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DuPont Lowers Earnings Guidance for Fourth Quarter 2005

Published on 2006-01-12. Author : SpecialChem

DuPont lowered its earnings guidance for fourth quarter 2005 to reflect higher than anticipated disruptions in operations, partly associated with impacts from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and lower than expected performance focused primarily in three of the company's businesses.

On October 26, 2005, the company provided fourth quarter earnings per share guidance of $.20 to $.25. DuPont now estimates that earnings in the fourth quarter will be reduced by approximately USD 200 million in pretax operating income (PTOI) from the low end of its previously communicated guidance, equally attributable to:

  • Operational disruptions from (1) the prolonged power, logistics and product supply disruptions in the Gulf Coast region following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and (2) temporary unplanned production interruptions at three of the company's plants in Brazil, the Netherlands and the United States.
  • Reduction in PTOI from a combination of lower than expected sales and higher than expected costs primarily in crop protection chemicals, performance coatings and surfaces.

In addition, preliminary data indicate that the company's effective tax rate for the year 2005 will be lower than the 26 percent rate previously estimated. This will partially offset the adverse effects of the above items, resulting in fourth quarter earnings of approximately $.10 per share.

Source: DuPont

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