DowDuPont Reports First Quarter 2018 Results
- GAAP EPS from Continuing Operations of $0.47; Adj. EPS Increases 7% to $1.12
- GAAP Net Income from Continuing Operations of $1.1B; Op. EBITDA Up 6% to $4.9B
- Net Sales Rise 5% to $21.5B, driven by Segments Within the Materials Science and Specialty Products Divisions
- Cost Synergy Savings of >$300MM; Run-Rate Ahead of Plan and Now on Pace to Achieve 75% Run-Rate of $3.3B Commitment by the End of the Third Quarter of 2018
- DWDP Expects Op. EBITDA up ~15% in 1H18; 2Q Op. EBITDA up in all Divisions: Ag high-30s percent; Materials Science mid-teens percent; Specialty Products ~20%
First Quarter Financial Highlights
- GAAP earnings per share from continuing operations was $0.47. Adjusted earnings1 per share increased 7 percent to $1.12, compared with pro forma adjusted earnings per share in the year-ago period of $1.05. Adjusted earnings per share excludes significant items in the quarter totaling net charges of $0.54 per share, as well as an $0.11 per share charge for DuPont amortization of intangible assets.
- Net sales increased 5 percent to $21.5 billion, with growth in most operating segments and geographic regions, from pro forma net sales of $20.5 billion in the year-ago period. The Materials Science division increased sales 17 percent, with double-digit gains in all segments and gains in all regions. The Specialty Products division increased sales 11 percent, with gains in most segments and all regions. These increases more than offset a decline in Agriculture sales of 25 percent driven by weather-related delays to planting seasons in the Northern Hemisphere and Brazil. Net sales included a 4 percent benefit from currency, primarily from the Euro.
- Volume declined 2 percent on a pro forma basis from the year-ago period, due to a weather-related shift in Agriculture. The Materials Science division increased volume 8 percent, with gains in most segments and all regions. The Specialty Products division increased volume 3 percent, with gains in all segments and most regions.
- Local price rose 3 percent on a pro forma basis, led by increases in all regions and most operating segments. Local price increased in each division, led by a 5 percent increase in the Materials Science division.
- Operating EBITDA1 increased 6 percent on a pro forma basis from the year-ago period to $4.9 billion. The Materials Science division achieved 23 percent operating EBITDA growth, with double-digit gains in all segments. The Specialty Products division delivered 25 percent operating EBITDA growth, with double-digit gains in most segments. Earnings drivers included local price and volume gains in Materials Science and Specialty Products, cost synergies, a benefit from currency, lower pension/OPEB costs2 and higher equity earnings. These gains more than offset a decline in Agriculture due to a weather-related shift impacting seed and crop protection deliveries, higher feedstock costs in the other two divisions and planned maintenance and weather-related outages in Materials Science.
- The Company achieved cost synergy savings of more than $300 million in the first quarter, ahead of its run-rate plan and now on pace to deliver a 75 percent run-rate against its $3.3 billion cost synergy commitment by the end of the third quarter of 2018.
- DowDuPont returned nearly $2 billion to shareholders in the quarter through dividends ($0.9 billion) and share repurchases ($1 billion).
“We delivered solid first-quarter sales and operating earnings gains, while our teams advanced the intended business separations,” said Ed Breen, chief executive officer of DowDuPont. “The Materials Science and Specialty Products divisions delivered better-than-expected top- and bottom-line growth with higher prices and volume gains, including value adding product innovations. Their growth more than offset weather-related delays that are expected to shift a substantial portion of our Agriculture earnings to the second quarter. All three divisions hit their cost synergy targets, producing savings of over $300 million as we build momentum on our $3.3 billion in cost synergies and put more focus on the $1 billion in growth synergies. And we continue to expect Materials Science to spin by the end of the first quarter of 2019, with Agriculture and Specialty Products separating by June 1, 2019. These will be three world-class companies equipped to further their leadership positions in attractive growth markets.”
First Quarter Division Highlights
- First quarter net sales increased 17 percent to $12.0 billion versus pro forma net sales in the year-ago period, with double-digit gains in all segments and gains in all regions. Volume grew 8 percent, local price rose 5 percent and currency improved 4 percent.
- First quarter Operating EBITDA grew 23 percent to $2.6 billion versus pro forma operating EBITDA in the same quarter last year, with double-digit gains in all segments.
- Equity earnings improved $53 million, driven by improvements from Sadara and the Kuwait joint ventures, which more than offset a reduction at the Thai joint ventures and the HSC Group.
Performance Materials & Coatings
Performance Materials & Coatings reported net sales of $2.3 billion, up 12 percent versus pro forma net sales of $2.1 billion in the year-ago period. Sales rose in all regions, with double-digit increases in Asia Pacific and EMEA. Local price increased 9 percent, with gains in all regions and in both businesses. Volume declined 1 percent versus the year-ago period and currency benefited sales by 4 percent.
Consumer Solutions delivered double-digit sales growth, driven by double-digit local price gains in most regions; disciplined price/volume management in upstream silicone intermediate products; traction on growth synergies; and robust demand in personal and home care end-markets. Coatings & Performance Monomers achieved high single-digit sales growth, driven by local price increases in all regions in response to higher raw material costs, which more than offset a volume decline due to supply constraints and proactive measures to shed low margin business.
Operating EBITDA increased to $628 million, up 31 percent from pro forma operating EBITDA of $481 million in the year-ago period, primarily due to increased pricing, improved product mix and cost and growth synergies.
Equity earnings for the segment totaled $41 million, compared with pro forma equity earnings of $91 million in the year-ago period. The decline was driven by lower earnings at the HSC Group due to settlements of long-term polysilicon sales agreements that benefited the same quarter last year.
Industrial Intermediates & Infrastructure
Industrial Intermediates & Infrastructure reported net sales of $3.7 billion, up 30 percent versus pro forma net sales of $2.8 billion in the year-ago period. Double-digit sales gains were reported in all regions. Volume grew 14 percent and local price rose 11 percent. Currency benefited sales by 5 percent.
Polyurethanes & CAV delivered robust sales growth on double-digit gains in all regions, driven by local price gains in all regions and volume gains in most regions. Volume growth was particularly strong in Asia Pacific and EMEA, enabled by the contributions from new capacity at the Sadara joint venture. Volume in North America was impacted by weather-related unplanned outages. The business achieved price increases and innovation-led customer wins in downstream, higher-margin systems applications. Merchant sales of methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (MDI) and caustic soda also expanded as a result of ongoing tightness in industry supply/demand fundamentals. Industrial Solutions reported a double-digit sales increase on local price gains and volume growth in all regions, driven by new production from the Sadara joint venture. The business reported increased demand for products used in electronic processing and crop protection applications. The business’s volume was also impacted by weather-related unplanned events. Construction Chemicals delivered high single-digit sales growth, led by demand for acrylic-based products in North America, local price increases and a tailwind from currency, which were partly offset by a decline in methyl cellulosics volume in EMEA due to capacity constraints.
Operating EBITDA in the first quarter was $654 million, up 28 percent from pro forma operating EBITDA of $512 million in the year-ago period. Pricing momentum, cost synergies and demand growth, coupled with improved equity earnings, more than offset the impact of weather-related outages along the U.S. Gulf Coast, higher raw material costs and increased maintenance and turnaround activity.
Equity earnings for the segment totaled $149 million, compared with pro forma equity earnings of $73 million in the year-ago period. The year-over-year growth was driven by a reduction in equity losses from the Sadara joint venture, resulting from the operation of new facilities, and higher monoethylene glycol (MEG) pricing that benefited the EQUATE joint venture.
Packaging & Specialty Plastics
The Packaging & Specialty Plastics segment reported net sales of $6.0 billion, up 12 percent from pro forma net sales of $5.4 billion in the year-ago period. The sales gain was driven by volume growth of 8 percent and a currency benefit of 4 percent, primarily in Europe. Local price increases in ethylene derivatives were offset by declines in hydrocarbons prices.
The Packaging and Specialty Plastics business grew volume in all regions on broad-based demand strength, supported by new capacity additions on the U.S. Gulf Coast and increased Sadara production. Local price was up as increases in ethylene derivatives in the Americas more than offset moderate declines in EMEA and Asia Pacific. Notable highlights included double-digit sales gains in all regions, with robust demand growth in food and specialty packaging and industrial and consumer packaging end-markets in Asia Pacific and EMEA, as well as in rigid packaging applications in all regions. The business also delivered strong demand growth in elastomers applications, with double-digit volume gains in Asia Pacific and in hot melt adhesives in EMEA.
Operating EBITDA for the segment totaled $1.3 billion, up 17 percent from pro forma operating EBITDA of $1.1 billion in the year-ago period. Polyethylene price increases; volume gains, including the benefit of increased supply from growth projects; lower commissioning and startup costs; higher equity earnings; and cost synergies more than offset increased feedstock costs.
Equity earnings for the segment were $59 million, up from pro forma equity earnings of $32 million in the year-ago period. Equity earnings in the quarter benefited from a reduction in equity losses from the Sadara joint venture, as well as improved earnings from the Kuwait joint ventures on volume and price gains. These gains more than offset reduced earnings at the Thai joint ventures, where rising feedstock costs compressed margins.
- First quarter net sales increased 11 percent to $5.6 billion versus pro forma net sales in the year-ago period, with gains in all regions and in most segments. Volume grew 3 percent, local price rose 2 percent, currency improved 4 percent and portfolio benefited sales by 2 percent.
- First quarter Operating EBITDA grew 25 percent to $1.6 billion versus pro forma operating EBITDA in the same quarter last year, with gains in all segments.
Electronics & Imaging
Electronics & Imaging delivered net sales of $1.2 billion, a decrease of 1 percent versus pro forma net sales in the year-ago period. Net sales declined as volume growth of 1 percent, local price gains of 1 percent and a 2 percent benefit from currency were more than offset by a 5 percent negative impact from portfolio-related actions (sales of the Display Films and Authentication businesses).
Volume growth in the segment was driven by double-digit gains in semiconductor and interconnect solutions, primarily in Asia Pacific. Increased semiconductor content in end-use applications drove strong demand in both memory and logic market segments. Continued demand for mobile phones and other consumer electronics, as well as industrial applications, drove volume gains in interconnect solutions. Partially offsetting this growth was a decrease in photovoltaic and advanced materials due to declines in trichlorosilane (TCS) as a result of supply constraints and decreases in Tedlar® film and Solamet® paste as module production in China slowed in the quarter. Local price gains were driven by higher metals pricing.
Operating EBITDA for the segment was $357 million, up 9 percent from pro forma operating EBITDA of $327 million in the year-ago period. Lower pension/OPEB costs, cost synergies, volume growth and a benefit from currency more than offset a negative impact from portfolio and higher unit costs.
Nutrition & Biosciences
Nutrition & Biosciences reported net sales of $1.7 billion, an increase of 21 percent from pro forma net sales of $1.4 billion in the year-ago period. The increase was primarily due to a 12 percent net benefit from portfolio, a 4 percent benefit from volume and a 4 percent benefit from currency. Local price increased 1 percent versus the year-ago period. The net positive impact from portfolio-related actions was due to the acquisition of FMC’s Health & Nutrition business.
Volume growth in the segment was led by Nutrition & Health with double-digit gains in probiotics and pharmaceuticals, coupled with increases in systems and texturants in Asia Pacific. Growth in probiotics was driven by increased demand in Asia Pacific and North America. Pharmaceuticals growth was led by increased demand for excipient applications in Asia Pacific and North America. Industrial Biosciences volumes grew on a double-digit improvement in CleanTech led by alkylation offerings in Asia Pacific and EMEA. Demand for microbial control solutions in energy markets and for bioactives in home and personal care applications also contributed to volume growth.
Operating EBITDA for the segment was $418 million, up 32 percent from pro forma operating EBITDA of $317 million in the year-ago period driven by a portfolio benefit, volume growth, cost synergies and lower pension/OPEB costs, partially offset by higher costs due to growth investments.
Transportation & Advanced Polymers
Transportation & Advanced Polymers reported net sales of $1.4 billion, up from pro forma net sales of $1.3 billion in the year-ago period. Net sales growth of 14 percent reflected currency benefits of 6 percent, local price benefits of 5 percent and volume gains of 3 percent. The growth, which came from all regions, was led by strong demand from the transportation and electronics markets. Price increases, mainly in nylon enterprise and polyesters, driven by Zytel®, reflected tight polymer supply and higher feedstock costs.
Volume gains were led by Kalrez® and Vespel® high-performance solutions as demand from the electronics and aerospace markets remained strong. Delrin® and Hytrel® contributed to sales growth in performance resins. Broad-based volume growth was led by Asia Pacific and North America.
Operating EBITDA for the segment totaled $437 million, an increase of 36 percent from pro forma operating EBITDA of $321 million in the year-ago period. Lower pension/OPEB costs, favorable currency, sales gains and cost synergies contributed to the improvement, partly offset by higher raw material costs.
Safety & Construction
Safety and Construction delivered net sales of $1.3 billion, compared with pro forma net sales of $1.2 billion for the year-ago period. Net sales growth of 7 percent was driven by a currency benefit of 4 percent and volume gains of 3 percent. Local price was even with last year’s quarter.
Volume gains in Tyvek® reflected strength in industrial personal protection, graphics and medical packaging. Within aramids, Nomex® volume gains were led by composites and energy solutions, while Kevlar® high-strength materials volume also rose amid strength in industrial personal protection and life protection. In the construction market, Corian® Design also rose, due to volume and favorable mix, while building solutions declined. Volume growth in water solutions came from reverse osmosis and ultra-filtration. Volumes were up across most regions, with the strongest growth in Asia Pacific. Forecast estimates remain strong from the construction market, although inclement weather adversely impacted sales of building products in the United States and Japan in the quarter.
Operating EBITDA for the segment totaled $354 million, an increase of 21 percent from pro forma operating EBITDA of $292 million in the year-ago period. Lower pension/OPEB costs, cost synergies, reliability improvements and favorable currency more than offset higher costs.
- First quarter net sales decreased 25 percent to $3.8 billion versus pro forma net sales in the year-ago period, driven by weather-related delays in the Northern Hemisphere and Brazil seasons. Volume decreased 28 percent, local price rose 1 percent and currency improved 2 percent.
- First quarter Operating EBITDA declined 39 percent to $891 million versus pro forma operating EBITDA in the same quarter last year.
Volume declines were driven by weather-related delays to the start of planting seasons in the Northern Hemisphere and Brazil, lower expected planted area in both North America and Brazil, and lower sales in the Brazil safrinha season due to a shift to lower-technology corn driven by the delayed summer season harvest. Agriculture sales declines were partially offset by improvements in sunflower seeds sales in EMEA and growth in global insecticide sales.
Price increases were driven by continuing efforts to capture value in established brands across the crop protection portfolio globally.
Operating EBITDA of $891 million declined 39 percent from $1.5 billion in the prior year. Weather-related selling shifts, lower expected planted area and an unfavorable mix driven by the shortened safrinha season were partially offset by cost synergies, favorable currency, higher selling price in crop protection and lower pension/OPEB costs.
“The global economy continues to show solid momentum and broad-based growth, driven by consumer-led demand in both developed and developing economies,” said Howard Ungerleider, chief financial officer of DowDuPont. “There are discrete headwinds, including continued volatility in our input costs and weather-related softness in agriculture. However, leading indicators from manufacturing output, to improving energy markets, to employment and consumer spending remain largely positive, reflecting increased economic activity.”
“Our portfolio benefits from these macro trends, and we see our innovations and growth investments driving above-market growth. We see this strength continuing into the second quarter. We expect second quarter net sales to be up more than 10 percent and operating EBITDA up more than 20 percent year-over-year.”
“Looking ahead, the DowDuPont team remains focused on our priorities: delivering our operating and financial plan, including executing on our growth projects and innovation launches; achieving our synergy targets; and standing and spinning the intended companies on our stated timeline.”
The Company will host a live webcast of its first 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.
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