This excerpt taken from the HSY DEF 14A filed Mar 10, 2005.
CERTAIN TRANSACTIONS AND RELATIONSHIPS
During 2004, the Company and its subsidiaries had a number of transactions with Milton Hershey School, the Milton Hershey School Trust, and companies owned by the Milton Hershey School Trust involving the purchase or sale of goods and services. These transactions were primarily with Hershey Entertainment & Resorts Company, based in Hershey, Pennsylvania, and wholly-owned by the Milton Hershey School Trust.
The aggregate value of sales made during 2004 by the Company and its subsidiaries to Milton Hershey School, the Milton Hershey School Trust, and companies owned by the Milton Hershey School Trust, amounted to approximately $950,000. During the same year, the Company purchased goods and services from these entities in the amount of approximately $3,700,000. These transactions were on terms that the Company believes to be no less favorable to the Company than those which could have been obtained from other purchasers or vendors.
The Companys Corporate Governance Guidelines provide that any transaction not in the ordinary course of business between the Company and Hershey Trust Company, Hershey Entertainment & Resorts Company and/or the Milton Hershey School, or any subsidiary, division or affiliate of any of the foregoing, must be approved in advance by a subcommittee of the Board composed of the independent members of the Executive Committee.
On July 28, 2004, the Company purchased 11,281,589 shares of its Common Stock from the Milton Hershey School Trust in a privately negotiated transaction. The Company paid $500 million for the shares. The price per share of $44.32 was determined on the basis of the volume weighted average trading price per share of the Common Stock on the New York Stock Exchange for the five trading days immediately prior to and including July 26, 2004, less a discount based on the avoidance of certain transaction costs. This transaction was reviewed in advance and recommended to the Board by a special committee of the Board composed of Harriet Edelman and Marie J. Toulantis, who were elected to the Board in 2004 by the holders of the Common Stock voting separately as a class. In an opinion letter addressed to the special committee, dated July 27, 2004, J.P. Morgan Securities Inc. opined that, as of such date and based upon and subject to the factors and assumptions set forth in such letter, the consideration paid by the Company for the shares was fair, from a financial point of view, to the Company. J.P. Morgan provided its opinion solely for the benefit of the special committee and the Board in connection with and for purposes of their evaluation of the transaction.