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Tyson Foods Reports First Quarter 2020 Results

2020-02-06 07:30 ET - News Release

SPRINGDALE, Ark., Feb. 06, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE: TSN), one of the world’s largest food companies and a recognized leader in protein with leading brands including Tyson, Jimmy Dean, Hillshire Farm, Ball Park, Wright, Aidells, ibp and State Fair, today reported the following results:

(in millions, except per share data)First Quarter
 2020 2019
Sales$10,815  $10,193 
Operating Income826  807 
    
Net Income561  552 
Less: Net Income Attributable to Noncontrolling Interests4  1 
Net Income Attributable to Tyson$557  $551 
    
Net Income Per Share Attributable to Tyson$1.52  $1.50 
    
Adjusted1 Operating Income$894  $841 
    
Adjusted1 Net Income Per Share Attributable to Tyson$1.66  $1.58 

1 Adjusted operating income and adjusted net income per share attributable to Tyson, or Adjusted EPS, are non-GAAP financial measures and are explained and reconciled to a comparable GAAP measure at the end of this release. Adjusted net income per share attributable to Tyson guidance is provided on a non-GAAP basis because certain information necessary to calculate such measure on a GAAP basis is unavailable, dependent on future events outside of our control and cannot be predicted without unreasonable efforts by the Company. A further explanation of providing non-GAAP guidance is included at the end of this release.

First Quarter Highlights

  • GAAP EPS of $1.52, up 1% from prior year; Adjusted EPS of $1.66, up 5% from prior year
  • GAAP operating income of $826 million, up 2% from prior year
  • Adjusted operating income of $894 million, up 6% from prior year
  • Total Company GAAP operating margin of 7.6%; Adjusted operating margin of 8.3%
  • Record Beef GAAP operating margin of 10.7% and record Adjusted operating margin of 11.2%
  • Sales growth of 6%

“Our overall results in the first quarter of fiscal 2020 were in line with expectations,” said Noel White, Tyson Foods’ CEO. “Our Beef and Pork segments performed well as the effects of African swine fever are beginning to materialize. Our Chicken segment performed better operationally, although in a soft pricing environment. Our Prepared Foods segment produced its sixth consecutive quarter of retail consumption growth, demonstrating the strength of our brands and innovation as we grew or held market share in all core categories.

“With improved access to global markets resulting from recent trade developments, there are reasons to be optimistic about fiscal 2020 and beyond and we are well-positioned to capitalize on opportunities in the global marketplace. Although we anticipate the challenges and volatility typical in our second fiscal quarter, our long-term outlook remains positive.”

SEGMENT RESULTS (in millions)

Sales
(for the first quarter ended December 28, 2019, and December 29, 2018)
 First Quarter
   VolumeAvg. Price
 20202019ChangeChange
Beef$3,838 $3,926 (8.0)%5.8%
Pork1,379 1,179 7.3%9.7%
Chicken3,292 3,115 4.5%1.2%
Prepared Foods2,140 2,149 (3.1)%2.7%
International/Other498 143 220.2%27.2%
Intersegment Sales(332)(319)n/a n/a 
Total$10,815 $10,193 4.7%1.4%


Operating Income (Loss)
(for the first quarter ended December 28, 2019, and December 29, 2018)
 First Quarter
   Operating Margin
 2020201920202019
Beef$410 $305 10.7%7.8%
Pork191 95 13.9%8.1%
Chicken57 160 1.7%5.1%
Prepared Foods158 265 7.4%12.3%
International/Other10 (18)n/a n/a 
Total$826 $807 7.6%7.9%

Note: On June 3, 2019, we acquired the Thai and European operations of BRF S.A. The post-acquisition results from operations of these businesses are included in International/Other for segment presentation. On November 30, 2018, we acquired Keystone Foods. The post-acquisition results from operations of this business are included in our Chicken segment for Keystone's domestic operations and results for operations of Keystone's International business are included in International/Other for segment presentation.

Adjusted Segment Results (in millions)

Adjusted Operating Income (Non-GAAP)
(for the first quarter ended December 28, 2019, and December 29, 2018)
 First Quarter
   Adjusted Operating
Margin (Non-GAAP)
 2020201920202019
Beef$431 $305 11.2%7.8%
Pork193 95 14.0%8.1%
Chicken78 173 2.4%5.6%
Prepared Foods180 268 8.4%12.5%
International/Other12  n/a n/a 
Total$894 $841 8.3%8.3%

Note: Adjusted operating income is a non-GAAP financial measure and is explained and reconciled to a comparable GAAP measure at the end of this release.

Adjusted operating income and adjusted operating margin are presented as supplementary measures in the evaluation of our business that are not required by, or presented in accordance with, GAAP. We use adjusted operating income and adjusted operating margin as internal performance measurements and as two criteria for evaluating our performance relative to that of our peers. We believe adjusted operating income and adjusted operating margin are meaningful to our investors to enhance their understanding of our financial performance and are frequently used by securities analysts, investors and other interested parties to compare our performance with the performance of other companies that report adjusted operating income and adjusted operating margin. Further, we believe that adjusted operating income and adjusted operating margin are useful measures because they improve comparability of results of operations from period to period. Adjusted operating income and adjusted operating margin should not be considered as substitutes for operating income, operating margin or any other measure of operating performance reported in accordance with GAAP. Investors should rely primarily on our GAAP results and use non-GAAP financial measures only supplementally in making investment decisions. Our calculation of adjusted operating income and adjusted operating margin may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies.

Summary of Segment Results

  • Beef - Sales volume decreased due to 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 increased as beef demand remained strong. Operating income increased as we continued to maximize our revenues relative to live fed cattle costs, partially offset by increased operating costs and $16 million of net incremental costs from a production facility fire.
  • Pork - Sales volume increased due to increased domestic availability of live hogs and strong demand for our pork products. Average sales price increased associated with higher livestock costs and stronger export markets. Operating income increased as we maximized our revenues relative to the live hog markets, partially attributable to favorable export markets and improved operational performance, which were slightly offset by higher operating costs.
  • Chicken - Sales volume increased primarily due to incremental volume from a business acquisition, partially offset by lower volume from our rendering and blending business. Average sales price increased due to lower rendering and blending sales, which carry a lower average sales price, largely offset by broadly weaker chicken pricing as a result of market conditions. Operating income decreased primarily from challenging pricing conditions. Additionally, operating income in the first quarter of fiscal 2020 was impacted by $21 million in restructuring costs.
  • Prepared Foods - Sales volume decreased as growth in volume across the consumer products business was offset by other intersegment sales channel shifts. Average sales price increased due to favorable product mix and the pass through of increased raw material costs. Operating income decreased primarily due to increased operating costs, including an $80 million increase in raw material costs. Additionally, operating income in the first quarter of fiscal 2020 was impacted by $22 million in restructuring costs.

Outlook
For fiscal 2020, USDA indicates domestic protein production (beef, pork, chicken and turkey) should increase approximately 3-4% from fiscal 2019 levels, but we expect export markets to absorb the increased production. The following is a summary of the outlook for each of our segments, as well as an outlook for capital expenditures, net interest expense, liquidity and tax rate for fiscal 2020. While our accounting cycle results in a 53-week year in fiscal 2020 as compared to a 52-week year in fiscal 2019, the fiscal 2020 outlook is based on a comparable 52-week year.

Adjusted operating margin guidance is provided below on a non-GAAP basis2.

  • Beef – We expect industry fed cattle supplies to increase approximately 1% in fiscal 2020 as compared to fiscal 2019. We expect ample supplies in regions where we operate our plants. For fiscal 2020, we believe our Beef segment's adjusted operating margin will be toward the upper end of 6.5% to 7.5%, absent additional impacts from ASF.
  • Pork – We expect industry hog supplies to increase approximately 4% in fiscal 2020 as compared to fiscal 2019. We expect increased livestock costs in fiscal 2020 as compared to fiscal 2019. For fiscal 2020, we believe our Pork segment's adjusted operating margin will be 6% to 8%, absent additional impacts from ASF.
  • Chicken – USDA projects a 4% increase in chicken production in fiscal 2020 as compared to fiscal 2019. For fiscal 2020, we believe our Chicken segment's adjusted operating margin will be 4% to 6%, absent additional impacts from ASF.
  • Prepared Foods – We expect raw material costs to increase throughout fiscal 2020 as compared to fiscal 2019, but we expect to recover these costs through pricing over time. Given the timing lag on passing these prices through, we may not fully recover these costs within the fiscal year. For fiscal 2020, we believe our Prepared Foods segment's adjusted operating margin will be 10% to 12%.
  • International/Other – International/Other primarily includes our foreign operations in Asia-Pacific, China-Korea and Europe, third-party merger and integration costs and corporate overhead related to Tyson New Ventures, LLC. We expect improved results in fiscal 2020 from improvement in our foreign operations as well as the impact of a full year of our recently acquired operations.
  • Capital Expenditures – For fiscal 2020, we expect capital expenditures to be approximately $1.3 billion. Capital expenditures will include spending for production growth, safety, animal well-being, infrastructure replacements and upgrades, and operational improvements that are expected to result in production and labor efficiencies, yield improvements and sales channel flexibility.
  • Net Interest Expense – We expect net interest expense to approximate $450 million for fiscal 2020.
  • Liquidity – We expect total liquidity, which was approximately $1.4 billion at December 28, 2019, to remain above our minimum liquidity target of $1.0 billion.
  • Tax Rate – We expect our adjusted effective tax rate to be around 23.5% in fiscal 2020.

The Company is not able to reconcile its full-year fiscal 2020 adjusted operating margin guidance to its fiscal 2020 projected GAAP operating margin guidance because certain information necessary to calculate such measure on a GAAP basis is unavailable or dependent on the timing of future events outside of our control. Therefore, because of the uncertainty and variability of the nature of the amount of future adjustments, which could be significant, the Company is unable to provide a reconciliation of this measure without unreasonable effort. Adjusted operating margin should not be considered a substitute for operating margin or any other measure of financial performance reported in accordance with GAAP. Investors should rely primarily on the Company’s GAAP results and use non-GAAP financial measures only supplementally in making investment decisions.

TYSON FOODS, INC.
CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
(In millions, except per share data)
(Unaudited)

 Three Months Ended
 December 28, 2019 December 29, 2018
Sales$10,815  $10,193 
Cost of Sales9,375  8,838 
Gross Profit1,440  1,355 
    
Selling, General and Administrative614  548 
Operating Income826  807 
Other (Income) Expense:   
Interest income(3) (2)
Interest expense120  99 
Other, net(16) (3)
Total Other (Income) Expense101  94 
Income before Income Taxes725  713 
Income Tax Expense (Benefit)164  161 
Net Income561  552 
Less: Net Income Attributable to Noncontrolling Interests4  1 
Net Income Attributable to Tyson$557  $551 
Weighted Average Shares Outstanding:   
Class A Basic293  294 
Class B Basic70  70 
Diluted367  366 
Net Income Per Share Attributable to Tyson:   
Class A Basic$1.56  $1.54 
Class B Basic$1.40  $1.39 
Diluted$1.52  $1.50 
Dividends Declared Per Share:   
Class A$0.465  $0.450 
Class B$0.419  $0.405 
    
Sales Growth6.1%  
Margins: (Percent of Sales)   
Gross Profit13.3% 13.3%
Operating Income7.6% 7.9%
Net Income Attributable to Tyson5.2% 5.4%
Effective Tax Rate22.7% 22.6%
      

TYSON FOODS, INC.
CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED BALANCE SHEETS
(In millions)
(Unaudited)

 December 28, 2019 September 28, 2019
Assets   
Current Assets:   
Cash and cash equivalents$497  $484 
Accounts receivable, net2,063  2,173 
Inventories4,304  4,108 
Other current assets329  404 
Total Current Assets7,193  7,169 
Net Property, Plant and Equipment7,384  7,282 
Goodwill10,862  10,844 
Intangible Assets, net6,975  7,037 
Other Assets1,397  765 
Total Assets$33,811  $33,097 
    
Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity   
Current Liabilities:   
Current debt$1,947  $2,102 
Accounts payable1,916  1,926 
Other current liabilities1,673  1,485 
Total Current Liabilities5,536  5,513 
Long-Term Debt9,772  9,830 
Deferred Income Taxes2,369  2,356 
Other Liabilities1,568  1,172 
    
Total Tyson Shareholders’ Equity14,419  14,082 
Noncontrolling Interests147  144 
Total Shareholders’ Equity14,566  14,226 
    
Total Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity$33,811  $33,097 
        

TYSON FOODS, INC.
CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(In millions)
(Unaudited)

 Three Months Ended
 December 28, 2019 December 29, 2018
Cash Flows From Operating Activities:   
Net income$561  $552 
Depreciation and amortization288  250 
Deferred income taxes3  18 
Other, net27  64 
Net changes in operating assets and liabilities15  (16)
Cash Provided by Operating Activities894  868 
    
Cash Flows From Investing Activities:   
Additions to property, plant and equipment(312) (318)
Purchases of marketable securities(35) (15)
Proceeds from sale of marketable securities19  15 
Acquisitions, net of cash acquired  (2,141)
Proceeds from sale of business29   
Other, net(82) 10 
Cash Used for Investing Activities(381) (2,449)
    
Cash Flows From Financing Activities:   
Proceeds from issuance of debt38  1,807 
Payments on debt(31) (12)
Borrowings on revolving credit facility180   
Payments on revolving credit facility(250)  
Proceeds from issuance of commercial paper4,675  5,538 
Repayments of commercial paper(4,855) (5,406)
Purchases of Tyson Class A common stock(132) (83)
Dividends(150) (134)
Stock options exercised20  3 
Other, net(2) (2)
Cash (Used for) Provided by Financing Activities(507) 1,711 
Effect of Exchange Rate Changes on Cash7   
Increase in Cash and Cash Equivalents13  130 
Cash and Cash Equivalents at Beginning of Year484  270 
Cash and Cash Equivalents at End of Period$497  $400 
        

TYSON FOODS, INC.
EBITDA Reconciliations
(In millions)
(Unaudited)

 Three Months Ended Fiscal Year EndedTwelve Months Ended
 December 28, 2019 December 29, 2018 September 28, 2019December 28, 2019
       
Net income$561  $552  $2,035 $2,044 
Less: Interest income(3) (2) (11)(12)
Add: Interest expense120  99  462 483 
Add: Income tax expense164  161  396 399 
Add: Depreciation217  184  819 852 
Add: Amortization (a)68  63  267 272 
EBITDA$1,127  $1,057  $3,968 $4,038 
       
Adjustments to EBITDA:      
Add: Keystone purchase accounting and acquisition related costs (b)  26  37 11 
Add: Impairments net of realized gains associated with the divestiture of businesses (c)    41 41 
Add: Restructuring and related charges52  8  41 85 
Add: Beef production facility fire costs, net of insurance proceeds16    31 47 
Add: Pension plan termination charge    15 15 
Less: Gain on sale of investment    (55)(55)
Total Adjusted EBITDA$1,195  $1,091  $4,078 $4,182 
       
Total gross debt    $11,932 $11,719 
Less: Cash and cash equivalents    (484)(497)
Less: Short-term investments    (1)(1)
Total net debt    $11,447 $11,221 
       
Ratio Calculations:      
Gross debt/EBITDA     3.0x  2.9x 
Net debt/EBITDA     2.9x  2.8x 
           
Gross debt/Adjusted EBITDA     2.9x  2.8x 
Net debt/Adjusted EBITDA     2.8x  2.7x 


(a) Excludes the amortization of debt issuance and debt discount expense of $3 million for the three months ended December 28, 2019, and December 29, 2018, $12 million for the fiscal year ended September 28, 2019 and $12 million for the twelve months ended December 28, 2019 as it is included in interest expense.
(b) Keystone acquisition and integration costs included $11 million of purchase accounting adjustments and $15 million of acquisition related costs for the three months ended December 29, 2018 and included $11 million of purchase accounting adjustments and $26 million acquisition related costs for the fiscal year ended September 28, 2019.
(c) The fiscal year ended September 28, 2019 included a $41 million impairment associated with the planned divestiture of a business.

EBITDA is defined as net income before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization. Net debt to EBITDA (Adjusted EBITDA) represents the ratio of our debt, net of cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments, to EBITDA (and to Adjusted EBITDA). EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, net debt to EBITDA and net debt to Adjusted EBITDA are presented as supplemental financial measurements in the evaluation of our business. Adjusted EBITDA is a tool intended to assist our management and investors in comparing our performance on a consistent basis for purposes of business decision-making by removing the impact of certain items that management believes do not directly reflect our core operations on an ongoing basis.

We believe the presentation of these financial measures helps management and investors to assess our operating performance from period to period, including our ability to generate earnings sufficient to service our debt, enhances understanding of our financial performance and highlights operational trends. These measures are widely used by investors and rating agencies in the valuation, comparison, rating and investment recommendations of companies; however, the measurements of EBITDA (and Adjusted EBITDA) and net debt to EBITDA (and to Adjusted EBITDA) may not be comparable to those of other companies, which may limit their usefulness as comparative measures. EBITDA (and Adjusted EBITDA) and net debt to EBITDA (and to Adjusted EBITDA) are not measures required by or calculated in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and should not be considered as substitutes for net income or any other measure of financial performance reported in accordance with GAAP or as a measure of operating cash flow or liquidity. EBITDA (and Adjusted EBITDA) is a useful tool for assessing, but is not a reliable indicator of, our ability to generate cash to service our debt obligations because certain of the items added to net income to determine EBITDA (and Adjusted EBITDA) involve outlays of cash. As a result, actual cash available to service our debt obligations will be different from EBITDA (and Adjusted EBITDA). Investors should rely primarily on our GAAP results and use non-GAAP financial measures only supplementally in making investment decisions.

TYSON FOODS, INC.
EPS Reconciliations
(In millions, except per share data)
(Unaudited)

 First Quarter
 Pretax Impact EPS Impact
 2020 2019 2020 2019
        
Reported net income per share attributable to Tyson    $1.52  $1.50 
        
Add: Restructuring and related charges$52  $8  0.11  0.02 
        
Add: Beef production facility fire costs, net of insurance proceeds$16  $  0.03   
        
Add: Keystone purchase accounting and acquisition related costs (a)$  $26    0.06 
        
Adjusted net income per share attributable to Tyson    $1.66  $1.58 


(a) Keystone purchase accounting and acquisition related costs for the first quarter of fiscal 2019 included an $11 million purchase accounting adjustment for the fair value step-up of inventory and $15 million of acquisition related costs.

Adjusted net income per share attributable to Tyson (Adjusted EPS) is presented as a supplementary measure of our financial performance that is not required by, or presented in accordance with, GAAP. We use Adjusted EPS as an internal performance measurement and as one criterion for evaluating our performance relative to that of our peers. We believe Adjusted EPS is meaningful to our investors to enhance their understanding of our financial performance and is frequently used by securities analysts, investors and other interested parties to compare our performance with the performance of other companies that report Adjusted EPS. Further, we believe that Adjusted EPS is a useful measure because it improves comparability of results of operations from period to period. Adjusted EPS should not be considered a substitute for net income per share attributable to Tyson or any other measure of financial performance reported in accordance with GAAP. Investors should rely primarily on our GAAP results and use non-GAAP financial measures only supplementally in making investment decisions. Our calculation of Adjusted EPS may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies.

Adjusted EPS guidance is provided on a non-GAAP basis. The Company is not able to reconcile its full-year fiscal 2020 Adjusted EPS guidance to its full-year fiscal 2020 projected GAAP EPS guidance because certain information necessary to calculate such measure on a GAAP basis is unavailable or dependent on the timing of future events outside of our control. Therefore, because of the uncertainty and variability of the nature of the amount of future adjustments, which could be significant, the Company is unable to provide a reconciliation of this measure without unreasonable effort.

 TYSON FOODS, INC.
Operating Income Reconciliation
(In millions)
(Unaudited)

Adjusted Operating Income (Loss)
(for the first quarter ended December 28, 2019)
 BeefPorkChickenPrepared
Foods
International
/Other
Total
Reported operating income (loss)$410 $191 $57 $158 $10 $826 
Add: Restructuring and related charges5 2 21 22 2 52 
Add: Beef production facility fire costs, net of insurance proceeds16     16 
Adjusted operating income (loss)$431 $193 $78 $180 $12 $894 


Adjusted Operating Income (Loss)
(for the first quarter ended December 29, 2018)
 BeefPorkChickenPrepared
Foods
International
/Other
Total
Reported operating income (loss)$305 $95 $160 $265 $(18)$807 
Add: Restructuring and related charges  5 3  8 
Add: Keystone purchase accounting and acquisition related costs  8  18 26 
Adjusted operating income (loss)$305 $95 $173 $268 $ $841 

Adjusted operating income is presented as a supplementary measure of our operating performance that is not required by, or presented in accordance with, GAAP. We use adjusted operating income as an internal performance measurement and as one criterion for evaluating our performance relative to that of our peers. We believe adjusted operating income is meaningful to our investors to enhance their understanding of our operating performance and is frequently used by securities analysts, investors and other interested parties to compare our performance with the performance of other companies that report adjusted operating income. Further, we believe that adjusted operating income is a useful measure because it improves comparability of results of operations from period to period. Adjusted operating income should not be considered as a substitute for operating income or any other measure of operating performance reported in accordance with GAAP. Investors should rely primarily on our GAAP results and use non-GAAP financial measures only supplementally in making investment decisions. Our calculation of adjusted operating income may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies.

Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE: TSN) is one of the world’s largest food companies and a recognized leader in protein. Founded in 1935 by John W. Tyson and grown under three generations of family leadership, the company has a broad portfolio of products and brands like Tyson®, Jimmy Dean®, Hillshire Farm®, Ball Park®, Wright®, Aidells®, ibp® and State Fair®. Tyson Foods innovates continually to make protein more sustainable, tailor food for everywhere it’s available and raise the world’s expectations for how much good food can do. Headquartered in Springdale, Arkansas, the company had 141,000 team members at September 28, 2019. Through its Core Values, Tyson Foods strives to operate with integrity, create value for its shareholders, customers, communities and team members and serve as a steward of the animals, land and environment entrusted to it. Visit http://www.tysonfoods.com.

A conference call to discuss the Company's financial results will be held at 9 a.m. Eastern Thursday, February 6, 2020. We encourage participants to pre-register for the conference call using the following link: http://dpregister.com/10138337. Callers who pre-register will be given a conference passcode and 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 has started. Those without internet access or who are unable to pre-register may dial-in by calling toll free 1-844-890-1795 or international toll 1-412-717-9589.

To listen to the live webcast, an archived replay or to view the accompanying slides, go to the company’s investor website at http://ir.tyson.com. The webcast also can be accessed by using the direct link https://event.on24.com/wcc/r/2150700/8373138FC7B7ED14A1C0DF4D03260766. A telephone replay of the call will be available until March 6, 2020, toll free at 1-877-344-7529, international toll 1-412-317-0088 or Canada toll free 855-669-9658. The replay access code is 10138337. Financial information, such as this news release, as well as other supplemental data, can be accessed from the Company's web site at http://ir.tyson.com.

To download Tyson Foods’ free investor relations app, which offers access to SEC filings, news releases, transcripts, webcasts and presentations, please visit the App Store for iPhone and iPad or Google Play for Android mobile devices.

Forward-Looking Statements
Certain information in this report constitutes forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, current views and estimates of our outlook for fiscal 2020, other future economic circumstances, industry conditions in domestic and international markets, our performance and financial results (e.g., debt levels, return on invested capital, value-added product growth, capital expenditures, tax rates, access to foreign markets and dividend policy). These forward-looking statements are subject to a number of factors and uncertainties that could cause our actual results and experiences to differ materially from anticipated results and expectations expressed in such forward-looking statements. We wish to caution readers not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made. We undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Among the factors that may cause actual results and experiences to differ from anticipated results and expectations expressed in such forward-looking statements are the following: (i) fluctuations in the cost and availability of inputs and raw materials, such as live cattle, live swine, feed grains (including corn and soybean meal) and energy; (ii) market conditions for finished products, including competition from other global and domestic food processors, supply and pricing of competing products and alternative proteins and demand for alternative proteins; (iii) outbreak of a livestock disease (such as African swine fever (ASF), avian influenza (AI) or bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE)), which could have an adverse effect on livestock we own, the availability of livestock we purchase, consumer perception of certain protein products or our ability to access certain domestic and foreign markets; (iv) the effectiveness of our financial fitness program; (v) the implementation of an enterprise resource planning system; (vi) access to foreign markets together with foreign economic conditions, including currency fluctuations, import/export restrictions and foreign politics; (vii) changes in availability and relative costs of labor and contract farmers and our ability to maintain good relationships with employees, labor unions, contract farmers and independent producers providing us livestock; (viii) issues related to food safety, including costs resulting from product recalls, regulatory compliance and any related claims or litigation; (ix) changes in consumer preference and diets and our ability to identify and react to consumer trends; (x) effectiveness of advertising and marketing programs; (xi) our ability to leverage brand value propositions; (xii) risks associated with leverage, including cost increases due to rising interest rates or changes in debt ratings or outlook; (xiii) impairment in the carrying value of our goodwill or indefinite life intangible assets; (xiv) compliance with and changes to regulations and laws (both domestic and foreign), including changes in accounting standards, tax laws, environmental laws, agricultural laws and occupational, health and safety laws; (xv) adverse results from litigation; (xvi) cyber incidents, security breaches or other disruptions of our information technology systems; (xvii) our ability to make effective acquisitions or joint ventures and successfully integrate newly acquired businesses into existing operations; (xviii) risks associated with our commodity purchasing activities; (xix) the effect of, or changes in, general economic conditions; (xx) significant marketing plan changes by large customers or loss of one or more large customers; (xxi) impacts on our operations caused by factors and forces beyond our control, such as natural disasters, fire, bioterrorism, pandemics or extreme weather; (xxii) failure to maximize or assert our intellectual property rights; (xxiii) our participation in multiemployer pension plans; (xxiv) the Tyson Limited Partnership’s ability to exercise significant control over the Company; (xxv) effects related to changes in tax rates, valuation of deferred tax assets and liabilities, or tax laws and their interpretation; (xxvi) volatility in capital markets or interest rates; (xxvii) risks associated with our failure to integrate Keystone Foods’ operations or to realize the targeted cost savings, revenues and other benefits of the acquisition; and (xxviii) those factors listed under Item 1A. “Risk Factors” included in our Annual Report filed on Form 10-K for the period ended September 28, 2019.

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