DowDuPont Reports Second Quarter 2018 Results

  • GAAP EPS from Continuing Operations of $0.76; Adj. EPS Increases 41% to $1.37
  • GAAP Net Income from Continuing Operations of $1.8B; Op. EBITDA Up 29% to $5.7B
  • Net Sales Up 17% to $24.2B; Volume and Local Price Gains in All Divisions and All Regions
  • Cost Synergy Savings of >$375MM; Raises YoY Savings Target >15% to $1.4B
  • Expects 3Q Op. EBITDA Growth in All Divisions: Ag mid-20s percent; Materials Science high-single digits percent; Specialty Products mid-teens percent

Second Quarter Financial Highlights

  • GAAP earnings per share from continuing operations was $0.76. Adjusted earnings1 per share increased 41 percent to $1.37, compared with pro forma adjusted earnings1 per share in the year-ago period of $0.97. Adjusted earnings per share excludes significant items in the quarter totaling net charges of $0.50 per share and an $0.11 per share charge for DuPont amortization of intangible assets.
  • Net sales increased 17 percent to $24.2 billion, with double-digit growth in all divisions and gains in all geographic regions, from pro forma net sales of $20.7 billion in the year-ago period. The Agriculture division increased sales 25 percent, driven by a recovery from weather-related delays in the first quarter and local price gains. The Materials Science division grew sales 18 percent, with double-digit gains in all segments and in all regions. The Specialty Products division increased sales 10 percent, with gains in most segments and all regions.
  • Volume grew 10 percent on a pro forma basis from the year-ago period, with gains in all divisions and all regions, led by double-digit gains in U.S. & Canada and Asia Pacific. Agriculture volume increased 20 percent, primarily driven by a recovery from weather-related delays in the first quarter. Materials Science and Specialty Products volume increased 10 percent and 4 percent, respectively, both with gains in all segments and regions.
  • Local price rose 4 percent on a pro forma basis, with gains in all divisions and all regions, led by a 5 percent increase in Materials Science and a 4 percent increase in Agriculture.
  • Operating EBITDA1 increased 29 percent on a pro forma basis from the year-ago period to $5.7 billion. Agriculture achieved 45 percent operating EBITDA growth. Specialty Products delivered operating EBITDA growth of 23 percent. Materials Science delivered operating EBITDA growth of 22 percent.
  • Operating EBITDA drivers in the quarter included volume and local price gains, cost synergies, currency, lower pension/OPEB costs2 and higher equity earnings.
  • DowDuPont achieved cost synergy savings of more than $375 million in the quarter, reaching cumulative savings of nearly $900 million since merger close. The Company now expects to achieve year-over-year savings of $1.4 billion in 2018, a more than 15 percent increase from its previous target.
  • Cash flow from operations was $2.1 billion, driven by increased cash earnings.
  • The Company returned nearly $2 billion to shareholders in the quarter through dividends ($0.9 billion) and share repurchases ($1 billion). Since merger close, DowDuPont has returned $5.6 billion to shareholders.

CEO Quote

 “We continued to deliver strong results in the second quarter, including double-digit gains in sales and operating EBITDA,” said Ed Breen, chief executive officer of DowDuPont. “Volume growth, local price gains and operating margin expansion were the key highlights, reflecting a clear focus from the businesses on execution. Our new product launches are resonating with customers, resulting in strong demand across each of our targeted end-markets. These are indicators that our three divisions are making a difference in the marketplace and for shareholders. We have great momentum and our employees are enthusiastic about the future of our intended industry-leading companies – Corteva, Dow and DuPont.”

Outlook

“Broad-based consumer strength continues to drive economic expansion and our underlying business growth,” said Howard Ungerleider, chief financial officer of DowDuPont. “Leading indicators, such as manufacturing output, employment, wages and consumer spending remain largely constructive, supporting increased global economic activity. We see some discrete headwinds, most notably currency fluctuations, particularly in Agriculture, and higher raw materials costs in all three divisions. Looking ahead, we continue to expect above-market growth through much of DowDuPont’s business portfolio, driven by our innovations, growth investments, geographic reach and leading market positions. We expect third quarter net sales to be up more than 10 percent and operating EBITDA up more than 12 percent year-over-year.”

Conference Call

The Company will host a live webcast of its second quarter earnings conference call with investors to discuss its results, business outlook and other matters today at 8:00 a.m. ET. The slide presentation that accompanies the conference call will be posted on the DowDuPont Investor Relations events and presentations page. A replay of the webcast will also be available on the investor events and presentations page of www.dow-dupont.com.

About DowDuPont™

DowDuPont (NYSE: DWDP) is a holding company comprised of The Dow Chemical Company and DuPont with the intent to form strong, independent, publicly traded companies in agriculture, materials science and specialty products sectors that will lead their respective industries through productive, science-based innovation to meet the needs of customers and help solve global challenges. For more information, please visit us at www.dow-dupont.com.

Contact Information:

Investors:

Greg Friedman
greg.friedman@dupont.com
+1 302-774-4994 

Neal Sheorey
nrsheorey@dow.com
+1 989-636-6347

Media:

Rachelle Schikorra
ryschikorra@dow.com
+1 989-638-4090

Dan Turner
daniel.a.turner@dupont.com
+1 302-996-8372

 (1) Adjusted earnings per share, Pro forma adjusted earnings per share, Operating EBITDA and Pro forma operating EBITDA are non-GAAP measures.. First quarter 2017 information is on a pro forma basis and was determined in accordance with Article 11 of Regulation S-X.

(2) Pension/OPEB (other post employment benefit plans) costs include all components of net periodic benefit cost from continuing operations. 

 

Cautionary Statement About Forward-Looking Statements

 

This communication contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the federal securities laws, including Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. In this context, forward-looking statements often address expected future business and financial performance and financial condition, and often contain words such as “expect,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “plan,” “believe,” “seek,” “see,” “will,” “would,” “target,” and similar expressions and variations or negatives of these words.
 

On December 11, 2015, The Dow Chemical Company (“Dow”) and E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company (“DuPont”) entered into an Agreement and Plan of Merger, as amended on March 31, 2017, (the “Merger Agreement”) under which the companies would combine in an all-stock merger of equals transaction (the “Merger”). Effective August 31, 2017, the Merger was completed and each of Dow and DuPont became subsidiaries of DowDuPont (Dow and DuPont, and their respective subsidiaries, collectively referred to as the "Subsidiaries").
 

Forward-looking statements by their nature address matters that are, to varying degrees, uncertain, including the intended separation, subject to approval of the Company’s Board of Directors and customary closing conditions of DowDuPont’s agriculture, materials science and specialty products businesses in one or more tax-efficient transactions on anticipated terms (the “Intended Business Separations”). Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and are based on certain assumptions and expectations of future events which may not be realized. Forward-looking statements also involve risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the Company’s control. Some of the important factors that could cause DowDuPont’s, Dow’s or DuPont’s actual results to differ materially from those projected in any such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to: (i) costs to achieve and achieving the successful integration of the respective agriculture, materials science and specialty products businesses of Dow and DuPont, anticipated tax treatment, unforeseen liabilities, future capital expenditures, revenues, expenses, earnings, productivity actions, economic performance, indebtedness, financial condition, losses, future prospects, business and management strategies for the management, expansion and growth of the combined operations; (ii) costs to achieve and achievement of the anticipated synergies by the combined agriculture, materials science and specialty products businesses; (iii) risks associated with the Intended Business Separations, including conditions which could delay, prevent or otherwise adversely affect the proposed transactions, including possible issues or delays in obtaining required regulatory approvals or clearances related to the Intended Business Separations, associated costs, disruptions in the financial markets or other potential barriers; (iv) disruptions or business uncertainty, including from the Intended Business Separations, could adversely impact DowDuPont’s business (either directly or as conducted by and through Dow or DuPont), or financial performance and its ability to retain and hire key personnel; (v) uncertainty as to the long-term value of DowDuPont common stock; and (vi) risks to DowDuPont’s, Dow’s and DuPont’s business, operations and results of operations from: the availability of and fluctuations in the cost of feedstocks and energy; balance of supply and demand and the impact of balance on prices; failure to develop and market new products and optimally manage product life cycles; ability, cost and impact on business operations, including the supply chain, of responding to changes in market acceptance, rules, regulations and policies and failure to respond to such changes; outcome of significant litigation, environmental matters and other commitments and contingencies; failure to appropriately manage process safety and product stewardship issues; global economic and capital market conditions, including the continued availability of capital and financing, as well as inflation, interest and currency exchange rates; changes in political conditions, including trade disputes and retaliatory actions; business or supply disruptions; security threats, such as acts of sabotage, terrorism or war, natural disasters and weather events and patterns which could result in a significant operational event for the Company, adversely impact demand or production; ability to discover, develop and protect new technologies and to protect and enforce the Company’s intellectual property rights; failure to effectively manage acquisitions, divestitures, alliances, joint ventures and other portfolio changes; unpredictability and severity of catastrophic events, including, but not limited to, acts of terrorism or outbreak of war or hostilities, as well as management’s response to any of the aforementioned factors. These risks are and will be more fully discussed in the current, quarterly and annual reports filed with the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission by DowDuPont. While the list of factors presented here is, considered representative, no such list should be considered to be a complete statement of all potential risks and uncertainties. Unlisted factors may present significant additional obstacles to the realization of forward-looking statements. Consequences of material differences in results as compared with those anticipated in the forward-looking statements could include, among other things, business disruption, operational problems, financial loss, legal liability to third parties and similar risks, any of which could have a material adverse effect on DowDuPont’s, Dow’s or DuPont’s consolidated financial condition, results of operations, credit rating or liquidity. None of DowDuPont, Dow or DuPont assumes any obligation to publicly provide revisions or updates to any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise, should circumstances change, except as otherwise required by securities and other applicable laws. A detailed discussion of some of the significant risks and uncertainties which may cause results and events to differ materially from such forward-looking statements is included in the section titled “Risk Factors” (Part I, Item 1A) of DowDuPont’s 2017 annual report on Form 10-K.
 

Discussion of segment revenue, operating EBITDA and price/volume metrics on a divisional basis for Agriculture is based on the results of the Agriculture segment; for Materials Science is based on the combined results of the Performance Materials & Coatings, Industrial & Infrastructure, and Packaging & Specialty Plastics segments; and for Specialty Products is based on the combined results of the Electronics & Imaging, Nutrition & Biosciences, Transportation & Advanced Polymers, and Safety & Construction segments. The segment disclosures have been presented in this manner for informational purposes only and should not be viewed as an indication of each division’s current or future operating results on a standalone basis assuming completion of the Intended Business Separations.

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Merger of Equals
 

Effective August 31, 2017, pursuant to the merger of equals transaction contemplated by the Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated as of December 11, 2015, as amended on March 31, 2017 (the "Merger Agreement"), The Dow Chemical Company ("Dow") and E. I. du Pont de Nemours & Company ("DuPont") each merged with subsidiaries of DowDuPont Inc. ("DowDuPont" or the "Company") and, as a result, Dow and DuPont became subsidiaries of DowDuPont Inc. (the "Merger"). Dow was determined to be the accounting acquirer in the Merger and, as a result, the historical financial statements of Dow, prepared under U.S. generally accepted accounting principles ("U.S. GAAP"), for the periods prior to the Merger are considered to be the historical financial statements of DowDuPont.
 

Unaudited Pro Forma Financial Information
 

In order to provide the most meaningful comparison of results of operations and results by segment, supplemental unaudited pro forma financial information has been included in the following financial schedules. The unaudited pro forma financial information is based on the historical consolidated financial statements and accompanying notes of both Dow and DuPont and has been prepared to illustrate the effects of the Merger, assuming the Merger had been consummated on January 1, 2016. For the three and six months ended June 30, 2017, pro forma adjustments have been made for (1) the preliminary purchase accounting impact, (2) accounting policy alignment, (3) the elimination of the effect of events that are directly attributable to the Merger Agreement (e.g., one-time transaction costs), (4) the elimination of the impact of transactions between Dow and DuPont, and (5) the elimination of the effect of consummated divestitures agreed to with certain regulatory agencies as a condition of approval for the Merger. The unaudited pro forma financial information was based on and should be read in conjunction with the separate historical financial statements and accompanying notes contained in each of the Dow and DuPont Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2017. The pro forma financial information was prepared in accordance with Article 11 of Regulation S-X. The results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2018, are presented on a U.S. GAAP basis.
 

The unaudited pro forma financial information has been presented for informational purposes only and is not necessarily indicative of what DowDuPont's results of operations actually would have been had the Merger been completed as of January 1, 2016, nor is it indicative of the future operating results of DowDuPont. The unaudited pro forma information does not reflect restructuring or integration activities or other costs following the Merger that may be incurred to achieve cost or growth synergies of DowDuPont. For further information on the unaudited pro forma financial information, please refer to the Company's Current Report on Form 8-K dated October 26, 2017.
 

Non-GAAP Financial Measures
 

This earnings release includes information that does not conform to U.S. GAAP and are considered non-GAAP measures. These measures include the Company's pro forma consolidated results and pro forma earnings per share on an adjusted basis. Management uses these measures internally for planning, forecasting and evaluating the performance of the Company's segments, including allocating resources. DowDuPont's management believes that these non-GAAP measures best reflect the ongoing performance of the Company during the periods presented and provide more relevant and meaningful information to investors as they provide insight with respect to ongoing operating results of the Company and a more useful comparison of year-over-year results. These non-GAAP measures supplement the Company's U.S. GAAP disclosures and should not be viewed as an alternative to U.S. GAAP measures of performance. Furthermore, such non-GAAP measures may not be consistent with similar measures provided or used by other companies. Non-GAAP measures included in this release are defined below. Reconciliations for these non-GAAP measures to U.S. GAAP are provided in the Selected Financial Information and Non-GAAP Measures starting on page 15. DowDuPont does not provide forward-looking U.S. GAAP financial measures or a reconciliation of forward-looking non-GAAP financial measures to the most comparable U.S. GAAP financial measures on a forward-looking basis because the Company is unable to predict with reasonable certainty the ultimate outcome of pending litigation, unusual gains and losses, foreign currency exchange gains or losses, potential future asset impairments and purchase accounting fair value adjustments, as well as discrete taxable events, without unreasonable effort. These items are uncertain, depend on various factors, and could have a material impact on U.S. GAAP results for the guidance period.
 

Adjusted earnings per share is defined as "Earnings per common share from continuing operations - diluted" excluding the after-tax impact of significant items and the after-tax impact of amortization expense associated with DuPont's intangible assets. Pro forma adjusted earnings per share is defined as "Pro Forma earnings per common share from continuing operations - diluted" excluding the after-tax impact of pro forma significant items and the after-tax impact of pro forma amortization expense associated with DuPont's intangible assets. Although amortization of DuPont's intangible assets is excluded from these non-GAAP measures, management believes it is important for investors to understand that such intangible assets contribute to revenue generation. Amortization of intangible assets that relate to past acquisitions will recur in future periods until such intangible assets have been fully amortized. Any future acquisitions may result in amortization of additional intangible assets.
 

Operating EBITDA is defined as earnings (i.e., "Income from continuing operations before income taxes") before interest, depreciation, amortization and foreign exchange gains (losses), excluding the impact of significant items. Pro forma operating EBITDA is defined as pro forma earnings (i.e., "Pro Forma income from continuing operations before income taxes") before interest, depreciation, amortization and foreign exchange gains (losses), excluding the impact of significant items.
 

Discussion of segment revenue, operating EBITDA and price/volume metrics on a divisional basis for Agriculture is based on the results of the Agriculture segment; for Materials Science is based on the combined results of the Performance Materials & Coatings segment, the Industrial Intermediates & Infrastructure segment and the Packaging & Specialty Plastics segment; and for Specialty Products is based on the combined results of the Electronics & Imaging segment, the Nutrition & Biosciences segment, the Transportation & Advanced Polymers segment and the Safety & Construction segment. The Corporate segment is not included in the division metrics. The segment disclosures have been presented in this manner for informational purposes only and should not be viewed as an indication of each division’s current or future operating results on a standalone basis assuming completion of the Intended Business Separations.