Marfrig Alimentos SA (MRFG3), Latin America’s second-largest beef producer, reported a fourth- quarter loss after a surge in animal-feed costs and debt payments eroded gains.
The net loss of 141.5 million reais ($78.2 million) compares with a profit of 158.1 million reais in the year- earlier period, Sao Paulo-based Marfrig said in a regulatory filing.
The company was expected to post a loss of 7.6 million reais, excluding some items, according to the average of four analyst estimates compiled by Bloomberg.
JBS SA (JBSS3) is the world’s largest beef producer.
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