Pilgrim's Pride Corporation
PILGRIMS PRIDE CORP (Form: 10-Q, Received: 05/04/2017 06:03:21)
UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
FORM 10-Q
  (Mark One)
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QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the quarterly period ended March 26, 2017
OR
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TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the transition period from  _______ to _______            
Commission File number 1-9273
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PILGRIM’S PRIDE CORPORATION
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
Delaware
 
75-1285071
(State or other jurisdiction of
incorporation or organization)
 
(I.R.S. Employer
Identification No.)
 
 
1770 Promontory Circle,
Greeley, CO
 
80634-9038
(Address of principal executive offices)
 
(Zip code)
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (970) 506-8000  
(Former name, former address and former fiscal year, if changed since last report.)
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Number of shares outstanding of the issuer’s common stock, $0.01 par value per share, as of May 3, 2017 , was 248,752,508.




INDEX
PILGRIM’S PRIDE CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
 
Item 1.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Item 2.
Item 3.
Item 4.
Item 1.
Item 1A.
Item 2.
Item 6.

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Table of Contents

PART I.
FINANCIAL INFORMATION
ITEM 1.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
PILGRIM’S PRIDE CORPORATION
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
 
 
 
March 26, 2017
 
December 25, 2016
 
 
(Unaudited)
 
 
 
 
(In thousands)
Cash and cash equivalents
 
$
30,762

 
$
120,328

Restricted cash
 
4,415

 
4,979

Trade accounts and other receivables, less allowance for doubtful accounts
 
367,351

 
317,170

Account receivable from related parties
 
3,282

 
3,913

Inventories
 
924,169

 
813,262

Income taxes receivable
 
6,754

 

Prepaid expenses and other current assets
 
77,587

 
57,457

Assets held for sale
 
5,015

 
5,259

Total current assets
 
1,419,335

 
1,322,368

Other long-lived assets
 
16,509

 
15,710

Identified intangible assets, net
 
121,880

 
38,593

Goodwill
 
222,778

 
125,607

Property, plant and equipment, net
 
1,709,843

 
1,505,940

Total assets
 
$
3,490,345

 
$
3,008,218

 
 
 
 
 
Accounts payable
 
$
575,781

 
$
555,097

Account payable to related parties
 
5,089

 
1,421

Accrued expenses and other current liabilities
 
284,834

 
290,699

Income taxes payable
 
50,993

 
20,990

Current maturities of long-term debt
 
96

 
94

Total current liabilities
 
916,793

 
868,301

Long-term debt, less current maturities
 
1,346,990

 
1,011,858

Deferred tax liabilities
 
158,494

 
142,651

Other long-term liabilities
 
88,717

 
88,661

Total liabilities
 
2,510,994

 
2,111,471

Common stock
 
2,602

 
2,597

Treasury stock
 
(231,758
)
 
(217,117
)
Additional paid-in capital
 
1,688,197

 
1,686,742

Accumulated deficit
 
(426,714
)
 
(520,635
)
Accumulated other comprehensive loss
 
(62,921
)
 
(64,243
)
Total Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation stockholders’ equity
 
969,406

 
887,344

Noncontrolling interest
 
9,945

 
9,403

Total stockholders’ equity
 
979,351

 
896,747

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity
 
$
3,490,345

 
$
3,008,218

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements.

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PILGRIM’S PRIDE CORPORATION
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
(Unaudited)
 
 
 
 
Thirteen Weeks Ended
 
 
 
March 26, 2017
 
March 27, 2016
 
 
 
(In thousands, except per share data)
Net sales
 
$
2,020,492

 
$
1,962,937

 
Cost of sales
 
1,805,287

 
1,725,375

 
Gross profit
 
215,205

 
237,562

 
Selling, general and administrative expense
 
62,853

 
48,788

 
Operating income
 
152,352

 
188,774

 
Interest expense, net of capitalized interest
 
12,386

 
12,033

 
Interest income
 
(302
)
 
(693
)
 
Foreign currency transaction loss (gain)
 
619

 
(235
)
 
Miscellaneous, net
 
(2,715
)
 
(2,946
)
 
Income before income taxes
 
142,364

 
180,615

 
Income tax expense
 
47,901

 
62,604

 
Net income
 
94,463

 
118,011

 
Less: Net income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interests
 
542

 
(360
)
 
Net income attributable to Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation
 
$
93,921

 
$
118,371

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Weighted average shares of common stock outstanding:
 
 
 
 
 
Basic
 
248,692

 
254,807

 
Effect of dilutive common stock equivalents
 
234

 
340

 
Diluted
 
248,926

 
255,147

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net income attributable to Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation per
     share of common stock outstanding:
 
 
 
 
 
Basic
 
$
0.38

 
$
0.46

 
Diluted
 
$
0.38

 
$
0.46

 
The accompanying notes are an integral part of these Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements.


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PILGRIM’S PRIDE CORPORATION
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME
(Unaudited)
 
 
 
 
Thirteen Weeks Ended
 
 
 
March 26, 2017
 
March 27, 2016
 
 
 
(In thousands)
Net income
 
$
94,463

 
$
118,011

 
Other comprehensive income (loss):
 
 
 
 
 
Gain associated with available-for-sale securities, net of tax
benefit of $41
 

 
30

 
Gain (loss) associated with pension and other postretirement
benefits, net of tax expense (benefit) of $802 and $(4,155),
respectively
 
1,322

 
(6,885
)
 
Total other comprehensive income (loss), net of tax
 
1,322

 
(6,855
)
 
Comprehensive income
 
95,785

 
111,156

 
Less: Comprehensive income (loss) attributable to
       noncontrolling interests
 
542

 
(360
)
 
Comprehensive income attributable to Pilgrim’s Pride
       Corporation
 
$
95,243

 
$
111,516

 
The accompanying notes are an integral part of these Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements.



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PILGRIM’S PRIDE CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY
(Unaudited)
 
 
 
Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation Stockholders
 
 
 
 
 
 
Common Stock
 
Treasury Stock
 
Additional
Paid-in
Capital
 
Retained Earnings (Accumulated
Deficit)
 
Accumulated
Other
Comprehensive
Loss
 
Noncontrolling
Interest
 
Total
 
 
Shares
 
Amount
 
Shares
 
Amount
 
 
 
(In thousands)
Balance at December 25, 2016
 
259,682

 
$
2,597

 
(10,636
)
 
$
(217,117
)
 
$
1,686,742

 
$
(520,635
)
 
$
(64,243
)
 
$
9,403

 
$
896,747

Net income (loss)
 

 

 

 

 

 
93,921

 

 
542

 
94,463

Other comprehensive loss, net of tax
 

 

 

 

 

 

 
1,322

 

 
1,322

Share-based compensation plans:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Common stock issued under compensation plans
 
486

 
5

 

 

 
(5
)
 

 

 

 

Requisite service period recognition
 

 

 

 

 
1,460

 

 

 

 
1,460

Common stock purchased under share repurchase
     program
 

 

 
(780
)
 
(14,641
)
 

 

 

 

 
(14,641
)
Balance at March 26, 2017
 
260,168

 
$
2,602

 
(11,416
)
 
$
(231,758
)
 
$
1,688,197

 
$
(426,714
)
 
$
(62,921
)
 
$
9,945

 
$
979,351

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Balance at December 27, 2015
 
259,685

 
$
2,597

 
(4,862
)
 
$
(99,233
)
 
$
1,675,674

 
$
(261,252
)
 
$
(58,930
)
 
$
2,954

 
$
1,261,810

Net income (loss)
 

 

 

 

 

 
118,371

 

 
(360
)
 
118,011

Other comprehensive income, net of tax
 

 

 

 

 

 

 
(6,855
)
 

 
(6,855
)
Share-based compensation plans:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Requisite service period recognition
 

 

 

 

 
880

 

 

 

 
880

Common stock purchased under share repurchase
program
 

 

 
(113
)
 
(2,657
)
 

 

 

 

 
(2,657
)
Balance at March 27, 2016
 
259,685

 
$
2,597

 
(4,975
)
 
$
(101,890
)
 
$
1,676,554

 
$
(142,881
)
 
$
(65,785
)
 
$
2,594

 
$
1,371,189

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements.

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PILGRIM’S PRIDE CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(Unaudited)
 
 
 
Thirteen Weeks Ended
 
 
March 26, 2017
 
March 27, 2016
 
 
(In thousands)
Cash flows from operating activities:
 
 
 
 
Net income
 
$
94,463

 
$
118,011

Adjustments to reconcile net income to cash provided by operating activities:
 
 
 
 
Depreciation and amortization
 
50,390

 
42,391

Foreign currency transaction loss
 
2,158

 

Loss (gain) on property disposals
 
118

 
(129
)
Loss on equity method investments
 
(13
)
 

Share-based compensation
 
1,460

 
880

Deferred income tax expense (benefit)
 
13,330

 
(215
)
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
 
 
 
 
Trade accounts and other receivables
 
(33,681
)
 
(1,894
)
Inventories
 
(54,448
)
 
22,829

Prepaid expenses and other current assets
 
(16,715
)
 
7,023

Accounts payable, accrued expenses and other current liabilities
 
(18,072
)
 
(55,990
)
Income taxes
 
25,380

 
55,261

Long-term pension and other postretirement obligations
 
(1,633
)
 
(2,311
)
Other operating assets and liabilities
 
(1,283
)
 
(362
)
Cash provided by operating activities
 
61,454

 
185,494

Cash flows from investing activities:
 
 
 
 
Acquisitions of property, plant and equipment
 
(114,487
)
 
(37,074
)
Purchase of acquired business, net of cash acquired
 
(359,698
)
 

Proceeds from property disposals
 
181

 
610

Cash used in investing activities
 
(474,004
)
 
(36,464
)
Cash flows from financing activities:
 
 
 
 
Proceeds from note payable to bank
 

 
8,885

Payments on note payable to bank
 

 
(16,034
)
Proceeds from revolving line of credit and long-term borrowings
 
662,795

 

Payments on revolving line of credit, long-term borrowings and capital lease
obligations
 
(330,772
)
 
(21
)
Proceeds from equity contribution under Tax Sharing Agreement between
    JBS USA Food Company Holdings and Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation
 
5,038

 
3,691

Payment of capitalized loan costs
 

 
(13
)
Purchase of common stock under share repurchase program
 
(14,641
)
 
(2,657
)
Cash provided by (used in) financing activities
 
322,420

 
(6,149
)
Increase (decrease) in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash
 
(90,130
)
 
142,881

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash, beginning of period
 
125,307

 
439,638

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash, end of period
 
$
35,177

 
$
582,519

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements.

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NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
(Unaudited)
 
1.
DESCRIPTION OF BUSINESS AND BASIS OF PRESENTATION
Business
Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation (referred to herein as “Pilgrim’s,” “PPC,” “the Company,” “we,” “us,” “our,” or similar terms) is one of the largest chicken producers in the world, with operations in the United States (“U.S.”), Mexico and Puerto Rico. Pilgrim's products are sold to foodservice, retail and frozen entrée customers. The Company's primary distribution is through retailers, foodservice distributors and restaurants throughout the United States and Puerto Rico and in the northern and central regions of Mexico. Additionally, the Company exports chicken products to approximately 80 countries. Pilgrim’s fresh chicken products consist of refrigerated (nonfrozen) whole chickens, whole cut-up chickens and selected chicken parts that are either marinated or non-marinated. The Company’s prepared chicken products include fully cooked, ready-to-cook and individually frozen chicken parts, strips, nuggets and patties, some of which are either breaded or non-breaded and either marinated or non-marinated. As a vertically integrated company, we control every phase of the production of our products. We operate feed mills, hatcheries, processing plants and distribution centers in 14 U.S. states, Puerto Rico and Mexico. As of March 26, 2017 , Pilgrim’s had approximately 41,900 employees and the capacity to process approximately 39.2 million birds per five-day work week for a total of approximately 11.5 billion pounds of live chicken annually. Approximately 4,575 contract growers supply poultry for the Company’s operations. As of March 26, 2017 , JBS S.A., through its indirect wholly-owned subsidiaries (together, “JBS”), beneficially owned 78.6% of the Company’s outstanding common stock.
Consolidated Financial Statements
The accompanying unaudited consolidated financial statements of the Company have been prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the U.S. (“U.S. GAAP”) for interim financial information and with the instructions to Form 10-Q and Article 10 of Regulation S-X of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). Accordingly, they do not include all of the information and footnotes required by U.S. GAAP for complete financial statements. In the opinion of management, all adjustments (consisting of normal and recurring adjustments unless otherwise disclosed) considered necessary for a fair presentation have been included. Operating results for the thirteen weeks ended March 26, 2017 are not necessarily indicative of the results that may be expected for the year ending December 31, 2017 . For further information, refer to the consolidated financial statements and footnotes thereto included in the Company’s annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 25, 2016 .
Pilgrim’s operates on a 52/53-week fiscal year that ends on the Sunday falling on or before December 31. The reader should assume any reference we make to a particular year (for example, 2017 ) in the notes to these Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements applies to our fiscal year and not the calendar year.
The Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements include the accounts of the Company and its majority-owned subsidiaries. We eliminate all significant affiliate accounts and transactions upon consolidation.
The Company measures the financial statements of its Mexico subsidiaries as if the U.S. dollar were the functional currency. Accordingly, we remeasure assets and liabilities, other than non-monetary assets, of the Mexico subsidiaries at current exchange rates. We remeasure non-monetary assets using the historical exchange rate in effect on the date of each asset’s acquisition. We remeasure income and expenses at average exchange rates in effect during the period. Currency exchange gains or losses are included in the line item Foreign currency transaction loss in the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income.
Reportable Segment
We operate in one reportable business segment, as a producer and seller of chicken products we either produce or purchase for resale.
Revenue Recognition
We recognize revenue when all of the following circumstances are satisfied: (i) persuasive evidence of an arrangement exists, (ii) price is fixed or determinable, (iii) collectability is reasonably assured and (iv) delivery has occurred. Delivery occurs in the period in which the customer takes title and assumes the risks and rewards of ownership of the products specified in the customer’s purchase order or sales agreement. Revenue is recorded net of estimated incentive offerings including special pricing agreements, promotions and other volume-based incentives. Revisions to these estimates are charged back to net sales in the period in which the facts that give rise to the revision become known.

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Book Overdraft
The majority of the Company’s disbursement bank accounts are zero balance accounts where cash needs are funded as checks are presented for payment by the holder. Checks issued pending clearance that result in overdraft balances for accounting purposes are classified as accounts payable and the change in the related balance is reflected in operating activities on the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows.
Restricted Cash
The Company is required to maintain cash balances with a broker as collateral for exchange traded futures contracts. These balances are classified as restricted cash as they are not available for use by the Company to fund daily operations. The balance of restricted cash may also include investments in U.S. Treasury Bills that qualify as cash equivalents, as required by the broker, to offset the obligation to return cash collateral.
The following table reconciles cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash as reported in the Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets to the total of the same amounts shown in the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows:
 
 
March 26, 2017
 
December 25, 2016
 
 
(In thousands)
Cash and cash equivalents
 
$
30,762

 
$
120,328

Restricted cash
 
4,415

 
4,979

Total cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash shown in the
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
 
$
35,177

 
$
125,307

Recent Accounting Pronouncements
In May 2014, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) issued new accounting guidance on revenue recognition, which provides for a single five-step model to be applied to all revenue contracts with customers. The new standard also requires additional financial statement disclosures that will enable users to understand the nature, amount, timing and uncertainty of revenue and cash flows relating to customer contracts. Companies have an option to use either a retrospective approach or cumulative effect adjustment approach to implement the standard. In June 2015, the FASB agreed to defer by one year the mandatory effective date of this standard, but will also provide entities the option to adopt the new guidance as of the original effective date. The provisions of the new guidance will be effective as of the beginning of our 2018 fiscal year, but we have the option to adopt the guidance as early as the beginning of our 2017 fiscal year. We are currently identifying and cataloging the various types of revenue transactions to which we are a party. We are also identifying and implementing changes to the Company’s business processes, systems and controls to support adoption of the new standard. We continue to evaluate the impact of the new guidance on our financial statements and have not yet selected either a transition approach to implement the standard or an adoption date.
In July 2015, the FASB issued new accounting guidance on the subsequent measurement of inventory, which, in an effort to simplify unnecessarily complicated accounting guidance that can result in several potential outcomes, requires an entity to measure inventory at the lower of cost or net realizable value. Net realizable value is the estimated selling prices in the ordinary course of business, less reasonably predictable costs of completion, disposal and transportation. Current accounting guidance requires an entity to measure inventory at the lower of cost or market. Market could be replacement cost, net realizable value, or net realizable value less an approximately normal profit margin. The provisions of the new guidance were effective as of the beginning of our 2017 fiscal year. The initial adoption of this guidance did not have a material impact on our financial statements.
In February 2016, the FASB issued new accounting guidance on lease arrangements, which, in an effort to increase transparency and comparability among organizations utilizing leasing, requires an entity that is a lessee to recognize the assets and liabilities arising from leases on the balance sheet. This guidance also requires disclosures about the amount, timing and uncertainty of cash flows arising from leases. In transition, the entity is required to recognize and measure leases at the beginning of the earliest period presented using a modified retrospective approach. The provisions of the new guidance will be effective as of the beginning of our 2019 fiscal year. Early adoption is permitted. We are currently evaluating the impact of the new guidance on our financial statements and have not yet selected an adoption date.
In March 2016, the FASB issued new accounting guidance on employee share-based payments, which, in an effort to simplify unnecessarily complicated aspects of accounting and reporting for share-based payment transactions, requires an entity to amend accounting and reporting methodology for areas such as the income tax consequences of share-based payments, classification of share-based awards as either equity or liabilities, and classification of share-based payment transactions in the statement of cash flows. The transition approach will vary depending on the area of accounting and reporting methodology to be

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amended. The Company adopted this standard on December 26, 2016, the beginning of our 2017 fiscal year, and will prospectively present excess tax benefits or deficiencies in the income statement as a component of "Provision for income taxes" rather than in the "Equity" section of the Balance Sheet. As part of the adoption, the Company did not have a cumulative-effect adjustment, as there were no previous unrecognized excess tax benefits that would impact retained earnings. As a result, there was no retrospective adjustment to the prior period statement of cash flows of excess tax benefits as an operating activity rather than a financing activity.
In June 2016, the FASB issued new accounting guidance on the measurement of credit losses on financial instruments, which, in an effort to provide financial statement users with more decision-useful information about the expected credit losses on financial instruments, replaces the current incurred loss impairment methodology with a methodology that reflects expected credit losses and requires consideration of a broader range of reasonable and supportable information to inform credit loss estimates. The amendments affect loans, debt securities, trade receivables, net investments in leases, off-balance sheet credit exposures, reinsurance receivables and any other financial assets not excluded from the scope that have the contractual right to receive cash. The provisions of the new guidance will be effective as of the beginning of our 2020 fiscal year. Early adoption is permitted after our 2018 fiscal year. We are currently evaluating the impact of the new guidance on our financial statements and have not yet selected an adoption date.
In November 2016, the FASB issued new accounting guidance on the classification and presentation of restricted cash in the statement of cash flows in order to eliminate the diversity that currently exists in how companies present these changes. The new guidance requires restricted cash to be included with cash and cash equivalents when explaining the changes in cash in the statement of cash flows. We elected to early adopt this guidance as of December 26, 2016, the beginning of our 2017 fiscal year. An entity should apply the new guidance on a retrospective basis, wherein the statement of cash flow of each individual period presented should be adjusted to reflect the period-specific effects of applying the new guidance. Upon transition, an entity is required to comply with the applicable disclosures for a change in an accounting principle. These disclosures include the nature of and reason for the change in accounting principle, the transition method, a description of the prior-period information that has been retrospectively adjusted and the effect of the change on the financial statement line items. A description of the prior-period information that has been retrospectively adjusted and the effect of the change on the statement of cash flow line items is not disclosed as it is not material.
In March 2017, the FASB issued new accounting guidance on the presentation of net periodic pension cost and net periodic postretirement benefit cost, which, in an effort to improve consistency and transparency, requires the service cost component of defined benefit pension cost and postretirement benefit cost (“net benefit cost”) to be reported in the same line of the income statement as other compensation costs earned by the employee and the other components of net benefit cost to be reported below income from operations. The new guidance will be effective as of the beginning of our 2019 fiscal year with early adoption permitted. We are currently evaluating the impact of the new guidance on our financial statements and have not yet selected an adoption date.
2.
BUSINESS ACQUISITION
On January 6, 2017, the Company acquired 100% of the membership interests of JFC LLC and its subsidiaries (together, “GNP”) from Maschhoff Family Foods, LLC for cash. GNP is a vertically integrated poultry business based in Saint Cloud, Minnesota. The acquired business has a production capacity of 2.1 million birds per five-day work week in its three plants and employs approximately 1,700 people.
The following table summarizes the consideration paid for GNP (in thousands):
Negotiated sales price
$
350,000

Working capital adjustment
7,252

Preliminary purchase price
$
357,252

The preliminary purchase price includes $2.5 million due to PPC from Maschhoff Family Foods, LLC for working capital adjustments.
Transaction costs incurred in conjunction with the purchase were approximately $0.3 million . These costs were expensed as incurred.
The results of operations of the acquired business since January 6, 2017 are included in the Company’s Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations. Net sales generated by the acquired business during the thirteen weeks ended March 26, 2017 totaled $97.8 million . The acquired business generated net income during the thirteen weeks ended March 26, 2017 totaling $4.6 million .

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The assets acquired and liabilities assumed in the GNP acquisition were measured at their fair values at January 6, 2017 as set forth below. The excess of the purchase price over the fair values of the net tangible assets and identifiable intangible assets was recorded as goodwill. The factors contributing to the recognition of the amount of goodwill are based on several strategic and synergistic benefits that are expected to be realized from the acquisition as well the assembled workforce. These benefits include (i) complementary product offerings, (ii) an enhanced footprint in the U.S., (iii) shared knowledge of innovative technologies such as gas stunning, aeroscalding and automated deboning, (iv) enhanced position in the fast-growing antibiotic-free and certified organic chicken segments due to the addition of GNP’s portfolio of Just BARE® Certified Organic and Natural/American Humane Certified TM /No-Antibiotics-Ever product lines and (v) attractive cost-reduction synergy opportunities and value creation. The Company has tax basis in the goodwill, and therefore, the goodwill is deductible for tax purposes. The preliminary fair values recorded were determined based upon a preliminary valuation. The estimates and assumptions used in such valuation are subject to change, which could be significant, within the measurement period (up to one year from the acquisition date). The primary areas of acquisition accounting that are not yet finalized relate to the preliminary valuation and residual goodwill.
The fair values recorded for the assets acquired and liabilities assumed for GNP are as follows (in thousands):
Cash and cash equivalents
$
10

Trade accounts and other receivables
18,453

Inventories
56,459

Prepaid expenses and other current assets
3,414

Property, plant and equipment
135,259

Identifiable intangible assets
85,610

Other long-lived assets
829

Total assets acquired
300,034

Accounts payable
23,848

Other current liabilities
12,712

Long-term deferred tax liabilities

Other long-term liabilities
3,393

Total liabilities assumed
39,953

Total identifiable net assets
260,081

Goodwill
97,171

Total net assets
$
357,252

The Company recognized certain identifiable intangible assets during the thirteen weeks ended March 26, 2017 due to this acquisition. The following table presents the fair values (in thousands) and useful lives (in years), where applicable, of these assets:
 
Fair Value
 
Useful Life
Assets subject to amortization:
 
 
 
Customer relationships
$
16,360

 
10.0
Non-compete agreement
510

 
3.0
Total fair value
16,870

 
 
Weighted average useful life
 
 
9.8
Assets not subject to amortization:
 
 
 
Trade names
68,740

 
 
Total fair value
$
85,610

 
 
The Company recognized the following change in goodwill due to this acquisition during the thirteen weeks ended March 26, 2017 (in thousands):
Balance, beginning of period
$
125,607

Preliminary purchase price attributed to goodwill
97,171

Balance, end of period
$
222,778


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The following unaudited pro forma information presents the combined financial results for the Company and GNP as if the acquisition had been completed at the beginning of the Company’s prior year, December 28, 2015.
 
Thirteen Weeks
Ended
March 26, 2017
 
Thirteen Weeks
Ended
March 27, 2016
 
(In thousands, except per share amount)
Net sales
$
2,026,290

 
$
2,069,103

Net income attributable to Pilgrim's Pride Corporation
92,599

 
116,096

Net income attributable to Pilgrim's Pride Corporation
per common share - diluted
0.37

 
0.46

The above unaudited pro forma financial information is presented for informational purposes only and does not purport to represent what the Company’s results of operations would have been had it completed the acquisition on the date assumed, nor is it necessarily indicative of the results that may be expected in future periods. Pro forma adjustments exclude cost savings from any synergies resulting from the acquisition.
3.
FAIR VALUE MEASUREMENTS
Fair value is an exit price, representing the amount that would be received to sell an asset or paid to transfer a liability in an orderly transaction between market participants. Assets and liabilities measured at fair value must be categorized into one of three different levels depending on the assumptions (i.e., inputs) used in the valuation:
Level 1
  
Unadjusted quoted prices in active markets for identical assets or liabilities;
 
 
Level 2
  
Quoted prices in active markets for similar assets and liabilities and inputs that are observable for the asset or liability; or
 
 
Level 3
  
Unobservable inputs, such as discounted cash flow models or valuations.
The determination of where assets and liabilities fall within this hierarchy is based upon the lowest level of input that is significant to the fair value measurement in its entirety.
As of March 26, 2017 and December 25, 2016 , the Company held derivative assets and liabilities that were required to be measured at fair value on a recurring basis. Derivative assets and liabilities consist of long and short positions on exchange-traded commodity futures instruments.
The following items were measured at fair value on a recurring basis:
 
 
March 26, 2017
 
 
Level 1
 
Level 2
 
Level 3
 
Total
 
 
(In thousands)
Fair value assets:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
     Commodity futures instruments
 
$
3,978

 
$

 
$

 
$
3,978

Fair value liabilities:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
     Commodity futures instruments
 
(3,321
)
 

 

 
(3,321
)
     Commodity options instruments
 
(913
)
 

 

 
(913
)
Foreign currency instruments
 
(605
)
 

 

 
(605
)

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December 25, 2016
 
 
Level 1
 
Level 2
 
Level 3
 
Total
 
 
(In thousands)
Fair value assets:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
     Commodity futures instruments
 
$
5,341

 
$

 
$

 
$
5,341

     Commodity options instruments
 
98

 

 

 
98

Fair value liabilities:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
     Commodity futures instruments
 
(4,063
)
 

 

 
(4,063
)
     Commodity option instruments
 
(2,764
)
 

 

 
(2,764
)
See “Note 7. Derivative Financial Instruments” for additional information.
Fair value and carrying value for our fixed-rate debt obligation is as follows:
 
 
March 26, 2017
 
December 25, 2016
 
 
Carrying
Amount
 
Fair
Value
 
Carrying
Amount
 
Fair
Value
 
 
 
 
(In thousands)
 
 
Fixed-rate senior notes payable at 5.75%, at Level 1 inputs
 
$
(500,000
)
 
$
(510,250
)
 
$
(500,000
)
 
$
(503,395
)
See “Note 10. Long-Term Debt and Other Borrowing Arrangements” for additional information.
The valuation of financial assets and liabilities classified in Level 1 is determined using a market approach, taking into account current interest rates, creditworthiness, and liquidity risks in relation to current market conditions, and is based upon unadjusted quoted prices for identical assets in active markets. The valuation of financial assets and liabilities in Level 2 is determined using a market approach based upon quoted prices for similar assets and liabilities in active markets or other inputs that are observable for substantially the full term of the financial instrument. The valuation of financial assets in Level 3 is determined using an income approach based on unobservable inputs such as discounted cash flow models or valuations.
In addition to the fair value disclosure requirements related to financial instruments carried at fair value, accounting standards require periodic disclosures regarding the fair value of all of the Company’s financial instruments. The methods and significant assumptions used to estimate the fair value of financial instruments and any changes in methods or significant assumptions from prior periods are also required to be disclosed.
Derivative assets were recorded at fair value based on quoted market prices and are included in the line item Prepaid expenses and other current assets on the Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets. Derivative liabilities were recorded at fair value based on quoted market prices and are included in the line item Accrued expenses and other current liabilities on the Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets. The fair value of the Company’s fixed-rate debt obligation was based on the quoted market price at March 26, 2017 or December 25, 2016 , as applicable.
  In addition to assets and liabilities that are recorded at fair value on a recurring basis, the Company records certain assets and liabilities at fair value on a nonrecurring basis. Generally, assets are recorded at fair value on a nonrecurring basis as a result of impairment charges when required by U.S. GAAP. There were no significant fair value measurement losses recognized for such assets and liabilities in the periods reported.

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4.
TRADE ACCOUNTS AND OTHER RECEIVABLES
Trade accounts and other receivables, less allowance for doubtful accounts, consisted of the following:
 
 
March 26, 2017
 
December 25, 2016
 
 
(In thousands)
Trade accounts receivable
 
$
353,103

 
$
305,337

Notes receivable - current
 
630

 
630

Other receivables
 
18,451

 
15,766

Receivables, gross
 
372,184

 
321,733

Allowance for doubtful accounts
 
(4,833
)
 
(4,563
)
Receivables, net
 
$
367,351

 
$
317,170

 
 
 
 
 
Account receivable from related parties (a)
 
$
3,282

 
$
3,913

(a)      Additional information regarding accounts receivable from related parties is included in “Note 15. Related Party Transactions.”
Activity in the allowance for doubtful accounts for the thirteen weeks ended March 26, 2017 was as follows (in thousands):
Balance, beginning of period
 
$
(4,563
)
Provision charged to operating results
 
(55
)
Account write-offs and recoveries
 
24

GNP acquisition
 
(17
)
Effect of exchange rate
 
(222
)
Balance, end of period
 
$
(4,833
)

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5.
INVENTORIES
Inventories consisted of the following:
 
March 26, 2017
 
December 25, 2016
 
(In thousands)
Live chicken and hens
$
388,663

 
$
362,054

Feed, eggs and other
315,265

 
250,680

Finished chicken products
215,138

 
182,918

Total chicken inventories
919,066

 
795,652

Commercial feed and other
5,103

 
17,610

Total inventories
$
924,169

 
$
813,262

6.
INVESTMENTS IN SECURITIES
We recognize investments in available-for-sale securities as cash equivalents, current investments or long-term investments depending upon each security's length to maturity. Additionally, those securities identified by management at the time of purchase for funding operations in less than one year are classified as current.
The following table summarizes our investments in available-for-sale securities:
 
 
March 26, 2017
 
December 25, 2016
 
 
Amortized Cost
 
Fair
Value
 
Amortized Cost
 
Fair
Value
 
 
(In thousands)
Cash equivalents:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Fixed income securities
 
$

 
$

 
$
44,865

 
$
44,865

Other
 
62

 
62

 
61

 
61

Securities classified as cash and cash equivalents mature within 90 days. Securities classified as short-term investments mature between 91 and 365 days. Securities classified as long-term investments mature after 365 days. The specific identification method is used to determine the cost of each security sold and each amount reclassified out of accumulated other comprehensive loss to earnings. Gross realized gains and gross realized losses recognized during the thirteen weeks ended March 26, 2017 and March 27, 2016 related to the Company’s available-for-sale securities were immaterial. Proceeds received from the sale or maturity of available-for-sale securities recognized as either short- or long-term investments are historically disclosed in the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows. No proceeds were received from the sale or maturity of available-for-sale securities recognized as either short- or long-term investments during the thirteen weeks ended March 26, 2017 and March 27, 2016 . Net unrealized holding gains and losses on the Company’s available-for-sale securities recognized during the thirteen weeks ended March 26, 2017 and March 27, 2016 that have been included in accumulated other comprehensive loss and the net amount of gains and losses reclassified out of accumulated other comprehensive loss to earnings during the thirteen weeks ended March 26, 2017 and March 27, 2016 is disclosed in “Note 13. Stockholders’ Equity - Accumulated Other Comprehensive Loss.”
7.
DERIVATIVE FINANCIAL INSTRUMENTS
The Company utilizes various raw materials in its operations, including corn, soybean meal, soybean oil, sorghum and energy, such as natural gas, electricity and diesel fuel, which are all considered commodities. The Company considers these raw materials generally available from a number of different sources and believes it can obtain them to meet its requirements. These commodities are subject to price fluctuations and related price risk due to factors beyond our control, such as economic and political conditions, supply and demand, weather, governmental regulation and other circumstances. Generally, the Company purchases derivative financial instruments, specifically exchange-traded futures and options, in an attempt to mitigate price risk related to its anticipated consumption of commodity inputs for approximately the next 12 months. The Company may purchase longer-term derivative financial instruments on particular commodities if deemed appropriate.
The Company has operations in Mexico and, therefore, has exposure to translational foreign exchange risk when the financial results of those operations are translated to U.S. dollars. The Company has purchased foreign currency forward contracts to manage this translational foreign exchange risk.

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The fair value of derivative assets is included in the line item Prepaid expenses and other current assets on the Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets while the fair value of derivative liabilities is included in the line item Accrued expenses and other current liabilities on the same statements. Our counterparties require that we post cash collateral for changes in the net fair value of the derivative contracts.
We have not designated the derivative financial instruments that we have purchased to mitigate commodity purchase or foreign currency transaction exposures as cash flow hedges. Therefore, we recognized changes in the fair value of these derivative financial instruments immediately in earnings. Gains or losses related to these derivative financial instruments are included in the line item Cost of sales in the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income. The Company recognized net losses of $2.9 million and net gains of $4.1 million related to changes in the fair value of its derivative financial instruments during the thirteen weeks ended March 26, 2017 and March 27, 2016 , respectively. Information regarding the Company’s outstanding derivative instruments and cash collateral posted with (owed to) brokers is included in the following table:
 
March 26, 2017
 
December 25, 2016
 
(Fair values in thousands)
Fair values:
 
 
 
Commodity derivative assets
$
3,978

 
$
5,439

Commodity derivative liabilities
(4,234
)
 
(6,827
)
Foreign currency derivative liabilities
(605
)
 

Cash collateral posted with brokers
4,415

 
4,979

Derivatives coverage (a) :
 
 
 
Corn
0.3
%
 
2.3
%
Soybean meal
0.9
%
 
0.3
%
Period through which stated percent of needs are covered:
 
 
 
Corn
September 2018

 
September 2018

Soybean meal
December 2017

 
July 2017

(a)
Derivatives coverage is the percent of anticipated commodity needs covered by outstanding derivative instruments through a specified date.
8.
PROPERTY, PLANT AND EQUIPMENT
Property, plant and equipment (“PP&E”), net consisted of the following:
 
March 26, 2017
 
December 25, 2016
 
(In thousands)
Land
$
162,010

 
$
112,132

Buildings
1,247,579

 
1,169,984

Machinery and equipment
1,839,555

 
1,789,550

Autos and trucks
48,214

 
50,964

Construction-in-progress
301,451

 
231,874

PP&E, gross
3,598,809

 
3,354,504

Accumulated depreciation
(1,888,966
)
 
(1,848,564
)
PP&E, net
$
1,709,843

 
$
1,505,940

The Company recognized depreciation expense of $45.8 million and $38.5 million during the thirteen weeks ended March 26, 2017 and March 27, 2016 , respectively.
During the thirteen weeks ended March 26, 2017 , Pilgrim's spent $114.5 million on capital projects and transferred $ 47.5  million of completed projects from construction-in-progress to depreciable assets. During the thirteen weeks ended March 27, 2016, the Company spent $37.1 million on capital projects and transferred $77.3 million of completed projects from construction-in-progress to depreciable assets. Capital expenditures were primarily incurred during the thirteen weeks ended March 26, 2017 to improve efficiencies and reduce costs.
During the thirteen weeks ended March 26, 2017 , the Company sold miscellaneous equipment for cash of $0.2 million and recognized net loss on these sales of $0.1 million . During the thirteen weeks ended March 27, 2016 , the Company sold certain

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PP&E for cash of $0.6 million and recognized net gains on these sales of $0.1 million . PP&E sold in the period included an office building in Texas and miscellaneous equipment.
  Management has committed to the sale of certain properties and related assets, including, but not limited to, a processing complex in Texas and other miscellaneous assets, which no longer fit into the operating plans of the Company. The Company is actively marketing these properties and related assets for immediate sale and believes a sale of each property can be consummated within the next 12 months. At both March 26, 2017 and December 25, 2016 , the Company reported properties and related assets totaling $5.0 million and $5.3 million , respectively, in the line item Assets held for sale on its Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets. The Company tested the recoverability of its assets held for sale and determined that the aggregate carrying amount of the Texas processing complex asset group was recoverable over the remaining life of the respective primary asset in that asset group.
The Company has closed or idled various processing complexes, processing plants, hatcheries, broiler farms, and feed mills throughout the U.S. Neither the Board of Directors nor JBS has determined if it would be in the best interest of the Company to divest any of these idled assets. Management is therefore not certain that it can or will divest any of these assets within one year, is not actively marketing these assets and, accordingly, has not classified them as assets held for sale. The Company continues to depreciate these assets. At March 26, 2017 , the carrying amount of these idled assets was $59.0 million based on depreciable value of $191.7 million and accumulated depreciation of $132.7 million .
The Company last tested the recoverability of its long-lived assets held and used in December 2016 . At that time, the Company determined that the carrying amount of its long-lived assets held and used was recoverable over the remaining life of the primary asset in the group and that long-lived assets held and used passed the Step 1 recoverability test under ASC 360-10-35, Impairment or Disposal of Long-Lived Assets . There were no indicators present during the thirteen weeks ended March 26, 2017 that required the Company to test its long-lived assets held and used for recoverability.
9.
CURRENT LIABILITIES
Current liabilities, other than current notes payable to banks, income taxes and current maturities of long-term debt, consisted of the following components:
 
March 26, 2017
 
December 25, 2016
 
(In thousands)
Accounts payable:
 
 
 
Trade accounts
$
478,628

 
$
487,214

Book overdrafts
78,490

 
63,577

Other payables
18,663

 
4,306

Total accounts payable
575,781

 
555,097

Accounts payable to related parties (a)
5,089

 
1,421

Accrued expenses and other current liabilities:
 
 
 
Compensation and benefits
91,826

 
110,385

Interest and debt-related fees
2,578

 
8,685

Insurance and self-insured claims
83,705

 
82,544

Derivative liabilities:
 
 
 
Futures
3,321

 
4,063

Options
913

 
2,764

Foreign currency
605

 

Other accrued expenses
101,886

 
82,258

Total accrued expenses and other current liabilities
284,834

 
290,699

 
$
865,704

 
$
847,217

(a)      Additional information regarding accounts payable from related parties is included in “Note 15. Related Party Transactions.”

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10.
LONG-TERM DEBT AND OTHER BORROWING ARRANGEMENTS
Long-term debt and other borrowing arrangements, including current notes payable to banks, consisted of the following components:  
 
Maturity
 
March 26, 2017
 
December 25, 2016
 
 
 
(In thousands)
Long-term debt and other long-term borrowing arrangements:
 
 
 
 
 
Senior notes payable at 5.75%
2025
 
$
500,000

 
$
500,000

U.S. Credit Facility (defined below):
 
 
 
 
 
Term note payable at 2.23%
2020
 
500,000

 
500,000

Revolving note payable at 2.17%
2020
 
314,559

 

Mexico Credit Facility (defined below) with notes payable at
TIIE Rate plus 0.95%
2019
 
42,949

 
23,304

Capital lease obligations
Various
 
353

 
376

Long-term debt
 
 
1,357,861

 
1,023,680

Less: Current maturities of long-term debt
 
 
(96
)
 
(94
)
Long-term debt, less current maturities
 
 
1,357,765

 
1,023,586

Less: Capitalized financing costs
 
 
(10,775
)
 
(11,728
)
Long-term debt, less current maturities, net of capitalized financing costs:
 
 
$
1,346,990

 
$
1,011,858

Senior Notes
On March 11, 2015, the Company completed a sale of $500.0 million aggregate principal amount of its 5.75% senior notes due 2025 (the “Senior Notes”). The Company used the net proceeds from the sale of the Senior Notes to repay $350.0 million and $150.0 million of the term loan indebtedness under the U.S. Credit Facility (defined below) on March 12, 2015 and April 22, 2015, respectively. The Notes were sold to qualified institutional buyers pursuant to Rule 144A under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), and outside the United States to non-U.S. persons pursuant to Regulation S under the Securities Act.
The Senior Notes are governed by, and were issued pursuant to, an indenture dated as of March 11, 2015 by and among the Company, its guarantor subsidiary and Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, as trustee (the “Indenture”). The Indenture provides, among other things, that the Senior Notes bear interest at a rate of 5.75% per annum from the date of issuance until maturity, payable semi-annually in cash in arrears, beginning on September 15, 2015. The Senior Notes are guaranteed on a senior unsecured basis by the Company’s guarantor subsidiary. In addition, any of the Company’s other existing or future domestic restricted subsidiaries that incur or guarantee any other indebtedness (with limited exceptions) must also guarantee the Senior Notes. The Senior Notes and related guarantees are unsecured senior obligations of the Company and its guarantor subsidiary and rank equally with all of the Company’s and its guarantor subsidiary’s other unsubordinated indebtedness. The Senior Notes and the Indenture also contain customary covenants and events of default, including failure to pay principal or interest on the Senior Notes when due, among others.
U.S. Credit Facility
On February 11, 2015, the Company and its subsidiaries, To-Ricos, Ltd. and To-Ricos Distribution, Ltd., entered into a Second Amended and Restated Credit Agreement (the “U.S. Credit Facility”) with Coöperatieve Rabobank U.A., New York Branch (“Rabobank”), as administrative agent, and the other lenders party thereto. The U.S. Credit Facility provides for a revolving loan commitment of up to $700.0 million and a term loan commitment of up to $500.0 million (the “Term Loans”). The U.S. Credit Facility also includes an accordion feature that allows the Company, at any time, to increase the aggregate revolving loan and term loan commitments by up to an additional $1.0 billion , subject to the satisfaction of certain conditions, including obtaining the lenders’ agreement to participate in the increase.
The revolving loan commitment under the U.S. Credit Facility matures on February 10, 2020. All principal on the Term Loans is due at maturity on February 10, 2020. No installments of principal are required to be made prior to the maturity date of the Term Loans. Covenants in the U.S. Credit Facility also require the Company to use the proceeds it receives from certain asset sales and specified debt or equity issuances and upon the occurrence of other events to repay outstanding borrowings under the U.S. Credit Facility. The Company had Term Loans outstanding totaling $500.0 million as of March 26, 2017 .

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The U.S. Credit Facility includes a $75.0 million sub-limit for swingline loans and a $125.0 million sub-limit for letters of credit. Outstanding borrowings under the revolving loan commitment and the Term Loans bear interest at a per annum rate equal to (i) in the case of LIBOR loans, LIBOR plus 1.50% through March 26, 2017 and, thereafter, based on the Company’s net senior secured leverage ratio, between LIBOR plus 1.25% and LIBOR plus 2.75% and (ii) in the case of alternate base rate loans, the base rate plus 0.50% through March 26, 2017 and, based on the Company’s net senior secured leverage ratio, between the base rate plus 0.25% and base rate plus 1.75% thereafter.
Actual borrowings by the Company under the revolving loan commitment of the U.S. Credit Facility are subject to a borrowing base, which is a formula based on certain eligible inventory, eligible receivables and restricted cash under the control of Rabobank, in its capacity as administrative agent. The borrowing base formula will be reduced by the sum of (i) inventory reserves, (ii) rent and collateral access reserves, and (iii) any amount more than 15 days past due that is owed by the Company or its subsidiaries to any person on account of the purchase price of agricultural products or services (including poultry and livestock) if that person is entitled to any grower’s or producer’s lien or other security arrangement. As of March 26, 2017 , the borrowing base was $700.0 million and the amount available for borrowing under the revolving loan commitment was $340.6 million . The Company had letters of credit of $44.8 million and $314.6 million outstanding borrowings under the revolving loan commitment as of March 26, 2017 .
The U.S. Credit Facility contains financial covenants and various other covenants that may adversely affect the Company’s ability to, among other things, incur additional indebtedness, incur liens, pay dividends or make certain restricted payments, consummate certain assets sales, enter into certain transactions with JBS and the Company’s other affiliates, merge, consolidate and/or sell or dispose of all or substantially all of our assets. The U.S. Credit Facility requires the Company to comply with a minimum level of tangible net worth covenant. The U.S. Credit Facility also provides that we may not incur capital expenditures in excess of $500.0 million in any fiscal year. The Company is currently in compliance with the covenants under the U.S. Credit Facility.
All obligations under the U.S. Credit Facility continue to be unconditionally guaranteed by certain of the Company’s subsidiaries and continue to be secured by a first priority lien on (i) the accounts receivable and inventory of our company and its non-Mexico subsidiaries, (ii) 100% of the equity interests in our domestic subsidiaries, To-Ricos, Ltd. and To-Ricos Distribution, Ltd., and 65% of the equity interests in our direct foreign subsidiaries and (iii) substantially all of the assets of the Company and the guarantors under the U.S. Credit Facility.
Mexico Credit Facility
On September 27, 2016, certain of our Mexican subsidiaries entered into an unsecured credit agreement (the “Mexico Credit Facility”) with BBVA Bancomer, S.A. Institución de Banca Múltiple, Grupo Financiero BBVA Bancomer, as lender. The loan commitment under the Mexico Credit Facility was $ 1.5 billion Mexican pesos. Outstanding borrowings under the Mexico Credit Facility accrued interest at a rate equal to the Interbank Equilibrium Interest Rate plus 0.95% . The Mexico Credit Facility is scheduled to mature on September 27, 2019. As of March 26, 2017 , the U.S. dollar-equivalent loan commitment under the Mexico Credit Facility was $79.9 million , and there were $42.9 million outstanding borrowings under the Mexico Credit Facility that bear interest at a per annum rate of 7.56% . As of March 26, 2017 , the U.S. dollar-equivalent borrowing availability was $37.0 million .
11.
INCOME TAXES
The Company recorded income tax expense of $47.9 million , a 33.6% effective tax rate, for the thirteen weeks ended March 26, 2017 compared to income tax expense of $62.6 million , a 34.7% effective tax rate, for the thirteen weeks ended March 27, 2016 . The decrease in income tax expense in 2017 resulted primarily from a decrease in pre-tax income.
In assessing the realizability of deferred tax assets, management considers whether it is more likely than not that some portion or all of the deferred tax assets will not be realized. The ultimate realization of deferred tax assets is dependent upon the generation of future taxable income during the periods in which those temporary differences become deductible. Management considers the scheduled reversal of deferred tax liabilities (including the impact of available carry back and carry forward periods), projected future taxable income and tax-planning strategies in making this assessment. As of March 26, 2017 , the Company did not believe it had sufficient positive evidence to conclude that realization of its federal capital loss carry forwards and a portion of its foreign net deferred tax assets are more likely than not to be realized.
For the thirteen weeks ended March 26, 2017 and March 27, 2016 , there is a tax effect of $(0.8) million and $4.2 million , respectively, reflected in other comprehensive income.
Beginning in 2017, as a result of new FASB guidance on share-based payments, excess tax benefits are now required to be reported in income tax expense rather than in additional paid-in capital. For the thirteen weeks ended March 26, 2017 , there

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is an immaterial tax effect reflected in income tax expense due to excess tax benefits related to share-based compensation. For the thirteen weeks ended March 27, 2016 , there is no tax effect reflected in additional paid-in capital due to excess tax benefits related to share-based compensation. See “Note 1. Description of Business and Basis of Presentation” for additional information.
With few exceptions, the Company is no longer subject to U.S. federal, state or local income tax examinations by taxing authorities for years prior to 2010 and is no longer subject to Mexico income tax examinations by taxing authorities for years prior to 2010.
The United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals rendered judgment in favor of the Company regarding the IRS’ amended proof of claim relating to the tax year ended June 26, 2004 for Gold Kist Inc. (“Gold Kist”). See “Note 16. Commitments and Contingencies” for additional information.
12.
PENSION AND OTHER POSTRETIREMENT BENEFITS
The Company sponsors programs that provide retirement benefits to most of its employees. These programs include qualified defined benefit pension plans, nonqualified defined benefit retirement plans, a defined benefit postretirement life insurance plan and defined contribution retirement savings plans. Expenses recognized under all of these retirement plans totaled $1.6 million in each of the thirteen weeks ended March 26, 2017 and March 27, 2016 .
Defined Benefit Plans Obligations and Assets
The change in benefit obligation, change in fair value of plan assets, funded status and amounts recognized in the Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets for these defined benefit plans were as follows:
 
Thirteen Weeks Ended 
 March 26, 2017
 
Thirteen Weeks Ended 
 March 27, 2016
 
Pension Benefits
 
Other Benefits
 
Pension Benefits
 
Other Benefits
Change in projected benefit obligation:
(In thousands)
Projected benefit obligation, beginning of period
$
167,159

 
$
1,648

 
$
165,952

 
$
1,672

Interest cost
1,393

 
13

 
1,396

 
12

Actuarial losses (gains)
785

 
(24
)
 
4,417

 
51

Benefits paid
(2,237
)
 
(37
)
 
(2,365
)
 
(35
)
Projected benefit obligation, end of period
$
167,100

 
$
1,600

 
$
169,400

 
$
1,700

 
Thirteen Weeks Ended 
 March 26, 2017
 
Thirteen Weeks Ended 
 March 27, 2016
 
Pension Benefits
 
Other Benefits
 
Pension Benefits
 
Other Benefits
Change in plan assets:
(In thousands)
Fair value of plan assets, beginning of period
$
97,526

 
$

 
$
96,947

 
$

Actual return on plan assets
3,965

 

 
(5,446
)
 

Contributions by employer
1,926

 
37

 
2,541

 
35

Benefits paid
(2,237
)
 
(37
)
 
(2,365
)
 
(35
)
Fair value of plan assets, end of period
$
101,180

 
$

 
$
91,677

 
$

 
March 26, 2017
 
December 25, 2016
 
Pension Benefits
 
Other Benefits
 
Pension Benefits
 
Other Benefits
Funded status:
(In thousands)
Unfunded benefit obligation, end of period
$
(65,920
)
 
$
(1,600
)
 
$
(69,633
)
 
$
(1,648
)

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March 26, 2017
 
December 25, 2016
 
Pension Benefits
 
Other Benefits
 
Pension Benefits
 
Other Benefits
Amounts recognized in the Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets at end of period:
(In thousands)
Current liability
$
(13,108
)
 
$
(147
)
 
$
(13,113
)
 
$
(147
)
Long-term liability
(52,812
)
 
(1,453
)
 
(56,520
)
 
(1,501
)
Recognized liability
$
(65,920
)
 
$
(1,600
)
 
$
(69,633
)
 
$
(1,648
)
 
March 26, 2017
 
December 25, 2016
 
Pension Benefits
 
Other Benefits
 
Pension Benefits
 
Other Benefits
Amounts recognized in accumulated other comprehensive loss at end of period:
(In thousands)
Net actuarial loss (gain)
$
44,394

 
$
(55
)
 
$
46,494

 
$
(31
)
The accumulated benefit obligation for our defined benefit pension plans was $167.1 million and $167.2 million at March 26, 2017 and December 25, 2016 , respectively. Each of our defined benefit pension plans had accumulated benefit obligations that exceeded the fair value of plan assets at March 26, 2017 and December 25, 2016 , respectively. As of March 26, 2017 , the weighted average duration of our defined benefit obligation is 32.31 years.
Net Periodic Benefit Costs
Net defined benefit pension and other postretirement costs included the following components:
 
Thirteen Weeks Ended
March 26, 2017
 
Thirteen Weeks Ended
March 27, 2016
 
Pension Benefits
 
Other Benefits
 
Pension Benefits
 
Other Benefits
 
(In thousands)
Interest cost
$
1,393

 
$
13

 
$
1,396

 
$
12

Estimated return on plan
     assets
(1,313
)
 

 
(1,314
)
 

Amortization of net loss
233

 

 
165

 

Net costs
$
313

 
$
13

 
$
247

 
$
12

Economic Assumptions
The weighted average assumptions used in determining pension and other postretirement plan information were as follows:
 
March 26, 2017
 
December 25, 2016
 
Pension Benefits
 
Other Benefits
 
Pension Benefits
 
Other Benefits
Assumptions used to measure benefit obligation at end of period:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Discount rate
4.29
%
 
3.78
%
 
4.31
%
 
3.81
%
 
Thirteen Weeks Ended 
 March 26, 2017
 
Thirteen Weeks Ended 
 March 27, 2016
 
Pension Benefits
 
Other Benefits
 
Pension Benefits
 
Other Benefits
Assumptions used to measure net pension and other postretirement cost:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Discount rate
4.31
%
 
3.81
%
 
4.47
%
 
4.47
%
Expected return on plan assets
5.50
%
 
NA

 
5.50
%
 
NA

The discount rate represents the interest rate used to determine the present value of future cash flows currently expected to be required to settle the Company's pension and other benefit obligations. The weighted average discount rate for each plan was established by comparing the projection of expected benefit payments to the AA Above Median yield curve. The expected benefit payments were discounted by each corresponding discount rate on the yield curve. For payments beyond 30 years, the

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Company extended the curve assuming the discount rate derived in year 30 is extended to the end of the plan's payment expectations. Once the present value of the string of benefit payments was established, the Company determined the single rate on the yield curve, that when applied to all obligations of the plan, would exactly match the previously determined present value. As part of the evaluation of pension and other postretirement assumptions, the Company applied assumptions for mortality that incorporate generational white and blue collar mortality trends. In determining its benefit obligations, the Company used generational tables that take into consideration increases in plan participant longevity. As of March 26, 2017 and December 25, 2016 , all pension and other postretirement benefit plans used variations of the RP2014 mortality table and the MP2015 mortality improvement scale.
The sensitivity of the projected benefit obligation for pension benefits to changes in the discount rate is set out below. The impact of a change in the discount rate of 0.25% on the projected benefit obligation for other benefits is less than $1,000 . This sensitivity analysis is based on changing one assumption while holding all other assumptions constant. In practice, this is unlikely to occur, and changes in some of the assumptions may be correlated. When calculating the sensitivity of the defined benefit obligation to variations in significant actuarial assumptions, the same method (present value of the defined benefit obligation calculated with the projected unit credit method at the end of the reporting period) has been applied as for calculating the liability recognized in the Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet.
 
Increase in Discount Rate of 0.25%
 
Decrease in Discount Rate of 0.25%
 
(In thousands)
Impact on projected benefit obligation for pension benefits
$
(4,617
)
 
$
4,909

The expected rate of return on plan assets was primarily based on the determination of an expected return and behaviors for each plan's current asset portfolio that the Company believes are likely to prevail over long periods. This determination was made using assumptions for return and volatility of the portfolio. Asset class assumptions were set using a combination of empirical and forward-looking analysis. To the extent historical results were affected by unsustainable trends or events, the effects of those trends or events were quantified and removed. The Company also considered anticipated asset allocations, investment strategies and the views of various investment professionals when developing this rate.
Plan Assets
The following table reflects the pension plans’ actual asset allocations:
 
March 26, 2017
 
December 25, 2016
Cash and cash equivalents
%
 
%
Pooled separate accounts (a) :
 
 
 
Equity securities
5
%
 
5
%
Fixed income securities
5
%
 
5
%
Common collective trust funds (a) :
 
 
 
Equity securities
60
%
 
60
%
Fixed income securities
30
%
 
30
%
Total assets
100
%
 
100
%
(a)
Pooled separate accounts (“PSAs”) and common collective trust funds (“CCTs”) are two of the most common types of alternative vehicles in which benefit plans invest. These investments are pooled funds that look like mutual funds, but they are not registered with the SEC. Often times, they will be invested in mutual funds or other marketable securities, but the unit price generally will be different from the value of the underlying securities because the fund may also hold cash for liquidity purposes, and the fees imposed by the fund are deducted from the fund value rather than charged separately to investors. Some PSAs and CCTs have no restrictions as to their investment strategy and can invest in riskier investments, such as derivatives, hedge funds, private equity funds, or similar investments.
Absent regulatory or statutory limitations, the target asset allocation for the investment of pension assets in the pooled separate accounts is 50% in each of fixed income securities and equity securities and the target asset allocation for the investment of pension assets in the common collective trust funds is 30% in fixed income securities and 70% in equity securities. The plans only invest in fixed income and equity instruments for which there is a readily available public market. We develop our expected long-term rate of return assumptions based on the historical rates of returns for equity and fixed income securities of the type in which our plans invest.

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The fair value measurements of plan assets fell into the following levels of the fair value hierarchy as of March 26, 2017 and December 25, 2016 :
 
March 26, 2017
 
December 25, 2016
 
Level 1 (a)
 
Level 2 (b)
 
Level 3 (c)
 
Total
 
Level 1 (a)
 
Level 2 (b)
 
Level 3 (c)
 
Total
 
(In thousands)
Cash and cash equivalents
$
140

 
$

 
$

 
$
140

 
$
119

 
$

 
$

 
$
119

Pooled separate accounts:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Large U.S. equity funds (d)

 
3,456

 

 
3,456

 

 
3,302

 

 
3,302

Small/Mid U.S. equity funds (e)

 
409

 

 
409

 

 
406

 

 
406

International equity funds (f)

 
1,349

 

 
1,349

 

 
1,231

 

 
1,231

Fixed income funds (g)

 
4,828

 

 
4,828

 

 
4,867

 

 
4,867

Common collective trusts funds:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Large U.S. equity funds (d)

 
24,785

 

 
24,785

 

 
24,547

 

 
24,547

Small U.S. equity funds (e)

 
17,080

 

 
17,080

 

 
17,344

 

 
17,344

International equity funds (f)

 
18,784

 

 
18,784

 

 
17,006

 

 
17,006

Fixed income funds (g)

 
30,349

 

 
30,349

 

 
28,704

 

 
28,704

Total assets
$
140

 
$
101,040

 
$

 
$
101,180

 
$
119

 
$
97,407

 
$

 
$
97,526

(a)
Unadjusted quoted prices in active markets for identical assets are used to determine fair value.
(b)
Quoted prices in active markets for similar assets and inputs that are observable for the asset are used to determine fair value.
(c)
Unobservable inputs, such as discounted cash flow models or valuations, are used to determine fair value.
(d)
This category is comprised of investment options that invest in stocks, or shares of ownership, in large, well-established U.S. companies. These investment options typically carry more risk than fixed income options but have the potential for higher returns over longer time periods.
(e)
This category is generally comprised of investment options that invest in stocks, or shares of ownership, in small to medium-sized U.S. companies. These investment options typically carry more risk than larger U.S. equity investment options but have the potential for higher returns.
(f)
This category is comprised of investment options that invest in stocks, or shares of ownership, in companies with their principal place of business or office outside of the U.S.
(g)
This category is comprised of investment options that invest in bonds, or debt of a company or government entity (including U.S. and non-U.S. entities). It may also include real estate investment options that directly own property. These investment options typically carry more risk than short-term fixed income investment options (including, for real estate investment options, liquidity risk), but less overall risk than equities.
The valuation of plan assets in Level 2 is determined using a market approach based upon quoted prices for similar assets and liabilities in active markets, or other inputs that are observable for substantially the full term of the financial instrument. Level 2 securities primarily include equity and fixed income securities funds.
Benefit Payments
The following table reflects the benefits as of March 26, 2017 expected to be paid through 2026 from our pension and other postretirement plans. Because our pension plans are primarily funded plans, the anticipated benefits with respect to these plans will come primarily from the trusts established for these plans. Because our other postretirement plans are unfunded, the anticipated benefits with respect to these plans will come from our own assets.
 
Pension Benefits
 
Other Benefits
 
(In thousands)
2017 (remaining)
$
12,723

 
$
110

2018
11,617

 
147

2019
11,088

 
146

2020
11,019

 
144

2021
10,790

 
142

2022-2026
49,927

 
640

Total
$
107,164

 
$
1,329

We anticipate contributing $8.7 million and $0.1 million , as required by funding regulations or laws, to our pension plans and other postretirement plans, respectively, during the remainder of 2017 .

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Unrecognized Benefit Amounts in Accumulated Other Comprehensive Loss
The amounts in accumulated other comprehensive loss that were not recognized as components of net periodic benefits cost and the changes in those amounts are as follows:
 
Thirteen Weeks Ended 
 March 26, 2017
 
Thirteen Weeks Ended 
 March 27, 2016
 
Pension Benefits
 
Other Benefits
 
Pension Benefits
 
Other Benefits
 
(In thousands)
Net actuarial loss (gain), beginning of period
$
46,494

 
$
(31
)
 
$
38,115

 
$
(79
)
Amortization
(233
)
 

 
(165
)
 

Curtailment and settlement adjustments

 

 

 

Actuarial loss (gain)
785

 
(24
)
 
4,417

 
51

Asset loss (gain)
(2,652
)
 

 
6,759

 

Net actuarial loss (gain), end of period
$
44,394

 
$
(55
)
 
$
49,126

 
$
(28
)
The Company expects to recognize in net pension cost throughout the remainder of 2017 an actuarial loss of $0.7 million that was recorded in accumulated other comprehensive loss at March 26, 2017 .
Risk Management
Through its defined benefit plans, the Company is exposed to a number of risks, the most significant of which are detailed below:
Asset volatility. The plan liabilities are calculated using a discount rate set with reference to corporate bond yields; if plan assets under perform this yield, this will create a deficit. The pension plans hold a significant proportion of equities, which are expected to outperform corporate bonds in the long-term while contributing volatility and risk in the short-term. The Company monitors the level of investment risk but has no current plan to significantly modify the mixture of investments. The investment position is discussed more below.
Changes in bond yields. A decrease in corporate bond yields will increase plan liabilities, although this will be partially offset by an increase in the value of the plans’ bond holdings.
The investment position is managed and monitored by a committee of individuals from various departments. This group actively monitors how the duration and the expected yield of the investments are matching the expected cash outflows arising from the pension obligations. The group has not changed the processes used to manage its risks from previous periods. The group does not use derivatives to manage its risk. Investments are well diversified, such that the failure of any single investment would not have a material impact on the overall level of assets. The majority of equities are in U.S. large and small cap companies with some global diversification into international entities. The plans are not exposed to significant foreign currency risk.
Remeasurement
The Company remeasures both plan assets and obligations on a quarterly basis.
13.
STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
Accumulated Other Comprehensive Loss
The following tables provide information regarding the changes in accumulated other comprehensive loss:

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Thirteen Weeks Ended March 26, 2017 (a)
 
Thirteen Weeks Ended
March 27, 2016 (a)
 
Losses Related
to Pension and
Other
Postretirement
Benefits
 
Losses Related to Pension and Other Postretirement Benefits
 
Unrealized Holding Gains on Available-for-Sale Securities
 
Total
 
(In thousands)
Balance, beginning of period
$
(64,243
)
 
$
(58,997
)
 
$
67

 
$
(58,930
)
Other comprehensive income (loss)
     before reclassifications
1,177

 
(6,988
)
 
171

 
(6,817
)
Amounts reclassified from accumulated
     other comprehensive loss to net
     income
145

 
103

 
(141
)
 
(38
)
Net current period other comprehensive
     income (loss)
1,322

 
(6,885
)
 
30

 
(6,855
)
Balance, end of period
$
(62,921
)
 
$
(65,882
)
 
$
97

 
$
(65,785
)
(a)
All amounts are net of tax. Amounts in parentheses indicate debits to accumulated other comprehensive loss.
 
 
Amounts Reclassified from Accumulated Other Comprehensive Loss (a)
 
 
Details about Accumulated Other Comprehensive Loss Components
 
Thirteen Weeks Ended
March 26, 2017
 
Thirteen Weeks Ended
March 27, 2016
 
Affected Line Item in the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
 
 
(In thousands)
 
 
Realized gain on sale of securities
 
$

 
$
226

 
Interest income
Amortization of defined benefit pension
     and other postretirement plan actuarial
     losses:
 
 
 
 
 
 
Union employees pension plan (b)(d)
 
(6
)
 
(5
)
 
Cost of sales
Legacy Gold Kist plans (c)(d)
 
(71
)
 
(50
)
 
Cost of sales
Legacy Gold Kist plans (c)(d)
 
(156
)
 
(110
)
 
Selling, general and administrative expense
Total before tax
 
(233
)
 
61

 
 
Tax benefit (expense)
 
88

 
(23
)
 
 
Total reclassification for the period
 
$
(145
)
 
$
38

 
 
(a)
Amounts in parentheses represent debits to results of operations.
(b)
The Company sponsors the Pilgrim’s Pride Retirement Plan for Union Employees, a qualified defined benefit pension plan covering certain locations or work groups with collective bargaining agreements.
(c)
The Company sponsors the Pilgrim’s Pride Plan for Legacy Gold Kist Employees, a qualified defined benefit pension plan covering certain eligible U.S. employees who were employed at locations that the Company purchased through its acquisition of Gold Kist in 2007, the Former Gold Kist Inc. Supplemental Executive Retirement Plan, a nonqualified defined benefit retirement plan covering certain former Gold Kist executives, the Former Gold Kist Inc. Directors’ Emeriti Plan, a nonqualified defined benefit retirement plan covering certain former Gold Kist directors, and the Gold Kist Inc. Retiree Life Insurance Plan, a defined benefit postretirement life insurance plan covering certain retired Gold Kist employees.
(d)
These accumulated other comprehensive income components are included in the computation of net periodic pension cost. See “Note 12. Pension and Other Postretirement Benefits” to the Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements.
Share Repurchase Program and Treasury Stock
On July 28, 2015, the Company’s Board of Directors approved a $150.0 million share repurchase authorization. The Company plans to repurchase shares through various means, which may include but are not limited to open market purchases, privately negotiated transactions, the use of derivative instruments and/or accelerated share repurchase programs. The share repurchase program was originally scheduled to expire on July 27, 2016. On February 10, 2016, the Company’s Board of Directors approved an increase of the share repurchase authorization to $300.0 million and an extension of the expiration to February 9, 2017. On February 8, 2017, the Company's Board of Directors further extended the program expiration to August 9, 2017. The extent to which the Company repurchases its shares and the timing of such repurchases will vary and depend upon market conditions and other corporate considerations, as determined by the Company’s management team. The Company reserves the right to limit or terminate the repurchase program at any time without notice. As of March 26, 2017 , the Company had repurchased approximately 11.4 million shares under this program with a market value at the time of purchase of approximately $231.8 million . The Company accounted for the shares repurchased using the cost method.

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Restrictions on Dividends
Both the U.S. Credit Facility and the Indenture governing the Senior Notes restrict, but do not prohibit, the Company from declaring dividends.
14.
INCENTIVE COMPENSATION
The Company sponsors a short-term incentive plan that provides the grant of either cash or share-based bonus awards payable upon achievement of specified performance goals (the “STIP”). Full-time, salaried exempt employees of the Company and its affiliates who are selected by the administering committee are eligible to participate in the STIP. The Company has accrued $4.1 million in costs related to the STIP at March 26, 2017 related to cash bonus awards that could potentially be awarded during the remainder of 2017 and 2018 . The Company assumed responsibility for the JFC LLC Long-Term Equity Incentive Plan dated January 1, 2014, as amended by Amendment 1 dated February 10, 2014, (the “JFC LTIP”) through its acquisition of GNP on January 6, 2017. The Company has accrued $3.4 million in costs related to the JFC LTIP at March 26, 2017 .
The Company also sponsors a performance-based, omnibus long-term incentive plan that provides for the grant of a broad range of long-term equity-based and cash-based awards to the Company’s officers and other employees, members of the Board of Directors and any consultants (the “LTIP”). The equity-based awards that may be granted under the LTIP include “incentive stock options,” within the meaning of the Internal Revenue Code, nonqualified stock options, stock appreciation rights, restricted stock awards and restricted stock units (“RSUs”). At March 26, 2017 , we have reserved approximately 4.8 million shares of common stock for future issuance under the LTIP.
The following awards were outstanding during the thirteen weeks ended March 26, 2017 :
Award Type