Letter to our Shareholders Winter 2015/2016

In 2015 we went to work, laying the groundwork for strong, profitable, sustainable growth in 2020.

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Danone Climate Policy

Danone commits to ambitious new climate policy
Target: zero net carbon emissions within its direct and shared
scope of responsibility

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Danone invests €240 million in new facility

Danone invests €240 million in new facility in Netherlands to capitalize on growing demand for its Early Life Nutrition brands.

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Danone and B Lab announce a partnership

Danone and B Lab announce today an open source cooperation agreement that aims to accelerate the process for large, publicly listed multinationals to become certified as B Corps.

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Nutrijournal : Eating habits are a cultural thing

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"Danone at a glance" Video!

Who we are, how we work, what we do, our mission and our values: discover our “Danone at a Glance” video!

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Two Danone intrapreneurs took part in the ‘Ticket for Change Tour’, an enlightening 12-day journey in view of changing society through entrepreneurship and innovation.

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Danone and Veolia announce unique global alliance to meet the challenge of Climate Change

Danone and Veolia today announced an innovative strategic partnership focusing on the water cycle, waste management, sustainable agriculture and energy efficiency, to meet the challenge of climate change.

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    Sales in the third quarter and first nine months of 2015
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    The Danone Ecosystem Fund celebrates its 5th anniversary
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Danone among the top 3 performing food companies in the 2016 Access to Nutrition Index

14/01/2016

On January 14th 2016, the second edition of the global Access to Nutrition Index (ATNI) was released by the Access to Nutrition Foundation (ATNF). This new edition ranks Danone among the top 3 performing food companies, along with Unilever and Nestlé.

This global rating index ranks major international food & beverage manufacturers on their nutrition-related policies, practices and performance worldwide with a double scope: obesity & diet-related chronic diseases as well as under-nutrition.

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Danone and B Lab announce a partnership to pave the way for B Corp certification of multinational companies

17/12/2015

Danone and B Lab announce today an open source cooperation agreement that aims to
accelerate the process for large, publicly listed multinationals to become certified as B Corps.

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Danone and Veolia announce unique global alliance focusing on natural resource management to meet the challenge of climate change

04/12/2015

Danone and Veolia today announced an innovative strategic partnership focusing on the water cycle, waste management, sustainable agriculture and energy efficiency, to meet the challenge of climate change. Creating economic, social and environmental value, this global alliance is one of a kind. It is part of Danone’s new climate policy, which calls for zero net carbon emissions by 2050 for operations within its direct and shared scope of responsibility.

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Danone invests €240 million in new facility to capitalize on growing demand for its Early Life Nutrition brands

02/12/2015

Danone today announced that it is investing €240 million to build a new plant for its Early Life Nutrition business. With this investment, Danone will capitalize on strong and growing demand for its international early life nutrition brands, including Aptamil and Nutrilon, for both standard and specialized products. The state-of-the-art facility will be built in Cuijk in the Netherlands, and will start production in late 2017.

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Danone announces the execution of a final sale agreement of Dumex (China) to Yashili

02/12/2015

Following the press release issued on July 24, 2015 announcing the conclusion of a preliminary agreement with Yashili and Mengniu, Danone today announced the execution of a final sale agreement of Dumex in China to Yashili, for a total €150 million.

 

 

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Danone launches a successful €750 million bond issue

25/11/2015

Danone announced the successful launch of a €750 million bond issue in euros on November 23,
2015.

Contributing to the financing of Danone and its development, this issue enables the Company to
extend the maturity of its debt in a market favorable to quality bond issues.

The €750 million bond issue, priced at mid-swap +67 basis points, pays a coupon of 1.25%, and
was widely subscribed by a diversified investor base. The bonds will be listed on Euronext Paris.
Danone is rated A-, negative outlook, by Standard & Poor’s and Baa1, stable outlook, by Moody’s.

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Danone commits to ambitious new climate policy Target: zero net carbon emissions within its direct and shared scope of responsibility

09/11/2015

Danone today announced that it has committed to a new climate policy targeting zero
net carbon emissions within its full scope, i.e. direct and shared scope of
responsibility. To achieve this target, Danone will co-create solutions with its
ecosystem, including farming communities, suppliers, customers and consumers.
This new climate policy will enable Danone to strengthen the resilience of its global
food chain and pave the way for sustainable business growth.

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Danone and Mérieux NutriSciences enter into a global food safety partnership

02/11/2015

Danone and Mérieux NutriSciences have today entered into a worldwide food safety partnership covering strategic fields for both companies. The partnership will run for an indefinite period.

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Sales in the third quarter and first nine months of 2015

19/10/2015

Solid organic growth with third-quarter sales up +4.6%[1]
Full-year 2015 targets confirmed

[1] Like-for-like, see pages 6 and 7 for details on calculation of financial indicators not defined in IFRS

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Evian celebrates Terragr’Eau, the first ever collective methanization site designed to protect watershed and foster the sustainability of local farming

16/10/2015

On the Gavot Plateau on the banks of Lake Geneva in Haute Savoie, a group made up over 40 farmers, 16 local authorities, and Evian, part of the Danone Group, have joined forces to protect Evian's natural mineral water watershed and reinforce sustainable farming practices. From this ambition was born Terragr'Eau, a methanizion site that is result of a long cooperation between local stakeholders. The innovative methanizer will, for the very first time in France, merge the transition to green energy in the area, and has secured two national certifications, even before its scheduled launch in 2016.

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The Danone Ecosystem Fund celebrates its 5th anniversary

12/10/2015

On October 8-9, the Danone Ecosystem Fund invited 300 guests—all contributors to
Fund projects—to celebrate its fifth year in operation. A public-interest initiative that
works in partnership with 48 NGOs, the Danone Ecosystem Fund is dedicated to
creating positive change for communities, businesses and the environment. In the
past five years, it has launched 60 projects in 27 countries, improving daily life for
2.2 million people.

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2015 First-Half Results

24/07/2015
  • Solid and profitable organic growth in the first half with:
     -Sales[1] up +4.6%[2] in the first half and up +4.5%[2] in
    the second quarter
     -Trading operating margin[3] up +53 basis points[2]
  • Full-year targets confirmed

[1] Net sales
[2] Like-for-like: see pages 9-12 for details on calculation of financial indicators not defined in IFRS
[3] See pages 9-12 for details on calculation of financial indicators not defined in IFRS

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Result of the option to receive the 2014 dividend payment in shares

01/06/2015

The Shareholders’ Meeting, held on April 29, 2015 in Paris, has approved the proposed dividend,
related to the 2014 fiscal year, of € 1.50 per share and has decided to offer each shareholder the
possibility to receive the dividend in cash or in DANONE shares.
The option period was open from Thursday May 7, 2015 to Thursday May 21, 2015 included. At
the end of the option period, 65.95% of rights were exercised in favor of the 2014 dividend
payment in shares.

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2015 Danone Shareholders’ Meeting

29/04/2015

Danone’s shareholders approved all resolutions during the Shareholders’ Meeting held today.
52.51% of Danone’s total outstanding share capital was present or represented at this Shareholders’ Meeting.

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2015 First-Quarter Sales

15/04/2015

Solid organic growth with first-quarter sales up +4.8%,
in line with roadmap
Full-year 2015 targets confirmed

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Danone appoints Lorna Davis and Pascal De Petrini to the Executive Committee to shape the “Danone 2020” initiative

16/03/2015

In order to shape the “Danone 2020” initiative, Danone today announces it has appointed Lorna Davis and Pascal De Petrini to two newly created roles.

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2014 Full-Year Results

20/02/2015

2014 results in line with expectations
Sales[1] up +4.7%[2]
Trading operating margin[3] of 12.59% (-12 bps[2])
Free cash-flow of €1.4 billion, excluding exceptional items
2015 targets
Organic growth in sales[1] of between +4% and +5%[2]
Slight growth in trading operating margin[2]

[1] Net sales
[2] Like-for-like: see pages 12 to 15 for details on calculation of financial indicators not defined in IFRS
[3] See pages 12 to 15 for details on calculation of financial indicators not defined in IFRS

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Danone & Mars, Incorporated, to be founding investors behind Livelihoods Fund for Family Farming, an innovative platform open to all companies

03/02/2015

New fund to invest 120 million euros in the next 10 years to implement projects in Africa,
Asia and Latin America, helping more than 200,000 smallholder farmers and 2 million
people and boosting the sustainability of their crops.

For more information, download the press kit here

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Danone opens trading on Euronext markets, celebrating successful €1.3 billion bond issue

22/01/2015

Euronext, the leading exchange in the Eurozone, today congratulated Danone on the success of its dual-tranche €1.3 billion bond issue.

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Danone launches a successful dual-tranche €1.3 billion bond issue

06/01/2015

Danone announced the successful launch of a €1.3 billion dual-tranche bond issue in euros on January 7, 2015.

An integral part of financing for Danone and its development, this issue enables the group to extend the maturity of its debt in a market favorable to quality bond issues.

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