SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the
Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of report (Date of earliest event reported): June 1, 2010
PILGRIMS PRIDE CORPORATION
(Exact Name of registrant as specified in its charter)
(State or other jurisdiction
4845 US Highway 271 N.
|(Address of principal executive offices)||(Zip Code)|
Registrants telephone number, including area code: (903) 434-1000
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report.)
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|Item 5.02||Departures of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.|
On June 1, 2010, Gary D. Tucker, the Principal Financial Officer of Pilgrims Pride Corporation (the Company), entered into a letter agreement with the Company (the Letter Agreement) pursuant to which Mr. Tuckers annual base salary was increased from $250,215 to $300,000, effective June 1, 2010. The Letter Agreement provides that Mr. Tucker will be eligible to receive a target bonus equal to 50% of his annual base salary, contingent upon Mr. Tuckers continued employment through the 2010 calendar year, as well as the Company making a threshold earnings goal. The bonus has been granted under the Companys Short-Term Management Incentive Plan. The Companys Compensation Committee has approved the terms of the Letter Agreement.
In addition, under the Letter Agreement, Mr. Tucker will receive a one-time cash payment equal to $650,000 payable upon the earliest of (i) the mandatory exchange transaction of the Companys common stock for shares of common stock of JBS USA Holdings, Inc. (JBS USA) (the Mandatory Exchange Transaction), (ii) any similar event to the Mandatory Exchange Transaction whereby the Company would cease to be deemed a publicly-traded company or would merge with JBS USA and (iii) the date of termination of Mr. Tuckers employment for any reason other than Cause (as defined in the Change in Control Agreement dated October 10, 2008 between Mr. Tucker and the Company (the Change in Control Agreement), the form of which was attached as Exhibit 10.4 to the Current Report on Form 8-K of the Company filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on October 27, 2008).
Mr. Tucker has also agreed to relocate his principal place of business from Pittsburg, Texas to Greeley, Colorado. The Letter Agreement provides that Mr. Tucker will be eligible to receive reimbursement of his reasonable temporary living expenses, other than automobile rental or expenses, through the Mandatory Exchange Transaction and the date of termination of Mr. Tuckers employment, whichever occurs first.
Mr. Tuckers Change in Control Agreement was terminated in connection with the Company and Mr. Tucker entering into the Letter Agreement.
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 hereunto duly authorized.
|PILGRIMS PRIDE CORPORATION|
|Date: June 16, 2010||By:|
|Chief Executive Officer|