SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): March 15, 2019
The Kraft Heinz Company
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
Commission File Number: 001-37482
(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation)
(IRS Employer Identification No.)
One PPG Place, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15222
(Address of principal executive offices, including zip code)
(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)
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Item 3.01. Notice of Delisting or Failure to Satisfy a Continued Listing Rule or Standard; Transfer of Listing.
On March 15, 2019, The Kraft Heinz Company (the “Company”) received a notice (the “Notice”) from The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC (“Nasdaq”) stating that because the Company had not yet filed its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 29, 2018 (the “Form 10-K”), the Company is no longer in compliance with Nasdaq Listing Rule 5250(c)(1). Nasdaq Listing Rule 5250(c)(1) requires listed companies to timely file all required periodic financial reports with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
The Notice states that the Company has 60 calendar days to submit to Nasdaq a plan to regain compliance with the Nasdaq Listing Rules. If Nasdaq accepts the Company’s plan, then Nasdaq may grant the Company up to 180 days from the prescribed due date for filing the Form 10-K (as extended pursuant to Rule 12b-25 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended) to regain compliance. If Nasdaq does not accept the Company’s plan, then the Company will have the opportunity to appeal that decision to a Nasdaq Hearings Panel.
On March 15, 2019, the Company issued a press release announcing its receipt of the Notice. A copy of the press release is attached as Exhibit 99.1 and is incorporated herein by reference.
Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.
(d) The following exhibit is filed with this Current Report on Form 8-K.
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.
The Kraft Heinz Company
Date: March 15, 2019
/s/ Rashida La Lande
Rashida La Lande
Senior Vice President, Global General Counsel and Head of CSR and Corporate Affairs; Corporate Secretary
KRAFT HEINZ RECEIVES NOTIFICATION OF DEFICIENCY FROM NASDAQ RELATED TO DELAYED FILING OF ANNUAL REPORT ON FORM 10-K
PITTSBURGH & CHICAGO - March 15, 2019 - The Kraft Heinz Company (NASDAQ: KHC) (“Kraft Heinz” or the “Company”) today received a standard notice from Nasdaq stating that, as a result of not having timely filed its annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 29, 2018, Kraft Heinz is not in compliance with Nasdaq Listing Rule 5250(c)(1), which requires timely filing of periodic financial reports with the Securities and Exchange Commission. This notice has no immediate effect on the listing or trading of Kraft Heinz’s common stock on the Nasdaq Global Select Market.
Under Nasdaq’s listing rules, Kraft Heinz has 60 calendar days from the date of the notice to submit a plan to regain compliance. If the plan is accepted by Nasdaq, Kraft Heinz can be granted up to 180 calendar days from the Form 10-K's due date (as extended by Rule 12b-25 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended), to regain compliance. Kraft Heinz expects to submit a plan to regain compliance or file its Form 10-K within the timeline prescribed by Nasdaq.
Kraft Heinz is working diligently and expects to file its Form 10-K in the coming weeks.
ABOUT THE KRAFT HEINZ COMPANY
For 150 years, we have produced some of the world’s most beloved products at The Kraft Heinz Company (NASDAQ: KHC). Our Vision is To Be the Best Food Company, Growing a Better World. We are one of the largest global food and beverage companies, with 2018 net sales of approximately $26 billion. Our portfolio is a diverse mix of iconic and emerging brands. As the guardians of these brands and the creators of innovative new products, we are dedicated to the sustainable health of our people and our planet. To learn more, visit www.kraftheinzcompany.com or follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter.
This press release contains a number of forward-looking statements. Words such as “expect,” “working,” "will," "may," and variations of such words and similar future or conditional expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding our beliefs and expectations relating to the filing and content of the Form 10-K and compliance with Nasdaq's listing rules. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future results and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, many of which are difficult to predict and beyond our control. Important factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, a material delay in Kraft Heinz’s financial reporting and the possibility that ongoing reviews may identify errors or control deficiencies in Kraft Heinz’s accounting practices. We disclaim and do not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement in this press release, except as required by applicable law or regulation.
Michael Mullen (media) Christopher Jakubik, CFA (investors)