“We believe this agreement is an excellent outcome that serves the best interests of all stakeholders, including our shareholders, customers and employees,” said Edward D. Breen, chairman and chief executive officer of DuPont. “Our intended independent Agriculture company will continue to benefit from the combined, complementary strengths of DuPont and Dow, which will include greatly expanded offerings and a robust pipeline across seed germplasm, biotech traits, and crop protection to provide greater choice and innovation to growers around the world. At the same time, we are significantly enhancing our Nutrition & Health capabilities, a key area of growth and opportunity for the intended independent Specialty Products company.
“This agreement with FMC is a win-win. It is pro-competitive; it advances the regulatory approval process; and it maintains the strategic logic and value creation potential of our merger with Dow and the three independent companies we intend to create,” concluded Breen.
The merger transaction is still expected to generate cost synergies of approximately $3 billion and growth synergies of $1 billion.
Divestiture of Select DuPont Crop Protection Assets
Under the terms of the agreement, FMC will acquire DuPont’s Cereal Broadleaf Herbicides and Chewing Insecticides portfolios – including Rynaxypyr®, Cyazypyr® and Indoxacarb. In addition, FMC will acquire the DuPont Crop Protection research and development pipeline and organization, excluding seed treatment, nematicides, and late-stage R&D programs, which DuPont will continue to develop and bring to market, and excluding personnel needed to support marketed products and R&D programs that will remain with DuPont. The assets being divested generated revenues in 2016 of about $1.4 billion.
Following the divestiture, the Agriculture division of the merged company will retain strong crop protection assets, including an excellent portfolio in corn and soy broadleaf and grass control, a robust cereal weed control portfolio, DuPont’s strong position in disease control, and Dow AgroSciences’ industry leading insecticide portfolio. With its continued strength in R&D, the combined Agriculture division will be well positioned to accelerate growth, leveraging strong pipelines in both seeds and chemistry to serve growers around the world with a robust portfolio of innovative solutions, greater choice, and competitive price for value.
Acquisition of FMC Health & Nutrition Business
As part of the transaction agreement, DuPont will acquire FMC’s Health & Nutrition business, which generated more than $700 million in revenues in 2016 from two main segments: texturants as food ingredients and pharmaceutical excipients. The business is highly complementary to DuPont’s existing Nutrition & Health (N&H) business with opportunity for growth synergies. By integrating FMC’s complementary Health & Nutrition business, DuPont will strengthen its N&H capabilities with broader offerings and an expanded footprint.
DuPont’s N&H business is a leader in the food ingredients industry, using renewably sourced raw materials to create a wide range of ingredients that food manufacturers use to provide safer, healthier, more affordable and nutritious food and beverages for consumers. This transaction strengthens DuPont’s access to key ingredients for its systems and food texturants portfolio, enables the business to expand into the fast-growing pharma excipients space, and provides access to new and complementary routes to market. As a result, DuPont N&H will be in a stronger position to drive growth, invest in R&D, and provide more products and solutions to customers worldwide.
The transaction with FMC is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2017, subject to the closing of the DuPont and Dow merger, in addition to other customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals.
To accommodate the requirements of the FMC transaction, DuPont and Dow have amended the merger agreement to extend the “Outside Date” to August 31, 2017, and the companies anticipate closing of the merger to occur between August 1, 2017 and September 1, 2017, subject to satisfaction of customary closing conditions, including receipt of regulatory approvals. The companies still expect the intended spin-offs to occur within 18 months after closing. In addition, Dow and DuPont are announcing that they now expect the first spin-off of the intended separation process will be the spin-off of the post-merger Material Science company.
Evercore and Goldman, Sachs & Co. are serving as DuPont’s financial advisors for the transaction, with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP acting as its legal advisor.
DuPont will hold a conference call and webcast on Friday, Mar. 31, 2017, at 9:00 AM ET to discuss this news release. The webcast and additional presentation materials can be accessed by visiting the company’s investor website (Events & Presentations) at www.investors.dupont.com. A replay of the conference call webcast will be available for 90 days by calling 1 (630) 652-3042, Passcode 6596503#. For additional information see the investor center at http://www.dupont.com.
DuPont (NYSE: DD) has been bringing world-class science and engineering to the global marketplace in the form of innovative products, materials, and services since 1802. The company believes that by collaborating with customers, governments, NGOs, and thought leaders, we can help find solutions to such global challenges as providing enough healthy food for people everywhere, decreasing dependence on fossil fuels, and protecting life and the environment. For additional information about DuPont and its commitment to inclusive innovation, please visit www.dupont.com.
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