DowDuPont merger completed
By Top Crop Manager
The Dow Chemical Company and E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company have completed a merger of equals and is now operating as a holding company under the name “DowDuPont” with three divisions: agriculture, materials science and specialty products.
“Today marks a significant milestone in the storied histories of our two companies,” said Andrew Liveris, executive chairman of DowDuPont. “We are extremely excited to complete this transformational merger and move forward to create three intended industry-leading, independent, publicly traded companies. While our collective heritage and strength are impressive, the true value of this merger lies in the intended creation of three industry powerhouses that will define their markets and drive growth for the benefit of all stakeholders. Our teams have been working for more than a year on integration planning, and – as of today – we will hit the ground running on executing those plans with an intention to complete the separations as quickly as possible.”
Unlocking value for all stakeholders
By merging the highly complementary portfolios of Dow and DuPont and subsequently creating intended industry leaders, DowDuPont expects to maximize value for all its stakeholders.
Shareholders are expected to benefit from the stronger, focused investment profile of each intended company and substantial cost synergies, as well as from long-term growth and sustainable value creation following the intended separations into three independent companies. The transaction is expected to result in run-rate cost synergies of approximately $3 billion and the potential for approximately $1 billion in growth synergies. The company expects to reach 100 per cent run rate on the cost synergies within the first 24 months of merger closing.
Customers will benefit from superior solutions and expanded product offerings. By combining the complementary strengths of Dow and DuPont, each intended company will be able to respond faster and more effectively to rapidly changing conditions with innovative products and greater choice.
Paths to separation
DowDuPont intends to separate the divisions to stand within their own legal entities, subject to board approval and any regulatory approvals. The intended separations are expected to occur within 18 months.
The intended companies are expected to include a leading agriculture company that brings together the strengths of DuPont Pioneer, DuPont Crop Protection and Dow AgroSciences to better serve growers around the world with a superior portfolio of solutions, greater choice and competitive price for value. The combined capabilities and highly productive innovation engine will enable the intended agriculture company to bring a broader suite of products to the market faster, so it can be an even better partner to growers, delivering innovation and helping them to increase their productivity and profitability. The intended agriculture company will be headquartered in Wilmington, Del., with global business centers in Johnston, Iowa, and Indianapolis, Ind.
A leading materials science company, to be named Dow, and a leading specialty products company are also expected to emerge within the next 18 months.