Brazil's JBS dials down IPO talk
The Brazilian food company's shares tumble after announcing weak Q1 earnings this week
JBS has dialed down talk of an IPO of its
international operations, after bribery allegations led to weak
The Brazilian food company was slated to spin off
its US operations in the first half of the year, but CEO Wesley
Batista said in an earnings call that JBS would look for a
window in the second half of 2017 to do an IPO.
In March, JBS and more than a dozen Brazilian beef
and poultry producers were
accused of paying bribes for food inspectors to approve the
sale and export of tainted meat.
Batista said the scandal, called "weak flesh,"
affected JBS’ production and exports, contributing
to delays in the IPO plans.
The company’s shares tumbled to
BRL10.80 in late March, before bottoming out at BRL9.50 in
early April. JBS’ stock climbed to BRL11.45
earlier this month but dipped to BRL9.72 after the Q1 earnings
JBS in December last year said it wanted to list
its Netherlands-based division
JBS Foods International and local food processing unit
Seara Alimentos on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).