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Section 1: 8-K (8-K)

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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, DC 20549

FORM 8-K

CURRENT REPORT
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of
the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported):
July 13, 2018

Brown-Forman Corporation

(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in its Charter)
                   

Delaware
 
001-00123
 
61-0143150
(State or Other Jurisdiction of Incorporation)
 
(Commission File Number)
 
(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)

850 Dixie Highway, Louisville, Kentucky
 
40210
(Address of Principal Executive Offices)
 
(Zip Code)

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (502) 585-1100

Not Applicable
(Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report.)


Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions:

o Written communications pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act (17 CFR 230.425)

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Indicate by check mark whether the Registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter).
Emerging growth company o

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the Registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act. o







Item 7.01. Regulation FD Disclosure.

On July 13, 2018, Brown-Forman Corporation (the “Company”) issued a press release announcing that its Board of Directors has approved a share repurchase program for up to $200 million of the Company's outstanding Class A and Class B common stock commencing July 13, 2018, through July 12, 2019, subject to market and other conditions. Under this repurchase program, the Company can repurchase shares from time to time for cash in open market purchases, block transactions, and privately negotiated transactions, in accordance with applicable laws and regulations. The repurchase program does not obligate the Company to repurchase a minimum number of shares of Class A or Class B common stock, and the repurchase program may be modified, suspended, or terminated by the Company at any time without prior notice.

A copy of this press release is furnished herewith as Exhibit 99.1. The information furnished pursuant to this Item 7.01 (and the related information in Exhibit 99.1) shall not be deemed "filed" for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the "Exchange Act"), and shall not be deemed to be incorporated by reference in any filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Exchange Act, except as shall be expressly set forth by specific reference in such filing.

Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.

(d)    Exhibits

Exhibit No.
 
Description
 
Brown-Forman Corporation Press Release dated July 13, 2018.
    






SIGNATURES

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.


 
BROWN-FORMAN CORPORATION
 
(Registrant)
 
 
 
 
Date: July 13, 2018
/s/ Michael E. Carr, Jr.
 
Michael E. Carr, Jr.
 
Vice President, Managing Attorney and Assistant Corporate Secretary




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Section 2: EX-99.1 (EXHIBIT 99.1)

Exhibit


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NEWS RELEASE
PHIL LYNCH
 
 
JAY KOVAL
VICE PRESIDENT
 
 
VICE PRESIDENT
 
CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS
 
 
INVESTOR RELATIONS
 
AND PUBLIC RELATIONS
 
 
AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS
 
502-774-7928
 
 
502-774-6903
BROWN-FORMAN BOARD APPROVES SHARE REPURCHASE
AUTHORIZATION OF $200 MILLION
Louisville, KY, July 13, 2018 - Brown-Forman Corporation (NYSE: BFA, BFB) announced that its Board of Directors has approved a $200 million share repurchase authorization, commencing July 13, 2018 through July 12, 2019, subject to market and other conditions. Under the repurchase program, the company can repurchase Class A and Class B common stock from time to time for cash in open market purchases, block transactions, and privately negotiated transactions in accordance with applicable federal securities laws. This share repurchase program may be modified, suspended, or terminated by the company at any time without prior notice.

Paul Varga, chief executive officer of Brown-Forman said, "We are appropriately attentive to today's uncertain market environment, but remain optimistic about the long-term growth prospects for our brands around the world. We strive to deliver leading returns for our shareholders and believe this buyback authorization provides us with the flexibility to repurchase our shares when the market presents the opportunity."

For almost 150 years, Brown-Forman Corporation has enriched the experience of life by responsibly building fine quality beverage alcohol brands, including Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, Jack Daniel’s & Cola, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire, Gentleman Jack, Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel, Finlandia, Korbel, el Jimador, Woodford Reserve, Old Forester, Canadian Mist, Herradura, New Mix, Sonoma-Cutrer, Early Times, Chambord, BenRiach, GlenDronach and Slane. Brown-Forman’s brands are supported by over 4,800 employees and sold in more than 170 countries worldwide. For more information about the company and its corporate responsibility efforts, please visit http://www.brown-forman.com/.






Important Information on Forward-Looking Statements:

This press release contains statements, estimates, and projections that are “forward-looking statements” as defined under U.S. federal securities laws. Words such as “aim,” “anticipate,” “aspire,” “believe,” “continue,” “could,” “envision,” “estimate,” “expect,” “expectation,” “intend,” “may,” “plan,” “potential,” “project,” “pursue,” “see,” “seek,” “should,” “will,” and similar words identify forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date we make them. Except as required by law, we do not intend to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve risks, uncertainties, and other factors (many beyond our control) that could cause our actual results to differ materially from our historical experience or from our current expectations or projections. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to:

Unfavorable global or regional economic conditions, and related low consumer confidence, high unemployment, weak credit or capital markets, budget deficits, burdensome government debt, austerity measures, higher interest rates, higher taxes, political instability, higher inflation, deflation, lower returns on pension assets, or lower discount rates for pension obligations
Risks associated with being a U.S.-based company with global operations, including commercial, political, and financial risks; local labor policies and conditions; protectionist trade policies or economic or trade sanctions, including potential retaliatory tariffs on American spirits; compliance with local trade practices and other regulations, including anti-corruption laws; terrorism; and health pandemics
Fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates, particularly a stronger U.S. dollar
Changes in laws, regulations, or policies - especially those that affect the production, importation, marketing, labeling, pricing, distribution, sale, or consumption of our beverage alcohol products
Tax rate changes (including excise, sales, VAT, tariffs, duties, corporate, individual income, dividends or capital gains) or changes in related reserves, changes in tax rules or accounting standards, and the unpredictability and suddenness with which they can occur
The impact of the recently enacted U.S. tax reform legislation, including as a result of future regulations and guidance interpreting the statute
Dependence upon the continued growth of the Jack Daniel’s family of brands
Changes in consumer preferences, consumption, or purchase patterns - particularly away from larger producers in favor of smaller distilleries or local producers, or away from brown spirits, our premium products, or spirits generally, and our ability to anticipate or react to them; legalization of marijuana use on a more widespread basis; shifts in consumer purchase practices from traditional to e-commerce retailers; bar, restaurant, travel, or other on-premise declines; shifts in demographic or health and wellness trends; or unfavorable consumer reaction to new products, line extensions, package changes, product reformulations, or other product innovation
Decline in the social acceptability of beverage alcohol products in significant markets
Production facility, aging warehouse, or supply chain disruption
Imprecision in supply/demand forecasting
Higher costs, lower quality, or unavailability of energy, water, raw materials, product ingredients, labor, or finished goods
Route-to-consumer changes that affect the timing of our sales, temporarily disrupt the marketing or sale of our products, or result in higher fixed costs
Inventory fluctuations in our products by distributors, wholesalers, or retailers
Competitors’ and retailers’ consolidation or other competitive activities, such as pricing actions (including price reductions, promotions, discounting, couponing, or free goods), marketing, category expansion, product introductions, or entry or expansion in our geographic markets or distribution networks
Risks associated with acquisitions, dispositions, business partnerships or investments - such as acquisition integration, termination difficulties or costs, or impairment in recorded value
Inadequate protection of our intellectual property rights
Product recalls or other product liability claims; product counterfeiting, tampering, contamination, or quality issues





Significant legal disputes and proceedings; or government investigations
Failure or breach of key information technology systems
Negative publicity related to our company, brands, marketing, personnel, operations, business performance, or prospects
Failure to attract or retain key executive or employee talent
Our status as a family “controlled company” under New York Stock Exchange rules, and our dual class share structure

For further information on these and other risks, please refer to the “Risk Factors” section of our annual report on Form 10-K and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.




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