At Dow, we continually manage our capital and cost structure to drive efficiencies and reduce debt. Our focus on operating and capital efficiency gives us flexibility to respond to changing economic conditions while also enhancing our productivity and profitability.
Solutions At Work
- Focus on productivity, gross margin growth and reliability as we scale
- Continued focus on reducing debt and aligning capital spending with economic conditions
- Targeting to deliver more than $1 billion in cash from interventions in 2012
Dow has accelerated its drive for Efficiency for Growth (EFG). Launched in 2011, EFG focuses on new and better ways to mange cash, costs and working capital to consistently increase margins and free resources to invest for growth. Our target is to realize $2-3 billion in cash flow by the end 2015.
Cash Flow from Efficiency For Growth
We have strengthened our balance sheet through significant debt reductions. In 2011, we retired $4.8 billion of debt, dropping our net-to-total-capital ratio to 40.8%.
Significant Debt Reduction
We expect to generate $8 billion in cash flow in 2011 and 2012, and $35 billion in cash from operations from 2009 to 2015. We are employing our cash in a consistent manner: actively managing our capital structure to reduce debt, investing in organic growth opportunities, and rewarding shareholders through dividend payback.
Cash Flow from Operations
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