Pilgrims Pride Reports Net Sales of $2.84 Billion, GAAP Operating Income of $185 Million and GAAP EPS of $0.43 for the Second Quarter of 2018. Excluding One-time Items, Adjusted Operating Income of $212 Million.

GREELEY, Colo., Aug. 01, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation (NASDAQ:PPC) reports second quarter 2018 financial results.

Second Quarter Highlights

  • Net Sales of $2.84 billion, +3.1% vs same quarter last year (+26.0% if excluding the Moy Park numbers from last year). Net Income of $106.5 million.
  • Adjusted Operating Income of $212.4 million (or a 7.5% margin), excluding the impact of grain derivative loss and one-time expense. Adjusted Operating Income margins of 6.5% in U.S., 16.6% in Mexico and 4.8% in Europe operations, respectively.
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $282.5 million (or a 10.0% margin) and Adjusted EPS of $0.53.
  • Portfolio strategy along with history of acquisitions and investments, with our international operations now accounting for about 30% of sales. The increased diversification and addition of differentiated products with Key Customer approach has continued to generate growth while moderating margin compression in any specific market.
  • Mexican operations continue to deliver solid results with EBITDA margins of 19.6%, driven by strong operating performance and growing demand for chicken. Investments into premium Pilgrim’s brand is gaining momentum and producing great results.
  • New U.S. credit facility was substantially oversubscribed and received strong support from lending partners with favorable terms for future benefits, solidifying our capital structure to pursue strategic intent.
Unaudited (2), In Millions, Except Per Share and Percentages 


  July 1, 2018
  June 25, 2017

  July 1, 2018
  June 25, 2017

Net Sales $2,836.7   $2,752.3   +3.1%   $5,583.4   $5,231.6   +6.7%
GAAP EPS $0.43   $0.94   -54.3%   $0.91   $1.32   -31.1%
Operating Income $185.1   $378.3   -51.1%   $386.7   $545.1   -29.1%
Adjusted EBITDA (1) $282.5   $448.9   -37.1%   $547.9   $680.2   -19.5%
Adjusted EBITDA Margin (1) 10.0%   16.3%   -6.3pts   9.8%   13.0%   -3.2pts

(1) Reconciliations for non-GAAP measures are provided in subsequent sections within this release.
(2) Figures have been adjusted to include full-quarter of Moy Park, in accordance to U.S. GAAP.

“During Q2 market conditions within our U.S. operations were mixed, with the commodity segment counter seasonal and weak whereas the less commodity businesses continued to be strong and well balanced. Despite some volatility in feed and less than ideal market conditions in the commodity chicken sector, the investments we made over the past few years, the recent acquisitions and our capture of operational improvements, and the strength of our small bird and case-ready businesses helped us to offset some of the impact from the commodity markets and contribute to the evolution of our portfolio in supporting our vision to become the best and most respected company in our industry,” stated Bill Lovette, Chief Executive Officer of Pilgrim’s.

“Mexico once again delivered strong results during the quarter as we had strong operating performance as well as very good demand for chicken. Our volumes increased during the quarter, driving a robust EBITDA performance of 19.6% which together with our differentiated strategy and dedication of our team members, extended the outperformance over the main competition over the past few years. Our Prepared Foods are growing at a double digit rate and are generating strong results under both premium Pilgrim’s and Del Dia to drive the evolution of our Mexican portfolio towards more differentiated, higher-value products, and ultimately margin expansion.”

“In Europe, we are already recording an improvement in performance and are seeing expected results from the integration, with significant share gained at a key customer and several other projects to further optimize our relationships, highlighting how our newly acquired operations are already benefiting from our team’s enhanced focus on Key Customer strategy. The operational improvements initiatives are also going well and we are slightly ahead of our $50 million synergy target for the next two years, supporting a margin increase of 70bps. We are innovating in the market in Europe by continuing to develop exciting products to satisfy a growing consumer demand for chicken and alternative forms of protein, which can be easily adapted to other markets we participate in.”

Conference Call Information

A conference call to discuss Pilgrim’s quarterly results will be held tomorrow, August 2, at 7:00 a.m. MT (9 a.m. ET).  Participants are encouraged to pre-register for the conference call using the link below.  Callers who pre-register will be given a unique PIN to gain immediate access to the call and bypass the live operator.  Participants may pre-register at any time, including up to and after the call start time.

To pre-register, go to: https://services.choruscall.com/links/ppc180802.html 

You may also reach the pre-registration link by logging in through the investor section of our website at www.pilgrims.com and clicking on the link under “Upcoming Events.”

For those who would like to join the call but have not pre-registered, access is available by dialing +1 (844) 883-3889 within the US, or +1 (412) 317-9245 internationally, and requesting the “Pilgrim’s Pride Conference.” Please note that to submit a question to management during the call, you must be logged in via telephone.

Replays of the conference call will be available on Pilgrim’s website approximately two hours after the call concludes and can be accessed through the “Investor” section of www.pilgrims.com. The webcast will be available for replay through November 2, 2018.

About Pilgrim’s Pride

Pilgrim’s employs approximately 51,400 people and operates chicken processing plants and prepared-foods facilities in 14 states, Puerto Rico, Mexico, the U.K., and continental Europe. The Company’s primary distribution is through retailers and foodservice distributors.  For more information, please visit www.pilgrims.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements contained in this press release that state the intentions, plans, hopes, beliefs, anticipations, expectations or predictions of the future of Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation and its management are considered forward-looking statements. It is important to note that actual results could differ materially from those projected in such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected in such forward-looking statements include: matters affecting the poultry industry generally; the ability to execute the Company’s business plan to achieve desired cost savings and profitability; future pricing for feed ingredients and the Company’s products; outbreaks of avian influenza or other diseases, either in Pilgrim’s Pride’s flocks or elsewhere, affecting its ability to conduct its operations and/or demand for its poultry products; contamination of Pilgrim’s Pride’s products, which has previously and can in the future lead to product liability claims and product recalls; exposure to risks related to product liability, product recalls, property damage and injuries to persons, for which insurance coverage is expensive, limited and potentially inadequate; management of cash resources; restrictions imposed by, and as a result of, Pilgrim’s Pride’s leverage; changes in laws or regulations affecting Pilgrim’s Pride’s operations or the application thereof; new immigration legislation or increased enforcement efforts in connection with existing immigration legislation that cause the costs of doing business to increase, cause Pilgrim’s Pride to change the way in which it does business, or otherwise disrupt its operations; competitive factors and pricing pressures or the loss of one or more of Pilgrim’s Pride’s largest customers; currency exchange rate fluctuations, trade barriers, exchange controls, expropriation and other risks associated with foreign operations; disruptions in international markets and distribution channel, including anti-dumping proceedings and countervailing duty proceedings; and the impact of uncertainties of litigation as well as other risks described under “Risk Factors” in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K and subsequent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation undertakes no obligation to update or revise publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Contact: Dunham Winoto
  Director, Investor Relations
  (970) 506-8192

    July 1, 2018   December 31, 2017
    (In thousands)
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 640,842     $ 581,510  
Restricted cash   33,185     8,021  
Trade accounts and other receivables, less allowance for doubtful accounts   589,933     565,478  
Accounts receivable from related parties   1,179     2,951  
Inventories   1,190,017     1,255,070  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   132,820     102,550  
Assets held for sale   2,904     708  
Total current assets   2,590,880     2,516,288  
Deferred tax assets   3,149      
Other long-lived assets   18,276     18,165  
Identified intangible assets, net   593,751     617,163  
Goodwill   982,560     1,001,889  
Property, plant and equipment, net   2,113,953     2,095,147  
Total assets   $ 6,302,569     $ 6,248,652  
Accounts payable   $ 815,696     $ 733,027  
Accounts payable to related parties   26,941     2,889  
Revenue contract liability   32,200     36,607  
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities   407,442     410,152  
Income taxes payable   60,174     222,073  
Current maturities of long-term debt   44,606     47,775  
Total current liabilities   1,387,059     1,452,523  
Long-term debt, less current maturities   2,584,486     2,635,617  
Deferred tax liabilities   196,561     208,492  
Other long-term liabilities   80,045     96,359  
Total liabilities   4,248,151     4,392,991  
Common stock   2,604     2,602  
Treasury stock   (231,758 )   (231,758 )
Additional paid-in capital   1,938,140     1,932,509  
Retained earnings   399,902     173,943  
Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)   (63,584 )   (31,140 )
Total Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation stockholders’ equity   2,045,304     1,846,156  
Noncontrolling interest   9,114     9,505  
Total stockholders’ equity   2,054,418     1,855,661  
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity   $ 6,302,569     $ 6,248,652  

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    Thirteen Weeks Ended   Twenty-Six Weeks Ended
    July 1, 2018   June 25, 2017   July 1, 2018   June 25, 2017
    (In thousands, except per share data)
Net sales   $ 2,836,713     $ 2,752,286     $ 5,583,391     $ 5,231,626  
Cost of sales   2,562,491     2,277,454     5,021,504     4,500,410  
Gross profit   274,222     474,832     561,887     731,216  
Selling, general and administrative expense   87,975     92,148     173,258     181,808  
Administrative restructuring charges   1,135     4,349     1,924     4,349  
Operating income   185,112     378,335     386,705     545,059  
Interest expense, net of capitalized interest   40,267     22,567     90,567     41,679  
Interest income   (4,834 )   (1,104 )   (6,424 )   (1,472 )
Foreign currency transaction losses (gains)   5,630     (2,303 )   3,909     (1,612 )
Miscellaneous, net   (817 )   (1,272 )   (2,434 )   (4,115 )
Income before income taxes   144,866     360,447     301,087     510,579  
Income tax expense   38,522     115,256     75,519     164,650  
Net income   106,344     245,191     225,568     345,929  
Less: Net income from Granite Holdings Sàrl prior to
  acquisition by Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation
      11,118         17,393  
Less: Net income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interests   (197 )   432     (391 )   974  
Net income attributable to Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation   $ 106,541     $ 233,641     $ 225,959     $ 327,562  
Weighted average shares of common stock outstanding:                
Basic   248,981     248,753     248,909     248,722  
Effect of dilutive common stock equivalents   76     220     116     228  
Diluted   249,057     248,973     249,025     248,950