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The Kraft Heinz Co KHC

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Kraft Heinz Finally Puts Its SEC Investigation to Rest; Investors Should Feast on Shares

Erin Lash, CFA Sector Director

Analyst Note

| Erin Lash, CFA |

No-moat Kraft Heinz disclosed in a SEC filing on Sept. 3 that the nearly three-year investigation into its procurement practices (specifically the timing of previously recognized vendor agreements, incentive payments, and pricing arrangements) had concluded, resulting in a $62 million civil penalty. We never anticipated that the financial implications of the alleged infractions would prove significant, given Kraft Heinz’s own internal review in 2019 amounted to just around $200 million in adjustments in aggregate (resulting in a less than 1% change to annual earnings per share each of the prior three years), relative to its cost base of $12 billion spent annually excluding key commodities.

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Business Description

In July 2015, Kraft merged with Heinz to create the third- largest food and beverage manufacturer in North America behind PepsiCo and Nestle and the fifth- largest player in the world. Beyond its namesake brands, the combined firm's portfolio includes Oscar Mayer, Ore-Ida, and Philadelphia. Outside North America, the firm's global reach includes a distribution network in Europe and emerging markets that drive around one fifth of its consolidated sales base, as its products are sold in more than 190 countries and territories.

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One PPG Place
Pittsburgh, PA, 15222
T +1 412 456-5700
Sector Consumer Defensive
Industry Packaged Foods
Most Recent Earnings Jun 30, 2021
Fiscal Year End Dec 28, 2020
Stock Type Slow Growth
Employees 38,000

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