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USPB 2019-06-29
Part I. Financial Information
Item 1. Financial Statements (Unaudited).
Item 2. Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations.
Item 3. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk.
Item 4. Controls and Procedures.
Part II. Other Information
Item 1. Legal Proceedings.
Item 1A. Risk Factors.
Item 2. Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds.
Item 3. Defaults Upon Senior Securities.
Item 4. Mine Safety Disclosures.
Item 5. Other Information.
Item 6. Exhibits.
EX-31.1 exhibit31-1.htm
EX-31.2 exhibit31-2.htm
EX-32.1 exhibit32-1.htm
EX-32.2 exhibit32-2.htm

US Premium Beef Earnings 2019-06-29

USPB 10Q Quarterly Report

Balance SheetIncome StatementCash Flow

10-Q 1 uspb10q.htm Prepared by EDGARX.com

UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549

FORM 10-Q

(Mark one)

☑ QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF
THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the quarterly period ended June 29, 2019
or

☐ TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF
THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the transition period from ______ to _____.

Commission file number 333-115164

U.S. PREMIUM BEEF, LLC
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

   DELAWARE 20-1576986

(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation or organization)

(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)

12200 North Ambassador Drive
Kansas City, MO 64163
(Address of principal executive offices)

Telephone: (866) 877-2525
(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

     Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days. Yes   No

     Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files). Yes    No

     Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer or a small reporting company. See definition of “large accelerated filer”, “accelerated filer” and “smaller reporting company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act. (Check one):

Large Accelerated Filer    Accelerated Filer     Non-Accelerated Filer       Small Reporting Company

     Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act). Yes   No

     The registrant’s units are not traded on an exchange or in any public market. As of July 27, 2019, there were 735,385 Class A units and 755,385 Class B units outstanding.


 


  TABLE OF CONTENTS    
       

   PART I.

FINANCIAL INFORMATION
Page No.
 
       
       
      Item 1. Financial Statements (unaudited). 1  
       
      Item 2. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition 7  
  and Results of Operations.    
       
      Item 3. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk. 11  
       
      Item 4. Controls and Procedures. 11  
       
PART II.

OTHER INFORMATION

   
       
      Item 1. Legal Proceedings. 11  
       
      Item 1A. Risk Factors. 12  
       
      Item 2. Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds. 12  
       
      Item 3. Defaults Upon Senior Securities. 12  
       
      Item 4. Mine Safety Disclosures. 12  
       
      Item 5. Other Information. 12  
       
      Item 6. Exhibits. 12  
       
  Signatures. 13  

     Unless the context indicates or otherwise requires, the terms “USPB”, “the Company”, “we”, “our”, and “us” refer to U.S. Premium Beef, LLC. As used in this report, the terms “NBP” and “National Beef” refer to National Beef Packing Company, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company.

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PART I.     FINANCIAL INFORMATION

Item 1.    Financial Statements (unaudited).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


U.S. PREMIUM BEEF, LLC
Balance Sheets
(thousands of dollars, except unit information)

Assets

June 29, 2019   December 29, 2018  
  (unaudited)      
Current assets:            
   Cash and cash equivalents $ 59,685   $ 88,411  
   Due from affiliates   4     21  
   Other current assets   19     27  
      Total current assets   59,708     88,459  
Property, plant, and equipment, at cost   243     200  
   Less accumulated depreciation   192     183  
      Net property, plant, and equipment   51     17  
Right of use assets, net   251     -  
Investment in National Beef Packing Company, LLC   157,508     143,361  
Other assets   43     69  
      Total assets $ 217,561   $ 231,906  

Liabilities and Capital Shares and Equities

           
Current liabilities:            
   Accounts payable - trade $ 35   $ 12  
   Due to affiliates   3     44  
   Accrued compensation and benefits   1,741     2,158  
   Lease obligations   50     -  
   Other accrued expenses and liabilities   76     515  
   Distributions payable   49     5,687  
      Total current liabilities   1,954     8,416  
Long-term liabilities:            
   Lease obligations   201     -  
   Other liabilities   3,710     3,734  
      Total long-term liabilities   3,911     3,734  
      Total liabilities   5,865     12,150  
             
Commitments and contingencies   -     -  
             
Capital shares and equities:            
   Members' capital, 735,385 Class A units and 755,385 Class B units authorized,        
      issued and outstanding   211,696     219,756  
      Total capital shares and equities   211,696     219,756  
      Total liabilities and capital shares and equities $ 217,561   $ 231,906  
             
See accompanying notes to financial statements.

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U.S. PREMIUM BEEF, LLC
Statements of Operations
(thousands of dollars, except per unit and per unit data)

  13 weeks ended   26 weeks ended
  June 29, 2019   June 30, 2018   June 29, 2019   June 30, 2018
  (unaudited)   (unaudited)   (unaudited)   (unaudited)
Net sales $ -     $ -     $ -     $ -  
Costs and expenses:                              
   Cost of sales   -       -       -       -  
   Selling, general, and administrative expenses   887       1,089       2,691       2,531  
   Depreciation and amortization   4       3       9       6  
      Total costs and expenses   891       1,092       2,700       2,537  
         Operating loss   (891 )     (1,092 )     (2,700 )     (2,537 )
Other income (expense):                              
   Interest income   263       265       647       458  
   Interest expense   (3 )     (3 )     (15 )     (6 )
   Equity in net income of National Beef Packing Company, LLC 25,194       28,338       36,957       38,684  
   Other, net   185       280       396       390  
      Total other income   25,639       28,880       37,985       39,526  
         Comprehensive income $ 24,748     $ 27,788     $ 35,285     $ 36,989  
                               
Comprehensive Income per unit:                              
   Basic and diluted                              
      Class A units $ 3.37     $ 3.78     $ 4.80     $ 5.03  
      Class B units $ 29.49     $ 33.11     $ 42.04     $ 44.07  
Outstanding weighted-average Class A and Class B units:                              
   Basic and diluted                              
      Class A units   735,385       735,385       735,385       735,385  
      Class B units   755,385       755,385       755,385       755,385  
                               
See accompanying notes to financial statements.

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U.S. PREMIUM BEEF, LLC
Statements of Cash Flows
(thousands of dollars)

 
26 weeks ended
  June 29, 2019   June 30, 2018
  (unaudited)   (unaudited)
Cash flows from operating activities:              
   Comprehensive income $ 35,285     $ 36,989  
   Adjustments to reconcile comprehensive income to net cash used in              
      operating activities:              
      Depreciation and amortization   9       6  
      Equity in net income of National Beef Packing Company, LLC   (36,957 )     (38,684 )
      Distributions from National Beef Packing Company, LLC   22,810       38,684  
      Changes in assets and liabilities:              
         Due from affiliates   17       133  
         Other assets   34       50  
         Accounts payable   23       (26 )
         Due to affiliates   (41 )     (384 )
         Accrued compensation and benefits   (441 )     (535 )
         Other accrued expenses and liabilities   (438 )     (173 )
            Net cash provided by operating activities   20,301       36,060  
Cash flows from investing activities:              
   Capital expenditures   (43 )     (7 )
   Distributions from National Beef Packing Company, LLC   -       18,256  
            Net cash (used in)/provided by investing activities   (43 )     18,249  
Cash flows from financing activities:              
   Member distributions   (48,984 )     (91,742 )
            Net cash used in financing activities   (48,984 )     (91,742 )
            Net decrease in cash   (28,726 )     (37,433 )
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of the period   88,411       119,074  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of the period $ 59,685     $ 81,641  
Supplemental noncash disclosures of operating activities:              
   Right of use assets $ 251     $ -  
Supplemental noncash disclosures of investing activities:              
   Investment in National Beef Packing Company, LLC $ 23,691     $ -  
               
See accompanying notes to financial statements.

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U.S. PREMIUM BEEF, LLC
NOTES TO FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (UNAUDITED)

(1) Interim Financial Statements

Basis of Presentation

     The accompanying unaudited Financial Statements have been prepared in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), for interim financial information; therefore, they do not include all of the information and footnotes required by GAAP for complete financial statements. In the opinion of management, all adjustments considered necessary for a fair presentation have been included using management’s best estimates and judgments where appropriate. These estimates and judgments affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements. The estimates and judgments will also affect the reported amounts for certain revenues and expenses during the reporting period. Actual results could differ materially from these estimates and judgments. For further information, refer to the audited Financial Statements and Notes to Financial Statements, which are included in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), for the fiscal year ended December 29, 2018. The results of operations for the interim periods presented are not necessarily indicative of the results for a full fiscal year.

     USPB’s 15.0729% investment in NBP is accounted for using the equity method of accounting as the Company has the ability to exercise significant influence, but does not have financial or operational control.

(2) Accounting Policies

     Accounting for Investment in NBP. On December 30, 2011, USPB sold the majority of its ownership interest in NBP to Leucadia. On that date, USPB’s investment in NBP was measured at fair value and has since been carried under the equity method of accounting. Operating losses, economic and industry events, and a variety of other factors may result in a decrease in the value of the investment, which is other than temporary. Such potential decreases in value will cause the Company to record an impairment charge, which may have an impact on the trading values of USPB’s Class A and Class B units.

     Accounting for Leases. In February 2016, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued Accounting Standards Update No. 2016-02, Leases. The new standard requires the recognition of all leases that are longer than one year on the balance sheet, which will result in the recognition of a right of use asset and a corresponding lease liability. The new standard was effective for annual and interim periods beginning after December 15, 2018; USPB implemented the new standard effective December 30, 2018.

     Upon review of its lease arrangements, USPB determined that its two office leases were subject to the new leasing standard. The Kansas City, MO office lease has a remaining term of approximately 5.5 years (assuming the final 3-year renewal is exercised) and the Dodge City, KS office has a remaining term of approximately 1.5 years. Neither lease agreement provides for renewals beyond the remaining terms. The monthly lease payment for the Kansas City office is $3,790, subject to annual Consumer Price Index adjustments, which are capped at 3% per year. The monthly lease payment for the Dodge City office is $1,018, which is not subject to adjustment. Both offices are used for general office use only. As of June 29, 2019, the present value of the remaining operating lease payments for the offices equaled $0.3 million and USPB’s balance sheet reflected Right of Use Assets and Lease Liabilities equal to that amount. The discount rate used to compute the present value was USPB’s incremental borrowing rate.

     USPB elected the package of practical expedients permitted under the transition guidance, which allows us to accept: 1) the original determination of whether a contract contained a lease, 2) a subsequent review of existing contracts is not necessary, and 3) USPB does not have to reassess the initial direct costs assigned to leases under previous leasing guidance. The new guidance did not have a material impact on our financial statements.

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(3) Members’ Capital

    The following table represents a reconciliation of Members’ Capital for the twenty-six week period ended June 29, 2019 (thousands of dollars).

Balance at December 29, 2018 $ 219,756  
   Allocation of comprehensive income for the twenty-six week period ended June 29, 2019   35,285  
   Member distributions   (43,345 )
Balance at June 29, 2019 $ 211,696  

(4) Earnings Per Unit

     Under the LLC structure, earnings of the Company are to be allocated to unitholders based on their proportionate share of underlying equity. Earnings Per Unit (EPU) has been presented in the accompanying Statements of Operations and in the table that follows.

     Basic EPU excludes dilution and is computed by first allocating a portion of USPB’s comprehensive income or comprehensive loss to Class A units and the remainder is allocated to Class B units. For the twenty-six week periods ended June 29, 2019 and June 30, 2018, 10% of USPB’s comprehensive income allocated to the Class A’s and 90% to the Class B’s. The comprehensive income allocated to the Class A and Class B units were then divided by the weighted-average number of Class A and Class B units outstanding for the period to determine the basic EPU for each respective class of unit.

     Diluted EPU reflects the potential dilution that could occur to the extent that any outstanding dilutive Class A or Class B units were exercised. There are no potentially dilutive Class A or Class B units outstanding.

Comprehensive Income Per Unit Calculation 13 weeks ended   26 weeks ended
(thousands of dollars, except unit and per unit data)   June 29, 2019     June 30, 2018     June 29, 2019     June 30, 2018
   

(unaudited)

   

(unaudited)

   

(unaudited)

   

(unaudited)

Basic and diluted earnings per unit:                      
Comprehensive income attributable to USPB available to                      
   unitholders (numerator)                      
      Class A $ 2,475   $ 2,779   $ 3,529   $ 3,699
      Class B $ 22,273   $ 25,009   $ 31,757   $ 33,290
                       
Weighted average outstanding units (denominator)                      
   Class A   735,385     735,385     735,385     735,385
   Class B   755,385     755,385     755,385     755,385
                       
Per unit amount                      
   Class A $ 3.37   $ 3.78   $ 4.80   $ 5.03
   Class B $ 29.49   $ 33.11   $ 42.04   $ 44.07

(5) Investment in National Beef Packing Company, LLC

     USPB’s investment in NBP is accounted for using the equity method of accounting as the Company has the ability to exercise significant influence, but does not have financial or operational control. Below is a summary of the results of operations for NBP for the twenty-six week periods ended June 29, 2019 and June 30, 2018 (thousands of dollars):

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  13 weeks ended   26 weeks ended
  June 29, 2019   June 30, 2018   June 29, 2019   June 30, 2018
   

(unaudited)

   

(unaudited)

    (unaudited)     (unaudited)
                               
Net sales $ 2,113,648     $ 1,942,690     $ 3,940,720     $ 3,724,609  
Costs and expenses:                              
   Cost of sales   1,890,238       1,706,825       3,591,638       3,377,599  
   Selling, general, and administrative expenses   22,425       18,132       39,395       32,825  
   Depreciation and amortization   29,722       25,805       57,617       51,324  
      Total costs and expenses   1,942,385       1,750,762       3,688,650       3,461,748  
         Operating income   171,263       191,928       252,070       262,861  
Other income (expense):                              
   Interest income   120       78       238       146  
   Interest expense   (3,587 )     (3,370 )     (6,142 )     (5,478 )
      Income before taxes   167,796       188,636       246,166       257,529  
Income tax expense   (646 )     (629 )     (980 )     (883 )
      Net income $ 167,150     $ 188,007     $ 245,186     $ 256,646  
                               
NBP's net income attributable to USPB $ 25,194     $ 28,338     $ 36,957     $ 38,684  

     On June 10, 2019, NBP announced that the transactions to acquire 100% of the ownership interests in Iowa Premium, LLC (Iowa Premium) had closed and it was the owner of Iowa Premium. As a part of the transactions, USPB entered into a Membership Interest Purchase Agreement (MIPA) between and among USPB, Iowa Premium, additional buyers identified therein, and Sysco Holdings, LLC (Sysco). The MIPA provided for USPB and each of the other members of NBP to purchase, in the aggregate, 100% of the ownership interests in Iowa Premium. NBP served as representative for the buyers in connection with the transaction contemplated by the MIPA and delivered the purchase price funds to Sysco and its designees on behalf of the buyers. The funds used to consummate the transaction were provided by way of a permitted distribution from NBP to its Members. USPB’s proportionate share of the distribution from NBP was approximately $23.7 million. Immediately following the purchase, the transactions provided for by the Contribution Agreement were completed.

     The Contribution Agreement provided for (i) USPB to contribute to NBP all of USPB’s ownership interest in Iowa Premium; and (ii) NBP to assume USPB’s obligations under the MIPA and to indemnify USPB for any claims against USPB that may arise out of the MIPA. The contribution took place immediately following the closing of the purchase of Iowa Premium ownership by NBP’s members pursuant to the MIPA. Following the contribution, NBP’s members are no longer members of Iowa Premium, and NBP is the sole member and 100% owner of Iowa Premium and is responsible for all obligations under the MIPA. NBP indemnified its members, including USPB, for any and all liabilities arising from the purchase of the Iowa Premium ownership interests and the transfer of those interests to NBP.

(6) Subsequent Events

     USPB is not currently involved in any litigation. See PART II. Item 1. for information concerning other legal proceedings filed involving NBP.

     USPB evaluated subsequent events and transactions for potential recognition or disclosure in the financial statements through August 8, 2019, the date the financial statements were available for issuance.

 

Item 2. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations.

     The following discussion should be read in conjunction with our financial statements and related notes and other financial information appearing elsewhere in this report.

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Disclosure Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

     This report contains “forward-looking statements,” which are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond our control. Forward-looking statements are typically identified by the words “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “estimate” and similar expressions. Actual results could differ materially from those contemplated by these forward-looking statements as a result of many factors,  including economic conditions generally and in our principal markets, the availability and prices of live cattle and commodities, food safety issues, livestock disease, including the identification of cattle with Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy, product contamination and recall concerns, competitive practices and consolidation in the cattle production and processing industries and among our customers, actions of domestic or foreign governments, hedging risk, changes in interest rates and foreign currency exchange rates, trade barriers and exchange controls, consumer demand and preferences, the cost of compliance with environmental and health laws, loss of key customers, loss of key employees, labor relations, and consolidation among our customers.

     In light of these risks and uncertainties, there can be no assurance that the results and events contemplated by the forward-looking information contained in this report will in fact transpire. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. We do not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements. All subsequent written or oral forward-looking statements attributable to us or persons acting on our behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by these factors. Please review Part II. Item 1A, Risk Factors, included in this report, for other important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in any such forward-looking statements.

Investment in National Beef Packing Company, LLC

     NBP processes and markets fresh and chilled boxed beef, ground beef, beef by-products, consumer-ready beef and pork, and wet blue leather for domestic and international markets. NBP operates three beef processing facilities, three consumer-ready facilities, a fresh and frozen hamburger manufacturing facility and a wet blue tanning facility, all located in the U.S. NBP owns Kansas City Steak Company, LLC, which sells portioned beef and other products directly to customers through the internet, direct mail and direct response television. NBP also owns a refrigerated and livestock transportation and logistics company that provides transportation services for NBP and third parties.

     NBP’s profitability is dependent, in large part, on the spread between its cost for live cattle, the primary raw material for its business, and the value received from selling boxed beef and other products, coupled with its overall volume. NBP operates in a large and liquid commodity market and it does not have much influence over the price it pays for cattle or the selling price it receives for the products it produces. NBP’s profitability typically fluctuates seasonally, with relatively higher margins in the spring and summer months and during times of ample cattle availability. NBP's fiscal year consists of 52 or 53 weeks, ending on the last Saturday in December and its quarters range from twelve to fourteen weeks ending on the last Saturday of March, June, September and December.

     Revenues in the twenty-six week period ended June 29, 2019 increased approximately 6% in comparison to the same period in 2018, primarily due to increased volume in NBP’s beef processing and consumer-ready facilities along with revenue resulting from its acquisition of the Ohio beef patty manufacturing facility in the first quarter of 2019. Cost of sales increased by approximately 6% for the twenty-six week period ended June 29, 2019, as compared to the same period in 2018, primarily due to increased volume in NBP’s beef processing and consumer-ready facilities along with the impact of its acquisition of the Ohio beef patty manufacturing facility in the first quarter of 2019. Lower beef processing margins offset, in part, by higher volumes led to modestly lower profitability in the 2019 period, as compared to the 2018 period.

     On June 10, 2019, USPB and NBP entered into the First Amended and Restated Cattle Purchase and Sale Agreement (A&R Agreement) with USPB. The terms and conditions of the A&R Agreement are substantially the same as those of the Cattle Purchase and Sale Agreement dated December 30, 2011. Per the terms and conditions of the A&R Agreement, NBP is required to purchase through USPB from its owners and associates, and USPB is required to sell and deliver from its owners and associates to NBP, a base amount of 735,385 (subject to adjustment) head of cattle per year with prices based on those published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, subject to adjustments for cattle performance. NBP obtained approximately 25% and 28% of its cattle requirements under this agreement during the twenty-six weeks ended June 29, 2019 and June 30, 2018, respectively.

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USPB Results of Operations

Thirteen-weeks ended June 29, 2019 compared to thirteen-weeks ended June 30, 2018

      Net Sales. There were no Net Sales in the thirteen-week periods ended June 29, 2019 and June 30, 2018.

     Cost of Sales. There were no Cost of Sales in the thirteen-week periods ended June 29, 2019 and June 30, 2018.

     Selling, General and Administrative Expenses. Selling, general and administrative expenses were approximately $0.9 million for the thirteen-weeks ended June 29, 2019 compared to approximately $1.1 million for the thirteen-weeks ended June 30, 2018. The $0.2 million decrease is primarily due to lower expenses for the phantom unit plans.

     Operating Loss. Operating loss was approximately $0.9 million for the thirteen-weeks ended June 29, 2019 compared to approximately $1.1 million for the thirteen-weeks ended June 30, 2018.

     Equity in Net Income of National Beef Packing Company, LLC. Equity in NBP net income was $25.2 million for the thirteen-weeks ended June 29, 2019 compared to $28.3 million for the thirteen-weeks ended June 30, 2018. The reduction in fiscal year 2019 is primarily due to lower gross margins at NBP. USPB carries its 15.0729% investment in NBP under the equity method of accounting.

     Interest Income. Interest income was $0.3 million for the thirteen weeks ended June 29, 2019 compared to $0.3 million for the thirteen-weeks ended June 30, 2018.

     Other, net. Other income was $0.2 million and $0.3 million for the thirteen-week periods ended June 29, 2019 and June 30, 2018, respectively. The decrease was primarily due to lower lease income on Company owned cattle delivery rights.

     Comprehensive Income. Comprehensive income was $24.7 million and $27.8 million for the thirteen- week periods ended June 29, 2019 and June 30, 2018, respectively.

Twenty-six weeks ended June 29, 2019 compared to twenty-six weeks ended June 30, 2018

     Net Sales. There were no Net Sales in the twenty-six week periods ended June 29, 2019 and June 30, 2018.

     Cost of Sales. There were no Cost of Sales in the twenty-six week periods ended June 29, 2019 and June 30, 2018.

     Selling, General and Administrative Expenses. Selling, general and administrative expenses were approximately $2.7 million for the twenty-six weeks ended June 29, 2019 compared to approximately $2.5 million for the twenty-six weeks ended June 30, 2018. The $0.2 million increase is primarily due to higher accounting and bonus expenses.

     Operating Loss. Operating loss was approximately $2.7 million for the twenty-six weeks ended June 29, 2019 compared to approximately $2.5 million for the twenty-six weeks ended June 30, 2018.

     Equity in Net Income of National Beef Packing Company, LLC. Equity in NBP net income was $37.0 million for the twenty-six weeks ended June 29, 2019 compared to $38.7 million for the twenty-six weeks ended June 30, 2018. The reduction in fiscal year 2019 is primarily due to higher selling, general and administrative expenses at NBP. USPB carries its 15.0729% investment in NBP under the equity method of accounting.

     Interest Income. Interest income was $0.6 million for the twenty-six weeks ended June 29, 2019 compared to $0.5 million for the twenty-six weeks ended June 30, 2018. The increase was primarily due to higher interest rates.

     Other, net. Other income was $0.4 million and $0.4 million for the twenty-six week periods ended June 29, 2019 and June 30, 2018, respectively.

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     Comprehensive Income. Comprehensive income was $35.3 million and $37.0 million for the twenty-six week periods ended June 29, 2019 and June 30, 2018, respectively.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

     As of June 29, 2019, we had net working capital (the excess of current assets over current liabilities) of approximately $57.8 million, which included cash and cash equivalents of $59.7 million. As of December 29, 2018, we had net working capital of approximately $80.0 million, which included cash and cash equivalents of $88.4 million. Our primary sources of liquidity for the first two quarters of fiscal year 2019 and fiscal year 2018 were cash and available borrowings under the Master Loan Agreement with CoBank.

     As of June 29, 2019, USPB had no long-term debt outstanding. We had a $5.0 million revolving term loan with CoBank all of which was available. USPB was in compliance with the financial covenant under its Master Loan Agreement as of June 29, 2019.

     We believe our cash and available borrowings under our Master Loan Agreement will be sufficient to support our cash needs for the foreseeable future. For a review of our obligations that affect liquidity, please see the “Cash Payment Obligations” table in “Item 7. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for fiscal year 2018.

Operating Activities

     Net cash used in operating activities in the twenty-six weeks ended June 29, 2019 was approximately $20.3 million compared to approximately $36.1 million in the twenty-six weeks ended June 30, 2018. The $15.8 million change was primarily due to a lesser amount of distributions being classified as operating activities in the current period as opposed to the prior year.

Investing Activities

     Net cash used in investing activities in the twenty-six weeks ended June 29, 2019 was immaterial compared to net cash provided by investing activities of $18.2 million in the twenty-six weeks ended June 30, 2018. The change was due to distributions from National Beef classified as investing activities in the prior year.

Financing Activities

     Net cash used in financing activities was $49.0 million in the twenty-six weeks ended June 29, 2019 compared to $91.7 million in the twenty-six weeks ended June 30, 2018. The change was the result of fewer member distribution checks clearing in the first two quarters of fiscal year 2019 compared to the first two quarters of fiscal year 2018.

Master Loan Agreement

     On June 13, 2017, USPB and CoBank entered into a Revolving Term Loan Supplement to the Master Loan Agreement dated July 26, 2011. The Revolving Term Loan Supplement provides for a $5 million revolving credit commitment. The new commitment carries a term of three years, maturing on June 30, 2020.

     All of the $5 million revolving credit commitment was available as of June 29, 2019. Borrowings under the revolving credit commitment bear interest at the base rate or LIBOR rate plus applicable margin. The applicable margin over LIBOR was 200 bps at June 29, 2019.

     On December 30, 2011, in connection with the closing of the Leucadia Transaction, the Company and CoBank entered into the Consent and First Amendment to Pledge Agreement and Security Agreement, by which CoBank agreed to (i) consent to the Membership Interest Sale and the PA Distribution, (ii) release its security interest in, and liens on, the Membership Interests being sold pursuant to the Membership Interest Sale, (iii) consent to the NBP Pledge and (iv) consent to the amendments and restatements of the NBP Operating Agreement and the PA Newco Operating Agreement. The NBP Pledge grants NBP a perfected security interest in and to USPB’s membership interests in, and distributions from, NBP, subject only to the prior first priority security interest held by CoBank.

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Item 3. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures about Market Risk.

     The principal market risks affecting USPB’s business are exposure to interest rate risk, to the extent the Company has debt outstanding. As of June 29, 2019, the Company did not have any outstanding debt.

 

Item 4. Controls and Procedures.

     We maintain a system of controls and procedures designed to provide reasonable assurance as to the reliability of the Financial Statements and other disclosures included in this report, as well as to safeguard assets from unauthorized use or disposition. We evaluated the effectiveness of the design and operation of our disclosure controls and procedures as defined in the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e) under supervision and with the participation of management, including our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer. Based upon that evaluation, as of the end of the period covered by this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer concluded that our disclosure controls and procedures were effective in alerting them, in a timely manner, to material information required to be included in our periodic Securities and Exchange Commission filings. There have been no changes in our internal controls over financial reporting during the twenty-six weeks ended June 29, 2019 that have materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, our internal control over financial reporting. The design of any system of controls and procedures is based in part upon certain assumptions about the likelihood of future events.

 

PART II. OTHER INFORMATION

Item 1. Legal Proceedings.

     USPB is not currently involved in any litigation. However, because its ownership interest in NBP is USPB’s largest asset and because of the cattle procurement and distribution relationship between USPB and NBP, litigation involving NBP may impact USPB. NBP has recently been named as a defendant in two matters.

     On April 23, 2019 and thereafter, a series of putative class action lawsuits were filed in the United States District Court, District of Illinois, against Tyson Foods, Inc., Tyson Fresh Meats, Inc., JBS S.A., JBS USA Food Company, Swift Beef Company, JBS Packerland, Inc., Cargill, Incorporated, Cargill Meat Solutions Corporation, Marfrig Global Foods S.A., NBP, and John Does 1-10 alleging unjust enrichment, violations of antitrust laws, the Packers and Stockyards Act, and the Commodity Exchange Act. The cases were consolidated on July 15, 2019 into one case entitled In re Cattle Antitrust Litigation. The class is seeking injunctive relief and various damages. USPB believes this lawsuit is without merit, and understands that NBP is vigorously defending it.

     On July 15, 2019, an amended putative class action lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court, District of Minnesota, against JBS USA Food Company Holdings, Tyson Foods, Inc., Cargill, Inc., and NBP alleging unjust enrichment, violations of unfair competition, antitrust, and consumer protection laws, and other causes of action. The class is seeking injunctive relief pursuant to federal law and damages pursuant to various state antitrust, unfair competition, unjust enrichment, and consumer protection laws. USPB believes this lawsuit is also without merit, and understands that NBP is vigorously defending it.

     USPB is not able to assess what impact, if any, the actions described above will have on NBP or USPB.

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Item 1A. Risk Factors.

     The risk factors set forth in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 29, 2018 have not materially changed. Please refer to the Company’s report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 29, 2018 to consider those risk factors.

Item 2. Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds.

     None.

Item 3. Defaults Upon Senior Securities.

     None.

Item 4. Mine Safety Disclosures.

     Not applicable.

Item 5. Other Information.

     None.

Item 6. Exhibits.

31.1         Certification of the Chief Executive Officer pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley
      Act of 2002 (filed herewith).
       
31.2     Certification of the Chief Financial Officer pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act
      of 2002 (filed herewith).
       
32.1     Certification of the Chief Executive Officer pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, as adopted
      pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (filed herewith).
       
32.2     Certification of the Chief Financial Officer pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, as adopted
      pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (filed herewith).
       
101 .INS   XBRL Instance Document **
       
101 .SCH   XBRL Taxonomy Extension Schema Document **
       
101 .CAL   XBRL Taxonomy Extension Calculation Linkbase **
       
101 .DEF   XBRL Taxonomy Extension Definition Linkbase Document **
       
101 .LAB   XBRL Taxonomy Extension Label Linkbase Document **
       
101 .PRE   XBRL Taxonomy Extension Presentation Linkbase Document **

** Furnished herewith. Pursuant to Rule 406T of Regulation S-T, the interactive data files on Exhibit 101 hereto are deemed not filed or part of a registration statement or prospectus for purposes of Sections 11 or 12 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, are deemed not filed for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and otherwise are not subject to liability under those sections.

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SIGNATURES

     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 thereunto duly authorized.

U.S. Premium Beef, LLC
   
   
   By:
/s/ Stanley D. Linville
  Stanley D. Linville
  Chief Executive Officer
  (Principal Executive Officer)
   
   
   By:
/s/ Scott J. Miller
  Scott J. Miller
  Chief Financial Officer
  (Principal Financial and Accounting Officer)

Date: August 8, 2019

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