DuPont, announced financial results for the fourth quarter and full year 2019. Fourth quarter net sales of $5.2 billion, down 5 percent; organic sales down 2 percent in 2019.
“Our full year results demonstrate our ability to offset challenging global macro conditions by focusing on the levers within our control,” said Marc Doyle, DuPont Chief Executive Officer. “We mitigated these headwinds through pricing and cost actions while continuing to strengthen our position in key growth areas such as water and 5G through continued innovation and investment.”
“As we head into 2020, this strong internal discipline continues to be paramount as we foresee further nylon pricing declines and unfavorable nylon mix partially offsetting organic revenue growth in our other core segments,” Doyle stated. “We continue to strategically reduce spending and are taking actions to consolidate our asset footprint. These steps will ensure that our costs are right-sized for the future organization and better position us for growth.”
Full Year 2019 Results
Full year net sales totaled $21.5 billion, down 5 percent versus 2018. On an organic basis, net sales were down 2 percent with 2 percent higher price being more than offset by 4 percent lower volume primarily from the macro conditions in automotive and electronic end markets.
Pro forma GAAP Income (Loss) from continuing operations totaled $(522) million, versus $237 million in the year-ago period. Pro forma operating EBITDA(1) of $5.6 billion was down 4 percent versus the prior year primarily driven by weakness in automotive and electronic markets, reduced equity affiliate income and currency headwinds partially offset by strong pricing discipline and continued cost savings.
Pro forma GAAP EPS from continuing operations totaled $(0.74) versus $0.23 in the year-ago period; the decline is mostly attributable to higher significant items(2), a higher tax rate, currency headwinds and lower segment results partially offset by lower costs historically allocated to Dow and Corteva. Pro forma (1) Adjusted EPS, pro forma adjusted EPS, operating EBITDA and pro forma operating EBITDA are non-GAAP measures. See page 7 for further discussion. (2) Details of significant items provided on pages 14-15 2 adjusted EPS(1) decreased 7 percent to $3.80, compared with pro forma adjusted EPS in the year-ago period of $4.07 primarily driven by a higher tax rate, currency headwinds and lower segment results.
Fourth Quarter 2019 Results
Net sales for the quarter totaled $5.2 billion, down 5 percent versus the same quarter last year. On an organic basis, net sales were down 2 percent with 1 percent higher price being more than offset by 3 percent lower volume. Organic sales were flat to up in all core segments except Transportation & Industrial which was impacted by continued weak automotive markets and declining nylon price.
GAAP Income from continuing operations totaled $191 million, versus pro forma GAAP Income from continuing operations of $310 million in the year-ago period. Operating EBITDA(1) was $1.4 billion, down 14 percent versus pro forma operating EBITDA in the prior year driven by lower nylon pricing and reduced equity affiliate income from customer settlements in the Hemlock Semiconductor joint venture. These headwinds were partially offset by higher pricing in segments outside of T&I and cost savings.
“The planned merger of our N&B business with IFF advances the strategic direction of the company and will generate value for our shareholders,” said Ed Breen, Executive Chairman of DuPont. “Together we are creating a global leader in high-value ingredients and solutions for Food & Beverage, Home & Personal Care and Health & Wellness markets while creating tremendous opportunities for our employees and customers. In addition, we continue to bolster our portfolio through the recently announced strategic acquisitions in the high growth water space.”
“I remain focused on this aspect of DuPont’s value creation opportunity, working closely with the Board to assess opportunities to unlock shareholder value through portfolio refinement and differentiated investment,” Breen stated.