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Kraft Foods Reports Q1 EPS From Continuing Operations Up 29% To $0.45, Driven By Strong Operating Gains

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  • Net revenues declined 6.5% due to currency; organic net revenues(1) up 2.3%
  • Operating income was up 18.8%; margin expanded 290 bps to 13.5%
  • Company reaffirmed 2009 EPS guidance of $1.88

NORTHFIELD, Ill., May 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Kraft Foods Inc. (NYSE: KFT) today reported first quarter 2009 results driven by strong gains from operations. Organic net revenue growth reflected the impact of cost-driven pricing actions taken in 2008, together with better-than-expected volume/mix. Operating gains across nearly all business segments drove operating income growth, margin expansion and higher earnings per share.

"We've had a very solid start to the year, and we're on track to deliver our 2009 commitments," said Irene Rosenfeld, Chairman and CEO. "Our business momentum remains strong despite a challenging consumer environment. We are intensely focused on investing our cost savings to build our core brands, improve our product mix and drive superior retail execution. This will further enhance our profit margins and improve market shares as the year unfolds."

    (1) Please see discussion of Non-GAAP Financial Measures.



    *     Net revenues declined 6.5 percent to $9.4 billion, including the
          unfavorable impact of 7.9 percentage points from currency and 0.9
          percentage points from divestitures.

          Organic net revenues grew 2.3 percent, driven by 5.7 percentage
          points from pricing that was partially offset by negative 3.4
          percentage points from volume/mix.  During the quarter, net revenues
          were negatively impacted by approximately 1.6 percentage points from
          the shift of Easter-related shipments into second quarter 2009 and
          from the planned discontinuation of less profitable product lines.

    *     Operating income increased 18.8 percent from the prior year to
          $1,268 million.  Currency translation negatively impacted operating
          income growth by 10.3 percentage points, essentially offsetting 9.8
          percentage points of growth from the absence of Restructuring
          Program charges.

          Operating income margin increased 290 basis points year-over-year to
          13.5 percent.  Approximately 90 basis points of the increase were
          attributable to the absence of Restructuring Program charges, while
          product mix improved margins significantly.  This positive
          development reflects the discontinuation of less profitable product
          lines and strategic investments in priority categories, core brands
          and key markets.  In addition, the combination of cost-driven price
          increases taken over the past year and successful cost savings
          initiatives more than offset higher input costs.  The results also
          include the benefit of approximately $87 million of unrealized,
          mark-to-market gains related to the company's commodity hedging
          activities, compared to an approximately $25 million benefit in the
          prior year.

    *     The tax rate of 33.0 percent was up from 28.2 percent in the prior
          year period.  The first quarter 2009 rate is higher than the
          company's full-year guidance of 31.5 percent due to the timing of
          discrete items.

    *     Earnings per share were $0.45, up from $0.39 in first quarter 2008.



                                                    Diluted EPS

    First Quarter 2008 Diluted EPS                    $0.39

    Discontinued Operations                           (0.04)
                                                     --------

    First Quarter 2008 Diluted EPS from Continuing
     Operations                                       $0.35

    Operating Gains                                    0.06
    Unfavorable Currency Movements                    (0.05)
    Unrealized Gains from Commodity Hedging
     Activities                                        0.03
    Absence of Restructuring Program Charges           0.04

    Lower Interest Expense                             0.01
    Changes in Taxes                                  (0.01)
    Fewer Shares Outstanding                           0.02
                                                     --------

    First Quarter 2009 Diluted EPS                    $0.45
                                                     ========



          Operating gains of $0.06 versus the prior year included the
          unfavorable impact of $0.02 from incremental pension costs and $0.01
          from a pistachio recall in the company's U.S. Snacks segment.

    *     There were no share repurchases in first quarter 2009, and the
          company's authorization to repurchase shares expired on March 30,
          2009.

    FIRST QUARTER 2009 RESULTS, DISCUSSION BY SEGMENT(1)


                                                       Q1 2009
                                                  (percent growth)
                                       ---------------------------------------
                                                      Organic
                                            Net         Net         Operating
                                         Revenues     Revenues(2)    Income
                                       -----------  -------------  -----------
    Total Kraft Foods                      (6.5)%         2.3%        18.8%(3)

    Kraft Foods North America              (1.0)          1.3         15.8

        U.S. Beverages                      1.4           1.4         11.7
        U.S. Cheese                        (6.6)         (6.6)        59.8
        U.S. Convenient Meals               8.2           8.2         51.6
        U.S. Grocery                        3.3           3.3          9.6
        U.S. Snacks                         0.6           0.6          7.5
        Canada & N.A. Foodservice         (11.9)          0.8        (20.6)

    Kraft Foods Europe                    (19.0)         (3.3)        17.7

    Kraft Foods Developing Markets         (7.5)         12.0          8.9

    (1) Please refer to the company's Form 8-K filed March 26, 2009, for
        discussion of changes to reportable segments.
    (2) Please see discussion of Non-GAAP Financial Measures.
    (3) Includes the year-over-year changes in: unallocated corporate
        expenses, unrealized gains/losses related to the company's hedging
        activities, certain components of its U.S. pension plan costs and the
        amortization of intangibles.

U.S. Beverages

Organic net revenues increased 1.4 percent as volume/mix growth was partially offset by lower prices. Net revenues for coffee declined due to a combination of the Easter shift and the rollback of 2008 price increases to reflect lower green coffee costs. Ready-to-drink beverages grew at a double-digit rate behind successful quality and marketing investments in Capri Sun. Value-oriented marketing behind Kool-Aid continued to drive solid growth in powdered beverages.

Operating income increased 11.7 percent driven by lower overhead costs, the timing of marketing spending, the absence of Restructuring Program charges and volume/mix improvement.

U.S. Cheese

Organic net revenues declined 6.6 percent as volume/mix was unfavorably impacted by higher price levels and the Easter shift.

Operating income grew 59.8 percent as the benefits of improved alignment of prices with costs more than offset the impact of a decline in volume/mix.

U.S. Convenient Meals

Organic net revenues increased 8.2 percent reflecting the impact of higher price levels and improved volume/mix. Growth was driven by the continued success of DiGiorno, California Pizza Kitchen and Jack's pizza, Oscar Mayer Deli Fresh meats, Oscar Mayer bacon and Oscar Mayer Lunchables.

Operating income increased 51.6 percent. The benefits of higher price levels, improved volume/mix and the absence of Restructuring Program charges more than offset significantly higher input costs.

U.S. Grocery

Organic net revenues increased 3.3 percent as the effect of higher price levels and double-digit volume growth in Kraft macaroni and cheese dinners more than offset the impact of unfavorable volume/mix in other parts of the business. Volume/mix was unfavorably impacted by the Easter shift and the third quarter 2008 exit of Handi-Snacks ready-to-eat desserts as part of the company's initiative to discontinue less profitable product lines.

Operating income increased 9.6 percent as the benefits of higher price levels and improved product mix more than offset the impact of higher input costs and lower volume.

U.S. Snacks

Organic net revenues increased 0.6 percent as higher price levels were largely offset by unfavorable volume/mix. Net revenue growth was also negatively impacted by approximately two percentage points from the Easter shift and the recall of certain products containing pistachios. Solid growth in both cookies and crackers was driven by approximately 10 percent growth in the top five brands.

Operating income increased 7.5 percent due to solid profit growth in biscuits. Overall, operating income benefited from higher price levels, the timing of marketing costs and the absence of Restructuring Program charges. These benefits were partially offset by unfavorable volume/mix, higher input costs and the decline in snack nuts, which included a $17 million charge related to the pistachio recall.

Canada & North America Foodservice

Organic net revenues increased 0.8 percent as solid growth in Canada was offset by declines in North America Foodservice. Double-digit growth in Canada was driven by continued volume/mix gains from marketing investments and improved customer programs. Unfavorable volume/mix in Foodservice reflected a slowdown in casual dining traffic and the discontinuation of lower-margin product lines.

Operating income declined 20.6 percent primarily due to an unfavorable currency impact of approximately 16 percentage points. Excluding the currency impact, higher input costs and the volume impact of a challenging Foodservice environment were partially offset by higher pricing, the absence of Restructuring Program charges and solid operating performance in Canada.

Kraft Foods Europe

Organic net revenues declined 3.3 percent reflecting higher price levels that were more than offset by unfavorable volume/mix. The volume/mix declines were attributable to higher price levels, the Easter shift and the discontinuation of less profitable product lines. The unfavorable volume/mix also reflected a difficult comparison to the prior year period that included a pre-price increase inventory build by retailers. Biscuits showed solid net revenue growth led by several of the region's priority brands, including Oreo, Mikado and Ourson. Net revenues for chocolate were unfavorably impacted by the Easter shift and by the slowdown in volume sold through travel-related retail outlets. Coffee revenues were similarly impacted by the Easter shift, but were partially offset by ongoing gains from Kenco in the U.K., strong performance in France and the continued growth of Tassimo.

Operating income increased 17.7 percent despite an unfavorable impact from currency of approximately 25 percentage points. Excluding the currency impact, higher price levels, improved product mix and the absence of Restructuring Program charges and divestiture-related losses drove gains in the quarter. These gains more than offset the unfavorable impact of lower volume and investments in building a category-led, European operating company structure.

Kraft Foods Developing Markets

Organic net revenues increased 12.0 percent driven by solid gains in each region. Growth in the Latin America region was largely due to higher price levels as well as strength in powdered beverages. The Asia Pacific region grew due to gains in several key brands, particularly Oreo, Tiger/Biskuat and Tang. Growth in the Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East & Africa region was fueled by higher price levels and favorable volume/mix despite retailer inventory reductions in Poland and Ukraine.

Operating income increased 8.9 percent despite an unfavorable currency impact of approximately 30 percentage points. Excluding currency, a combination of higher price levels and substantially better product mix more than offset higher input costs, investments in marketing and selling, and lower volume.

OUTLOOK

Based on the strong operating gains in the first quarter, the company reaffirmed its confidence in achieving 2009 organic net revenue growth of approximately 3 percent and diluted EPS of $1.88 per share.

CONFERENCE CALL

Kraft Foods will host a conference call for investors with accompanying slides to review its results at 8:00 a.m. EDT today. Access to a live audio webcast with accompanying slides is available at www.kraftfoodscompany.com, and a replay of the event will be available on the company's web site.

ABOUT KRAFT FOODS INC.

Kraft Foods (www.kraftfoodscompany.com) makes today delicious in 150 countries around the globe. Our 100,000 employees work tirelessly to make delicious foods consumers can feel good about. From American brand icons like Kraft cheeses, dinners and dressings, Maxwell House coffees and Oscar Mayer meats, to global powerhouse brands like Oreo and LU biscuits, Philadelphia cream cheeses, Jacobs and Carte Noire coffees, Tang powdered beverages and Milka, Cote d'Or, Lacta and Toblerone chocolates, our brands deliver millions of smiles every day. Kraft Foods (NYSE: KFT) is the world's second largest food company with annual revenues of $42 billion. The company is a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, Standard & Poor's 500, the Dow Jones Sustainability Index and the Ethibel Sustainability Index.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This press release contains forward-looking statements that we reaffirmed 2009 GAAP EPS guidance; that we're on track to deliver our 2009 commitments; that our business momentum remains strong; that we are intensely focused on investing our cost savings to build core brands, improve our product mix and drive superior retail execution; that the investments will further enhance our profit margins and improve market shares as the year unfolds; our full-year tax rate; and our confidence in achieving 2009 organic net revenue growth of approximately 3 percent. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those predicted in any such forward-looking statements. Such factors, include, but are not limited to, continued volatility in input costs, pricing actions, increased competition, increased costs of sales, a shift in our product mix to lower margin offerings, a shift to private label products, a failure to expand our operations in certain emerging markets, risks from operating internationally, and tax law changes. For additional information on these and other factors that could affect our forward-looking statements, see our filings with the SEC, including our most recently filed Annual Report on Form 10-K and subsequent reports on Forms 10-Q and 8-K. We disclaim and do not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement in this press release.

NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES

The company reports its financial results in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States ("GAAP").

The company's top-line guidance measure is organic net revenues, which excludes the impact of acquisitions, divestitures and currency. The company uses organic net revenues and corresponding growth ratios as non-GAAP financial measures. Management believes this measure better reflects revenues on a going-forward basis and provides improved comparability of results.

Management uses segment operating income to evaluate segment performance and allocate resources. The company believes it is appropriate to disclose this measure to help investors analyze segment performance and trends. Segment operating income excludes unrealized gains and losses on hedging activities (which are a component of cost of sales), certain components of its U.S. pension plan cost (which is a component of cost of sales and marketing, administration and research costs), general corporate expenses (which are a component of marketing, administration and research costs) and amortization of intangibles for all periods presented. In 2009, the company began excluding certain components of its U.S. pension plan cost from segment operating income because the company centrally manages pension plan funding decisions, and determines discount rate, expected rate of return on plan assets and other actuarial assumptions. Therefore, the company allocates only the service cost component of its U.S. pension plan expense to segment operating income. The company excludes the unrealized gains and losses on hedging activities from segment operating income to provide better transparency of its segment operating results. Once realized, the gains and losses on hedging activities are recorded within segment operating results. Accordingly, the company does not present these items by segment because they are excluded from the segment profitability measure that management reviews.

The company's five-year Restructuring Program, which ended in 2008, included asset impairment, exit and implementation costs. Implementation costs are directly attributable to exit costs; however, they do not qualify for exit cost treatment under U.S. GAAP. Management believes this disclosure provides better transparency into the total costs of our Restructuring Program.

See the attached schedules for supplemental financial data and corresponding reconciliations to certain GAAP financial measures for the quarters ended March 31, 2009 and 2008. Because GAAP financial measures on a forward-looking basis are neither accessible nor deemed to be significantly different, and reconciling information is not available without unreasonable effort, with regard to the non-GAAP financial measures in its 2009 Outlook, the company has not provided that information. Non-GAAP financial measures should be viewed in addition to, and not as an alternative for, the company's results prepared in accordance with GAAP. In addition, the non-GAAP measures the company is using may differ from non-GAAP measures used by other companies.




                      Kraft Foods Inc. and Subsidiaries            Schedule 1
                       Condensed Statements of Earnings            ----------
                    For the Three Months Ended March 31,
              (in millions, except per share data)  (Unaudited)

                                                     As Reported (GAAP)
                                              ----------------------------
                                                2009      2008    % Change
                                              --------  --------  --------

    Net revenues                              $9,396   $10,046     (6.5)%

    Cost of sales                              6,131     6,745      9.1%
                                              --------  --------

      Gross profit                             3,265     3,301     (1.1)%

      Gross profit margin                       34.7%     32.9%

    Marketing, administration & research
     costs                                     1,991     2,129      6.5%

    Asset impairment and exit costs                -        80    100.0%

    (Gains) / losses on divestitures, net          -        18    100.0%

    Amortization of intangibles                    6         7     14.3%
                                              --------  --------

      Operating income                         1,268     1,067     18.8%

      Operating income margin                   13.5%     10.6%

    Interest & other expense, net                280       305      8.2%
                                              --------  --------

      Earnings from continuing operations
       before income taxes                       988       762     29.7%

    Provision for income taxes                   326       215    (51.6)%

    Effective tax rate                          33.0%     28.2%

      Earnings from continuing operations       $662      $547     21.0%

    Earnings from discontinued operations,
     net of income taxes                           -        54   (100.0)%
                                              --------  --------

      Net earnings                              $662      $601     10.1%

    Noncontrolling interest                        2         2        -
                                              --------  --------

      Net earnings attributable to Kraft
       Foods                                    $660      $599     10.2%
                                              ========  ========

    Earnings per share attributable to Kraft
     Foods:
      Basic
      -  Continuing operations                 $0.45     $0.35     28.6%
      -  Discontinued operations                   -      0.04   (100.0)%
                                              --------  --------
      -  Net earnings attributable to Kraft
          Foods                                $0.45     $0.39     15.4%
                                              ========  ========

      Diluted
      -  Continuing operations                 $0.45    $0.35      28.6%
      -  Discontinued operations                   -     0.04    (100.0)%
                                              --------  --------
      -  Net earnings attributable to Kraft
          Foods                                $0.45    $0.39      15.4%
                                              ========  ========

    Average shares outstanding:
      Basic                                    1,475     1,532      3.7%
      Diluted                                  1,483     1,542      3.8%



                      Kraft Foods Inc. and Subsidiaries            Schedule 2
                Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Information     ----------
                                 Net Revenues
                    For the Three Months Ended March 31,
                         ($ in millions)  (Unaudited)

                           As
                        Reported        Impact of     Impact of    Organic
                         (GAAP)        Divestitures    Currency   (Non-GAAP)
                        ---------      ------------   ----------  ----------
    2009 Reconciliation
    -------------------

      U.S. Beverages       $783              $-           $-          $783
      U.S. Cheese           894               -            -           894
      U.S. Convenient
       Meals              1,117               -            -         1,117
      U.S. Grocery          818               -            -           818
      U.S. Snacks         1,197               -            -         1,197
      Canada & N.A.
       Foodservice          907               -          130         1,037
                        ---------      ------------   ----------  ----------
    North America        $5,716              $-         $130        $5,846

    Europe                1,928               -          291         2,219
    Developing Markets    1,752               -          365         2,117
                        ---------      ------------   ----------  ----------

    Kraft Foods          $9,396              $-         $786       $10,182
                        =========      ============   ==========  ==========


    2008 Reconciliation
    ------------------

      U.S. Beverages       $772              $-           $-          $772
      U.S. Cheese           957               -            -           957
      U.S. Convenient
       Meals              1,032               -            -         1,032
      U.S. Grocery          792               -            -           792
      U.S. Snacks         1,190               -            -         1,190
      Canada & N.A.
       Foodservice        1,029               -            -         1,029
                        ---------      ------------   ----------  ----------
    North America        $5,772              $-           $-        $5,772

    Europe                2,380             (85)           -         2,295
    Developing Markets    1,894              (4)           -         1,890
                        ---------      ------------   ----------  ----------

    Kraft Foods         $10,046            $(89)          $-        $9,957
                         =========      ============   ==========  ==========



                                 % Change              Organic Growth Drivers
                        ----------------------------    ---------------------
                        As Reported       Organic
                           (GAAP)        (Non-GAAP)     Vol / Mix      Price
                        -----------    -------------    ---------     -------
    2009 Reconciliation
    -------------------

      U.S. Beverages        1.4%            1.4%           2.2pp      (0.8)pp
      U.S. Cheese          (6.6)%          (6.6)%         (9.6)        3.0
      U.S. Convenient
       Meals                8.2%            8.2%           2.4         5.8
      U.S. Grocery          3.3%            3.3%          (4.1)        7.4
      U.S. Snacks           0.6%            0.6%          (7.6)        8.2
      Canada & N.A.
       Foodservice        (11.9)%           0.8%          (1.4)        2.2
                        -----------    -------------    ---------     -------
    North America          (1.0)%           1.3%          (3.2)        4.5

    Europe                (19.0)%          (3.3)%         (7.2)        3.9
    Developing Markets     (7.5)%          12.0%           0.5        11.5
                        -----------    -------------    ---------     -------

    Kraft Foods            (6.5)%           2.3%          (3.4)pp      5.7pp
                        ===========    =============    =========     =======





                      Kraft Foods Inc. and Subsidiaries            Schedule 3
                   Operating Income by Reportable Segments         ----------
                     For the Three Months Ended March 31,
                          ($ in millions)  (Unaudited)

                                                   2008 Impacts
                                  --------------------------------------------
                        2008
                     Operating                       Gains /
                      Income -    Restructuring    (losses) on
                    As Restated      Program      Divestitures,    Impact of
                       (GAAP)         Costs            Net        Divestitures
                    ------------  --------------  --------------  ------------

      U.S. Beverages    $145              $8              $-             $-
      U.S. Cheese         82              12               -              -
      U.S. Convenient
       Meals              93               9               -              -
      U.S. Grocery       239               5               -              -
      U.S. Snacks        120               6               -              -
      Canada & N.A.
       Foodservice       107              11               -              -
                    ------------  --------------  --------------  ------------
    North America        786              51               -              -

    Europe               124              38              18             (6)
    Developing
     Markets             190               9               -             (1)

      Unrealized G/(L)
       on Hedging
       Activities         25               -               -              -
      HQ Pension           -               -               -              -
      General
       Corporate
       Expenses          (51)              -               -              -
      Amortization
       of Intangibles     (7)              -               -              -

                    ------------  --------------  --------------  ------------
    Kraft Foods       $1,067             $98             $18            $(7)
                    ============  ==============  ==============  ============



                            2009 Impacts
                     -------------------------
                                                       2009
                                                    Operating
                                                     Income -
                     Impact of                     As Reported          %
                      Currency      Operations        (GAAP)          Change
                     ----------     ----------     ------------       ------

      U.S. Beverages      $-              $9            $162           11.7%
      U.S. Cheese          -              37             131           59.8%
      U.S. Convenient
       Meals               -              39             141           51.6%
      U.S. Grocery         -              18             262            9.6%
      U.S. Snacks          -               3             129            7.5%
      Canada & N.A.
       Foodservice       (19)            (14)             85          (20.6)%
                     ----------     ----------     ------------
    North America        (19)             92             910           15.8%

    Europe               (44)             16             146           17.7%
    Developing
     Markets             (60)             69             207            8.9%

      Unrealized G/(L)
       on Hedging
       Activities          -              62              87
      HQ Pension           -             (40)            (40)
      General
       Corporate
       Expenses            1              14             (36)
      Amortization
       of Intangibles      -               1              (6)

                     ----------     ----------     ------------
    Kraft Foods        $(122)           $214          $1,268           18.8%
                     ==========     ==========     ============



                      Kraft Foods Inc. and Subsidiaries            Schedule 4
                          Condensed Balance Sheets                 ----------
                        ($ in millions)  (Unaudited)

                                         March 31,   December 31,  March 31,
                                           2009         2008         2008
                                         --------     --------     --------
    Assets
    ------
    Cash and cash equivalents             $1,184       $1,244         $605
    Receivables, net                       4,472        4,704        5,361
    Inventories, net                       4,050        3,881        4,794
    Other current assets                   1,435        1,632        1,035
    Property, plant and equipment, net     9,735        9,917       11,311
    Goodwill                              27,348       27,581       31,459
    Intangible assets, net                12,908       12,926       12,207
    Other assets                           1,221        1,288        3,371
                                         --------     --------     --------

          Total assets                   $62,353      $63,173      $70,143
                                         ========     ========     ========

    Liabilities and Equity
    ----------------------
    Short-term borrowings                 $1,022         $897       $4,528
    Current portion of long-term debt        759          765          716
    Accounts payable                       3,207        3,373        4,157
    Other current liabilities              5,327        6,009        4,867
    Long-term debt                        18,385       18,589       17,428
    Deferred income taxes                  4,090        4,064        5,081
    Other long-term liabilities            7,108        7,120        5,929
                                         --------     --------     --------

          Total liabilities               39,898       40,817       42,706

          Total equity                    22,455       22,356       27,437
                                         --------     --------     --------

          Total liabilities and equity   $62,353      $63,173      $70,143
                                         ========     ========     ========

SOURCE Kraft Foods Inc.

CONTACT: Media, Michael Mitchell, +1-847-646-4538, news@kraft.com, or Investors, Christopher M. Jakubik, +1-847-646-5494, ir@kraft.com, both of Kraft Foods Inc.

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