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August 21, 2014
12:24 EDTHRL, TSNHormel hits 52-week high after Q3 results beat estimates
Shares of meat and food products company Hormel Foods (HRL) are rising after the firm's third quarter results topped analysts' consensus estimates. The midpoint of Hormel's fiscal 2014 EPS view also beat estimates. WHAT'S NEW: This morning, Hormel reported Q3 EPS of 51c and revenue of $2.28B, beating analysts' consensus estimates of 48c and $2.23B, respectively. The company said its Q3 results reflected strong demand for pork and turkey. Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Ettinger said increased sales of value-added products in its Jennie-O Turkey Store, Refrigerated Foods and International & Other segments offset a "challenging" quarter for the company's Grocery Products and Specialty Foods segments. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Looking ahead, Hormel forecast FY14 EPS of $2.17-$2.27, compared to analysts' consensus estimates of $2.19. The company sees a strong end to the year from its Jennie-O Turkey Store segment and from its International & Other and Specialty Foods segments. The impact of cost pressures in Grocery Products segment is likely to continue in the fourth quarter, and pork operating margins are not expected to be as beneficial to Refrigerated Foods, Hormel said. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Hormel rose $2.59, or 5.41%, to $50.44 on nearly twice its average daily trading volume. The stock continues to make fresh 52-week highs as the session unfolds. Including today's advance, the stock is up approximately 20% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Hormel's peer, Tyson Foods (TSN), is up around 0.4% on the session.
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April 22, 2015
07:28 EDTHRL, TSNMexico halts imports of poultry products from Iowa due to bird flu, Reuters says
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April 21, 2015
08:33 EDTHRL, TSNBird flu outbreak spreads to large Iowa chicken farm, WSJ reports
An Iowa farm with about 5.3M chickens in Osceola County is the latest, and largest, chicken flock to be affected by an ongoing outbreak of avian influenza, or bird flu, reported The Wall Street Journal. The addition of this large flock brings the total number of chickens and turkeys affected by avian influenza to nearly 8M, the report noted. Last night, Hormel Foods (HRL) provided additional information regarding the anticipated impact of recent avian influenza outbreaks on its Jennie-O Turkey Store segment, stating that lower turkey supply is expected to impact plant operations and cause reduced sales volumes as the year progresses. Other publicly traded companies in the meat production space include Pilgrim's Pride (PPC), Sanderson Farms (SAFM) and Tyson Foods (TSN). Reference Link
April 20, 2015
17:02 EDTHRLHormel Foods backs FY15 adjusted EPS view of $2.50-$2.60, consensus $2.60
17:01 EDTHRLHormel Foods discusses impact of recent avian influenza outbreaks
Hormel Foods provided additional information regarding the anticipated impact of recent avian influenza outbreaks on its Jennie-O Turkey Store segment. Highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza, or HPAI, has been detected at multiple turkey farms that supply Jennie-O Turkey Store, resulting in the loss of affected flocks and temporary quarantine of farms in the area until a full cleaning process is completed. Lower turkey supply is expected to impact plant operations and cause reduced sales volumes as the year progresses. Jennie-O Turkey Store is managing the occurrences in full cooperation with the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and state agency officials, and is collaborating closely with industry associations and other poultry companies in the region to ensure food safety and employee safety. All flocks are tested for influenza prior to processing. No birds diagnosed with HPAI are allowed to enter the food chain.
April 13, 2015
12:04 EDTHRL, TSNUSDA confirms first commercial chicken case of bird flu, Reuters says
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