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Tyson reports fiscal 2020 results

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Company anticipates beef and pork segments will remain strong in 2021.

Tyson Foods reported its fourth quarter and fiscal 2020 results on Nov. 16.

Fiscal 2020 highlights:

  • Generally Accepted Accounting Principles Earnings Per Share of $5.86, up 6% from prior year; adjusted earnings per share of $5.64 (52-week basis), up 3% from prior year
  • GAAP operating income of $3,114 million, up 10% from prior year; Adjusted operating income of $3,116 million (52-week basis), up 5% from prior year
  • Total Company GAAP operating margin of 7.2%; Adjusted operating margin of 7.4% (52-week basis)
  • Generated approximately $3.9 billion of operating cash flows
  • Results negatively impacted by approximately $540 million of direct incremental expenses related to COVID-19

Fourth Quarter Highlights

  • GAAP EPS of $1.90, up 88% from prior year; Adjusted EPS of $1.81 (13-week basis), up 50% from prior year
  • GAAP operating income of $1,012 million, up 68% from prior year; Adjusted operating income of $961 million (13-week basis), up 40% from prior year
  • Total Company GAAP operating margin of 8.8%; Adjusted operating margin of 9.0% (13-week basis)
  • Liquidity of $3.2 billion on Oct. 3, 2020
  • Reduced total debt by $690 million
  • Results negatively impacted by approximately $200 million of direct incremental expenses related to COVID-19

CEO says

“Our business performed well and delivered strong fourth quarter and full-year results,” said Dean Banks, President & CEO of Tyson Foods. “Our team members, agricultural partners, and customers have shown resilience.

“While we will continue to face pandemic-related challenges in fiscal 2021, we’re settling the business down to be focused on executing our long-term strategy while generating strong returns for shareholders.”

COVID-19 expenses

Direct incremental expenses associated with the impact of COVID-19 total approximately $200 million for the fourth quarter and $540 million for the twelve months of fiscal year 2020.

These direct incremental expenses primarily included:

  • team member costs associated with worker health and availability and production facility downtime, including direct costs for personal protection equipment, production facility sanitization, COVID-19 testing, donations, product downgrades and rendered product, partially offset by CARES Act credits.
  • Other indirect costs associated with COVID-19 are not reflected in this amount, including costs associated with raw materials, distribution and transportation, plant underutilization and reconfiguration, premiums paid to cattle producers and pricing discounts.

Segment results

Beef - Sales volume increased 11.8%, or increased 3.8% after removing the impact of an additional week, for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020, primarily due to a fire that caused the temporary closure of a production facility during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2019.

Sales volume decreased 4.5%, or decreased 6.5% after removing the impact of an additional week, for fiscal 2020 due to lower production throughput associated with the impact of COVID-19 during portions of fiscal 2020 and a reduction in live cattle harvest capacity as a result of a fire that caused the temporary closure of a production facility for the majority of the first quarter of fiscal 2020.

Average sales price decreased in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020 associated with increased availability of live cattle supply and lower livestock cost. Average sales price increased in fiscal 2020 as beef demand remained strong amid supply disruptions related to the impact of COVID-19. Operating income increased primarily due to market conditions, including COVID-19 disruptions, which increased the spread between preexisting contractual agreements and the cost of fed cattle, and the impact of an additional week in fiscal 2020, partially offset by price reductions offered to customers, as well as production inefficiencies and direct incremental expenses related to COVID-19. Additionally, the fourth quarter of fiscal 2019 was impacted by $31 million of net incremental costs from the production facility fire.

Pork - Sales volume increased 15.2%, or increased 6.9% after removing the impact of an additional week, for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020 due to strong demand for pork products and increased domestic availability of live hogs. Sales volume increased 1.8%, or decreased slightly after removing the impact of an additional week, for fiscal 2020, due to strong demand and increased domestic availability of live hogs, offset by lower production throughput associated with COVID-19 during portions of fiscal 2020. Average sales price in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020 decreased associated with lower livestock costs. Average sales price in fiscal 2020 increased as pork demand remained strong amid supply disruptions related to the impact of COVID-19, partially offset by lower livestock costs. Operating income increased primarily due to market conditions, including COVID-19 disruptions, which increased the spread between preexisting contractual agreements and the cost of live hogs, and the impact of an additional week in fiscal 2020, partially offset by production inefficiencies and direct incremental expenses related to COVID-19.

Chicken - Sales volume increased 1.9%, or decreased 5.4% after removing the impact of an additional week, for fourth quarter of fiscal 2020, and increased slightly, or decreased 1.7% after removing the impact of an additional week, for fiscal 2020 primarily due to lower production throughput associated with the impact of COVID-19 during portions of fiscal 2020 and lower foodservice demand, partially offset by increased retail demand. Average sales price decreased primarily due to weaker chicken pricing as a result of market conditions.

Prepared foods - Sales volume increased 1.6%, or decreased 5.6% after removing the impact of an additional week, for fourth quarter of fiscal 2020, and decreased 1.9%, or decreased 3.7% after removing the impact of an additional week, for fiscal 2020 as growth in volume across the retail channel was offset by a reduction in the foodservice channel related to reduced demand and lower production throughput due to the impact of COVID-19 during portions of fiscal 2020.

Outlook

For fiscal 2021, USDA indicates domestic protein production (beef, pork, chicken and turkey) should increase approximately 1% from fiscal 2020 levels. On an adjusted basis, Tyson anticipates the beef and pork segments will remain strong, although not at fiscal 2020 levels, and the company believes the chicken and prepared foods segments will likely strengthen in fiscal 2021 as compared to fiscal 2020.

Tyson is experiencing multiple challenges related to the pandemic. These challenges are anticipated to increase operating costs and negatively impact volumes into fiscal 2021. The ultimate impact of COVID-19 is unknown and will depend on, among other things, the severity and duration of the COVID-19 crisis. The company's liquidity is expected to be adequate.

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