Nov 15, 2022 - Business

Tyson Foods reports earnings and CFO review

A photo of John R. Tyson, CFO of Tyson Foods, speaking from a podium in 2021, wearing khakis.

John R. Tyson addresses the NWA Council in 2021. Photo: Worth Sparkman/Axios

Tyson Foods said Monday that independent members of its board of directors will launch a "thorough review" of its chief financial officer's arrest last week.

  • CEO Donnie King declined to address specifics about the board's audit or to speculate on ramifications, noting the company has a "robust governance program" in place and that he has confidence in the process.

Driving the news: CFO John R. Tyson, son of the company's chairman, was arrested Nov. 6 on public intoxication and criminal trespassing charges after being found asleep in the home of a woman who said she didn't know him.

  • The Wall Street Journal reported last week that Tyson would seek counseling for alcohol usage, citing an internal memo.

What they're saying: "I'm embarrassed, and I want to let you know that I take full responsibility for my actions," Tyson said on a call with analysts Monday. "I also want to apologize to our investors, as I have to our employees."

  • Tyson declined to answer additional questions from the media related to counseling or the incident.

Meanwhile, the company's net income for its fourth quarter that ended Oct. 1 fell to $538 million from $1.35 billion a year earlier.

  • Sales volume for the fourth quarter in its pork and prepared foods segments were down, while beef volume was flat, the company said in its earnings release.
  • Quarterly operating income from beef fell to $375 million from more than $1.1 billion a year earlier.
  • The company's pork segment lost $55 million as hog herds shrank and labor and freight costs rose.

Yes, but: King said the meat company's results for the full year set sales and earnings records.

  • Its annual net income was $3.23 billion, up 6% from $3.04 billion at the end of 2021.
  • Tyson Foods reported year-end revenue of $53.28 billion, up from $47 billion in 2021.

Disclosure: Reporter Worth Sparkman formerly worked at Tyson Foods

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