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Tyson Turns Profit on Cuts, Lower Costs

Friday, 05 Feb 2010 10:15 AM

Tyson Foods Inc. said Friday it returned to a profit in its fiscal first quarter as its beef, pork and chicken units all made money.

The meat producer's chicken unit continued its turnaround. The quarterly profit was its third straight. The industry is improving on falling commodity costs and production cuts, which bolster prices.

The company earned $160 million, or 42 cents per share, in the quarter ending Jan. 2. In the same period last year the company lost $102 million, or 27 cents per share.

Sales of Tyson's products rose slightly to $6.63 billion.

The performance handily beat analysts' expectations for a profit of 18 cents per share on revenue of $6.58 billion.

Shares rose nearly 4 percent in pre-market trading Friday.

Tyson said pricing was up 2.8 percent in the quarter for chicken, while volume rose 5.6 percent due to acquisitions. Others in the industry, including other major player Pilgrim's Pride Corp. have been trimming production to weather the downturn.

Prices for beef and pork both fell more than 6 percent. The amount of beef sold rose, but pork fell. and pork's volume was down. Those two meats are pricier than chicken and demand for them has fallen in the recession as diners cut back on their spending.

Pricing fell nearly 6 percent in the prepared foods segment, where the company is competing more as it looks to win sales from shoppers who are eating from grocery stores.

The company said it expects demand to improve later in the year for chicken as the warmer months make more people want to eat the meat.

Tyson, based in Springdale, Ark., also expects pricing to improve as it uses up its inventories and grain prices to fall, which will make the segment even more profitable. In the first quarter, its grain costs fell $84 million.

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