Fourth quarter loss for Tyson Foods
Tyson Foods, the world's largest meat processing
company, reported a fourth-quarter loss of 17 cents per share, compared to a
profit of 33 cents per share for the same period last year.
Tyson's chief executive Richard Bond said, "The best thing I can say about
fiscal 2006 is, it's over."
In spite of this dismal statement, Bond indicated he was very confident
about the future, anticipating a profitable first quarter next year.
Investors rallied behind the news, pushing Tyson Foods
shares up 65 cents.
The world's largest chicken producer said the loss for the fourth quarter
was $56 million, compared with a profit of $117 million, during the same period
a year earlier. Only pork showed a gain for the fourth-quarter, accounting
for 12 percent of sales thanks to lower live animal prices. Tyson Foods' three
other segments, chicken, beef and prepared foods all reported lower
Sales in the fourth-quarter were flat at $6.5 billion, Tyson Foods
Analsyts forecast that Tyson Foods will report a loss of 4 cents per share
for the fourth-quarter, with slightly lower revenue of $6.47 billion.
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