JBS S.A. has terminated the acquisition process of National Beef Packing Company LLC effective Feb. 23, 2009. All related litigation with the U.S. Department of Justice will also be terminated.



JBS announced the acquisition of National Beef on March 4, 2008. The Department of Justice of the United States Government filed a suit to block the deal on October 20th 2008 on competition grounds. JBS endeavored to encounter a solution with the parts involved but in the absence of satisfactory conditions decided not to follow on with the acquisition.



The company, a world leader in beef production, will continue to pursue further efficiencies at all it's other units within the US totaling 8 cattle slaughter plants with a daily capacity of 28,100 head, 3 pork slaughter plants with a daily capacity of 47,900 head, a case-ready plant and a lamb slaughter plant as well as related operations in Australia, Italy, Argentina and Brazil where the headquarters are located. The Company also operates 11 cattle feed yards in six different US states.



JBS S.A. is currently the world's largest beef producer and exporter with a daily slaughter capacity of 65,000 head of cattle per day and the largest global exporter of processed beef. The company's operations include 22 plants located in 9 Brazilian states, 6 plants located in 4 Argentine provinces, in addition to 16 plants in the USA, 9 in Australia and 10 in Italy. Additionally, JBS S.A. is the third-largest pork producer in the USA, with a slaughter capacity of 47,9000 head per day.



SOURCE: JBS S.A.