Smithfield's 4th quarter below expectations
US pig and pork producer Smithfield Foods forecast fiscal fourth-quarter
earnings below expectations due to higher production costs for swine and also
losses in cattle feeding.
Smithfield and other meat companies have been hurt this year by high prices
for maize, an important feed.
During the fourth quarter, Smithfield had
strong earnings in the pork segment and improved packaged meats margins.
International operations showed more profitability compared with a loss last
14 Million head
Virginia-based Smithfield, the largest US
pig producer, markets about 14 million head a year, and is co-owner of the
nation's largest cattle feeding operation. It also the largest US pork
processor, processing about 27 million pigs annually, and is the fifth largest
US beef processor.
Earlier this month, it completed the acquisition of
smaller rival Premium Standard Farms.
Smithfield will report its
fourth-quarter results June 7.
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