JBS Concludes Acquisition of Cargill’s Pork Business

McGrath North attorneys Roger Wells, Pat Straka and Steve Case represented JBS in this recent acquisition.

JBS revised logoThe transaction closed on October 30, 2015 and the purchase price was approximately $1.45 billion.  With the acquisition, JBS becomes the No. 2 pork processor in the United States.

The official press release follows:


October 30, 2015

JBS S.A. (BM&FBOVESPA: JBSS3, OTCQX: JBSAY, “JBS” or “Company”), pursuant to the announcement made in the Material Fact of July 1st, 2015, communicates to its shareholder and to the market in general that its subsidiary JBS USA concluded, on this date, the purchase of certain assets, properties, rights and liabilities, operations and the right of Cargill Meats ownership into Cargill Pork LLC (“Cargill Pork”).

The completed acquisition includes:

  • Two pork processing facilities in Ottumwa, IA and Beardstown, IL;
  • Five pork feed mills in London, AR; Hedrick, IA; Centralia, MO; Smithton, MO; and Dalhart, TX; and
  • Four hog farms in Morrilton, AR; Umpire, AR; Cameron, OK; and Dalhart, TX.

The Company obtained the necessary regulatory approvals from the competent antitrust authorities, including the Department of Justice in the US, to conclude the transaction without restrictions.

“Today’s announcement signifies a strengthening of our pork business through the combination of our established track record of adding value for our customer base and Cargill’s complementary specialty-product offerings, including bacon, antibiotic-free and sow housing production system options,” stated Marty Dooley, President and COO, JBS USA Pork.

The total amount paid was approximately US$1.45 billion, on a debt-free, cash-free basis, adjusted at closing by the net working capital variation and long-term liabilities of Cargill Pork.

The Cargill Pork acquisition, combined with the existing JBS Pork business in the US, has pro forma net revenue of approximately US$6.3 billion, and a processing capacity of about 90,000 hogs per day and two million pounds of bacon per week.

“This acquisition is fully aligned with JBS’ strategy to grow our portfolio of prepared and value-added products, further expanding our Company’s customer base and enhancing our premium pork product mix,” stated Wesley Batista, Global CEO of JBS

São Paulo, October 30, 2015

Jeremiah O’Callaghan Investor Relations Officer

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