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

FORM 8-K

CURRENT REPORT
Pursuant to Section 13 OR 15(d) of The Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported) June 12, 2020

CONSTELLATION BRANDS, INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

Delaware 001-08495 16-0716709
(State or other jurisdiction
of incorporation)
(Commission
File Number)
(IRS Employer
Identification No.)

207 High Point Drive, Building 100, Victor, NY 14564
(Address of principal executive offices)              (Zip Code)

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code   (585) 678-7100

Not Applicable
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report.)

Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions (see General Instruction A.2. below):

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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

Title of Each Class
Trading
Symbol(s)
Name of Each Exchange on Which Registered
Class A Common Stock STZ New York Stock Exchange
Class B Common Stock STZ.B New York Stock Exchange

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter).
Emerging growth company
If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act.



Item 2.02 Results of Operations and Financial Condition.
Canopy Growth Corporation (“Canopy”) recently disclosed its results for its fourth quarter and year ended March 31, 2020. Constellation Brands, Inc. (“Constellation” or the “Company”) recognizes equity in earnings (losses) from its equity method investment in Canopy on a two-month lag, details of which appear below.

Constellation will recognize its share of Canopy’s results of operations and related activities for the period January 1, 2020, through March 31, 2020, in its consolidated financial statements for the three months ended May 31, 2020. Based on the information Canopy provides to Constellation in connection with the Amended Investor Rights Agreement and information Canopy has publicly disclosed, Constellation has analyzed its share of Canopy’s results of operations for the period January 1, 2020, through March 31, 2020, that Constellation expects to recognize for its fiscal quarter ended May 31, 2020. Constellation’s equity in earnings (losses) and related activities of Canopy is being recognized for the three months ended May 31, 2020, as appearing in the table below. Equity in earnings (losses) and related activities from the Canopy equity method investment is determined by recording the effect of basis differences which include, among other items, the amortization of the fair value adjustments associated with the definite-lived intangible assets over their estimated useful lives and restructuring and other strategic business development costs. After applying Constellation’s ownership percentage in the applicable period this amount is then converted from Canadian dollars to U.S. dollars using the weighted average exchange rate for the applicable period.

The following table presents the impact on Constellation’s net income (loss) of the equity in earnings (losses) and related activities of Canopy’s results for the three months ended March 31, 2020, on a reported basis (GAAP), and the impact on Constellation’s net income (loss) of the equity in earnings (losses) on a comparable basis (Non-GAAP) recognized in the three month period ended May 31, 2020:
Three Months Ended
May 31, 2020
(U.S. dollars in millions)
Equity in earnings (losses) and related activities - reported basis, Canopy EIE (GAAP) (1)
$ (377.6)  
(Provision for) benefit from income taxes (2)
11.7   
Net income (loss) attributable to CBI - reported basis, Canopy EIE (GAAP) (1)
$ (365.9)  
Equity in earnings (losses) and related activities - reported basis, Canopy EIE (GAAP) (1)
$ (377.6)  
Comparable adjustments: (3)
Restructuring and other strategic business development costs 235.4   
Net (gain) loss on fair value financial instruments 97.1   
Share-based compensation expense related to acquisition milestones 9.9   
Acquisition costs 0.5   
Other (gains) losses, net 3.0   
345.9   
Equity in earnings (losses) - comparable basis Canopy EIE (Non-GAAP) (1)
(31.7)  
(Provision for) benefit from income taxes (2)
4.6   
Net income (loss) attributable to CBI - comparable basis, Canopy EIE (Non-GAAP) (1)
$ (27.1)  
(1)The amounts shown represent 35.2%, or Constellation’s share, of Canopy’s results of operations from January 1, 2020, through March 31, 2020, reported in U.S. dollars. Constellation’s share of Canopy’s results of operations is determined based on Constellation’s ownership interest as of March 31, 2020.
(2)The effective tax rate applied to Constellation’s equity in earnings (losses) of Canopy is generally based on the tax rates and utilization assumptions of the legal entities that hold Constellation’s investment in Canopy.
(3)The effective tax rate applied to each comparable adjustment amount is generally based upon the jurisdiction in which the comparable adjustment was recognized.




The information in the table above is “furnished” and not “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and is not otherwise subject to the liabilities of that section. Such information may be incorporated by reference in another filing under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 or the Securities Act of 1933 only if and to the extent such subsequent filing specifically references the information incorporated by reference herein.

The table above contains non-GAAP financial measures; these are referred to as “comparable” measures. For purposes of Regulation G, a non-GAAP financial measure is a numerical measure of a registrant’s historical or future financial performance, financial position or cash flows that excludes amounts, or is subject to adjustments that have the effect of excluding amounts, that are included in the most directly comparable measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP in the statement of income, balance sheet or statement of cash flows (or equivalent statements) of the issuer; or includes amounts, or is subject to adjustments that have the effect of including amounts, that are excluded from the most directly comparable measure so calculated and presented. In this regard, GAAP refers to generally accepted accounting principles in the United States. Pursuant to the requirements of Regulation G, the Company has provided reconciliations within the table of the non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures.

Comparable measures, including those presenting the impact of the Company’s equity method investment in Canopy, are provided because management uses this information to monitor the Company’s investment in Canopy. In addition, the Company believes this information provides investors valuable insight on underlying business trends and results in order to evaluate year-over-year financial performance. As such, the following items, including any related income tax effect, are excluded from comparable basis results, when appropriate: restructuring and other strategic business development costs; unrealized net (gain) loss from the mark to fair value of securities measured at fair value and related activities; share-based compensation expense related to acquisition milestones; acquisition costs; (income) loss on dilution due to Canopy’s issuance of additional stock; and other (gains) losses, net. In addition, comparable measures for Canopy equity earnings (losses), including any related income tax effect, are also excluded from certain comparable basis results.


Forward-Looking Statements
This Current Report on Form 8-K contains forward-looking statements. All statements other than statements of historical fact are forward-looking statements. The word “expect,” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements, although not all forward-looking statements contain such identifying words. These statements may relate to future plans and objectives of management, as well as information concerning expected actions of third parties. All forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those set forth in, or implied by, such forward-looking statements.
The forward-looking statements are based on management's current expectations and should not be construed in any manner as a guarantee that such results will in fact occur. All forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this Current Report on Form 8-K and Constellation does not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.




SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

Date: June 12, 2020
CONSTELLATION BRANDS, INC.
By: /s/ Garth Hankinson
Garth Hankinson
Executive Vice President and
Chief Financial Officer

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