Performance Materials segment posts 21% profit increase in 2012 / Higher volumes help Q4 gains
The Performance Materials segment of DuPont (Wilmington, Delaware / USA;, which includes the company’s engineering polymers activities, reported a 21% year-on-year increase in pre-tax operating profit, excluding significant items, to USD 1.12 bn in 2012, on sales down 5% at USD 6.45 bn.

Fourth quarter operating profit was up 68% compared with the final three months of 2011 to USD 254m, thanks to lower feedstock costs and higher volumes. Sales in the period were down 5% at USD 1.53 bn due to lower prices and a reduction due to a portfolio change. Stable packaging markets and strong demand in the North American automotive market were partially offset by higher volumes, the company said.

Overall, DuPont reported full year pre-tax operating profit of USD 5.71 bn, down 1% on 2011, on sales up 3% year-on-year at USD 34.8 bn. Fourth quarter operating profit was down 26% at USD 522m, due mainly to weak figures in performance chemicals and pharmaceuticals, on sales unchanged at USD 7.3 bn.

DuPont chair and CEO, Ellen Kullman, said: “DuPont stands stronger today than it did a year ago. Our segments delivered innovation, productivity and integration cost synergies. This, coupled with a record year in new product introductions, has strengthened our market position.”

Looking forward, first half 2013 operating earnings are expected to decline modestly on a year-on-year basis. Full-year 2013 sales are expected to be around USD 36 bn.

DuPont news release on full year 2012 earnings as a PDF document
07.02.2013 [224511-0]
Published on 07.02.2013
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