The World’s Largest Beef Company Is Planning a U.S. IPO in 2017

December 6, 2016, 10:41 AM UTC
JBS Beef Plant
GREELEY, CO - JUNE 23: Maintenance manager for the JBS Beef Plant Chuck Nelson surveys the hook and rail system in the JBS Beef Plant sales cooler during a media tour June 23, 2015. The cooler is used to stage cattle carcasses on hooks to then be sent out to the fabrication floor to be cut up and packaged. (Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
Photograph by Andy Cross — Denver Post via Getty Images

Brazilian food maker JBS, the world’s largest beef processor, plans to launch shares of its subsidiary JBS Foods International in the United States in the first half of 2017 as a part of a larger reorganization, the company said on Monday.

Under the plan, the unit currently based in the Netherlands would be responsible for managing all of the company’s international operations, with parent company JBS maintaining management of beef operations in Brazil.

It is the second time JBS has tried to reorganize its operations by moving management of international businesses to another country. The company scrapped a plan to move its headquarters to Ireland in October after opposition from BNDES Participações, the investment arm of Brazil’s development bank, who is a major shareholder.


JBS (JBSAY) said Wesley Batista would be the chairman at JBS Foods International, with Gilberto Tomazoni, who has held several positions in the company’s administration for the last four years, taking the post of chief executive officer. The unit would also manage the large Brazil-based food processing subsidiary Seara Alimentos.

“The company believes the new proposed structure and the IPO plan will reflect its global production platform, its product portfolio and the large international client base,” the firm in a filing to the Brazilian market regulator.

Batista, currently chief executive officer of JBS, said at the time of the unsuccessful headquarter move to Ireland that the company had other options to change its structure, including a possible U.S. listing.

JBS said it planned to conclude the share offering in the first semester of 2017 but had yet to define how many shares it would offer and at what price.

The company is expected to give more details regarding the reorganization during a call with investors and analysts on Tuesday.

JBS currently manages more than 200 production facilities around the world, marketing products under brands such as Swift, Friboi, Seara, Pilgrim’s Pride, Gold Kist Farms, Pierce, 1855, Primo and Beehive.

The company reported total revenues of 163 billion reais in 2015 ($47.6 billion).

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