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on April 3, 2017

DuPont to divest part of its crop protection business

In deal with FMC Corp., DuPont will acquire FMC’s health and nutrition portfolio

DuPont has entered into a definitive agreement with FMC Corp. to divest a portion of DuPont’s Crop Protection business, including certain research and development capabilities, and to acquire substantially all of FMC’s Health & Nutrition business.

The transaction includes consideration to DuPont of $1.6 billion to reflect the difference in the value of the assets, including cash of $1.2 billion and working capital of $425 million. The divestiture will satisfy DuPont’s commitments to the European Commission in connection with its conditional regulatory clearance of the merger with Dow.

“We believe this agreement is an excellent outcome that serves the best interests of all stakeholders, including our shareholders, customers and employees,” said Edward D. Breen, chairman and CEO of DuPont. “Our intended independent agriculture company will continue to benefit from the combined, complementary strengths of DuPont and Dow, which will include greatly expanded offerings and a robust pipeline across seed germplasm, biotech traits, and crop protection to provide greater choice and innovation to growers around the world. At the same time, we are significantly enhancing our nutrition and health capabilities, a key area of growth and opportunity for the intended independent specialty products company.

“This agreement with FMC is a win-win. It is pro-competitive, it advances the regulatory approval process, and it maintains the strategic logic and value creation potential of our merger with Dow and the three independent companies we intend to create,” Breen said.

The merger transaction is still expected to generate cost synergies of approximately $3 billion and growth synergies of $1 billion.

Divestiture of select DuPont Crop Protection assets

Under the terms of the agreement, FMC will acquire DuPont’s Cereal Broadleaf Herbicides and Chewing Insecticides portfolios – including Rynaxypyr, Cyazypyr and Indoxacarb. In addition, FMC will acquire the DuPont Crop Protection research and development pipeline and organization, excluding seed treatment, nematicides, and late-stage R&D programs, which DuPont will continue to develop and bring to market, and excluding personnel needed to support marketed products and R&D programs that will remain with DuPont. The assets being divested generated revenues in 2016 of about $1.4 billion.

After the divestiture, the Agriculture division of the merged company will retain strong crop protection assets, including an excellent portfolio in corn and soy broadleaf and grass control, a robust cereal weed control portfolio, DuPont’s strong position in disease control, and Dow AgroSciences’ industry leading insecticide portfolio. With its continued strength in R&D, the combined Agriculture division will be well positioned to accelerate growth, leveraging strong pipelines in both seeds and chemistry to serve growers around the world with a robust portfolio of innovative solutions, greater choice, and competitive price for value.

Acquisition of FMC Health & Nutrition business

As part of the transaction agreement, DuPont will acquire FMC’s Health & Nutrition business, which generated more than $700 million in revenues in 2016 from two main segments: texturants as food ingredients and pharmaceutical excipients. The business is highly complementary to DuPont’s existing Nutrition & Health (N&H) business with opportunity for growth synergies. By integrating FMC’s complementary Health & Nutrition business, DuPont will strengthen its N&H capabilities with broader offerings and an expanded footprint.

The transaction with FMC is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2017, subject to the closing of the DuPont and Dow merger, in addition to other customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals.

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