impacting Comparability
Segment presentation of gains and losses from derivatives used for economic hedging of anticipated commodity input costs and economic hedging of foreign currency exchange rate risks of anticipated transactions is discussed in the segment review below.
Items of note impacting comparability for fiscal 2015 included the following:
charges of $1.59 billion ($1.46 billion after-tax) related to the impairment of goodwill, other intangibles, and fixed assets impacting reporting units within our Private Brands segment,
charges of $85.5 million ($54.0 million after-tax) under our restructuring plans,
charges of $24.6 million ($15.1 million after-tax) related to early extinguishment of debt as a result of the payoff of our term loan facility and the repurchase of certain senior notes,
charges of $16.3 million ($10.1 million after-tax) in support of our integration of the former Ralcorp Holdings, Inc. ("Ralcorp") business,
a benefit of $7.0 million ($7.0 million after-tax) related to the reduction of the legal accrual for matters associated with the 2007 peanut butter recall,
a charge of $6.9 million ($4.2 million after-tax) reflecting the write-off of actuarial losses in excess of 10% of our pension liability,

17



charges of $5.1 million ($3.2 million after-tax) related to other intangible asset impairments in our Consumer Foods and Commercial Foods segments,
a charge of $3.7 million ($2.3 million after-tax) in connection with a legal matter, and
income tax benefits of $10.9 million from the implementation of a new tax position for federal tax credits and generation of state tax credits, relating to prior tax years.
In addition, fiscal 2015 income per share benefited by approximately $.04 as a result of the fiscal year including 53 weeks.
Items of note impacting comparability for fiscal 2014 included the following:
a charge of $605.4 million ($574.8 million after-tax) related to the impairment of goodwill and other intangibles impacting reporting units within our Private Brands segment,
charges totaling $95.5 million ($59.9 million after-tax) in connection with our restructuring plans,
charges of $75.7 million ($47.7 million after-tax) related to other intangible asset impairments, primarily relating to the Chef Boyardee brand,
a loss of $54.9 million ($34.4 million after-tax) related to forward starting swaps that were terminated in February 2014 upon the Company's decision to not refinance debt which matured in fiscal 2014,
charges of $53.0 million ($33.3 million after-tax) in support of our integration of the former Ralcorp business,
a charge of $16.5 million ($10.4 million after-tax) in connection with the impairment of a small production facility,
a benefit of $10.2 million ($8.8 million after-tax) related to legal matters associated with the 2007 peanut butter recall, including a reduction of the legal accrual for matters associated with the recall (which is not tax deductible) and the reimbursement of settlement and defense costs from an insurer,
a charge of $8.9 million ($5.6 million after-tax) in connection with the impairment of certain assets received in connection with the bankruptcy of an onion products supplier,
charges of $6.4 million ($3.9 million after-tax) of transaction-related costs,
a benefit of $5.1 million ($3.2 million after-tax) in connection with the sale of land received in connection with the bankruptcy of an onion products supplier,
a charge of $3.4 million ($2.6 million after-tax) reflecting the write-off of our share of actuarial losses in excess of 10% of the pension liability for an international potato venture, classified within equity method investment earnings, and
income tax benefits of $66.4 million from a change in estimate related to tax methods used for certain international sales, changes in deferred state tax rates relating to various changes in legal structure and state tax filing positions, resolution of foreign tax matters that were previously reserved, the effect of a law change in Mexico requiring deconsolidation for tax reporting purposes, and the resolution of certain income tax matters related to dispositions of foreign operations in prior years.
Acquisitions
On May 12, 2015, we acquired Blake's All Natural Foods, a family-owned company specializing in all natural and organic frozen meals, including pot pies, casseroles, pasta dishes, and other entrees, for $20.7 million in cash, net of cash acquired. The purchase included property and equipment associated with making frozen meals. This business is included in the Consumer Foods segment.
In July 2014, we acquired TaiMei Potato Industry Limited, a Chinese potato processor, for $92.2 million, consisting of $74.9 million in cash, net of cash acquired, plus assumed liabilities. The purchase included property and equipment associated with making frozen potato products. This business is included in the Commercial Foods segment.

18



In September 2013, we acquired frozen dessert production assets from Harlan Bakeries for $39.9 million in cash. The purchase included machinery, operating systems, warehousing/storage, and other assets associated with making frozen fruit pies, cream pies, pastry shells, and loaf cakes. This business is included in the Consumer Foods segment.
Discontinued Operations
In April 2014, we completed the sale of a small snack business, Medallion Foods, for $32.0 million in cash. The business results were previously reflected in the Private Brands segment. We reflected the results of these operations as discontinued operations for all periods presented.
In September 2013, we completed the sale of the assets of the Lightlife® business for $54.7 million in cash. The business results were previously reflected in the Consumer Foods segment. We reflected the results of these operations as discontinued operations for all periods presented.
Formation of Ardent Mills
On May 29, 2014, the Company, Cargill, Incorporated, and CHS, Inc. completed the formation of Ardent Mills. In connection with the formation, we contributed all of the assets of ConAgra Mills, including $49.0 million of cash, to Ardent Mills, we received a 44% ownership interest in Ardent Mills, and Ardent Mills distributed $391.4 million in cash to us as a return of capital. The contribution of the assets of ConAgra Mills in exchange for a non-controlling interest in the newly formed joint venture is required to be accounted for at fair value, and, accordingly, we recognized a gain of $625.6 million ($379.6 million after-tax) in fiscal 2015 in income from discontinued operations, to reflect the excess of the fair value of our interest over its carrying value at the time of the transfer. As part of the formation of Ardent Mills, in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014, pursuant to an agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice, we sold three flour milling facilities to Miller Milling Company LLC for $163.0 million. We received the cash proceeds from the sale of these flour milling facilities in the first quarter of fiscal 2015. In the first quarter of fiscal 2015, we used the net cash proceeds from the Ardent Mills transaction to repay debt. The operating results of our legacy milling business, including the disposition of three mills aforementioned, are included as discontinued operations and our equity in the earnings of Ardent Mills is reflected in our continuing operations within our Consolidated Statement of Operations. The related assets and liabilities have been reclassified as assets and liabilities held for sale within our Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet for the period presented prior to divestiture.
Restructuring Plans
We previously announced a plan for the integration and restructuring of the operations of Ralcorp, optimization of the entire Company's supply chain network, manufacturing assets, and dry distribution and mixing centers, and improvement of selling, general and administrative effectiveness and efficiencies, which we refer to as the Supply Chain and Administrative Efficiency Plan (the "SCAE Plan"). Although we announced on June 30, 2015 our intent to exit the Private Brands business, a divestiture of our Private Brands operations may not occur in a timely manner or at all. We will continue to implement portions of the SCAE Plan, including work related to optimizing our supply chain network and pursue cost reductions through our selling, general and administrative functions and productivity improvements.
Although we remain unable to make good faith estimates relating to the entire SCAE Plan, we are reporting on actions initiated through the end of fiscal 2015, including the estimated amounts or range of amounts for each major type of costs expected to be incurred, and the charges that have resulted or will result in cash outflows. As of May 31, 2015, our Board of Directors has approved the incurrence of up to $394.0 million of expenses in connection with the SCAE Plan. We have incurred or expect to incur approximately $267.3 million of charges ($177.3 million of cash charges and $90.0 million of non-cash charges) for actions identified to date under the SCAE plan. In fiscal 2015 and fiscal 2014, we recognized charges of $85.2 million and $83.7 million, respectively, in relation to the SCAE Plan. We expect to incur costs related to the SCAE Plan over a multi-year period.
During fiscal 2012, we started incurring costs in connection with actions taken to attain synergies when integrating businesses acquired prior to the third quarter of fiscal 2013. These costs, collectively referred to as "acquisition-related restructuring costs", include severance and other costs associated with consolidating facilities and administrative functions. We have recognized cumulative pre-tax expenses of $23.7 million ($15.8 million of which have resulted in cash outflows) related to the acquisition-related restructuring costs. In fiscal 2015, we recognized charges of $0.3 million. In fiscal 2014, we recognized charges of $9.4 million, primarily representing costs related to asset impairments on equipment. The acquisition-related restructuring costs are substantially complete.

19



At the time of its acquisition, Ralcorp had certain initiatives underway designed to optimize its manufacturing and distribution networks. We refer to these actions and the related costs as the "Ralcorp Pre-acquisition Restructuring Plans". These plans involved, among other things, the exit of certain manufacturing facilities. In connection with the Ralcorp Pre-acquisition Restructuring Plans, we have incurred $3.7 million of pre-tax charges ($1.9 million of which resulted in cash outflows). In fiscal 2014, we recognized charges of $2.4 million. At the end of fiscal 2014, the Ralcorp Pre-acquisition Restructuring Plans were substantially complete.

SEGMENT REVIEW
We report our operations in three reporting segments: Consumer Foods, Commercial Foods, and Private Brands.
Consumer Foods
The Consumer Foods reporting segment includes branded food sold in various retail channels primarily in North America. Our food products are sold in a variety of categories (meals, entrees, condiments, sides, snacks, and desserts) in various retail channels across frozen, refrigerated, and shelf-stable temperature classes.
Commercial Foods
The Commercial Foods reporting segment includes commercially branded and private branded food and ingredients, which are sold primarily to commercial, restaurants, foodservice, food manufacturing, and industrial customers. The segment's primary food items include: frozen potato and sweet potato items and a variety of vegetable, spice, bakery, and grain products which are sold under brands such as Lamb Weston® and Spicetec Flavors & Seasonings®.
Private Brands
The Private Brands reporting segment principally includes private brand and customized food products which are sold in various retail channels, primarily in North America. The products include a variety of categories including: bars, cereal, snacks, condiments, pasta, and retail bakery products. Subsequent to fiscal 2015, on June 30, 2015, we announced our plan to exit the Private Brands operations.
Presentation of Derivative Gains (Losses) from Economic Hedges of Forecasted Cash Flows in Segment Results
Derivatives used to manage commodity price risk and foreign currency risk are not designated for hedge accounting treatment. We believe these derivatives provide economic hedges of certain forecasted transactions. As such, these derivatives are generally recognized at fair market value with realized and unrealized gains and losses recognized in general corporate expenses. The gains and losses are subsequently recognized in the operating results of the reporting segments in the period in which the underlying transaction being economically hedged is included in earnings. In the event that management determines a particular derivative entered into as an economic hedge of a forecasted commodity purchase has ceased to function as an economic hedge, we cease recognizing further gains and losses on such derivatives in corporate expense and begin recognizing such gains and losses within segment operating results, immediately.
The following table presents the net derivative gains (losses) from economic hedges of forecasted commodity consumption and the foreign currency risk of certain forecasted transactions, under this methodology:
 
Fiscal Years Ended
($ in millions)
May 31,
2015
 
May 25,
2014
Net derivative gains (losses) incurred
$
(108.5
)
 
$
24.4

Less: Net derivative losses allocated to reporting segments
(58.3
)
 
(12.4
)
Net derivative gains (losses) recognized in general corporate expenses
$
(50.2
)
 
$
36.8

Net derivative losses allocated to Consumer Foods
$
(41.9
)
 
$
(5.9
)
Net derivative gains (losses) allocated to Commercial Foods
(4.7
)
 
4.3

Net derivative losses allocated to Private Brands
(11.7
)
 
(10.8
)
Net derivative losses included in segment operating profit
$
(58.3
)
 
$
(12.4
)

20



As of May 31, 2015, the cumulative amount of net derivative losses from economic hedges that had been recognized in general corporate expenses and not yet allocated to reporting segments was $23.3 million. This amount reflected net losses of $23.7 million incurred during the fiscal year ended May 31, 2015, as well as net gains of $0.4 million incurred prior to fiscal 2015. Based on our forecasts of the timing of recognition of the underlying hedged items, we expect to reclassify to segment operating results losses of $23.5 million in fiscal 2016 and gains of $0.2 million in fiscal 2017 and thereafter.
In the second quarter of fiscal 2015, management determined that certain derivatives that had been previously entered into as an economic hedge of forecasted commodity purchases had ceased to function as economic hedges. We recognized $18.9 million, $5.2 million, and $1.4 million of net derivative losses during fiscal 2015 within the operating results of the Consumer Foods, Private Brands, and Commercial Foods segments, respectively, in connection with these derivatives. Management effectively exited these derivative positions in the third quarter of fiscal 2015.
Fiscal 2015 compared to Fiscal 2014
Net Sales
($ in millions)
Reporting Segment
Fiscal 2015 Net Sales
 
Fiscal 2014 Net Sales
 
% Inc
(Dec)
Consumer Foods
$
7,304.4

 
$
7,315.7

 
 %
Commercial Foods
4,463.2

 
4,332.2

 
3
 %
Private Brands
4,064.8

 
4,195.7

 
(3
)%
Total
$
15,832.4

 
$
15,843.6

 
 %
Overall, our net sales were $15.83 billion in fiscal 2015, essentially flat compared to fiscal 2014.
Consumer Foods net sales for fiscal 2015 were $7.30 billion, a decrease of $11.3 million compared to fiscal 2014. Results reflected a volume benefit of approximately 1% in fiscal 2015 due to the inclusion of an additional week of results, offset by 1% decrease due to the impact of foreign exchange rates. In addition, we increased prices in fiscal 2015 for some categories to cover commodity costs.
Sales of products associated with some of our most significant brands, including ACT II®, Chef Boyardee®, Hebrew National®, Hunt's®, Marie Callender's®, Odom's®, Pam®, Reddi-wip®, Ro*Tel®, and Slim Jim®, grew in fiscal 2015 as compared to fiscal 2014. Significant brands whose products experienced sales declines in fiscal 2015 include Bertolli®, Blue Bonnet®, Healthy Choice®, Libby's®, Orville Redenbacher's®, Peter Pan®, Snack Pack®, Swiss Miss®, and Wesson®.
Commercial Foods net sales were $4.46 billion in fiscal 2015, an increase of $131.0 million, or 3%, compared to fiscal 2014. Results for fiscal 2015 reflected increased volumes in the Lamb Weston specialty potato products business and Foodservice businesses due to the inclusion of an additional week of results. Lamb Weston results also reflected good domestic performance, more than offsetting the negative impact of the West Coast labor dispute on international sales and challenges facing quick service restaurant customers.
Private Brands net sales for fiscal 2015 were $4.06 billion, a decrease of $130.9 million, or 3%, compared to fiscal 2014. The decreases in Private Brands net sales for fiscal 2015 reflected weak volumes resulting from an intense bidding environment and executional challenges, more than offsetting the benefit of the inclusion of an additional week of results in fiscal 2015.
Selling, General and Administrative ("SG&A") Expenses (Includes general corporate expenses)
SG&A expenses totaled $3.47 billion for fiscal 2015, an increase of $700.9 million compared to fiscal 2014. We estimate that the inclusion of an extra week in the fiscal 2015 results increased SG&A expenses by approximately $30 million.
SG&A expenses for fiscal 2015 reflected the following:
charges of $1.59 billion related to impairment of goodwill, other intangibles, and fixed assets impacting reporting units within our Private Brands segment,
a decrease in advertising and promotion spending of $69.8 million,
a decrease in salaries and wages of $57.3 million, in connection with our efficiency and effectiveness initiatives,

21



expenses of $53.3 million in connection with our restructuring plans,
an increase in incentive compensation expense of $25.3 million,
charges of $24.6 million related to early extinguishment of debt as a result of the payoff of our term loan facility and the repurchase of certain senior notes,
expenses of $16.3 million in support of our integration of the former Ralcorp business,
an increase in stock compensation expenses of $12.2 million,
a benefit of $7.0 million related to the reduction of the legal accrual for pending matters associated with the 2007 peanut butter recall,
a charge of $6.9 million reflecting the year-end write-off of actuarial losses in excess of 10% of our pension liability,
charges of $5.1 million related to intangible asset impairments in our Consumer Foods and Commercial Foods segments, and
a charge of $3.7 million in connection with a legal matter.
SG&A expenses for fiscal 2014 included:
charges of $605.4 million for the impairment of goodwill and other intangible assets within our Private Brands segment,
expenses of $76.6 million in connection with our restructuring plans,
charges of $75.7 million related to intangible asset impairments, primarily the Chef Boyardee brand,
expenses of $53.0 million in support of our integration of the former Ralcorp business,
a charge of $16.5 million in connection with the impairment of a small production facility,
a benefit of $10.2 million related legal matters associated with the 2007 peanut butter recall, including a reduction of the legal accrual for matters associated with the recall and the reimbursement of settlement and defense costs from an insurer,
a charge of $8.9 million in connection with the impairment of certain assets received in connection with the bankruptcy of an onion products supplier,
transaction-related costs of $6.4 million, and
a benefit of $5.1 million in connection with the sale of land received in connection with the bankruptcy of an onion products supplier.
Operating Profit (Loss) (Earnings (loss) before general corporate expenses, interest expense, net, income taxes, and equity method investment earnings)
($ in millions)
Reporting Segment
Fiscal 2015 Operating Profit (Loss)
 
Fiscal 2014 Operating Profit (Loss)
 
% Inc
(Dec)
Consumer Foods
$
1,069.7

 
$
892.0

 
20
%
Commercial Foods
568.5

 
537.7

 
6
%
Private Brands
(1,456.7
)
 
(373.4
)
 
290
%
Consumer Foods operating profit for fiscal 2015 was $1.07 billion, an increase of $177.7 million, or 20%, compared to fiscal 2014. Gross profits in Consumer Foods were flat compared to fiscal 2014, driven by the impact of comparable net sales, discussed above, favorable product mix and improved plant productivity, offset by $18.9 million of net derivative losses in

22



connection with certain derivatives that ceased to function as economic hedges and higher commodity costs. Operating profit was favorably impacted by the decrease in advertising and promotion expenses of $63.4 million and lower salaries expense. The decrease in advertising expense reflected a continually increasing focus on prioritization, efficiency, and return on investment. Consumer Foods operating profit in fiscal 2015 included a charge of $4.8 million related to impairment of the Poppycock® brand intangible asset. Operating profit for the Consumer Foods segment for fiscal 2015 also includes $31.7 million of estimated negative impact from changes in foreign exchange rates. Charges totaling $35.4 million related to our restructuring plans also impacted Consumer Foods results in fiscal 2015, compared to $25.6 million in fiscal 2014. In fiscal 2014, Consumer Foods operating profit included charges of $72.5 million related to impairment of intangible assets, principally the Chef Boyardee® brand. Charges of $1.8 million for transaction-related expenses also impacted fiscal 2014 Consumer Foods operating profit.
Operating profit for the Commercial Foods segment was $568.5 million in fiscal 2015, an increase of $30.8 million, or 6%, compared to fiscal 2014. Gross profits in the Commercial Foods segment were flat compared to fiscal 2014. Commercial Foods recognized $1.4 million of net derivative losses in connection with certain derivatives that ceased to function as economic hedges. The increases in operating profits reflected good domestic performance (discussed above), a better quality raw potato crop, and good operating efficiencies; collectively, these more than offset lower profits from international sales. International sales and profits were weak, resulting from challenges facing quick-serve restaurant customers in key Asian markets and the impact of the slowdown from the West Coast port labor dispute. The West Coast port labor dispute was resolved toward the end of the third quarter of fiscal 2015. Commercial Foods operating profit also included charges of $3.2 million and $4.8 million in fiscal 2015 and 2014, respectively, related to the execution of our restructuring plans. Commercial Foods operating profit for fiscal 2014 also included a charge of $16.5 million in connection with the impairment of a small production facility, as well as a charge of $8.9 million for the impairment of certain nonoperating assets and a $5.1 million gain from the sale of land, both related to assets received in connection with the bankruptcy of an onion products supplier.
Private Brands operating loss for fiscal 2015 and 2014 was $1.46 billion and $373.4 million, respectively. Gross profits were $114.2 million lower in fiscal 2015 than in fiscal 2014. Gross profits in fiscal 2015 included $5.2 million of net derivative losses in connection with certain derivatives that ceased to function as economic hedges. In fiscal 2015 and 2014, we recognized charges of $1.59 billion and $605.4 million, respectively, in connection with the impairment of goodwill, other intangible assets, and fixed assets within the Private Brands segment. Additional decreases were driven by the impact of lower net sales, discussed above, and higher commodity costs (particularly for durum wheat and tree nuts). Private Brands operating profit in fiscal 2015 and 2014 also included $36.1 million and $35.9 million, respectively, of charges related to the execution of our restructuring plans. The Company is working to improve execution in its Private Brands segment, including increasing speed of responsiveness to customers and commercialization of new products, improving fill rates and on-time deliveries, and better commodity cost management. Subsequent to fiscal 2015, on June 30, 2015, we announced our plan to exit the Private Brands operations.
Interest Expense, Net
In fiscal 2015, net interest expense was $331.9 million, a decrease of $47.5 million, or 13%, from fiscal 2014. The decrease reflects the repayment of debt and other debt financing actions. Interest expense in fiscal 2015 and 2014 reflected a net benefit of $8.0 million and $12.1 million, respectively, primarily resulting from interest rate swaps used to effectively convert the interest rates of certain outstanding debt instruments from fixed rate to floating rate.
Income Taxes
Our income tax expense was $234.0 million and $220.1 million in fiscal 2015 and 2014, respectively. Income tax expense for fiscal 2015 reflected an impairment of goodwill that is largely non-deductible for tax purposes. The implementation of new positions we are taking on tax credits that apply to prior year tax returns also resulted in an income tax benefit of $10.9 million in fiscal 2015. Income tax expense for fiscal 2014 also reflected an impairment of goodwill that is largely non-deductible for tax purposes. The fiscal 2014 effective tax rate also included a change in estimate related to tax methods used for certain international sales, favorable tax adjustments resulting from changes in legal structure and state tax filing positions, resolution of foreign tax matters that were previously reserved, the effect of a law change in Mexico requiring deconsolidation for tax reporting purposes, and the resolution of certain income tax matters related to dispositions of foreign operations in prior years.
We expect our effective tax rate in fiscal 2016, exclusive of any unusual transactions or tax events, to be approximately 33%-34%.

23



Equity Method Investment Earnings
We include our share of the earnings of certain affiliates based on our economic ownership interest in the affiliates. Significant affiliates include the Ardent Mills joint venture and affiliates that produce and market potato products for retail and foodservice customers. Our share of earnings from our equity method investments was $122.1 million ($119.1 million in the Commercial Foods segment and $3.0 million in the Consumer Foods segment) and $32.5 million ($29.7 million in the Commercial Foods segment and $2.8 million in the Consumer Foods segment) in fiscal 2015 and 2014, respectively. The increase in fiscal 2015 compared to fiscal 2014 reflects the earnings from the Ardent Mills joint venture as well as higher profits for an international potato joint venture. The earnings from the Ardent Mills joint venture reflect results for 11 months of operations, as we recognize earnings on a one-month lag, due to differences in fiscal year periods. In fiscal 2014, earnings also reflected a $3.4 million charge reflecting the year-end write-off of actuarial losses in excess of 10% of the pension liability for an international potato venture.

Results of Discontinued Operations
Our discontinued operations generated after-tax income of $366.6 million and $141.4 million in fiscal 2015 and 2014, respectively. The results of discontinued operations for fiscal 2015 include a pre-tax gain of $625.6 million ($379.6 million after-tax) recognized on the formation of the Ardent Mills joint venture. The results for fiscal 2014 reflect a pre-tax gain of $90.0 million ($55.7 million after-tax) related to the disposition of three flour milling facilities as part of the Ardent Mills formation.
In fiscal 2014, we also completed the sale of a small snack business, Medallion Foods, for $32.0 million in cash. We recognized an after-tax loss of $3.5 million on the sale of this business in fiscal 2014. In fiscal 2014, we recognized an impairment charge related to allocated amounts of goodwill and intangible assets, totaling $15.2 million after-tax, in anticipation of this divestiture. We also completed the sale of the assets of the Lightlife® business for $54.7 million in cash. We recognized an after-tax gain of $19.8 million on the sale of this business in fiscal 2014.
Earnings (Loss) Per Share
Diluted loss per share in fiscal 2015 was $0.60, including a loss of $1.46 per diluted share from continuing operations and earnings of $0.86 per diluted share from discontinued operations. Diluted earnings per share in fiscal 2014 were $0.70, including $0.37 per diluted share from continuing operations and $0.33 per diluted share from discontinued operations. See “Items Impacting Comparability” above as several significant items affected the comparability of year-over-year results of operations.
Fiscal 2014 compared to Fiscal 2013
Net Sales
($ in millions)
Reporting Segment
Fiscal 2014 Net Sales
 
Fiscal 2013 Net Sales
 
% Inc
(Dec)
Consumer Foods
7,315.7

 
7,551.4

 
(3
)%
Commercial Foods
4,332.2

 
4,109.7

 
5
 %
Private Brands
4,195.7

 
1,808.2

 
132
 %
Total
$
15,843.6

 
$
13,469.3

 
18
 %
Overall, our net sales increased $2.37 billion to $15.84 billion in fiscal 2014 compared to fiscal 2013, primarily related to the acquisition of Ralcorp.
Consumer Foods net sales for fiscal 2014 were $7.32 billion, a decrease of $235.7 million, or 3%, compared to fiscal 2013. Results reflected a 3% decrease in volume performance and a 1% decrease due to the impact of foreign exchange rates, partially offset by a 1% increase in price/mix. Volume performance from our base businesses for fiscal 2014 was impacted negatively by competitor promotional activity. Significant slotting and promotion investments related to new product launches, particularly in the first quarter, also weighed heavily on net sales in fiscal 2014. In addition, certain shipments planned for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014 were shifted to the first quarter of fiscal 2015 as a result of change in timing of retailer promotions and this negatively impacted volume performance.

24



Sales of products associated with some of our most significant brands, including Bertolli®, Hunt's®, Odom's®, Libby's®, Reddi-wip®, Ro*Tel®, Slim Jim®, and Swiss Miss® grew in fiscal 2014, as compared to fiscal 2013. Significant brands whose products experienced sales declines in fiscal 2014 include ACT II®, Banquet®, Chef Boyardee®, Healthy Choice®, Marie Callender's®, Orville Redenbacher's®, Snack Pack®, and Wesson®. A significant portion of the overall volume decline was driven by Healthy Choice®, Orville Redenbacher’s®, and Chef Boyardee® (which collectively have annual sales in excess of $1 billion).
Commercial Foods net sales were $4.33 billion in fiscal 2014, an increase of $222.5 million, or 5%, compared to fiscal 2013. Results for fiscal 2014 reflected a 5% benefit from the acquisition of the frozen bakery business of Ralcorp in January 2013. Results for fiscal 2014 also reflected increased volume of 2% in the segment's Lamb Weston specialty potato products business, driven by increased sales to international customers, partially offset by lower price/mix. Sales in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014 to international customers were favorably impacted by increased promotional activity and accelerated orders due to concerns about the effect of a potential external labor dispute on West coast exports. Sales volume in the Foodservice business decreased in fiscal 2014 compared to fiscal 2013 due to industry trends.
Private Brands net sales for fiscal 2014 were $4.20 billion. The increase of $2.39 billion represented a full year of ownership of the legacy Ralcorp business in fiscal 2014 compared to four months in fiscal 2013.
Selling, General and Administrative ("SG&A") Expenses (Includes general corporate expenses)
SG&A expenses totaled $2.77 billion for fiscal 2014, an increase of $705.3 million compared to fiscal 2013. The increase in overall SG&A occurred as a result of the additional eight months of SG&A expenses for the Ralcorp business as well as the following changes from our base business:
a decrease in incentive compensation expense of $74.5 million,
charges of $75.7 million related to intangible asset impairments, primarily the Chef Boyardee brand,
a decrease in advertising and promotion expenses of $49.4 million,
an increase in salaries and wages of $63.7 million,
a charge of $16.5 million in connection with the impairment of a small production facility,
a benefit of $10.2 million related to legal matters associated with the 2007 peanut butter recall, including a reduction of the legal accrual for matters associated with the recall, and the reimbursement of settlement and defense costs from an insurer,
a charge of $8.9 million in connection with the impairment of certain assets received in connection with the bankruptcy of an onion products supplier, and
a benefit of $5.1 million in connection with the sale of land received in connection with the bankruptcy of an onion products supplier.
SG&A expenses for fiscal 2014 (including legacy Ralcorp) also included:
charges of $605.4 million for the impairment of goodwill and other intangible assets within our Private Brands segment,
expenses of $76.6 million in connection with our restructuring plans,
$53.0 million in support of our integration of the former Ralcorp business, and
transaction-related costs of $6.4 million.
SG&A expenses from our base business in fiscal 2013 included:
a benefit of $25.0 million related to the favorable settlement of an insurance matter associated with the 2007 peanut butter recall,

25



a charge of $10.2 million in connection with the impairment of certain assets received in connection with the bankruptcy of an onion products supplier,
a charge of $7.5 million in connection with legal matters associated with the 2007 peanut butter recall,
charges of $6.2 million related to early extinguishment of debt as a result of early payments on our Term Loan Facility,
a charge of $5.7 million reflecting the year-end write-off of actuarial losses in excess of 10% of our pension liability,
charges of $4.5 million related to environmental remediation matters related to Beatrice Company, and
charges of $3.0 million in connection with an accident at our Garner plant.
SG&A expenses for fiscal 2013 (including legacy Ralcorp) also included:
transaction-related costs of $108.2 million, principally relating to the acquisition of Ralcorp,
expenses of $31.9 million in connection with our restructuring plans, and
expenses of $21.6 million in support of our integration of the former Ralcorp business.
Operating Profit (Loss) (Earnings (loss) before general corporate expenses, interest expense, net, income taxes, and equity method investment earnings)
($ in millions)
Reporting Segment
Fiscal 2014 Operating Profit (Loss)
 
Fiscal 2013 Operating Profit
 
% Inc
(Dec)
Consumer Foods
$
892.0

 
$
984.4

 
(9
)%
Commercial Foods
537.7

 
585.5

 
(8
)%
Private Brands
(373.4
)
 
125.4

 
N/A

Consumer Foods operating profit for fiscal 2014 was $892.0 million, a decrease of $92.4 million, or 9%, compared to fiscal 2013. Gross profits in Consumer Foods were $128.2 million lower in fiscal 2014 than in fiscal 2013, driven by the impact of lower net sales, discussed above, and moderate inflation in product costs. These decreases were partially offset by reduced management incentive compensation and decreased advertising and consumer promotion costs of $50.6 million, reflecting heavy investment in fiscal 2013, rebalancing spending to strengthen promotional support and a focus on marketing effectiveness. Other items that significantly impacted Consumer Foods operating profit in fiscal 2014 included charges of $72.5 million related to impairment of intangibles assets, principally the Chef Boyardee brand, and charges totaling $25.6 million in connection with our restructuring plans. Items that significantly impacted Consumer Foods operating profit in fiscal 2013 included charges totaling $12.1 million in connection with our restructuring plans and charges of $10.9 million of transaction-related costs.
Operating profit for the Commercial Foods segment was $537.7 million in fiscal 2014, a decrease of $47.8 million, or 8%, compared to fiscal 2013. Gross profits in the Commercial Foods segment were $35.6 million lower in fiscal 2014 than in fiscal 2013. Decreases in operating profit for fiscal 2014 were driven by lower gross profit in the Lamb Weston specialty potato operations related to the change in mix of sales to international and retail customers due to the impact of a major foodservice customer not renewing a sizable amount of potato business at the end of fiscal 2013, moderate inflation in key inputs, and poor quality raw potatoes affecting plant recovery and throughputs. The significant decreases in Lamb Weston results were offset by significant reductions in incentive compensation expenses in fiscal 2014. Commercial Foods operating profit for fiscal 2014 also included a charge of $16.5 million in connection with the impairment of a small production facility, as well as a charge of $8.9 million for the impairment of certain nonoperating assets and a $5.1 million gain from the sale of land, both related to assets received in connection with the bankruptcy of an onion products supplier. In addition, there were $4.8 million of charges in connection with our restructuring plans. Results for fiscal 2013 reflected a $10.2 million charge to reduce the carrying value of collateral received in connection with the bankruptcy of the onion products supplier to its estimated fair value based upon updated appraisals. Commercial Foods operating profit also included $6.1 million of charges in fiscal

26



2013 related to the execution of our restructuring plans. Included in the results of the Commercial Foods operating profit in fiscal 2013 was $3.1 million of incremental cost of goods sold due to the fair value adjustment to inventory resulting from acquisition accounting.
Private Brands segment operating loss for fiscal 2014 was $373.4 million, compared to an operating profit for fiscal 2013 of $125.4 million. The majority of our Private Brands segment is comprised of the former Ralcorp business. The increase in net sales, discussed above, reflects the impact of the Ralcorp acquisition. Operating profits have been below expectations due to sales force, supply chain, and pricing actions, as well as cost challenges associated with integration and business transition. In fiscal 2014, we recognized charges of $605.4 million in connection with the impairment of goodwill and other intangible assets within the Private Brands segment. Also included in the operating loss for fiscal 2014 were $35.9 million of charges in connection with our restructuring plans. Included in the results of the Private Brands operating profit in fiscal 2013 was $13.6 million of incremental cost of goods sold due to the fair value adjustment to inventory resulting from acquisition accounting.
Interest Expense, Net
In fiscal 2014, net interest expense was $379.4 million, an increase of $103.2 million, or 37%, from fiscal 2013. The increase reflects the issuance of $3.975 billion of senior debt, outstanding borrowings of $900 million under a Term Loan Facility, and $716.0 million of senior debt that was exchanged in January 2013 in financing the Ralcorp acquisition, in addition to the issuance of $750.0 million of senior notes in September 2012. Interest expense in fiscal 2014 and 2013 reflected a net benefit of $12.1 million and $8.6 million, respectively, primarily resulting from interest rate swaps used to effectively convert the interest rates of certain outstanding debt instruments from fixed rate to floating rate.
Income Taxes
Our income tax expense was $220.1 million and $361.9 million in fiscal 2014 and 2013, respectively. The effective tax rate (calculated as the ratio of income tax expense to pre-tax income from continuing operations, inclusive of equity method investment earnings) was 56% for fiscal 2014 and 34% in fiscal 2013. The effective tax rate for fiscal 2014 reflects the incurrence of an impairment of intangible assets, $529.2 million of which was non-deductible goodwill, as well as the benefit of normal, recurring, income tax credits and deductions, some of which expired on December 31, 2013. During fiscal 2015, these income tax credits and deductions were extended through December 31, 2014. Accordingly, the related income tax benefit was recognized in fiscal 2015. The fiscal 2014 effective tax rate also included a change in estimate related to tax methods used for certain international sales, favorable tax adjustments resulting from changes in legal structure and state tax filing positions, resolution of foreign tax matters that were previously reserved, the effect of a law change in Mexico requiring deconsolidation for tax reporting purposes, and the resolution of certain income tax matters related to dispositions of foreign operations in prior years. The effective tax rate for fiscal 2013 reflects the incurrence of various non-deductible transaction-related expenses, as well as a reduced domestic manufacturing deduction benefit, in connection with the acquisition of Ralcorp. The fiscal 2013 effective tax rate also included favorable tax adjustments resulting from the implementation of the 2012 American Taxpayer Relief Act during fiscal 2013.
Equity Method Investment Earnings
We include our share of the earnings of certain affiliates based on our economic ownership interest in the affiliates. Significant affiliates produce and market potato products for retail and foodservice customers. Our share of earnings from our equity method investments was $32.5 million ($29.7 million in the Commercial Foods segment and $2.8 million in the Consumer Foods segment) and $37.5 million ($35.7 million in the Commercial Foods segment and $1.8 million in the Consumer Foods segment) in fiscal 2014 and 2013, respectively. In fiscal 2014, earnings also reflected a $3.4 million charge reflecting the year-end write-off of actuarial losses in excess of 10% of the pension liability of an international potato venture.
Results of Discontinued Operations
Our discontinued operations generated after-tax income of $141.4 million and $87.7 million in fiscal 2014 and 2013, respectively.
The results for fiscal 2014 reflect a pre-tax gain of $90.0 million ($55.7 million after-tax) related to the disposition of three flour milling facilities as part of the Ardent Mills formation.
In fiscal 2014, we also completed the sale of a small snack business, Medallion Foods, for $32.0 million in cash. We recognized an after-tax loss of $3.5 million on the sale of this business in fiscal 2014. In fiscal 2014, we recognized an

27



impairment charge related to allocated amounts of goodwill and intangible assets, totaling $15.2 million after-tax, in anticipation of this divestiture. We also completed the sale of the assets of the Lightlife® business for $54.7 million in cash. We recognized an after-tax gain of $19.8 million on the sale of this business in fiscal 2014.
Earnings Per Share
Our fiscal 2014 diluted earnings per share from continuing operations were $0.70, including $0.37 per diluted share from continuing operations and income of $0.33 per diluted share from discontinued operations. Our fiscal 2013 diluted earnings per share from continuing operations were $1.85, including $1.64 per diluted share from continuing operations and income of $0.21 per diluted share from discontinued operations.

LIQUIDITY AND CAPITAL RESOURCES
Sources of Liquidity and Capital
Our primary financing objective is to maintain a prudent capital structure that provides us flexibility to pursue our growth objectives. If necessary, we use short-term debt principally to finance ongoing operations, including our seasonal requirements for working capital and a combination of equity and long-term debt to finance both our base working capital needs and our non-current assets. We are committed to maintaining an investment grade credit rating.
At May 31, 2015, we had a $1.5 billion revolving credit facility. The facility is scheduled to mature in September 2018. The facility has historically been used principally as a back-up facility for our commercial paper program. As of May 31, 2015, there were no outstanding borrowings under the facility. The facility requires that our consolidated funded debt not exceed 65%of our consolidated capital base and that our fixed charges coverage ratio be greater than 1.75 to 1.0. On March 23, 2015, the Company entered into an amendment to the facility to exclude certain goodwill and other intangible asset impairments from the calculation of the fixed charge coverage ratio. As of May 31, 2015, we were in compliance with these financial covenants.
As of May 31, 2015, we had no amounts outstanding under our commercial paper program. The highest level of borrowings during fiscal 2015 was $685.8 million. As of May 25, 2014, we had $137.0 million in borrowings under our commercial paper program.
In January 2013, we borrowed $1.5 billion under a term loan facility ("Term Loan Facility") as part of the financing used to acquire Ralcorp. During the first quarter of fiscal 2015, we repaid the $900.0 million remaining principal balance and associated accrued interest, and terminated the Term Loan Facility. We were allowed to prepay borrowings without premium or penalty.
On July 21, 2014, we issued floating rate senior unsecured notes in the aggregate principal amount of $550.0 million due July 2016. The notes carry an interest rate equal to the three-month LIBOR plus 0.37%. The net proceeds were used to repay $225.0 million aggregate principal amount of senior notes due 2023, $200.0 million aggregate principal amount of senior notes due 2043, $25.0 million aggregate principal amount of senior notes due 2019, $25.0 million aggregate principal amount of senior notes due 2018, and $25.0 million aggregate principal amount of senior notes due 2017, in each case prior to maturity in a tender offer, and reduce our commercial paper balances.
As of the end of fiscal 2015, our senior long-term debt ratings were all investment grade. A significant downgrade in our credit ratings would not affect our ability to borrow amounts under the revolving credit facility, although borrowing costs would increase. A downgrade of our short-term credit ratings would impact our ability to borrow under our commercial paper program by negatively impacting borrowing costs and causing shorter durations, as well as making access to commercial paper more difficult.
We repurchase our shares of common stock from time to time after considering market conditions and in accordance with repurchase limits authorized by our Board of Directors. In December 2011, the Company's Board of Directors approved a $750.0 million increase to our share repurchase authorization. Under the share repurchase authorization, we may repurchase our shares periodically over several years, depending on market conditions and other factors, and may do so in open market purchases or privately negotiated transactions. The authorization has no time limit and may be suspended or discontinued at any time. We repurchased 1.4 million shares of our common stock for an aggregate of $50.0 million under this program in fiscal 2015. The Company's total remaining share repurchase authorization as of May 31, 2015 was $131.9 million.

28



In fiscal 2015, we received $505.4 million in cash (net of $49.0 million contributed to Ardent Mills) upon the formation of Ardent Mills, which included $163.0 million associated with the sale of three flour milling facilities in fiscal 2014 and a payment of $11.5 million to Ardent Mills for a working capital adjustment in the second quarter of fiscal 2015.
In fiscal 2015, the Company completed its multi-year debt reduction goal of repaying $2.1 billion between the third quarter of fiscal 2013 and the end of fiscal 2015, exceeding the goal of $2.0 billion of debt repayment in that time period. Despite the progress in debt reduction, the Company continues to have a substantial amount of debt outstanding. Given weaker-than-planned operating performance, the Company’s leverage ratios are still higher than targeted, so debt reduction is expected to remain a component of capital allocation in the foreseeable future.
On June 30, 2015, the Company announced its intention to sell the Private Brands operations. At this time the impact of the sale of these operations on the Company's liquidity is unknown.
Cash Flows
In fiscal 2015, we generated $1.48 billion from operating activities, used $41.6 million for investing activities, used $1.43 billion for financing activities, and had a decrease of $8.8 million in cash due to the effect of changes in foreign currency exchange rates.
Cash generated from operating activities of continuing operations totaled $1.47 billion in fiscal 2015, as compared to $1.45 billion generated in fiscal 2014. Operating cash outflows for interest payments decreased $57.9 million to $337.7 million in fiscal 2015 as a result of the decreases in outstanding debt. We contributed $13.5 million and $18.3 million to our pension plans in fiscal 2015 and 2014, respectively. We paid approximately $86.0 million less in annual incentive compensation payments in fiscal 2015 (earned in fiscal 2014) than in fiscal 2014 (earned in fiscal 2013). Increases in inventory in fiscal 2015 resulted from lower volumes in international shipments in our fiscal third quarter due to the slowdown from the West Coast port labor dispute, expansion of our potato manufacturing capacity in the United States and China, higher durum wheat costs, and larger harvests of corn, tomatoes, and potatoes. Reductions in cash outflows for advertising and promotions in our Consumer Foods business have been largely offset by increases in trade promotions. During fiscal 2015, our income tax payments were approximately $47.7 million more than those made in fiscal 2014, due primarily to prior year income tax deductions related to the Ralcorp debt exchange and Ralcorp loss carryforwards from fiscal 2013. We received dividends of $77.9 million from our investment in the Ardent Mills joint venture during fiscal 2015. Cash generated from operating activities of discontinued operations was $6.9 million and $114.0 million in fiscal 2015 and fiscal 2014, respectively, reflecting the timing of the milling business disposition.
Investing activities used $41.6 million in fiscal 2015 versus $531.5 million in fiscal 2014. Investing activities of continuing operations in fiscal 2015 consisted primarily of capital expenditures of $471.9 million and acquisitions of a potato manufacturer in China and an organic frozen food business in the United States totaling $95.7 million. Capital expenditures in fiscal 2015 were lower than fiscal 2014 as a result of fewer significant plant expansions and improvements. In fiscal 2014, we purchased certain frozen dessert production assets for $39.9 million million. The fiscal 2015 investments were offset by $391.4 million in cash received from Ardent Mills in connection with the formation of that joint venture. Cash generated from investing activities of discontinued operations in fiscal 2015 totaled $114.0 million resulting from receipt of $163.0 million cash associated with the sale of three flour milling facilities at the end of fiscal 2014, partially offset by $49.0 million cash contributed to Ardent Mills upon the formation of the joint venture. Investing activities of discontinued operations generated $58.2 million in fiscal 2014 primarily from the sale of assets of the Lightlife and Medallion Foods businesses offset by capital expenditures in our former milling operations.
Cash used for financing activities of continuing operations totaled $1.43 billion in fiscal 2015 compared to $1.03 billion in fiscal 2014. In fiscal 2015, we repaid $1.50 billion of long-term debt, partially financed by the issuance of $550.0 million aggregate principal amount of floating rate notes. We also reduced short term debt, primarily commercial paper, by $150.0 million. In fiscal 2014, we decreased our total debt by $612.4 million, including the repayment of $500.0 million aggregate principal amount of our 5.875% senior notes upon maturity in April 2014. During fiscal 2015 and 2014, we paid dividends of $425.2 million and $420.9 million, respectively. In fiscal 2015 and 2014, we repurchased $50.0 million and $100.0 million, respectively, of our common stock as part of our share repurchase program. Amounts generated from proceeds of employee stock option exercises and issuance of other stock awards were $153.8 million and $103.7 million in fiscal 2015 and 2014, respectively.

29



The Company had cash and cash equivalents of $183.1 million at May 31, 2015 and $141.3 million at May 25, 2014, of which $102.3 million at May 31, 2015 and $104.5 million at May 25, 2014 was held in foreign countries. As of May 31, 2015 and May 25, 2014, certain of the Company's foreign subsidiaries had extended short term loans to domestic entities totaling $36.4 million and $37.8 million, respectively. Domestic entities repaid these amounts early in the first fiscal quarter of fiscal 2016 and 2015, respectively. The Company makes an assertion regarding the amount of earnings intended for permanent reinvestment outside the United States, with the balance available to be repatriated to the United States. The cash held by foreign subsidiaries for permanent reinvestment is generally used to finance the subsidiaries' operational activities and future foreign investments. No related tax liability has been accrued as of May 31, 2015. At May 31, 2015, management does not intend to permanently repatriate additional foreign cash. Any future decision to repatriate foreign cash could result in an adjustment to the deferred tax liability after considering available foreign tax credits and other tax attributes. It is not practicable to determine the amount of any such deferred tax liability at this time.
Our preliminary estimate of capital expenditures for fiscal 2016 is approximately $575 million. This includes amounts attributable to the Private Brands operations we intend to divest.
Management believes that existing cash balances, cash flows from operations, existing credit facilities, and access to capital markets will provide sufficient liquidity to meet our working capital needs, planned capital expenditures, and payment of anticipated quarterly dividends for at least the next twelve months.

OFF-BALANCE SHEET ARRANGEMENTS
We use off-balance sheet arrangements (e.g., leases accounted for as operating leases) where sound business principles warrant their use. We also periodically enter into guarantees and other similar arrangements as part of transactions in the ordinary course of business. These are described further in “Obligations and Commitments,” below.
Variable Interest Entities Not Consolidated
We have variable interests in certain entities that we have determined to be variable interest entities, but for which we are not the primary beneficiary. We do not consolidate the financial statements of these entities.
We hold a 50.0% interest in Lamb Weston RDO, a potato processing venture. We provide all sales and marketing services to Lamb Weston RDO. We receive a fee for these services based on a percentage of the net sales of the venture. We reflect the value of our ownership interest in this venture in other assets in our Consolidated Balance Sheets, based upon the equity method of accounting. The balance of our investment was $14.6 million and $12.6 million at May 31, 2015 and May 25, 2014, respectively, representing our maximum exposure to loss as a result of our involvement with this venture. The capital structure of Lamb Weston RDO includes owners' equity of $29.2 million and term borrowings from banks of $41.6 million as of May 31, 2015. We have determined that we do not have the power to direct the activities that most significantly impact the economic performance of this venture.
We lease certain office buildings from entities that we have determined to be variable interest entities. The lease agreements with these entities include fixed-price purchase options for the assets being leased, representing our only variable interest in these lessor entities. These leases are accounted for as operating leases, and accordingly, there are no material assets or liabilities associated with these entities included in our Consolidated Balance Sheets. We have no material exposure to loss from our variable interests in these entities. We have determined that we do not have the power to direct the activities that most significantly impact the economic performance of these entities. In making this determination, we have considered, among other items, the terms of the lease agreements, the expected remaining useful lives of the assets leased, and the capital structure of the lessor entities.

OBLIGATIONS AND COMMITMENTS
As part of our ongoing operations, we enter into arrangements that obligate us to make future payments under contracts such as lease agreements, debt agreements, and unconditional purchase obligations (i.e., obligations to transfer funds in the future for fixed or minimum quantities of goods or services at fixed or minimum prices, such as "take-or-pay" contracts). The unconditional purchase obligation arrangements are entered into in our normal course of business in order to ensure adequate levels of sourced product are available. Of these items, debt, notes payable, and capital lease obligations, which totaled $7.8 billion as of May 31, 2015, were recognized as liabilities in our Consolidated Balance Sheets. Operating lease obligations and

30



unconditional purchase obligations, which totaled $2.4 billion as of May 31, 2015, were not recognized as liabilities in our Consolidated Balance Sheets, in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles.
A summary of our contractual obligations as of May 31, 2015 was as follows:
 
Payments Due by Period
(in millions)
Contractual Obligations
Total
 
Less than
1 Year
 
1-3 Years
 
3-5 Years
 
After 5
Years
Long-term debt
$
7,732.5

 
$
1,000.6

 
$
2,260.2

 
$
475.0

 
$
3,996.7

Capital lease obligations
68.8

 
8.4

 
14.5

 
8.7

 
37.2

Operating lease obligations
520.4

 
86.3

 
152.3

 
97.3

 
184.5

Purchase obligations1
1,851.4

 
1,728.7

 
89.5

 
28.0

 
5.2

Notes payable
7.9

 
7.9

 

 

 

Total
$
10,181.0

 
$
2,831.9

 
$
2,516.5

 
$
609.0

 
$
4,223.6

1 Amount includes open purchase orders and agreements, some of which are not legally binding and/or may be cancellable. Such agreements are generally settleable in the ordinary course of business in less than one year.
We are also contractually obligated to pay interest on our long-term debt and capital lease obligations. The weighted average coupon interest rate of the long-term debt obligations outstanding as of May 31, 2015 was approximately 4.1%.
The operating lease obligations noted in the table above have not been reduced by non-cancellable sublease rentals of $29.6 million.
We own a 49.99% interest in Lamb Weston BSW, LLC ("Lamb Weston BSW"), a potato processing venture with Ochoa Ag Unlimited Foods, Inc. ("Ochoa"). We provide all sales and marketing services to Lamb Weston BSW. Under certain circumstances, we could be required to compensate Ochoa for lost profits resulting from significant production shortfalls ("production shortfalls"). Commencing on June 1, 2018, or on an earlier date under certain circumstances, we have a contractual right to purchase the remaining equity interest in Lamb Weston BSW from Ochoa (the "call option"). We are currently subject to a contractual obligation to purchase all of Ochoa's equity investment in Lamb Weston BSW at the option of Ochoa (the "put option"). The purchase prices under the call option and the put option (the "options") are based on the book value of Ochoa's equity interest at the date of exercise, as modified by an agreed-upon rate of return for the holding period of the investment balance. The agreed-upon rate of return varies depending on the circumstances under which any of the options are exercised. As of May 31, 2015, the price at which Ochoa had the right to put its equity interest to us was $41.6 million. This amount, which is presented within other noncurrent liabilities in our Consolidated Balance Sheets, is not included in the "Contractual Obligations" table above as the payment is contingent upon the exercise of the put option by Ochoa, and the eventual occurrence and timing of such exercise is uncertain.
As part of our ongoing operations, we also enter into arrangements that obligate us to make future cash payments only upon the occurrence of a future event (e.g., guarantees of debt or lease payments of a third party should the third party be unable to perform). In accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, the following commercial commitments are not recognized as liabilities in our Consolidated Balance Sheets. A summary of our commitments, including commitments associated with equity method investments, as of May 31, 2015, was as follows:
 
Amount of Commitment Expiration Per Period
(in millions)
Other Commercial Commitments
Total
 
Less than
1 Year
 
1-3 Years
 
3-5 Years
 
After 5
Years
Guarantees
$
68.7

 
$
44.7

 
$
5.4

 
$
8.4

 
$
10.2

Standby Repurchase Obligations
2.8

 
1.1

 
0.5

 
0.5

 
0.7

Other commitments
2.0

 
2.0

 

 

 

Total
$
73.5

 
$
47.8

 
$
5.9

 
$
8.9

 
$
10.9

We are a party to various potato supply agreements. Under the terms of certain such potato supply agreements, we have guaranteed repayment of short-term bank loans of the potato suppliers, under certain conditions. At May 31, 2015, the amount

31



of supplier loans effectively guaranteed by us was $39.3 million, included in the table above. We have not established a liability for these guarantees, as we have determined that the likelihood of our required performance under the guarantees is remote.
Federal income tax credits were generated related to our sweet potato production facility in Delhi, Louisiana. Third parties invested in these income tax credits. We have guaranteed these third parties the face value of these income tax credits over their statutory lives, through fiscal 2017, in the event that the income tax credits are recaptured or reduced. The face value of the income tax credits was $26.7 million, included in the table above, as of May 31, 2015. We believe the likelihood of the recapture or reduction of the income tax credits is remote, and therefore we have not established a liability in connection with this guarantee.
We hold a fifty percent ownership interest in Lamb-Weston/Meijer, V.O.F. (“Lamb Weston Meijer”), a Netherlands joint venture, headquartered in the Netherlands, that manufactures and sells frozen potato products principally in Europe. We and our partner are jointly and severally liable for all legal liabilities of Lamb Weston Meijer. As of May 31, 2015 and May 25, 2014, the total liabilities of Lamb Weston Meijer were $129.1 million and $144.7 million, respectively. Lamb Weston Meijer is well capitalized, with partners’ equity of $255.9 million and $247.0 million as of May 31, 2015 and May 25, 2014, respectively. We have not established a liability on our balance sheets for the obligations of Lamb Weston Meijer, as we have determined the likelihood of any required payment by us to settle such liabilities of Lamb Weston Meijer is remote.
The obligations and commitments tables above do not include any reserves for uncertainties in income taxes, as we are unable to reasonably estimate the ultimate amount or timing of settlement of our reserves for income taxes. The liability for gross unrecognized tax benefits at May 31, 2015 was $73.7 million. The net amount of unrecognized tax benefits at May 31, 2015, that, if recognized, would impact our effective tax rate was $43.2 million. Recognition of these tax benefits would have a favorable impact on our effective tax rate.

CRITICAL ACCOUNTING ESTIMATES
The process of preparing financial statements requires the use of estimates on the part of management. The estimates used by management are based on our historical experiences combined with management’s understanding of current facts and circumstances. Certain of our accounting estimates are considered critical as they are both important to the portrayal of our financial condition and results and require significant or complex judgment on the part of management. The following is a summary of certain accounting estimates considered critical by management.
Our Audit/Finance Committee has reviewed management’s development, selection, and disclosure of the critical accounting estimates.
Marketing Costs—We incur certain costs to promote our products through marketing programs, which include advertising, customer incentives, and consumer incentives. We recognize the cost of each of these types of marketing activities as incurred in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. The judgment required in determining marketing costs can be significant. For volume-based incentives provided to customers, management must continually assess the likelihood of the customer achieving the specified targets. Similarly, for consumer coupons, management must estimate the level at which coupons will be redeemed by consumers in the future. Estimates made by management in accounting for marketing costs are based primarily on our historical experience with marketing programs with consideration given to current circumstances and industry trends. As these factors change, management’s estimates could change and we could recognize different amounts of marketing costs over different periods of time.
We have recognized reserves of $159.9 million for these marketing costs as of May 31, 2015. Changes in the assumptions used in estimating the cost of any individual customer marketing program would not result in a material change in our results of operations or cash flows.
Advertising and promotion expenses totaled $344.2 million, $414.0 million, and $463.4 million in fiscal 2015, 2014, and 2013, respectively.
Income Taxes—Our income tax expense is based on our income, statutory tax rates, and tax planning opportunities available in the various jurisdictions in which we operate. Tax laws are complex and subject to different interpretations by the taxpayer and respective governmental taxing authorities. Significant judgment is required in determining our income tax expense and in evaluating our tax positions, including evaluating uncertainties. Management reviews tax positions at least quarterly and adjusts the balances as new information becomes available. Deferred income tax assets represent amounts available to reduce income taxes payable on taxable income in future years. Such assets arise because of temporary differences between the tax bases of assets and liabilities and their carrying amounts in our balance sheets, as well as from net operating

32



loss and tax credit carryforwards. Management evaluates the recoverability of these future tax deductions by assessing the adequacy of future expected taxable income from all sources, including reversal of taxable temporary differences, forecasted operating earnings, and available tax planning strategies. These estimates of future taxable income inherently require significant judgment. Management uses historical experience and short and long-range business forecasts to develop such estimates. Further, we employ various prudent and feasible tax planning strategies to facilitate the recoverability of future deductions. To the extent management does not consider it more likely than not that a deferred tax asset will be recovered, a valuation allowance is established.
Further information on income taxes is provided in Note 15 “Pre-tax Income and Income Taxes” to the consolidated financial statements.
Environmental Liabilities—Environmental liabilities are accrued when it is probable that obligations have been incurred and the associated amounts can be reasonably estimated. Management works with independent third-party specialists in order to effectively assess our environmental liabilities. Management estimates our environmental liabilities based on evaluation of investigatory studies, extent of required clean-up, our known volumetric contribution, other potentially responsible parties, and our experience in remediating sites. Environmental liability estimates may be affected by changing governmental or other external determinations of what constitutes an environmental liability or an acceptable level of clean-up. Management’s estimate as to our potential liability is independent of any potential recovery of insurance proceeds or indemnification arrangements. Insurance companies and other indemnitors are notified of any potential claims and periodically updated as to the general status of known claims. We do not discount our environmental liabilities as the timing of the anticipated cash payments is not fixed or readily determinable. To the extent that there are changes in the evaluation factors identified above, management’s estimate of environmental liabilities may also change.
We have recognized a reserve of approximately $55.0 million for environmental liabilities as of May 31, 2015. The reserve for each site is determined based on an assessment of the most likely required remedy and a related estimate of the costs required to effect such remedy. In fiscal 2013, we made an adjustment to the reserve of $4.5 million to increase our estimate based on expected payments.
Employment-Related Benefits—We incur certain employment-related expenses associated with pensions, postretirement health care benefits, and workers’ compensation. In order to measure the annual expense associated with these employment-related benefits, management must make a variety of estimates including, but not limited to, discount rates used to measure the present value of certain liabilities, assumed rates of return on assets set aside to fund these expenses, compensation increases, employee turnover rates, anticipated mortality rates, anticipated health care costs, and employee accidents incurred but not yet reported to us. The estimates used by management are based on our historical experience as well as current facts and circumstances. We use third-party specialists to assist management in appropriately measuring the expense associated with these employment-related benefits. Different estimates used by management could result in us recognizing different amounts of expense over different periods of time.
We have recognized a pension liability of $573.7 million and $451.8 million, a postretirement liability of $235.3 million and $283.2 million, and a workers’ compensation liability of $100.1 million and $107.7 million, as of the end of fiscal 2015 and 2014, respectively. We also have recognized a pension asset of $20.5 million and $18.8 million as of the end of fiscal 2015 and 2014, respectively, as certain individual plans of the Company had a positive funded status.
We recognize cumulative changes in the fair value of pension plan assets and net actuarial gains or losses in excess of 10% of the greater of the fair value of plan assets or the plan’s projected benefit obligation (“the corridor”) in current period expense annually as of our measurement date, which is our fiscal year-end, or when measurement is required otherwise under generally accepted accounting principles.
We recognized pension expense (benefit) from Company plans of $0.9 million, $(5.9) million, and $23.5 million in fiscal years 2015, 2014, and 2013, respectively. Such amounts reflect the year-end write-off of actuarial losses in excess of 10% of our pension liability of $6.9 million, $3.4 million, and $5.7 million in fiscal years 2015, 2014, and 2013, respectively. This also reflected expected returns on plan assets of $267.9 million, $252.9 million, and $216.4 million in fiscal years 2015, 2014, and 2013, respectively. We contributed $13.5 million, $18.3 million, and $19.8 million to our pension plans in fiscal years 2015, 2014, and 2013, respectively. We anticipate contributing approximately $13.0 million to our pension plans in fiscal 2016.
One significant assumption for pension plan accounting is the discount rate. We select a discount rate each year (as of our fiscal year-end measurement date) for our plans based upon a hypothetical bond portfolio for which the cash flows from coupons and maturities match the year-by-year projected benefit cash flows for our pension plans. The hypothetical bond

33



portfolio is comprised of high-quality fixed income debt instruments (usually Moody’s Aa) available at the measurement date. Based on this information, the discount rate selected by us for determination of pension expense was 4.15% for fiscal 2015, 4.05% for fiscal 2014, and 4.5% for fiscal 2013. We selected a discount rate of 4.10% for determination of pension expense for fiscal 2016. A 25 basis point increase in our discount rate assumption as of the end of fiscal 2015 would have resulted in a decrease of $2.9 million in our pension expense for fiscal 2015. A 25 basis point decrease in our discount rate assumption as of the end of fiscal 2015 would have resulted in an increase of $89.0 million in our pension expense for fiscal 2015. The disproportionate impact on pension expense of a reduction of our discount rate is due to our policy of writing-off actuarial losses in excess of 10% of our pension liability immediately. For our year-end pension obligation determination, we selected discount rates of 4.10% and 4.15% for fiscal years 2015 and 2014, respectively.
Another significant assumption used to account for our pension plans is the expected long-term rate of return on plan assets. In developing the assumed long-term rate of return on plan assets for determining pension expense, we consider long-term historical returns (arithmetic average) of the plan’s investments, the asset allocation among types of investments, estimated long-term returns by investment type from external sources, and the current economic environment. Based on this information, we selected 7.75% for the long-term rate of return on plan assets for determining our fiscal 2015 pension expense. A 25 basis point increase/decrease in our expected long-term rate of return assumption as of the beginning of fiscal 2015 would decrease/increase annual pension expense for our pension plans by $8.7 million. We selected an expected rate of return on plan assets of 7.75% to be used to determine our pension expense for fiscal 2016. A 25 basis point increase/decrease in our expected long-term rate of return assumption as of the beginning of fiscal 2016 would decrease/increase annual pension expense for our pension plans by $8.7 million.
The rate of compensation increase is another significant assumption used in the development of accounting information for pension plans. We determine this assumption based on our long-term plans for compensation increases and current economic conditions. Based on this information, we selected 3.70% and 4.25% for fiscal years 2015 and 2014, respectively, as the rate of compensation increase for determining our year-end pension obligation. We selected 4.25% for the rate of compensation increase for determination of pension expense for each of fiscal years 2015, 2014, and 2013. A 25 basis point increase in our rate of compensation increase assumption as of the beginning of fiscal 2015 would increase pension expense for our pension plans by $0.8 million for the year. A 25 basis point decrease in our rate of compensation increase assumption as of the beginning of fiscal 2015 would decrease pension expense for our pension plans by $1.2 million for the year. We selected a rate of 3.70% for the rate of compensation increase to be used to determine our pension expense for fiscal 2016. A 25 basis point increase in our rate of compensation increase assumption as of the beginning of fiscal 2016 would increase pension expense for our pension plans by $1.1 million for the year. A 25 basis point decrease in our rate of compensation increase assumption as of the beginning of fiscal 2016 would decrease pension expense for our pension plans by $1.6 million for the year.
In October 2014, The Society of Actuaries' Retirement Plan Experience Committee published new mortality tables and recommended their use for the measurement of U.S. pension plan obligations. With the assistance of our third-party actuary, in measuring our pension obligations as of May 31, 2015, we incorporated revised assumptions that generally reflect the mortality improvement inherent in these new tables, as adjusted for experience specific to our industry.
We also provide certain postretirement health care benefits. We recognized postretirement benefit expense of $6.1 million, $9.9 million, and $8.8 million in fiscal 2015, 2014, and 2013, respectively. We reflected liabilities of $235.3 million and $283.2 million in our balance sheets as of May 31, 2015 and May 25, 2014, respectively. We anticipate contributing approximately $23.7 million to our postretirement health care plans in fiscal 2016.
The postretirement benefit expense and obligation are also dependent on our assumptions used for the actuarially determined amounts. These assumptions include discount rates (discussed above), health care cost trend rates, inflation rates, retirement rates, mortality rates (also discussed above), and other factors. The health care cost trend assumptions are developed based on historical cost data, the near-term outlook, and an assessment of likely long-term trends. Assumed inflation rates are based on an evaluation of external market indicators. Retirement and mortality rates are based primarily on actual plan experience. The discount rate we selected for determination of postretirement expense was 3.65% for fiscal 2015, 3.35% for fiscal 2014, and 3.9% for fiscal 2013. We have selected a weighted-average discount rate of 3.5% for determination of postretirement expense for fiscal 2016. A 25 basis point increase/decrease in our discount rate assumption as of the beginning of fiscal 2015 would not have resulted in a material change to postretirement expense for our plans. We have assumed the initial year increase in cost of health care to be 9.0%, with the trend rate decreasing to 4.5% by 2023. A one percentage point change in the assumed health care cost trend rate would have the following effects:

34



($ in millions)
 
One  Percent
Increase
 
One  Percent
Decrease
Effect on total service and interest cost
 
$
0.6

 
$
(0.5
)
Effect on postretirement benefit obligation
 
14.0

 
(12.5
)
We provide workers’ compensation benefits to our employees. The measurement of the liability for our cost of providing these benefits is largely based upon actuarial analysis of costs. One significant assumption we make is the discount rate used to calculate the present value of our obligation. The weighted-average discount rate used at May 31, 2015 was 2.16%. A 25 basis point increase/decrease in the discount rate assumption would not have a material impact on workers’ compensation expense.
Business Combinations, Impairment of Long-Lived Assets (including property, plant and equipment), Identifiable Intangible Assets, and Goodwill—We use the acquisition method in accounting for acquired businesses. Under the acquisition method, our financial statements reflect the operations of an acquired business starting from the closing of the acquisition. The assets acquired and liabilities assumed are recorded at their respective estimated fair values at the date of the acquisition. Any excess of the purchase price over the estimated fair values of the identifiable net assets acquired is recorded as goodwill. Significant judgment is often required in estimating the fair value of assets acquired, particularly intangible assets. As a result, in the case of significant acquisitions we normally obtain the assistance of a third-party valuation specialist in estimating fair values of tangible and intangible assets. The fair value estimates are based on available historical information and on expectations and assumptions about the future, considering the perspective of marketplace participants. While management believes those expectations and assumptions are reasonable, they are inherently uncertain. Unanticipated market or macroeconomic events and circumstances may occur, which could affect the accuracy or validity of the estimates and assumptions.
We reduce the carrying amounts of long-lived assets (including property, plant and equipment) to their fair values when their carrying amount is determined to not be recoverable. We generally compare undiscounted estimated future cash flows of an asset or asset group to the carrying values of the asset or asset group. If the undiscounted estimated future cash flows exceed the carrying values of the asset or asset group, no impairment is recognized. If the undiscounted estimated future cash flows are less than the carrying values of the asset or asset group, we write-down the asset or assets to their estimated fair values. The estimates of fair value are generally in the form of appraisal, or by discounting estimated future cash flows of the asset or asset group.
Determining the useful lives of intangible assets also requires management judgment. Certain brand intangibles are expected to have indefinite lives based on their history and our plans to continue to support and build the acquired brands, while other acquired intangible assets (e.g., customer relationships) are expected to have determinable useful lives. Our estimates of the useful lives of definite-lived intangible assets are primarily based upon historical experience, the competitive and macroeconomic environment, and our operating plans. The costs of definite-lived intangibles are amortized to expense over their estimated life.
We reduce the carrying amounts of indefinite-lived intangible assets, and goodwill to their fair values when the fair value of such assets is determined to be less than their carrying amounts (i.e., assets are deemed to be impaired). Fair value is typically estimated using a discounted cash flow analysis, which requires us to estimate the future cash flows anticipated to be generated by the particular asset being tested for impairment as well as to select a discount rate to measure the present value of the anticipated cash flows. When determining future cash flow estimates, we consider historical results adjusted to reflect current and anticipated operating conditions. Estimating future cash flows requires significant judgment by management in such areas as future economic conditions, industry-specific conditions, product pricing, and necessary capital expenditures. The use of different assumptions or estimates for future cash flows could produce different impairment amounts (or none at all) for long-lived assets and identifiable intangible assets.
In assessing other intangible assets not subject to amortization for impairment, we have the option to perform a qualitative assessment to determine whether the existence of events or circumstances leads to a determination that it is more likely than not that the fair value of such an intangible asset is less than its carrying amount. If we determine that it is not more likely than not that the fair value of such an intangible asset is less than its carrying amount, then we are not required to perform any additional tests for assessing intangible assets for impairment. However, if we conclude otherwise or elect not to perform the qualitative assessment, then we are required to perform a quantitative impairment test that involves a comparison of the estimated fair value of the intangible asset with its carrying value. If the carrying value of the intangible asset exceeds its fair value, an impairment loss is recognized in an amount equal to that excess.

35



If we perform a quantitative impairment test in evaluating impairment of our indefinite lived brands/trademarks, we utilize a “relief from royalty” methodology. The methodology determines the fair value of each brand through use of a discounted cash flow model that incorporates an estimated “royalty rate” we would be able to charge a third party for the use of the particular brand. When determining the future cash flow estimates, we must estimate future net sales and a fair market royalty rate for each applicable brand and an appropriate discount rate to measure the present value of the anticipated cash flows. Estimating future net sales requires significant judgment by management in such areas as future economic conditions, product pricing, and consumer trends. In determining an appropriate discount rate to apply to the estimated future cash flows, we consider the current interest rate environment and our estimated cost of capital.
In fiscal 2015, we elected to perform a quantitative impairment test for indefinite lived intangibles. During fiscal 2015, we recognized impairment charges of $43.7 million in our Private Brands segment to write-down various brands. We also recognized impairment charges of $4.8 million in our Consumer Foods segment for our Poppycock® brand and a $0.3 million impairment charge in our Commercial Foods segment for a small brand.
In fiscal 2014, we elected to perform a quantitative impairment test for indefinite lived intangibles. We recognized impairment charges of $72.5 million in our Consumer Foods segment, primarily for our Chef Boyardee® brand, and a $3.2 million impairment charge in our Private Brands segment for two small brands. We also recognized a $3.2 million impairment charge for an amortizable technology license in our Corporate expenses in fiscal 2014.
Goodwill is tested annually for impairment of value and whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate the carrying amount of the asset may be impaired. A significant amount of judgment is involved in determining if an indicator of impairment has occurred. Such indicators may include deterioration in general economic conditions, adverse changes in the markets in which an entity operates, increases in input costs that have negative effects on earnings and cash flows, or a trend of negative or declining cash flows over multiple periods, among others. The fair value that could be realized in an actual transaction may differ from that used to evaluate the impairment of goodwill.
In testing goodwill for impairment, we have the option to first assess qualitative factors to determine whether the existence of events or circumstances leads to a determination that it is more likely than not (more than 50%) that the estimated fair value of a reporting unit is less than its carrying amount. If we elect to perform a qualitative assessment and determine that an impairment is more likely than not, we are then required to perform a quantitative impairment test, otherwise no further analysis is required. We also may elect not to perform the qualitative assessment and, instead, proceed directly to the quantitative impairment test.
Under the qualitative assessment, various events and circumstances that would affect the estimated fair value of a reporting unit are identified (similar to impairment indicators above). Furthermore, management considers the results of the most recent two-step quantitative impairment test completed for a reporting unit and compares the weighted average cost of capital between the current and prior years for each reporting unit.
Under the two-step quantitative impairment test, the first step of the evaluation involves comparing the current fair value of each reporting unit to its carrying value, including goodwill. Fair value is typically estimated using a discounted cash flow analysis, which requires us to estimate the future cash flows anticipated to be generated by the reporting unit being tested for impairment as well as to select a risk-adjusted discount rate to measure the present value of the anticipated cash flows. When determining future cash flow estimates, we consider historical results adjusted to reflect current and anticipated operating conditions. We estimate cash flows for the reporting unit over a discrete period (typically four or five years) and the terminal period (considering expected long term growth rates and trends). Estimating future cash flows requires significant judgment by management in such areas as future economic conditions, industry-specific conditions, product pricing, and necessary capital expenditures. The use of different assumptions or estimates for future cash flows or significant changes in risk-adjusted discounts rates due to changes in market conditions could produce substantially different estimates of the fair value of the reporting unit.
If the fair value of a reporting unit determined in the first step of the evaluation is lower than its carrying value, we proceed to the second step, which compares the carrying value of goodwill to its implied fair value. In estimating the implied fair value of goodwill for a reporting unit, we must assign the fair value of the reporting unit (as determined in the first step) to the assets and liabilities associated with the reporting unit as if the reporting unit had been acquired in a business combination (i.e., we estimate the fair value of each asset and liability held in the reporting unit). The various assets and liabilities within the reporting unit are generally not adjusted to their new, estimated fair values (unless impairments of any individual assets are indicated). The implied goodwill is equal to the residual of the estimated fair value of the reporting unit over the estimated fair values of each identifiable asset and liability within the reporting unit. Any excess of the carrying value of goodwill of the reporting unit over its implied fair value is recorded as impairment.

36



In the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015, in conjunction with our annual review for impairment, we performed a qualitative analysis of goodwill for the reporting units in our Consumer Foods and Commercial Foods segments. The results of the qualitative analysis did not result in further testing of impairment.
Because forecasted sales and profits for the Private Brands segment continued to fall below our expectations relative to our previous projections throughout fiscal 2015, we performed quantitative analyses of goodwill on certain of our Private Brands segment reporting units in the second, third, and fourth quarters of fiscal 2015. Estimating the fair value of individual reporting units requires us to make assumptions and estimates regarding our future plans and future industry and economic conditions. We estimated the future cash flows of each reporting unit within the Private Brands segment and calculated the net present value of those estimated cash flows using a risk adjusted discount rate, in order to estimate the fair value of each reporting unit from the perspective of a market participant. We used discount rates and terminal growth rates of 8% and 3%, respectively, to calculate the present value of estimated future cash flows. We then compared the estimated fair value of each reporting unit to the respective historical carrying value (including allocated assets and liabilities of certain shared and Corporate functions), and determined that the fair value of the reporting unit was less than the carrying value for six of our reporting units within the Private Brands segment throughout fiscal 2015. With the assistance of a third-party valuation specialist, we estimated the fair value of the assets and liabilities of each of these reporting units in order to determine the implied fair value of goodwill of each reporting unit. We recognized impairment charges for the difference between the implied fair value of goodwill and the carrying value of goodwill within each reporting unit at the respective measurement dates. Accordingly, during fiscal 2015, we recorded charges totaling $1.53 billion for the impairment of goodwill in the Private Brands segment. The following reporting units within Private Brands were impacted: $328.7 million in Bars and Coordinated, $195.1 million in Cereal, $157.1 million in Pasta, $536.5 million in Snacks, $174.4 million in Retail Bakery, and $136.1 million in Condiments.
During fiscal 2014, we recorded a $602.2 million charge for the impairment of goodwill in the Private Brands segment. The following reporting units within Private Brands were impacted: $66.4 million in Bars and Coordinated, $154.6 million in Cereal, $94.2 million in Pasta, $231.6 million in Snacks, and $55.4 million in Retail Bakery.
In the case of four reporting units within the Private Brands segment: Cereal, Pasta, Snacks, and Retail Bakery, the estimated fair value of certain amortizing intangible assets (customer relationships) used in step two of our impairment analysis was substantially less than the carrying value of those assets and, as a result, the carrying value of the Cereal, Pasta, Snacks, and Retail Bakery reporting units exceeded the estimated fair values of those reporting units, even after the previously described goodwill impairment charges were recorded. We assess the recoverability of these amortizing intangibles at the segment level and expect to recover the carrying value over their remaining lives (on an undiscounted basis) and, accordingly, no impairments were required to be recognized.
During the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015, we concluded that, due to a decline in estimated future cash flows, there was an indicator of impairment for certain property, plant, and equipment within the Private Brands segment. As a result, we reviewed the long-lived assets for impairment and recorded a $13.7 million impairment charge within the Private Brands segment. The impairment was measured based upon an estimated disposal value for the related production facility.
Following the impairment charges recorded in fiscal 2015, the carrying value of goodwill in our Private Brands reporting units included $269.3 million for Cereal, $588.2 million for Pasta, $276.5 million for Snacks, and $535.5 million for Retail Bakery. All of the goodwill for the Bars and Coordinated and Condiments reporting units was impaired as of the end of fiscal 2015. If the future performance of one or more of the reporting units within the Private Brands segment falls short of our expectations or if there are significant changes in risk-adjusted discount rates due to changes in market conditions, we could be required to recognize additional, material impairment charges in future periods.


37



RECENTLY ISSUED ACCOUNTING PRONOUNCEMENTS
In May 2014, the Financial Accounting Standards Board ("FASB") issued Accounting Standards Update ("ASU") 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers, which requires an entity to recognize the amount of revenue to which it expects to be entitled for the transfer of promised goods or services to customers. The ASU will replace most existing revenue recognition guidance in U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles ("U.S. GAAP"). On July 9, 2015, the FASB deferred the effective date of the new revenue recognition standard by one year. Based on the FASB’s ASU, we will apply the new revenue standard in our fiscal year 2019. Early adoption in our fiscal year 2018 is permitted. We are evaluating the effect that ASU 2014-09 will have on our consolidated financial statements and related disclosures. The standard permits the use of either the retrospective or cumulative effect transition method.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS
This report, including Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations, contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are based on management's current expectations and are subject to uncertainty and changes in circumstances. We undertake no responsibility for updating these statements. Readers of this report should understand that these statements are not guarantees of performance or results. Many factors could affect our actual financial results and cause them to vary materially from the expectations contained in the forward-looking statements, including those set forth in this report. These risks and uncertainties include, among other things: our ability to successfully execute an exit option for our Private Brands operations within the expected time frame or at all; our ability to realize the synergies and benefits contemplated by the Ardent Mills joint venture; risks and uncertainties associated with intangible assets, including any future goodwill or intangible assets impairment charges; the availability and prices of raw materials, including any negative effects caused by inflation or weather conditions; the effectiveness of our product pricing, including product innovation, any pricing actions and changes in promotional strategies; the ultimate outcome of litigation, including litigation related to the lead paint and pigment matters; future economic circumstances; industry conditions; the effectiveness of our hedging activities, including volatility in commodities that could impact our derivative positions and, in turn, our earnings; our ability to execute our operating and restructuring plans and achieve operating efficiencies; the success of our cost savings initiatives, innovation, and marketing investments; the competitive environment and related market conditions; the ultimate impact of any product recalls; access to capital; actions of governments and regulatory factors affecting our businesses, including the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; the amount and timing of repurchases of our common stock and debt, if any; the costs, disruption and diversion of management's attention associated with campaigns commenced by activist investors; and other risks described in our reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We caution readers not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements included in this report, which speak only as of the date of this report.

ITEM 7A. QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE DISCLOSURES ABOUT MARKET RISK
The principal market risks affecting us during fiscal 2015 and 2014 were exposures to price fluctuations of commodity and energy inputs, interest rates, and foreign currencies. These fluctuations impacted all reporting segments.
Commodity Market Risk
We purchase commodity inputs such as wheat, corn, oats, soybean meal, soybean oil, meat, dairy products, sugar, natural gas, electricity, and packaging materials to be used in our operations. These commodities are subject to price fluctuations that may create price risk. We enter into commodity hedges to manage this price risk using physical forward contracts or derivative instruments. We have policies governing the hedging instruments our businesses may use. These policies include limiting the dollar risk exposure for each of our businesses. We also monitor the amount of associated counter-party credit risk for all non-exchange-traded transactions.
Interest Rate Risk
We may use interest rate swaps to manage the effect of interest rate changes on the fair value of our existing debt as well as the forecasted interest payments for the anticipated issuance of debt. During fiscal 2014, we entered into interest rate swap contracts to hedge the fair value of certain of our senior long-term debt instruments maturing in fiscal 2019 and 2020. During the third quarter of fiscal 2015, we terminated these interest rate swap contracts.

38



As of May 31, 2015 and May 25, 2014, the fair value of our long term debt (including current installments) was estimated at $8.3 billion and $9.5 billion, respectively, based on current market rates provided primarily by outside investment advisors. As of May 31, 2015 and May 25, 2014, a 1% increase in interest rates would decrease the fair value of our long-term debt by approximately $428.6 million and $553.9 million, respectively, while a 1% decrease in interest rates would increase the fair value of our long-term debt by approximately $479.5 million and $627.4 million, respectively.
Foreign Currency Risk
In order to reduce exposures for our processing activities related to changes in foreign currency exchange rates, we may enter into forward exchange or option contracts for transactions denominated in a currency other than the functional currency for certain of our operations. This activity primarily relates to economically hedging against foreign currency risk in purchasing inventory and capital equipment, sales of finished goods, and future settlement of foreign denominated assets and liabilities.
Value-at-Risk (VaR)
We employ various tools to monitor our derivative risk, including value-at-risk ("VaR") models. We perform simulations using historical data to estimate potential losses in the fair value of current derivative positions. We use price and volatility information for the prior 90 days in the calculation of VaR that is used to monitor our daily risk. The purpose of this measurement is to provide a single view of the potential risk of loss associated with derivative positions at a given point in time based on recent changes in market prices. Our model uses a 95% confidence level. Accordingly, in any given one day time period, losses greater than the amounts included in the table below are expected to occur only 5% of the time. We include commodity swaps, futures, and options and foreign exchange forwards, swaps, and options in this calculation. The following table provides an overview of our average daily VaR for our energy, agriculture, foreign exchange, and other commodities for fiscal years 2015 and 2014. Other commodities below consist primarily of forward and option contracts for a commodities index which includes items such as agricultural commodities, energy commodities, and metals. The other commodities category below may also include items such as packaging and/or livestock.
 
Fair Value Impact
In Millions
Average
During the Fiscal Year Ended May 31, 2015
 
Average
During the Fiscal Year Ended May 25, 2014
Processing Activities
 
 
 
 Energy commodities
$
1.2

 
$
1.1

Agriculture commodities
2.7

 
1.9

Other commodities
1.4

 
2.5

Foreign exchange
0.1

 
1.3


39



ITEM 8. FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND SUPPLEMENTARY DATA
ConAgra Foods, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Statements of Operations
(in millions, except per share amounts)

 
For the Fiscal Years Ended May
 
2015
 
2014
 
2013
Net sales
$
15,832.4

 
$
15,843.6

 
$
13,469.3

Costs and expenses:
 
 
 
 
 
Cost of goods sold
12,523.9

 
12,331.7

 
10,104.4

Selling, general and administrative expenses
3,472.1

 
2,771.2

 
2,065.9

Interest expense, net
331.9

 
379.4

 
276.2

Income (loss) from continuing operations before income taxes and equity method investment earnings
(495.5
)
 
361.3

 
1,022.8

Income tax expense
234.0

 
220.1

 
361.9

Equity method investment earnings
122.1

 
32.5

 
37.5

Income (loss) from continuing operations
(607.4
)
 
173.7

 
698.4

Income from discontinued operations, net of tax
366.6

 
141.4

 
87.7

Net income (loss)
$
(240.8
)
 
$
315.1

 
$
786.1

Less: Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests
11.8

 
12.0

 
12.2

Net income (loss) attributable to ConAgra Foods, Inc.
$
(252.6
)
 
$
303.1

 
$
773.9

Earnings (loss) per share — basic
 
 
 
 
 
Income (loss) from continuing operations attributable to ConAgra Foods, Inc. common stockholders
$
(1.46
)
 
$
0.38

 
$
1.67

Income from discontinued operations attributable to ConAgra Foods, Inc. common stockholders
0.86

 
0.34

 
0.21

Net income (loss) attributable to ConAgra Foods, Inc. common stockholders
$
(0.60
)
 
$
0.72

 
$
1.88

Earnings (loss) per share — diluted
 
 
 
 
 
Income (loss) from continuing operations attributable to ConAgra Foods, Inc. common stockholders
$
(1.46
)
 
$
0.37

 
$
1.64

Income from discontinued operations attributable to ConAgra Foods, Inc. common stockholders
0.86

 
0.33

 
0.21

Net income (loss) attributable to ConAgra Foods, Inc. common stockholders
$
(0.60
)
 
$
0.70

 
$
1.85

The accompanying Notes are an integral part of the consolidated financial statements.


40



ConAgra Foods, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income (Loss)
(in millions)

 
For the Fiscal Years Ended May
 
2015
 
2014
 
2013
 
Pre-Tax Amount
Tax (Expense) Benefit
After-Tax Amount
 
Pre-Tax Amount
Tax (Expense) Benefit
After-Tax Amount
 
Pre-Tax Amount
Tax (Expense) Benefit
After-Tax Amount
Net income (loss)
$
(725.6
)
$
484.8

$
(240.8
)
 
$
617.9

$
(302.8
)
$
315.1

 
$
1,186.3

$
(400.2
)
$
786.1

Other comprehensive income (loss):
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Derivative adjustments:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Unrealized derivative adjustments



 
49.6

(18.3
)
31.3

 
51.7

(19.2
)
32.5

Reclassification for derivative adjustments included in net income
(0.5
)
0.2

(0.3
)
 
55.0

(20.6
)
34.4

 
0.4

(0.1
)
0.3

Unrealized gains on available-for-sale securities
0.7

(0.3
)
0.4

 
0.2

(0.1
)
0.1

 
0.3

(0.1
)
0.2

Unrealized currency translation gains (losses)
(145.2
)

(145.2
)
 
(25.7
)

(25.7
)
 
2.1


2.1

Pension and post-employment benefit obligations:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Unrealized pension and post-employment benefit obligations
(94.9
)
36.7

(58.2
)
 
23.8

(8.2
)
15.6

 
103.8

(40.0
)
63.8

Reclassification for pension and post-employment benefit obligations included in net income
0.8

(0.3
)
0.5

 
3.3

(1.2
)
2.1

 
5.4

(2.0
)
3.4

Comprehensive income (loss)
(964.7
)
521.1

(443.6
)
 
724.1

(351.2
)
372.9

 
1,350.0

(461.6
)
888.4

Comprehensive income attributable to noncontrolling interests
4.6

(0.4
)
4.2

 
8.9

(0.9
)
8.0

 
13.1

(1.6
)
11.5

Comprehensive income (loss) attributable to ConAgra Foods, Inc.
$
(969.3
)
$
521.5

$
(447.8
)
 
$
715.2

$
(350.3
)
$
364.9

 
$
1,336.9

$
(460.0
)
$
876.9

The accompanying Notes are an integral part of the consolidated financial statements.



41



ConAgra Foods, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in millions, except share data)
 
May 31,
2015
 
May 25,
2014
ASSETS
 
 
 
Current assets
 
 
 
Cash and cash equivalents
$
183.1

 
$
141.3

Receivables, less allowance for doubtful accounts of $4.6 and $4.0
972.9

 
1,058.4

Inventories
2,201.2

 
2,077.0

Prepaid expenses and other current assets
310.5

 
322.4

Current assets held for sale

 
631.7

Total current assets
3,667.7

 
4,230.8

Property, plant and equipment
 
 
 
Land and land improvements
190.5

 
218.4

Buildings, machinery and equipment
6,031.7

 
5,625.8

Furniture, fixtures, office equipment and other
898.2

 
902.4

Construction in progress
318.1

 
362.2

 
7,438.5

 
7,108.8

Less accumulated depreciation
(3,830.4
)
 
(3,472.8
)
Property, plant and equipment, net
3,608.1

 
3,636.0

Goodwill
6,300.3

 
7,828.5

Brands, trademarks and other intangibles, net
3,030.0

 
3,204.9

Other assets
936.1

 
220.4

Noncurrent assets held for sale

 
198.9

 
$
17,542.2

 
$
19,319.5

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY
 
 
 
Current liabilities
 
 
 
Notes payable
$
7.9

 
$
141.8

Current installments of long-term debt
1,008.0

 
84.1

Accounts payable
1,358.3

 
1,349.3

Accrued payroll
218.2

 
154.3

Other accrued liabilities
717.8

 
748.1

Current liabilities held for sale

 
164.8

Total current liabilities
3,310.2

 
2,642.4

Senior long-term debt, excluding current installments
6,693.0

 
8,524.6

Subordinated debt
195.9

 
195.9

Other noncurrent liabilities
2,733.1

 
2,599.4

Noncurrent liabilities held for sale

 
2.0

Total liabilities
12,932.2

 
13,964.3

Commitments and contingencies (Note 17)

 

Common stockholders' equity
 
 
 
Common stock of $5 par value, authorized 1,200,000,000 shares; issued 567,907,172
2,839.7

 
2,839.7

Additional paid-in capital
1,049.4

 
1,036.9

Retained earnings
4,331.1

 
5,010.6

Accumulated other comprehensive loss
(329.5
)
 
(134.3
)
Less treasury stock, at cost, 139,702,605 and 145,992,121 common shares
(3,364.7
)
 
(3,494.4
)
Total ConAgra Foods, Inc. common stockholders' equity
4,526.0

 
5,258.5

Noncontrolling interests
84.0

 
96.7

Total stockholders' equity
4,610.0

 
5,355.2

 
$
17,542.2

 
$
19,319.5

The accompanying Notes are an integral part of the consolidated financial statements.

42



ConAgra Foods, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Statements of Common Stockholders' Equity
(in millions, except share data)
 
 
ConAgra Foods, Inc. Stockholders’ Equity
 
 
 
 
Common
Shares
 
Common
Stock
 
Additional
Paid-in
Capital
 
Retained
Earnings
 
Accumulated
Other
Comprehensive
Income (Loss)
 
Treasury
Stock
 
Noncontrolling
Interests
 
Total
Equity
Balance at May 27, 2012
 
567.9

 
$
2,839.7

 
$
901.5

 
$
4,765.1

 
$
(299.1
)
 
$
(3,767.7
)
 
$
96.5

 
$
4,536.0

Stock option and incentive plans
 


 


 
56.2

 
(2.2
)
 
 
 
278.7

 
 
 
332.7

Currency translation adjustment
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2.8

 
 
 
(0.7
)
 
2.1

Issuance of treasury shares
 
 
 
 
 
50.1

 
 
 
 
 
219.1

 
 
 
269.2

Repurchase of common shares
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 
(245.0
)
 
 
 
(245.0
)
Unrealized gain on securities
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
0.2

 
 
 
 
 
0.2

Derivative adjustment, net of reclassification adjustment
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
32.8

 
 
 


 
32.8

Activities of noncontrolling interests
 
 
 
 
 
(1.6
)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2.8

 
1.2

Pension and postretirement healthcare benefits
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
67.2

 
 
 
 
 
67.2

Dividends declared on common stock; $0.99 per share
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(407.3
)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(407.3
)
Net income attributable to ConAgra Foods, Inc.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
773.9

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
773.9

Balance at May 26, 2013
 
567.9

 
2,839.7

 
1,006.2

 
5,129.5

 
(196.1
)
 
(3,514.9
)
 
98.6

 
5,363.0

Stock option and incentive plans
 
 
 
 
 
32.4

 
(0.8
)
 
 
 
120.5

 
 
 
152.1

Currency translation adjustment
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(21.7
)
 
 
 
(4.0
)
 
(25.7
)
Repurchase of common shares
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(100.0
)
 
 
 
(100.0
)
Unrealized gain on securities
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
0.1

 
 
 
 
 
0.1

Derivative adjustment, net of reclassification adjustment
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
65.7

 
 
 
 
 
65.7

Activities of noncontrolling interests
 
 
 
 
 
(1.7
)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2.1

 
0.4

Pension and postretirement healthcare benefits
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
17.7

 
 
 
 
 
17.7

Dividends declared on common stock; $1.00 per share
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(421.2
)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(421.2
)
Net income attributable to ConAgra Foods, Inc.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
303.1

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
303.1

Balance at May 25, 2014
 
567.9

 
2,839.7

 
1,036.9

 
5,010.6

 
(134.3
)
 
(3,494.4
)
 
96.7

 
5,355.2

Stock option and incentive plans
 
 
 
 
 
14.2

 
(0.4
)
 
 
 
179.7

 
 
 
193.5

Currency translation adjustment
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(137.6
)
 
 
 
(7.6
)
 
(145.2
)
Repurchase of common shares
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(50.0
)
 
 
 
(50.0
)
Unrealized gain on securities
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
0.4

 
 
 
 
 
0.4

Derivative adjustment, net of reclassification adjustment
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(0.3
)
 
 
 
 
 
(0.3
)
Activities of noncontrolling interests
 
 
 
 
 
(1.7
)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(5.1
)
 
(6.8
)
Pension and postretirement healthcare benefits
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(57.7
)
 
 
 
 
 
(57.7
)
Dividends declared on common stock; $1.00 per share
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(426.5
)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(426.5
)
Net loss attributable to ConAgra Foods, Inc.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(252.6
)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(252.6
)
Balance at May 31, 2015
 
567.9

 
$
2,839.7

 
$
1,049.4

 
$
4,331.1

 
$
(329.5
)
 
$
(3,364.7
)
 
$
84.0

 
$
4,610.0

The accompanying Notes are an integral part of the consolidated financial statements.

43



ConAgra Foods, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(in millions)
 
For the Fiscal Years Ended May
 
2015
 
2014
 
2013
Cash flows from operating activities:
 
 
 
 
 
Net income (loss)
$
(240.8
)
 
$
315.1

 
$
786.1

Income from discontinued operations
366.6

 
141.4

 
87.7

Income (loss) from continuing operations
(607.4
)
 
173.7

 
698.4

Adjustments to reconcile income (loss) from continuing operations to net cash flows from operating activities:
 
 
 
 
 
Depreciation and amortization
592.3

 
577.3

 
418.6

Asset impairment charges
1,615.3

 
720.0

 
20.2

Loss on sale of fixed assets
14.3

 
5.1

 
10.5

Earnings of affiliates less than (in excess of) distributions
(30.8
)
 
13.6

 
(11.7
)
Share-based payments expense
68.3

 
59.5

 
67.0

Contributions to pension plans
(13.5
)
 
(18.3
)
 
(19.8
)
Pension expense
(6.0
)
 
(5.9
)
 
23.5

Other items
11.7

 
(36.3
)
 
(9.2
)
Change in operating assets and liabilities excluding effects of business acquisitions and dispositions:
 
 
 
 
 
Receivables
93.8

 
48.8

 
(52.2
)
Inventories
(119.8
)
 
12.5

 
56.1

Deferred income taxes and income taxes payable, net
(102.0
)
 
50.5

 
126.4

Prepaid expenses and other current assets
(9.3
)
 
1.5

 
(13.3
)
Accounts payable
(15.9
)
 
25.4

 
18.3

Accrued payroll
70.5

 
(126.0
)
 
104.2

Other accrued liabilities
(87.8
)
 
(46.8
)
 
(66.7
)
Net cash flows from operating activities - continuing operations
1,473.7

 
1,454.6

 
1,370.3

Net cash flows from operating activities - discontinued operations
6.9

 
114.0

 
41.9

Net cash flows from operating activities
1,480.6

 
1,568.6

 
1,412.2

Cash flows from investing activities:
 
 
 
 
 
Additions to property, plant and equipment
(471.9
)
 
(592.3
)
 
(422.6
)
Sale of property, plant and equipment
20.6

 
42.5

 
18.0

Purchase of businesses, net of cash acquired
(95.7
)
 
(39.9
)
 
(5,018.8
)
Purchase of intangible assets

 

 
(4.8
)
Return of investment in equity method investee
391.4

 

 

Investment in equity method investee

 

 
(1.5
)
Net cash flows from investing activities - continuing operations