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Pilgrim's Pride Reports EBITDA of $338.6 Million and 15.5% EBITDA Margin, or 28% Growth Year Over Year

July 30, 2014

GREELEY, Colo., July 30, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Pilgrim's Pride Corporation (Nasdaq:PPC) reported second quarter 2014 earnings with Net Sales of $2.19 billion, Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization ("EBITDA") of $338.6 million, and Net Income of $190.4 million, resulting in Earnings Per Share of $0.73 for the quarter. These results compare to $2.18 billion of Net Sales, $264.6 million of EBITDA and Net Income of $190.7 million, or Earnings Per Share of $0.74 for the second quarter of 2013.

"Our efforts this quarter have been directed squarely towards the goals we defined in our strategy," stated Bill Lovette, Chief Executive Officer of Pilgrim's. "We outlined four distinct growth opportunities, and each undertaking we've pursued has been consistent with those opportunities. We have directed our capital spending towards leveraging our existing assets and growing our value added exports, sought out accretive acquisitions, and have expanded our presence in the Mexican chicken market. Between the improvements in our operations, the Veracruz project and our recently announced acquisition in Mexico, we believe we are delivering on our commitment to improve shareholder value."

"The margin strength we've demonstrated has been generated by capturing improvements in cost and sales mix, all rooted in operational excellence. This year we have found significant savings through our zero based budgeting process, and even now are identifying even more areas where we can drive efficiencies. Our team members are driven to be the best in class and produce results that will result in long term, profitable growth."

Conference Call Information

A conference call to discuss Pilgrim's quarterly results will be held tomorrow, July 31, at 7:00 a.m. MDT (9 a.m. EDT). 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 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 The webcast will be available for replay through October 30, 2014.

About Pilgrim's Pride

Pilgrim's Pride Corporation employs approximately 35,500 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.


 June 29, 2014December 29, 2013
 (In thousands)
Cash and cash equivalents$ 527,412$ 508,206
Investment in available-for-sale securities 96,902
Trade accounts and other receivables, less allowance for doubtful accounts 404,866 376,678
Account receivable from JBS USA, LLC 4,376 2,388
Inventories 837,333 808,832
Income taxes receivable 64,868
Current deferred tax assets 2,227 2,227
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 82,066 61,848
Assets held for sale 5,415 7,033
Total current assets 1,863,695 1,928,982
Deferred tax assets 87,544 18,921
Other long-lived assets 31,664 40,163
Identified intangible assets, net 29,654 32,525
Property, plant and equipment, net 1,173,868 1,151,811
Total assets$ 3,186,425$ 3,172,402
Accounts payable$ 387,466$ 370,360
Account payable to JBS USA, LLC 4,632 3,934
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities 290,859 283,355
Income taxes payable 120,846
Current deferred tax liabilities 15,622 15,515
Current maturities of long-term debt 257 410,234
Total current liabilities 819,682 1,083,398
Long-term debt, less current maturities 502,039 501,999
Deferred tax liabilities 13,944
Other long-term liabilities 90,205 80,459
Total liabilities 1,411,926 1,679,800
Common stock 2,590 2,590
Additional paid-in capital 1,655,496 1,653,119
Retained earnings (accumulated deficit) 168,321 (120,156)
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (55,179) (45,735)
Total Pilgrim's Pride Corporation stockholders' equity 1,771,228 1,489,818
Noncontrolling interest 3,271 2,784
Total stockholders' equity 1,774,499 1,492,602
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity$ 3,186,425$ 3,172,402


 Thirteen Weeks EndedTwenty-Six Weeks Ended
 June 29, 2014June 30, 2013June 29, 2014June 30, 2013
 (In thousands, except per share data)
Net sales$ 2,186,816$ 2,184,119$ 4,204,881$ 4,221,048
Cost of sales 1,837,341 1,901,611 3,640,300 3,820,106
Gross profit 349,475 282,508 564,581 400,942
Selling, general and administrative expense 48,607 44,099 93,808 88,091
Administrative restructuring charges 438 480 2,151 964
Operating income 300,430 237,929 468,622 311,887
Interest expense, net of capitalized interest 14,562 22,965 34,035 47,786
Interest income (992) (707) (1,803) (923)
Foreign currency transaction loss (gain) (1,819) 9,713 (1,482) 2,089
Miscellaneous, net (993) (717) (1,999) (722)
Income before income taxes 289,672 206,675 439,871 263,657
Income tax expense 99,227 15,884 151,239 18,638
Net income 190,445 190,791 288,632 245,019
Less: Net income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interests 85 86 155 (268)
Net income attributable to Pilgrim's Pride Corporation$ 190,360$ 190,705$ 288,477$ 245,287
Weighted average shares of common stock outstanding:        
Basic 258,977 258,826 258,950 258,825
Effect of dilutive common stock equivalents 597 332 560 230
Diluted 259,574 259,158 259,510 259,055
Net income attributable to Pilgrim's Pride Corporation per share of common stock outstanding:        
Basic$ 0.73$ 0.74$ 1.11$ 0.95
Diluted$ 0.73$ 0.74$ 1.11$ 0.95


 Twenty-Six Weeks Ended
 June 29, 2014June 30, 2013
 (In thousands)
Cash flows from operating activities:    
Net income$ 288,632$ 245,019
Adjustments to reconcile net income to cash provided by operating activities:    
Depreciation and amortization 76,521 75,939
Foreign currency transaction loss (gain) (1,077) 1,338
Accretion of bond discount 228 228
Gain on property disposals (1,139) (824)
Gain on investment securities (48)
Share-based compensation 2,377 1,603
Deferred income tax benefit (79,619)
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:    
Trade accounts and other receivables (29,702) (7,654)
Inventories (28,257) (579)
Prepaid expenses and other current assets (20,054) (15,114)
Accounts payable, accrued expenses and other current liabilities 24,918 7,097
Income taxes 182,948 4,687
Deposits 480
Long-term pension and other postretirement obligations 94 (2,149)
Other operating assets and liabilities 369 856
Cash provided by operating activities 416,191 310,927
Cash flows from investing activities:    
Acquisitions of property, plant and equipment (90,814) (48,969)
Purchases of investment securities (37,000)
Proceeds from sale or maturity of investment securities 133,950
Proceeds from property disposals 4,357 2,883
Cash provided by (used in) investing activities 10,493 (46,086)
Cash flows from financing activities:    
Proceeds from revolving line of credit 505,600
Payments on revolving line of credit, long-term borrowings and capital lease obligations (410,165) (758,251)
Sale of subsidiary common stock 332
Cash used in financing activities (409,833) (252,651)
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents 2,355 (2,139)
Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents 19,206 10,051
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period 508,206 68,180
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period$ 527,412$ 78,231

"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.


(UNAUDITED)Thirteen Weeks EndedTwenty-Six Weeks Ended
 June 29, 2014June 30, 2013June 29, 2014June 30, 2013
 (In thousands)
Net income from continuing operations$ 190,445 190,791$ 288,632 245,019
Interest expense, net 13,570 22,258 32,232 46,863
Income tax expense (benefit) 99,227 15,884 151,239 18,638
Depreciation and amortization 38,261 38,149 76,521 75,939
Asset impairments
Amortization of capitalized financing costs 2,906 2,518 6,492 5,034
EBITDA 338,597 264,564 542,132 381,425
Restructuring charges 438 480 2,151 964
Net income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interest 85 86 155 (268)
Adjusted EBITDA$ 338,950$ 264,958$ 544,128$ 382,657

The summary unaudited consolidated income statement data for the twelve months ended June 29, 2014 (the LTM Period) have been calculated by subtracting the applicable unaudited consolidated income statement data for the twenty-six weeks ended June 30, 2013 from the sum of (1) the applicable audited consolidated income statement data for the year ended December 29, 2013 and (2) the applicable unaudited consolidated income statement data for the twenty-six weeks ended June 29, 2014.


Weeks Ended

Weeks Ended

Weeks Ended

Weeks Ended

LTM Ended
 September 29,

December 29,

March 30,


June 29, 2014

June 29, 2014
 (In thousands)
Net income from continuing operations$ 161,024$ 143,670$ 98,187$ 190,445$ 593,326
Interest expense, net 19,842 18,176 18,662 13,570 70,250
Income tax expense (benefit) 5,578 11 52,012 99,227 156,828
Depreciation and amortization 37,914 36,670 38,260 38,261 151,105
Asset impairments 361 361
Amortization of capitalized financing costs 2,204 2,069 3,586 2,906 10,765
EBITDA 222,515 196,458 203,535 338,597 961,105
Restructuring charges 3,658 1,039 1,713 438 6,848
Net income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interest 107 319 70 85 581
Adjusted EBITDA$ 226,066$ 197,178$ 205,178$ 338,950$ 967,372

Net debt is defined as total long term debt less current maturities, plus current maturities of long term debt, 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:

Reconciliation of Net Debt
 December 30,December 29,Twenty-Six Weeks Ended
 20122013June 30, 2013June 29, 2014
 (in thousands)
Long term debt, less current maturities$ 1,148,870$ 501,999$ 911,939$ 502,039
Add:  Current maturities of long term debt 15,886 410,234 393 257
Minus:  Cash and cash equivalents 68,180 508,206 78,231 527,412
Minus:  Available-for-sale Securities 96,902
Net debt$ 1,096,576$ 307,125$ 834,101$ (25,116)


Supplementary Selected Segment and Geographic Data
 Thirteen Weeks EndedTwenty-Six Weeks Ended
 June 29, 2014June 30, 2013June 29, 2014June 30, 2013
 (In thousands)
Sources of net sales by country of origin:        
US:$ 1,937,749$ 1,921,872$ 3,732,426$ 3,730,358
Mexico: 249,067 262,247 472,455 490,690
Total net sales:$ 2,186,816$ 2,184,119$ 4,204,881$ 4,221,048
Sources of cost of sales by country of origin:        
US:$ 1,643,247$ 1,707,256$ 3,265,224$ 3,437,092
Mexico: 194,094 194,355 375,076 383,014
Total cost of sales:$ 1,837,341$ 1,901,611$ 3,640,300$ 3,820,106
Sources of gross profit by country of origin:        
US:$ 294,502$ 214,616$ 467,202$ 293,266
Mexico: 54,973 67,892 97,379 107,676
Total gross profit:$ 349,475$ 282,508$ 564,581$ 400,942

CONTACT: Rosemary Raysor Pilgrim's Pride Corp Investor Relations (970) 506 8192

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