E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company
) has been recognized among the world's top 50 most admired
companies by the Fortune magazine. DuPont was ranked No. 41 in
Fortune's Top 50 "World's Most Admired Companies" list.
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DuPont has been featured in the list for the last 4 years and it
is for the second consecutive year that it has been recognized on
the list in its sector. It was selected by The Hay Group, which
took the database from Fortune and selected 15 largest for each
international industry and 10 largest for each U.S. industry.
DuPont is a global chemical and life sciences company and is
witnessing significant momentum in its agriculture business,
boosted by higher volume and market share gains in seed genetics
and crop protection. It expects continued strong growth in crop
protection in 2013, driven by new products.
The company's long-term plan includes compound annual growth
targets of 7% for sales and 12% for earnings per share. Sales in
developing markets, which include China, India, and the countries
located in Latin America, Eastern and Central Europe, Middle
East, Africa, and Southeast Asia, are targeted to make up 40% of
the company's sales by 2015.
DuPont is focused on an aggressive cost-cutting strategy by
reducing fixed costs, retrenching employees, restructuring work
schedules and improving working capital productivity. The company
expects cost productivity of at least $300 million in 2013 in
addition to the targeted $300 million savings from restructuring
On Jan 22, DuPont posted adjusted earnings from continuing
operations (excluding the performance coatings business) of 11
cents per share for fourth-quarter 2012, beating the Zacks
Consensus Estimate by a couple of cents. Net sales were
essentially flat year over year at $7,325 million but exceeded
the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $7,253 million.
Despite unfavorable currency exchange swings, the Agriculture
segment delivered healthy sales in the fourth quarter boosted by
higher volume and strong performance of the crop protection
DuPont currently holds a short-term Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
Other companies in the chemical industry with favorable Zacks
Akzo Nobel NV
). All three retain a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy).