Pilgrim’s Pride Reports Q2 Net Sales of $2.82 Billion, Operating Income of $27 Million and GAAP EPS of $(0.02)

 

Source: Pilgrim's Pride Corporation

via GlobeNewswire - July 29, 2020

 

GREELEY, Colo., July 29, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation (NASDAQ: PPC) reports second quarter 2020 financial results.

 

Second Quarter Highlights

 

·         Net Sales of $2.82 billion.

·         Net GAAP loss of $(6.0) million.

·         Operating Income margins of 2.2% in U.S., -13.3% in Mexico and 3.1% in Europe operations, respectively.

·         Adjusted EBITDA of $112.2 million, or a 4.0% margin.

·         Faced with the global Covid-19 pandemic, we remain guided by our principles of an uncompromising commitment to the safety of our team members, our duty to provide quality food globally, and our responsibility to provide continued employment opportunities and benefits for our team.

·         Strong focus in execution and dedication by our team members, supported by portfolio strategy of differentiated products, strong Key Customer relationships, and diversified global presence helped us to reduce volatility of market conditions, especially under unexpected and unprecedented Covid-19 impact.

·         After significant impact as we started the quarter, performance improved, and during June 2020 the U.S. was similar, Europe slightly ahead and Mexico in-line compared to June 2019, despite significant disruptions, sub-optimal mix, and added costs.

·         Volatility and challenging conditions in the U.S. remained, partially offset by improvement in relative performance versus the industry, further supported by our business model and agility in changing mix.

·         In Mexico, challenging macro environment, impacting overall demand, and a weak Peso were partially offset by the stability in Branded and Prepared Foods. Supply and demand in balance at quarter end with markets re-opening.

·         The legacy European business (Moy Park) delivered comparable operating results to last year despite Covid-19 impact, with better operational efficiencies and input cost mitigation. Momentum of newly acquired assets in generating positive EBITDA continuing, and on track to achieve performance comparable to leading companies with similar portfolio in next few years.

·         Our liquidity position remains strong, supported by the emphasis on cash flow generation, focus on working capital management, and disciplined investments in high-return projects, preserving the opportunity to maintain strategic growth priorities while strengthening our differentiated global platforms.

 

Unaudited (2)

 

Three Months Ended

 

Six Months Ended

 

 

June 28,
2020

 

June 30,
2019

 

Y/Y Change

 

June 28,
2020

 

June 30,
2019

 

Y/Y Change

 

 

(In millions, except per share and percentages)

Net sales

 

$

2,824.0

 

 

$

2,843.1

 

 

(0.7

)%

 

$

5,899.0

 

 

$

5,567.8

 

 

+5.9

%

U.S. GAAP EPS

 

$

(0.02

)

 

$

0.68

 

 

(102.9

)%

 

$

0.25

 

 

$

1.02

 

 

(75.5

)%

Operating income

 

$

27.3

 

 

$

279.6

 

 

(90.2

)%

 

$

111.7

 

 

$

416.6

 

 

(73.2

)%

Adjusted EBITDA(1)

 

$

112.2

 

 

$

349.3

 

 

(67.9

)%

 

$

277.7

 

 

$

553.8

 

 

(49.9

)%

Adjusted EBITDA margin(1)

 

4.0

%

 

12.3

%

 

-8.3 pts

 

 

4.7

%

 

9.9

%

 

-5.2 pts

 

(1) Reconciliations for non-U.S. GAAP measures are provided in subsequent sections within this release.
(2) Comparisons include Tulip from 10/15/19 forward

“We are once again extremely proud of our team for their continued commitment, dedication and hard work, in supporting our ability to keep our team members safe and healthy, and allowing us the capability to maintain production and supply to our customers during this unprecedented crisis. Despite the continuing volatility and very challenging markets in Q2 due to Covid-19, our diversified strategy has continued to produce respectable results in relative performance to industry competition, and deliver more resilient performance regardless of changes in specific market conditions. For the entire Q2, Europe generated operating results similar to a year ago but were more than offset by tough market dynamics in the U.S. and Mexico. After a very challenging beginning of the quarter, markets have adapted. During the month of June, results were quite encouraging and showing a noticeable improvement globally. Compared to June of last year, the U.S. was roughly the same, Europe slightly better and Mexico in-line, even when considering all the disruptions, less than optimal product mix, and added operating costs because of Covid-19,” stated Fabio Sandri, interim Chief Executive Officer of Pilgrim's.

 

“In the U.S., the first half of Q2 the market was significantly challenged before a gradual loosening of travel and movement restrictions due to Covid-19 drove an improvement in channel demand, especially from foodservice. Similar to Q1, large bird deboning was once again the most volatile this quarter, with quick moves between the lows and the highs, and remained challenging compared to 2019. Operationally however, we continue to improve our relative performance versus the industry across all our business units, including in large bird deboning. We also continue to adapt quickly to changes in channel demand by adjusting the mix of our production capabilities, supported by our close partnerships with Key Customers, strong focus in execution by our team members, the geographical diversity of our footprint, and our presence across all bird size categories.”

 

“In continuation from Q1, Mexico remained challenged as the effects of weak macro conditions, which added to uncertainties in consumer spending, have persisted. In addition, the Peso continued to be weak putting additional pressure on the results. Industry prices were also below seasonality, driven by much better than expected growing conditions, before reverting closer to normal levels by the end of the quarter. Our increased share of non-commodity products, strong execution, and growth in Prepared Foods, have also helped to partially offset the softness.”

 

“Our legacy European operations performed in-line with last year, driven by strong retail demand and despite the significant impact of Covid-19 on the operations, as our strong internal operating performance and improved SG&A management helped in mitigating the difficult environment. The improvement in results from the newly acquired European assets has been maintained, with positive EBITDA continuing to increase. The performance was driven by strong demand at retail partially offset by a reduction in foodservice, continuing strength in pork exports especially to China, as well as the implementations of operational improvements and synergy capture.”

 

Conference Call Information

 

A conference call to discuss Pilgrim’s quarterly results will be held tomorrow, July 30, 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/ppc200730.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 October 30, 2020.

 

About Pilgrim’s Pride

 

Pilgrim’s employs approximately 58,200 people and operates protein 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. Without limiting the foregoing, words such as “anticipates,” “believes,” “estimates,” “expects,” “intends,” “may,” “plans,” “projects,” “should,” “targets,” “will” and the negative thereof and similar words and expressions are intended to identify 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: the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, efforts to contain the pandemic and resulting economic downturn on our operations and financial condition, including the risk that our health and safety measures at Pilgrim’s Pride production facilities will not be effective, the risk that we may be unable to prevent the infection of our employees at these facilities, and the risk that we may need to temporarily close one or more of our production facilities; the risk that we may experience decreased production and sales due to the changing demand for food products; the risk that we may face a significant increase in delayed payments from our customers; and additional risks related to COVID-19 set forth in our Form 10-Q filed with the SEC; 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 and other legal matters described in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, including the In re Broiler Chicken Antitrust Litigation and ongoing federal antitrust investigation into alleged price fixing, as well as other risks described under “Risk Factors” in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and subsequent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The forward-looking statements in this release speak only as of the date hereof, and the Company undertakes no obligation to update any such statement after the date of this release, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise, except as may be required by applicable law.

 

Contact:         

Dunham Winoto

            Investor Relations

            IRPPC@pilgrims.com

            (970) 506-8192

            www.pilgrims.com

 

 

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