DuPont to Buy Danisco for $6.3 Billion (DD)


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Specialty chemicals giant DuPont Company ( DD ) on Monday said it has entered an agreement to buy Danish enzyme and good ingredients maker Danisco for a total of $6.3 billion.

That price tag includes the assumption of $500 million in debt from Danisco. DuPont will pony up $5.8 billion in cash for the industrial biotechnology specialist.

DuPont said it will finance the acquisition with around $3 billion in existing cash, with the remaining $2.8 billion financed with debt. The companies said they expect the transaction to be completed in the second quarter of this year.

DuPont shares fell 75 cents, or 1.5%, in premarket trading Monday.

The Bottom Line
Shares of Dupont ( DD ) have a 3.30% dividend yield, based on Friday's closing stock price of $49.76. The stock has technical support in the $44 price area. If the shares can firm up, we see overhead resistance around the $52-$53 price levels.

DuPont Company ( DD ) is not recommended at this time, holding a DARS™ Rating of 3.4 out of 5 stars.

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