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Ahold: Ahold reaches agreement in principle to settle Waterbury class action in the United States

Zaandam, The Netherlands
- Ahold announced today that it has signed a term sheet agreeing in principle
to settle a class action pending in the United States District Court for the
District of Connecticut in respect of pricing practices of Ahold's former
subsidiary U.S. Foodservice in the period 1998-2005.

Under the term sheet that was signed today, Ahold has agreed to make a payment
of $297 million into a settlement fund in return for a release from all
claims from all participating class members in relation to these pricing

Ahold indemnified U.S. Foodservice against damages arising out of this class
action, referred to in Ahold's annual reports as the "Waterbury litigation",
as part of the terms of Ahold's sale of U.S. Foodservice in July 2007 to a
consortium of Clayton, Dubilier&Rice and Kohlberg, Kravis Roberts&Co for a
purchase price of $7.1 billion.

The class comprises any person in the United States who purchased products
from U.S. Foodservice pursuant to an arrangement that defined a sale price in
terms of a cost component plus a mark-up and for which U.S. Foodservice used
a so-called "Value Added Service Provider" transaction to calculate the cost

The settlement is subject to approval by the United States District Court for
the District of Connecticut, which is anticipated to address the issue in
late 2014 or early 2015 and is subject to potential reduction and/or
termination based on the compensable sales volume attributable to class
members that elect to opt out of the settlement (i.e. do not wish to be bound
by the settlement). Upon becoming unconditional the settlement will
definitively resolve this potential liability for Ahold.

Ahold will record a provision in the amount of €215 million in Q1, 2014. Ahold
will be funding its payment to the settlement fund out of its available cash
balances and expects this payment to take place in late 2014 or the beginning
of 2015.

Commenting on the settlement, Lodewijk Hijmans van den Bergh, member of the
Ahold Management Board and Chief Corporate Governance Counsel, said: "We are
pleased to have reached this settlement which resolves a legacy litigation
since 2006 related to our former subsidiary U.S. Foodservice. The settlement
permits us to avoid more lengthy, time-consuming and costly litigation, and
to focus our resources and attention to our current business."

Waterbury press release


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Source: Ahold via Globenewswire


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