DuPont reports 4Q and full-year 2014 operating EPS of $0.71 and $4.01
DuPont announced fourth quarter 2014 operating earnings of $0.71 per share compared to $0.59 per share in the prior year. GAAP1 earnings from continuing operations were $668 million or $0.73 per share, versus $183 million or $0.19 per share last year.
Fourth quarter results reflect a 20-percent increase in operating earnings per share year-over-year realized from a number of company actions, including strategic portfolio initiatives, continued productivity improvements related to the company’s operational redesign, reductions in performance-based compensation, and share repurchases.
For the full year 2014, DuPont delivered operating earnings of $4.01 per share compared to $3.88 per share in the prior year. GAAP1 earnings from continuing operations were $3.90 per share, versus $3.04 per share last year.
Volume, margins and earnings grew in the majority of segments, despite significant market and macroeconomic challenges, including a weaker Ag economy, a stronger dollar and a difficult market pricing environment.
“Our 2014 results demonstrate continued progress on our strategic plan to deliver higher growth and higher value, including ongoing portfolio refinement through several strategic portfolio actions and steady progress on the planned Chemours separation, substantial cost reductions from our operational redesign and productivity initiatives, and the continued return of capital to our shareholders through $2 billion of share repurchases and an increase in the common stock dividend of 4 percent,” said DuPont Chair and CEO, Ellen Kullman.
“Rapid progress in our redesign initiative has enabled us to achieve a $1 billion run-rate target by year end 2015, well ahead of schedule, and we have identified at least $300 million of additional opportunities to streamline our operations and reduce costs. This initiative remains a priority and we expect to see further results over time,” Kullman added.
“In 2015, we remain focused on generating superior returns for our shareholders, including through return of capital from the expected Chemours dividend, while positioning DuPont for our next stage of growth.”
Company Increases Cost Reduction Commitment and Outlines Expectations for Return of Capital From Chemours One-Time Dividend
The company has increased its cost reduction commitment from its operational redesign by approximately $300 million to at least $1.3 billion of total expected savings by 2017. Additionally, by the end of 2015, the company now expects annual run-rate savings of approximately $1 billion, significantly ahead of its previously announced schedule.
In addition the company said it expects to return all or substantially all of the one-time dividend proceeds from Chemours to DuPont shareholders via share repurchases over the 12 to 18 months following the separation of Chemours. Based on the target BB credit rating of Chemours, this amount is anticipated to be approximately $4 billion, pending the final credit ratings and underlying business conditions for Chemours.