ATLANTA — Cagle’s Inc. has announced that it and its wholly-owned subsidiary Cagle’s Farms, Inc. (collectively, “Cagle’s”) have filed voluntary petitions for relief under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. Cagle’s filed the petitions Oct. 20 in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Georgia in Atlanta, Georgia.
Cagle’s emphasized that normal operations and customer service will continue without disruption, including sales, order processing and delivery. In connection with its Chapter 11 filing, Cagle’s also announced that it anticipates receiving court approval for a debtor-in-possession (DIP) financing facility from AgSouth Farm Credit ACA.
Cagle’s noted that, over the past few years, the poultry industry has been under severe stress due to historically high corn and soybean meal prices coupled with sagging chicken prices caused by an oversupply of broilers. As a result, Cagle’s has incurred significant operating losses that have depleted its liquidity and working capital position.
“After careful consideration we concluded that a Chapter 11 restructuring represents the best long-term solution for Cagle’s Inc. and Cagle’s Farms Inc.,” said J. Douglas Cagle, chairman, president and CEO. “It is our goal to reach an agreement with our creditors in a quick and efficient manner, allowing us to restructure our debt with minimal disruption to our operations.”
“We appreciate the ongoing loyalty and support of our employees, growers, customers and vendors,” Cagle commented. “Their dedication and hard work is critical to our success. We remain committed to leading Cagle’s toward a strong and profitable future with the help of our employees, our growers, our customer base and our vendor community. Cagle’s remains a viable business that is deeply committed to our employees and the customers that we serve.”
Cagle’s has not set a target date for emergence from Chapter 11, but Cagle stressed that the company’s strategy is to move quickly. “There is much work ahead,” he stated, “but time and time again, our employees have proven their ability to face significant challenges and handle change. By working together, we can preserve Cagle’s and its future.”
In its Oct. 19 filing, Cagle’s reported assets of $92 million and debts of $63 million.
Its largest unsecured creditor was listed as ADM Milling Co. of Decature, Ill., which is owned $3.7 million. Other unsecured creditors include Evonik Degussa Corp. of Kennesaw, Ga., Ampro Products Inc. of Gainesville, Ga., and American Proteins Inc. of Cumming, Ga.
Cagle’s, headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., is an integrated poultry company that has been in operation for more than 60 years.