Pilgrims Pride 4Q14 Earnings Call Notes

Each week I read dozens of transcripts from earnings calls and presentations as part of my investment process. Below are some of the most important quotes about the economy and industry trends from the transcripts that I read this week. Full notes can be found here.

Portfolio strategy to minimize volatility

“we do not expect to follow the full peaks and troughs of the broader industry pricing trends. Rather, our portfolio strategy means that we will benefit from strong markets and at the same time be buffered from some of the impacts of lower pricing, given our lower overall volatility. The net benefit is we believe that we will have a better margin structure relative to our peers over an extended period of time.’

Chicken is the best value in protein right now

“chicken still represents the best value in protein. Although we’ve seen some movement in pork prices, we don’t see that as an imminent threat to chicken demand.”

Export off east coast, but others shipping through there too

“So far, we’ve not been affected by the West Coast slowdown as most of our exports are shipped off the East Coast. One of the things that we’re keeping our eye on, though, is as other producers and exporters divert product to the East Coast ports, that’s causing more product to roll through East Coast ports and thereby creating competition for shipments off the East Coast. So it’s certainly in our interest to have that issue resolved as soon as we can so that we could keep all product flowing for the export market.’

Pilgrim’s Pride 1Q13 Earnings Call Notes

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“The price of chicken is going to be driven by the balance of supply and demand for chicken, and not necessarily the price of corn.”

“I think that if you go back and look at the last 2 years, wing prices have been extremely high as compared to history. And as we know, high prices tend to cure high prices.”

“I would remind you that we have the technology in this country to rapidly plant our crop in a very, very short period of time. And I still believe there’s more than adequate time to get the acres planted that we expected to get planted. The good news is the subsoil moisture that we lost last year has been replenished. And once we do get the crop into the ground, we’re optimistic that we’re going to have a really good corn crop this year.”

“I think the industry is doing an admirable job in being disciplined on the supply side. And I think we’ve got a combination where we’ve combined that discipline with strong demand for product. And that’s why you’ve seen the pricing environment that we’re now enjoying. I don’t think that’s going to relent much this year. We’ll certainly get seasonal dips and seasonal increases as we always do. But we’re starting from a very, very strong base. As I said earlier, we haven’t seen the type of strength in pricing and demand, probably in the last 9 to 10 years.”

“I would remind you of, export demand is extremely strong for U.S. chicken the past 2 years, and I don’t think that’s going to wane either.”