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  • Revenues ($M)$41,373
  • Revenue Percent Change10.1%
  • Profits ($M)$1,220
  • Profits Percent Change41.2%
  • Assets ($M)$23,004
  • Employees113,000
  • Market Value — as of March 31, 2016 ($M)$26,331
  • Previous Rank83
  • Morning Consult Brand Index
    B+

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.

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Company Info

CEO
Thomas P. Hayes
Sector
Food, Beverages & Tobacco
Industry
Food Production
HQ Location
Springdale, AR
Websitehttp://www.tysonfoods.com
Years on Fortune 500 List22
Employees113,000
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%