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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

FORM 10-Q

(Mark One)

x QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934 FOR THE QUARTERLY PERIOD ENDED November 25, 2012

 

¨ TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934 FOR THE TRANSITION PERIOD FROM             TO            

Commission file number: 001-01185

 

 

GENERAL MILLS, INC.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

Delaware   41-0274440

(State or other jurisdiction of

incorporation or organization)

 

(I.R.S. Employer

Identification No.)

Number One General Mills Boulevard

Minneapolis, Minnesota

  55426
(Address of principal executive offices)   (Zip Code)

(763) 764-7600

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

 

 

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 x No ¨

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files). Yes x No ¨

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.

 

Large accelerated filer     x    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 Exchange Act). Yes ¨ No x

Number of shares of Common Stock outstanding as of December 7, 2012: 646,595,998 (excluding 108,017,330 shares held in the treasury).


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General Mills, Inc.

Table of Contents

 

              Page    

PART I – Financial Information

     3   
Item 1.     

Financial Statements

     3   
    

Consolidated Statements of Earnings for the quarterly and six-month periods ended November  25, 2012, and November 27, 2011

     3   
    

Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income for the quarterly and six-month periods ended November  25, 2012, and November 27, 2011

     4   
    

Consolidated Balance Sheets as of November 25, 2012, and May 27, 2012

     5   
    

Consolidated Statements of Total Equity and Redeemable Interest for the six-month period ended November 25, 2012, and the fiscal year ended May 27, 2012

     6   
    

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows for the six-month periods ended November  25, 2012, and November 27, 2011

     7   
Item 2.     

Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

     28   
Item 3.     

Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk

     41   
Item 4.     

Controls and Procedures

     41   

PART II – Other Information

     42   
Item 2.     

Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds

     42   
Item 6.     

Exhibits

     42   
Signatures      43   

 

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PART I. FINANCIAL INFORMATION

 

Item 1. Financial Statements

Consolidated Statements of Earnings

GENERAL MILLS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

(Unaudited) (In Millions, Except per Share Data)

 

     Quarter Ended      Six-Month
Period  Ended
 
     Nov. 25,
2012
    Nov. 27,
2011
     Nov. 25,
2012
     Nov. 27,
2011
 

Net sales

   $     4,881.8     $     4,623.8      $     8,932.8      $     8,471.4  

Cost of sales

     3,139.5       3,029.1        5,562.2        5,430.2  

Selling, general, and administrative expenses

     910.6       877.1        1,749.6        1,684.6  

Restructuring, impairment, and other exit costs

     2.7       0.7        11.9        0.8  
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Operating profit

     829.0       716.9        1,609.1        1,355.8  

Interest, net

     75.5       87.2        158.5        172.6  
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Earnings before income taxes and after-tax earnings from joint ventures

     753.5       629.7        1,450.6        1,183.2  

Income taxes

     245.4       209.4        403.5        386.9  

After-tax earnings from joint ventures

     32.9       28.9        56.0        57.2  
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Net earnings, including earnings attributable to redeemable and noncontrolling interests

     541.0       449.2        1,103.1        853.5  

Net earnings (loss) attributable to redeemable and noncontrolling interests

     (0.6     4.4        12.6        3.1  
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Net earnings attributable to General Mills

   $ 541.6     $ 444.8      $ 1,090.5      $ 850.4  
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Earnings per share - basic

   $ 0.84     $ 0.69      $ 1.68      $ 1.31   
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Earnings per share - diluted

   $ 0.82     $ 0.67      $ 1.64      $ 1.28   
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Dividends per share

   $ 0.330     $ 0.305      $ 0.660      $ 0.610  
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

See accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements.

 

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Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income

GENERAL MILLS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

(Unaudited) (In Millions)

 

     Quarter Ended     Six-Month
Period  Ended
 
     Nov. 25,
2012
     Nov. 27,
2011
    Nov. 25,
2012
    Nov. 27,
2011
 

Net earnings, including earnings attributable to redeemable and noncontrolling interests

   $     541.0      $     449.2     $     1,103.1     $     853.5  

Other comprehensive income (loss), net of tax:

         

Foreign currency translation

     59.1        (303.5     124.5       (303.8

Other fair value changes:

         

Securities

     0.2        (0.2     0.4       (0.4

Hedge derivatives

     3.5        (6.6     (4.0     (38.4

Reclassification to earnings:

         

Hedge derivatives

     6.6        1.2       10.4       4.3  

Amortization of losses and prior service costs

     24.8        20.4       49.5       40.9  
  

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Other comprehensive income (loss), net of tax

     94.2        (288.7     180.8       (297.4
  

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total comprehensive income

     635.2        160.5       1,283.9       556.1  

Comprehensive income (loss) attributable to redeemable and noncontrolling interests

     34.4        (94.4     53.0       (100.5
  

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Comprehensive income attributable to General Mills

   $ 600.8      $ 254.9     $ 1,230.9     $ 656.6  
  

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

See accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements.

 

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Consolidated Balance Sheets

GENERAL MILLS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

(In Millions, Except Par Value)

 

     Nov. 25,
2012
    May 27,
2012
 
     (Unaudited)        

ASSETS

    

Current assets:

    

Cash and cash equivalents

   $ 734.9     $ 471.2  

Receivables

     1,673.8       1,323.6  

Inventories

     1,770.2       1,478.8  

Deferred income taxes

     51.9       59.7  

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

     334.7       358.1  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total current assets

     4,565.5       3,691.4  

Land, buildings, and equipment

     3,814.0       3,652.7  

Goodwill

     8,604.1       8,182.5  

Other intangible assets

     5,026.0       4,704.9  

Other assets

     943.3       865.3  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total assets

   $ 22,952.9     $ 21,096.8  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

LIABILITIES AND EQUITY

    

Current liabilities:

    

Accounts payable

   $ 1,244.9     $ 1,148.9  

Current portion of long-term debt

     820.8       741.2  

Notes payable

     1,939.9       526.5  

Other current liabilities

     1,730.8       1,426.6  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total current liabilities

     5,736.4       3,843.2  

Long-term debt

     5,571.9       6,161.9  

Deferred income taxes

     1,148.7       1,171.4  

Other liabilities

     2,178.3       2,189.8  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total liabilities

     14,635.3       13,366.3  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Redeemable interest

     877.6       847.8  

Stockholders’ equity:

    

Common stock, 754.6 shares issued, $0.10 par value

     75.5       75.5  

Additional paid-in capital

     1,261.8       1,308.4  

Retained earnings

     10,614.5       9,958.5  

Common stock in treasury, at cost, shares of 108.7 and 106.1

     (3,364.8     (3,177.0

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

     (1,603.3     (1,743.7
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total stockholders’ equity

     6,983.7       6,421.7  

Noncontrolling interests

     456.3       461.0  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total equity

     7,440.0       6,882.7  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total liabilities and equity

   $   22,952.9     $   21,096.8  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

See accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements.

 

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Consolidated Statements of Total Equity and Redeemable Interest

GENERAL MILLS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

(Unaudited) (In Millions, Except per Share Data)

 

 

 

 

           
    $.10 Par Value Common Stock                                
    (One Billion Shares Authorized)                                
    Issued     Treasury                                
    Shares     Par
Amount
    Additional
Paid-In
Capital
    Shares     Amount     Retained
Earnings
   

Accumulated

Other
Comprehensive
Income (Loss)

   

Non-

controlling
Interests

   

Total

Equity

   

Redeemable

Interest

 
                                                                                 

Balance as of May 29, 2011

    754.6     $ 75.5     $ 1,319.8       (109.8   $ (3,210.3   $ 9,191.3     $ (1,010.8   $ 246.7     $ 6,612.2    

Total comprehensive income (loss)

              1,567.3       (732.9     (44.3     790.1     $ (86.1

Cash dividends declared ($1.22 per share)

              (800.1         (800.1  

Shares purchased

          (8.3     (313.0           (313.0  

Stock compensation plans (includes income tax benefits of $63.1)

        3.2       12.0       346.3             349.5    

Unearned compensation related to restricted stock unit awards

        (93.4               (93.4  

Earned compensation

        108.3                 108.3    

Addition of redeemable and noncontrolling interest from acquisitions

                  263.8       263.8       904.4  

Increase (decrease) in fair value of redeemable interest

        (29.5               (29.5     29.5  

Distributions to noncontrolling interest holders

                  (5.2     (5.2  
                                                                                 

Balance as of May 27, 2012

    754.6       75.5       1,308.4       (106.1     (3,177.0     9,958.5       (1,743.7     461.0       6,882.7       847.8  

Total comprehensive income

              1,090.5       140.4       13.7       1,244.6       39.3  

Cash dividends declared ($0.66 per share)

              (434.5         (434.5  

Shares purchased

          (12.3     (479.2           (479.2  

Stock compensation plans (includes income tax benefits of $58.5)

        (24.3     9.7       291.4             267.1    

Unearned compensation related to restricted stock unit awards

        (76.9               (76.9  

Earned compensation

        61.3                 61.3    

Increase (decrease) in fair value of redeemable interest

        (6.7               (6.7     6.7  

Distributions to noncontrolling and redeemable interest holders

                                                            (18.4     (18.4     (16.2

Balance as of Nov. 25, 2012

    754.6     $ 75.5     $ 1,261.8       (108.7   $ (3,364.8   $ 10,614.5     $ (1,603.3   $ 456.3     $ 7,440.0     $ 877.6  
                                                                                 
                                                                                 

See accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements.

 

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Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

GENERAL MILLS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

(Unaudited) (In Millions)

 

     Six-Month Period Ended  
     Nov. 25,
2012
    Nov. 27,
2011
 

Cash Flows - Operating Activities

    

Net earnings, including earnings attributable to redeemable and noncontrolling interests

   $     1,103.1     $     853.5  

Adjustments to reconcile net earnings to net cash provided by operating activities:

    

Depreciation and amortization

     286.1       263.3  

After-tax earnings from joint ventures

     (56.0     (57.2

Distributions of earnings from joint ventures

     42.8       36.4  

Stock-based compensation

     61.3       66.2  

Deferred income taxes

     (25.2     39.7  

Tax benefit on exercised options

     (58.5     (31.1

Pension and other postretirement benefit plan contributions

     (11.6     (8.5

Pension and other postretirement benefit plan costs

     65.2       38.9  

Restructuring, impairment, and other exit costs

     (32.6     (1.8

Changes in current assets and liabilities, excluding the effects of acquisitions

     63.6       (26.6

Other, net

     (121.1     (16.3
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net cash provided by operating activities

     1,317.1       1,156.5  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Cash Flows - Investing Activities

    

Purchases of land, buildings, and equipment

     (264.1     (264.8

Acquisitions, net of cash acquired

     (851.8     (900.1

Investments in affiliates, net

     (3.7     (22.1

Proceeds from disposal of land, buildings, and equipment

     3.5       1.3  

Exchangeable note

     16.2       (131.6

Other, net

     (3.3     6.6  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net cash used by investing activities

     (1,103.2     (1,310.7
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Cash Flows - Financing Activities

    

Change in notes payable

     1,292.4       548.8  

Payment of long-term debt

     (521.6     (9.1

Proceeds from common stock issued on exercised options

     152.7       99.2  

Tax benefit on exercised options

     58.5       31.1  

Purchases of common stock for treasury

     (479.2     (210.8

Dividends paid

     (434.5     (399.5

Distributions to noncontrolling and redeemable interest holders

     (34.6     (3.3

Other, net

            (0.4
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net cash provided by financing activities

     33.7       56.0  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents

     16.1       (12.3
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

     263.7       (110.5

Cash and cash equivalents - beginning of year

     471.2       619.6  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents - end of period

   $ 734.9     $ 509.1  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Cash Flow from Changes in Current Assets and Liabilities, excluding the effects of acquisitions:

    

Receivables

   $ (252.6   $ (205.6

Inventories

     (187.2     (1.3

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

     49.5       146.0  

Accounts payable

     123.6       11.1  

Other current liabilities

     330.3       23.2  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Changes in current assets and liabilities

   $ 63.6     $ (26.6
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

See accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements.

 

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GENERAL MILLS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

(Unaudited)

(1) Background

The accompanying Consolidated Financial Statements of General Mills, Inc. (we, us, our, General Mills, or the Company) have been prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States for interim financial information and with the rules and regulations for reporting on Form 10-Q. Accordingly, they do not include certain information and disclosures required for comprehensive financial statements. In the opinion of management, all adjustments considered necessary for a fair presentation have been included and are of a normal recurring nature, including the elimination of all intercompany transactions and any noncontrolling and redeemable interests’ share of those transactions. Operating results for the quarterly and six-month periods ended November 25, 2012 are not necessarily indicative of the results that may be expected for the fiscal year ending May 26, 2013.

These statements should be read in conjunction with the Consolidated Financial Statements and footnotes included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended May 27, 2012. The accounting policies used in preparing these Consolidated Financial Statements are the same as those described in Note 2 to the Consolidated Financial Statements in that Form 10-K. Certain reclassifications to our previously reported financial information have been made to conform to the current period presentation.

(2) Acquisitions

On August 1, 2012, we acquired Yoki Alimentos S.A. (Yoki), a privately held food company headquartered in Sao Bernardo do Campo, Brazil, for an aggregate purchase price of $939.8 million, including $88.8 million of non-cash consideration for net debt assumed. Yoki operates in several food categories, including snacks, convenient meals, basic foods, and seasonings. We consolidated Yoki into our Consolidated Balance Sheets and recorded goodwill of $358.3 million. Indefinite lived intangible assets acquired include brands of $253.0 million. Finite lived intangible assets acquired primarily include customer relationships of $17.5 million. As of the date of the acquisition, the pro forma effects of this acquisition were not material.

We have conducted a preliminary assessment of certain assets and liabilities related to the acquisition of Yoki. We are continuing our review of these items during the measurement period, and if new information is obtained about facts and circumstances that existed at the acquisition date, the acquisition accounting will be revised to reflect the resulting adjustments to current estimates of these items.

During the first quarter of fiscal 2012, we acquired a 51 percent controlling interest in Yoplait S.A.S. and a 50 percent interest in Yoplait Marques S.A.S. from PAI Partners and Sodiaal International (Sodiaal) for an aggregate purchase price of $1.2 billion, including $261.3 million of non-cash consideration for debt assumed. We consolidated both entities into our Consolidated Balance Sheets and recorded goodwill of $1.5 billion. Indefinite lived intangible assets acquired primarily include brands of $476.0 million. Finite lived intangible assets acquired primarily include franchise agreements of $440.2 million and customer relationships of $107.3 million. In addition, we purchased a zero coupon exchangeable note due in 2016 from Sodiaal with a notional amount of $131.6 million and a fair value of $110.9 million. As of November 25, 2012, $16.2 million of the exchangeable note has been repaid. The pro forma effects of this acquisition were not material.

 

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(3) Restructuring, Impairment, and Other Exit Costs

Restructuring, impairment, and other exit costs were as follows:

 

     Quarter Ended      Six-Month
Period  Ended
 
In Millions   

Nov. 25,

2012

    

Nov. 27,

2011

    

Nov. 25,

2012

    

Nov. 27,

2011

 

Charges associated with restructuring actions previously announced

   $ 2.7      $ 0.7      $ 11.9      $ 0.8  

Total

   $ 2.7      $ 0.7      $ 11.9      $ 0.8  
                                     

During the six-month period ended November 25, 2012, we recorded an $11.7 million restructuring charge related to a productivity and cost savings plan approved in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012. The plan was designed to improve organizational effectiveness and focus on key growth strategies, and included organizational changes to strengthen business alignment and actions to accelerate administrative efficiencies across all of our operating segments and support functions. During the six-month period ended November 25, 2012, we recorded restructuring charges of $9.4 million related to our International segment, $1.5 million related to our U.S. Retail segment, and $0.8 million related to our Bakeries and Foodservice segment. In the six-month period ended November 25, 2012, we paid $44.6 million in cash related to these restructuring actions. These restructuring actions are expected to be completed by the end of fiscal 2014.

The roll forward of our restructuring and other exit cost reserves, included in other current liabilities, is as follows:

 

In Millions    Severance    

Contract

Termination

   

Other

Exit Costs

    Total  

Reserve balance as of May 27, 2012

   $ 83.1     $ 2.7     $ 0.1     $ 85.9  

2013 charges, including foreign currency translation

     8.1                     8.1  

Utilized in 2013

     (41.2 )      (1.5     (0.1 )      (42.8

Reserve balance as of Nov. 25, 2012

   $ 50.0     $ 1.2     $      $ 51.2  
                                  

The charges recognized in the roll forward of our reserves for restructuring and other exit costs do not include items charged directly to expense (e.g., asset impairment charges, the gain or loss on the sale of restructured assets, and the write-off of spare parts) and other periodic exit costs recognized as incurred, as those items are not reflected in our restructuring and other exit cost reserves on our Consolidated Balance Sheets.

 

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(4) Goodwill and Other Intangible Assets

The components of goodwill and other intangible assets are as follows:

 

In Millions   

Nov. 25,

2012

   

May 27,

2012

 

Goodwill

   $ 8,604.1     $ 8,182.5  

Other intangible assets:

    

Intangible assets not subject to amortization:

    

Brands and other indefinite-lived intangibles

     4,499.2       4,217.1  

Intangible assets subject to amortization:

    

Franchise agreements, customer relationships, and other finite-lived intangibles

     600.8       544.7  

Less accumulated amortization

     (74.0     (56.9
   

Intangible assets subject to amortization

     526.8       487.8  
   

Other intangible assets

     5,026.0       4,704.9  
   

Total

   $ 13,630.1     $ 12,887.4  
   

Based on the carrying value of finite-lived intangible assets as of November 25, 2012, annual amortization expense for each of the next five fiscal years is estimated to be approximately $30 million.

The changes in the carrying amount of goodwill during fiscal 2013 were as follows:

 

In Millions    U.S. Retail      International      Bakeries
and
Foodservice
     Joint
Ventures
     Total  

Balance as of May 27, 2012

   $ 5,813.2      $ 989.9      $ 921.1      $ 458.3      $ 8,182.5  

Acquisitions

             374.1                        374.1  

Other activity, primarily foreign currency translation

             30.8                16.7        47.5  

Balance as of Nov. 25, 2012

   $ 5,813.2      $ 1,394.8      $ 921.1      $ 475.0      $ 8,604.1  
                                              

During the first quarter of fiscal 2013, we reorganized certain reporting units within our U.S. Retail and International operating segments. We evaluated the fair value relative to the book value of the reorganized reporting units and determined that no impairment had occurred as a result of the changes to the reporting units.

The changes in the carrying amount of other intangible assets during fiscal 2013 were as follows:

 

In Millions    U.S. Retail     International      Joint
Ventures
    Total  

Balance as of May 27, 2012

   $ 3,297.0     $ 1,344.1      $ 63.8     $ 4,704.9  

Acquisitions

            290.7               290.7  

Other activity, primarily foreign currency translation

     (2.3     32.8        (0.1     30.4  

Balance as of Nov. 25, 2012

   $ 3,294.7     $ 1,667.6      $ 63.7     $ 5,026.0  
                                   

 

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(5) Inventories

The components of inventories were as follows:

 

In Millions   

Nov. 25,

2012

   

May 27,

2012

 

Raw materials and packaging

   $ 423.2     $ 334.4  

Finished goods

     1,332.5       1,211.8  

Grain

     229.8       155.3  

Excess of FIFO over LIFO cost

     (215.3     (222.7

Total

   $   1,770.2     $   1,478.8  
                  

(6) Financial Instruments, Risk Management Activities, and Fair Values

Financial Instruments. The carrying values of cash and cash equivalents, receivables, accounts payable, other current liabilities, and notes payable approximate fair value. Marketable securities are carried at fair value. As of November 25, 2012, and May 27, 2012, a comparison of cost and market values of our marketable debt and equity securities is as follows:

 

     Cost      Market Value      Gross Gains      Gross Losses  
In Millions   

Nov. 25,

2012

    

May 27,

2012

    

Nov. 25,

2012

    

May 27,

2012

    

Nov. 25,

2012

    

May 27,

2012

    

Nov. 25,

2012

    

May 27,

2012

 

Available-for-sale:

                       

Debt securities

   $ 62.1      $ 52.2      $ 62.3      $ 52.3      $ 0.2      $ 0.1      $       $   

Equity securities

     1.8        1.8        5.7        5.3        3.9        3.5                  

Total

   $ 63.9      $ 54.0      $ 68.0      $ 57.6      $ 4.1      $ 3.6      $       $   
                                                                         

For the second quarter of fiscal 2013, there were no gains or losses from sales of available-for-sale marketable securities. Gains and losses are determined by specific identification. Classification of marketable securities as current or noncurrent is dependent upon our intended holding period, the security’s maturity date, or both. The aggregate unrealized gains and losses on available-for-sale securities, net of tax effects, are classified in accumulated other comprehensive loss (AOCI) within stockholders’ equity. Scheduled maturities of our marketable securities are as follows:

 

     Available-for-Sale  
In Millions    Cost     

Market

Value

 

Under 1 year (current)

   $   57.8      $ 57.9  

From 1 to 3 years

     1.6        1.6  

From 4 to 7 years

     2.7        2.8  

Equity securities

     1.8        5.7  

Total

   $   63.9      $ 68.0  
                   

Marketable securities with a market value of $2.3 million as of November 25, 2012, were pledged as collateral for certain derivative contracts.

The fair values and carrying amounts of long-term debt, including the current portion, were $7,203.5 million and $6,392.7 million, respectively, as of November 25, 2012. The fair value of long-term debt was estimated using market quotations and discounted cash flows based on our current incremental borrowing rates for similar types of instruments. Long-term debt is a Level 2 liability in the fair value hierarchy.

 

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Risk Management Activities. As a part of our ongoing operations, we are exposed to market risks such as changes in interest rates, foreign currency exchange rates, commodity, and equity prices. To manage these risks, we may enter into various derivative transactions (e.g., futures, options, and swaps) pursuant to our established policies.

Commodity Price Risk. Many commodities we use in the production and distribution of our products are exposed to market price risks. We utilize derivatives to manage price risk for our principal ingredients and energy costs, including grains (oats, wheat, and corn), oils (principally soybean), non-fat dry milk, natural gas, and diesel fuel. Our primary objective when entering into these derivative contracts is to achieve certainty with regard to the future price of commodities purchased for use in our supply chain. We manage our exposures through a combination of purchase orders, long-term contracts with suppliers, exchange-traded futures and options, and over-the-counter options and swaps. We offset our exposures based on current and projected market conditions and generally seek to acquire the inputs at as close to our planned cost as possible.

We use derivatives to manage our exposure to changes in commodity prices. We do not perform the assessments required to achieve hedge accounting for commodity derivative positions. Accordingly, the changes in the values of these derivatives are recorded currently in cost of sales in our Consolidated Statements of Earnings.

Although we do not meet the criteria for cash flow hedge accounting, we nonetheless believe that these instruments are effective in achieving our objective of providing certainty in the future price of commodities purchased for use in our supply chain. Accordingly, for purposes of measuring segment operating performance these gains and losses are reported in unallocated corporate items outside of segment operating results until such time that the exposure we are managing affects earnings. At that time we reclassify the gain or loss from unallocated corporate items to segment operating profit, allowing our operating segments to realize the economic effects of the derivative without experiencing any resulting mark-to-market volatility, which remains in unallocated corporate items.

Unallocated corporate items for the quarterly and six-month periods ended November 25, 2012, and November 27, 2011, included:

 

     Quarter Ended     Six-Month
Period Ended
 
In Millions   

Nov. 25,

2012

   

Nov. 27,

2011

   

Nov. 25,

2012

   

Nov. 27,

2011

 

Net gain (loss) on mark-to-market valuation of commodity positions

   $ (22.6   $ (93.1   $ 36.3     $ (108.5

Net (gain) loss on commodity positions reclassified from unallocated corporate items to segment operating profit

     (18.2     11.6       (3.4     (0.8

Net mark-to-market revaluation of certain grain inventories

     (7.1     (12.9     0.8       (22.8

Net mark-to-market valuation of certain commodity positions recognized in unallocated corporate items

   $ (47.9   $ (94.4   $ 33.7     $ (132.1
                                  

As of November 25, 2012, the net notional value of commodity derivatives was $129.4 million, of which $150.1 million related to energy inputs and $(20.7) million related to agricultural inputs. These contracts relate to inputs that generally will be utilized within the next 18 months.

Interest Rate Risk. We are exposed to interest rate volatility with regard to future issuances of fixed-rate debt, and existing and future issuances of floating-rate debt. Primary exposures include U.S. Treasury rates, LIBOR, Euribor, and commercial paper rates in the United States and Europe. We use interest rate swaps, forward-starting interest rate swaps, and treasury locks to hedge our exposure to interest rate changes, to reduce the volatility of our financing costs, and to achieve a desired proportion of fixed versus floating-rate debt, based on current and projected market conditions. Generally under these swaps, we agree with a counterparty to exchange the difference between fixed-rate and floating-rate interest amounts based on an agreed upon notional principal amount.

Floating Interest Rate Exposures — Floating-to-fixed interest rate swaps are accounted for as cash flow hedges, as are all hedges of forecasted issuances of debt. Effectiveness is assessed based on either the perfectly effective hypothetical derivative method or changes in the present value of interest payments on the underlying debt.

 

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Effective gains and losses deferred to AOCI are reclassified into earnings over the life of the associated debt. Ineffective gains and losses are recorded as net interest. The amount of hedge ineffectiveness was less than $1 million for the quarter and six-month periods ended November 25, 2012.

Fixed Interest Rate Exposures — Fixed-to-floating interest rate swaps are accounted for as fair value hedges with effectiveness assessed based on changes in the fair value of the underlying debt and derivatives, using incremental borrowing rates currently available on loans with similar terms and maturities. Ineffective gains and losses on these derivatives and the underlying hedged items are recorded as net interest. The amount of hedge ineffectiveness was a gain of $2.7 million for the quarter ended November 25, 2012 and a gain of $1.2 million for the six-month period ended November 25, 2012.

During the second quarter of fiscal 2013, we entered into $200.0 million of treasury locks with an average fixed rate of 2.82 percent due February 15, 2013 in advance of a planned debt refinancing.

During the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011, first quarter of fiscal 2012 and second quarter of fiscal 2012, we entered into $500.0 million, $300.0 million, and $200.0 million of forward starting swaps with average fixed rates of 3.9 percent, 2.7 percent, and 2.4 percent, respectively, in advance of a planned debt financing. All of these forward starting swaps were cash settled for $100.4 million coincident with the issuance of our $1.0 billion 10-year fixed rate notes in November 2011. As of November 25, 2012, there was a $89.7 million pre-tax loss in AOCI, which will be reclassified to earnings over the term of the underlying debt.

During the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011, we entered into swaps to convert $300.0 million of 1.55 percent fixed-rate notes due May 16, 2014, to floating rates.

As of November 25, 2012, a $15.4 million pre-tax loss on cash settled interest rate derivatives for our $500 million 30-year fixed rate notes issued June 1, 2010 remained in AOCI, which will be reclassified to earnings over the term of the underlying debt.

As of November 25, 2012, a $9.4 million pre-tax loss on cash settled interest rate swaps for our $1.0 billion 10-year fixed rate notes issued January 24, 2007 remained in AOCI, which will be reclassified to earnings over the term of the underlying debt.

The following table summarizes the notional amounts and weighted-average interest rates of our interest rate swaps. Average floating rates are based on rates as of the end of the reporting period.

 

In Millions   

Nov. 25,

2012

   

May 27,

2012

 

Pay-floating swaps - notional amount

   $ 300.0     $ 834.6  

Average receive rate

     1.2     1.7

Average pay rate

     0.4     0.3

Treasury locks - notional amount

   $ 200.0     $   
                  

The swap contracts mature at various dates from fiscal 2013 to 2014 as follows:

 

In Millions    Pay Floating      Pay Fixed  

2013

   $       $ 200.0  

2014

     300.0          

Total

   $ 300.0      $ 200.0  
                   

Foreign Exchange Risk. Foreign currency fluctuations affect our net investments in foreign subsidiaries and foreign currency cash flows related to third party purchases, intercompany loans, product shipments, and foreign-denominated commercial paper. We are also exposed to the translation of foreign currency earnings to the U.S. dollar. Our principal exposures are to the Australian dollar, Brazilian real, British pound sterling, Canadian dollar, Chinese renminbi, euro, Japanese yen, Swiss franc, and Mexican peso. We mainly use foreign currency forward contracts to selectively hedge our foreign currency cash flow exposures. We also generally swap our foreign-

 

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denominated commercial paper borrowings and nonfunctional currency intercompany loans back to U.S. dollars or the functional currency; the gains or losses on these derivatives offset the foreign currency revaluation gains or losses recorded in earnings on the associated borrowings. We generally do not hedge more than 18 months forward.

As of November 25, 2012, the notional value of foreign exchange derivatives was $943.1 million. The amount of hedge ineffectiveness was less than $1 million for the quarter and six-month periods ended November 25, 2012.

We also have many net investments in foreign subsidiaries that are denominated in euros. We previously hedged a portion of these net investments by issuing euro-denominated commercial paper and foreign exchange forward contracts. As of November 25, 2012, we had deferred net foreign currency transaction losses of $95.7 million in AOCI associated with hedging activity.

Equity Instruments. Equity price movements affect our compensation expense as certain investments made by our employees in our deferred compensation plan are revalued. We use equity swaps to manage this risk. As of November 25, 2012, the net notional amount of our equity swaps was $48.3 million. These swap contracts mature in fiscal 2013.

Fair Value Measurements and Financial Statement Presentation

The fair values of our assets, liabilities, and derivative positions recorded at fair value and their respective levels in the fair value hierarchy as of November 25, 2012 and May 27, 2012, were as follows:

 

     Nov. 25, 2012      Nov. 25, 2012  
     Fair Values of Assets      Fair Values of Liabilities  
In Millions    Level 1      Level 2      Level 3      Total      Level 1      Level 2     Level 3      Total  

Derivatives designated as hedging instruments:

                      

Interest rate contracts (a) (b)

   $       $ 5.3      $       $ 5.3      $       $ (0.2   $       $ (0.2

Foreign exchange contracts (c) (d)

             4.2                4.2                (9.0             (9.0

Total

             9.5                9.5                (9.2             (9.2

Derivatives not designated as hedging instruments:

                      

Foreign exchange contracts (c) (d)

             1.6                1.6                (0.8             (0.8

Commodity contracts (c) (e)

     1.1        4.5                5.6                11.6               11.6  

Grain contracts (c) (e)

             8.9                8.9                (6.9             (6.9

Total

     1.1        15.0                16.1                3.9               3.9  

Other assets and liabilities reported at fair value:

                      

Marketable investments (a) (f)

     5.7        62.3                68.0                                     —   

Total

     5.7        62.3                68.0                                 

Total assets, liabilities, and derivative positions recorded at fair value

   $ 6.8      $ 86.8      $       $ 93.6      $       $ (5.3   $       $ (5.3
                                                                        
                                                                        

 

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     May 27, 2012      May 27, 2012  
     Fair Values of Assets      Fair Values of Liabilities  
In Millions    Level 1      Level 2      Level 3      Total      Level 1      Level 2     Level 3      Total  

Derivatives designated as hedging instruments:

                      

Interest rate contracts (a) (b)

   $       $ 5.7      $       $ 5.7      $       $      $       $   

Foreign exchange contracts (c) (d)

             11.5                11.5                (18.8             (18.8

Total

             17.2                17.2                (18.8             (18.8

Derivatives not designated as hedging instruments:

                      

Interest rate contracts (a) (b)

             0.5                0.5                                     —   

Foreign exchange contracts (c) (d)

             6.6                6.6                (1.1             (1.1

Equity contracts (a) (e)

                                             (0.1             (0.1

Commodity contracts (c) (e)

     8.0        1.0                9.0                (15.1             (15.1

Grain contracts (c) (e)

             8.3                8.3                (20.6             (20.6

Total

     8.0        16.4                24.4                (36.9             (36.9

Other assets and liabilities reported at fair value:

                      

Marketable investments (a) (f)

     5.3        52.3                57.6                                 

Total

     5.3        52.3                57.6                                 

Total assets, liabilities, and derivative positions recorded at fair value

   $ 13.3      $ 85.9      $       $ 99.2      $       $ (55.7   $       $ (55.7
                                                                        
                                                                        

 

(a) These contracts and investments are recorded as other assets or as other liabilities, as appropriate, based on whether in a gain or loss position. Certain marketable investments are recorded as cash and cash equivalents.

 

(b) Based on LIBOR and swap rates.

 

(c) These contracts are recorded as prepaid expenses and other current assets or as other current liabilities, as appropriate, based on whether in a gain or loss position.

 

(d) Based on observable market transactions of spot currency rates and forward currency prices.

 

(e) Based on prices of futures exchanges and recently reported transactions in the marketplace.

 

(f) Based on prices of common stock and bond matrix pricing.

We did not significantly change our valuation techniques from prior periods.

 

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Information related to our cash flow hedges, fair value hedges, and other derivatives not designated as hedging instruments for the quarterly and six-month periods ended November 25, 2012 and November 27, 2011, were as follows:

 

    Interest Rate
Contracts
    Foreign Exchange
Contracts
    Equity Contracts     Commodity
Contracts
    Total  
    Quarter Ended     Quarter Ended     Quarter Ended     Quarter Ended     Quarter Ended  
In Millions  

Nov. 25,

2012

   

Nov. 27,

2011

   

Nov. 25,

2012

   

Nov. 27,

2011

   

Nov. 25,

2012

   

Nov. 27,

2011

   

Nov. 25,

2012

   

Nov. 27,

2011

   

Nov. 25,

2012

   

Nov. 27,

2011

 

Derivatives in Cash Flow Hedging Relationships:

                   

Amount of gain (loss) recognized in other comprehensive income (OCI) (a)

  $ 1.6     $ (27.6   $ 3.1      $ 13.3     $      $      $      $      $ 4.7     $ (14.3

Amount of loss reclassified from AOCI into earnings (a) (b)

    (3.2     (0.7     (5.8     (1.2                                 (9.0     (1.9

Amount of gain (loss) recognized in earnings (c)

    (0.2     (0.3     0.1       0.1                                   (0.1     (0.2

Derivatives in Fair Value Hedging Relationships:

                   

Amount of net gain (loss) recognized in earnings (d)

    2.7       (0.1                                               2.7       (0.1

Derivatives Not Designated as Hedging Instruments:

                   

Amount of gain (loss) recognized in earnings (d)

                  (0.4     36.3       0.9              (22.6     (93.1     (22.1     (56.8
                                                                                 

 

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    Interest Rate
Contracts
    Foreign Exchange
Contracts
    Equity Contracts     Commodity
Contracts
    Total  
    Six-Month
Period  Ended
    Six-Month
Period Ended
    Six-Month
Period Ended
    Six-Month
Period Ended
    Six-Month
Period Ended
 
In Millions  

Nov. 25,

2012

   

Nov. 27,

2011

   

Nov. 25,

2012

   

Nov. 27,

2011

   

Nov. 25,

2012

   

Nov. 27,

2011

   

Nov. 25,

2012

   

Nov. 27,

2011

   

Nov. 25,

2012

   

Nov. 27,

2011

 

Derivatives in Cash Flow Hedging Relationships:

                   

Amount of gain (loss) recognized in other comprehensive income (OCI) (a)

  $ 1.6     $ (78.6   $ (6.0   $ 11.0     $  —      $      $      $      $ (4.4   $ (67.6

Amount of loss reclassified from AOCI into earnings (a) (b)

    (6.3     (1.9     (8.0     (5.1                                 (14.3     (7.0

Amount of gain (loss) recognized in earnings (c)

    (0.2     (0.5     0.1                                          (0.1     (0.5

Derivatives in Fair Value Hedging Relationships:

                   

Amount of net gain (loss) recognized in earnings (d)

    1.2       (0.2                                               1.2       (0.2

Derivatives Not Designated as Hedging Instruments:

                   

Amount of gain (loss) recognized in earnings (d)

                  1.7       17.9       4.2              36.3       (108.5     42.2       (90.6
                                                                                 

 

(a) Effective portion.

 

(b) Loss reclassified from AOCI into earnings is reported in interest, net for interest rate swaps and in cost of sales and selling, general, and administrative (SG&A) expenses for foreign exchange contracts.

 

(c) All gain (loss) recognized in earnings is related to the ineffective portion of the hedging relationship, including SG&A expenses for foreign exchange contracts. No amounts were reported as a result of being excluded from the assessment of hedge effectiveness.

 

(d) Gain (loss) recognized in earnings is reported in interest, net for interest rate contracts, in cost of sales for commodity contracts, and in SG&A expenses for equity contracts and foreign exchange contracts.

Amounts Recorded in Accumulated Other Comprehensive Loss. Unrealized losses from interest rate cash flow hedges recorded in AOCI as of November 25, 2012, totaled $68.6 million after tax. These deferred losses are primarily related to interest rate swaps we entered into in contemplation of future borrowings and other financing requirements and are being reclassified into net interest over the lives of the hedged forecasted transactions. Unrealized losses from foreign currency cash flow hedges recorded in AOCI as of November 25, 2012, were $1.9 million after-tax. The net amount of pre-tax gains and losses in AOCI as of November 25, 2012, that we expect to be reclassified into net earnings within the next 12 months is $14.7 million of expense.

Credit-Risk-Related Contingent Features. Certain of our derivative instruments contain provisions that require us to maintain an investment grade credit rating on our debt from each of the major credit rating agencies. If our debt were to fall below investment grade, the counterparties to the derivative instruments could request full collateralization on derivative instruments in net liability positions. The aggregate fair value of all derivative instruments with credit-risk-related contingent features that were in a liability position on November 25, 2012, was $5.5 million. We would be required to post this amount of collateral to the counterparties if the contingent features were triggered.

Credit Risk. We enter into interest rate, foreign exchange, and certain commodity and equity derivatives, primarily with a diversified group of highly rated counterparties. We continually monitor our positions and the credit ratings of the counterparties involved and, by policy, limit the amount of credit exposure to any one party. These transactions may expose us to potential losses due to the risk of nonperformance by these counterparties; however, we have not incurred a material loss. We also enter into commodity futures transactions through various regulated exchanges.

 

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The amount of loss due to the credit risk of the counterparties, should the counterparties fail to perform according to the terms of the contracts, is $4.5 million against which we do not hold any collateral. Under the terms of master swap agreements, some of our transactions require collateral or other security to support financial instruments subject to threshold levels of exposure and counterparty credit risk. Collateral assets are either cash or U.S. Treasury instruments and are held in a trust account that we may access if the counterparty defaults.

We offer certain suppliers access to a third party service that allows them to view our scheduled payments online. The third party service also allows suppliers to finance advances on our scheduled payments at the sole discretion of the supplier and the third party. We have no economic interest in these financing arrangements and no direct relationship with the suppliers, the third party, or any financial institutions concerning this service. All of our accounts payable remain as obligations to our suppliers as stated in our supplier agreements. As of November 25, 2012, $102.7 million of our total accounts payable is payable to suppliers who utilize this third party service.

(7) Debt

The components of notes payable were as follows:

 

In Millions   

Nov. 25,

2012

    

May 27,

2012

 

U.S. commercial paper

   $ 1,867.4      $ 412.0  

Financial institutions

     72.5        114.5  

Total

   $     1,939.9      $     526.5  
                   

To ensure availability of funds, we maintain bank credit lines sufficient to cover our outstanding short-term borrowings. Commercial paper is a continuing source of short-term financing. We have commercial paper programs available to us in the United States and Europe. We have $2.7 billion of fee-paid committed credit lines, consisting of a $1.0 billion facility scheduled to expire in April 2015 and a $1.7 billion facility scheduled to expire in April 2017. We also have $370.4 million in uncommitted credit lines that support our foreign operations. As of November 25, 2012, there were no amounts outstanding on the fee-paid committed credit lines and $72.5 million was drawn on the uncommitted lines.

On September 10, 2012, we repaid $520.8 million of 5.65 percent notes. In February 2012, we repaid $1.0 billion of 6.0 percent notes. In November 2011, we issued $1.0 billion aggregate principal amount of 3.15 percent notes due December 15, 2021. The net proceeds were used to repay a portion of our notes due February 2012, reduce our commercial paper borrowings, and for general corporate purposes. Interest on these notes is payable semi-annually in arrears. These notes may be redeemed at our option at any time prior to September 15, 2021 for a specified make whole amount and any time on or after that date at par. These notes are senior unsecured, unsubordinated obligations that include a change of control repurchase provision.

As part of our acquisition of Yoplait S.A.S. in fiscal 2012, we consolidated $457.9 million of primarily euro-denominated Euribor-based floating-rate bank debt. In December 2011, we refinanced this debt with $390.5 million of euro-denominated Euribor-based floating-rate bank debt due at various dates through December 15, 2014.

Certain of our long-term debt agreements contain restrictive covenants. As of November 25, 2012, we were in compliance with all of these covenants.

(8) Redeemable and Noncontrolling Interests

We have a 51 percent controlling interest in Yoplait S.A.S. and a 50 percent interest in Yoplait Marques S.A.S. Sodiaal holds the remaining interests in each of the entities. On the acquisition date in fiscal 2012, we recorded the $904.4 million fair value of Sodiaal’s 49 percent euro-denominated interest in Yoplait S.A.S. as a redeemable interest on our Consolidated Balance Sheets. Sodiaal has the ability to put a limited portion of its redeemable interest to us once per year at fair value up to a maximum of 9 years. We adjust the value of the redeemable interest through additional paid-in capital on our Consolidated Balance Sheets quarterly to the redeemable interest’s redemption value, which approximates its fair value. Yoplait S.A.S. pays dividends annually if it meets certain financial metrics set forth in its shareholders agreement. As of November 25, 2012, the redemption value of the euro-denominated redeemable interest was $877.6 million.

 

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In addition, a subsidiary of Yoplait S.A.S. has entered into an exclusive milk supply agreement for its European operations with Sodiaal at market-determined prices through July 1, 2021. Net purchases totaled $132.0 million for the six-month period ended November 25, 2012, and $108.1 million for the six-month period ended November 27, 2011.

On the acquisition date, we recorded the $263.8 million fair value of Sodiaal’s 50 percent euro-denominated interest in Yoplait Marques S.A.S. as a noncontrolling interest on our Consolidated Balance Sheets. Yoplait Marques S.A.S. earns a royalty stream through a licensing agreement with Yoplait S.A.S. for the rights to Yoplait and related trademarks. Yoplait Marques S.A.S. pays dividends annually based on its available cash as of its fiscal year end.

During the six-month period ended November 25, 2012, we paid $32.6 million of dividends to Sodiaal under the terms of the Yoplait S.A.S. and Yoplait Marques shareholder agreements.

During the first quarter of fiscal 2013, in conjunction with the consent of the Class A investor, we restructured General Mills Cereals, LLC (GMC) through the distribution of its manufacturing assets, stock, inventory, cash and certain intellectual property to a wholly owned subsidiary. GMC retained the remaining intellectual property. Immediately following the restructuring, the Class A Interests of GMC were sold by the then current holder to another unrelated third-party investor.

The holder of the GMC Class A Interests receives quarterly preferred distributions from available net income based on the application of a floating preferred return rate, currently equal to the sum of three-month LIBOR plus 110 basis points, to the holder’s capital account balance established in the most recent mark-to-market valuation (currently $251.5 million). The preferred return rate is adjusted every three years through a negotiated agreement with the Class A Interest holder or through a remarketing auction.

Our noncontrolling interests contain restrictive covenants. As of November 25, 2012, we were in compliance with all of these covenants.

 

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(9) Stockholders’ Equity

The following table provides details of total comprehensive income (loss):

 

    Quarter Ended
Nov. 25, 2012
    Quarter Ended
Nov. 27, 2011
 
    General Mills     Noncontrolling
Interests
    Redeemable
Interest
    General Mills     Noncontrolling
Interests
    Redeemable
Interest
 
In Millions   Pretax     Tax     Net     Net     Net     Pretax     Tax     Net     Net     Net  

Net earnings, including earnings attributable to redeemable and noncontrolling interests

                  $ 541.6     $ (0.2   $ (0.4                   $ 444.8     $ 0.6     $ 3.8  

Other comprehensive income (loss):

                   

Foreign currency translation

  $ 25.4     $        25.4       11.9       21.8     $ (204.2   $        (204.2     (31.8     (67.5

Other fair value changes:

                   

Securities

    0.2              0.2                     (0.3     0.1       (0.2              

Hedge derivatives

    4.2       (1.1     3.1              0.4       (15.0     7.9       (7.1            0.5  

Reclassification to earnings:

                   

Hedge derivatives

    7.7       (2.0     5.7              0.9       1.9       (0.7     1.2                

Amortization of losses and prior service costs

    40.0       (15.2     24.8                     32.9       (12.5     20.4                

Other comprehensive income (loss)

  $ 77.5     $ (18.3     59.2       11.9       23.1     $ (184.7   $ (5.2     (189.9     (31.8     (67.0

Total comprehensive income (loss)

                  $ 600.8     $ 11.7     $ 22.7                     $ 254.9     $ (31.2   $ (63.2
                                                                                 

 

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    Six-Month Period Ended     Six-Month Period Ended  
    Nov. 25, 2012     Nov. 27, 2011  
    General Mills     Noncontrolling
Interests
    Redeemable
Interest
    General Mills     Noncontrolling
Interests
    Redeemable
Interest
 
In Millions   Pretax     Tax     Net     Net     Net     Pretax     Tax     Net     Net     Net  

Net earnings, including earnings attributable to redeemable and noncontrolling interests

                  $ 1,090.5     $ 2.3     $ 10.3                     $ 850.4     $ 0.9     $ 2.2  

Other comprehensive income (loss):

                   

Foreign currency translation

  $ 85.7     $        85.7       11.4       27.4     $ (200.6   $        (200.6     (32.3     (70.9

Other fair value changes:

                   

Securities

    0.5       (0.1     0.4                     (0.7     0.3       (0.4              

Hedge derivatives

    (4.4     0.4       (4.0                   (67.1     29.1       (38.0            (0.4

Reclassification to earnings:

                   

Hedge derivatives

    12.2       (3.4     8.8              1.6       7.0       (2.7     4.3                

Amortization of losses and prior service costs

    80.0       (30.5     49.5                     65.8       (24.9     40.9                

Other comprehensive income (loss)

  $ 174.0     $ (33.6     140.4       11.4       29.0     $ (195.6   $ 1.8       (193.8     (32.3     (71.3

Total comprehensive income (loss)

                  $ 1,230.9     $ 13.7     $ 39.3                     $ 656.6     $ (31.4   $ (69.1
                                                                                 

Except for reclassifications to earnings, changes in other comprehensive income (loss) are primarily non-cash items.

Accumulated other comprehensive loss balances, net of tax effects, were as follows:

 

In Millions   

Nov. 25,

2012

   

May 27,

2012

 

Foreign currency translation adjustments

   $ 368.6     $ 282.9  

Unrealized gain (loss) from:

    

Securities

     2.2       1.8  

Hedge derivatives

     (70.5     (75.3

Pension, other postretirement, and postemployment benefits:

    

Net actuarial loss

     (1,897.9     (1,945.9

Prior service costs

     (5.7     (7.2

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

   $     (1,603.3   $     (1,743.7
                  

 

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(10) Stock Plans

We have various stock-based compensation programs under which awards, including stock options, restricted stock, and restricted stock units, may be granted to employees and non-employee directors. These programs and related accounting are described on pages 78 to 80 of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended May 27, 2012.

Compensation expense related to stock-based payments recognized in the Consolidated Statements of Earnings was as follows:

 

     Quarter Ended      Six-Month
Period Ended
 
In Millions   

Nov. 25,

2012

    

Nov. 27,

2011

    

Nov. 25,

2012

    

Nov. 27,

2011

 

Compensation expense related to stock-based payments

   $ 30.4      $ 37.4      $ 73.6      $ 83.9  
                                     

As of November 25, 2012, unrecognized compensation expense related to non-vested stock options and restricted stock units was $148.8 million. This expense will be recognized over 21 months, on average.

Net cash proceeds from the exercise of stock options less shares used for withholding taxes and the intrinsic value of options exercised were as follows:

 

     Six-Month
Period Ended
 
In Millions   

Nov. 25,

2012

    

Nov. 27,

2011

 

Net cash proceeds

   $ 152.7      $ 99.2  

Intrinsic value of options exercised

   $ 155.2      $ 62.7  
                   

We estimate the fair value of each option on the grant date using a Black-Scholes option-pricing model. Black-Scholes option-pricing models require us to make predictive assumptions regarding future stock price volatility, employee exercise behavior, and dividend yield. We estimate our future stock price volatility using the historical volatility over the expected term of the option, excluding time periods of volatility we believe a marketplace participant would exclude in estimating our stock price volatility. We also have considered, but did not use, implied volatility in our estimate, because trading activity in options on our stock, especially those with tenors of greater than 6 months, is insufficient to provide a reliable measure of expected volatility. Our method of selecting the other valuation assumptions is explained on pages 78 and 79 in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended May 27, 2012.

The estimated fair values of stock options granted and the assumptions used for the Black-Scholes option-pricing model were as follows:

 

     Six-Month Period Ended  
     

Nov. 25,

2012

   

Nov. 27,

2011

 

Estimated fair values of stock options granted

   $ 3.65      $ 5.88   

Assumptions:

    

Risk-free interest rate

     1.6     2.9

Expected term

     9.0 years        8.5 years   

Expected volatility

     17.3     17.6

Dividend yield

     3.5 %      3.3
                  

 

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Information on stock option activity follows:

 

     

Options

Outstanding

(Thousands)

   

Weighted-
Average
Exercise

Price

Per Share

    

Weighted-

Average
Remaining
Contractual

Term (Years)

    

Aggregate

Intrinsic

Value

(Millions)

 

Balance as of May 27, 2012

     60,942.7     $ 27.96        

Granted

     3,407.7       38.15        

Exercised

     (9,356.5     23.13        

Forfeited or expired

     (54.8     34.89                    

Outstanding as of Nov. 25, 2012

     54,939.1     $ 29.41        5.04      $ 624.3  

Exercisable as of Nov. 25, 2012

     36,465.5     $ 26.69        3.60      $ 504.0  
                                    

Information on restricted stock unit activity follows:

 

     Equity Classified      Liability Classified  
      Share-
Settled
Units
(Thousands)
   

Weighted-
Average

Grant-Date

Fair Value

     Share-
Settled
Units
(Thousands)
   

Weighted-
Average

Grant-Date

Fair Value

     Cash-Settled
Share-Based
Units
(Thousands)
   

Weighted-
Average

Grant-Date

Fair Value

 

Non-vested as of May 27, 2012

     8,551.8     $ 33.79        397.1     $ 32.68        3,991.5     $ 31.58  

Granted

     2,275.7       38.27        74.2       38.15                 

Vested

     (2,168.5     32.48        (69.5     31.68        (1,545.6     31.67  

Forfeited

     (215.7     31.28        (4.8     34.86        (43.6     29.41  

Non-vested as of Nov. 25, 2012

     8,443.3     $ 35.48        397.0     $ 35.58        2,402.3     $ 30.98  
                                                    

The total grant-date fair value of restricted stock unit awards that vested in the six-month period ended November 25, 2012 was $121.6 million, and restricted stock units with a grant-date fair value of $89.1 million vested in the six-month period ended November 27, 2011.

 

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(11) Earnings Per Share

Basic and diluted earnings per share (EPS) were calculated using the following:

 

     Quarter Ended      Six-Month
Period Ended
 
In Millions, Except per Share Data   

Nov. 25,

2012

    

Nov. 27,

2011

    

Nov. 25,

2012

    

Nov. 27,

2011

 

Net earnings attributable to General Mills

   $ 541.6      $ 444.8      $ 1,090.5      $ 850.4  
                                     

Average number of common shares - basic EPS

     648.1        646.3        649.2        647.1  

Incremental share effect from: (a)

           

Stock options

     11.9        14.8        12.2        14.6  

Restricted stock, restricted stock units, and other

     4.5        4.7        4.6        4.6  

Average number of common shares - diluted EPS

     664.5        665.8        666.0        666.3  
                                     

Earnings per share - basic

   $ 0.84      $ 0.69      $ 1.68      $ 1.31  

Earnings per share - diluted

   $ 0.82      $ 0.67      $ 1.64      $ 1.28  
                                     

 

(a) Incremental shares from stock options and restricted stock units are computed by the treasury stock method. Stock options and restricted stock units excluded from our computation of diluted EPS because they were not dilutive were as follows:

 

     Quarter Ended      Six-Month
Period  Ended
 
In Millions   

Nov. 25,

2012

    

Nov. 27,

2011

    

Nov. 25,

2012

    

Nov. 27,

2011

 

Anti-dilutive stock options and restricted stock units

     4.5        6.0        9.6        6.7  
                                     

(12) Share Repurchases

During the second quarter of fiscal 2013, we repurchased 5.2 million shares of common stock for an aggregate purchase price of $206.7 million. During the six-month period ended November 25, 2012, we repurchased 12.3 million shares of common stock for an aggregate purchase price of $479.2 million.

During the second quarter of fiscal 2012, we repurchased 2.7 million shares of common stock for an aggregate purchase price of $100.9 million. During the six-month period ended November 27, 2011, we repurchased 5.7 million shares of common stock for an aggregate purchase price of $210.8 million.

(13) Statements of Cash Flows

During the six-month period ended November 25, 2012, we made net cash interest payments of $150.5 million, compared to $162.0 million in the same period last year. Also, in the six-month period ended November 25, 2012, we made tax payments of $352.1 million, compared to $344.3 million in the same period last year. In addition, in the second quarter of fiscal 2013, we acquired Yoki for $939.8 million, including $119.9 million of non-cash consideration for debt assumed. In the first quarter of fiscal 2012, we acquired interests in Yoplait S.A.S. and Yoplait Marques S.A.S. for $1.2 billion, including $261.3 million of non-cash consideration for debt assumed.

 

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(14) Retirement and Postemployment Benefits

Components of net pension, other postretirement, and postemployment expense were as follows:

 

     Defined Benefit
Pension Plans
    Other Postretirement
Benefit Plans
    Postemployment
Benefit Plans
 
     Quarter Ended     Quarter Ended     Quarter Ended  
In Millions   

Nov. 25,

2012

   

Nov. 27,

2011

   

Nov. 25,

2012

   

Nov. 27,

2011

   

Nov. 25,

2012

    

Nov. 27,

2011

 

Service cost

   $ 31.2     $ 28.6     $ 5.3     $ 4.5     $ 2.0      $ 1.9  

Interest cost

     59.4       59.6       13.0       13.9       1.1        1.2  

Expected return on plan assets

     (107.2     (110.2     (8.1     (8.8               

Amortization of losses

     34.0       27.0       4.3       3.6       0.6        0.5  

Amortization of prior service costs (credits)

     1.5       2.2       (0.8     (0.9     0.4        0.5  

Other adjustments

                                 2.7        2.3  

Net expense

   $ 18.9     $ 7.2     $ 13.7     $ 12.3     $ 6.8      $ 6.4  
                                                   
     Defined Benefit
Pension Plans
    Other Postretirement
Benefit Plans
    Postemployment
Benefit Plans
 
     Six-Month
Period Ended
    Six-Month
Period Ended
    Six-Month
Period Ended
 
In Millions   

Nov. 25,

2012

   

Nov. 27,

2011

   

Nov. 25,

2012

   

Nov. 27,

2011

   

Nov. 25,

2012

    

Nov. 27,

2011

 

Service cost

   $ 62.3     $ 57.1     $ 10.6     $ 9.0     $ 3.9      $ 3.8  

Interest cost

     118.7       119.0       25.9       27.8       2.2        2.4  

Expected return on plan assets

     (214.2     (220.2     (16.1     (17.7               

Amortization of losses

     68.0       54.1       8.6       7.2       1.1        0.9  

Amortization of prior service costs (credits)

     3.1       4.3       (1.7     (1.7     0.9        1.0  

Other adjustments

                                 5.5        4.6  

Net expense

   $ 37.9     $ 14.3     $ 27.3     $ 24.6     $ 13.6      $ 12.7  
                                                   

(15) Contingencies

We are party to various pending or threatened legal actions in the ordinary course of our business. In our opinion, there were no claims or litigation pending as of November 25, 2012, that were reasonably likely to have a material adverse effect on our consolidated financial position or results of operations. These matters include a class action lawsuit filed on January 14, 2010, in the United States District Court, Central District of California, alleging that we made false and misleading claims about the digestive health benefits of our YoPlus yogurt product. The YoPlus matter is scheduled to go to trial in fiscal 2013. We believe that we have meritorious defenses against these allegations and will vigorously defend our position.

(16) Income Taxes

During the first quarter of fiscal 2013, in conjunction with the consent of the Class A investor, we restructured GMC through the distribution of its manufacturing assets, stock, inventory, cash and certain intellectual property to a wholly owned subsidiary. GMC retained the remaining intellectual property. Immediately following this restructuring, the Class A Interests were sold by the then current holder to another unrelated third party investor. As a result of these transactions, we recorded a $66.7 million decrease to deferred income tax liabilities related to the tax basis of the investment in GMC and certain distributed assets, with a corresponding discrete non-cash reduction to income taxes in the first quarter of fiscal 2013.

 

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(17) Business Segment Information

We operate in the consumer foods industry. We have three operating segments by type of customer and geographic region as follows: U.S. Retail; International; and Bakeries and Foodservice.

Our U.S. Retail segment reflects business with a wide variety of grocery stores, mass merchandisers, membership stores, natural food chains, and drug, dollar and discount chains operating throughout the United States. Our major product categories in this business segment are ready-to-eat cereals, refrigerated yogurt, ready-to-serve soup, dry dinners, shelf stable and frozen vegetables, refrigerated and frozen dough products, dessert and baking mixes, frozen pizza and pizza snacks, grain, fruit and savory snacks, and a wide variety of organic products including granola bars, cereal, and soup.

Our International segment consists of retail and foodservice businesses outside of the United States. In Canada, our major product categories are ready-to-eat cereals, shelf stable and frozen vegetables, dry dinners, refrigerated and frozen dough products, dessert and baking mixes, frozen pizza snacks, refrigerated yogurt, and grain and fruit snacks. In markets outside North America, our product categories include super-premium ice cream and frozen desserts, refrigerated yogurt, snacks, shelf stable and frozen vegetables, refrigerated and frozen dough products, seasonings, and dry dinners. Our International segment also includes products manufactured in the United States for export, mainly to Caribbean and Latin American markets, as well as products we manufacture for sale to our international joint ventures. Revenues from export activities and franchise fees are reported in the region or country where the end customer is located.

In our Bakeries and Foodservice segment our major product categories are ready-to-eat cereals, snacks, refrigerated yogurt, unbaked and fully baked frozen dough products, baking mixes, and flour. Many products we sell are branded to the consumer and nearly all are branded to our customers. We sell to distributors and operators in many customer channels including foodservice, convenience stores, vending, and supermarket bakeries. Substantially all of this segment’s operations are located in the United States.

Operating profit for these segments excludes unallocated corporate items and restructuring, impairment, and other exit costs. Unallocated corporate items include corporate overhead expenses, variances to planned domestic employee benefits and incentives, contributions to the General Mills Foundation, and other items that are not part of our measurement of segment operating performance. These include gains and losses arising from the revaluation of certain grain inventories and gains and losses from mark-to-market valuation of certain commodity positions until passed back to our operating segments. These items affecting operating profit are centrally managed at the corporate level and are excluded from the measure of segment profitability reviewed by executive management. Under our supply chain organization, our manufacturing, warehouse, and distribution activities are substantially integrated across our operations in order to maximize efficiency and productivity. As a result, fixed assets and depreciation and amortization expenses are neither maintained nor available by operating segment.

 

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Our operating segment results were as follows:

 

     Quarter Ended      Six-Month
Period Ended
 
In Millions   

Nov. 25,

2012

    

Nov. 27,

2011

    

Nov. 25,

2012

    

Nov. 27,

2011

 

Net sales:

           

U.S. Retail

   $   2,985.0      $   2,938.3      $   5,478.9      $   5,448.6  

International

     1,381.2        1,163.3        2,466.7        2,019.6  

Bakeries and Foodservice

     515.6        522.2        987.2        1,003.2  

Total

   $ 4,881.8      $ 4,623.8      $ 8,932.8      $ 8,471.4  

Operating profit:

           

U.S. Retail

   $ 723.2      $ 661.4      $ 1,298.3      $ 1,246.6  

International

     139.2        133.5        265.0        214.2  

Bakeries and Foodservice

     96.2        77.8        163.9        139.2  

Total segment operating profit

     958.6        872.7        1,727.2        1,600.0  

Unallocated corporate items

     126.9        155.1        106.2        243.4  

Restructuring, impairment, and other exit costs

     2.7        0.7        11.9        0.8  

Operating profit

   $ 829.0      $ 716.9      $ 1,609.1      $ 1,355.8  
                                     

 

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Item 2. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations.

INTRODUCTION

This Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations (MD&A) should be read in conjunction with the MD&A included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended May 27, 2012, for important background regarding, among other things, our key business drivers. Significant trademarks and service marks used in our business are set forth in italics herein. Certain terms used throughout this report are defined in the “Glossary” section below.

Our consolidated results for fiscal 2013 include operating activity from the acquisitions of Yoki Alimentos S.A. (Yoki) in Brazil, Yoplait Ireland, Food Should Taste Good in the United States and Parampara Foods in India, and the assumption of the Canadian Yoplait franchise license. Also included in the first quarter of fiscal 2013 are two additional months of results from the acquisition of Yoplait S.A.S. Collectively, these items are referred to as “new businesses.”

CONSOLIDATED RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

Second Quarter Results

For the second quarter of fiscal 2013, net sales grew 6 percent to $4,882 million. This includes 4 percentage points of growth contributed by new businesses, primarily Yoki. Excluding the impact of new businesses, net sales growth was up 2 percent for the second quarter of fiscal 2013. Total segment operating profit of $959 million was 10 percent higher than the second quarter of fiscal 2012. Diluted earnings per share (EPS) of $0.82 was up 22 percent and diluted EPS excluding certain items affecting comparability of $0.86 increased 13 percent compared to the second quarter of fiscal 2012 (see the “Non-GAAP Measures” section below for our use of this measure and our discussion of the items affecting comparability).

Net sales growth of 6 percent for the second quarter of fiscal 2013 was driven by 7 percentage points of contribution from volume growth due to new businesses. Contributions from volume excluding new businesses were flat compared to the second quarter of fiscal 2012. Unfavorable net price realization and mix decreased net sales by 1 percentage point while foreign currency exchange was flat compared to the second quarter of fiscal 2012.

Components of net sales growth

 

Second Quarter of Fiscal 2013 vs.

Second Quarter of Fiscal 2012

   U.S. Retail      International      Bakeries and
Foodservice
     Combined
Segments
 

Contributions from volume growth (a)

     2 pts         26 pts         -2 pts         7 pts   

Net price realization and mix

     Flat         -4 pts         1 pt         -1 pt   

Foreign currency exchange

     NA         -3 pts         NM         Flat   

Net sales growth

     2 pts         19 pts         -1 pt         6 pts   
                                     

 

(a) Measured in tons based on the stated weight of our product shipments.

Cost of sales increased $110 million from the second quarter of fiscal 2012 to $3,140 million. Higher volume drove a $219 million increase in cost of sales. We also recorded a $17 million non-recurring expense related to the assumption of the Canadian Yoplait franchise license in the second quarter of fiscal 2013. These increases were partially offset by an $80 million decrease in cost of sales attributable to product mix. In the second quarter of fiscal 2013, we recorded a $48 million net increase in cost of sales related to the mark-to-market valuation of certain commodity positions and grain inventories compared to a net increase of $94 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2012.

Selling, general, and administrative (SG&A) expenses increased $34 million to $911 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2013 versus the same period in fiscal 2012. The increase in SG&A expenses was primarily driven by new businesses and an increase in pension expense in the second quarter of fiscal 2013. Excluding these items, SG&A expenses decreased compared to the same period last year, including a decrease in media and advertising expense of 3 percent compared to fiscal 2012. SG&A expenses as a percent of net sales in the second quarter of fiscal 2013 were down 30 basis points compared with fiscal 2012.

 

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Restructuring, impairment, and other exit costs were $3 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2013 and were $1 million in the same period last year. We did not undertake any new restructuring actions in the second quarter of fiscal 2013 or fiscal 2012.

Interest, net for the second quarter of fiscal 2013 totaled $76 million, a $12 million decrease from the same period of fiscal 2012. The average interest rate decreased 70 basis points, including the effect of the mix of debt, generating a $14 million decrease in net interest. Average interest bearing instruments increased $202 million, primarily from an increase in incremental borrowing to fund the acquisition of Yoki, generating a $2 million increase in net interest.

The effective tax rate for the second quarter of fiscal 2013 was 32.6 percent compared to 33.3 percent for the second quarter of fiscal 2012. The 0.7 percentage point decrease was primarily related to certain international discrete tax adjustments.

After-tax earnings from joint ventures increased to $33 million compared to $29 million in the same quarter last fiscal year, primarily driven by favorable net price realization and the timing of consumer spending at Cereal Partners Worldwide (CPW). In the second quarter of fiscal 2013, net sales for CPW increased 2 percent primarily driven by 4 percentage points of growth attributable to favorable net price realization and mix, partially offset by a 1 percentage point decrease due to unfavorable foreign currency exchange and a 1 percentage point decrease from volume declines. Net sales for our Häagen-Dazs joint venture in Japan (HDJ) increased 2 percent due to 6 percentage points of contribution from volume growth, partially offset by a 3 percentage point decrease due to unfavorable foreign currency exchange and a 1 percentage point decrease due to unfavorable net price realization and mix.

Average diluted shares outstanding decreased by 1 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2013 from the same period a year ago as the impact of share repurchases was partially offset by option exercises.

Net earnings attributable to General Mills were $542 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2013, up 22 percent from $445 million last year. Diluted EPS was $0.82 in the second quarter of fiscal 2013, up 22 percent from $0.67 last year. These results include the effects from the mark-to-market valuation of certain commodity positions and grain inventories. Diluted EPS excluding this item affecting comparability, a non-GAAP measure used for management reporting and incentive compensation purposes, was $0.86 in the second quarter of fiscal 2013, up 13 percent from $0.76 in the second quarter of fiscal 2012 (see the “Non-GAAP Measures” section below for our use of this measure and our discussion of the items affecting comparability).

Six-month Results

For the six-month period ended November 25, 2012, net sales grew 5 percent to $8,933 million. This includes 5 percentage points of growth contributed by new businesses, primarily two additional months of activity from Yoplait S.A.S. and three months of activity from Yoki. Excluding the impact of new businesses, net sales growth was offset by unfavorable foreign currency exchange. Total segment operating profit of $1,727 million was 8 percent higher than the six-month period ended November 27, 2011. Diluted EPS of $1.64 was up 28 percent and diluted EPS excluding certain items affecting comparability of $1.52 increased 8 percent compared to the six-month period ended November 27, 2011 (see the “Non-GAAP Measures” section below for our use of this measure and our discussion of the items affecting comparability).

 

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Net sales growth of 5 percent for the six-month period ended November 25, 2012 was driven by 8 percentage points of contributions from volume growth due to new businesses. Contributions from volume excluding new businesses were flat compared to the same period of fiscal 2012. Unfavorable net price realization and mix decreased net sales by 2 percentage points and unfavorable foreign currency exchange decreased net sales by 1 percentage point.

Components of net sales growth

 

Six-Month Period Ended Nov. 25, 2012 vs.

Six-Month Period Ended Nov. 27, 2011

   U.S. Retail      International     

Bakeries and

Foodservice

    

Combined

Segments

 

Contributions from volume growth (a)

     Flat         34 pts         Flat         8 pts   

Net price realization and mix

     1 pt         -6 pts         -2 pts         -2 pts   

Foreign currency exchange

     NA         -6 pts         NM         -1 pt   

Net sales growth

     1 pt         22 pts         -2 pts         5 pts   
                                     

 

(a) Measured in tons based on the stated weight of our product shipments.

Cost of sales increased $132 million from the six-month period ended November 27, 2011, to $5,562 million. Higher volume drove a $455 million increase in cost of sales. We also recorded a $17 million non-recurring expense related to the assumption of the Canadian Yoplait franchise license in the six-month period ended November 25, 2012. These increases were partially offset by a $174 million decrease in cost of sales attributable to product mix. In the six-month period ended November 25, 2012, we recorded a $34 million net decrease in cost of sales related to the mark-to-market valuation of certain commodity positions and grain inventories compared to a net increase of $132 million in the six-month period ended November 27, 2011.

SG&A expenses increased $65 million to $1,750 million in the six-month period ended November 25, 2012 versus the same period in fiscal 2012. The increase in SG&A expenses was primarily driven by new businesses and an increase in pension expense in the six-month period ended November 25, 2012. Excluding these items, SG&A expenses decreased compared to the same period last year, including a decrease in media and advertising expense of 5 percent compared to fiscal 2012. SG&A expenses as a percent of net sales in fiscal 2013 decreased 30 basis points compared with fiscal 2012.

Restructuring, impairment, and other exit costs were $12 million for the six-month period ended November 25, 2012, and $1 million for the same period of fiscal 2012. In the six-month period ended November 25, 2012, we recorded a $12 million restructuring charge primarily related to a productivity and cost savings plan approved in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012.

Interest, net for the six-month period ended November 25, 2012, totaled $158 million, a $14 million decrease from the same period of fiscal 2012. The average interest rate decreased 50 basis points, including the effect of the mix of debt, generating a $19 million decrease in net interest. Average interest bearing instruments increased $190 million, primarily from an increase in incremental borrowing to fund the acquisition of Yoki, generating a $5 million increase in net interest.

The effective tax rate for the six-month period ended November 25, 2012, was 27.8 percent compared to 32.7 percent for the six-month period ended November 27, 2011. The 4.9 percentage point decrease was primarily related to the restructuring of our General Mills Cereals, LLC (GMC) subsidiary during the first quarter of fiscal 2013 which resulted in a $67 million decrease to deferred income tax liabilities related to the tax basis of the investment in GMC and certain distributed assets, with a corresponding discrete non-cash reduction to income taxes in the first quarter of fiscal 2013.

After-tax earnings from joint ventures for the six-month period ended November 25, 2012, totaled $56 million compared to $57 million in the same period last fiscal year. In the six-month period ended November 25, 2012, net sales for CPW decreased 4 percent due to 6 percentage points of unfavorable foreign currency exchange, partially offset by a 2 percentage point increase attributable to favorable net price realization and mix. Volume was flat compared to the same period in fiscal 2012. Net sales for HDJ increased 3 percent due to a 6 percentage point increase from volume growth, partially offset by a 2 percentage point decline from unfavorable foreign currency exchange and a 1 percentage point decline attributable to unfavorable net price realization and mix.

 

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Average diluted shares outstanding of 666 million in the six-month period ended November 25, 2012 were flat compared to the same period a year ago, as the issuance of common stock from stock option exercises was offset by share repurchases.

Net earnings attributable to General Mills were $1,090 million in the six-month period ended November 25, 2012, up 28 percent from $850 million in the same period last year. Diluted EPS was $1.64 in the six-month period ended November 25, 2012, up 28 percent from $1.28 last year. These results include the effects from the mark-to-market valuation of certain commodity positions and grain inventories, restructuring charges reflecting employee severance expense related to our fiscal 2012 productivity and cost savings plan, and a reduction to income taxes related to the restructuring of our GMC subsidiary in the first quarter of fiscal 2013. Diluted EPS excluding these items affecting comparability, a non-GAAP measure used for management reporting and incentive compensation purposes, was $1.52, up 8 percent from $1.41 in the same period of fiscal 2012 (see the “Non-GAAP Measures” section below for our use of this measure and our discussion of the items affecting comparability).

SEGMENT OPERATING RESULTS

Beginning with the first quarter of fiscal 2013, we realigned certain divisions within our U.S. Retail operating segment and certain geographic regions within our International operating segment. We revised the amounts previously reported in the net sales percentage change by division within our U.S. Retail segment and geographic regions within our International segment. These realignments had no effect on previously reported consolidated net sales, operating segments’ net sales, operating profit, segment operating profit, net earnings attributable to General Mills, or earnings per share.

In the U.S. Retail segment, Big G, Snacks, Yoplait, and Small Planet Foods were unchanged. Baking Products combines our baking aisle and refrigerated dough products. Frozen Foods includes our frozen products, as well as Green Giant canned vegetables. Meals includes dinner mixes, side dishes, Mexican products, and Progresso soups. In the International segment, Canada was unchanged. The Australia and New Zealand businesses were realigned with our Europe region. The Turkey, North Africa, South Africa, and Middle East businesses were realigned with our Asia/Pacific region.

U.S. Retail Segment Results

Net sales for our U.S. Retail segment of $2,985 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2013 increased 2 percentage points compared to the second quarter of fiscal 2012 due to contributions from volume growth. Contributions from net price realization and mix were flat compared to the same period a year ago. The 2 percentage point increase in net sales was primarily driven by the Snacks, Small Planet Foods, and Meals divisions, partially offset by declines in the Yoplait, Big G, and Baking Products divisions. Frozen Foods net sales were flat compared to the same period a year ago.

Net sales for our U.S. Retail operations of $5,479 million for the six-month period ended November 25, 2012 increased 1 percentage point compared to the same period in fiscal 2012, due to favorable net price realization and mix. Volume was flat compared to the same period a year ago. The 1 percentage point increase in net sales was primarily driven by the Snacks, Small Planet Foods, and Meals divisions, partially offset by declines in the Yoplait, Big G, and Frozen Foods divisions. Baking Products net sales were flat compared to the same period a year ago.

 

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U.S. Retail Net Sales Percentage Change by Division

 

     Quarter
Ended
    Six-Month
Period  Ended
 
     

Nov. 25,

2012

   

Nov. 25,

2012

 

Big G

     (2 )%      (2 )% 

Snacks

     15       10  

Baking Products

     (1     Flat   

Frozen Foods

     Flat        (3

Yoplait

     (5     (8

Meals

     3       2  

Small Planet Foods

     30       41  

Total

     2     1
                  

During the second quarter of fiscal 2013, net sales for Big G cereals declined 2 percent from last year, as growth from new items such as Peanut Butter MultiGrain Cheerios and Fiber One Nut Clusters and Almonds, along with gains by several established brands including Chex, Lucky Charms, and Cinnamon Toast Crunch, were offset by declines from other established cereals. Snacks division net sales grew 15 percent in the quarter, led by Nature Valley and Fiber One snack bar varieties and new Motts fruit-flavored snacks. Baking Products net sales declined 1 percent as growth from Betty Crocker dessert mixes, Bisquick baking mix and Pillsbury refrigerated biscuit and bread items was offset by declines from Sweet Moments refrigerated desserts and other established items. Frozen Foods net sales essentially matched year-ago levels, with Green Giant canned vegetables and Totino’s frozen snacks leading performance. Yoplait net sales were 5 percent below year-ago levels, as growth from new Yoplait Greek 100 and other Greek yogurt items was offset by sales declines on certain established product lines. Meals division net sales grew 3 percent in the second quarter, led by Old El Paso Mexican foods, side dish mixes, and Progresso soups and Recipe Starters cooking sauces. Small Planet Foods net sales were up 30 percent, reflecting growth from Cascadian Farm cereals and contributions from the Food Should Taste Good snack line acquired in fiscal 2012.

Segment operating profit increased 9 percent to $723 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2013 compared to the same period of fiscal 2012. The increase was driven by lower inflation as well as a 1 percent reduction in advertising and media expense.

Segment operating profit increased 4 percent to $1,298 million in the six-month period ended November 25, 2012, versus the same period a year ago, primarily driven by a 7 percent decrease in advertising and media expense and favorable net price realization and mix, partially offset by an increase in input costs.

International Segment Results

Net sales for our International segment of $1,381 million increased 19 percent in the second quarter of fiscal 2013 compared to the same period of fiscal 2012, including 18 percentage points of sales growth from new businesses, primarily Yoki. Volume growth contributed 26 percentage points of net sales growth, including 27 percentage points resulting from new businesses. This gain was partially offset by a decrease of 4 percentage points due to unfavorable net price realization and mix and a decrease of 3 percentage points due to unfavorable foreign currency exchange.

Net sales for our International segment were up 22 percent in the six-month period ended November 25, 2012, to $2,467 million due to contributions from new businesses, primarily two additional months of activity from Yoplait S.A.S. and three months of activity from Yoki. Excluding the impact of new businesses, net sales growth was offset by unfavorable foreign currency exchange. Volume contributed 34 percentage points of net sales growth, driven by new businesses. These gains were offset by a 6 percentage point decline due to unfavorable foreign currency exchange and a 6 percentage point decline driven by unfavorable net price realization and mix.

 

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International Net Sales Percentage Change by Geographic Region

 

     Percentage
Change in Net
Sales as Reported
    Percentage Change in
Net Sales on Constant
Currency Basis (a)
 
      Quarter Ended
Nov. 25, 2012
   

Quarter Ended

Nov. 25, 2012

 

Europe

     Flat        3

Canada

     19     16  

Asia/Pacific

     8       8  

Latin America

     143       168  

Total

     19     22
                  

 

     Percentage
Change in Net
Sales as Reported
    Percentage Change in
Net Sales on Constant
Currency Basis (a)
 
     

Six-Month

Period Ended

Nov. 25, 2012

   

Six-Month

Period Ended

Nov. 25, 2012

 

Europe

     15     23

Canada

     21       21  

Asia/Pacific

     12       13  

Latin America

     83       99  

Total

     22     28
                  

 

(a) See the “Non-GAAP Measures” section below for our use of this measure.

For the second quarter of fiscal 2013, net sales in Europe were flat compared to the same period a year ago. Net sales in Canada increased 19 percent due to the assumption of the Canadian Yoplait franchise license, cereal growth, and favorable foreign currency exchange. In the Asia/Pacific region, net sales grew 8 percent driven by growth from Häagen-Dazs products in China, Pillsbury products and the Parampara acquisition in India, and favorable foreign currency exchange. Latin America net sales increased 143 percent primarily driven by the acquisition of Yoki in Brazil, as well as contribution from Diablitos in Venezuela and La Salteña in Argentina, partially offset by unfavorable foreign currency exchange.

Segment operating profit grew 4 percent to $139 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2013 primarily driven by sales growth and favorable foreign currency exchange, partially offset by a $17 million non-recurring expense related to the assumption of the Canadian Yoplait franchise license.

Segment operating profit grew 24 percent to $265 million in the six-month period ended November 25, 2012 primarily driven by two additional months of Yoplait S.A.S. earnings in fiscal 2013 and volume growth, partially offset by unfavorable foreign currency exchange.

Bakeries and Foodservice Segment Results

Net sales for our Bakeries and Foodservice segment decreased 1 percent to $516 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2013 compared to the same period of fiscal 2012. The decrease was driven by a 2 percentage point decline in contribution from volume, partially offset by 1 percentage point of favorable net price realization and mix.

Net sales for our Bakeries and Foodservice segment decreased 2 percent to $987 million in the six-month period ended November 25, 2012, due to 2 percentage points of unfavorable net price realization and mix, as improved product mix was offset by lower prices indexed to commodity markets. Contributions from volume were flat compared to the same period in fiscal 2012.

 

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Segment operating profit for the second quarter of fiscal 2013 grew 24 percent to $96 million compared to the second quarter of fiscal 2012. The increase was driven by favorable net price realization and mix, lower manufacturing costs, and lower input costs.

Segment operating profit for the six-month period ended November 25, 2012, grew 18 percent to $164 million compared to the six-month period ended November 27, 2011. The increase was due to lower input costs, primarily in our milling operations, and higher grain merchandising earnings, partially offset by unfavorable net price realization and mix.

UNALLOCATED CORPORATE ITEMS

Unallocated corporate expense totaled $127 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2013 compared to $155 million in the same period in fiscal 2012. In the second quarter of fiscal 2013, we recorded a $48 million net increase in expense related to the mark-to-market valuation of certain commodity positions and grain inventories, compared to a $94 million net increase in expense in the second quarter of fiscal 2012. Pension expense increased $10 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2013 compared to the same quarter last year.

Unallocated corporate expense totaled $106 million in the six-month period ended November 25, 2012, compared to $243 million in the same period last year. In the six-month period ended November 25, 2012, we recorded a $34 million net decrease in expense related to the mark-to-market valuation of certain commodity positions and grain inventories, compared to a $132 million net increase in expense in the same period a year ago. Pension expense increased $20 million in the six-month period ended November 25, 2012, compared to the same period in fiscal 2012.

LIQUIDITY

During the six-month period ended November 25, 2012, our operations generated $1.3 billion of cash compared to $1.2 billion in the same period last year. The $161 million increase is primarily due to a $250 million increase in net earnings partially offset by a $65 million change in deferred income taxes driven by the $67 million reduction to deferred income tax liabilities as a result of the restructuring of our GMC subsidiary in the first quarter of fiscal 2013, and $33 million of cash used in our previously announced restructuring actions. The $90 million increase in current assets and liabilities primarily reflect a $307 million change in other current liabilities due to changes in consumer marketing and related accruals, partially offset by a $186 million change in inventories largely driven by grain inventory balances.

Cash used by investing activities during the six-month period ended November 25, 2012, was $1.1 billion, a $208 million decrease over the same period in fiscal 2012. In the second quarter of fiscal 2013, we acquired Yoki, a privately held food company headquartered in Sao Bernardo do Campo, Brazil, for an aggregate purchase price of $940 million, comprised of $820 million of cash, net of $31 million of cash acquired, and $120 million of non-cash consideration for debt assumed. In the first quarter of fiscal 2012 we acquired Yoplait S.A.S. and Yoplait Marques S.A.S. for an aggregate purchase price of $1.2 billion, comprised of $900 million of cash, net of $30 million of cash acquired, and $261 million of non-cash consideration for debt assumed. We invested $264 million in land, buildings, and equipment in the first half of fiscal 2013, flat to the same period last year. In addition, we received $16 million in payments from Sodiaal International (Sodiaal) in fiscal 2013 against the $132 million exchangeable note we purchased in fiscal 2012.

Cash generated by financing activities during the six-month period ended November 25, 2012, was $34 million, a decrease of $22 million compared to the same period in fiscal 2012. Cash provided by notes payable increased $744 million, primarily reflecting the use of commercial paper to fund a portion of the Yoki acquisition. In the first half of fiscal 2013, we repaid $522 million of long-term debt. We paid $268 million more for share repurchases and $35 million more in dividends in the six-month period ended November 25, 2012, compared to the same period in fiscal 2012. We also made distributions to noncontrolling and redeemable interest holders of $35 million in the first half of fiscal 2013.

As of November 25, 2012, we had $656 million of cash and cash equivalents held in foreign jurisdictions which will be used to fund foreign operations and acquisitions. There is currently no intent or need to repatriate these funds in order to meet domestic funding obligations or scheduled cash distributions. If we choose to repatriate cash held in foreign jurisdictions, we will only do so in a tax-neutral manner.

 

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CAPITAL RESOURCES

Our capital structure was as follows:

 

In Millions   

Nov. 25,

2012

    

May 27,

2012

 

Notes payable

   $ 1,939.9      $ 526.5  

Current portion of long-term debt

     820.8        741.2  

Long-term debt

     5,571.9        6,161.9  

Total debt

     8,332.6        7,429.6  

Redeemable interest

     877.6        847.8  

Noncontrolling interests

     456.3        461.0  

Stockholders’ equity

     6,983.7        6,421.7  

Total capital

   $ 16,650.2      $ 15,160.1  
                   

To ensure availability of funds, we maintain bank credit lines sufficient to cover our outstanding short-term borrowings. Commercial paper is a continuing source of short-term financing. We have commercial paper programs available to us in the United States and Europe. Our commercial paper borrowings are supported by $2.7 billion of fee-paid committed credit lines, consisting of a $1.0 billion facility expiring in April 2015 and a $1.7 billion facility expiring in April 2017. We also have $370 million in uncommitted credit lines that support our foreign operations. As of November 25, 2012, there were no amounts outstanding on the fee-paid committed credit lines and $72 million was drawn on the uncommitted lines.

During the first quarter of fiscal 2013, in conjunction with the consent of the Class A investor, we restructured GMC through the distribution of its manufacturing assets, stock, inventory, cash and certain intellectual property to a wholly owned subsidiary. GMC retained the remaining intellectual property. Immediately following the restructuring, the Class A Interests of GMC were sold by the current holder to another unrelated third-party investor.

The third-party holder of the GMC Class A Interests receives quarterly preferred distributions from available net income based on the application of a floating preferred return rate, currently equal to the sum of three-month LIBOR plus 110 basis points, to the holder’s capital account balance established in the most recent mark-to-market valuation (currently $252 million). The preferred return rate is adjusted every three years through a negotiated agreement with the Class A Interest holder or through a remarketing auction.

The holder of the Class A Interests may initiate a liquidation of GMC under certain circumstances, including, without limitation, the bankruptcy of GMC or its subsidiaries, GMC’s failure to deliver the preferred distributions on the Class A Interests, GMC’s failure to comply with portfolio requirements, breaches of certain covenants, lowering of our senior debt rating below either Baa3 by Moody’s or BBB- by Standard & Poor’s, and a failed attempt to remarket the Class A Interests. In the event of a liquidation of GMC, each member of GMC will receive the amount of its then current capital account balance. The managing member may avoid liquidation by exercising its option to purchase the Class A Interests.

We may exercise our option to purchase the Class A Interests for consideration equal to the then current capital account value, plus any unpaid preferred return and the prescribed make-whole amount. If we purchase these interests, any change in the unrelated third-party investor’s capital account from its original value will be charged directly to retained earnings and will increase or decrease the net earnings used to calculate EPS in that period.

On September 10, 2012, we repaid $521 million of 5.65 percent notes. In February 2012, we repaid $1.0 billion of 6.0 percent notes. In November 2011, we issued $1.0 billion aggregate principal amount of 3.15 percent notes due December 15, 2021. The net proceeds were used to repay a portion of our notes due February 2012, reduce our commercial paper borrowings, and for general corporate purposes. Interest on these notes is payable semi-annually

 

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in arrears. These notes may be redeemed at our option at any time prior to September 15, 2021 for a specified make whole amount and any time on or after that date at par. These notes are senior unsecured, unsubordinated obligations that include a change of control repurchase provision.

During the first quarter of fiscal 2012, we acquired a 51 percent controlling interest in Yoplait S.A.S. and a 50 percent interest in Yoplait Marques S.A.S. Sodiaal holds the remaining interests in each of the entities. We consolidated both entities into our consolidated financial statements. At the date of the acquisition, we recorded the $264 million fair value of Sodiaal’s 50 percent interest in Yoplait Marques S.A.S. as a noncontrolling interest, and the $904 million fair value of its 49 percent interest in Yoplait S.A.S. as a redeemable interest on our Consolidated Balance Sheets. These euro-denominated interests are reported in U.S. dollars on our Consolidated Balance Sheets. Sodiaal has the ability to put a limited portion of its redeemable interest to us at fair value once per year up to a maximum of 9 years. As of November 25, 2012, the redemption value of the redeemable interest was $878 million which approximates its fair value.

Certain of our long-term debt agreements, our credit facilities, and our noncontrolling interests contain restrictive covenants. As of November 25, 2012, we were in compliance with all of these covenants.

We have $821 million of long-term debt maturing in the next 12 months that is classified as current, primarily $700 million of 5.25 percent notes that mature on August 15, 2013. We believe that cash flows from operations, together with available short- and long-term debt financing, will be adequate to meet our liquidity and capital needs for at least the next 12 months.

OFF-BALANCE SHEET ARRANGEMENTS AND CONTRACTUAL OBLIGATIONS

There were no material changes outside the ordinary course of our business in our contractual obligations or off-balance sheet arrangements during the second quarter of fiscal 2013.

SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING ESTIMATES

Our significant accounting policies are described in Note 2 to the Consolidated Financial Statements included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended May 27, 2012. The accounting policies used in preparing our interim fiscal 2013 Consolidated Financial Statements are the same as those described in our Form 10-K.

Our significant accounting estimates are those that have meaningful impact on the reporting of our financial condition and results of operations. These estimates include our accounting for promotional expenditures, intangible assets, redeemable interest, stock compensation, income taxes, and defined benefit pension, other postretirement, and postemployment benefits. The assumptions and methodologies used in the determination of those estimates as of November 25, 2012, are the same as those described in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended May 27, 2012.

RECENTLY ISSUED ACCOUNTING PRONOUNCEMENTS

In December 2011, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued new accounting disclosure requirements about the nature and exposure of offsetting arrangements related to financial and derivative instruments. The requirements are effective for fiscal years beginning after January 1, 2013, which for us is the first quarter of fiscal 2014. The requirements will not impact our results of operations or financial position.

In July 2012, the FASB issued new impairment testing requirements for indefinite-lived intangible assets intended to simplify impairment testing of indefinite-live intangible assets. Entities are allowed to perform a qualitative assessment of indefinite-lived intangible asset impairment to determine whether a quantitative assessment is necessary. The requirements are effective for fiscal years beginning after September 15, 2012, which for us is the first quarter of fiscal 2014. The requirements will not impact our results of operations or financial position.

 

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NON-GAAP MEASURES

We have included in this report measures of financial performance that are not defined by GAAP. Management and the Board of Directors believe that these measures provide useful information to investors, and include these measures in other communications to investors.

For each of these non-GAAP financial measures, we are providing below a reconciliation of the differences between the non-GAAP measure and the most directly comparable GAAP measure, an explanation of why our management and the Board of Directors believes the non-GAAP measure provides useful information to investors, and any additional purposes for which our management or Board of Directors uses the non-GAAP measure. These non-GAAP measures should be viewed in addition to, and not in lieu of, the comparable GAAP measure.

Total Segment Operating Profit

This measure is used in reporting to our executive management and as a component of the Board of Director’s measurement of our performance for incentive compensation purposes. Management and the Board of Directors believe that this measure provides useful information to investors because it is the profitability measure we use to evaluate segment performance. A reconciliation of this measure to operating profit, the relevant GAAP measure, is included in Note 17 to the Consolidated Financial Statements in this report.

Diluted EPS Excluding Certain Items Affecting Comparability

This measure is used in reporting to our executive management and as a component of the Board of Director’s measurement of our performance for incentive compensation purposes. Management and the Board of Directors believe that this measure provides useful information to investors because it is the profitability measure we use to evaluate earnings performance on a comparable year-over-year basis. The adjustments are either items resulting from infrequently occurring events or items that, in management’s judgment, significantly affect the year-over-year assessment of operating results.

The reconciliation of diluted EPS excluding certain items affecting comparability to diluted EPS, the relevant GAAP measure, follows:

 

     Quarter Ended      Six-Month
Period  Ended
 
Per Share Data   

Nov. 25,

2012

    

Nov. 27,

2011

    

Nov. 25,

2012

   

Nov. 27,

2011

 

Diluted earnings per share, as reported

   $ 0.82      $ 0.67      $ 1.64     $ 1.28  

Mark-to-market effects (a)

     0.04        0.09        (0.03     0.13  

Restructuring costs (b)

                     0.01         

Tax item (c)

                     (0.10       

Diluted earnings per share, excluding certain items affecting comparability

   $ 0.86      $ 0.76      $ 1.52     $ 1.41  
                                    

 

(a) Net (gain) loss from mark-to-market valuation of certain commodity positions and grain inventories. See Note 6 to the Consolidated Financial Statements in Part I, Item 1 of this report.

 

(b) Productivity and cost savings plan restructuring charges.

 

(c) Reduction to income taxes related to the restructuring of our GMC subsidiary. See Note 16 to the Consolidated Financial Statements in Part I, Item 1 of this report.

 

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Net Sales Growth Rates for Our International Segment Excluding the Impact of Changes in Foreign Currency Exchange

Management and the Board of Directors believe that this measure of our International segment and region net sales provides useful information to investors because it provides transparency to the underlying performance in markets outside the United States by excluding the effect that foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations have on year-to-year comparability given volatility in foreign exchange markets.

To present this information, current period results for entities reporting in currencies other than United States dollars are converted into United States dollars at the average exchange rates in effect during the corresponding period of the prior fiscal year, rather than the actual average exchange rates in effect during the current fiscal year. Therefore, the foreign currency impact is equal to current year results in local currencies multiplied by the change in the average foreign currency exchange rate between the current fiscal period and the corresponding period of the prior fiscal year.

 

     Quarter Ended Nov. 25, 2012  
     

Percentage Change in
Net Sales

as Reported

    Impact of Foreign
Currency
Exchange
    Percentage Change in
Net Sales on Constant
Currency Basis
 

Europe

     Flat        (3 )pts      3

Canada

     19     3        16  

Asia/Pacific

     8              8  

Latin America

     143       (25     168  

Total International

     19     (3 )pts      22
                          
     Six-Month Period Ended Nov. 25, 2012  
     

Percentage Change in
Net Sales

as Reported

    Impact of Foreign
Currency
Exchange
    Percentage Change in
Net Sales on Constant
Currency Basis
 

Europe

     15     (8 )pts      23

Canada

     21              21  

Asia/Pacific

     12       (1     13  

Latin America

     83       (16     99  

Total International

     22     (6 )pts      28
                          

GLOSSARY

AOCI. Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss).

Derivatives. Financial instruments such as futures, swaps, options, and forward contracts that we use to manage our risk arising from changes in commodity prices, interest rates, foreign exchange rates, and stock prices.

Euribor. Euro Interbank Offered Rate.

Fair value hierarchy. For purposes of fair value measurement, we categorize assets and liabilities into one of three levels based on the assumptions (inputs) used in valuing the asset or liability. Level 1 provides the most reliable measure of fair value, while Level 3 generally requires significant management judgment. The three levels are defined as follows:

 

Level 1:     Unadjusted quoted prices in active markets for identical assets or liabilities.
 

 

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Level 2:     Observable inputs other than quoted prices included in Level 1, such as quoted prices for similar assets or liabilities in active markets or quoted prices for identical assets or liabilities in inactive markets.
Level 3:     Unobservable inputs reflecting management’s assumptions about the inputs used in pricing the asset or liability.
 

Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). Guidelines, procedures, and practices that we are required to use in recording and reporting accounting information in our financial statements.

Goodwill. The difference between the purchase price of acquired companies plus the fair value of any noncontrolling and redeemable interests and the related fair values of net assets acquired.

Hedge accounting. Accounting for qualifying hedges that allows changes in a hedging instrument’s fair value to offset corresponding changes in the hedged item in the same reporting period. Hedge accounting is permitted for certain hedging instruments and hedged items only if the hedging relationship is highly effective, and only prospectively from the date a hedging relationship is formally documented.

Interest bearing instruments. Notes payable, long-term debt, including current portion, cash and cash equivalents, and certain interest bearing investments classified within prepaid expenses and other current assets and other assets.

LIBOR. London Interbank Offered Rate.

Mark-to-market. The act of determining a value for financial instruments, commodity contracts, and related assets or liabilities based on the current market price for that item.

Net mark-to-market valuation of certain commodity positions. Realized and unrealized gains and losses on derivative contracts that will be allocated to segment operating profit when the exposure we are hedging affects earnings.

Net price realization. The impact of list and promoted price changes, net of trade and other price promotion costs.

New businesses. Our consolidated results for fiscal 2013 include operating activity from the acquisitions of Yoki Alimentos S.A. in Brazil (second quarter of fiscal 2013), Yoplait Ireland (first quarter of fiscal 2013), Food Should Taste Good in the United States (fourth quarter of fiscal 2012), Parampara Foods in India (first quarter of fiscal 2013), and the assumption of the Canadian Yoplait franchise license (second quarter of fiscal 2013). Also included in the first quarter of fiscal 2013 are two additional months of results from the acquisition of Yoplait S.A.S. (first quarter of fiscal 2012). Collectively, these items are referred to as “new businesses” in comparing our fiscal 2013 results to fiscal 2012.

Noncontrolling interests. Interests of subsidiaries held by third parties.

Notional principal amount. The principal amount on which fixed-rate or floating-rate interest payments are calculated.

OCI. Other Comprehensive Income.

Redeemable interest. Interest of subsidiaries held by a third party that can be redeemed outside of our control and therefore cannot be classified as a noncontrolling interest in equity.

Total debt. Notes payable and long-term debt, including current portion.

Translation adjustments. The impact of the conversion of our foreign affiliates’ financial statements to U.S. dollars for the purpose of consolidating our financial statements.

 

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