E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company (DuPont or 'the company') is a diversified chemical company offering products and services for various markets, including agriculture, nutrition, electronics and communications, and safety and protection. The company operates in North America, Latin America, Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. It is headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware
In our opinion, DuPont owns a portfolio of specialty businesses that together form its narrow economic moat. The agriculture business is the biggest contributor to DuPont's moat.
The current year is shaping up to be a challenging one for DuPont. The company is operating in a difficult macroeconomic environment. It is facing headwinds related to a stronger U.S. dollar and continued volatility in energy markets. Long-term prospects look bright. The company ought to experience healthy growth from its agriculture and nutrition, bio-based industrials, and advanced materials lines. Efforts to control costs should support margins. Stock buybacks will likely benefit share net in the coming years. This good-quality stock has decent risk-adjusted total return potential.
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Prolific output from innovation pipeline enhancing competitive advantage
Leadership position in diverse markets enabling to post consistent growth
Liabilities under CERCLA and RCRA affecting operating results
Volatility in energy and raw material prices could inflate operating costs
Seasonality in agriculture market likely to affect the company’s overall sales growth
Changes in government policies and laws could have a negative impact on the company's financial results
Investments in agriculture sector could strengthen DuPont Pioneer business
Initiatives to strengthen industrial biosciences business
Development of advanced materials business may help DuPont in increasing its profitability
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