Pilgrim's Pride Reports EBITDA of $222.5 Million With a Margin of 10.4% for the Third Quarter of 2013

GREELEY, Colo., Oct. 30, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Pilgrim's Pride Corporation (Nasdaq:PPC) reports third quarter 2013 financial results with net sales of $2.14 billion, $74 million higher than the $2.07 billion reported in the third quarter of 2012. Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization ("EBITDA") of $222.5 million increased 116% compared to the $103 million generated in the prior year. Net income of $160.9 million reflected an improvement of 275% compared to the $42.9 million reported in the same period in 2012, with diluted earnings per share reaching $0.62 compared to $0.17 in the third quarter of 2012.

"We are pleased to see continued improvement reflected in our results based on the consistent execution of our strategy. Our engagement with key customers continues to reflect the value they expect from Pilgrim's and is driving growth and success for our customers. We've also seen improvements in our margins as a result of the processes we've transformed through our commitment to operational excellence. We are close to achieving our operational improvement targets for the year and envision capturing even greater efficiencies in 2014. Our export model has enabled us to attain our goal of achieving 30% growth in value-added products year to date," stated Bill Lovette, Pilgrim's Chief Executive Officer.

"While we saw some volatility in the Mexican market this quarter, we believe the fundamentals of the business and growth opportunities remain intact. Market prices in the region softened during the quarter; however, we continue to view Mexico as a tremendous opportunity for profitability and growth.

Cash flows from operations were $285.8 million for the quarter, enabling us to reduce our debt by $252 million. Our ending net debt position was $582.1 million, which is 0.87 times our trailing twelve months' EBITDA. This stronger capital structure is reflective of our effective operational execution and cash management strategy."

Conference Call Information

A conference call to discuss Pilgrim's quarterly results will be held tomorrow, October 31 at 7:00 a.m. Mountain (9 a.m. Eastern). 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.

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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 (877) 270-2148 within the US or +1 (412) 902-6510 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 February 13, 2014.

About Pilgrim's Pride

Pilgrim's Pride Corporation employs approximately 37,500 people and operates chicken processing plants and prepared-foods facilities in 12 states, Puerto Rico and Mexico. The Company's primary distribution is through retailers and foodservice distributors.

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.

PILGRIM'S PRIDE CORPORATION
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
September 29, December 30,
2013 2012
(Unaudited)
(In thousands)
Cash and cash equivalents $ 330,316 $ 68,180
Trade accounts and other receivables, less allowance
for doubtful accounts
407,002 384,930
Account receivable from JBS USA, LLC 4,454 1,514
Inventories 911,086 950,296
Income taxes receivable 66,649 54,719
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 72,825 56,047
Assets held for sale 25,320 27,042
Total current assets 1,817,652 1,542,728
Deferred tax assets 59,620 97,431
Other long-lived assets 38,831 45,523
Identified intangible assets, net 33,960 38,266
Property, plant and equipment, net 1,159,358 1,189,921
Total assets $ 3,109,421 $ 2,913,869
Accounts payable $ 370,034 $ 312,365
Account payable to JBS USA, LLC 5,893 13,436
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities 302,095 283,540
Income taxes payable -- 468
Current deferred tax liabilities 80,849 104,482
Current maturities of long-term debt 396 15,886
Total current liabilities 759,267 730,177
Long-term debt, less current maturities 912,019 1,148,870
Other long-term liabilities 84,566 125,825
Total liabilities 1,755,852 2,004,872
Common stock 2,590 2,590
Additional paid-in capital 1,644,418 1,642,003
Accumulated deficit (263,507) (669,711)
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (32,397) (68,511)
Total Pilgrim's Pride Corporation stockholders' equity 1,351,104 906,371
Noncontrolling interest 2,465 2,626
Total stockholders' equity 1,353,569 908,997
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 3,109,421 $ 2,913,869

PILGRIM'S PRIDE CORPORATION
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(Unaudited)
Thirteen Weeks Ended Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended
September 29, September 23, September 29, September 23,
2013 2012 2013 2012
(In thousands, except per share data) (In thousands, except per share data)
Net sales $ 2,142,815 $ 2,068,478 $ 6,363,863 $ 5,931,720
Cost of sales 1,906,242 1,962,343 5,726,348 5,571,431
Gross profit 236,573 106,135 637,515 360,289
Selling, general and administrative expense 43,797 41,782 131,888 131,477
Administrative restructuring charges, net 3,658 2,647 4,622 5,921
Operating income 189,118 61,706 501,005 222,891
Interest expense 20,413 25,260 68,199 78,430
Interest income (571) (256) (1,494) (886)
Foreign currency transaction losses, net 2,682 (7,701) 4,771 (5,417)
Miscellaneous, net (8) 413 (730) (272)
Income before income taxes 166,602 43,990 430,259 151,036
Income tax expense (benefit) 5,578 1,049 24,216 (656)
Net income 161,024 42,941 406,043 151,692
Less: Net income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interests 107 10 (161) 230
Net income attributable to Pilgrim's Pride Corporation $ 160,917 $ 42,931 $ 406,204 $ 151,462
Weighted average shares of common stock outstanding:
Basic 258,826 258,726 258,825 247,005
Diluted 259,386 258,837 259,166 247,103
Net income per share of common stock outstanding:
Basic $ 0.62 $ 0.17 $ 1.57 $ 0.61
Diluted $ 0.62 $ 0.17 $ 1.57 $ 0.61

PILGRIM'S PRIDE CORPORATION
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended
September 29 September 23
2013 2012
(In thousands)
Cash flows from operating activities:
Net income $ 406,043 $ 151,692
Adjustments to reconcile net income attributable to Pilgrim's Pride Corporation to cash provided by operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization 113,853 108,411
Foreign currency transaction losses (gains) 3,734 (5,620)
Accretion of bond discount 342 342
Asset impairment 3,457 1,342
Loss (gain) on property disposals (509) 5,134
Share-based compensation 2,415 465
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
Restricted cash and cash equivalents -- 8,153
Trade accounts and other receivables (25,458) (3,172)
Inventories 39,421 (94,972)
Prepaid expenses and other current assets (17,304) (1,120)
Accounts payable and accrued expenses and other current liabilities 69,895 9,636
Income taxes (1,818) (14,428)
Deposits 1,898 734
Long-term pension and other postretirement obligations (3,174) (7,120)
Other operating assets and liabilities 3,921 (3,516)
Cash provided by operating activities 596,716 155,961
Cash flows from investing activities:
Acquisitions of property, plant and equipment (76,293) (62,110)
Purchases of investment securities -- (162)
Proceeds from sale or maturity of investment securities -- 688
Proceeds from property sales and disposals 3,330 28,687
Cash used in investing activities (72,963) (32,897)
Cash flows from financing activities:
Proceeds from revolving line of credit 505,600 595,800
Payments on revolving line of credit, long-term borrowings and capital lease obligations (758,283) (853,008)
Payment of note payable to JBS USA -- (50,000)
Proceeds from sale of common stock -- 198,282
Payment of capitalized loan costs (5,006) --
Cash used in financing activities (257,689) (108,926)
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents (3,928) (717)
Increase in cash and cash equivalents 262,136 13,421
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period 68,180 41,609
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period 330,316 55,030

PILGRIM'S PRIDE CORPORATION
Selected Financial Information
(Unaudited)

"EBITDA" is defined as the sum of net income (loss) plus interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization. "Adjusted EBITDA" is defined as the sum of EBITDA plus restructuring charges, reorganization items and loss on early extinguishment of debt less net income attributable to noncontrolling interests. EBITDA is presented because it is used by management and we believe it is frequently used by securities analysts, investors and other interested parties, in addition to and not in lieu of results prepared in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the US ("GAAP"), to compare the performance of companies. We believe investors would be interested in our Adjusted EBITDA because this is how our management analyzes EBITDA. The Company also believes that Adjusted EBITDA, in combination with the Company's financial results calculated in accordance with GAAP, provides investors with additional perspective regarding the impact of certain significant items on EBITDA and facilitates a more direct comparison of its performance with its competitors. EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are not measurements of financial performance under GAAP. They should not be considered as an alternative to cash flow from operating activities or as a measure of liquidity or an alternative to net income as indicators of our operating performance or any other measures of performance derived in accordance with GAAP.

Thirteen Weeks Ended Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended
September 29, September 23, September 29, September 23,
2013 2012 2013 2012
(In thousands) (In thousands)
Net income $ 161,024 $ 42,941 $ 406,043 $ 151,692
Add:
Income tax expense (benefit) 5,578 1,049 24,216 (656)
Interest expense, net 19,842 25,004 66,705 77,544
Depreciation and amortization 37,914 36,431 113,853 108,408
Asset impairments 361 -- 361 --
Minus:
Amortization of capitalized loan costs 2,204 2,469 7,238 7,405
EBITDA 222,515 102,956 603,940 329,583
Add:
Restructuring charges 3,658 2,647 4,622 5,921
Minus:
Net income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interest 106 10 (162) 230
Adjusted EBITDA $ 226,067 $ 105,593 $ 608,724 $ 335,274

The summary unaudited consolidated income statement data for the twelve months ended September 29, 2013 (the LTM Period) have been calculated by subtracting the applicable unaudited consolidated income statement data for the nine months ended September 23, 2012 from the sum of (1) the applicable audited consolidated income statement data for the year ended December 30, 2012 and (2) the applicable unaudited consolidated income statement data for the nine months ended September 29, 2013.

Reconciliation of LTM EBITDA
Fourteen Thirteen Thirteen Thirteen
Weeks Ended Weeks Ended Weeks Ended Weeks Ended LTM Ended
December 30, March 31, June 30, September 29, September 29,
2012 2013 2013 2013 2013
(In thousands)
Net income $ 22,350 $ 54,228 $ 190,791 $ 161,024 $ 428,393
Add:
Income tax expense (benefit) (20,325) 2,754 15,884 5,578 3,891
Interest expense, net 25,985 24,605 22,258 19,842 92,690
Depreciation and amortization 39,088 37,790 38,149 37,914 152,941
Asset impairments -- -- -- 361 361
Minus:
Amortization of capitalized loan costs 2,658 2,516 2,518 2,204 9,896
EBITDA 64,440 116,861 264,564 222,515 668,380
Add:
Restructuring charges 2,528 484 480 3,658 7,150
Minus:
Net income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interest (423) (354) 86 106 (585)
Adjusted EBITDA $ 67,391 $ 117,699 $ 264,958 $ 226,067 676,115

Net debt is defined as total long term debt, less current maturities, plus current maturities of long term debt minus cash and cash equivalents. Net debt is presented because it is used by us, and we believe it is frequently used by securities analysts, investors and other parties, in addition to and not in lieu of debt as presented under GAAP, to compare the indebtedness of companies. A reconciliation of net debt is as follows:

PILGRIM'S PRIDE CORPORATION
Reconciliation of Net Debt
Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended
2011 2012 September 23, 2012 September 29, 2013
(in Thousands)
Long term debt, less current maturities 1,458,001 1,148,870 1,151,127 912,019
Add: Current maturities of long term debt 15,611 15,886 15,619 396
Minus: Cash and cash equivalents 41,609 68,180 59,556 330,316
Net debt 1,432,003 1,096,576 1,107,190 582,099
PILGRIM'S PRIDE CORPORATION
Supplementary Selected Segment and Geographic Data
Thirteen Weeks Ended Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended
September 29, September 23, September 29, September 23,
2013 2012 2013 2012
(In thousands) (In thousands)
Sources of net sales by country of origin:
US: $ 1,932,634 $ 1,776,740 $ 5,662,991 $ 5,238,084
Mexico: 210,181 197,729 700,872 599,627
Total net sales: $ 2,142,815 $ 1,974,469 $ 6,363,863 $ 5,837,711
Sources of cost of sales by country of origin:
US: $ 1,702,791 $ 1,650,885 $ 5,139,883 $ 4,902,039
Mexico: 203,451 179,495 586,465 537,429
Total cost of sales: $ 1,906,242 $ 1,830,380 $ 5,726,348 $ 5,439,468
Sources of gross profit by country of origin:
US: $ 229,843 $ 125,855 $ 523,108 $ 336,045
Mexico: 6,730 18,234 114,407 62,198
Total gross profit: $ 236,573 $ 144,089 $ 637,515 $ 398,243

CONTACT: Rosemary Geelan Pilgrim's Pride Corp Investor Relations Rosemary.geelan@pilgrims.com (970) 506-8192 www.pilgrims.comSource:Pilgrim's Pride Corporation