Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation has reported third quarter 2013 financial results with net sales of $2.14 billion, $74 million higher than the $2.07 billion reported in the third quarter of 2012.
Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization (“EBITDA”) of $222.5 million increased 116% compared to the $103 million generated in the prior year. Net income of $160.9 million reflected an improvement of 275% compared to the $42.9 million reported in the same period in 2012, with diluted earnings per share reaching $0.62 compared to $0.17 in the third quarter of 2012.
“We are pleased to see continued improvement reflected in our results based on the consistent execution of our strategy. Our engagement with key customers continues to reflect the value they expect from Pilgrim’s and is driving growth and success for our customers. We’ve also seen improvements in our margins as a result of the processes we’ve transformed through our commitment to operational excellence. We are close to achieving our operational improvement targets for the year and envision capturing even greater efficiencies in 2014. Our export model has enabled us to attain our goal of achieving 30% growth in value-added products year to date,” stated Bill Lovette, Pilgrim’s Chief Executive Officer.
“While we saw some volatility in the Mexican market this quarter, we believe the fundamentals of the business and growth opportunities remain intact. Market prices in the region softened during the quarter; however, we continue to view Mexico as a tremendous opportunity for profitability and growth.”