The company intends to spin-off to its shareholders its North American grocery business, Kraft Foods Group, Inc. The spin-off is expected to occur at 5 p.m. EDT on Oct. 1, 2012. The final effective date and terms of the spin-off of Kraft Foods Group are subject to the approval by the Kraft Foods Inc. Board of Directors and satisfaction or waiver of other conditions.
At the time of the spin-off, each of the company's shareholders entitled to receive shares of Kraft Foods Group will receive one share of Kraft Foods Group for every three shares of Kraft Foods Inc. The record date is not yet finalized, but is expected to be in mid-September. We expect the common stock for both companies to begin to trade on a "when-issued" basis shortly before the record date. Beginning Oct. 2, 2012, Kraft Foods Group will begin to trade on
The NASDAQ Global Select Market under the ticker symbol "KRFT." Kraft Foods Inc. will change its name to Mondelez International, Inc. and change its ticker symbol to "MDLZ." The current ticker symbol, "KFT," will be retired.Comment: I was hoping it would be more like a split. But hopefully this unlocks value!