Pilgrim’s Pride Announces Closure of Acquisition

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$350 million dollar acquisition of GNP Co., located in St. Cloud, Minnesota by Pilgrim’s Pride of Greeley, Colorado.

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Represented Pilgrim’s Pride Corp, (majority owned by JBS S.A.) based in Greeley, Colorado with the purchase of GNP Co., located in St. Cloud, Minnesota.

GNP Co., the largest chicken processor in the Midwest, is the maker of the natural and organic chicken brands Gold’n Plump and Just Bare Chicken. In addition, GNP is a leader in using innovative processing technologies.

The McGrath North team was led by Roger Wells, Pat Straka and Steve Case.  The acquisition agreement was signed on November 28, 2016 and the transaction closed on January 6, 2017.

Client Reference

Bill Lovette
CEO, Pilgrim’s Pride

The official press release follows:

Pilgrim's Pride Corporation

Jan 6, 2017

Pilgrim’s Pride Announces Closure of GNP Company Acquisition

GREELEY, Colo., Jan. 06, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation (Nasdaq:PPC) (“Pilgrim’s”) previously announced on November 29, 2016 its agreement to acquire GNP Company, a leading provider of premium branded chicken products in the Upper Midwest, in an all cash, $350 million transaction. The transaction, as described in the announcement, was completed on January 6, 2017.

About Pilgrim’s Pride
Pilgrim’s employs approximately 38,200 people and operates chicken processing plants and prepared-foods facilities in 12 states, Puerto Rico and Mexico. The Company’s primary distribution is through retailers and foodservice distributors.  For more information, please visit www.pilgrims.com.

Forward-Looking Statements
Statements contained in this press release that state the intentions, plans, hopes, beliefs, anticipations, expectations or predictions of the future of Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation and its management are considered forward-looking statements. It is important to note that actual results could differ materially from those projected in such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected in such forward-looking statements include: matters affecting the poultry industry generally; the ability to execute the Company’s business plan to achieve desired cost savings and profitability; future pricing for feed ingredients and the Company’s products; outbreaks of avian influenza or other diseases, either in Pilgrim’s Pride’s flocks or elsewhere, affecting its ability to conduct its operations and/or demand for its poultry products; contamination of Pilgrim’s Pride’s products, which has previously and can in the future lead to product liability claims and product recalls; exposure to risks related to product liability, product recalls, property damage and injuries to persons, for which insurance coverage is expensive, limited and potentially inadequate; management of cash resources; restrictions imposed by, and as a result of, Pilgrim’s Pride’s leverage; changes in laws or regulations affecting Pilgrim’s Pride’s operations or the application thereof; new immigration legislation or increased enforcement efforts in connection with existing immigration legislation that cause the costs of doing business to increase, cause Pilgrim’s Pride to change the way in which it does business, or otherwise disrupt its operations; competitive factors and pricing pressures or the loss of one or more of Pilgrim’s Pride’s largest customers; currency exchange rate fluctuations, trade barriers, exchange controls, expropriation and other risks associated with foreign operations; disruptions in international markets and distribution channel, including anti-dumping proceedings and countervailing duty proceedings; and the impact of uncertainties of litigation as well as other risks described under “Risk Factors” in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K and subsequent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation undertakes no obligation to update or revise publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Contact:  Dunham Winoto

Director, Investor Relations

Pilgrim's Pride Corporation


(970) 506-8192


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