Sara Lee Corp. Board Approves Spinoff Of Coffee And Tea Business

Sara Lee Corp. announced that its board of directors has unanimously approved the separation of its international Coffee & Tea business from Sara Lee Corp. The Sara Lee board has also approved a 1-for-5 reverse stock split of shares of Sara Lee common stock to take effect immediately after the separation. The separation will be effected as follows:

A distribution of the CoffeeCo common stock will be made after market close on June 28, 2012 to the exchange agent on behalf of the Sara Lee shareholders of record as of the close of business on June 14, 2012.

Immediately after the distribution of the CoffeeCo common stock, CoffeeCo will pay a $3.00 per share special dividend. The dividend will be paid to CoffeeCo’s shareholders of record as of the time immediately after the distribution of the CoffeeCo common stock, which are the Sara Lee shareholders of record as of the close of business on the record date.

After the distribution of the $3.00 special dividend, CoffeeCo will merge with a subsidiary of D.E MASTER BLENDERS 1753 N.V., the ordinary shares of D.E MASTER BLENDERS 1753 will be exchanged for the shares of CoffeeCo common stock and all of the ordinary shares of D.E MASTER BLENDERS 1753 will be distributed to the CoffeeCo shareholders, which are the Sara Lee shareholders of record as of the close of business on the record date.

Sara Lee shareholders of record on the record date will receive one ordinary share of D.E MASTER BLENDERS 1753 for each share of Sara Lee common stock they hold. 

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