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Tyson Reports Third Quarter and Nine Months Fiscal 2012 Results

Monday, August 06, 2012

Tyson Reports Third Quarter and Nine Months Fiscal 2012 Results04:30 EDT Monday, August 06, 20123rd quarter EPS was $0.21, which included a charge for the early extinguishment of debt totaling $167 million, or $0.29 per diluted share Segment Performance Review (in millions)  Sales(for the third quarter and nine months ended June 30, 2012, and July 2, 2011)  Third QuarterNine Months     VolumeAvg. Price   VolumeAvg. Price  20122011ChangeChange20122011ChangeChangeChicken  $ 2,902  $ 2,800 (4.1)% 8.0 %  $ 8,575  $ 8,158 (3.6)% 9.1 %Beef  3,487  3,515 (13.9)% 15.2 %  10,323  10,033 (10.9)% 15.4 %Pork  1,344  1,408 2.5 % (6.9)%  4,191  4,030 1.6 % 2.3 %Prepared Foods  764 804 (0.9)% (4.2)%  2,432  2,388 (1.2)% 3.0 %Other  24  30 n/a n/a  124  63 n/a n/aIntersegment Sales  (213)  (310) n/a n/a  (740)  (810) n/a n/aTotal $ 8,308  $ 8,247 (4.3)%5.4 % $ 24,905  $ 23,862 (4.5)%9.0 %  Operating Income (Loss)(for the third quarter and nine months ended June 30, 2012, and July 2, 2011)  Third QuarterNine Months      Operating Margin    Operating Margin  20122011201220112012201120122011Chicken  $ 153  $ 28 5.3 % 1.0 %  $ 330  $ 246 3.8 % 3.0 %Beef  71  140 2.0 % 4.0 %  101  350 1.0 % 3.5 %Pork  69  124 5.1 % 8.8 %  349  447 8.3 % 11.1 %Prepared Foods  47  30 6.2 % 3.7 %  142  89 5.8 % 3.7 %Other  (4)  (10) n/a n/a  (6)  (19) n/a n/aTotal $ 336  $ 312 4.0 %3.8 % $ 916  $ 1,113 3.7 %4.7 %Outlook Our continued capital investment in our businesses, strong liquidity and reduced interest expense will help us finish fiscal 2012 strong and put us in a good position as we begin fiscal 2013. In fiscal 2013, we expect overall domestic protein production (chicken, beef, pork and turkey) to decrease slightly from fiscal 2012 levels. The recent drought conditions have reduced expected grain supplies, which will result in higher input costs as well as increased costs for cattle and hog producers. The following is a summary of the fiscal 2013 outlook for each of our segments: Chicken - Current USDA data shows U.S. chicken production to be relatively flat in fiscal 2013 compared to fiscal 2012. However, changing crop conditions and pricing could change this estimate. The capital investment and significant operational improvements we have made in our Chicken segment have better positioned us to adjust to rising grain prices and remain profitable. Due to the current run up in grain prices, we will be challenged in fiscal 2013, but anticipate our Chicken segment will remain profitable. Beef - We expect to see a reduction of industry fed cattle supplies of 1-2% in fiscal 2013 as compared to fiscal 2012, with the reduction predominately in the second half of fiscal 2013. Although we generally expect adequate supplies in regions we operate our plants, there may be periods of imbalance of fed cattle supply and demand. We anticipate beef exports will remain strong in fiscal 2013. For fiscal 2013, we believe our Beef segment will remain profitable, but could be below our normalized range of 2.5%-4.5%. Pork - We expect industry hog supplies in fiscal 2013 to be up 1-2% compared to fiscal 2012 and we expect pork exports to remain strong in fiscal 2013. For fiscal 2013, we believe our Pork segment should remain at or above our normalized range of 6.0%-8.0%. Prepared Foods - We expect operational improvements and increased pricing to offset increased raw material costs. Because many of our sales contracts are formula based or shorter-term in nature, we are typically able to offset rising input costs through increased pricing. For fiscal 2013, we believe our Prepared Foods segment should remain in its normalized range of 4.0%-6.0%. Through the first nine months of fiscal 2012, we used cash and cash flows from operations to reinvest over $700 million back into our business through capital expenditures and share repurchases. The following is a summary of the outlook for the balance of fiscal 2012 and fiscal 2013 for sales, capital expenditures, net interest expense, debt and liquidity and share repurchases: Sales - We expect fiscal 2012 sales to approximate $33 billion, down $1 billion from our previous estimate due to weak domestic protein demand. We expect fiscal 2013 sales to approximate $35 billion mostly resulting from price increases related to expected decreases in domestic availability of protein and increased raw material costs. Capital Expenditures - We expect total capital expenditures for fiscal 2012 to approximate $700 million. While this is down from our previous estimate, the anticipated projects are still ongoing, but will not be completed in fiscal 2012. We expect fiscal 2013 capital expenditures to approximate $500-$550 million. The reduction in planned capital expenditures from fiscal 2012 is primarily a result of an anticipated rise in working capital needs in fiscal 2013. Once we gain more visibility into our working capital needs, or should forecasted conditions change, we may raise our capital expenditures target. Net Interest Expense - We expect net interest expense for fiscal 2012 to approximate $340 million, which includes the $167 million charge from the early extinguishment of debt during the third quarter fiscal 2012. We expect fiscal 2013 net interest expense will approximate $130-$140 million. Debt and Liquidity - We do not have any significant scheduled maturities of debt due until October 2013 and may use our available cash to repurchase notes when available at attractive rates. Total liquidity at June 30, 2012, was $1.8 billion, well above our goal to maintain liquidity in excess of $1.2 billion. Share Repurchases - We currently expect to reduce repurchases under our share repurchase program as a result of an anticipated rise in working capital needs. Once we gain more visibility into our working capital needs, or should forecasted conditions change, we may increase our share repurchases. As of June 30, 2012, 38.4 million shares remain available for repurchase under this program. The timing and extent to which we repurchase shares will depend upon, among other things, markets, industry conditions, liquidity targets, our debt obligations and regulatory requirements.Segment Performance ReviewChicken Segment Results in millions Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended   June 30, 2012 July 2, 2011 Change June 30, 2012 July 2, 2011 Change Sales  $ 2,902  $ 2,800  $ 102  $ 8,575  $ 8,158  $ 417 Sales Volume Change     (4.1)%     (3.6)% Average Sales Price Change     8.0 %     9.1 %               Operating Income  $ 153  $ 28  $ 125  $ 330  $ 246  $ 84 Operating Margin 5.3 % 1.0 %   3.8 % 3.0 %  Third quarter and nine months – Fiscal 2012 vs Fiscal 2011 Sales and Operating Income – -- Sales Volume – The decrease in sales volumes in the third quarter and nine months of fiscal 2012 was primarily attributable to a decrease in domestic production pounds as a result of balancing our supply with forecasted customer demand, partially offset by increases in international sales volumes and open-market meat purchases. -- Average Sales Price – The increase in average sales price is primarily due to mix changes and price increases associated with reduced industry supply and increased input costs. -- Operating Income – Operating income was positively impacted by increases in average sales price, improved mix and operational improvements. These increases were partially offset by increased grain and feed ingredients costs of $25 million and $310 million for the third quarter and nine months of fiscal 2012, respectively. Increases in other growout operating costs of $55 million also negatively impacted operating income for the nine months of fiscal 2012. Additionally, our foreign start-up businesses in Brazil and China incurred operating losses of $30 million and $60 million for the third quarter and nine months of fiscal 2012, respectively. -- Derivative Activities – Operating results included the following amounts for commodity risk management activities related to grain and energy purchases. These amounts exclude the impact from related physical purchase transactions, which impact current and future period operating results. Income/(Loss) - in millions Qtr YTD 2012  $ (16)  $ (22) 2011  (2)  72 Decline in operating results  $ (14)  $ (94)      Beef Segment Results in millions Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended   June 30, 2012 July 2, 2011 Change June 30, 2012 July 2, 2011 Change Sales  $ 3,487  $ 3,515  $ (28)  $ 10,323  $ 10,033  $ 290 Sales Volume Change     (13.9)%     (10.9)% Average Sales Price Change     15.2 %     15.4 %               Operating Income  $ 71  $ 140  $ (69)  $ 101  $ 350  $ (249) Operating Margin 2.0 % 4.0 %   1.0 % 3.5 %  Third quarter and nine months – Fiscal 2012 vs Fiscal 2011 Sales and Operating Income – -- Average sales price increased due to price increases associated with increased livestock costs. Sales volumes decreased due to a reduction in live cattle processed and outside tallow purchases. Operating income decreased in the third quarter and nine months of fiscal 2012 as the result of higher fed cattle costs and reduced demand for beef products, which made it difficult to pass along increased input costs, as well as lower sales volumes and increased employee-related operating costs. -- Derivative Activities – Operating results included the following amounts for commodity risk management activities related to forward futures contracts for live cattle. These amounts exclude the impact from related physical sale and purchase transactions, which impact current and future period operating results. Income/(Loss) - in millions Qtr YTD 2012  $ 13  $ 21 2011  (1)  (40) Improvement in operating results  $ 14  $ 61      Pork Segment Results in millions Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended   June 30, 2012 July 2, 2011 Change June 30, 2012 July 2, 2011 Change Sales  $ 1,344  $ 1,408  $ (64)  $ 4,191  $ 4,030  $ 161 Sales Volume Change     2.5 %     1.6 % Average Sales Price Change     (6.9)%     2.3 %               Operating Income  $ 69  $ 124  $ (55)  $ 349  $ 447  $ (98) Operating Margin 5.1 % 8.8 %   8.3 % 11.1 %  Third quarter and nine months – Fiscal 2012 vs Fiscal 2011 Sales and Operating Income – -- Average sales price decreased for the third quarter of fiscal 2012 due to a decrease in domestic demand for pork products and lower live hog costs. Average sales price increased for the nine months of fiscal 2012 due to price increases associated with increased live hog costs. Operating income decreased in the third quarter of fiscal 2012 due to the decrease in average sales prices and compressed pork margins caused by reduced domestic pork demand without a commensurate decrease in live hog costs. For the nine months of fiscal 2012, we maintained strong operating income by maximizing our revenues relative to the live hog markets, partially attributable to strong export sales and operational and mix performance. -- Derivative Activities – Operating results included the following amounts for commodity risk management activities related to forward futures contracts for live hogs. These amounts exclude the impact from related physical sale and purchase transactions, which impact current and future period operating results. Income/(Loss) - in millions Qtr YTD 2012  $ 18  $ 51 2011  (6)  (15) Improvement in operating results  $ 24  $ 66      Prepared Foods Segment Results in millions Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended   June 30, 2012 July 2, 2011 Change June 30, 2012 July 2, 2011 Change Sales  $ 764  $ 804  $ (40)  $ 2,432  $ 2,388  $ 44 Sales Volume Change     (0.9)%     (1.2)% Average Sales Price Change     (4.2)%     3.0 %               Operating Income  $ 47  $ 30  $ 17  $ 142  $ 89  $ 53 Operating Margin 6.2 % 3.7 %   5.8 % 3.7 %  Third quarter and nine months – Fiscal 2012 vs Fiscal 2011 Sales and Operating Income – -- We increased operating income, despite lower sales volumes for the third quarter and nine months of fiscal 2012, due to mix changes and lower raw material costs. Because many of our sales contracts are formula based or shorter-term in nature, we typically offset changing input costs through pricing. However, there is a lag time for price changes to take effect, which is what we experienced during fiscal 2011. TYSON FOODS, INC. CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF INCOME(In millions, except per share data)(Unaudited)     Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended   June 30, 2012 July 2, 2011 June 30, 2012 July 2, 2011           Sales  $ 8,308  $ 8,247  $ 24,905  $ 23,862 Cost of Sales  7,746  7,716  23,315  22,054 Gross Profit  562  531  1,590  1,808           Selling, General and Administrative  226  219  674  695 Operating Income  336  312  916  1,113 Other (Income) Expense:         Interest income  (2)  (2)  (9)  (8) Interest expense  215  58  316  187 Other, net  (3)  (7)  (17)  (15) Total Other (Income) Expense  210  49  290  164 Income before Income Taxes  126  263  626  949 Income Tax Expense  53  75  231  311 Net Income  73  188  395  638 Less: Net Loss Attributable to Noncontrolling Interest  (3)  (8)  (3)  (15) Net Income Attributable to Tyson  $ 76  $ 196  $ 398  $ 653           Weighted Average Shares Outstanding:         Class A Basic 291 304 294 305 Class B Basic 70 70 70 70 Diluted 369 383 373 382 Net Income Per Share Attributable to Tyson:         Class A Basic  $ 0.21   $ 0.53   $ 1.11   $ 1.77  Class B Basic  $ 0.19   $ 0.48   $ 1.00   $ 1.60  Diluted  $ 0.21   $ 0.51   $ 1.07   $ 1.71  Cash Dividends Per Share:         Class A  $ 0.040   $ 0.040   $ 0.120   $ 0.120  Class B  $ 0.036   $ 0.036   $ 0.108   $ 0.108            Sales Growth 0.7 %   4.4 %   Margins: (Percent of Sales)         Gross Profit 6.8 % 6.4 % 6.4 % 7.6 % Operating Income 4.0 % 3.8 % 3.7 % 4.7 % Net Income 0.9 % 2.3 % 1.6 % 2.7 % Effective Tax Rate 42.4 % 28.7 % 36.9 % 32.8 %  TYSON FOODS, INC.CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED BALANCE SHEETS(In millions)(Unaudited)     June 30, 2012 October 1, 2011Assets     Current Assets:     Cash and cash equivalents  $ 828  $ 716 Accounts receivable, net  1,350  1,321 Inventories  2,672  2,587 Other current assets  155  156 Total Current Assets  5,005  4,780 Net Property, Plant and Equipment  3,992  3,823 Goodwill  1,891  1,892 Intangible Assets  136  149 Other Assets  437  427 Total Assets  $ 11,461  $ 11,071      Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity     Current Liabilities:     Current debt  $ 119  $ 70 Accounts payable  1,189  1,264 Other current liabilities  913  1,040 Total Current Liabilities  2,221  2,374 Long-Term Debt  2,345  2,112 Deferred Income Taxes  473  424 Other Liabilities  517  476       Total Tyson Shareholders' Equity  5,871  5,657 Noncontrolling Interest  34  28 Total Shareholders' Equity  5,905  5,685       Total Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity  $ 11,461  $ 11,071  TYSON FOODS, INC.CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS(In millions)(Unaudited)     Nine Months Ended   June 30, 2012 July 2, 2011 Cash Flows From Operating Activities:     Net income  $ 395  $ 638 Depreciation and amortization  369  384 Deferred income taxes  75  51 Loss on early extinguishment of debt  167  --  Other, net  (1)  34 Net changes in working capital  (286)  (421) Cash Provided by Operating Activities  719  686       Cash Flows From Investing Activities:     Additions to property, plant and equipment  (530)  (469) Purchases of marketable securities  (45)  (121) Proceeds from sale of marketable securities  36  42 Proceeds from notes receivable  --   51 Other, net  19  26 Cash Used for Investing Activities  (520)  (471)       Cash Flows From Financing Activities:     Payments on debt  (919)  (197) Net proceeds from borrowings  1,082  83 Purchases of Tyson Class A common stock  (209)  (110) Dividends  (44)  (45) Other, net  6  52 Cash Used for Financing Activities  (84)  (217)       Effect of Exchange Rate Change on Cash  (3)  5       Increase in Cash and Cash Equivalents  112  3 Cash and Cash Equivalents at Beginning of Year  716  978 Cash and Cash Equivalents at End of Period  $ 828  $ 981  TYSON FOODS, INC.EBITDA Reconciliations(In millions)(Unaudited)     Nine Months Ended Fiscal Year Ended Twelve Months Ended   June 30, 2012 July 2, 2011 October 1, 2011 June 30, 2012           Net income  $ 395  $ 638  $ 733  $ 490 Less: Interest income  (9)  (8)  (11)  (12) Add: Interest expense  316  187 242 371 Add: Income tax expense  231  311 341 261 Add: Depreciation  327  327 433 433 Add: Amortization (a)  13  24 29 18 EBITDA  $ 1,273  $ 1,479  $ 1,767  $ 1,561                     Total gross debt      $ 2,182   $ 2,464 Less: Cash and cash equivalents      (716)  (828) Total net debt      $ 1,466   $ 1,636           Ratio Calculations:         Gross debt/EBITDA     1.2x 1.6x Net debt/EBITDA     0.8x 1.0x   (a)     Excludes the amortization of debt discount expense of $29 million and $33 million for the nine months ended June 30, 2012, and July 2, 2011, respectively, and $44 million for the fiscal year ended October 1, 2011, as it is included in Interest expense. EBITDA represents net income, net of interest, income tax and depreciation and amortization. EBITDA is presented as a supplemental financial measurement in the evaluation of our business. We believe the presentation of this financial measure helps investors to assess our operating performance from period to period and enhances understanding of our financial performance and highlights operational trends. This measure is widely used by investors and rating agencies in the valuation, comparison, rating and investment recommendations of companies. However, the measurement of EBITDA may not be comparable to those of other companies in our industry, which limits its usefulness as a comparative measure. EBITDA is not a measure required by or calculated in accordance with GAAP and should not be considered as a substitute for net income or any other measure of financial performance reported in accordance with GAAP or as a measure of operating cash flow or liquidity. EBITDA is a useful tool for assessing, but is not a reliable indicator of, our ability to generate cash to service our debt obligations because certain of the items added to net income to determine EBITDA involve outlays of cash. As a result, actual cash available to service our debt obligations will be different from EBITDA. Investors should rely primarily on our GAAP results, and use non-GAAP financial measures only supplementally, in making investment decisions. Tyson Foods, Inc., founded in 1935 with headquarters in Springdale, Arkansas, is one of the world's largest processors and marketers of chicken, beef and pork, the second-largest food production company in the Fortune 500 and a member of the S&P 500. The company produces a wide variety of protein-based and prepared food products and is the recognized market leader in the retail and foodservice markets it serves. Tyson provides products and service to customers throughout the United States and more than 130 countries. The company has approximately 115,000 Team Members employed at more than 400 facilities and offices in the United States and around the world. Through its Core Values, Code of Conduct and Team Member Bill of Rights, Tyson strives to operate with integrity and trust and is committed to creating value for its shareholders, customers and Team Members. The company also strives to be faith-friendly, provide a safe work environment and serve as stewards of the animals, land and environment entrusted to it. The Tyson Foods, Inc. logo is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=3224 A conference call to discuss the Company's financial results will be held at 9 a.m. Eastern Monday, August 6, 2012. To listen live via telephone, call 888-455-8283. International callers dial 1-210-839-8865. The pass code "Tyson Foods" will be required to join the call. A telephone replay will be available through September 7, 2012, at 800-685-6061. International callers may access the replay at 1-203-369-3604. The live webcast, as well as the replay, will be available on the Internet at http://ir.tyson.com. Financial information, such as this news release, as well as other supplemental data, including Company distribution channel information, can be accessed from the Company's web site at http://ir.tyson.com. Forward-Looking Statements Certain information contained in the press release may constitute forward-looking statements, such as statements relating to expected performance, and including, but not limited to, statements appearing in the "Outlook" section. These forward-looking statements are subject to a number of factors and uncertainties which could cause our actual results and experiences to differ materially from the anticipated results and expectations expressed in such forward-looking statements. We wish to caution readers not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made. Among the factors that may cause actual results and experiences to differ from anticipated results and expectations expressed in such forward-looking statements are the following: (i) the effect of, or changes in, general economic conditions; (ii) fluctuations in the cost and availability of inputs and raw materials, such as live cattle, live swine, feed grains (including corn and soybean meal) and energy; (iii) market conditions for finished products, including competition from other global and domestic food processors, supply and pricing of competing products and alternative proteins and demand for alternative proteins; (iv) successful rationalization of existing facilities and operating efficiencies of the facilities; (v) risks associated with our commodity purchasing activities; (vi) access to foreign markets together with foreign economic conditions, including currency fluctuations, import/export restrictions and foreign politics; (vii) outbreak of a livestock disease (such as avian influenza (AI) or bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE)), which could have an adverse effect on livestock we own, the availability of livestock we purchase, consumer perception of certain protein products or our ability to access certain domestic and foreign markets; (viii) changes in availability and relative costs of labor and contract growers and our ability to maintain good relationships with employees, labor unions, contract growers and independent producers providing us livestock; (ix) issues related to food safety, including costs resulting from product recalls, regulatory compliance and any related claims or litigation; (x) changes in consumer preference and diets and our ability to identify and react to consumer trends; (xi) significant marketing plan changes by large customers or loss of one or more large customers; (xii) adverse results from litigation; (xiii) risks associated with leverage, including cost increases due to rising interest rates or changes in debt ratings or outlook; (xiv) compliance with and changes to regulations and laws (both domestic and foreign), including changes in accounting standards, tax laws, environmental laws, agricultural laws and occupational, health and safety laws; (xv) our ability to make effective acquisitions or joint ventures and successfully integrate newly acquired businesses into existing operations; (xvi) effectiveness of advertising and marketing programs; and (xvii) those factors listed under Item 1A. "Risk Factors" included in our October 1, 2011, Annual Report filed on Form 10-K.CONTACT: Media Contact: Gary Mickelson, 479-290-6111 Investor Contact: Jon Kathol, 479-290-4235