For the full year, Smithfield reported adjusted EPS of $1.80, compared with EPS of $2.59 in the same period a year ago. The consensus estimate called for EPS of $2.00.
None of this really matters, of course, given that Smithfield has agreed to be acquired by China’s Shuanghui International Holdings for $7.1 billion, including debt ($34 per share). The transaction is expected to close in the last half of this year, following review by the U.S. Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), among many others. Nothing else matters now.
Shares are down fractionally in premarket trading this morning, at $32.81, in a 52-week range of $17.55 to $33.96.