Dow Reports Second Quarter Results

  • Delivers Earnings of $0.73 Per Share or $0.74 Per Share on an Adjusted Basis, Driven Both by Sales Gains in All Operating Segments and Focused Productivity Actions;
  • Achieves Seventh Consecutive Quarter of Year-Over-Year Adjusted EPS, EBITDA and Margin Growth;
  • Company Returns $3 Billion to Shareholders Year to Date

Second Quarter 2014 Highlights

  • The Company reported earnings of $0.73 per share, or $0.74 per share on an adjusted basis(1) This compares with earnings of $1.87 per share versus the year-ago period, or adjusted earnings of $0.64 per share – representing an increase of 16 percent year over year. Results in the same quarter last year reflect the receipt of the K-Dow arbitration resolution.
  • Sales were $14.9 billion, up 2 percent versus the year-ago period, or 3 percent on an adjusted basis(2) Gains were reported in all operating segments, led by Performance Plastics (up 4 percent) and Electronic and Functional Materials (up 5 percent). Agricultural Sciences also increased sales, rising 3 percent in the quarter and achieving a first-half sales record of $4 billion.
  • The Company reported adjusted sales gains in most geographic areas, with increases reported both in developed regions (up 3 percent) and in emerging regions (up 2 percent). Gains were led by Western Europe (up 6 percent) and the United States (up 5 percent).
  • EBITDA(3) was $2.2 billion, up 5 percent on an adjusted basis(4) versus the year-ago period. EBITDA rose in most operating segments, led by Performance Materials (up 36 percent), as a result of ongoing productivity actions, as well as improved pricing and demand. Performance Plastics and Electronic and Functional Materials also drove EBITDA gains, up 6 percent and 19 percent respectively.
  • Adjusted EBITDA margin(5) expanded more than 40 basis points to 15 percent year over year, as productivity and growth actions more than offset the impact of a greater than $350 million increase in purchased feedstock and energy costs, coupled with a $100 million impact from unplanned outages at Dow’s ethylene facilities in Plaquemine, Louisiana.
  • Cash flow from operations was $1.4 billion for the quarter. Year-to-date, Dow has returned $3 billion to shareholders through declared dividends and share repurchases.

Comment

Andrew N. Liveris, Dow’s chairman and chief executive officer, stated:

“Our results reflect excellent progress against Dow’s near-term priorities, and clearly illustrate our ongoing drive to execute self-help actions that are delivering growth on both the top and bottom line. Our performance highlights the Company- and segment-specific actions we are executing to grow profitability through an intense focus on EVA momentum, and this constant drumbeat has already delivered a more than 150 basis point improvement in return on capital(6) year over year on an adjusted basis. As we drive these ongoing improvements to return on capital, we will further accelerate shareholder value creation and increasingly reward our shareholders – evidenced by the $3 billion we have returned year to date.”


  Three Months Ended

In millions, except per share amounts

June 31,

2014

June 31,

2013

Net Sales

$14,917

$14,577

Adjusted Sales

$14,917

$14,497

 

 

 

Net Income Available for Common Stockholders

$882

$2,340

Net Income Available for Common Stockholders,

Excluding Certain Items

$893

$770

 

 

 

Earnings per Common Share – Diluted

$0.73

$1.87

Adjusted Earnings per Share

$0.74

$0.64

Review of second Quarter Results

The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW) reported sales of $14.9 billion, up 2 percent versus the year-ago period, or 3 percent on an adjusted basis. Gains were reported in all operating segments, led by Performance Plastics (up 4 percent) and Electronic and Functional Materials (up 5 percent). Agricultural Sciences also increased sales, rising 3 percent in the quarter and achieving a first-half sales record of $4 billion.

The Company reported adjusted sales gains in most geographic areas, with increases reported both in developed regions (up 3 percent) and in emerging regions (up 2 percent). Gains were led by Western Europe (up 6 percent) and the United States (up 5 percent).

EBITDA was $2.2 billion, up 5 percent on an adjusted basis versus the year-ago period. EBITDA rose in most operating segments, led by Performance Materials (up 36 percent), as a result of ongoing productivity actions, as well as improved pricing and demand. Performance Plastics and Electronic and Functional Materials also drove EBITDA gains, up 6 percent and 19 percent respectively.

Earnings for the quarter were $0.73 per share, or $0.74 per share on an adjusted basis. This compares with earnings of $1.87 per share versus the year-ago period, or adjusted earnings of $0.64 per share – representing an increase of 16 percent year over year. Results in the same quarter last year reflect the receipt of the K-Dow arbitration resolution.

Certain Items in the current quarter included pretax charges of $18 million for nonrecurring transaction costs associated with the planned separation of a significant portion of the Company’s chlorine value chain. (See Supplemental Information at the end of the release for a description of Certain Items affecting results.)

Research and Development (R&D) expenses were flat versus the same period last year, reflecting the Company’s execution against its strategy to prioritize R&D resources on high-return market sectors.

Selling, General and Administrative (SG&A) expenses increased 5 percent as compared with the year-ago period, driven primarily by growth initiatives – including commercial activities in Agricultural Sciences.

Cash flow from operations was $1.4 billion for the quarter. Year-to-date, Dow has returned $3 billion to shareholders through declared dividends and share repurchases.

Agricultural Sciences

Agricultural Sciences achieved record second quarter sales of $1.9 billion, up 3 percent versus the year-ago period. On a year-to-date basis, sales were $4 billion, representing a first-half record for the segment. Crop Protection sales within the quarter rose 3 percent versus the same quarter last year, led by insecticides, which reported double-digit gains in all regions. Sales gains from herbicides in North America and Latin America were slightly offset by declines in Asia Pacific and EMEA, which was impacted by the early start of the cereal herbicides season in Europe. First-half sales rose 4 percent as new crop protection products delivered sales gains of 18 percent led by pyroxsulam herbicide and Isoclast™ insecticide. Within the quarter, Seeds delivered 3 percent sales gains. The business drove growth in both corn and soybeans in North America and Latin America, more than offsetting lower planted acres of sunflowers in Latin America. Equity earnings for the segment were $2 million, a slight increase versus the year-ago period. The segment reported EBITDA of $281 million, down $9 million from the same quarter last year. Demand for novel seeds technologies and higher quality crop protection molecules was more than offset by fewer applications as a result of the late start to the season in North America and continued growth investments. On a year-to-date basis, the segment achieved record first half EBITDA of $810 million.

Electronic and Functional Materials

Electronic and Functional Materials reported sales of $1.2 billion, up 5 percent versus the year-ago period. Dow Electronic Materials continued to deliver sales growth due to its significant presence in Asia Pacific, differentiated technologies and strong customer relationships. Demand for printed circuit boards – used for smartphones and the automotive market – increased sales in Interconnect Technologies. Semiconductor Technologies also reported gains due to improving foundry demand. These gains were partially offset by Display Technologies on lower sales in films and filters. Functional Materials drove broad-based sales gains, reporting increases in all businesses, led by food-related growth and demand for differentiated, organic-based pharmaceuticals. Dow Microbial Control delivered double-digit growth in North America and Asia Pacific due to strong demand within the energy and water market sectors. Equity earnings for the segment were $22 million. This compares with $28 million in the year-ago period. The segment reported EBITDA of $303 million, versus $254 million in the same quarter last year. EBITDA margins expanded as a result of top-line growth in attractive markets and disciplined cost controls.

Feedstocks and Energy

Feedstocks and Energy reported sales of $2.6 billion, up 2 percent versus the year-ago period, driven by increased operating rates in Hydrocarbons in Europe, which more than offset lower sales in caustic soda and ethylene glycol. Equity earnings for the segment were $125 million. This compares with $105 million in the year-ago period. The segment reported EBITDA of $190 million, down from $193 million in the year-ago period, reflecting lower caustic soda prices, partially offset by increased equity earnings.

Coatings and Infrastructure Solutions

Coatings and Infrastructure Solutions reported sales of nearly $2 billion, up 3 percent versus the year-ago period, representing the fourth consecutive quarter of year-over-year sales growth. Gains were reported in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), Asia Pacific and North America. Healthy demand within the architectural and industrial coatings market sectors drove another quarter of sales growth in Dow Coating Materials. Performance Monomers increased sales in EMEA and delivered double-digit sales gains in Asia Pacific and Latin America. Dow Water and Process Solutions also delivered higher sales on increased demand for ion exchange and reverse osmosis technologies. Equity earnings for the segment were $43 million. This compares with $25 million in the year-ago period. The segment reported EBITDA of $257 million, up $7 million versus the same quarter last year, as stronger demand, productivity efforts and increased equity earnings offset higher maintenance spending.

Performance Materials

Performance Materials reported sales of $3.4 billion, up 1 percent versus the year-ago period, with double-digit gains in EMEA. Polyurethanes achieved revenue growth as a result of a recovering Europe, strong demand in the consumer comfort market sector, and continued growth in the industrial market sector. Sales rose in Propylene Oxide/Propylene Glycol on strong demand in North America within the detergents, food, pharmaceuticals and personal care market sectors. Strong demand in Epoxy drove revenue growth in nearly all regions. Dow Oil, Gas and Mining delivered double-digit sales gains from differentiated products aligned to shale dynamics in North America and refining and processing applications in EMEA. These gains were partially offset by lower licensing in Oxygenated Solvents and the conclusion of marketing responsibilities related to a former joint venture impacting Polyglycols, Surfactants and Fluids, Oxygenated Solvents and Amines – sales for the segment were up 3 percent excluding these items. Equity losses for the quarter were $30 million. This compares with losses of $12 million in the year-ago period. The segment reported EBITDA of $386 million, an increase of $102 million or 36 percent versus the same quarter last year, as a result of ongoing productivity actions coupled with improved market dynamics.

Performance Plastics

Performance Plastics reported sales of $3.7 billion, up 2 percent versus the year-ago period. Excluding the impact of divestitures, sales were up 4 percent. Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics continued to increase sales in attractive markets, driven by steady growth in flexible food and specialty packaging and double-digit gains in the hygiene and medical and pipe market sectors. Sales in Dow Electrical and Telecommunications and Dow Elastomers declined despite strong market demand in power, telecommunications, transportation and hot-melt adhesives, due to supply limitations resulting from feedstock disruptions and planned maintenance turnarounds. Equity earnings for the segment were $71 million. This compares with $88 million in the year-ago period. Despite unplanned outages at the Company’s Plaquemine, Louisiana, ethylene production facilities, Performance Plastics reported EBITDA of $1.1 billion, an increase of $57 million versus the same quarter last year. Performance Plastics continued to deliver profitable growth, with EBITDA margins expanding year over year for the eighth consecutive quarter.

Outlook

Commenting on the Company’s outlook, Liveris said:

“Our operating priorities are delivering strong results despite ongoing slow growth and volatility in the global marketplace. We remain focused on these priorities as we continue to execute against our business-by-business plans – maximizing value through a balanced mix of differentiated technology and integrated, advantaged value chains.

“Strategically, our key high-return growth projects – such as the launch of Enlist™, the Sadara joint venture and our investments on the U.S. Gulf Coast – all remain on schedule and on budget, with 2015 serving as a major start-up year for all three.

“Simultaneously, we are focused on driving portfolio improvements – monetizing non-strategic businesses and releasing additional value from our assets and joint ventures. We are working on multiple fronts with multiple teams, with these efforts underlining our focus on creating value, and increasingly and consistently rewarding our shareholders.”

Dow will host a live Webcast of its second quarter earnings conference call with investors to discuss its results, business outlook and other matters today at 9:00 a.m. ET on www.dow.com.

About Dow

Dow (NYSE: DOW) combines the power of science and technology to passionately innovate what is essential to human progress. The Company is driving innovations that extract value from material, polymer, chemical and biological science to help address many of the world's most challenging problems such as the need for clean water, clean energy generation and conservation, and increasing agricultural productivity. Dow's integrated, market-driven, industry-leading portfolio of specialty chemical, advanced materials, agrosciences and plastics businesses delivers a broad range of technology-based products and solutions to customers in approximately 180 countries and in high-growth sectors such as packaging, electronics, water, coatings and agriculture. In 2015, Dow had annual sales of nearly $49 billion and employed approximately 49,500 people worldwide. The Company's more than 6,000 product families are manufactured at 179 sites in 35 countries across the globe. References to "Dow" or the "Company" mean The Dow Chemical Company and its consolidated subsidiaries unless otherwise expressly noted. More information about Dow can be found at www.dow.com.

Use of non-GAAP financial measures: Dow’s management believes that measures of income adjusted to exclude certain items (“non-GAAP” financial measures) provide relevant and meaningful information to investors about the ongoing operating results of the Company. Such financial measures are not recognized in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“GAAP”) and should not be viewed as an alternative to GAAP financial measures of performance. Reconciliations of non-GAAP financial measures to GAAP financial measures are provided in the Supplemental Information tables.

Note: The forward looking statements contained in this document involve risks and uncertainties that may affect the Company’s operations, markets, products, services, prices and other factors as discussed in filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, economic, competitive, legal, governmental and technological factors. Accordingly, there is no assurance that the Company’s expectations will be realized. The Company assumes no obligation to provide revisions to any forward looking statements should circumstances change, except as otherwise required by securities and other applicable laws.