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Constellation Brands and E. & J. Gallo Agree to Revise Wine and Spirits Agreement in Connection With Federal Trade Commission Review

December 12, 2019

The agreement announced in April 2019 will be revised to address FTC areas of competitive concern primarily related to the Sparkling Wine, Brandy, Dessert Wine, and Concentrate categories. Constellation will retain select brands in these categories and will pursue other opportunities to divest the brands excluded from the agreement with E. & J. Gallo, which is aligned with Constellation's portfolio strategy. The transaction price will be revised to approximately $1.1 billion, of which $250 million is an earnout based on divested brand performance over a two-year period. The transaction is expected to close by the end of fiscal 2020.