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Tyson Foods


Tyson’s 2014 purchase of Hillshire Brands for nearly $8 billion has paid off big time for the largest meatpacking company in the U.S. The additions of brands like Jimmy Dean, Ball Park, and Sara Lee helped Tyson hit record earnings in its prepared foods business last fiscal year. Profits at the company overall were up 41%. The Hillshire deal is part of the company’s strategy to focus on less commoditized products, an approach that also led to record earnings in its chicken operation. Tyson had a tough year in beef due to tight supply for cattle, which has led the company to cut back on its beef processing operations. Tyson is increasingly looking abroad for growth, although its chicken production in China took a hit as economic growth there slowed.


Donnie Smith


Food, Beverages & Tobacco


Food Production

HQ Location

Springdale, AR

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Figures are for fiscal year ended Sept. 30, 2015.
Key Financials (last fiscal year)
$ millions% change
Revenues ($M)$41,37310.1%
Profits ($M)$1,22041.2%
Assets ($M)$23,004
Total Stockholder Equity ($M)$9,691
Market Value — as of March 31, 2016 ($M)$26,331
Profit Ratios
Profit as % of Revenues2.9%
Profits as % of Assets5.3%
Profits as % of Stockholder Equity12.6%
Earnings Per Share (Last Fiscal Year)
Earnings Per Share ($)2.95
EPS % Change (from 2014)24.5%
EPS % Change (5 year annual rate)7.4%
EPS % Change (10 year annual rate)11.5%
Total Return
Total Return to Investors (2015)34.4%
Total Return to Investors (5 year, annualized)26.6%
Total Return to Investors (10 year, annualized)13.2%
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