Jun. 27, 2014, 8:16 AM
- DuPont (DD) -3.1% premarket after cutting its Q2 and FY 2014 earnings outlook, pointing to slower than expected sales growth in its agriculture and performance chemicals units.
- DD said in a conference call that it expects Q2 operating earnings in its agriculture business to fall in the low teens in percentage terms, with corn pricing in North America expected to be slightly lower than its previous estimate and returns of unused corn seeds in Brazil to be higher than anticipated.
- Dow Chemical (DOW) -0.7% premarket; chemical peers FMC, SYT, MON, LYB, CE and HUN also will be on watch today.
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- Noting lower-than-expected results from its Agriculture and, to a lesser extent. Performance Chemicals segments, Dupont (DD) expects Q2 operating earnings to be moderately below last year's $1.28 per share, and cuts its full-year 2014 outlook to $4.00-$4.10 per share.
- In agriculture, it's all about corn, with lower-than-hoped seed sales and higher-than-planned seed inventory write-downs. Bean sales volumes are doing better-than-expected, but not enough to offset corn. CEO Ellen Kullman: "While 2014 is a transition year in agriculture, the revisions to the outlook we made today do not meet the expectations we set for our Agriculture segment or for the company."
- Updating on the company's redesign initiative, Dupont expects to book a Q2 restructuring charge of $270M, or $0.20 per share, after-tax. The efforts are expected to lead to at least $1B of cost savings by 2019.
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- Source: Press Release
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- DuPont (DD +0.9%) is considering alternatives to a planned spinoff of its performance chemicals unit, including a Reverse Morris Trust that could create synergies with a potential partner, CFO Nicholas Fanandakis says.
- The CFO’s comments increase the chances DuPont will enter into a Reverse Morris Trust with Tronox (TROX +6%), combining the companies’ titanium dioxide assets, Alembic Global analyst Hassan Ahmed says, calculating that such a deal would almost triple the value of TROX’s net operating losses - which can be applied toward tax obligations - to $1.6B.
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Apr. 17, 2014, 8:49 AM
- DuPont's (DD) -0.7% premarket as Q1 earnings plummet by more than half from the year-ago quarter after losing the one-time boost from the sale of its coating business.
- DuPont estimates adverse winter weather reduced Q1 EPS by $0.07 due to increased operating costs and lost sales.
- Sales in DD's agricultural business fell 6% to $4.39B, as volume growth in the Americas was constrained by the harsh weather as well as shifts in the timing and planted area.
- However, volumes increased in the company's industrial segments and margins improved in almost all of them.
- Reaffirms guidance for FY 2014, sees EPS of $4.20-$4.45 vs. $3.88 last year and $4.32 analyst consensus, based on anticipated growth in global industrial market demand.
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- China’s rejection of genetically modified corn is becoming a big problem for exporters: In the first full tally of the impact, a U.S. grain industry group says the rejected shipments have totaled ~1.45M metric tons, far more than the 545K tons China has reported and the 900K tons that has circulated in news media.
- The rejected shipments have cost grain companies $427M from lost sales and reduced prices for China-bound shipments that must be resold elsewhere, and has affected the price of corn and soybeans, resulting in hundreds of millions of dollars in losses for farmers.
- Big seed companies such as Syngenta (SYT), Monsanto (MON) and DuPont (DD) generally are aligned with traders such as Cargill and ADM in the desire to grow and sell as much grain as possible, but now the two groups are debating who should bear the costs for the rejected shipments.
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Apr. 3, 2014, 11:39 AM
- A U.S. appeals court throws out a $920M award to DuPont (DD -0.1%) over a case involving alleged theft of trade secrets in the manufacture of Kevlar, citing errors by the trial judge in the case brought in 2012 by federal prosecutors.
- The court orders a new trial, ruling that the judge in the case had wrongly excluded evidence relevant to the defense, and for a new judge to be assigned to the case.
Mar. 19, 2014, 6:49 PM
- Fear of fickle regulators is discouraging companies from investing in climate-change initiatives: Companies invested on average 22% less in emissions reductions in 2013 than in the prior year, as 90% of companies responding to a recent survey cited regulatory risk as a barrier to investment.
- DuPont (DD), for example, says regulatory surprises mean it is facing the prospect of smaller markets and longer payback periods than originally anticipated on two projects in the U.S. and Europe.
- "If you do a longer term investment in the industry, it takes years to build a full scale plant," a frustrated DuPont exec tells WSJ. "You want to have a payback. We can’t put hundreds of millions of dollars in a full-scale plant then see the law change and there is no market any more.”
Mar. 10, 2014, 6:05 PM
- DuPont (DD) -1% AH after saying in an 8-K filing that Q1 sales and earnings will be “challenged” by the unusually cold North American winter and disruptions in Ukraine.
- However, DD maintains its FY 2014 forecast for operating EPS of $4.20-$4.45, citing an improvement in global industrial production and lower agriculture input costs; consensus analyst estimate is $4.43.
Mar. 4, 2014, 3:58 PM
- Honeywell (HON +1.1%) and DuPont (DD +1.9%) reportedly face a European Union complaint for violating antitrust rules over the only car coolant chemical that currently meets new EU standards on greenhouse gas emissions.
- It’s a new twist in a long-running saga over the HFO-1234yf chemical, which is expected to be a cash cow for the two companies, as it replaces ozone-depleting alternatives that can’t be included in new vehicles sold in the EU starting in 2017.
- The new chemical is considered more expensive than its predecessor, and "with patent-protected supply plus a more expensive manufacturing process, a price premium will exist for some time,” an analyst says.
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