DowDuPontTM has announced the successful completion of the merger of equals between The Dow Chemical Co. (Dow) and E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company (DuPont), effective 31 August. The combined entity is operating as a holding company under the name ‘DowDuPont’ with three divisions – Agriculture, Materials Science and Specialty Products.
DowDuPont began trading under the stock ticker symbol ‘DWDP’ on 1 September. Pursuant to the merger agreement, Dow shareholders received a fixed exchange ratio of 1.00 share of DowDuPont for each Dow share, and DuPont shareholders received a fixed exchange ratio of 1.282 shares of DowDuPont for each DuPont share.
“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. […] Our teams have been working for more than a year on integration planning, and – as of today [1 September] – we will hit the ground running on executing those plans with an intention to complete the separations as quickly as possible.”
Ed Breen, CEO of DowDuPont, commented: “DowDuPont is a launching pad for three intended strong companies that will be better positioned to reinvest in science and innovation, solve our customers’ ever-evolving challenges, and generate long term returns for our shareholders. With the merger now complete, our focus is on finalising the organisational structures that will be the foundations of these three intended strong companies and capturing the synergies to unlock value.”
Dow and DuPont leaders and integration teams are developing the future state operating models and organisational designs that will support the refined strategy of each intended company. Once each division has its own processes, people, assets, systems and licenses in place to operate independently from the parent company, DowDuPont intends to separate the divisions to stand within their own legal entities, subject to board and regulatory approvals. The intended separations are expected to occur within 18 months and the intended companies are expected to include:
- An 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.
- A materials science company, to be named Dow that will consist of the businesses comprising the following current Dow operating segments: Performance Plastics, Performance Materials & Chemicals, Infrastructure Solutions and Consumer Solutions (Consumer Care and Dow Automotive Systems; Dow Electronic Materials is intended to go to the Specialty Products Company), as well as DuPont’s current Performance Materials operating segment. The intended materials science company will offer a strong and broad chemistry and polymers toolkit in the industry, with the scale and competitive capabilities to enable differentiated solutions for customers in high growth end markets, including packaging, transportation, infrastructure and consumer care.
- A specialty products company that will consist of market-leading businesses including DuPont Protection Solutions, Sustainable Solutions, Industrial Biosciences and Nutrition & Health, which will integrate the Health and Nutrition business from FMC pending the close of that transaction; as well as Electronic Technologies, which combines DuPont’s Electronics & Communications business with Dow’s Electronic Materials business unit. The intended specialty products company will be composed of technology-driven specialty businesses with highly differentiated products and solutions that transform industries and everyday life.
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