Davis Polk advised Tyson Foods, Inc. in connection with its SEC-registered offerings of $2.8 billion aggregate principal amount of senior notes in three series, consisting of $800 million aggregate principal amount of 4.000% senior notes due 2026, $1 billion aggregate principal amount of 4.350% senior notes due 2029 and $1 billion aggregate principal amount of 5.100% senior notes due 2048. The 2048 notes are a reopening of the $500 million aggregate principal amount of 5.100% senior notes due 2048 issued on September 28, 2018. The net proceeds from the offerings were approximately $2.76 billion, which Tyson Foods intends to use for repayment of amounts outstanding under its term loan and for general corporate purposes.
Tyson Foods, with headquarters in Springdale, Arkansas, is one of the world’s largest food companies and a recognized leader in protein with brands such as Tyson, Jimmy Dean, Hillshire Farm, Ball Park, Wright, Aidells, ibp and State Fair.
The Davis Polk capital markets team included partners Richard D. Truesdell Jr. and Derek Dostal and associate Angela Park. The finance team included partner Joseph P. Hadley and associate Yitz Segal. The tax team included partners Neil Barr and William A. Curran and associate Anne E. McGinnis. Counsel Betty Moy Huber and associate Michael Comstock provided environmental advice. All members of the Davis Polk team are based in the New York office.