US poultry processor, Pilgrim's Pride Corporation has reported its third quarter 2012 results with net sales of $2.1 billion and a substantial reduction in net debts.
The company recognised net income of $42.9 million during the third quarter of 2012, resulting in net income of $0.17 per diluted share. This compares to a net loss of $162.5 million, or an adjusted loss of $0.72 per diluted share in the same quarter of the prior year. Net debt was reduced to $1.1 billion in the period, reflecting a year-to-date reduction in net debt of $317.1 million.
"Our execution of the strategy implemented during the past 18 months has provided for vast improvement in our results, even in an uncertain and volatile environment," explained Bill Lovette, Pilgrim's Chief Executive Officer.
"Notwithstanding a year-over-year increase of $109 million in feed costs, the positive change in our net income for the first three quarters of 2012 is a swing of $672 million compared to 2011, owing to cost and yield improvements, pricing strategy changes, enhanced sales mix and a reduction of $24.6 million in SG&A costs.
"Even with rapidly increasing input costs impacting our live inventories, we demonstrated effective management of working capital that resulted in positive cash flows. This, together with our successful rights offering and focus on managing our core business, delivered a year-to-date reduction in net debt of $317.1 million, and culminated in a solid liquidity position of $671.5 million, with our lowest net debt position in over five years."
Source: Pilgrim’s Pride