SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549
Current Report Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the
Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of Earliest Event Reported): January 19, 2021
TYSON FOODS, INC.
(Exact name of Registrant as specified in its charter)
(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation or organization)
|(Commission File Number)|
(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)
2200 West Don Tyson Parkway,
(Address of Principal Executive Offices)
(Registrant's telephone number, including area code)
(Former name, former address and former fiscal year, if applicable)
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Securities Registered Pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
|Title of Each Class||Trading Symbol||Name of Each Exchange on Which Registered|
|Class A Common Stock||Par Value||$0.10||TSN||New York Stock Exchange|
Class B stock is not publicly listed for trade on any exchange or market system. However, Class B stock is convertible into Class A stock on a share-for-share basis.
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Item 8.01 Other Events.
On January 19, 2021, Tyson Foods, Inc. (the “Company”) announced that it had reached agreement to settle all class claims related to the previously disclosed litigation captioned In re Broiler Chicken Antitrust Litigation (the “Broiler Antitrust Civil Litigation”). Settlement terms were reached with the putative Direct Purchaser Plaintiff Class, the putative Commercial and Institutional Indirect Purchaser Plaintiff Class and the putative End-User Plaintiff Class (collectively, the “Classes”).
Under the terms of the settlements, the Company has agreed to pay the Classes an aggregate amount of $221.5 million, which will be reflected in the Company’s first quarter 2021 financial statements, in settlement of all outstanding claims brought by the Classes. These settlements are subject to the execution of long-form settlement agreements with the respective parties and court approval thereof, and do not settle claims made by plaintiffs who opted out of the Classes in the Broiler Antitrust Civil Litigation. While the Company does not admit any liability as part of the settlements, it believes that the settlements were in the best interests of the Company and its shareholders in order to avoid the uncertainty, risk, expense and distraction of protracted litigation.
Forward Looking Statements
Certain information in this report constitutes forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements include statements regarding execution of long-form settlement agreements, court approval of the long-form settlement agreements and claims made by plaintiffs outside of the Classes in the Broiler Antitrust Civil Litigation. We caution readers not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made. These forward-looking statements are subject to a number of factors and uncertainties that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those expressed in or contemplated by the forward-looking statements. Such factors include, but are not limited to, future developments related to the litigation, claims made by plaintiffs outside of the Classes in the Broiler Antitrust Civil Litigation and the matters discussed herein. Other risk factors affecting the Company are discussed in detail in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including in Part I, Item 1A. “Risk Factors” included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended October 3, 2020. We undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
|TYSON FOODS, INC.|
|Date: January 19, 2021||By:|
/s/ Stewart Glendinning
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer