DuPont Reports Second Quarter 2021 Results
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WILMINGTON, Del., August 3, 2021 - DuPont (NYSE: DD) today announced financial results for the second quarter 2021.
“Continued positive momentum in almost all of our key end-markets, including semiconductor, smartphones, automotive, and residential construction, enabled us to deliver strong second quarter results ahead of expectations with year-over-year and sequential growth in all three reporting segments,” said Ed Breen, DuPont Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “Our teams’ intense focus on working closely with customers and suppliers during an environment of global supply chain and logistics challenges and escalating raw material costs was critical to our second quarter results.”
“In addition to solid financial performance, we continue to shift our portfolio and investments toward higher growth and higher margin businesses,” Breen continued. “We closed the divestiture of the Solamet® business at the end of June and on July 1st, we completed the acquisition of Laird Performance Materials which strategically complements our Electronics & Industrial segment. It also further strengthens our ability to address key innovation needs for high frequency connectivity, high performance computing and advanced mobility with sustainable offerings that customers and society demand. Additionally, in line with our balanced capital allocation approach, we de-levered our balance sheet by paying down $2 billion of bonds in May and returned $800 million of capital to shareholders during the quarter through share purchases and dividends.”
Second Quarter 2021 Results
Net sales totaled $4.1 billion, up 26 percent versus the year-ago period as reported and up 23 percent on an organic(1) basis. Sales were up double-digit percent in all three reporting segments driven most notably by the ongoing recovery in key end-markets adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in the year-ago period such as automotive, construction and industrial, along with continued strength in areas such as semiconductor and smartphones. On a regional basis, organic sales growth was 20 percent or greater in all regions.
GAAP EPS from continuing operations totaled $1.04 on GAAP income from continuing operations of $564 million, versus GAAP EPS from continuing operations of $(3.26) on a GAAP loss from continuing operations of $(2.4) billion in the year-ago period. The improvement is driven mainly by the absence of a prior year goodwill impairment charge, higher segment earnings and a significantly lower share count.
Operating EBITDA(1) was $1.06 billion, up 53 percent versus operating EBITDA(1) in the prior year. The improvement was driven by the ongoing recovery in key end-markets impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in the year-ago period, most notably automotive, and the absence of approximately $150 million in charges recorded in the year-ago period associated with temporarily idling certain facilities to align supply with demand, which were partially offset by the absence of a $64 million gain recorded in Corporate in the year-ago period associated with a joint venture customer settlement. Operating EBITDA improvement drove 460 basis points of operating EBITDA margin expansion. Adjusted EPS(1) was $1.06, up about 240% versus adjusted EPS(1) in the year-ago period due to higher segment results, a significantly lower share count, and lower interest expense partially offset by a higher base tax rate.
Operating cash flow for the quarter was $440 million and included working capital headwinds of about $140 million led by higher inventories and higher accounts receivable balances on increased sales. Capital expenditures of $216 million resulted in free cash flow(1) of $224 million.
Second Quarter 2021 Segment Highlights
Electronics & Industrial
Electronics & Industrial reported net sales of $1.3 billion, up 19 percent from the year-ago period. Organic sales were up 17 percent on a 17 percent increase in volume. Currency was a 2 percent tailwind.
Sales gains were led by Industrial Solutions, up mid-twenties percent versus the year-ago period, reflecting broad-based demand most notably in displays, electronics, healthcare and automotive markets. Interconnect Solutions also delivered growth over 20 percent driven by continued demand for higher content in premium, next-generation smartphones, along with improvement in industrial markets. Continued strength in Semiconductor Technologies resulted in double-digit volume growth driven by new technology ramps in advanced nodes within logic and foundry and higher demand for memory in servers and data centers.
Operating EBITDA for the segment was $424 million, an increase of 26 percent from operating EBITDA of $336 million in the year-ago period driven by volume gains. Operating EBITDA margins increased 190 basis points from the year-ago period.
Water & Protection
Water & Protection reported net sales of $1.4 billion, up 14 percent from the year-ago period. Organic sales were up 11 percent on an 11 percent increase in volume. Currency was a 3 percent tailwind.
Sales gains were led by Shelter Solutions, up over 30 percent versus the year-ago period, reflecting continued strong demand in North American residential construction and retail channels for do-it-yourself applications and continued recovery in commercial construction. Within Safety Solutions, sales were up high-single-digits on an organic basis as recovery in industrial and automotive end-markets resulted in significant volume improvement for aramid fibers. Broad-based demand for Water Solutions technologies remained strong, however, logistics challenges impacted our ability to supply customers which resulted in low-single-digit volume declines versus the year-ago period.
Operating EBITDA for the segment totaled $352 million, an increase of 4 percent compared to operating EBITDA of $339 million in the year-ago period. Volume growth was mostly offset by higher raw materials and logistics costs.
Mobility & Materials
Mobility & Materials reported net sales of $1.3 billion, up 61 percent from the year-ago period. Organic sales were up 55 percent on a 42 percent increase in volume and a 13 percent increase in price. Currency was a 6 percent tailwind.
Sales gains were broad-based as key end-markets continued to recover from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Most notably, the continued recovery of the global automotive market helped to deliver strong volume improvement across Engineering Polymers, Advanced Solutions and Performance Resins. Within Engineering Polymers, global supply constraints of key raw materials improved but are expected to remain tight through the end of the year. We expect to recover volume lost in the quarter due to these disruptions as the raw material constraints are alleviated.
Local price increased 13 percent on actions taken to offset raw material costs and higher metals pricing.
Operating EBITDA for the segment was $294 million, an increase of $317 million from operating EBITDA of ($23) million in the year-ago period. The improvement was driven primarily by the absence of approximately $130 million in charges recorded in the year-ago period associated with temporarily idling certain facilities to align supply with demand, higher volumes, and pricing gains.
Third Quarter and Full Year 2021 Outlook
The Company is changing its treatment of intangible amortization expense for non-GAAP reporting. Beginning third quarter 2021, DuPont’s adjusted EPS(1) will exclude all amortization of intangible assets and will no longer differentiate based on the origin of the intangibles. The Company’s outlook for adjusted EPS(1) provided below has been updated to reflect this change in non-GAAP reporting, including the retroactive impact of the change on first half 2021 results. For comparative purposes, a recast of historical periods is included beginning on page 14 of this release.
“As a result of our strong first half of the year, our expectations of continued momentum within our key end-markets, and confidence in our team’s ability to navigate through global supply chain constraints, we are raising our guidance for the year for net sales, operating EBITDA and adjusted EPS,” said Lori Koch, Chief Financial Officer of DuPont. “In addition, we are adjusting our guidance to reflect the July 1st acquisition of Laird Performance Materials, the divestiture of the Solamet® business at the end of June and the impact of the retroactive reporting change that we are making for adjusted EPS. For full year 2021, we now estimate net sales to be between $16.45 billion and $16.55 billion and operating EBITDA between $4.21 billion and $4.26 billion. Our outlook for full year adjusted EPS on the new basis is now in the range of $4.24 to $4.30 per share, and includes a full year benefit estimated at $0.27 per share related to the amortization reporting change.”
“We estimate third quarter 2021 net sales to be between $4.18 billion and $4.23 billion, operating EBITDA between $1.06 billion and $1.08 billion and adjusted EPS on the new basis between $1.11 and $1.13 per share.”
The Company will host a live webcast of its second quarter earnings conference call with investors to discuss its results and business outlook today at 8:00 a.m. ET. The slide presentation that accompanies the conference call will be posted on the DuPont’s Investor Relations Events and Presentations page. A replay of the webcast also will be available on the DuPont’s Investor Relations Events and Presentations page following the live event.
DuPont (NYSE: DD) is a global innovation leader with technology-based materials and solutions that help transform industries and everyday life. Our employees apply diverse science and expertise to help customers advance their best ideas and deliver essential innovations in key markets including electronics, transportation, construction, water, healthcare and worker safety. More information about the company, its businesses and solutions can be found at www.dupont.com. Investors can access information included on the Investor Relations section of the website at www.investors.dupont.com.
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On February 1, 2021, the Company completed the divestiture of the Nutrition & Biosciences (“N&B”) business to International Flavors & Fragrance Inc. (“IFF”) in a Reverse Morris Trust transaction (the “N&B Transaction”) that resulted in IFF issuing shares to DuPont stockholders. The results of operations of DuPont for all periods presented reflect the historical financial results of N&B as discontinued operations, as applicable. The cash flows related to N&B have not been segregated and are included in the Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows for the applicable periods.
In addition, the Company includes in discontinued operations activity related to the indemnification obligations pertaining to EID legacy liabilities including eligible PFAS costs under the cost sharing arrangement (the “MOU”) by and between DuPont, Corteva and The Chemours Company.
On July 1, 2021, DuPont completed the previously announced acquisition of the Laird Performance Materials business, (the “Laird PM Acquisition”).
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Adjusted earnings per common share from continuing operations - diluted ("Adjusted EPS"), is defined as earnings per common share from continuing operations - diluted, excluding the after-tax impact of significant items, after-tax impact of amortization expense associated with intangibles acquired as part of the DWDP Merger and the after-tax impact of non-operating pension / other post employment benefits (“OPEB”) benefits / charges. Although amortization of EID intangibles acquired as part of the DWDP Merger is excluded from these non-GAAP measures, management believes it is important for investors to understand that such intangible assets contribute to revenue generation. Amortization of intangible assets that relate to past acquisitions will recur in future periods until such intangible assets have been fully amortized.
Beginning July 1, 2021, adjusted earnings per common share from continuing operations - diluted ("Updated Adjusted EPS"), is defined as earnings per common share from continuing operations - diluted, excluding the after-tax impact of significant items, after-tax impact of amortization expense of intangibles and the after-tax impact of non-operating pension / OPEB. Management estimates amortization expense in 2021 associated with intangibles to be between $710 million and $730 million on a pre-tax basis, or approximately $1.00 to $1.05 per share. The Company will report financial results under this new definition following the second quarter 2021. Outlook information above is presented using Updated Adjusted EPS. For additional information, refer to pages 14 and 15.
Operating EBITDA, is defined as earnings (i.e. income (loss) from continuing operations before income taxes) before interest, depreciation, amortization, non-operating pension / OPEB benefits / charges, and foreign exchange gains / losses, adjusted to exclude significant items. Operating EBITDA margin is calculated as operating EBITDA divided by net sales. Operating EBITDA leverage is calculated as the year-over-year percentage change in operating EBITDA divided by the year-over-year percentage change in net sales.
Significant items are items that arise outside the ordinary course of the Company’s business that management believes may cause misinterpretation of underlying business performance, both historical and future, based on a combination of some or all of the item’s size, unusual nature and infrequent occurrence. Management classifies as significant items certain costs and expenses associated with integration and separation activities related to transformational acquisitions and divestitures as they are considered unrelated to ongoing business performance.
Organic Sales is defined as net sales excluding the impacts of currency and portfolio.
Free cash flow is defined as cash provided by/used for operating activities less capital expenditures. As a result, free cash flow represents cash that is available to the Company, after investing in its asset base, to fund obligations using the Company's primary source of liquidity, cash provided by operating activities. Management believes free cash flow, even though it may be defined differently from other companies, is useful to investors, analysts and others to evaluate the Company's cash flow and financial performance, and it is an integral measure used in the Company's financial planning process.