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Pilgrim’s Pride Reports Operating Income of $164 Million with an Operating Margin of 8.1% for the Third Quarter of 2016

GREELEY, Colo., Oct. 26, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation (NASDAQ:PPC) reports third quarter 2016 financial results.

Third Quarter Highlights

  • Net Sales of $2.03 billion.
  • Net Income of $98.7 million, GAAP EPS of $0.39.
  • Operating Income margins of 8.2% in U.S. and 7.4% in Mexico operations, respectively.
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $210.8 million (or a 10.4% margin).
  • Cash Flow From Operations of $242.1 million.
  • Conversion of a commodity markets facility into USDA-certified organic production on schedule to begin in Q1 2017.
  • Planned conversion of an additional case-ready facility to ABF, veg-fed production to support growth of key customers and further enhance portfolio differentiation, to put us more than half way to our 25% ABF target by 2018.
  • On-going ramp up of largest Prepared Foods facility to full capacity, with a target completion by end of Q1 2017, together with start-up of a new fully cooked line to strengthen and grow Prepared Foods Operations.

Unaudited, In Millions, Except Per Share and Percentages
Thirteen Weeks Ended
Sep 25, 2016 Sep 27, 2015 Change
Net Sales$2,031.7 $2,112.5 -3.8%
GAAP EPS$0.39 $0.53 -26.4%
Operating Income$163.8 $231.1 -29.1%
Adjusted EBITDA (1)$210.8 $274.3 -23.1%
Adjusted EBITDA Margin (1) 10.4% 13.0% -2.6pts

(1) Reconciliations for non-GAAP measures are provided in subsequent sections within this release.

“During Q3, our Fresh business continued to perform well driven by our differentiated portfolio strategy of having presence in all three bird sizes and strong relationships with key customers. Retail demand for our birds remained robust despite concerns about greater availability of other competing proteins. Within exports, volumes are also improving from a year ago, which improves value for the back half of the bird, and supportive of the overall cutout,” stated Bill Lovette, Chief Executive Officer of Pilgrim's.

“The conversion of our existing facility to certified USDA organic chicken production is proceeding well and we plan to have the first chicken to market in Q1 of 2017. Additionally, we are starting work on converting one of our case-ready plants to produce ABF, veg-fed chicken. Together with our prior announcements on organic and ABF Fresh chicken as well as further processed products, we believe the latest conversion reinforces our strategy to better resonate with new consumer trends for more natural products while adding further value to our portfolio and supporting the growth of key customers. Furthermore, these investments signify our commitment to look for new sources of potential earnings driver while lessening the impact of volatile commodity markets in the long run.”

“Market environment in Mexico during Q3 followed its normal seasonality and our team members were relentless and continued to improve on the operating performance of the legacy business as well as implement synergies with the newly acquired assets. Despite the impact of unfavorable grain cost and exchange rate, our profitability in Mexico has remained steady compared to last year, which is a positive sign of the potential leverage we have within our operations. The outlook for Mexico remains very strong and we will continue to grow our offerings in the region, together with leveraging our strong fresh brand to leverage the growth of our Prepared Foods business.”

Conference Call Information

A conference call to discuss Pilgrim’s quarterly results will be held tomorrow, October 27, 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: http://services.choruscall.com/links/ppc161027.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 January 27, 2017.

About Pilgrim’s Pride

Pilgrim’s employs approximately 38,200 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. 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.


PILGRIM’S PRIDE CORPORATION
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
September 25, 2016 December 27, 2015
(Unaudited)
(In thousands)
Cash and cash equivalents $85,994 $439,638
Trade accounts and other receivables, less allowance for doubtful accounts 350,810 348,994
Account receivable from related parties 3,491 2,668
Inventories 796,808 801,357
Income taxes receivable 51,057 71,410
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 75,686 75,602
Assets held for sale 6,049 6,555
Total current assets 1,369,895 1,746,224
Other long-lived assets 15,887 15,672
Identified intangible assets, net 40,548 47,453
Goodwill 125,607 156,565
Property, plant and equipment, net 1,450,352 1,352,529
Total assets $3,002,289 $3,318,443
Notes payable to banks $ $28,726
Accounts payable 494,076 482,954
Account payable to related parties 9,689 7,000
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities 297,214 314,966
Income taxes payable 43,258 13,228
Current maturities of long-term debt 92 86
Total current liabilities 844,329 846,960
Long-term debt, less current maturities 1,004,840 985,509
Deferred tax liabilities 144,423 131,882
Other long-term liabilities 91,890 92,282
Total liabilities 2,085,482 2,056,633
Common stock 2,597 2,597
Treasury stock (119,566) (99,233)
Additional paid-in capital 1,681,005 1,675,674
Accumulated deficit (591,253) (261,252)
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (65,848) (58,930)
Total Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation stockholders’ equity 906,935 1,258,856
Noncontrolling interest 9,872 2,954
Total stockholders’ equity 916,807 1,261,810
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $3,002,289 $3,318,443


PILGRIM’S PRIDE CORPORATION
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
(Unaudited)
Thirteen Weeks Ended Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended
September 25, 2016 September 27, 2015 September 25, 2016 September 27, 2015
(In thousands, except per share data)
Net sales $2,031,721 $2,112,529 $6,022,973 $6,219,324
Cost of sales 1,821,504 1,827,985 5,289,063 5,125,640
Gross profit 210,217 284,544 733,910 1,093,684
Selling, general and administrative expense 46,116 52,620 144,424 150,961
Administrative restructuring charges 279 792 279 5,605
Operating income 163,822 231,132 589,207 937,118
Interest expense, net of capitalized interest 11,959 10,501 35,540 26,870
Interest income (125) (319) (1,501) (3,086)
Foreign currency transaction loss (gain) 4,142 12,773 (837) 23,806
Miscellaneous, net (1,741) (2,071) (5,637) (7,135)
Income before income taxes 149,587 210,248 561,642 896,663
Income tax expense 51,060 73,153 192,062 313,751
Net income 98,527 137,095 369,580 582,912
Less: Net income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interests (130) 33 (334) 146
Net income attributable to Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation $98,657 $137,062 $369,914 $582,766
Weighted average shares of common stock outstanding:
Basic 254,460 259,280 254,607 259,540
Effect of dilutive common stock equivalents 460 223 430 225
Diluted 254,920 259,503 255,037 259,765
Net income attributable to Pilgrim's Pride Corporation per share of
common stock outstanding:
Basic $0.39 $0.53 $1.45 $2.25
Diluted $0.39 $0.53 $1.45 $2.24


PILGRIM’S PRIDE CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(Unaudited)
Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended
September 25, 2016 September 27, 2015
(In thousands)
Cash flows from operating activities:
Net income $369,580 $582,912
Adjustments to reconcile net income to cash provided by operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization 134,455 116,485
Impairment expense 4,813
Gain on property disposals (7,315) (9,817)
Loss on equity method investments 194
Share-based compensation 5,404 2,132
Deferred income tax benefit (1,285) (7,214)
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
Trade accounts and other receivables (2,639) 40,694
Inventories 4,548 17,162
Prepaid expenses and other current assets (83) (1,415)
Accounts payable, accrued expenses and other current liabilities (7,812) 92,159
Income taxes 45,220 17,836
Long-term pension and other postretirement obligations (8,294) (2,668)
Other operating assets and liabilities (864) 3,235
Cash provided by operating activities 531,109 856,314
Cash flows from investing activities:
Acquisitions of property, plant and equipment (173,440) (129,848)
Business acquisition (373,532)
Proceeds from property disposals 10,316 13,553
Cash provided by (used in) investing activities (163,124) (489,827)
Cash flows from financing activities:
Proceeds from note payable to bank 36,838 5,869
Payments on note payable to bank (65,564)
Proceeds from revolving line of credit 515,292 1,680,000
Payments on revolving line of credit, long-term borrowings and capital lease obligations (498,124) (683,742)
Proceeds from equity contribution under Tax Sharing Agreement between JBS USA Food Company Holdings and Pilgrim's Pride Corporation 3,691
Tax benefit related to share-based compensation 7,834
Equity contribution to subsidiary by noncontrolling interest 7,252
Payment of capitalized loan costs (693) (12,322)
Purchase of common stock under share repurchase program (20,333) (45,080)
Purchase of common stock from retirement plan participants (73)
Cash dividends (699,915) (1,498,470)
Cash used in financing activities (721,629) (545,911)
Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents (353,644) (179,424)
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period 439,638 576,143
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $85,994 $396,719


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 calculated by adding to EBITDA certain items of expense and deducting from EBITDA certain items of income that we believe are not indicative of our ongoing operating performance consisting of: (i) income (loss) attributable to non-controlling interests, (ii) restructuring charges, (iii) reorganization items, (iv) losses on early extinguishment of debt and (v) foreign currency transaction losses (gains). 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.

PILGRIM'S PRIDE CORPORATION
Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA
(Unaudited)Thirteen Weeks Ended Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended
September 25, 2016 September 27, 2015 September 25, 2016 September 27, 2015
(In thousands)
Net income$98,527 $137,095 $369,580 $582,912
Add:
Interest expense, net11,834 10,182 34,039 23,784
Income tax expense (benefit)51,060 73,153 192,062 313,751
Depreciation and amortization45,772 41,415 134,455 116,485
Minus:
Amortization of capitalized financing costs970 1,119 2,859 2,708
EBITDA206,223 260,726 727,277 1,034,224
Add:
Foreign currency transaction losses (gains)4,142 12,773 (837) 23,806
Restructuring charges279 792 279 5,605
Minus:
Net income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interest(130) 33 (334) 146
Adjusted EBITDA$210,774 $274,258 $727,053 $1,063,489

The summary unaudited consolidated income statement data for the twelve months ended September 25, 2016 (the LTM Period) have been calculated by subtracting the applicable unaudited consolidated income statement data for the nine months ended September 27, 2015 from the sum of (1) the applicable audited consolidated income statement data for the year ended December 27, 2015 and (2) the applicable audited consolidated income statement data for the nine months ended September 25, 2016.

PILGRIM'S PRIDE CORPORATION
Reconciliation of LTM Adjusted EBITDA
(Unaudited) Thirteen Weeks
Ended
Thirteen Weeks
Ended
Thirteen Weeks
Ended
Thirteen Weeks
Ended
LTM Ended
December 27,
2015
March 27,
2016
June 26,
2016
September 25,
2016
September 25,
2016
(In thousands)
Net income $63,050 $118,011 $153,042 $98,527 $432,630
Add:
Interest expense, net 10,091 11,340 10,865 11,834 44,130
Income tax expense (benefit) 33,045 62,604 78,398 51,060 225,107
Depreciation and amortization 42,490 42,391 46,293 45,772 176,946
Minus:
Amortization of capitalized financing costs 930 928 962 970 3,790
EBITDA 147,746 233,418 287,636 206,223 875,023
Add:
Foreign currency transaction losses (gains) 2,134 (235) (4,744) 4,142 1,297
Restructuring charges 279 279
Minus:
Net income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interest (98) (360) 156 (130) (432)
Adjusted EBITDA $149,978 $233,543 $282,736 $210,774 $877,031

EBITDA margins have been calculated by taking the relevant unaudited EBITDA figures, then dividing by Net Revenue for the applicable period.

PILGRIM'S PRIDE CORPORATION
Reconciliation of EBITDA Margin
(Unaudited) Thirteen Weeks Ended Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended Thirteen Weeks Ended Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended
September 25, 2016 September 27, 2015 September 25, 2016 September 27, 2015 September 25, 2016 September 27, 2015 September 25, 2016 September 27, 2015
(In thousands)
Net income from continuing operations $98,527 $137,095 $369,580 $582,912 4.85% 6.49% 6.14% 9.37%
Add:
Interest expense, net 11,834 10,182 34,039 23,784 0.58% 0.48% 0.57% 0.38%
Income tax expense (benefit) 51,060 73,153 192,062 313,751 2.51% 3.46% 3.19% 5.04%
Depreciation and amortization 45,772 41,415 134,455 116,485 2.25% 1.96% 2.23% 1.87%
Minus:
Amortization of capitalized financing costs 970 1,119 2,859 2,708 0.05% 0.05% 0.05% 0.04%
EBITDA 206,223 260,726 727,277 1,034,224 10.15% 12.34% 12.08% 16.63%
Add:
Foreign currency transaction losses (gains) 4,142 12,773 (837) 23,806 0.20% 0.60% (0.01)% 0.38%
Restructuring charges 279 792 279 5,605 0.01% 0.04% % 0.09%
Minus:
Net income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interest (130) 33 (334) 146 (0.01)% % (0.01)% %
Adjusted EBITDA $210,774 $274,258 $727,053 $1,063,489 10.37% 12.98% 12.07% 17.10%
Net Revenue: $2,031,721 $2,112,529 $6,022,973 $6,219,324 $2,031,721 $2,112,529 $6,022,973 $6,219,324

A reconciliation of net income (loss) attributable to Pilgrim's Pride Corporation per common diluted share to adjusted net income (loss) attributable to Pilgrim's Pride Corporation per common diluted share is as follows:

PILGRIM'S PRIDE CORPORATION
Reconciliation of Adjusted Earnings
(Unaudited)
Thirteen Weeks Ended Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended
September 25, September 27, September 25, September 27,
2016201520162015
(In thousands, except per share data)
Net income (loss) attributable to Pilgrim's Pride Corporation $98,657 $137,062 $369,914 $582,766
Loss on early extinguishment of debt 68
Foreign currency transaction losses (gains) 4,142 12,773 (837) 23,806
Income (loss) before loss on early extinguishment of debt and foreign currency transaction losses (gains) 102,799 149,835 369,077 606,640
Weighted average diluted shares of common stock outstanding 254,920 259,503 255,037 259,765
Income (loss) before loss on early extinguishment of debt and foreign currency transaction losses (gains) per common diluted share $0.40 $0.58 $1.45 $2.34

A reconciliation of GAAP earnings per share (EPS) to adjusted earnings per share (EPS) is as follows:

PILGRIM'S PRIDE CORPORATION
Reconciliation of GAAP EPS to Adjusted EPS
(Unaudited)
Thirteen Weeks Ended Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended
September 25, 2016 September 27, 2015 September 25, 2016 September 27, 2015
(In thousands, except per share data)
GAAP EPS$0.39 $0.53 $1.45 $2.24
Loss on early extinguishment of debt
Foreign currency transaction losses (gains)0.02 0.05 0.09
Adjusted EPS$0.40 $0.58 $1.45 $2.34
Weighted average diluted shares of common stock outstanding254,920 259,503 255,037 259,765

Net debt is defined as total long term debt less current maturities, plus current maturities of long term debt and notes payable, minus cash, cash equivalents and investments in available-for-sale securities. Net debt is presented because it is used by management, 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
(Unaudited)
December 29, December 28, December 27, September 27, September 25,
20132014201520152016
(In thousands)
Long term debt, less current maturities$501,999 $3,980 $985,509 $1,000,398 $1,004,840
Add: Current maturities of long term debt and notes payable410,234 262 28,812 5,971 92
Minus: Cash and cash equivalents508,206 576,143 439,638 396,719 85,994
Minus: Available-for-sale securities96,902
Net debt (cash position)$307,125 $(571,901) $574,683 $609,650 $918,938


PILGRIM'S PRIDE CORPORATION
Supplementary Selected Segment and Geographic Data
Thirteen Weeks Ended Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended
September 25, 2016 September 27, 2015 September 25, 2016 September 27, 2015
(Unaudited)
(In thousands)
Sources of net sales by country of origin:
US: $1,724,625 $1,798,375 $5,072,351 $5,479,992
Mexico: 307,096 314,154 950,622 739,332
Total net sales: $2,031,721 $2,112,529 $6,022,973 $6,219,324
Sources of cost of sales by country of origin:
US: $1,545,163 $1,552,282 $4,470,387 $4,511,158
Mexico: 276,365 275,727 818,748 614,554
Elimination: (24) (24) (72) (72)
Total cost of sales: $1,821,504 $1,827,985 $5,289,063 $5,125,640
Sources of gross profit by country of origin:
US: $179,462 $246,093 $601,964 $968,836
Mexico: 30,731 38,427 131,874 124,777
Elimination: 24 24 72 71
Total gross profit: $210,217 $284,544 $733,910 $1,093,684
Sources of operating income by country of origin:
US: $141,194 $203,755 $480,278 $833,193
Mexico: 22,604 27,353 108,857 103,854
Elimination: 24 24 72 71
Total operating income: $163,822 $231,132 $589,207 $937,118



Contact: Dunham Winoto Director, Investor Relations IRPPC@pilgrims.com (970) 506-8192 www.pilgrims.com

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