WILMINGTON, Del., April 18, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- DowDuPont (NYSE: DWDP) is providing expected divisional results for the first quarter of 2019.
The company expects to report total company results in line with the guidance provided on March 28 and is now providing additional detail regarding expected results at the division level: Specialty Products anticipates reporting better than expected results; Materials Science results are expected to be in line with its updated guidance; and Agriculture is expected to report results that are lower than its updated guidance, due to the longer than expected impact of severe weather-related conditions.
- Agriculture: On March 28, the Agriculture Division reported on the effects of March flooding in the Midwestern U.S., which created transportation disruptions that halted farming operations and severely delayed seed deliveries into the early part of April. Less than 50% of planned seed deliveries in the last 5 days of the quarter occurred, resulting in a greater than anticipated impact on first quarter performance. In this peak delivery period, under normal circumstances and based on history, the division would expect one day of U.S. seed sales to generate about ~$25 to $35 million in operating EBITDA.
The division expects to record net sales of $3.4 billion and operating EBITDA of about $665 million, down 11 and 25 percent versus the same quarter last year, respectively. For the first half of 2019, the division anticipates net sales to be down low-single digits percent and operating EBITDA to be 3 to 5 percent below the same period last year. Deliveries are on track with current expectations and the revised first half guidance reflects the possibility of reduced planted acres overall, lower than anticipated corn acres, and continued delays to the start of the planting season due to additional weather events.
The division confirms full year guidance of organic sales up low-single digits percent and operating EBITDA of about $2.8 billion. The division expects to overcome the first half decline through realization of price and volume opportunities on high demand products and new product launches and accelerated cost synergy delivery, resulting in an improvement in second half performance versus prior year.
- Specialty Products: The division expects to record net sales of $5.4 billion and operating EBITDA of $1.6 billion, down 3 percent and flat, respectively, with the prior year period. The division had previously expected both net sales and operating EBITDA to be down low-single digits percent.
- Materials Science: The division expects to record results that are in line with its updated guidance – net sales of $10.8 billion and operating EBITDA of $1.9 billion, down 10 percent and 24 percent, respectively, from the prior year period.
DowDuPont will release its full financial results for the first quarter of 2019 on May 2. Analysts are encouraged to join the Company's earnings conference call at 8 a.m. ET. DowDuPont will release its first quarter earnings results via press release prior to the call. Dow will also hold a conference call for the first quarter of 2019, at 9 a.m. ET, to discuss the Materials Science Division's financial results within DowDuPont as well as Dow's outlook.
DowDuPont (NYSE: DWDP) is a holding company comprised of the future Corteva Agriscience and DuPont, which are expected to separate on June 1, 2019, creating two strong, independent, publicly traded companies in the agriculture and specialty products sectors, respectively. Each will lead their industry through productive, science-based innovation to meet the needs of customers and help solve global challenges. DowDuPont completed the separation of the materials science business through the spin-off of Dow Inc. (NYSE: Dow) on April 1, 2019. For more information, please visit us at www.dow-dupont.com .
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