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  • Smithfield Foods Says No Profit on Hogs in Q4

    Looks like the price of pork will also be going up. :(

    http://www.reuters.com/article/marke...39585920090218

    UPDATE 1-Smithfield Foods says no profit on hogs in Q4
    Tue Feb 17, 2009 8:29pm EST

    By Bob Burgdorfer

    CHICAGO, Feb 17 (Reuters) - Smithfield Foods Inc (SFD.N), the largest U.S. hog and pork producer, said on Tuesday its hog unit will not be profitable in its fourth quarter ending in April, but better results are likely after that.

    "We are not making money in that business. We do not expect to be making money in the fourth quarter," Smithfield Chief Executive C. Larry Pope said of the hog unit during a webcast presentation at the Consumer Analyst Group of New York (CAGNY) conference in Boca Raton, Florida.

    Earlier on Tuesday, Smithfield announced it will be closing six processed meat plants and cut 1,800 jobs this year as it restructures its pork operations to make them more efficient.

    The restructuring is expected to save about $55 million in fiscal 2010, and $125 million by fiscal 2011, Smithfield said.

    The restructuring will likely result in a pretax charge of about $85 million in its fiscal third quarter, ended Feb. 1, and a one-time pretax charge of about $30 million as the restructuring is implemented over the next three quarters.

    High-priced corn and low hog prices have created losses for hog producers during the latter part of 2008 and early 2009. Smithfield's hog unit lost $58 million in the fiscal second quarter ended in October, compared with a year-earlier profit of $18.6 million.

    "It has been a miserable year to be raising hogs. We do think the future is getting better. If you look at our fiscal third quarter and into the fourth quarter you see the hog market coming up," Pope said during CAGNY presentation.

    However, current hog prices of about $45 per hundredweight are still below production costs, he said.

    Because of the losses on hogs and high grain prices, Smithfield last year initiated a hog herd reduction plan and said on Tuesday that when completed, the herd will be down 10 percent.

    The Smithfield, Virginia-based company, which also has international operations, is due to report third-quarter results on March 12. Wall Street analysts, on average, expect an operating loss of $23.69 million, or 22 cents a share, according to Reuters Estimates.

    During the CAGNY presentation, Pope said pork production is declining in many other countries, which should help exports of U.S. pork.

    "Our (pork) exports continue to be strong," he said. "Last year we had giant volumes going to China. Even given that, our export numbers continue to exceed last year's numbers." (Reporting by Bob Burgdorfer; editing by Richard Chang)

  • #2
    "Smithfield Foods Inc (SFD.N), the largest U.S. hog and pork producer"

    I beg to differ--- our goverment has them easily beat.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Gatesvilleguy View Post
      "Smithfield Foods Inc (SFD.N), the largest U.S. hog and pork producer"

      I beg to differ--- our goverment has them easily beat.
      LOL..Just GREAT! Now I need a new keyboard. :D :p

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      • #4
        Break out the ration cards.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Lostinoz View Post
          LOL..Just GREAT! Now I need a new keyboard. :D :p
          Ditto :D That there is funny... and sadly true:mad:
          73

          later,
          ZA

          Someday someone may kill you with your own gun, but they should have to
          beat you to death with it because it is empty.

          The faster you finish the fight, the less shot you will get.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Lostinoz View Post
            LOL..Just GREAT! Now I need a new keyboard. :D :p
            LOL--sorry about that.

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