updated 11/22/2010 7:46:24 AM ET 2010-11-22T12:46:24

  • 4th quarter 2010 EPS was $0.57 compared to $(1.23) last year, or $0.64 compared to $0.27 when excluding goodwill impairment charges.

  • Goodwill impairment charges were $29 million ($0.07 per share) in Q4'10 and $560 million ($1.50 per share) in Q4'09

  • Overall operating margin was 5.3% in the 4th quarter 2010:

  • Chicken operating income $141 million, or 5.4% of sales, or 6.5% when excluding $29 million goodwill impairment charge

  • Beef operating income $121 million, or 4.0% of sales

  • Pork operating income $125 million, or 9.9% of sales

  • Prepared Foods operating income $10 million, or 1.3% of sales

SPRINGDALE, Ark., Nov. 22, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE:TSN), today reported the following results:

  • Fourth Quarter and 12 Months Fiscal 2010 – Included a non-cash full goodwill impairment charge of $29 million, or $0.07 per diluted share, related to our Brazil poultry operations.
  • 12 Months Fiscal 2010 – Included the following:
  • $59 million, or $0.09 per diluted share, of charges related to losses on notes repurchased during the first nine months fiscal 2010;
  • $12 million, or $0.03 per diluted share, of charges related to an equity method investment impairment; and
  • $38 million, or $0.06 per diluted share, of insurance proceeds received during the third quarter of fiscal 2010.

"Our results this quarter and this year are directly due to our diversified protein business models and our operational improvements, which have raised the level of expectations for Tyson's performance," said Donnie Smith, president and chief executive officer of Tyson Foods.

"We produced record sales and earnings despite some market headwinds," Smith said. "Operating margins for the year were in or above their normalized ranges in each of our four segments. We generated more than $1.5 billion in operating income. Strong cash flows allowed us to repurchase or redeem nearly $1.0 billion of notes in the fiscal year. This reduced gross debt to $2.5 billion and net debt to $1.6 billion, bringing our debt to its lowest level in nearly a decade.

"We're just over halfway through our first quarter of fiscal 2011, and it is shaping up to be a strong quarter and another good year," Smith said. "There are always challenging market conditions to manage. That's the norm in our business, and we're prepared to address them."

Our accounting cycle resulted in a 13-week fourth quarter and 52-week year in fiscal 2010, as compared to a 14-week fourth quarter and 53-week year in fiscal 2009.

Segment Performance Review (in millions)

Outlook

In 2011, overall protein (chicken, beef, pork and turkey) production is expected to increase. Because exports are likely to grow as well, we forecast that total domestic availability of protein should be relatively flat compared to 2010. The following is a summary of the fiscal 2011 outlook for each of our segments, as well as an outlook on capital expenditures, net interest expense and debt:

  • Chicken – While we expect chicken production to increase, domestic availability will depend on export volumes. Because of the less than expected yields in global feed grain crop production, current futures prices indicate higher grain costs in fiscal 2011 compared to fiscal 2010. We expect to offset the impact of increased grain costs with operational and pricing improvements.
  • Beef – We expect to see a gradual reduction in cattle supplies of 1-2% in fiscal 2011; however, we do not expect a significant change in the fundamentals of our Beef business as it relates to the previous few quarters. We expect adequate supplies in the regions we operate our plants. We expect beef exports to remain strong in fiscal 2011.
  • Pork – We expect hog supplies in fiscal 2011 will be comparable to fiscal 2010 and we believe we will have adequate supplies in the regions in which we operate. We expect pork exports to remain strong in fiscal 2011.
  • Prepared Foods – We expect operational improvements and increased pricing will more than offset the likely increase in raw material costs in fiscal 2011. While many of our sales contracts are formula based or shorter-term in nature, we are typically able to absorb rising input costs. However, there is a lag time for price increases to take effect, so it is more difficult to absorb rapidly rising raw material costs.
  • Capital Expenditures – Our preliminary capital expenditures plan for fiscal 2011 is approximately $700 million.
  • Net Interest Expense – We expect fiscal 2011 net interest expense will be approximately $245 million, down nearly $90 million compared to fiscal 2010.
  • Debt – We will continue to use our available cash to repurchase notes when available at attractive rates. We do not have any significant maturities of debt coming due over the next three fiscal years, as our 8.25% Notes due October 1, 2011 balance was $315 million at October 2, 2010. We plan to retire these notes with current cash on hand and/or cash flows from operations.

Segment Performance Review

Chicken Segment Results

Fourth quarter and 12 months of fiscal 2010

  • Included a non-cash full goodwill impairment charge of $29 million related to our Brazil poultry operations.

12 months of fiscal 2010

  • Included $38 million gain from insurance proceeds.

Fourth quarter and 12 months – Fiscal 2010 vs Fiscal 2009

  • Sales volume increase was due to an increase from an international acquisition, as well as an increase from domestic customer demand, which was offset in the fourth quarter due to one fewer week during the period. For the 12 months, the increase in average sales prices is primarily due to sales mix changes associated with the reduced sales volume of lower price per pound rendered products.
  • Operating Income (Loss) –
  • Operational Improvements – Operating results were positively impacted by operational improvements, which included: yield, mix and live production performance improvements; additional processing flexibility; and reduced interplant product movement.
  • 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.

 

  • Grain Costs – As compared to the same periods of fiscal 2009, operating results were positively impacted in the fourth quarter and 12 months of fiscal 2010 by a decrease in grain costs of $78 million and $158 million, respectively.
  • Operating results included an increase in incentive-based compensation.

Beef Segment Results

Fourth quarter and 12 months of fiscal 2009

  • Included $560 million non-cash charge related to the impairment of goodwill.

Fourth quarter and 12 months – Fiscal 2010 vs Fiscal 2009

  • Sales and Operating Income –
  • We increased our operating margins by maximizing our revenues relative to the rising live cattle markets, as well as improved our operating costs in the 12 months. In addition, we had an improvement in our export sales. Operating results included an increase in incentive-based compensation.
  • 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.

 

Pork Segment Results

Fourth quarter and 12 months – Fiscal 2010 vs Fiscal 2009

  • Sales and Operating Income –
  • We increased our operating margins by maximizing our revenues relative to the rising live hog markets. In addition, we had an improvement in our export sales. Operating results included an increase in incentive-based compensation.
  • 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.  

Prepared Foods Segment Results

12 months of fiscal 2009

  • Includes $15 million charge related to the closing of our Ponca City, Oklahoma, processed meats plant.

Fourth quarter and 12 months – Fiscal 2010 vs Fiscal 2009

  • Despite the increase in average sales prices, operating income decreased in the fourth quarter and 12 months of fiscal 2010 as compared to the same periods last year due to an increase in raw material costs. However, we made several operational improvements in late fiscal 2009 that allow us to run our plants more efficiently. Operating results included an increase in incentive-based compensation. In the 12 months of fiscal 2010, we received $8 million in insurance proceeds related to the flood damage at our Jefferson, Wisconsin, plant.

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 100 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.

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A conference call to discuss the Company's financial results will be held at 9 a.m. Eastern Monday, November 22, 2010. To listen live via telephone, call 888-790-1749. A pass code and the leader's name will be required to join the call. The pass code is Tyson Foods and the leader's name is Ruth Ann Wisener. International callers dial 210-234-0002. The call also will be webcast live 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. A telephone replay will be available until December 24 at 888-568-0091 and will also be archived for one year 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 earnings and results. 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 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 2, 2010, Annual Report filed on Form 10-K.

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