UPDATE 1-Canadian meat processor Maple Leaf Food's loss narrows

Thu Jul 30, 2015 6:36pm EDT
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July 30 (Reuters) - Canadian meat processor Maple Leaf Foods Inc reported a smaller loss due to a steep fall in restructuring costs as the company's multi-year program to upgrade its meat operations nears completion.

Restructuring costs fell about 64 percent to C$7.3 million ($5.6 million) in the second quarter ended June 30, the company said on Thursday.

Maple Leaf Foods, one of Canada's biggest pork processors, rolled out a program in 2010 to boost earnings by shutting some plants and modernizing others.

The company, which has processing plants and distribution centers across Canada, said it closed the last of its remaining legacy facilities in the quarter.

Maple Leaf Foods' net loss from continuing operations narrowed to C$7.5 million ($5.8 million), or 5 Canadian cents per share, from C$39.5 million, or 28 Canadian cents per share, a year earlier.

On an adjusted basis, the company earned 13 Canadian cents per share.

Sales fell 1.3 percent to C$820.8 million.

Sales in the Meat Products Group, which includes products sold under brands such as Maple Leaf, Schneiders, fell 1 percent to C$817.2 million.   Continued...