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Tyson Foods Maintains “Cautiously Optimistic” Outlook Following Strong Sequential Operating Performance

Tyson Foods Maintains "Cautiously Optimistic" Outlook Following Strong Sequential Operating Performance Tyson foods Food and Beverage Business

Tyson Foods reported “solid” first-quarter results and is “cautiously optimistic” for 2024, despite a 9% drop in adjusted operating profit and a modest 0.4% increase in sales revenue. President and CEO Donnie King emphasized the “sequential” performance from the fourth quarter and the company’s initiatives to optimize factory operations. He highlighted the $175m improvement in adjusted operating income and the near-doubling of adjusted EPS on a sequential basis.

Sales revenue for Tyson Foods’ “core” branded lines, such as its namesakes, Jimmy Dean, and Hillshire Farm, remains at historically high levels, despite facing competition from private labels. Tyson Foods reiterated its predictions for flat total group sales revenue and an adjusted operating income (AOI) range of $1bn to $1.5bn in the 2024 fiscal year.

Tyson Foods also adjusted the AOI for its chicken protein segment from $400-$700m to $500-$700m, tightening the AOI guidance range for the segment. However, uncertainties remain as price pressures on consumers are expected to continue, and strains on cattle supply have led to margin “compression” for beef. The company also saw mixed performance by revenue, volume, and price across its business segments in the first quarter, facing challenges in a competitive consumer environment.

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