UPDATE 3-Tyson to sell Mexico, Brazil poultry businesses to JBS

lunes 28 de julio de 2014 14:16 GYT

(Adds background on JBS, updates share move)

July 28 (Reuters) - Tyson Foods Inc said on Monday it would sell its Mexican and Brazilian poultry businesses to JBS SA's Pilgrim's Pride for $575 million and use the proceeds to pay down debt from its pending $7.7 billion purchase of Hillshire Brands Co.

Tyson, the world's second-biggest meat processor behind Brazil's JBS, also reported a 4.4 percent increase in third-quarter profit and forecast sales for the fiscal year ending September 2015 above Wall Street analysts' estimate.

Shares in Tyson were up 2.7 percent in midday trading.

Tyson in June outbid Pilgrim's Pride with a $63 per share offer for Hillshire, the maker of Jimmy Dean sausages and Ball Park hot dogs, in what would be the biggest deal yet for the global meat business.

Tyson has been laying out plans to quickly pay off debt from the planned Hillshire purchase after some critics said its offer price was too high. Pilgrim's Pride declined to raise its bid from $55, saying that paying more was not in the best interest of shareholders.

Tyson's purchase of Hillshire is expected to close before Sept. 27.

The Mexico and Brazil poultry operations being sold were good businesses for Tyson but lacked "the necessary scale to gain leading share positions," Chief Executive Donnie Smith said on a conference call with analysts.

Springdale, Arkansas-based Tyson also reported net income of $260 million, or 73 cents per share, for the quarter ended June 28.   Continuación...