DUPONT E I DE NEMOURS & CO 10-K 2006
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Annual Report Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of
For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2005 Commission file number 1-815
E. I. DU PONT DE NEMOURS
1007 Market Street
Registrant's telephone number, including area code: 302 774-1000
Title of Each Class
Common Stock ($.30 par value)
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The aggregate market value of voting stock held by nonaffiliates of the registrant (excludes outstanding shares beneficially owned by directors and officers and treasury shares) as of June 30, 2005, was approximately $42.0 billion.
As of January 31, 2006, 919,968,923 shares (excludes 87,041,427 shares of treasury stock) of the company's common stock, $.30 par value, were outstanding.
Documents Incorporated by Reference
The terms "DuPont" or the "company" as used herein refer to E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company and its consolidated subsidiaries, or to E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company, as the context may indicate.
Information pertaining to certain Items in Part III of this report is incorporated by reference to portions of the company's definitive 2006 Annual Meeting Proxy Statement to be filed within 120 days after the end of the year covered by this Annual Report on Form 10-K, pursuant to Regulation 14A (the Proxy).
Item 1. BUSINESS
DuPont was founded in 1802 and was incorporated in Delaware in 1915. DuPont is a world leader in science and technology in a range of disciplines, including biotechnology, electronics, materials science, safety and security, and synthetic fibers. The company operates globally, manufacturing a wide range of products for distribution and sale to many different markets, including the transportation, safety and protection, construction, motor vehicle, agriculture, home furnishings, medical, electronics, communications, protective apparel, and the nutrition and health markets. Total worldwide employment at December 31, 2005 was approximately 60,000 people.
The company is strategically aligned into five market- and technology-focused growth platforms consisting of Agriculture & Nutrition; Coatings & Color Technologies; Electronic & Communication Technologies; Performance Materials; and Safety & Protection. In addition to the five growth platforms, the company's reportable segments include Pharmaceuticals. The company includes nonaligned and developmental businesses, such as bio-based materials, in Other.
In 2004, the company completed the sale of the majority of the net assets of the Textiles & Interiors segment (INVISTA) to subsidiaries of Koch Industries, Inc. (Koch). Beginning in 2005 any activities related to the remaining assets of Textiles & Interiors are included in Other.
Information describing the business of the company can be found on the indicated pages of this report:
The company has operations in approximately 75 countries worldwide and about 60 percent of consolidated Net sales are made to customers outside the United States of America (U.S.). Subsidiaries and affiliates of DuPont conduct manufacturing, seed production, or selling activities, and some are distributors of products manufactured by the company.
SOURCES OF SUPPLY
The company utilizes numerous firms as well as internal sources to supply a wide range of raw materials, energy, supplies, services and equipment. To ensure availability, the company maintains multiple sources for fuels and most raw materials, including hydrocarbon feedstocks. Large volume purchases are generally procured under competitively priced supply contracts.
A substantial portion of the production and sales in Performance Materials is dependent upon the availability of hydrocarbon feedstocks. Current hydrocarbon feedstock requirements are met by purchases from major energy and petrochemical companies. In addition, the company obtains adipic acid and hexamethylenediamine from Koch under a long-term supply contract.
Within Agriculture & Nutrition, the company's wholly-owned subsidiary, Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc. (Pioneer), operates in the hybrid seed industry and has seed production facilities located throughout the world. Seed production is performed directly by the company or contracted with independent growers. The company's ability to produce seeds primarily depends upon weather conditions, grower contract terms, and global supply and demand.
The major commodities, raw materials, and supplies for the company's reportable segments in 2005 include the following:
Agriculture & Nutrition:
carbamic acid related intermediates; insect control products; natural gas; polyethylene; soybeans; soy flake; soy lecithin; sulfonamides
Coatings & Color Technologies:
butyl acetate; chlorine; HDI based poly aliphatic isocyanates; industrial gases; titanium ore; pigments
Electronic & Communication Technologies:
block co-polymers; chloroform; fluorspar; hydrofluoric acid; hydroxylamine; laminated films; oxydianiline; perchloroethylene; polyester; precious metals; pyromellitic dianhydride
adipic acid; butanediol; dimethyl terephthalate (DMT); ethane; ethylene glycol; fiberglass; hexamethylenediamine; natural gas; petroleum polymer; purified terephthalic acid
Safety & Protection:
alumina hydroxide; ammonia; benzene; high density polyethylene; isophthaloyl chloride; metaphenylenediamine; methyl methacrylate; natural gas; paraphenylenediamine; polyester fiber; propylene; terephthaloyl chloride; wood pulp
No commodities or raw materials are purchased for the Pharmaceutical segment. This segment's revenues arise from royalty arrangements for Cozaar® and Hyzaar® antihypertensive drugs, which are manufactured and distributed by Merck & Co. (Merck).
Since 1997, DuPont has contracted with Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) and Accenture LLP (Accenture) to provide certain services for the company. CSC operates a majority of the company's global information systems and technology infrastructures and provides selected applications and software services. In December 2005, DuPont entered into a new contract with CSC to provide these services through December 2014. Accenture provides selected applications, software services and enterprise resource planning solutions designed to enhance the company's manufacturing, marketing, distribution and customer service. Accenture is contracted to provide these services through December 2008.
In November 2005, DuPont contracted with Convergys Corporation to provide the company with global human resources transactional services including employee development, workforce planning, compensation management, benefits administration and payroll. The full scope of these services is scheduled to be operating by 2007. Convergys Corporation is contracted to provide services through 2018.
The company does not consider backlog to be a significant indicator of the level of future sales activity. In general, the company does not manufacture its products against a backlog of orders. Production and inventory levels are based on the level of incoming orders as well as projections of future demand. Therefore, the company believes that backlog information is not material to understanding its overall business and should not be considered a reliable indicator of the company's ability to achieve any particular level of revenue or financial performance.
PATENTS AND TRADEMARKS
The company believes that its patent and trademark estate provides it with an important competitive advantage. It has established a global network of attorneys, as well as branding, advertising, and licensing professionals, to procure, maintain, protect, enhance, and gain value from this estate.
The company owns and is licensed under various patents, which expire from time to time, covering many products, processes and product uses. These patents protect many aspects of the company's significant research programs and the goods and services it sells. The actual protection afforded by these patents varies from country to country and depends upon the scope of coverage of each individual patent as well as the availability of legal remedies in each country. The company owns approximately 21,000 worldwide patents and approximately 15,000 worldwide patent applications. In 2005, the company was granted almost 400 U.S. patents and about 1,500 international patents. The company's rights under its patents and licenses, as well as the products made and sold under them, are important to the company as a whole, and to varying degrees, important to each reportable segment.
For a discussion of the importance of patents to Pharmaceuticals, see the segment discussion on page 35 of this report.
The environment in which Pioneer and the rest of the companies within the seed industry compete is increasingly affected by new patents, patent positions, patent lawsuits and the status of various intellectual property rights. Ownership of and access to intellectual property rights, particularly those relating to biotechnology and germplasm, are important to Pioneer and its competitors. No single patent owned by Pioneer or its competitors is essential to Pioneer's ability to compete. However, Pioneer will continue to address freedom to operate issues by enforcing its own intellectual property rights, challenging claims made by others and, where appropriate, obtaining licenses to important technologies on commercially reasonable terms.
The company has approximately 2,000 unique trademarks for its products and services and approximately 19,000 worldwide registrations and applications for these trademarks. Ownership rights in trademarks do not expire if the trademarks are continued in use and properly protected. The company has many trademarks that have significant recognition at the consumer retail level and/or business to business level. Significant trademarks at the consumer retail level include the DuPont Oval and DuPont (the "DuPont Brand Trademarks"); Pioneer® brand seeds; Teflon® fluoropolymers, films, fabric protectors, fibers, and dispersions; Corian® surfaces; Kevlar® high strength material; and Tyvek® protective material.
As part of the sale of INVISTA to Koch in 2004, DuPont transferred certain patents and patent applications as well as certain trademarks and their related registrations and applications. In addition to this transfer, Koch and DuPont have entered into agreements regarding intellectual property rights, including patent and trademark licenses.
Sales of the company's products in Agriculture & Nutrition are affected by seasonal patterns. Agriculture & Nutrition's performance is strongest in the first half of the year. The segment generally operates at a loss during the third and fourth quarters of the year. As a result of the seasonal nature of its seed business, Agriculture and Nutrition's inventory is at its highest level at the end of the calendar year and is sold down in the first and second quarters. Trade receivables in Agriculture & Nutrition are at a low point at year-end and increase through the selling season to peak at the end of the second quarter.
In general, businesses in the remaining segments are not significantly affected by seasonal factors.
With the exception of Pioneer® brand seeds and Solae® soy proteins, most products are marketed primarily through DuPont's sales force, although in some regions, more emphasis is placed on sales through distributors. Pioneer® brand products are aggressively promoted through multiple marketing channels in North America. In the high corn and soybean concentration markets of the U.S. Corn Belt, products are sold through a specialized force of more than 3,000 independent sales representatives. In more diverse cropping areas, Pioneer® products are marketed through approximately 80 distributors that service and support more than 2,000 owned and independent crop input retailers. Pioneer® products outside of North America are marketed through a network of subsidiaries, joint ventures, and independent producer-distributors. Solae® isolated and functional soy proteins are marketed using a combination of outside distributors, joint ventures and direct sales.
The company's sales are not materially dependent on a single customer or small group of customers. However, collectively, Coatings & Color Technologies and Performance Materials have several large customers, primarily in the automotive original equipment manufacturer (OEM) industry. The company has long-standing relationships with these customers and they are considered to be important to the segments' operating results.
The company competes on a variety of factors such as price, product quality and performance or specifications, continuity of supply, customer service and breadth of product line, depending on the characteristics of the particular market involved and the product or service provided.
Major competitors include diversified industrial companies principally based in the U.S., Western Europe, Japan, China and Korea. In the aggregate, these competitors offer a wide range of products from agricultural, commodity and specialty chemicals to plastics, fibers, and advanced materials. The company also competes in certain markets with smaller, more specialized firms who offer a narrow range of products or converted products that functionally compete with the company's offerings.
Agriculture & Nutrition sells advanced plant genetics through Pioneer, principally for the global production of corn and soybeans, and thus directly competes with other seed and plant biotechnology companies. Agriculture & Nutrition also provides food safety equipment and soy-based food ingredients in competition with other major grain and food processors.
RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
The company conducts research in the U.S. at over 30 sites in 14 states at either dedicated research facilities or manufacturing plants. The highest concentration of research is in the Wilmington, Delaware area at several large research centers. Among these, the Experimental Station laboratories engage in investigative and applied research, the Chestnut Run laboratories focus on applications research, and the Stine-Haskell Research Center conducts agricultural product research and toxicological research to assure the safe manufacture, handling and use of products.
Other major research locations in the U.S. include Marshall Lab in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Mt. Clemens in Mt. Clemens, Michigan, both dedicated to coatings research; Pioneer research facilities in Johnston, Iowa; The Solae Company facilities in St. Louis, Missouri; polymer research facilities in Richmond, Virginia and Parkersburg, West Virginia; and electronic technology research facilities in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, Towanda, Pennsylvania and Santa Barbara, California.
DuPont, reflecting the company's global interests, operates a number of additional research and development facilities at locations outside the U.S. in countries such as Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, the Netherlands, Spain, and Switzerland. A new research and development facility was opened in China during 2005.
The objectives of the company's research and development programs are to create new technologies, processes and business opportunities in relevant fields, as well as to improve existing products and processes. Each segment of the company funds research and development activities that support its business mission. The future of the company is not dependent upon the outcome of any single research program.
The corporate research laboratories are responsible for conducting research programs aligned with corporate strategy as provided by the growth platforms. All research and development activities are administered by senior research and development management to ensure consistency with the business and corporate strategy.
Additional information with respect to research and development, including the amount incurred during each of the last three fiscal years, is included in Item 7, Management's Discussion and Analysis, on page 22 of this report.
Information related to environmental matters is included in several areas of this report: (1) Environmental Proceedings on pages 12-13, (2) Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations on pages 27 and 47-51, and (3) Notes 1 and 24 to the Consolidated Financial Statements.
The company's annual report on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, current reports on Form 8-K, and amendments to those reports are accessible on the company's website at http://www.dupont.com by clicking on the tab labeled "Investor Center" and then on "SEC filings." These reports are made available, without charge, as soon as is reasonably practicable after the company files or furnishes them electronically with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Item 1A. RISK FACTORS
DuPont operates in markets that involve significant risks, many of which are beyond the company's control. Based on current information, the company believes that the following identifies the most significant risk factors that could affect its businesses. However, the risks and uncertainties the company faces are not limited to those discussed below. There could be other unknown or unpredictable economic, business, competitive or regulatory factors, including factors that the company currently believes to be immaterial, that could have material adverse effects on the company's financial position, liquidity, and results of operations. Past financial performance may not be a reliable indicator of future performance and historical trends should not be used to anticipate results or trends in future periods.
Price increases for energy costs and raw materials could have a significant impact on the company's ability to sustain and grow earnings.
The company's manufacturing processes consume significant amounts of energy and hydrocarbon-based raw materials the costs of which primarily reflect market prices for oil and natural gas. These prices are subject to worldwide supply and demand as well as other factors beyond the control of the company. Significant variations in the cost of energy and raw materials affect the company's operating results from period to period. When possible, the company purchases raw materials through negotiated long-term contracts to minimize the impact of price fluctuations. The company has taken actions to offset the effects of higher energy and raw material costs through selling price increases, productivity improvements and cost reduction programs. Success in offsetting higher raw material costs with price increases is largely influenced by competitive and economic conditions and could vary significantly depending on the market served. If the company is not able to fully offset the effects of higher energy and raw material costs, it could have a significant impact on the company's financial results.
Failure to develop and market new products could impact the company's competitive position and have an adverse affect on the company's financial results.
The company's operating results are largely dependent on its ability to renew its pipeline of new products and services and to bring those products and services to market. This ability could be adversely affected by difficulties or delays in product development such as the inability to identify viable new products, successfully complete research and development, obtain relevant regulatory approvals, obtain intellectual property protection, or gain market acceptance of new products and services. Because of the lengthy development process, technological challenges and intense competition, there can be no assurance that any of the products the company is currently developing, or could begin to develop in the future, will achieve substantial commercial success. Sales of the company's new products could replace sales of some of its current products, offsetting the benefit of even a successful product introduction.
The company's results of operations could be adversely affected by litigation and other commitments and contingencies.
The company faces risks arising from various litigation matters unasserted and asserted, including but not limited to product liability claims, patent infringement claims and antitrust claims. Various factors or developments can lead to changes in current estimates of liabilities such as a final adverse judgment, significant settlement or changes in applicable law. A future adverse ruling or unfavorable development could result in future charges that could have a material adverse effect to the company. An adverse outcome in any one or more of these matters could be material to the company's Consolidated Financial Statements. For further information see Part II, Item 7Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations subtitled "PFOA" and Note 24 to the Consolidated Financial Statements.
In the ordinary course of business, the company may make certain commitments, including representations, warranties, indemnities and guarantees of third party obligations. If the company were required to make payments as a result, they could exceed the amounts accrued, thereby adversely affecting the company's results of operations. For further information see Note 24 to the Consolidated Financial Statements.
The company's operations are subject to extensive environmental laws and regulations.
The company's operations are subject to various federal, state and international laws and regulations governing the environment, including the discharge of pollutants into the air and water and the management and disposal of hazardous substances. The company could incur substantial costs, including cleanup costs, fines and civil or criminal sanctions, third-party property damage or personal injury claims. The costs of complying with complex environmental laws and regulations, as well as internal voluntary programs, are significant and will continue to be so for the foreseeable future. The ultimate costs under environmental laws and the timing of these costs are difficult to predict. The company's accruals for such costs and liabilities may not be adequate because the estimates on which the accruals are based depend on a number of factors including the nature of the allegation, the complexity of the site, site geology, the nature and extent of contamination, the type of remedy, the outcome of discussions with regulatory agencies and other Potentially Responsible Parties (PRPs) at multi-party sites, and the number and financial viability of other PRPs. It is the company's policy that all of its operations fully meet or exceed legal and regulatory requirements for protecting the environment. For further information see Part I, Item 3Legal Proceedings, Note 24 to the Consolidated Financial Statements and Part II, Item 7Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations entitled Environmental Matters.
The company's ability to generate sales from genetically enhanced products, particularly seeds and other agricultural products, could be adversely affected by market acceptance, government policies, rules or regulations and competition.
The company is using biotechnology to create and improve products, particularly in its Agriculture & Nutrition segment. Demand for these products could be affected by market acceptance of genetically modified products as well as governmental policies, laws and regulations that affect the development, manufacture and distribution of products, including the testing and planting of seeds containing biotechnology traits, and the import of crops grown from those seeds.
The company competes with major, global companies that have strong intellectual property estates supporting the use of biotechnology to enhance products, particularly in the agricultural products and production markets. Speed in discovering and protecting new technologies, and bringing products based on them to market is a significant competitive advantage. Failure to predict and respond effectively to this competition could cause the company's existing or candidate products to become less competitive adversely affecting sales.
Changes in government policies and laws or worldwide economic conditions could adversely affect the company's financial results.
Sales outside the U.S. constitute more than half of the company's revenue. The company anticipates that international sales will continue to represent a substantial portion of its total sales and that continued growth and profitability will require further international expansion. The company's financial results could be affected by changes in trade, monetary and fiscal policies, laws and regulations, or other activities of U.S. and non-U.S. governments, agencies and similar organizations. These conditions include but are not limited to changes in a country's or region's economic or political conditions, trade regulations affecting production, pricing and marketing of products, local labor conditions and regulations, reduced protection of intellectual property rights in some countries, changes in the regulatory or legal environment, restrictions on currency exchange activities, burdensome taxes and tariffs and other trade barriers. International risks and uncertainties, including changing social and economic conditions as well as terrorism, political hostilities and war, could lead to reduced international sales and reduced profitability associated with such sales.
Economic factors, including inflation and fluctuations in currency exchange rates, interest rates, and commodity prices could affect the company's financial results.
The company is exposed to fluctuations in currency exchange rates, interest rates and commodity prices. Because the company has significant international operations, there are a large number of currency transactions that result from international sales, purchases, investments, and borrowings. The company actively manages currency exposures that are associated with monetary asset positions, committed currency purchases and sales, and other assets and liabilities created in the normal course of business. Failure to successfully manage these risks could have an adverse impact on the company's financial position, results of operations and cash flows.
Business disruptions could seriously impact the company's future revenue and financial condition and increase costs and expenses.
Business disruptions, including supply disruptions, increasing costs for energy, temporary plant and/or power outages, natural disasters and severe weather events, such as hurricanes, and pandemics, could seriously harm the company's operations as well as the operations of its customers and suppliers. Although it is impossible to predict the occurrences or consequences of any such events, they could result in reduced demand for the company's products, make it difficult or impossible for the company to deliver products to its customers or to receive raw materials from suppliers, create delays and inefficiencies in the supply chain and result in the need to impose employee travel restrictions. The impact from business disruptions could significantly increase the cost of doing business or otherwise adversely impact the company's financial performance.
Inability to protect and enforce the company's intellectual property rights could adversely affect the company's financial results.
Intellectual property rights are important to the company's business. The company attempts to protect its intellectual property rights in jurisdictions in which its products are produced or used and in jurisdictions into which its products are imported. However, the company may be unable to obtain protection for its intellectual property in key jurisdictions. The extent to which the company is unable to protect its intellectual property could have an adverse impact its financial results.
The company is subject to information system security risks and systems integration issues that could disrupt the company's internal operations.
The company is dependent upon technology for the distribution of information within the company and to customers and suppliers. This information technology is vulnerable to damage or interruption from a variety of sources, including but not limited to computer viruses, security breach and defects in design. There also could be system or network disruptions if new or upgraded business management systems are defective or are not installed properly. Various measures have been implemented to manage the company's risks related to information system and network disruptions, but a system failure or security breach could negatively impact the company's operations and financial results.
Item 1B. UNRESOLVED STAFF COMMENTS
Item 2. PROPERTIES
DuPont's corporate headquarters are located in Wilmington, Delaware. The company's manufacturing, processing, marketing, and research and development facilities, as well as regional purchasing offices and distribution centers are located throughout the world.
Information regarding research and development facilities is incorporated by reference to Item 1, BusinessResearch and Development. Additional information with respect to the company's property, plant and equipment, and leases is contained in Notes 14 and 30 to the Consolidated Financial Statements.
The company's investment in property, plant and equipment in the U.S. and Puerto Rico related to operations is located at over 100 sites. Some of the sites and their applicable segment(s) are set forth below:
Property, plant and equipment outside the U.S. and Puerto Rico is also located at over 100 sites. Some of these sites and their applicable segment(s) are set forth below:
The company's plants and equipment are well maintained and in good operating condition. Sales as a percent of capacity were 82 percent in 2005, 84 percent in 2004 and 80 percent in 2003. Properties are primarily directly owned by the company; however, certain properties are leased. No title examination of the properties has been made for the purpose of this report, and certain properties are shared with other tenants under long-term leases.
Item 3. LEGAL PROCEEDINGS
Information related to this matter is included in Note 24 to the Consolidated Financial Statements under the heading Benlate®.
PFOA: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Class Action
Information related to this matter is included in Note 24 to the Consolidated Financial Statements under the heading PFOA.
Elastomers Antitrust Matters
Information related to this matter is included in Note 24 to the Consolidated Financial Statements under the heading Elastomers Antitrust Matters.
Acid Plants New Source Review Enforcement Action
In 2003, the EPA issued a "Notice of Violation and Finding of Violation" for the company's Fort Hill sulfuric acid plant in North Bend, Ohio. The EPA conducted a review of capital projects at the plant over the past twenty years. Based on its review, the EPA believes that two of the projects triggered a requirement to meet the New Source Performance Standards for sulfuric acid plants and that the company should have sought a permit under the New Source Review requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA). In July 2004, the EPA issued a Notice of Violation for the James River acid plant with similar allegations. The company vigorously disagrees with the EPA's findings because the EPA continues to change its interpretation of these rules and requirements without going through the required process to amend them. The courts are split on these interpretations. The company has a total of four sulfuric acid plants that use similar technology.
The EPA has invited the company to engage in settlement negotiations, but insists that all four sulfuric acid plants be included. Since there can be no assurance that the company will prevail if it litigates this matter, the company has accepted the EPA's invitation and has proposed to install technology at the four plants, or shut them down over the next five years. The EPA has yet to agree on the emission limits and the timing. If the negotiations are successful, the resulting settlement would include capital expenditures as well as a penalty. However, the company cannot reasonably estimate the amount of such costs at this time.
Chambers Works Plant, New Jersey
On January 3, 2006, DuPont's Chambers Works plant in New Jersey received a draft Administrative Consent Order from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) proposing a penalty of $180,400 for 16 incidents that occurred between November 2004 and October 2005 involving minor spills of product and wastes, and technical violations of the Resource, Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) permitting provisions. The NJDEP has alleged that the foregoing are violations of the New Jersey Solid Waste Management Act and Spill Compensation and Control Act. The proposed penalty does not take into account DuPont's actions to mitigate the potential impact of these events and substantial commitments to minimize discharges in the future. The company is negotiating with the NJDEP.
PFOA: West Virginia and Ohio Departments of Environmental Protection
For purposes of this report, the term PFOA means collectively perfluorooctanoic acid and its salts, including the ammonium salt, and does not distinguish between the two forms. DuPont uses PFOA as a processing aid to manufacture fluoropolymer resins and dispersions at its Washington Works plant in Wood County, West Virginia. Currently, DuPont recovers or destroys 98 percent of the PFOA that potentially could be emitted or discharged during the manufacturing process at the Washington Works plant.
In November 2001, the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) and DuPont signed a multimedia Consent Order (the WV Order) that requires environmental sampling and analyses and the development of screening levels for PFOA that is used or managed by the Washington Works plant. As a result of this process, WVDEP issued its Final Ammonium Perfluorooctanoate Assessment of Toxicity Team Report in August 2002. In the report, the WVDEP established a screening level of 150 micrograms PFOA per liter screening level for drinking water and a soil screening level of 240 parts per million. None of the local sources for drinking water has tested at or above the screening level. The report established a screening level of 1 microgram per cubic meter for air. DuPont submitted to the WVDEP its initial air dispersion modeling results for the period between September 2002 and August 2003 which demonstrated that the air screening level was not exceeded during the time period.
Unless DuPont violates its terms, the WV Order does not call for sanctions. DuPont has completed all major activities currently required by the WV Order and has spent approximately $4 million through December 31, 2005, in connection with these activities. DuPont committed to conduct additional environmental monitoring in and around the Washington Works plant. As recommended by WVDEP, this testing began in 2004 and will end in 2006.
Environmental sampling of the PFOA levels in the groundwater and drinking water has been conducted across the Ohio River pursuant to a Memorandum of Understanding among DuPont, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, the WVDEP, and the Division of Health and Human Resources, (the MOU). Under the MOU, these results were shared with the Ohio EPA. Also, DuPont is funding investigations of ground and drinking water in that state comparable to the studies in West Virginia, pursuant to the MOU. In addition, DuPont signed a Safe Drinking Water Consent (SDWC) Order with EPA Region III (which includes West Virginia) and Region V (which includes Ohio) in March of 2002 to assure provision of alternative drinking water if supplies are found to exceed screening levels established under the WV Order. Since the PFOA concentrations in drinking water tested to date are significantly below the screening level, it is unlikely that DuPont will be required to provide alternative drinking water under the SDWC Order. Pursuant to discussions with, and recommendations from the Ohio EPA, DuPont is conducting additional environmental monitoring in Ohio, starting in 2004 and ending in 2006.
Sabine River Works, Orange, Texas
On November 19, 2004, DuPont received a Notice of Enforcement Action (Notice) from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) regarding its Sabine River Works facility located in Orange, Texas. The Notice contains 45 allegations relating to reportable and non-reportable emission events from 2002 through 2004 and assesses an administrative penalty of $134,852. DuPont will contest the allegations in the event that negotiations with TCEQ are unsuccessful.
Gibson City, Illinois
The EPA has alleged that The Solae Company violated the CAA's New Source Review Regulations and certain Prevention of Significant Deterioration requirements at its plant in Gibson City, Illinois. The Solae Company, a majority-owned venture with Bunge Limited, was formed in 2003. The EPA has proposed a settlement of this matter that would include sites located in Indiana, Ohio, Oklahoma and Tennessee, some of which are wholly owned by DuPont, in addition to the Gibson City site. The EPA's proposed settlement includes a penalty of $350,000 and Supplemental Environmental Projects involving expenditures of at least $500,000. The company and The Solae Company are negotiating with the EPA and U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ).
Item 4. SUBMISSION OF MATTERS TO A VOTE OF SECURITY HOLDERS
EXECUTIVE OFFICERS OF THE REGISTRANT
The following is a list, as of February 28, 2006, of the company's executive officers.
The company's executive officers are elected or appointed for the ensuing year or for an indefinite term, and until their successors are elected or appointed.
Charles O. Holliday, Jr. joined DuPont in 1970, and has advanced through various manufacturing and supervisory assignments in product planning and marketing. He is a former president, executive vice president, president and chairmanDuPont Asia Pacific. Mr. Holliday became an executive officer in 1992 when he was appointed senior vice president. He became Chief Executive Officer on February 1, 1998, and Chairman of the Board of Directors on January 1, 1999.
James C. Borel joined DuPont in 1978, and held a variety of product and sales management positions for Agricultural Products. In 1993, he transferred to Tokyo, Japan with Agricultural Products as regional manager, North Asia, and was appointed regional director, Asia Pacific in 1994. In 1997, he was appointed regional director, North America and was appointed vice president and general managerDuPont Crop Protection later that year. In January 2004, he was named to his current position, Senior Vice PresidentDuPont Global Human Resources.
Thomas M. Connelly, Jr. joined DuPont in 1977 as a research engineer. Since then, Mr. Connelly has served in various research and plant technical leadership roles, as well as product management and business director roles. Mr. Connelly served as vice president and general managerDuPont Fluoroproducts from 1999 until September 1, 2000, when he was named to his current position, Senior Vice President and Chief Science and Technology Officer.
Richard R. Goodmanson joined DuPont in 1999 as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining DuPont, Mr. Goodmanson was president and chief executive officer of America West Airlines from 1996 to 1999. He was senior vice president of operations for Frito-Lay Inc. from 1992 to 1996, and he was a principal at McKinsey & Company, Inc. from 1980 to 1992.
John C. Hodgson joined DuPont in 1966. Since then, Mr. Hodgson has held various sales and product management positions and has served in several business director roles. In 1996, he was named vice president and general manager of Photopolymer & Electronic Materials. Mr. Hodgson served as group vice president and general managerDuPont iTechnologies from February 2000 until February 2002, when he was appointed an executive vice president. In 2004, his title was changed to Senior Vice President.
W. Donald Johnson joined DuPont in 1974, and has advanced through a variety of technical, manufacturing, corporate strategy and business assignments, including global business director for Kevlar®. In 1999, he became group vice president, Nylon Worldwide, and later group vice presidentDuPont Operations & Services in 2001. In January 2004, he was named to his current position, Group Vice PresidentGlobal Operations.
Stacey J. Mobley joined DuPont's legal department in 1972. He was named director of Federal Affairs in the company's Washington, D.C. office in 1983, and was promoted to vice presidentFederal Affairs in 1986. He returned to the company's Wilmington, Delaware headquarters in March 1992 as vice presidentCommunications in External Affairs, and was promoted to Senior Vice President in May 1992. He was named Chief Administrative Officer in May 1999 and General Counsel in November 1999.
Gary M. Pfeiffer joined DuPont in 1974, and has held a succession of tax, financial and business analysis positions, and served in several director roles. Mr. Pfeiffer served as vice president and general manager, DuPont NylonNorth America from 1994 until October 1997, when he was appointed Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.
Item 5. MARKET FOR REGISTRANT'S COMMON EQUITY, RELATED STOCKHOLDER MATTERS AND ISSUER PURCHASES OF EQUITY SECURITIES
Market for Registrant's Common Equity and Related Stockholder Matters
The company's common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange, Inc. (symbol DD) and certain non-U.S. exchanges. The number of record holders of common stock was 100,861 at December 31, 2005, and 100,358 at January 31, 2006.
Holders of the company's common stock are entitled to receive dividends when they are declared by the Board of Directors. While it is not a guarantee of future conduct, the company has continuously paid a quarterly dividend since the fourth quarter 1904. Dividends on common stock and preferred stock are usually declared in January, April, July and October. When dividends on common stock are declared, they are usually paid mid March, June, September and December. Preferred dividends are paid on or about the 25th of January, April, July and October. The Stock Transfer Agent and Registrar is Computershare Trust Company, N.A. (formerly EquiServe Trust Company, N.A.).
The company's quarterly high and low trading stock prices and dividends per common share for 2005 and 2004 are shown below.
Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities
The following table summarizes information with respect to the company's purchases of its common stock during 2005:
Item 6. SELECTED FINANCIAL DATA
Item 7. MANAGEMENT'S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS
Cautionary Statements about Forward-Looking Statements
This report contains forward-looking statements which may be identified by their use of words like "plans," "expects," "will," "anticipates," "intends," "projects," "estimates" or other words of similar meaning. All statements that address expectations or projections about the future, including statements about the company's strategy for growth, product development, market position, expenditures, and financial results, are forward-looking statements.
Forward-looking statements are based on certain assumptions and expectations of future events. The company cannot guarantee that these assumptions and expectations are accurate or will be realized. See the Risk Factors discussion set forth under Part 1, Item 1A for a description of risk factors that could significantly affect the company's financial results. In addition, the following factors could cause the company's actual results to differ materially from those projected in any such forward looking statements:
DuPont has six segments, five of which constitute the company's growth platforms: Agriculture & Nutrition, Coatings & Color Technologies, Electronic & Communication Technologies, Performance Materials, and Safety & Protection. The sixth segment, Pharmaceuticals, includes income from the company's interest in two anti-hypertension (AIIA) drugs, Cozaar® and Hyzaar®.
The company has set sustainable annual financial targets of 6 percent revenue growth, 10 percent earnings growth, and one percentage point improvement in Return on Invested Capital (ROIC). The company's three key strategies to achieve these targets are: Putting Science to Work, Harnessing the Power of One DuPont, and Going Where the Growth Is.
Putting Science to WorkScience helps form the capabilities, offerings and competitive advantages of all of the company's businesses. The company's research and development programs are focused on creating new technologies, processes, and business opportunities in relevant fields, as well as improving existing products and processes. The future of the company is not dependent on any single research program. The company continues to aggressively grow and manage its patent portfolio. Market-driven innovation, which relies on the voice of the customer and concrete market opportunities, is central to the company's research efforts. Management is focused on prioritizing deployment of resources to the most promising opportunities and has identified its top 75 technology projects expected to generate commercial success. The company is accelerating science-based innovation by 30 percent by prioritizing programs for faster and larger payoffs.
Power of One DuPontThe company's strategy is to increase productivity and leverage market access, capabilities and customers, with a single focus, thereby creating wider opportunities for its businesses. Management is committed to holding its fixed costs flat in 2006 and reducing fixed cost as a percentage of sales. The company is also taking actions to standardize and simplify its supply chains and support functions globally and improve its sales effectiveness. As a result of these actions, management expects to generate $1 billion of cost savings and $1 billion of working capital savings over three years. Furthermore, management has committed to improving its return on invested capital. Over an eighteen-month period ending June 30, 2007, underperforming assets within each growth platform will be reviewed and appropriate plans put in place to improve the return on these assets to acceptable levels.
Going Where the Growth IsThe Company seeks significant growth opportunities by increasing its direct presence and sales efforts in emerging markets and extending the company's science, products, brands and market position into new applications and uses, thereby creating new markets. The company has a strong presence in the fastest-growing emerging markets and continues to leverage its resources and market position to realize new growth.
Analysis of Operations
During 2005, the company maintained its leading position in biotechnology, safety and protection, and crop yield improvement, and continued to execute its growth strategies, while overcoming a number of operational and business challenges. The most significant of these challenges were record-high energy costs, in addition to the aftermath of two major hurricanes, Katrina and Rita, which struck the Gulf Coast region of the U.S. Management estimates that cost increases for raw materials in 2005 exceeded $1 billion versus the prior year, principally reflecting higher market prices for oil, natural gas, and hydrocarbon feedstock. The company took actions to increase pricing and improve productivity to offset these cost increases.
The company has 14 manufacturing plants located in the Gulf Coast region that were affected by the hurricanes. Ten of these had minimal damage and resumed operations quickly. Four plants, two in Mississippi and two in Texas, experienced serious damage to electrical systems, instrument controls and computer-based electronic process control systems. Charges of $160 million were recorded in 2005 related to the clean up and repair of manufacturing assets, the write off of inventory and plant assets destroyed by the hurricanes and other hurricane related costs. The most significant damage was to the company's DeLisle, Mississippi, titanium dioxide plant which remained shut down from August 2005 until production began a phased-in restart in January 2006. Management expects this plant to return to normal operations during the second quarter of 2006. The resumption of operations at the other three sites was completed by December 31, 2005. All sites remain structurally sound and environmentally secure.
Following the hurricanes, the company declared "force majeure" for several product lines of the Coatings & Color Technologies, Safety & Protection and the Performance Materials segments manufactured at the four sites noted above, because of hurricane-induced plant outages, limited availability of purchased utilities and raw materials, and damaged infrastructure. Management estimates that the company lost sales of about $350 million in 2005 as a result of the hurricanes. The company carries property damage and business interruption insurance, subject to deductible amounts. The amount or timing of any insurance recoveries are not yet determinable.
2005 versus 2004 Consolidated net sales for 2005 were $26.6 billion, down 3 percent. The 2004 sale of INVISTA resulted in a $2.1 billion or 8 percent reduction in Net sales. This reduction was partly offset by a 6 percent increase in sales resulting from higher U.S. dollar (USD) selling prices.
The tables below show a regional breakdown of 2005 and 2004 consolidated net sales based on location of customers and percentage variances from prior year:
In 2005, growth in key markets, particularly those in Asia Pacific and Latin America, helped offset the reduction in U.S. volumes. Volume declines in the United States and Europe were related to lower demand in motor vehicle and production agriculture markets, and the impact of hurricanes.
2004 versus 2003 Consolidated net sales for 2004 were $27.3 billion, up one percent. Portfolio changes, principally the sale of INVISTA, partly offset by the consolidation of DuPont Dow Elastomers LLC (DDE) as a variable interest entity (VIE) and the benefit of small acquisitions, resulted in a $2.6 billion or 10 percent reduction in Net sales. The combination of higher sales volumes and USD selling prices increased sales 11 percent.
In 2004, the company saw strength in its major markets, including motor vehicle production and related after-markets, production agriculture and construction. Growth in these key markets, particularly in Asia Pacific, as well as increased market share, contributed to a 6 percent increase in worldwide sales volumes, which helped offset a $3.8 billion reduction in sales as a result of the sale of INVISTA.
2005 versus 2004 Other income increased $1,197 million over 2004. The increase is primarily due to net pre-tax exchange gains in 2005 of $423 million compared to losses in 2004 of $391 million (see page 52 for a discussion of the company's program to manage currency risk and Note 2 to the Consolidated Financial Statements). The company records royalty revenues
related to its licensees for Cozaar®/Hyzaar® in Other income. Royalty income related to these products was $747 million and $675 million in 2005 and 2004, respectively. Equity in the earnings of affiliates increased $147 million over 2004, primarily due to the absence of a $150 million elastomers antitrust litigation charge in the DDE joint venture recorded in 2004 (discussed in detail in Note 24 to the Consolidated Financial Statements).
2004 versus 2003 Other income decreased $79 million in 2004. This reduction is primarily due to a $257 million increase in net pre-tax exchange losses and a loss of $49 million for equity affiliates as a result of the $150 million charge to provide for the company's share of anticipated losses associated with elastomers antitrust litigation. These losses were largely offset by a $118 million increase in interest income, $50 million of which was attributable to the reversal of accrued interest related to certain prior year tax contingencies, and a $102 million increase in royalty income associated with Cozaar®/Hyzaar®.
2005 versus 2004 Cost of goods sold and other operating charges (COGS) for the year 2005 was $19.7 billion, a decrease of $715 million from the prior year. 2005 COGS includes a $160 million hurricane charge. 2004 COGS included a $108 million litigation charge related to PFOA and a charge of $118 million related to elastomers antitrust litigation (see Note 24 to the Consolidated Financial Statements). As a percent of sales, COGS was 74 percent in 2005 versus 75 percent in 2004. The improvement principally reflects the sale of INVISTA, which had higher COGS in relation to sales than the rest of the company, partly offset by raw material costs that escalated at a higher rate than the increases in selling prices. A modestly favorable effect of currency translation offset a small decrease in sales volumes.
2004 versus 2003 COGS declined $343 million. As a percent of Net sales, COGS was down 2 percentage points. The decrease relative to sales reflects a significant benefit from portfolio changes, principally the sale of INVISTA, which had higher COGS in relation to sales than the rest of the company. COGS as a percent of sales also improved due to higher local selling prices and increased sales volumes with higher gross margins due to improved operating rates, lower plant operating costs, and higher manufacturing yields. The currency impact from the weaker USD also had a positive impact as its benefit to sales exceeded its concurrent increase in COGS. The positive factors discussed above were partly offset by increased litigation charges and significantly higher raw material costs.
2005 versus 2004 Selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expenses increased $82 million and one percentage point as a percent of sales. The increase as a percent of sales reflects the absence of INVISTA that had lower selling expenses as a percent of sales compared to the rest of the company.
2004 versus 2003 SG&A expenses increased $74 million or 2 percent. The increase principally reflects higher spending for strategic growth initiatives, particularly in Agriculture & Nutrition, the impact of currency translation, and the impact of consolidating the DDE joint venture. These increases were partly offset by cost reduction programs and the sale of INVISTA in April 2004.
Research and development expense as a percent of sales remained constant over the three-year period. Spending in 2005 reflects increases across most segments, offset by the absence of spending in Textiles & Interiors after April 30, 2004. The company continues to support a strong commitment to research and development as a source of sustainable growth, and expects research and development funding to remain at about the same level in 2006.
2005 versus 2004 Interest expense increased $156 million in 2005 compared to 2004 primarily due to an increase in the average interest rates from 3.46 percent to 4.60 percent. Average borrowings were 3 percent higher in 2005.
2004 versus 2003 2004 Interest expense was $15 million higher than 2003. This increase reflects the impact of higher average debt levels, partly offset by lower average interest rates.
The company did not institute any restructuring programs in 2005. A benefit of $13 million was recorded in the fourth quarter to reflect changes in estimates related to employee separations that were implemented in earlier years. Cost reductions associated with prior year plans were realized in 2005; however, these savings were offset by other cost increases. Additional details related to these previously announced employee separation programs are contained in Note 4 to the Consolidated Financial Statements.
The company initiated actions in 2004 to ensure its global competitiveness as a more focused, science-based company. The company recorded a net charge of $411 million in 2004 related to employee separation costs and asset impairment charges. This included $302 million to provide severance benefits for approximately 2,700 employees involved in manufacturing, marketing and sales, administrative and technical activities. Essentially all of these employees were separated as of December 31, 2005. These staff reductions affected essentially all segments. The company also recorded a benefit of $12 million in 2004 resulting from changes in estimates for prior years' restructuring programs. In addition, the company recorded impairment charges of $121 million in 2004 which included: $27 million to reflect an other than temporary decline in the value of an investment security; $23 million related to the shutdown of U.S. manufacturing assets; $42 million related to the write down of certain European manufacturing assets; and $29 million to write off abandoned technology.
In the aggregate, payments from operating cash flows to terminated employees total about $300 million. Approximately 44 percent of these cash outlays were made in 2004 with another 45 percent made in 2005. The remainder will be paid in 2006 and thereafter. Annual pretax cost savings of about $225 million per year are associated with the restructuring plan. About 40 percent was realized in 2004 and essentially all the remaining savings in payroll costs were realized in 2005. Over 50 percent of the savings associated with the staff reductions are reflected in Selling, general and administrative expenses, approximately 30 percent in COGS and other operating charges, and the balance in Research and development expense.
The company did not institute any restructuring programs in 2003. A benefit of $17 million was recorded in 2003 to reflect changes in estimates related to employee separations that were implemented in earlier years.
On April 30, 2004, the company sold a majority of the net assets of Textiles & Interiors, referred to as INVISTA, to Koch. During 2005, the company sold its investments in three affiliated companies to Koch and its investment in a fourth affiliated company to its equity partner. In January 2006, the company completed the sale of its interest in the last equity affiliate to its equity partner for proceeds of $14 million thereby completing the sale of all of the net assets of Textiles & Interiors.
In 2005, the company recorded a net benefit of $62 million resulting from divestiture activities. The company's transfer of its interest in the affiliates to Koch resulted in a gain of $35 million. The sale of two of these affiliates had been delayed until the company received approval from its equity partners. Although the transfer of these affiliates completes the sale to Koch, the company will have significant continuing involvement with INVISTA as a result of long-term purchase and supply contracts and a long-term contract manufacturing agreement in which INVISTA will manufacture and supply certain products for the company. In addition, the company indemnified Koch against certain liabilities, primarily related to taxes, legal matters, environmental matters, and representations and warranties (see Note 24 to the Consolidated Financial Statements). The company's total indemnification obligation for the majority of the representations and warranties can not exceed approximately $1.4 billion. The company also recorded a gain of $29 million in 2005 related to the sale of the company's investment in another equity affiliate and $2 million of other charges associated with the separation. Net cash proceeds from these transactions totaled $135 million. See Note 5 to the Consolidated Financial Statements for information regarding the charges that were recorded in 2004 and 2003.
At September 30, 2003, the company reclassified to assets held for sale the INVISTA related assets. Upon reclassification the company ceased depreciation and amortization of these assets which improved earnings by approximately $0.10 in 2004 and $0.07 in 2003.
In 2003, in connection with the pending sale of INVISTA, the company was required to test the related goodwill for recoverability. This test indicated that the carrying value of goodwill exceeded fair value, and accordingly, the company recorded an impairment charge of $295 million to write-off all of the goodwill associated with INVISTA. This write-off was based on an estimate of fair value as determined by the negotiated sales price of the INVISTA net assets.
In 2003, the company recognized a $62 million gain associated with the formation of a majority-owned venture, The Solae Company, with Bunge Limited. See Note 7 to the Consolidated Financial Statements for additional information.
In 2005, the company recorded a tax provision of $1,468 million which included $483 million of tax expense on exchange gains associated with the company's policy of hedging the foreign currency denominated monetary assets and liabilities of its operations and $292 million of tax expense related to the repatriation of $9.1 billion under The American Jobs Creation Act of 2004 (AJCA). AJCA created a temporary incentive for U.S. corporations to repatriate accumulated income earned abroad by providing an 85 percent dividends received deduction for certain dividends from controlled foreign corporations provided that repatriated cash from such accumulated earnings is reinvested in the U.S. pursuant to a domestic reinvestment plan.
In 2004, the company recorded significant tax benefits which principally included $360 million on exchange losses in connection with the company's foreign currency hedging program, $320 million related to the separation of Textiles & Interiors, $160 million primarily related to agreement on certain prior year audit issues previously reserved, and $137 million resulting from recording deferred tax assets in two European subsidiaries for tax basis investment losses recognized on local tax returns. These tax benefits were partly offset by net tax expense on other operating results.
In 2003, the company also recorded significant tax benefits which principally included $669 million related to recording deferred tax assets in two European subsidiaries for tax basis investment losses recognized on local tax returns, $544 million related to the separation of Textiles & Interiors, and $187 million on exchange losses in connection with the company's foreign currency hedging program. These tax benefits were partly offset by net tax expense on other operating results.
The company's current estimate of the 2006 effective income tax rate is about 26 percent, excluding tax effects of exchange gains and losses which cannot be reasonably estimated at this time.
Minority interests in earnings of consolidated subsidiaries in 2005 reflects earnings in the first half of 2005 for DDE and the absence of minority interests in subsidiaries transferred to Koch. Minority interests in losses of consolidated subsidiaries in 2004 reflect the consolidation of DDE as a VIE in April 2004. 2003 includes expenses associated with the redemption of corporate minority interest structures.
On January 1, 2003, the company adopted SFAS No. 143, "Accounting for Asset Retirement Obligations," which requires companies to record an asset and related liability for the costs associated with the retirement of a long-lived tangible asset if a legal liability to retire the asset exists. The adoption of this standard resulted in a cumulative effect of a change in accounting principle after-tax charge to income of $29 million.
2005 versus 2004 Net income for 2005 increased 15 percent over 2004. 2005 Net income reflects higher selling prices which essentially offset record increases in raw material costs and higher fixed costs. In addition, 2005 results include significant hurricane related charges as well as tax expenses associated with the repatriation of cash under the AJCA. In contrast, 2004 results were adversely affected by even greater charges resulting from a corporate restructuring program, losses on the separation of Textiles & Interiors, and charges for certain elastomers antitrust matters and litigation related to PFOA.
Earnings per share were $2.07 in 2005 versus $1.77 in 2004, a 17 percent increase. This includes a 2 percentage point benefit from lower shares outstanding resulting from the accelerated share repurchase program.
2004 versus 2003 Net income for 2004 was $1,780 million compared to $973 million for 2003. Higher Net income reflects higher sales volumes, higher local currency prices and currency benefit from the weaker USD. In addition, cost improvement efforts helped to offset general inflation in operating costs and higher planned spending for growth initiatives. Net income increased despite significantly higher raw material costs. Earnings per share were $1.77 in 2004 versus $0.96 in 2003.
The company anticipates record-high energy costs and increasing competitive pressures in 2006. Accordingly, the company plans to accelerate execution of its growth strategies by intensifying market-driven research and development efforts, expanding in higher-growth markets, and implementing numerous productivity measures. Management believes that raw material costs will be higher than those of 2005, as oil and U.S. natural gas prices are expected to be above 2005 average levels. While the 2006 rate of global GDP and industrial production growth is forecast to continue at or near 2005 levels, growth by industry will be mixed, with flat to slower growth expected in motor vehicle and residential construction related markets, and somewhat stronger growth in commercial construction. In addition, the value of the USD is forecast to be stronger than the 2005 average, adversely affecting the results of the company's operations outside of the U.S. On the positive side, the company expects that its 2006 costs for pensions and other postretirement benefits will be lower than those for 2005. Based on these expectations, management estimates that earnings per share will be about $2.60 in 2006, with Net sales of about $28 billion.
Accounting Standards Issued Not Yet Adopted
In December 2004, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued Statement of Financial Accounting Standards (SFAS) No. 123R, which replaces SFAS No. 123, "Accounting for Stock-Based Compensation." DuPont voluntarily adopted the SFAS No. 123 fair value based method of accounting on January 1, 2003, for share-based payment transactions with employees. SFAS No. 123R amends some aspects of the fair value measurement of the equity instruments granted to employees. This statement becomes effective for the company beginning in the first quarter of 2006. The company will use the modified prospective method and will continue to use the Black-Scholes option-pricing model as the most appropriate fair-value method for its awards. Based on the company's evaluation, the adoption of SFAS No. 123R is not expected to have a material effect on the company's financial position, liquidity or results of operations.
Critical Accounting Estimates
The company's significant accounting policies are more fully described in Note 1 to the Consolidated Financial Statements.
Management believes that the application of these policies on a consistent basis enables the company to provide the users of the financial statements with useful and reliable information about the company's operating results and financial condition.
The preparation of the Consolidated Financial Statements in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles in the U.S. (GAAP) requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts, including, but not limited to, receivable and inventory valuations, impairment of tangible and intangible assets, pension and other postretirement benefit obligations, income taxes, restructuring reserves, environmental matters, and litigation. Management's estimates are based on historical experience, facts and circumstances available at the time, and various other assumptions that are believed to be reasonable. The company reviews these matters and reflects changes in estimates as appropriate. Management believes that the following represent some of the more critical judgment areas in the application of the company's accounting policies which could have a material effect on the company's financial position, liquidity or results of operations.
PENSION AND OTHER POSTRETIREMENT BENEFITS
Accounting for employee benefit plans involves numerous assumptions and estimates. Discount rate and expected return on plan assets are two critical assumptions in measuring the cost and benefit obligation of the company's pension and other postretirement benefit plans. Management reviews these two key assumptions at least annually. These and other assumptions are updated periodically to reflect the actual experience and expectations on a plan specific basis as appropriate. As permitted by GAAP, actual results that differ from the assumptions are accumulated on a plan by plan basis, and to the extent that such differences exceed 10 percent of the greater of the plan obligations or the applicable plan assets, the excess is amortized over the average remaining working life of current employees.
About 83 percent of the company's benefit obligation for pensions and essentially all of the company's other postretirement benefit obligations are attributable to the benefit plans in the U.S. The company utilizes published long-term high quality bond indices to determine the discount rate at the measurement date. Where commonly available, the company considers indices of various durations to reflect the timing of future benefit payments.
Within the U.S., the company establishes strategic asset allocation percentage targets and appropriate benchmarks for significant asset classes with the aim of achieving a prudent balance between return and risk. Strategic asset allocations in other countries are selected in accordance with the laws and practices of those countries. Where appropriate, asset-liability studies are also taken into consideration. The long-term expected return on plan assets in the U.S. is based upon historical real returns (net of inflation) for the asset classes covered by the investment policy and projections of inflation over the long-term period during which benefits are payable to plan participants.
In determining annual expense for the principal U.S. pension plan, the company uses a market-related value of assets rather than their fair value. Accordingly, there tends to be a lag in recognition of changes in market valuation. As a result, changes in the fair market value of assets is not immediately reflected in the company's calculation of net pension cost. The market-related value for the principal U.S. pension plan was $15.9 billion and $13.6 billion at December 31, 2005 and 2004, respectively. The corresponding fair value was $16.6 billion and $15.2 billion at December 31, 2005 and 2004, respectively. For other plans, pension expense is typically determined using the fair value of assets.
The fair value of assets in all pension plans was $20 billion at December 31, 2005, and the related projected benefit obligations were $23 billion. In addition, obligations under the company's unfunded other postretirement benefit plans were $4 billion at December 31, 2005.
The following table highlights the potential impact on the company's pretax earnings due to changes in certain key assumptions with respect to the company's pension and other postretirement benefit plans, based on assets and liabilities at December 31, 2005:
Additional information with respect to pension and other postretirement employee expenses, liabilities, and assumptions is discussed under Long-term Employee Benefits beginning on page 45.
DuPont accrues for remediation activities when it is probable that a liability has been incurred and a reasonable estimate of the liability can be made. The company's estimates are based on a number of factors, including the complexity of the geology, the nature and extent of contamination, the type of remedy, the outcome of discussions with regulatory agencies and other PRPs at multiparty sites, and the number of and financial viability of other PRPs. The company has recorded a liability of $343 million on the Consolidated Balance Sheet as of December 31, 2005; these accrued liabilities exclude claims against third parties and are not discounted.
Considerable uncertainty exists with respect to environmental remediation costs and, under adverse changes in circumstances, the potential liability may range up to two to three times the amount accrued. Much of this liability results from the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA, often referred to as the Superfund), RCRA and similar state laws. These laws require the company to undertake certain investigative and remedial activities at sites where the company conducts or once conducted operations or at sites where company-generated waste was disposed. The accrual also includes a number of sites identified by the company for which it is probable that environmental remediation will be required, but which are not currently the subject of CERCLA, RCRA or state enforcement activities. Federal and state authorities may seek fines and penalties for violation of the various laws and governmental regulations, and could, among other things, impose liability on the company for cleaning up the damage resulting from company-generated waste disposal. Over the next two decades, the company could incur significant costs under both CERCLA and RCRA.
Remediation activities vary substantially in duration and cost from site to site. These activities, and their associated costs, depend on the mix of unique site characteristics, evolving remediation technologies, diverse regulatory agencies and enforcement policies, as well as the presence or absence of PRPs. Therefore, it is difficult to develop accurate estimates of future site remediation costs. A detailed discussion of environmental matters is contained in Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations, beginning on page 47.
The company's results of operations could be affected by significant litigation adverse to the company, including product liability claims, patent infringement claims and antitrust claims. The company records reserves for legal matters when the information available indicates that it is probable that a liability has been incurred and the amount of the loss can be reasonably estimated. Management makes adjustments to these reserves to reflect the impact and status of negotiations, settlements, rulings, advice of counsel and other information and events that may pertain to a particular matter. Predicting the outcome of claims and lawsuits, and estimating related costs and exposure involves substantial uncertainties that could cause actual costs to vary materially from estimates. In making determinations of likely outcomes of litigation matters, management
considers many factors. These factors include, but are not limited to, the nature of specific claims including unasserted claims, the company's experience with similar types of claims, the jurisdiction in which the matter is filed, input from outside legal counsel, the likelihood of resolving the matter through alternative dispute resolution mechanisms and the matter's current status. Considerable judgment is required in determining whether to establish a litigation reserve when an adverse judgment is rendered against the company in a court proceeding. In such situations, the company will not recognize a loss if, based upon a thorough review of all relevant facts and information, management believes that it is probable that the pending judgment will be successfully overturned on appeal. A detailed discussion of significant litigation matters is contained in Note 24 to the Consolidated Financial Statements.
The breadth of the company's operations and the global complexity of tax regulations require assessments of uncertainties and judgments in estimating the ultimate taxes the company will pay. The final taxes paid are dependent upon many factors, including negotiations with taxing authorities in various jurisdictions, outcomes of tax litigation and resolution of disputes arising from federal, state, and international tax audits. The resolution of these uncertainties may result in adjustments to the company's tax assets and tax liabilities.
Deferred income taxes result from differences between the financial and tax basis of the company's assets and liabilities and are adjusted for changes in tax rates and tax laws when changes are enacted. Valuation allowances are recorded to reduce deferred tax assets when it is more likely than not that a tax benefit will not be realized. Significant judgment is required in evaluating the need for and magnitude of appropriate valuation allowances against deferred tax assets. The realization of these assets is dependent on generating future taxable income, as well as successful implementation of various tax planning strategies. For example, changes in facts and circumstances that alter the probability that the company will realize deferred tax assets could result in recording a valuation allowance, thereby reducing the deferred tax asset and generating a deferred tax expense in the relevant period. In some situations these changes could be material.
At December 31, 2005, the company had a net deferred tax asset balance of $748 million, net of valuation allowance of $1,363 million. Realization of these assets is expected to occur over an extended period of time. As a result, changes in tax laws, assumptions with respect to future taxable income and tax planning strategies could result in adjustments to these assets. During 2006, it is reasonably possible that valuation allowances related to the deferred tax assets of certain foreign subsidiaries estimated to be about $200 million will be reversed if improved business performance in those subsidiaries is sustained. This potential valuation allowance reversal is not reflected in the company's current estimate of the 2006 effective income tax rate of about 26 percent.
At December 31, 2005, the company had deferred tax assets for tax loss and tax credit carryforwards, net of valuation allowances of $1,086 million. Of this amount, $878 million has no expiration date, $20 million expires after 2005 but before the end of 2010, and $188 million expires after 2010.
Assessment of the potential impairment of property, plant and equipment, goodwill, other purchased intangible assets, and investments in affiliates is an integral part of the company's normal ongoing review of operations. Testing for potential impairment of long-lived assets is significantly dependent on numerous assumptions and reflects management's best estimates at a particular point in time. The dynamic economic environments in which the company's businesses operate and key economic and business assumptions with respect to projected selling prices, market growth and inflation rates, can significantly affect the outcome of impairment tests. Estimates based on these assumptions may differ significantly from actual results. Changes in factors and assumptions used in assessing potential impairments can have a significant impact on both the existence and magnitude of impairments, as well as the time at which such impairments are recognized. Future changes in the environment and the economic outlook for the assets being evaluated could also result in additional impairment charges. Information with respect to the company's significant accounting policies on long-lived assets is included in Note 1 to the Consolidated Financial Statements.
Segment sales include transfers and a pro rata share of equity affiliates' sales. Segment pretax operating income (PTOI) is defined as operating income before income taxes, minority interests, exchange gains (losses), corporate expenses, interest, and the cumulative effect of changes in accounting principles. A reconciliation of segment sales to consolidated Net sales and segment PTOI to Income before income taxes and minority interests for 2005, 2004 and 2003 is included in Note 31 to the Consolidated Financial Statements.
AGRICULTURE & NUTRITION
Agriculture & Nutrition leverages DuPont technology, customer relationships and industry knowledge to improve the quantity, quality and safety of the global food supply. Global land area that can be used in agricultural production is increasingly limited. Therefore, increases in production will need to be achieved principally through improving crop yields and productivity rather than through increases in planted acreage. Agriculture & Nutrition delivers a broad portfolio of products and services that are specifically targeted to achieve gains in crop yields and productivity, including Pioneer® brand seed products and well-established brands of insecticides, fungicides and herbicides. The segment operates across the food value chain from inputs for production agriculture to global production and distribution of soy-based food ingredients, food quality diagnostic testing equipment and services, and liquid food packaging systems. Research and development focuses on leveraging technology to increase grower productivity and enhance the value of grains and soy through improved seed traits, superior germplasm, and the effective use of insecticides, herbicides and fungicides.
Agriculture & Nutrition includes the company's wholly owned subsidiary, Pioneer, which is the world's leading seed brand and the world leader in improving crop yields with hybrid and varietal seeds that improve grower yields and provide insect protection and herbicide tolerance. The principal products of Pioneer are hybrid seed corn and soybean seed. In 2005, farmers in North America demonstrated a preference for corn hybrids containing biotechnology traits and Pioneer had limited supplies of these products. As a result, corn market share in North America declined. In soybeans, Pioneer increased market share in
key segments supported by strong product performance. Pioneer benefited from the global launch of 26 new soybean varieties and 95 new Pioneer® brand corn hybrids that include new combinations of corn borer, corn rootworm and weed management traits highlighted by the expansion of the Herculex®1 family of traits.
Agriculture & Nutrition also serves the global production agriculture industry with crop protection products in the grain and specialty crop sectors, forestry, and vegetation management. Principal crop protection products are herbicides, fungicides, insect control products and plant growth regulators. Sales of crop protection products increased slightly, with the most significant growth in insecticides, specifically in specialty crops in Latin America and cereals in Europe. The segment also continued to strengthen its global position in products for cotton due to its broad array of offerings, expanded its presence in fruit and vegetable specialty markets and continues to expand product offerings in the professional pest control market.
Agriculture & Nutrition also serves the specialty food ingredients market, including soy proteins and lecithins through its majority-owned venture with Bunge Limited, The Solae Company. Sales from these products declined modestly in 2005, primarily due to reduced sales in parts of Europe and Asia Pacific.
2005 versus 2004 Sales of $6.4 billion increased 2 percent reflecting 4 percent higher USD selling prices and 2 percent lower volumes. Higher selling prices reflect a richer mix in corn and soybean seed. Volume declines were driven by lower corn seed sales in North America and specialty food ingredients partially offset by increases in the sale of soybeans, insecticides in Latin America and herbicides for cereals in Europe. During the year approximately 160 new products and product applications were introduced.
2005 PTOI was $862 million versus $769 million in 2004, up 12 percent. The improvement in 2005 PTOI reflects higher USD selling prices partially offset by lower volumes and higher raw material costs. 2004 results also included restructuring charges of $34 million. In addition, during 2005 the segment continued to increase research spending and drive productivity improvements while managing overall fixed costs to a level consistent with 2004.
2004 versus 2003 Sales of $6.2 billion increased 14 percent reflecting 7 percent higher selling prices, 4 percent higher volumes, and a 3 percent benefit resulting from the formation of The Solae Company and the acquisition of the remaining interest in Griffin LLC. Higher selling prices were driven by a richer mix in corn and soybean seed, reflecting the success of the 2004 technology offering. Volume growth was driven by higher corn sales throughout all regions as well as increased soybean sales in the Northern Hemisphere, higher sales of insecticides in Asia Pacific and higher worldwide sales of soy-based products.
2004 PTOI was $769 million versus $671 million in 2003, up 14 percent. The improvement in 2004 PTOI reflects higher selling prices and higher sales volumes, partly offset by higher raw material costs. 2004 results also included restructuring charges of $34 million, whereas 2003 included a benefit of $64 million, principally related to the formation of The Solae Company.
Outlook In 2006, the segment is anticipating modest earnings growth through a continued focus on providing value to its customers. Pioneer expects to increase its corn value offerings, including stacked traits and seed treatments in the U.S. and Canada, and grow corn volumes in key international markets. Pioneer also expects continued market share gains in key soybean markets including the U.S., Canada and Brazil. The segment's introduction of new crop protection products is projected to drive volume gains. Segment margins will be challenged by an expected acre shift from corn to lower margin soybeans along with higher raw material costs and continued investments in research, which will drive long-term profitability.
Technology will continue to play an important role for Agriculture & Nutrition. Pioneer will build on their global product offerings with the addition of 20 new soybean varieties and 90 new Pioneer® brand corn hybrids. In late February, 2006, DuPont announced an agreement with Syngenta to acquire certain crop protection product rights and to sell an exclusive license to technology, on which a gain is expected to be recognized in the first half of 2006.
COATINGS & COLOR TECHNOLOGIES
Coatings & Color Technologies is one of the world's leading automotive coatings suppliers and the world's largest manufacturer of titanium dioxide white pigments. Products offered include high performance liquid and powder coatings for automotive OEMs, the automotive aftermarket (known as refinish), and general industrial applications, such as coatings for bridges, windmills, heavy equipment, pipes and appliances. The company markets its refinish products using the DuPont, Standox®, Spies Hecker®, and Nason® brand names. Standox® and Spies Hecker® are focused on the high-end refinish markets, while Nason® is primarily focused on economy coating applications. The segment's broad line of DuPont Ti-Pure® titanium dioxide products, in both slurry and powder form, serve the coatings, plastic, and paper industries. The segment also offers specialty products for ink jet digital printing including pigment and dye based inks and the DuPont Artistri printing systems for textiles. Specialty products include adhesive bonding and electrical insulation.
The key markets in which Coatings & Color Technologies operates continued to grow in 2005, with more significant growth in the Latin America and Asia Pacific regions. A key driver of the segment's sales growth in 2005 was the successful implementation of global price increases, most notably, for titanium dioxide white pigment and refinish products. Global demand for titanium dioxide white pigment remained consistent with 2004 levels. Sales volumes for major global producers of titanium dioxide white pigment declined by approximately 4 to 6 percent, while volumes increased for small producers in China, India, and Eastern Europe which generally provide lower performance and lower price products. During the first half of the year, the company's market share grew slightly; however, share in the second half declined as a result of hurricane damage to the company's DeLisle plant.
Sales for refinish products grew in all regions, most notably in the U.S., Europe, and Latin America. While the OEM market realized growth in Latin America, it was more than offset by declines in the U.S., Europe, and Asia Pacific. This reflects flat or lower North American and European builds of automobiles and light trucks. Powder coatings remained flat in Europe, while the demand in the U.S. and Latin America showed improvement. Worldwide sales in the specialty coatings, electrical insulation and metal coatings markets continued to improve, while adhesives remained flat.
2005 versus 2004 Sales of $6.2 billion were up 3 percent, reflecting 6 percent higher USD selling prices, partly offset by 3 percent lower volumes. Higher selling prices reflect concerted efforts within the segment to increase prices for the majority of its products as part of its efforts to offset the impact of higher raw material costs. Sales volumes were lower due to the DeLisle plant outage and the impact of lower global OEM automotive volumes. During the year approximately 360 new products and product applications were introduced.
PTOI in 2005 of $564 million decreased from $718 million in the prior year. Higher raw material costs and lower sales volumes negatively affected 2005 earnings. PTOI in 2005 includes a $116 million hurricane charge while 2004 included charges of $96 million for employee separation costs and an automotive refinish litigation settlement.
2004 versus 2003 Sales of $6.0 billion increased 10 percent, principally reflecting a 5 percent benefit from the weaker dollar, 3 percent higher sales volumes, and 2 percent higher local prices. The increase in volumes is primarily related to titanium dioxide as capacity utilization for global titanium dioxide producers grew throughout the year, with all major producers essentially sold out beginning late in third quarter 2004. OEM coatings volume growth moderated in the second half as major auto producers, particularly in the U.S., announced production cutbacks to reduce new car inventories.
PTOI was $718 million in 2004, down slightly from $735 million in 2003. Higher sales volumes and local selling price increases essentially offset net charges totaling $60 million for employee separation costs and $36 million related to the automotive refinishes litigation settlement (see Note 24 to the Consolidated Financial Statements). Higher raw material, energy, and product distribution costs reduced PTOI by approximately $35 million. Higher fixed costs were largely driven by currency translation rates in the coatings businesses, and by spending for growth initiatives in the titanium dioxide business.
Outlook The segment expects to increase sales modestly in 2006, while taking actions to improve profitability. Critical to improving the segment's profitability is the sustainability of price increases to offset higher raw materials and other costs and the successful restoration of full operations at the DeLisle titanium dioxide plant. Industry demand for titanium dioxide is expected to remain strong sustaining continued high capacity utilization. Competitive conditions in the global coatings industry will continue to provide a challenging operating environment in 2006. Modest growth is expected for refinish markets on flat volumes in mature economies while strong growth is expected to continue in emerging markets. Profitability of coatings sold to OEM producers is highly dependent upon volume at specific plants the company services. U.S. and European 2006 automotive builds are expected to be essentially flat with 2005 levels, with moderate growth in Asia Pacific.
ELECTRONIC & COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGIES
Electronic & Communication Technologies provides a broad range of advanced materials for the electronics industry, flexographic printing and color communication systems, and a wide range of fluoropolymer and fluorochemical products. The segment also continues to pursue development activities related to displays and fuel cells.
In the electronics industry, markets served include display materials, integrated circuit fabrication materials and packaging solutions, and printed wire board fabrication materials. The segment meets the rapidly changing market needs for smaller, more portable and powerful electronic devices by building on its strength as a leading supplier of organic, flexible, and ceramic circuit materials. Major product lines include DuPont Kapton® polyimide film, Pyralux® flexible laminates, Riston® dry film photoresists, Green Tape low temperature co-fired ceramics, Fodel® photoimageable composites, and Posistrip® photoresist removers.
Electronic & Communication Technologies is the market leader in flexographic printing and color communication serving the packaging and commercial printing industries. Its offerings include DuPont Cyrel® and Cyrel®FAST flexographic printing
systems, as well as color communication systems, including DuPont WaterProof®, Cromalin®, and Dylux®. Cyrel®FAST is the only solvent-free thermal flexographic platemaking technology commercially available. This technology is helping to offset the continuing decline in the analog proofing technology market.
The segment also includes a portfolio of industrial and specialty fluorochemicals and fluoropolymers which are sold into the refrigeration, insulation, aerosol packaging, telecommunications, aerospace, automotive, electronics, chemical processing, and housewares industries. As the largest global manufacturer of fluoroproducts, the company's offerings include DuPont Suva® refrigerants, Teflon® and Tefzel® fluoropolymer resins, Autograph® and Teflon® non-stick finishes, and Teflon® and Tedlar® fluoropolymer films.
Electronic & Communication Technologies leverages DuPont's strong materials and technology base to target growth opportunities in electronics, fluoropolymers, fluorochemicals, packaging graphics, and color communication. In semiconductor fabrication, packaging, and interconnect, the segment is extending and broadening its portfolio of materials to address critical needs in the industry, e.g., chemical mechanical planarization and embedded passives. In the rapidly growing market for flat panel displays, the segment continues to be a leading materials supplier for plasma displays. In addition, the segment is developing new innovative technologies for liquid crystal displays, such as thermal color filters, while continuing to invest in developing materials technologies for organic light-emitting diode (OLED) displays and field emission displays. In packaging graphics, products such as Cyrel®FAST have rapidly grown, solidifying the segment's market leadership position. In fluoropolymers and fluorochemicals, the segment continues to pursue product renewal innovations such as next generation refrigerants, while broadening the scope of applications into high growth areas such as limited combustible cable and photovoltaics. The company's research efforts on long-term growth opportunities such as fuel cells are showing solid technical progress, although commercial applications are not expected to advance for several years.
2005 versus 2004 Sales of $3.5 billion increased about 7 percent, on 6 percent higher USD prices, and a 1 percent improvement in volume. Price improvements reflect higher prices, primarily for fluorochemicals. Higher volumes reflect increased demand primarily for fluoroproducts and electronic materials partly offset by the divestiture of the remaining interest in DuPont Photomasks, Inc. Sales growth was strongest outside the U.S. During the year, approximately 220 new products and product applications were introduced.
PTOI in 2005 was $532 million, which included a gain of $48 million on the sale of the company's remaining interest in DuPont Photomasks, Inc. versus $192 million last year. 2004 included net charges of $108 million for PFOA litigation (see Note 24 to the Consolidated Financial Statements) and $67 million for employee separation costs and asset impairment charges. Earnings growth in 2005 also resulted from improved pricing, modest demand improvement and continued productivity gains.
2004 versus 2003 Sales of $3.3 billion increased 13 percent on 10 percent higher volumes and 3 percent higher USD selling prices. Higher volumes reflect a significant increase in demand for electronic materials, fluoropolymers, and refrigerants. Sales outside the U.S. grew 24 percent with sales in Asia Pacific up 36 percent.
PTOI in 2004 was $192 million versus $183 million in 2003. In 2004, PTOI includes net charges of $67 million for employee separation costs and asset impairment charges, and $108 million for PFOA litigation. These charges were offset by earnings improvements resulting principally from higher volumes, productivity improvements, and targeted pricing actions throughout 2004.
Outlook In 2006, modest revenue and earnings growth is expected for the segment. Earnings in 2006 will benefit from new product introductions, targeted pricing actions to offset energy related raw material cost increases, and continued focus on fixed cost control. This segment manufactures products that could be affected by uncertainties associated with PFOA. See the discussion on Page 49 under the subheading PFOA.
Performance Materials provides customers with more productive, higher performance polymer materials, systems and solutions to improve the uniqueness, functionality and profitability of their product offerings. Performance Materials delivers a broad polymer-based materials product portfolio, including engineering polymers that are primarily used by customers to fabricate components for mechanical and electrical systems, as well as specialized resins and films used in various packaging and industrial applications. These applications include food packaging, sealants and adhesives, sporting goods, and interlayers for laminated safety glass. Key brands include DuPont Zytel® nylon resins, Delrin® acetal resins, Hytrel® polyester thermoplastic elastomer resins, Tynex® filaments, Surlyn® resins, SentryGlas® Plus and Butacite® laminate interlayers, Mylar® and Melinex® polyester films, and Viton® fluoroelastomers.
The key markets served by the segment include the automotive OEM and associated after-market industries, as well as electrical, electronics, packaging, construction, and consumer durable goods.
The segment's core competency is applied materials science, focusing on substituting traditional materials with new materials that offer advantages such as performance, durability, aesthetics, and weight reduction. New applications and processing materials into innovative parts and systems are also areas of focus. A recent example of this core innovation capability is SentryGlas® Expressions, which links DuPont polymer materials with ink jet technologies to develop specialty decorative interlayers for architectural applications.
In 2004, the segment expanded its operations in China adding compounding capacity in both Shenzhen and Shanghai, and completed the shutdown of one of its production facilities in the Netherlands, relocating some of the assets to higher growth regions.
On June 30, 2005, DuPont completed a transaction with Dow related to DDE, a 50/50 joint venture. Dow acquired from DDE certain assets related to the Engage®, Nordel® and Tyrin® businesses. Upon the completion of this transaction, the remaining elastomers business became a wholly owned subsidiary of DuPont and was renamed DuPont Performance Elastomers, LLC. For some time, the company had been evaluating both its response to a long-term declining demand for the neoprene products and the anticipated capital investment requirements at the Louisville, Kentucky facility. The company now plans to consolidate production at its upgraded LaPlace, Louisiana, facility by the end of March 2007 at which time neoprene production will cease at the Louisville site. In 2005, the company recorded a restructuring charge of $34 million, reflecting severance and related costs for approximately 275 employees. Annual cost reductions related to ceasing neoprene production at Louisville and consolidating production at LaPlace are expected to offset reduced revenue related to declining demand. Cash payouts of $25 million are largely expected to be paid in 2007 (see Note 13 to the Consolidated Financial Statements for further discussion of these matters).
2005 versus 2004 Sales of $6.8 billion were 2 percent higher than 2004, reflecting 8 percent higher USD selling prices, partly offset by 6 percent lower sales volumes. Sales volumes declined due to the business interruption caused by the hurricanes, the aforementioned change in the elastomers business and exiting the DMT business, pricing actions to improve mix and margins, and lower demand from markets tied to motor vehicle production in the United States and Europe.
Excluding sales from the businesses transferred to Dow of $386 million and $536 million from the years 2005 and 2004, respectively, segment sales were up 4 percent, reflecting 8 percent higher USD selling prices and 4 percent lower volume. During 2005, approximately 180 new products and product applications were introduced.
PTOI was $523 million compared to $295 million in 2004. 2005 PTOI includes $47 million in operating income related to certain elastomers assets sold and a $25 million gain on the sale of these assets. 2005 PTOI also reflects a charge of $17 million related to hurricane damage and a $34 million charge related to the aforementioned plans for the Louisville and LaPlace sites. In 2005, higher selling prices partly offset substantial increases in raw materials costs and the impact of the hurricanes on supply and production. 2004 PTOI includes $268 million in elastomers antitrust litigation charges (see Note 24 to the Consolidated Financial Statements) and $67 million in employee separation activities and asset impairment charges.
2004 versus 2003 Sales of $6.6 billion were 23 percent higher than 2003, reflecting 9 percent volume growth driven by strong demand in the automotive, electronics, packaging and construction markets. In addition, 2004 results reflect higher sales of films in Asia Pacific and packaging polymers in Europe, as well as an 8 percentage point benefit from consolidation of DDE in April 2004 and a 6 percent increase in USD selling prices.
PTOI was $295 million, down 28 percent from $410 million in 2003. The reduction in earnings reflects, in part, $268 million for elastomers antitrust matters, $67 million for employee separation activities and asset impairment charges, and higher costs for raw materials, principally those derived from oil and natural gas. These cost increases were largely offset by the benefit from higher sales volumes and USD selling prices.
Outlook U.S. and European 2006 automotive builds are expected to be essentially flat with 2005 levels, with moderate growth in Asia Pacific. Global packaging market growth is expected to remain at current levels. The residential construction market in North America is expected to soften versus 2005 and it is anticipated that the electrical and electronics markets will continue to improve. Performance Materials expects to overcome the absence of sales related to certain elastomers assets sold and realize continued revenue growth in 2006. PTOI is expected to increase, benefiting from higher revenue, price increases, improved fixed cost performance, and customer-driven innovations for products and processes. The level of earnings improvements in 2006 will depend on offsetting the continued high hydrocarbon related raw materials costs with price increases and further productivity gains.
On October 1, 2001, DuPont Pharmaceuticals was sold to the Bristol-Myers Squibb Company. DuPont retained its interest in Cozaar® (losartan potassium) and Hyzaar® (losartan potassium with hydrochlorothiazide). These AIIA drugs were discovered by DuPont and developed in collaboration with Merck and are used in the treatment of hypertension. The U.S. patents covering the compounds, pharmaceutical formulation and use for the treatment of hypertension, including approval for pediatric use, will expire in 2010. DuPont has exclusively licensed worldwide marketing and manufacturing rights for Cozaar® and Hyzaar® to Merck. Pharmaceuticals receives royalties and net proceeds as outlined in these licenses and related agreements. Merck is responsible for manufacturing, marketing and selling Cozaar® and Hyzaar®.
In September 2002, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) approved Cozaar® to reduce the rate of progression of nephropathy (kidney disease) in Type 2 diabetic patients with hypertension and nephropathy (hereafter referred to as the RENAAL study). Through 2005, approvals based on the RENAAL study have been granted in 53 countries, with further approvals pending.
The Losartan Intervention For Endpoint reduction in hypertension study (LIFE) results were reported and published in March 2002 at the annual meeting of the American College of Cardiology. The study found that use of Cozaar® significantly reduced the combined risk of cardiovascular death, heart attack and stroke in patients with hypertension and left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) compared to the beta-blocker atenolol. In March 2003, the FDA approved Cozaar® as the first and only hypertensive medicine to reduce the risk of stroke in patients with hypertension and LVH. In total, 62 countries have granted regulatory licenses to Cozaar® based on the LIFE study. In 2005, the FDA approved Hyzaar® to reduce the risk of stroke based on the LIFE study.
The FDA granted a new indication for Hyzaar® in 2004 for use in patients with severe hypertension. This fixed dose combination is not indicated for initial therapy of hypertension, except when the hypertension is severe enough that the value of achieving prompt blood pressure control exceeds the risk of initiating combination therapy in these patients. In 2005, Hyzaar® 100-12.5 mg tablets were introduced offering a new treatment alternative for doctors with patients whose blood pressure is not adequately controlled by Cozaar® 100 mg alone.
Outlook DuPont and Merck continue to support Cozaar® and Hyzaar® with clinical studies designed to identify additional therapeutic benefits for patients with hypertension and co-morbid conditions. The company expects the ongoing Cozaar®/Hyzaar® collaboration to continue to be an important contributor to earnings until the U.S. patents expire in 2010. Thereafter, earnings are expected to decline significantly.
SAFETY & PROTECTION
Safety & Protection satisfies the growing global needs of businesses, governments and consumers for solutions that make life safer. By uniting market-driven science with the strength of highly-regarded brands such as Kevlar®, Tyvek® and Nomex®, Safety & Protection has built a unique presence in the marketplace since its inception in 2002.
The segment serves a large number of customers in markets that range from construction, transportation, communications, industrial chemicals, oil, gas, and manufacturing to defense, homeland security, and safety consulting. In addition to serving its existing customer base, the segment is investing in the future by going where the growth is. The segment's growth initiatives are a response to critical needs to help people feel safe at home and at work, to assist the government, military and law enforcement and to preserve and protect the environment. These initiatives include building innovations, personal protection, clean and disinfect, consumer safety, government solutions, environmental solutions, and safety consulting services. Additionally, Safety & Protection works closely with businesses across the company, in areas like automotive safety and food safety, to provide seamless access to products and technology.
In 2005, Safety & Protection continued to integrate its products to better meet the needs of the construction industry. This approach brings together brands such as Corian® and Zodiaq® with new applications in Tyvek®, Kevlar® and SentryGlas® to improve building interiors and building envelope systems.
Safety & Protection assembled an integrated systems approach to help protect the global food supply in the event of an avian flu pandemic. The multi-level approach includes special protective apparel, clean and disinfect chemicals and safety management solutions.
The segment's aramid fiber materials helped launch the world's largest commercial jetliner, the Airbus A380. A host of the company's products, including Kevlar® and Nomex®, provided weight savings, strength, and durability as well as helped meet stringent safety standards. Kevlar®, Nomex® and Tyvek® continue to hold strong positions in the personal and life protection markets due to the strong demand for military body armor and for personal protective gear in the oil & gas industry and in emerging regions. Refinery solutions offerings experienced growth in 2005 and successfully started up its first unit providing on-site sulfuric acid regeneration service.
Current offerings to the government include secure environmental treatment systems, use of SentryGlas® Plus interlayers in bomb-blast resistant windows, use of Tyvek® HomeWrap and Corian® for military housing, and expanded use of Kevlar® focusing on military ballistic, vehicle uparmoring and other applications. An ongoing concern with homeland security continues to benefit the segment with increased orders for emergency response, military, law enforcement and firefighting apparel. Global demand for products that prevent disease and improve productivity in the food, health care and industrial markets continue to create growth opportunities for the segment's clean and disinfect offerings.
Safety & Protection led efforts to improve workplace safety through its consulting services, which experienced growth in all regions. One important initiative was the DuPont-inspired World Safety Declaration, the first-ever agreement by industry to improve workplace safety globally.
2005 versus 2004 Sales of $5.2 billion were up 11 percent, due to 6 percent higher selling prices and 5 percent higher volumes. The segment's aramids fibers and safety consulting offerings primarily drove revenue growth. Segment sales were negatively affected during the last four months of the year by the hurricanes, particularly in the aniline and acrylonitrile product lines. The Latin America and Asia Pacific regions experienced higher-than-average sales growth in 2005. During the year, approximately 200 new products and product applications were introduced.
PTOI in 2005 was $980 million, up 17 percent from $837 million in the prior year. 2005 includes a charge of $27 million related to hurricane costs and a $31 million gain from the sale of a non-core asset. This net benefit, along with strong earnings growth from aramid fibers and safety consulting helped increase the segment's PTOI. Pricing momentum continued within the segment during 2005, but was offset by higher raw material and transportation costs. 2004 includes charges of $70 million for employee separation activities and the impairment of certain European manufacturing assets.
2004 versus 2003 Sales of $4.7 billion were up 15 percent, due in part to 8 percent higher USD selling prices, largely reflecting the pass-through of higher aniline and other raw material costs via supply contracts. In addition, sales growth reflects 6 percent higher volumes and a 1 percent benefit from small acquisitions. Volume growth was primarily driven by greater worldwide sales of Kevlar® and Nomex® aramids for new and existing applications. Sales of Tyvek® nonwovens and solid surface products experienced double-digit growth, resulting from the strong construction market worldwide.
PTOI in 2004 was $837 million, up 4 percent from $805 million in the prior year. 2004 includes charges of $70 million for employee separation activities and the impairment of certain European manufacturing assets. These charges were more than offset by improvements resulting from higher volumes and the weaker USD. Higher local selling prices were offset by the negative effect of higher raw material costs and ongoing investment and growth.
Outlook Safety & Protection will continue to drive growth in its product lines globally with the strength of its brands. U.S. and global demand for aramids is expected to remain strong. Continued U.S. and local level homeland security funding is expected during 2006 and will support growth in personal protective systems. The construction, personal protection, medical packaging and medical fabrics market segments are expected to grow during the year. Margins are likely to be pressured by energy and transportation related costs and competition. Overall, Safety & Protection expects continued revenue growth and moderate earnings growth in 2006 based on continued market penetration, the introduction of new products and technologies, and continued investment in its growth initiatives. This segment manufactures products that could be affected by uncertainties associated with PFOA. See the discussion on Page 49 under the subheading PFOA.
TEXTILES & INTERIORS
On April 30, 2004, the company sold INVISTA to Koch for $3,844 million, except for the transfer of certain equity affiliates. Additional details regarding Textiles & Interiors are contained in Note 5 to the Consolidated Financial Statements. In 2005, financial transactions related to the remaining assets of Textiles & Interiors are reported in Other.
2004 versus 2003 Sales of $3.3 billion were 53 percent lower than the prior year, principally due to the sale of INVISTA on April 30, 2004. PTOI was a loss of $515 million in 2004, including $667 million in separation charges. 2003 PTOI was a loss of $1,892 million primarily associated with the planned separation of INVISTA.
The company combines the results of its developmental and nonaligned businesses under Other. Developmental businesses include bio-based materials and other growth initiatives. Bio-based materials develops and commercializes novel materials with superior functionality that offer significant growth potential. DuPont partnered with Tate & Lyle PLC to produce Bio-PDO, the key building block for DuPont Sorona® polymer, using a proprietary fermentation and purification process based on corn sugar. This bio-based method uses less energy, reduces emissions and employs renewable resources in contrast to traditional petrochemical processes. The first commercial-scale plant to manufacture Bio-PDO is planned to begin production in 2006. Research and development focuses on developing high-performance bio-based materials to target long-term growth opportunities. Nonaligned businesses includes 2005 activities related to the remaining assets of Textiles & Interiors, and costs associated with Benlate® fungicide and other discontinued businesses. In the aggregate, sales in Other for 2005, 2004 and 2003 represent less than one percent of total segment sales.
2005 pretax losses were $78 million compared to a loss of $242 million in 2004. The improvement in 2005 reflects a net gain of $62 million relating to the disposition of four equity affiliates. The 2004 loss includes $94 million for employee separation activities, a $29 million charge to write off abandoned technology, and a $20 million benefit from insurance proceeds related to Benlate® litigation.
2004 PTOI was a loss of $242 million versus a loss of $220 million in 2003. The 2004 loss includes $94 million for employee separation activities, a $29 million charge to write off abandoned technology, and a $20 million benefit from insurance proceeds related to Benlate® litigation. The 2003 loss includes $78 million in charges associated with Benlate® litigation net of insurance proceeds.
Liquidity & Capital Resources
The company's liquidity needs can be met through a variety of independent sources, including: Cash provided by operating activities, Cash and cash equivalents, Marketable debt securities, commercial paper, syndicated credit lines, bilateral credit lines, equity and long-term debt markets, and asset sales. The company's relatively low long-term borrowing level, strong financial position and credit ratings provide excellent access to these markets.
In October 2005, Standard & Poor's (S&P), Moody's Investors Service (Moody's), and Fitch Ratings (Fitch) downgraded the company's long-term debt credit rating following the company's announced $5 billion share buyback program. The company's management expected this revision and believes that it will have a minimal impact on the company's borrowing costs and ability to access capital markets. The credit rating agencies left the company's short-term credit ratings at or near the highest rating levels. The company's long term (LT) and short term (ST) rating history at year end over the last three years follows:
The company's liquidity, financial position and flexibility remain strong and management considers this strength to be a competitive advantage. This advantage is based on strong business operating cash flows over an economic cycle, and a commitment to cash discipline regarding working capital, capital expenditures, and acquisitions. Pursuant to its cash discipline policy, the company seeks first, to maintain a strong balance sheet and second, to return excess cash to shareholders unless the opportunity to invest for growth is compelling. Cash and cash equivalents and Marketable debt securities balances of $1.9 billion and bank credit lines of $3.5 billion as of December 31, 2005, provide primary liquidity to support all short-term obligations. Secondary liquidity, sufficient to meet upcoming debt maturities, comes from excellent access to capital markets, strong cash flow generation and the ability to sell assets. Management believes that the company's ability to generate cash and access the capital markets will be adequate to meet anticipated future cash requirements to fund working capital, capital spending, dividend payments and other cash needs for the foreseeable future. In the unlikely event that the company would not be able to meet its short-term liquidity needs, the company has access to approximately $3.5 billion in "same day" credit lines with several major financial institutions. These credit lines are primarily multi-year facilities.
The company's Cash provided by operating activities was $2.5 billion in 2005, a $700 million decrease from the $3.2 billion generated in 2004. The year-over-year decrease principally reflects higher contributions to pension plans, primarily a $1 billion contribution to the principal U.S. pension plan. Changes in accounts receivable and inventories were modest. Working capital productivity measures of days sales outstanding, inventory days supply and days payable outstanding in 2005 were essentially flat versus 2004.
The company's Cash provided by operating activities was $3.2 billion in 2004, a $600 million increase from the $2.6 billion generated in 2003. The year-over-year increase was primarily the result of higher earnings in 2004. Cash provided by operations in 2003 was adversely impacted by an increase in accounts receivable primarily due to the termination of the company's accounts receivable securitization program.
In 2005, cash was used for investing activities totaling $602 million compared to investing activities that provided cash of $1.9 billion in 2004. The primary difference was related to proceeds from the sale of assets, which were $312 million in 2005 compared to $3,908 million in 2004, the latter related principally to the sale of INVISTA (see Notes 5 and 27 to the Consolidated Financial Statements). In addition, in 2005, the settlement of forward exchange contracts issued to hedge the company's net exposure, by currency, related to monetary assets and liabilities resulted in the receipt of $653 million versus cash payments of $509 million in 2004. The cash inflow in 2005 was primarily related to the stronger USD while the payments in 2004 were primarily attributable to the weaker USD. These settlements were largely offset by revaluations of the items being hedged, which are reflected in the appropriate categories in the Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows. Purchases of plant, property and equipment in 2005 totaled $1.3 billion, including $70 million to replace plant assets destroyed by the hurricanes.
Cash flows totaling $1.9 billion were provided by investing activities in 2004 as compared to cash used for investing activities in 2003. In 2004, proceeds from the sale of INVISTA were $3,840 million. These proceeds were partly offset by cash payments associated with the settlement of forward currency exchange contracts of $509 million and purchases of plant, property and equipment of $1.2 billion. Payments for businesses acquired in 2003 totaled $1.5 billion, primarily consisting of two acquisitions. In June and July 2003, the company acquired 66,704,465 shares in DuPont Canada from the minority owners for $1.1 billion. In May 2003, The Solae Company, a majority-owned subsidiary of the company, acquired 82 percent of Bunge Limited's Brazilian ingredients operation for $256 million, with the additional 18 percent acquired in the fourth quarter of 2003 for $44 million. In addition, in 2003, payments associated with the settlement of foreign exchange contracts were $631 million and purchases of plant, property and equipment were $1.7 billion (including $334 million of synthetic leases.)
The company expects 2006 purchases of plant, property and equipment to be between $1.4 and $1.6 billion, which includes $90 million for hurricane related capital expenditures.
Changes in cash flows related to financing activities are principally related to the company's use of commercial paper and debt, the payment of dividends and share repurchase activity. Total debt at December 31, 2005, was $8.2 billion, an increase of $1.7 billion from December 31, 2004, primarily due to new borrowings to support the AJCA cash repatriation program and the $1 billion contribution to the principal U.S. pension plan, partially offset by repayments.
Total debt at December 31, 2004 was $6.5 billion, a decrease of $3.7 billion from December 31, 2003, primarily due to the use of proceeds from the sale of INVISTA to pay down commercial paper. Also, $255 million of the company's debt was assumed by Koch in the sale of INVISTA. At December 31, the company's commercial paper balance was $0, $584 million, and $4.4 billion for 2005, 2004 and 2003, respectively. In addition to changes in the level of debt, the mix of the company's debt also changed.
Commercial paper decreased $3.8 billion in 2004 over 2003 and in 2004 the company issued $1.4 billion of six- and ten-year notes. These notes essentially refinanced the $1.3 billion of maturing long-term notes due in 2004 and extended the company's maturity profile.
Dividends paid to common and preferred shareholders were $1.4 billion in 2005, 2004, and 2003. Dividends per share of common stock were $1.46 in 2005 and $1.40 in both 2004 and 2003. The common dividend declared in the first quarter 2006 was the company's 406th consecutive dividend since the company's first dividend in the fourth quarter 1904.
The company's Board of Directors authorized a $2 billion share buyback plan in June 2001. During 2005, the company purchased 9.9 million shares at a cost of $505 million against this program, bringing the cumulative purchases against this program to 20.5 million shares at a cost of $962 million. Management expects to continue purchasing stock under this buyback plan to offset dilution from shares issued under employee compensation plans. However, management has not established a timeline for the buyback of the remaining stock under this program. In addition to the 2001 plan, in October 2005 the Board of Directors authorized a $5 billion share buyback plan. On October 27, 2005, the company repurchased 75.7 million shares of DuPont's outstanding common stock for an aggregate purchase price of approximately $3.0 billion from Goldman Sachs under an accelerated share repurchase agreement, which is discussed in "Certain Derivative Instruments" under "Off Balance Sheet Arrangements." The company intends to execute the remaining $2 billion repurchase over the 12 months following the completion of the Accelerated Share Repurchase program in mid-2006, consistent with the company's cash discipline policy. See Note 25 to the Consolidated Financial Statements for a reconciliation of shares activity.
In 2003, the company redeemed two minority interest structures for $2 billion and recorded a charge of $28 million primarily to write off the remaining unamortized costs associated with the transactions. These structures had been established in 2001 and the associated costs were being amortized on a straight-line basis over a five-year period.
CASH, CASH EQUIVALENTS, AND MARKETABLE DEBT SECURITIES
Cash and cash equivalents, and Marketable debt securities totaled $1.9 billion, $3.5 billion, and $3.3 billion at December 31, 2005, 2004, and 2003, respectively. The $1.6 billion decrease in cash from 2004 to 2005 was due mainly to the $3 billion share buyback and debt pay down partially offset by new borrowings to fund the repatriation of $9.1 billion under AJCA and positive net cash flow in several regions. The $200 million increase in cash from 2003 to 2004 was due mainly to proceeds from sale of INVISTA almost entirely offset by debt repayments.
At December 31, 2005, net debt was $6.3 billion compared to $2.9 billion and $7.1 billion at year-end 2004 and 2003, respectively. The company defines net debt as total debt less Cash and cash equivalents and Marketable debt securities. Management believes that net debt is meaningful because it provides the investor with a more holistic view of the company's liquidity and debt position since the company's cash balance is available to meet operating and capital needs, as well as to provide liquidity around the world. Net debt also allows the investor to more easily compare cash flow between periods without adjusting for changes in cash and debt.
The following table summarizes changes in net debt throughout 2005, 2004 and 2003:
OFF-BALANCE SHEET ARRANGEMENTS
CERTAIN GUARANTEE CONTRACTS
The company has indemnified respective parties against certain liabilities that may arise in connection with acquisitions and divestitures, and related business activities prior to the completion of the transactions. The terms of these indemnifications, which typically pertain to environmental, tax and product liabilities, are generally indefinite. In addition, the company indemnifies its duly elected or appointed directors and officers to the fullest extent permitted by Delaware law, against liabilities incurred as a result of their activities for the company, such as adverse judgments relating to litigation matters. If the indemnified party were to incur a liability or have a liability increase as a result of a successful claim, pursuant to the terms of the indemnification, the company would be required to reimburse the indemnified party. The maximum amount of potential
future payments is generally indeterminable. The carrying amounts recorded for all indemnifications as of December 31, 2005 and 2004 is $103 million and $99 million, respectively. Although it is reasonably possible that future payments may exceed amounts accrued, due to the nature of indemnified items, it is not possible to make a reasonable estimate of the maximum potential loss or range of loss. No assets are held as collateral and no specific recourse provisions exist.
In connection with the sale of INVISTA, the company indemnified Koch against certain liabilities primarily related to taxes, legal and environmental matters, and other representations and warranties. The estimated fair value of these obligations of $70 million is included in the indemnifications balance of $103 million at December 31, 2005. The fair value was based on management's best estimate of the value expected to be required to issue the indemnifications in a stand-alone, arm's length transaction with an unrelated party and, where appropriate, by the utilization of probability-weighted discounted net cash flow models. The company does not believe that these indemnities will have a material impact on the future liquidity of the company (see Note 5 to the Consolidated Financial Statements).
Obligations for Equity Affiliates and Others
The company has directly guaranteed various debt obligations under agreements with third parties related to equity affiliates, customers, suppliers and other unaffiliated companies. At December 31, 2005, the company had directly guaranteed $586 million of such obligations, plus $288 million relating to guarantees of obligations for divested subsidiaries and affiliates. This represents the maximum potential amount of future (undiscounted) payments that the company could be required to make under the guarantees. The company would be required to perform on these guarantees in the event of default by the guaranteed party. No material loss is anticipated by reason of such agreements and guarantees. At December 31, 2005, the liabilities recorded for these obligations were not material.
Existing guarantees for customers and suppliers arose as part of contractual agreements. Existing guarantees for equity affiliates arose for liquidity needs in normal operations. In certain cases, the company has recourse to assets held as collateral as well as personal guarantees from customers and suppliers.
The company has historically guaranteed certain obligations and liabilities related to divested subsidiaries including Conoco and its subsidiaries and affiliates, INVISTA entities sold to Koch, and Consolidation Coal Sales Company. The Restructuring, Transfer and Separation Agreement between DuPont and Conoco requires Conoco to use its best efforts to have Conoco, or any of its subsidiaries, substitute for DuPont. Conoco, Koch and Consolidation Coal Sales Company have indemnified the company for any liabilities the company may incur pursuant to these guarantees. No material loss is anticipated by reason of such agreements and guarantees. At December 31, 2005, the company has no liabilities recorded for these obligations.
Additional information with respect to the company's guarantees is included in Note 24 to the Consolidated Financial Statements. Historically, the company has not had to make significant payments to satisfy guarantee obligations; however, the company believes it has the financial resources to satisfy these guarantees should unforeseen circumstances arise.
CERTAIN DERIVATIVE INSTRUMENTS
During 2005, the company entered into an accelerated share repurchase agreement with Goldman, Sachs & Co. (Goldman Sachs) under which the company agreed to repurchase from Goldman Sachs shares of DuPont's outstanding common stock for an aggregate purchase price of approximately $3,025 million. Under the agreement, the company purchased and retired 75,719,334 shares of DuPont's common stock on October 27, 2005, at a price per share of $39.62 with Goldman Sachs purchasing an equivalent number of shares in the open market over the nine-month period ending July 27, 2006.
At the end of the nine-month period, the company may receive from, or be required to pay to, Goldman Sachs a price adjustment that may be settled, at the company's option, in cash or shares of its common stock. The price adjustment is based
upon the difference between the volume weighted average price (VWAP) of DuPont common stock during the nine-month purchase period and $39.62, multiplied by the number of shares purchased by Goldman Sachs. If the VWAP is less than $39.62, then Goldman Sachs will owe an adjustment to the company; conversely if the VWAP exceeds $39.62, the company will owe Goldman Sachs. Through December 31, 2005, Goldman Sachs had purchased 18,124,335 shares with a VWAP of $42.77. If Goldman Sachs purchased the remaining 57,594,999 shares at the December 30, 2005 closing price of $42.50, then the company would owe Goldman Sachs a price adjustment of $223 million upon settlement, payable in cash or shares of the company's common stock. The repurchase agreement caps the number of shares that could be required to be issued at 75,000,000. The forward contract for the price adjustment is accounted for as an equity instrument and changes in its fair value are not recorded during the contract period. Upon settlement in cash or shares, the price adjustment will be recorded as equity.
At December 31, 2005, the company has one synthetic lease program relating to miscellaneous short-lived equipment valued at approximately $115 million. Lease payments for these assets totaled $51 million in 2005, $54 million in 2004 and $43 million in 2003, and were reported as operating expenses in the Consolidated Income Statement. The leases under this program are considered operating leases and accordingly the related assets and liabilities are not recorded on the Consolidated Balance Sheet. Furthermore, the lease payments associated with this program vary based on one month LIBOR. The company may terminate the program at any time by purchasing the assets. Should the company decide neither to renew the leases nor to exercise its purchase option, it must pay the owner a residual value guarantee amount, which may be recovered from a sale of the property to a third party. Residual value guarantees totaled $100 million at December 31, 2005.
During 2003, the company purchased the assets under its synthetic leases related to manufacturing and warehousing facilities under construction for $210 million.
Information related to the company's significant contractual obligations is summarized in the following table:
The company expects to meet its contractual obligations through its normal sources of liquidity and believes it has the financial resources to satisfy these contractual obligations should unforeseen circumstances arise.
Long-Term Employee Benefits
The company has various obligations to its employees and retirees. The company maintains retirement-related programs in many countries that have a long-term impact on the company's earnings and cash flows. These plans are typically defined benefit pension plans, and medical, dental and life insurance benefits for pensioners and survivors. About 83 percent of the company's worldwide benefit obligation for pensions, and essentially all of the company's worldwide benefit obligation for retiree medical, dental and life insurance benefits are attributable to the benefit plans covering substantially all U.S. employees. Where permitted by applicable law, the company reserves the right to change, modify or discontinue its plans that provide pension and medical, dental and life insurance benefits. Benefits under defined benefit pension plans are based primarily on
years of service and employees' pay near retirement. Pension benefits are paid primarily from trust funds established to comply with applicable laws and regulations. Unless required by law, the company does not make contributions that are in excess of tax deductible limits. The actuarial assumptions and procedures utilized are reviewed periodically by the plans' actuaries to provide reasonable assurance that there will be adequate funds for the payment of benefits. By law, no contributions are currently required to be made to the principal U.S. pension plan in 2006 and no contributions are currently anticipated. The company will monitor the pension funding legislation in the U.S., but the company does not anticipate it will have a material near term impact on required or voluntary contributions. Contributions beyond 2006 are not determinable since the amount of any contribution is heavily dependent on the future economic environment and investment returns on pension trust assets. U.S. pension benefits that exceed federal limitations are covered by separate unfunded plans and these benefits are paid to pensioners and survivors from operating cash flows. Pension coverage for employees of the company's non-U.S. consolidated subsidiaries is provided, to the extent deemed appropriate, through separate plans.
Funding for each pension plan is governed by the rules of the sovereign country in which it operates. Thus, there is not necessarily a direct correlation between pension funding and pension expense. In general, however, reduced asset valuations tend to result in higher contributions to pension plans. In 2005, the company contributed $1,253 million to its pension plans, including $1,000 million to its principal U.S. pension plan. The company anticipates that it will make approximately $280 million in contributions in 2006 to pension plans other than the principal U.S. pension plan.
GAAP requires the full reflection of the amount of pension under-funding, if any, defined as the amount of the accumulated benefit obligation in excess of the amount of pension assets as of the measurement date. To the extent this amount has not already been fully reflected, the company is required to reflect an additional minimum pension liability, and any adjustment is reflected in Accumulated other comprehensive income in Stockholders' equity. For this purpose, each of the company's pension plans must be tested individually. At year-end 2002, a non-cash after-tax charge of $2.5 billion to Stockholders' equity was recorded in response to lower asset valuations and somewhat higher benefit obligations as of that date. In 2005, 2004 and 2003, $27 million, $1,245 million and $858 million, respectively, of this charge was reversed, reflecting the net effect of recovering asset values, company contributions, and changes in discount rates.
Medical, dental and life insurance plans are unfunded and the cost of the approved claims is paid from operating cash flows. Pretax cash requirements to cover actual net claims costs and related administrative expenses were $395 million, $435 million, and $410 million for 2005, 2004, and 2003, respectively. This amount is expected to be about $350 million in 2006. Changes in cash requirements during this period reflect higher per capita health care costs, demographic changes, and changes in participant premiums, co-pays and deductibles. In addition, lower cash requirements for 2006 reflect the commencement of the government sponsored prescription drug coverage under the U.S. medical program.
The company's income can be significantly affected by pension benefits as well as retiree medical, dental and life insurance benefits. The following table summarizes the extent to which the company's income over each of the last three years was affected by pretax charges and credits related to long-term employee benefits.
The decrease in 2005 pension cost is primarily attributable to the absence of $446 million net settlement and curtailment charges recorded in 2004 in connection with the sale of INVISTA. In addition, the lower expense in 2005 reflects favorable
returns on pension assets, higher contributions to pension plans and changes in discount rates. The increase in 2005 other benefit expenses principally reflects the absence of $436 million curtailment gains recognized in 2004 in connection with the sale of INVISTA.
The company's key assumptions used in calculating its long-term employee benefits are the expected return on plan assets, the rate of compensation increases, and the discount rate (see Note 28 to the Consolidated Financial Statements). Effective for the 2005 Consolidated Financial Statements, the company updated the mortality tables used for most U.S. plans. The impact of the change in mortality tables and lower discount rates were more than offset by the effects of favorable investment and other economic experience under these plans. For 2006, these factors are expected to result in a reduction in pension and other postretirement benefit pretax expenses of about $250 million.
DuPont operates global manufacturing facilities, product handling and distribution facilities that are subject to a broad array of environmental laws and regulations. Company policy requires that all operations fully meet or exceed legal and regulatory requirements. In addition, DuPont implements voluntary programs to reduce air emissions, eliminate the generation of hazardous waste, decrease the volume of waste water discharges, increase the efficiency of energy use and reduce the generation of persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic materials. The costs to comply with complex environmental laws and regulations, as well as internal voluntary programs and goals, are significant and will continue for the foreseeable future. While these costs may increase in the future, they are not expected to have a material impact on the company's financial position, liquidity or results of operations.
Pretax environmental expenses charged to current operations totaled $468 million in 2005 compared with $455 million in 2004 and $482 million in 2003. These expenses include the remediation accruals discussed below; operating, maintenance and depreciation costs for solid waste, air and water pollution control facilities, and the costs of environmental research activities. While expenses related to the costs of environmental research activities are not a significant component of the company's overall environmental expenses, the company expects these costs to become proportionally greater as the company increases its participation in businesses for which environmental assessments are required during product development. The largest of the environmental expenses in 2005 was $107 million for the operation of water pollution control facilities and $124 million for solid waste management. About 78 percent of total annual environmental expenses resulted from operations in the U.S.
In 2005, DuPont spent approximately $67 million on environmental capital projects either required by law or necessary to meet the company's internal environmental goals. The company currently estimates expenditures for environmental-related capital projects will total $162 million in 2006. In the U.S., significant capital expenditures are expected to be required over the next decade for treatment, storage and disposal facilities for solid and hazardous waste and for compliance with the CAA. Until all CAA regulatory requirements are established and known, considerable uncertainty will remain regarding future estimates for capital expenditures. Total CAA capital costs over the next two years are currently estimated to range from $40 million to $70 million.
The EPA challenged the U.S. chemical industry to voluntarily conduct screening level health and environmental effects testing on nearly 3,000 high production volume (HPV) chemicals or to make equivalent information publicly available. An HPV chemical is a chemical listed on the 1990 Inventory Update Rule with annual U.S. cumulative production and imports of one million pounds or more. Since 2001, the company has spent an estimated $3 million on HPV testing and estimates it will spend another $0.5 million to complete the original HPV testing program. An extended HPV program has been initiated by the American Chemistry Council in which DuPont has agreed to sponsor an additional eleven new HPV chemicals listed on the 2002 Inventory Update Rule. Since 2000, the entire chemical industry has spent an estimated $250 million on HPV testing.
Global climate change is being addressed by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (the Convention) adopted in 1992. The Kyoto Protocol (the Protocol), adopted in December 1997, is an effort to establish short-term actions under the Convention. The Protocol entered into force in February 2005 in most countries in which DuPont operates. The U.S. has declined to ratify the Protocol. The European Union (EU) has already begun a program to reduce emissions that includes an emissions trading system linked to the Protocol. The U.S. continues to pursue a less-restrictive climate policy framework, emphasizing voluntary action. The Protocol establishes significant emission reduction targets for six gases considered to have global warming potential and is driving mandatory reductions in developed nations outside the U.S. DuPont has a stake in a number of these gases-CO2, HFCs and PFCs-and has been reducing its emissions of these gases since 1991. DuPont remains well ahead of the target and timetable of the Protocol. However, the company faces the possibility of country-specific restrictions in several countries where major reductions have not yet been achieved. High energy prices in Europe and the U.S. in recent years are also due, at least in part, to expectations of emission reduction mandates and the impact of European climate change policies. DuPont is participating in emissions trading in the EU and elsewhere that could aid in satisfying such country-specific requirements. Emission reduction mandates within the U.S. are not expected in the near future, although Congressional proposals for such mandates have been introduced and a number of states are pursuing state-level programs.
DuPont has discovered that very low levels of dioxins (parts per trillion to low parts per billion) and related compounds are inadvertently generated during its titanium dioxide pigment production process. The company has launched an extensive research and process engineering development program to identify the cause of the dioxin generation and to identify process modifications that will eliminate dioxin formation. The programs implemented to date have resulted in reductions of almost 50 percent, significant progress against DuPont's aggressive goals to reduce such dioxin generation by 90 percent by 2007. Over 99 percent of the dioxin generated at DuPont's production plants becomes associated with process solid wastes that are disposed in controlled landfills where public exposure is negligible.
The RCRA extensively regulates and requires permits for the treatment, storage and disposal of hazardous waste. RCRA requires that permitted facilities undertake an assessment of environmental contamination at the facility. If conditions warrant, companies may be required to remediate contamination caused by prior operations. In contrast to CERCLA, the costs of the RCRA corrective action program are typically borne solely by the company. The company anticipates that significant ongoing expenditures for RCRA remediation activities may be required over the next two decades. Annual expenditures for the near term, however, are not expected to vary significantly from the range of such expenditures experienced in the past few years. Longer term, expenditures are subject to considerable uncertainty and may fluctuate significantly. The company's expenditures associated with RCRA and similar remediation activities were approximately $49 million in 2005, $43 million in 2004, and $38 million in 2003.
The company, from time to time, receives requests for information or notices of potential liability from the EPA and state environmental agencies alleging that the company is a PRP under CERCLA or similar state statutes. CERCLA is often referred to as the Superfund and requires companies to undertake certain investigative and research activities at sites where it conducts or once conducted operations or where company generated waste has been disposed. The company has also, on occasion, been engaged in cost recovery litigation initiated by those agencies or by private parties. These requests, notices and lawsuits assert potential liability for remediation costs at various sites that typically are not company owned, but allegedly contain wastes attributable to the company's past operations.
As of December 31, 2005, the company had been notified of potential liability under CERCLA or state laws at 384 sites around the U.S., with active remediation under way at 139 of these sites. In addition, the company has resolved its liability at 144 sites, either by completing remedial actions with other PRPs or by participating in "de minimis buyouts" with other PRPs whose
waste, like the company's, represented only a small fraction of the total waste present at a site. The company received notice of potential liability at 10 new sites during 2005 compared with four similar notices in 2004, and five in 2003. The company's expenditures associated with CERCLA and similar state remediation activities were approximately $27 million in 2005, $27 million in 2004, and $22 million in 2003.
For nearly all Superfund sites, the company's potential liability will be significantly less than the total site remediation costs because the percentage of waste attributable to the company versus that attributable to all other PRPs is relatively low. Other PRPs at sites where the company is a party typically have the financial strength to meet their obligations and, where they do not, or where PRPs cannot be located, the company's own share of liability has not materially increased. There are relatively few sites where the company is a major participant, and the cost to the company of remediation at those sites, and at all CERCLA sites in the aggregate, is not expected to have a material impact on the financial position, liquidity or results of operations of the company.
Total expenditures for previously accrued remediation activities under CERCLA, RCRA and similar state laws were $79 million in 2005, $74 million in 2004, and $60 million in 2003.
At December 31, 2005, the Consolidated Balance Sheets included an accrued liability of $343 million compared to $359 million at year-end 2004. Considerable uncertainty exists with respect to environmental remediation costs and, under adverse changes in circumstances, potential liability may range up to two to three times the amount accrued as of December 31, 2005. Of the $343 million accrued liability, approximately 12 percent was reserved for non-U.S. facilities. Approximately 63 percent of the reserve balance was attributable to RCRA and similar remediation liabilities, while 25 percent was attributable to CERCLA liabilities. Remediation accruals of $64 million, $58 million and $47 million were added to the reserve in 2005, 2004 and 2003, respectively. In 2004, nearly $5 million of remediation liabilities were transferred to Koch as part of the sale of INVISTA.
DuPont manufactures fluoropolymer resins and dispersions as well as fluorotelomers, marketing many of them under the Teflon® and Zonyl® brands. The fluoropolymer resin and dispersion businesses are part of the Electronic & Communication Technologies segment; the fluorotelomers business is part of the Safety & Protection segment.
Fluoropolymer resins and dispersions are high-performance materials with many end uses including architectural fabrics, telecommunications and electronic wiring insulation, automotive fuel systems, computer chip processing equipment, weather-resistant/breathable apparel and nonstick cookware. Fluorotelomers are used to make soil, stain and grease repellants for paper, apparel, upholstery and carpets as well as firefighting foams and coatings.
A form of PFOA is used as a processing agent to manufacture fluoropolymer resins and dispersions. For over 50 years, DuPont purchased its PFOA needs from a third party, but beginning in the fall of 2002, it began producing PFOA to support the manufacture of fluorpolymer resins and dispersions. PFOA is not used in the manufacture of fluorotelomers; however, it is an unintended by-product present at trace levels in some fluorotelomer-based products.
DuPont Performance Elastomers, LLC uses PFOA in its manufacture of Kalrez® perfluoroelastomer parts and certain fluoroelastomers marketed under the Viton® trademark. As a result of a series of agreements with Dow, DuPont became the sole owner of DuPont Dow Elastomers, LLC on June 30, 2005. See Note 13 to the Consolidated Financial Statements. The wholly owned subsidiary has been renamed DuPont Performance Elastomers, LLC and is a part of the Performance Materials segment.
PFOA is bio-persistent and has been detected at very low levels in the blood of the general population. As a result, the EPA initiated a process to enhance its understanding of the sources of PFOA in the environment and the pathways through which human exposure to PFOA is occurring. In 2003, the EPA issued a preliminary risk assessment on PFOA that focuses on the exposure of the U.S. general population to PFOA and possible health effects, including developmental toxicity concerns. On January 12, 2005, the EPA issued a draft risk assessment on PFOA. The draft stated that cancer data for PFOA may be best described as "suggestive evidence of carcinogenicity, but not sufficient to assess human carcinogenic potential" under the EPA's Guidelines for Carcinogen Risk Assessment. Under the Guidelines, the descriptor "suggestive" is typically applied to agents if animal testing finds any evidence that exposure causes tumors in one species of animal.
The EPA requested that the Science Advisory Board (SAB) review and comment on the scientific soundness of this assessment. On January 30, 2006, the SAB issued a draft report that disagreed with the EPA's draft risk assessment which had described the cancer data as "suggestive evidence of carcinogenicity." The predominant SAB view was that the experimental weight of evidence regarding human carcinogenic potential of PFOA was more consistent with the EPA's descriptor of "likely to be carcinogenic" as defined in the Guidelines for Carcinogen Risk Assessment. Under the Guidelines this description is typically applied to agents that have tested positive in more than one species, sex, strain, site or exposure route with or without evidence of carcinogenicity in humans. A few SAB members did not find the weight of evidence sufficient to support the "likely" descriptor and agreed with EPA's "suggestive" descriptor. DuPont disputes the cancer classification recommended in the SAB draft report because it is based on laboratory studies in rats, and does not adequately reflect human health data which to date demonstrates no increase in cancer rates known to be associated with PFOA.
The EPA has stated that there remains considerable scientific uncertainty regarding potential risks associated with PFOA. The EPA has also stated that it does not believe that there is any reason for consumers to stop using any consumer or industrial related products that contain PFOA. Currently, PFOA is not regulated by the EPA and there are no regulatory actions pending that would prohibit its production or use. However, there can be no assurance that the EPA or any other regulatory entity will not in the future choose to regulate or prohibit the production or use of PFOA. Products currently manufactured by the company representing approximately $1 billion of 2005 revenues could be affected by any such regulation or prohibition.
DuPont respects the EPA's position raising questions about exposure routes and the potential toxicity of PFOA and DuPont, as well as other companies, have outlined plans for continued research, emission reduction activities, and product stewardship activities to help address the EPA's questions. In January 2006, DuPont pledged its commitment to the EPA's 2010/15 PFOA Stewardship Program. The EPA program asks participants (1) to commit to achieve, no later than 2010, a 95 percent reduction in both facility emissions and product content levels of PFOA, PFOA precursors, and related higher homologue chemicals and (2) to commit to working toward the elimination of PFOA, PFOA precursors, and related higher homologue chemicals from emissions and products by no later than 2015. Key elements of the DuPont commitment to EPA include reducing global emissions from manufacturing facilities by 98 percent by 2007 (which incorporates the substantial achievement of 90 percent reduction already realized through DuPont's ongoing reduction program); establishing emission caps for U.S. facilities to limit the absolute number of pounds of PFOA emitted; implementing product caps for PFOA in fluoropolymer dispersions by 2007; and, by 2010, reducing PFOA content and any residual impurities in fluorotelomer products that could break down to PFOA.
In addition, DuPont will work individually and with others in the industry to inform EPA's regulatory counterparts in the European Union, Canada, China and Japan about these activities and PFOA in general, including emissions reductions from DuPont's facilities as well as reformulation of the company's fluoropolymer dispersions. DuPont has developed technology that can reduce the PFOA content in fluoropolymer dispersions by 97 percent. DuPont is offering the technology to fluoropolymer manufacturers globally on a royalty-free basis.
Based on existing scientific data, DuPont believes that PFOA exposure at the levels observed does not pose any health risk to the general public. To date no human health effects are known to be caused by PFOA, even in workers who have significantly higher exposure levels than the general population. DuPont is conducting a two-phase employee health study on PFOA for more than 1,000 workers at its Washington Works site located near Parkersburg, W.Va. Results from the first phase of this study indicate no association between exposure to PFOA and most of the health parameters that were measured. The only potentially relevant association is a modest increase in some, but not all, lipid fractions, e.g. cholesterol, in some of the highest exposed workers. It is unclear if this association is caused by PFOA exposure or is related to some other variable; therefore, DuPont is consulting with medical and other scientific experts to design and conduct appropriate follow-up testing. The second phase is a mortality study that involves the examination of all causes of death in employees who worked at the Washington Works site during its more than fifty years of operation.
DuPont has established reserves in connection with certain PFOA litigation matters. See Note 24 to the Consolidated Financial Statements.
Item 7A. QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE DISCLOSURES ABOUT MARKET RISK
DERIVATIVES AND OTHER HEDGING INSTRUMENTS
Under procedures and controls established by the company's Financial Risk Management Framework, the company enters into contractual arrangements (derivatives) in the ordinary course of business to hedge its exposure to foreign currency, interest rate and commodity price risks. The counterparties to these contractual arrangements are major financial institutions, petrochemical and petroleum companies, and exchanges.
The company hedges certain business-specific foreign currency exposures as well as foreign currency denominated monetary assets and liabilities. In addition, the company enters into exchange traded agricultural commodity derivatives to hedge exposures relevant to agricultural feedstock purchases.
In January 2004, the company terminated its broad-based foreign currency revenue hedging program, as well as its program to hedge natural gas purchases. All outstanding foreign currency and natural gas hedging positions related to these programs expired during 2004.
In October 2005, the company authorized the use of financial derivatives to hedge exposure to price fluctuations for certain energy feedstock purchases. However, at December 31, 2005, the company had not entered into any derivative instruments with respect to this program.
CONCENTRATION OF CREDIT RISK
Financial instruments that potentially subject the company to significant concentrations of credit risk consist principally of cash, investments, accounts receivable and derivatives.
As part of the company's risk management processes, it continuously evaluates the relative credit standing of all of the financial institutions that service DuPont, and monitors actual exposures versus established limits on a daily basis. The company has not sustained credit losses from instruments held at financial institutions.
The company maintains cash and cash equivalents, short- and long-term investments, derivatives, and certain other financial instruments with various financial institutions. These financial institutions are generally highly rated and geographically dispersed, and the company has a policy to limit the dollar amount of credit exposure with any one institution.
The company's sales are not materially dependent on a single customer or small group of customers. As of December 31, 2005, no one individual customer balance represents more than 5 percent of the company's total outstanding receivables balance. Credit risk associated with its receivables balance is representative of the geographic, industry and customer diversity associated with the company's global businesses.
The company also maintains strong credit controls in evaluating and granting customer credit. As a result, it may require that customers provide some type of financial guarantee in certain circumstances. Length of terms for customer credit varies by industry and region.
FOREIGN CURRENCY RISK
The company's objective in managing exposure to foreign currency fluctuations is to reduce earnings and cash flow volatility associated with foreign currency rate changes. Accordingly, the company enters into various contracts that change in value as foreign exchange rates change to protect the value of its existing foreign currency-denominated assets, liabilities, commitments and cash flows.
The company routinely uses forward exchange contracts to offset its net exposures, by currency, related to the foreign currency-denominated monetary assets and liabilities of its operations. The primary business objective of this hedging program is to maintain an approximately balanced position in foreign currencies so that exchange gains and losses resulting from exchange rate changes, net of related tax effects, are minimized.
The following table summarizes the impacts of this program on the company's results of operations for the years ended December 31, 2005, 2004 and 2003.
This table includes the company's pro rata share of its equity affiliates' exchange gains and losses and corresponding gains and losses on forward exchange contracts.
In addition, option and forward exchange contracts are used to hedge a portion of certain anticipated foreign currency raw material purchases from vendors outside of the U.S. gains and losses on these contracts offset changes in the related foreign currency-denominated costs.
From time to time, the company will enter into forward exchange contracts to establish with certainty the USD amount of future firm commitments denominated in a foreign currency. Decisions regarding whether or not to hedge a given commitment are made on a case-by-case basis taking into consideration the amount and duration of the exposure, market volatility and
economic trends. Forward exchange contracts are also used, from time to time, to manage near-term foreign currency cash requirements and to place foreign currency deposits and marketable securities investments.
INTEREST RATE RISK
The company uses interest rate swaps to manage the interest rate mix of the total debt portfolio and related overall cost of borrowing.
Interest rate swaps involve the exchange of fixed for floating rate interest payments to effectively convert fixed rate debt into floating rate debt based on three- or six-month USD LIBOR. Interest rate swaps allow the company to maintain a target range of floating rate debt.
COMMODITY PRICE RISK
The company enters into over-the counter and exchange-traded derivative commodity instruments to hedge its exposure to price fluctuations on certain raw material purchases.
The company contracts with independent growers to produce finished seed inventory. Under these contracts, growers are compensated with bushel equivalents that are marketed to the company for the market price of grain for a period of time following harvest. Derivative instruments, such as commodity futures that have a high correlation to the underlying commodity, are used to hedge the commodity price risk involved in compensating growers.
The company utilizes agricultural commodity futures to manage the price volatility of soybean meal. These derivative instruments have a high correlation to the underlying commodity exposure and are deemed effective in offsetting soybean meal feedstock price risk.
Additional details on these and other financial instruments are set forth in Note 29 to the Consolidated Financial Statements.
VALUE AT RISK
A Value-at-Risk (VaR) analysis provides a forward-looking perspective of the maximum potential loss in fair value for a defined period of time assuming normal market conditions and a given confidence level. The company's risk management portfolio consists of a variety of hedging instruments which provide protection from volatility in the areas of interest rates, foreign currency, agricultural commodities, and energy feedstock commodities. The valuations and risk calculations for the VaR analysis were conducted using the company's risk management portfolios as of December 31, 2005, and 2004. The average, high and low values reflected in the table were developed from each of the four quarters ended in 2005. The VaR analysis used a Monte Carlo simulation type model with a covariance matrix, and employed 3,000 pseudo-random market paths including all risk factors associated with the hedging instruments in the company's risk management portfolios. The calculations were conducted over a 20 business day period at a 95 percent confidence level.
The following table details the results of the VaR analysis for each significant risk management portfolio at the end of both 2005 and 2004. VaR for the entire risk management portfolio is a loss of $70 million for 2005, and a loss of $150 million for 2004; these values reflect the diversification benefits and covariance correlation of the total portfolio.
The table above represents the VaR potential loss in fair value when each risk management portfolio is valued individually. The changes in portfolio VaRs in 2005 as compared to 2004 are due to changes in portfolio size, price volatility and, for interest rates, higher short-term rates and a flatter yield curve. The VaR model results are only an estimate and are not intended to forecast actual losses that may be incurred in future periods.
Since the company's risk management programs are highly effective, the potential loss in value for each risk management portfolio described above would be largely offset by changes in the value of the underlying exposures.
Item 8. FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND SUPPLEMENTARY DATA
The financial statements and supplementary data required by this Item are included herein, commencing on page F-1 of this report.
Item 9. CHANGES IN AND DISAGREEMENTS WITH ACCOUNTANTS ON ACCOUNTING AND FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE
Item 9A. CONTROLS AND PROCEDURES
The company maintains a system of disclosure controls and procedures for financial reporting to give reasonable assurance that information required to be disclosed in the company's reports submitted under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 is recorded, processed, summarized and reported within the time periods specified in the rules and forms of the SEC. These controls and procedures also give reasonable assurance that information required to be disclosed in such reports is accumulated and communicated to management to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosures.
As of December 31, 2005, the company's Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Chief Financial Officer (CFO), together with management, conducted an evaluation of the effectiveness of the company's disclosure controls and procedures pursuant to Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e) of the Exchange Act. Based on that evaluation, the CEO and CFO concluded that these disclosure controls and procedures are effective.
There has been no change in the company's internal control over financial reporting that occurred during the fourth quarter 2005 that has materially affected the company's internal control over financial reporting. The company has completed its evaluation of its internal controls versus the standards adopted by the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) and has concluded that the company's system of internal controls was effective as of December 31, 2005 (see page F-2).
The company continues to take appropriate steps to enhance the reliability of its internal control over financial reporting. Management has discussed with the company's Audit Committee and independent registered public accounting firm areas identified for improvement.
Item 9B. OTHER INFORMATION
Item 10. DIRECTORS AND EXECUTIVE OFFICERS OF THE REGISTRANT
Information with respect to this Item is incorporated herein by reference to the Proxy. Information related to directors is included within the section entitled "Election of Directors" and information related to the Audit Committee is included within the sections entitled "Committees of the Board" and "Committee Membership." Information regarding executive officers is contained in the Proxy section entitled "Section 16(a) Beneficial Ownership Reporting Compliance" and in Part I, Item 4 of this report.
The company has adopted a Code of Ethics for its Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer and Controller that may be accessed from the company's website at www.dupont.com by clicking on Investor Center and then Corporate Governance. Any amendments to, or waiver from, any provision of the code will be posted on the company's website at the above address.
Item 11. EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION
Information with respect to this Item is incorporated herein by reference to the Proxy and is included in the sections entitled "Directors' Compensation," "Summary Compensation Table," "Stock Option Grants Table," "Option Exercises/Year-End Values Table" including "Retention Arrangement," "Retirement Benefits," and "Long-Term Incentive Plan Awards Table."
Item 12. SECURITY OWNERSHIP OF CERTAIN BENEFICIAL OWNERS AND MANAGEMENT AND RELATED STOCKHOLDER MATTERS
Information with respect to Beneficial Owners is incorporated herein by reference to the Proxy and is included in the section entitled "Ownership of Company Stock."
SECURITIES AUTHORIZED FOR ISSUANCE UNDER EQUITY COMPENSATION PLANS AS OF
Item 13. CERTAIN RELATIONSHIPS AND RELATED TRANSACTIONS
Item 14. PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTING FEES AND SERVICES
Information with respect to this Item is incorporated herein by reference to the Proxy and is included in the sections entitled "Ratification of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm" and "Appendix A-1."
Item 15. EXHIBITS AND FINANCIAL STATEMENT SCHEDULES
The following should be read in conjunction with the previously referenced Consolidated Financial Statements:
Financial Statement Schedules listed under SEC rules but not included in this report are omitted because they are not applicable or the required information is shown in the Consolidated Financial Statements or notes thereto incorporated by reference.
Condensed financial information of the parent company is omitted because restricted net assets of consolidated subsidiaries do not exceed 25 percent of consolidated net assets. Footnote disclosure of restrictions on the ability of subsidiaries and affiliates to transfer funds is omitted because the restricted net assets of subsidiaries combined with the company's equity in the undistributed earnings of affiliated companies does not exceed 25 percent of consolidated net assets at December 31, 2005.
Separate financial statements of affiliated companies accounted for by the equity method are omitted because no such affiliate individually constitutes a 20 percent significant subsidiary.
The following list of exhibits includes both exhibits submitted with this Form 10-K as filed with the SEC and those incorporated by reference to other filings:
Pursuant to the requirements of Section 13 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, this report has been signed below by the following persons on behalf of the registrant in the capacities and on the dates indicated:
Management's Report on Responsibility for Financial Statements
Management is responsible for the Consolidated Financial Statements and the other financial information contained in this Annual Report on Form 10-K. The financial statements have been prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles and are considered by management to present fairly the company's financial position, results of operations, and cash flows. The financial statements include some amounts that are based on management's best estimates and judgments. The financial statements have been audited by the company's independent registered public accounting firm, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. The purpose of their audit is to express an opinion as to whether the Consolidated Financial Statements included in this Annual Report on Form 10-K present fairly, in all material respects, the company's financial position, results of operations, and cash flows. Their report is presented on the following page.
Management's Report on Internal Control over Financial Reporting
Management is responsible for establishing and maintaining an adequate system of internal control over financial reporting as defined in Rules 13a-15(f) and 15d-15(f) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. The company's internal control over financial reporting is a process designed to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. The company's internal control over financial reporting includes those policies and procedures that:
Internal control over financial reporting has certain inherent limitations which may not prevent or detect misstatements. In addition, changes in conditions and business practices may cause variation in the effectiveness of internal controls.
Management assessed the effectiveness of the company's internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2005, based on criteria set forth by the Committee of Sponsoring organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO) in Internal Control-Integrated Framework. Based on its assessment and those criteria, management concluded that the company maintained effective internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2005.
Management's assessment of the effectiveness of the company's internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2005 has been audited by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, an independent registered public accounting firm, as stated in their report presented on the following page.
February 24, 2006
To the Stockholders and the Board of Directors of
We have completed integrated audits of E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company's 2005 and 2004 consolidated financial statements and of its internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2005, and an audit of its 2003 consolidated financial statements in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States). Our opinions, based on our audits, are presented below.
Consolidated financial statements
In our opinion, the consolidated financial statements listed in the accompanying index present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company and its subsidiaries at December 31, 2005 and December 31, 2004, and the results of their operations and their cash flows for each of the three years in the period ended December 31, 2005 in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America. These financial statements are the responsibility of the Company's management. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on these financial statements based on our audits. We conducted our audits of these statements in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States). Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement. An audit of financial statements includes examining, on a test basis, evidence supporting the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements, assessing the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, and evaluating the overall financial statement presentation. We believe our audits provide a reasonable basis for our opinion.
As discussed in Note 1, the Company adopted a new financial accounting standard for the consolidation of variable interest entities during 2004, and new financial accounting standards for asset retirement obligations and stock-based compensation during 2003.
Internal control over financial reporting
Also, in our opinion, management's assessment, included in "Management's Report on Internal Control over Financial Reporting" appearing on page F-2, that the Company maintained effective internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2005 based on criteria established in Internal ControlIntegrated Framework issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO), is fairly stated, in all material respects, based on those criteria. Furthermore, in our opinion, the Company maintained, in all material respects, effective internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2005, based on criteria established in Internal ControlIntegrated Framework issued by the COSO. The Company's management is responsible for maintaining effective internal control over financial reporting and for its assessment of the effectiveness of internal control over financial reporting. Our responsibility is to express opinions on management's assessment and on the effectiveness of the Company's internal control over financial reporting based on our audit. We conducted our audit of internal control over financial reporting in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States). Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether effective internal control over financial reporting was maintained in all material respects. An audit of internal control over financial reporting includes obtaining an understanding of internal control over financial reporting, evaluating management's assessment, testing and evaluating the design and operating effectiveness of internal control, and performing such other procedures as we consider necessary in the circumstances. We believe our audit provides a reasonable basis for our opinions.
A company's internal control over financial reporting is a process designed to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. A company's internal control over financial reporting includes those policies and procedures that (i) pertain to the maintenance of records that, in reasonable detail, accurately and fairly reflect the transactions and dispositions of the assets of the company; (ii) provide reasonable assurance that transactions are recorded as necessary to permit preparation of financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, and that receipts and expenditures of the company are being made only in accordance with authorizations of management and directors of the company; and (iii) provide reasonable assurance regarding prevention or timely detection of unauthorized acquisition, use, or disposition of the company's assets that could have a material effect on the financial statements.
Because of its inherent limitations, internal control over financial reporting may not prevent or detect misstatements. Also, projections of any evaluation of effectiveness to future periods are subject to the risk that controls may become inadequate because of changes in conditions, or that the degree of compliance with the policies or procedures may deteriorate.
Consolidated Income Statements
(Dollars in millions, except per share)
See pages F-8 - F-57 for Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements.
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(Dollars in millions, except per share)
See pages F-8 - F-57 for Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements.
Consolidated Statements of Stockholders' Equity
(Dollars in millions, except per share)
See pages F-8 - F-57 for Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements.
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(Dollars in millions)
See pages F-8 F-57 for Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements.
1. Summary of Significant Accounting Policies
DuPont follows generally accepted accounting principles in the United States of America (GAAP). The significant accounting policies described below, together with the other notes that follow, are an integral part of the Consolidated Financial Statements.
Preparation of Financial Statements
The preparation of financial statements in conformity with GAAP requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements and the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the reporting period. Actual results could differ from those estimates.
Basis of Consolidation
The Consolidated Financial Statements include the accounts of the company, subsidiaries in which a controlling interest is maintained, and variable interest entities (VIE) for which DuPont is the primary beneficiary. For those consolidated subsidiaries in which the company's ownership is less than 100 percent, the outside stockholders' interests are shown as Minority interests. Investments in affiliates over which the company has significant influence but not a controlling interest are carried on the equity basis. This includes majority-owned entities for which the company does not consolidate because a minority investor holds substantive participating rights. Investments in affiliates over which the company does not have significant influence are accounted for by the cost method.
The company recognizes revenue when the earnings process is complete. The majority of the company's revenues are from the sale of a wide range of products to a diversified base of customers around the world. Revenue for product sales is recognized upon delivery, when title and risk of loss have been transferred, collectibility is reasonably assured, and pricing is fixed or determinable. Substantially all product sales are sold FOB (free on board) shipping point or, with respect to non-U.S. customers, an equivalent basis. Accruals are made for sales returns and other allowances based on the company's experience. The company accounts for cash sales incentives as a reduction in sales and noncash sales incentives as a charge to cost of goods sold or selling expense, depending on the nature of the incentive. Amounts billed to customers for shipping and handling fees are included in Net sales and costs incurred by the company for the delivery of goods are classified as Cost of goods sold and other operating charges in the Consolidated Income Statements.
The company periodically enters into prepayment contracts with customers in the Agriculture & Nutrition segment and receives advance payments for product to be delivered in future periods. These advance payments are recorded as deferred revenue and are included in Other accrued liabilities on the Consolidated Balance Sheet. Revenue associated with advance payments is recognized as shipments are made and title, ownership, and risk of loss pass to the customer.
Royalty income is recognized in accordance with agreed upon terms, when performance obligations are satisfied, the amount is fixed or determinable, and collectibility is reasonably assured.
Affiliate and Subsidiary Stock Transactions
Gains or losses arising from issuances by an affiliate or a subsidiary of its own stock are recorded as nonoperating items.
Cash and Cash Equivalents
Cash equivalents represent investments with maturities of three months or less from time of purchase. They are carried at cost plus accrued interest, which approximates fair value because of the short-term maturity of these instruments.
Investments in Securities
Marketable debt securities represent investments in fixed and floating rate financial instruments with maturities of twelve months or less from time of purchase. They are classified as held-to-maturity and recorded at amortized cost.
Other assets include long-term investments in securities, which comprise marketable equity securities and other securities and investments for which market values are not readily available. Marketable equity securities are classified as available-for-sale and reported at fair value. Fair value is based on quoted market prices as of the end of the reporting period. Unrealized gains and losses are reported, net of their related tax effects, as a component of Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) in stockholders' equity until sold. At the time of sale, any gains or losses calculated by the specific identification method are recognized in Other income. Losses are also recognized in income when a decline in market value is deemed to be other than temporary. Other securities and investments for which market values are not readily available are carried at cost (see Note 17).
The majority of the company's inventories are valued at cost, as determined by the last-in, first-out (LIFO) method; in the aggregate, such valuations are not in excess of market. Pioneer inventories are valued at the lower of cost, as determined by the first-in, first-out (FIFO) method, or market.
Elements of cost in inventories include raw materials, direct labor, and manufacturing overhead. Stores and supplies are valued at cost or market, whichever is lower; cost is generally determined by the average cost method.
Property, Plant and Equipment
Property, plant and equipment (PP&E) is carried at cost and is depreciated using the straight-line method. PP&E placed in service prior to 1995 is depreciated under the sum-of-the-years' digits method or other substantially similar methods. Substantially all equipment and buildings are depreciated over useful lives ranging from 15 to 25 years. Capitalizable costs associated with computer software for internal use are amortized on a straight-line basis over 5 to 7 years. When assets are surrendered, retired, sold or otherwise disposed of, their gross carrying values and related accumulated depreciation are removed from the accounts and included in determining gain or loss on such disposals.
Maintenance and repairs are charged to operations; replacements and improvements are capitalized.
Goodwill and Other Intangible Assets
Goodwill and indefinite-lived intangible assets are tested for impairment at least annually; however, these tests are performed more frequently when events or changes in circumstances indicate the carrying value may not be recoverable. The company's fair value methodology is based on quoted market prices, if available. If quoted market prices are not available, an estimate of fair market value is made based on prices of similar assets or other valuation methodologies including present value techniques. Impairment losses are included in income from operations.
Definite-lived intangible assets, such as purchased technology, patents, and customer lists are amortized over their estimated useful lives, generally for periods ranging from 5 to 20 years. The company continually evaluates the reasonableness of the useful lives of these assets.
Impairment of Long-Lived Assets
The company evaluates the carrying value of long-lived assets to be held and used when events or changes in circumstances indicate the carrying value may not be recoverable. The carrying value of a long-lived asset is considered impaired when the total projected undiscounted cash flows from such asset are separately identifiable and are less than its carrying value. In that event, a loss is recognized based on the amount by which the carrying value exceeds the fair market value of the long-lived asset. The company's fair value methodology is based on quoted market prices, if available. If quoted market prices are not available, an estimate of fair market value is made based on prices of similar assets or other valuation methodologies including present value techniques. Losses on long-lived assets to be disposed of are determined in a similar manner, except that fair market values are reduced for disposal costs.
Research and Development
Research and development costs are expensed as incurred.
Accruals for environmental matters are recorded in operating expenses when it is probable that a liability has been incurred and the amount of the liability can be reasonably estimated. Accrued liabilities do not include claims against third parties and are not discounted.
Costs related to environmental remediation are charged to expense. Other environmental costs are also charged to expense unless they increase the value of the property or reduce or prevent contamination from future operations, in which case, they are capitalized.
Asset Retirement Obligations
On January 1, 2003, the company adopted Statement of Financial Accounting Standards (SFAS) No. 143 (FAS 143) "Accounting for Asset Retirement Obligations," which requires the company to record an asset and related liability for the costs associated with the retirement of long-lived tangible assets when a legal liability to retire the asset exists. This includes obligations incurred as a result of acquisition, construction, or normal operation of a long-lived asset. In March 2005, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued FASB Interpretation No. 47 (FIN 47) "Accounting for Conditional Asset Retirement Obligations," providing final guidance that clarifies how companies should account for asset retirement obligations. The company follows FAS 143 and FIN 47 and records asset retirement obligations at fair value at the time the liability is incurred. Accretion expense is recognized as an operating expense using the credit-adjusted risk-free interest rate in effect when the liability was recognized. The associated asset retirement obligations are capitalized as part of the carrying amount of the long-lived asset and depreciated over the estimated remaining useful life of the asset, generally for periods ranging from 1 to 20 years.
The company accrues for liabilities related to litigation matters when the information available indicates that it is probable that a liability has been incurred and the amount of the liability can be reasonably estimated. Legal costs such as outside counsel fees and expenses are charged to expense in the period incurred.
The company self-insures certain risks where permitted by law or regulation, including workers' compensation, vehicle liability, and employee related benefits. Liabilities associated with these risks are estimated in part by considering historical claims experience, demographic factors, and other actuarial assumptions. For other risks, the company uses a combination of insurance and self-insurance, reflecting comprehensive reviews of relevant risks.
The provision for income taxes is determined using the asset and liability approach of accounting for income taxes. Under this approach, deferred taxes represent the future tax consequences expected to occur when the reported amounts of assets and liabilities are recovered or paid. The provision for income taxes represents income taxes paid or payable for the current year plus the change in deferred taxes during the year. Deferred taxes result from differences between the financial and tax bases of the company's assets and liabilities and are adjusted for changes in tax rates and tax laws when changes are enacted. Valuation allowances are recorded to reduce deferred tax assets when it is more likely than not that a tax benefit will not be realized. Provision has been made for income taxes on unremitted earnings of subsidiaries and affiliates, except for subsidiaries in which earnings are deemed to be permanently invested. Investment tax credits or grants are accounted for in the period earned (the flow-through method).
Foreign Currency Translation
The U.S. dollar (USD) is the functional currency of most of the company's worldwide operations. For subsidiaries where the USD is the functional currency, all foreign currency asset and liability amounts are remeasured into USD at end-of-period exchange rates, except for inventories, prepaid expenses, property, plant and equipment, goodwill and other intangible assets, which are remeasured at historical rates. Foreign currency income and expenses are remeasured at average exchange rates in effect during the year, except for expenses related to balance sheet amounts remeasured at historical exchange rates. Exchange gains and losses arising from remeasurement of foreign currency-denominated monetary assets and liabilities are included in income in the period in which they occur.
For subsidiaries where the local currency is the functional currency, assets and liabilities denominated in local currencies are translated into USD, at end-of-period exchange rates, and the resultant translation adjustments are reported, net of their related tax effects, as a component of Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) in stockholders' equity. Assets and liabilities denominated in other than the local currency are remeasured into the local currency prior to translation into USD, and the resultant exchange gains or losses are included in income in the period in which they occur. Income and expenses are translated into USD at average exchange rates in effect during the period.
The company has stock-based employee compensation plans which are described more fully in Note 26. Effective January 1, 2003, the company adopted the fair value recognition provisions of SFAS No. 123, "Accounting for Stock-Based Compensation," as amended, prospectively for all new awards granted to employees on or after January 1, 2003. Most awards under the company's plans vest over a three-year period. The company uses a nominal vesting period approach under which the costs related to stock-based employee compensation are expensed over the stated vesting period for all awards granted to employees, including employees who may become retirement eligible and not retired during the vesting period. The following table illustrates the effect on net income and earnings per share in each period as if the fair value based method had been applied to all outstanding options in each period.
Recent clarification of certain provisions of SFAS No. 123 specifies that stock-based compensation awards should be expensed using a non-substantive approach under which compensation costs should be recognized immediately for awards granted to retirement eligible employees or over the period from the grant date to retirement eligibility date. In second quarter 2005, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) indicated that companies that followed the nominal vesting period approach at adoption of SFAS No. 123 must continue following that approach until the adoption of SFAS No. 123 (revised 2004), "Share-Based Payment" (SFAS 123R), which replaces SFAS No. 123. Upon adoption of SFAS 123R in the first quarter of 2006, the company began expensing new stock-based compensation awards using a non-substantive vesting approach. Using the non-substantive vesting approach in lieu of the nominal vesting approach would have produced pro forma earnings per share similar to the table above for the years presented.
Variable Interest Entities
In 2004, the company adopted FIN 46 "Consolidation of Variable Interest Entities" (revised December 2003). The company has entities identified and consolidated as VIEs where DuPont is considered the primary beneficiary. At December 31, 2005, the assets and liabilities of these entities are immaterial to the Consolidated Financial Statements of the company.
The company is also involved with other entities that are VIEs for which the company is not currently the primary beneficiary. Future events may require these VIEs to be consolidated if the company becomes the primary beneficiary. At December 31, 2005, the assets and liabilities of the other VIEs are immaterial to the Consolidated Financial Statements of the company. The company's share of the net income (loss) of these VIEs is included in Other income in the Consolidated Income Statements, and is not material.
Hedging and Trading Activities
Derivative instruments are reported on the Consolidated Balance Sheets at their fair values. For derivative instruments designated as fair value hedges, changes in the fair values of the derivative instruments will generally be offset on the income statement by changes in the fair value of the hedged items. For derivative instruments designated as cash flow hedges, the effective portion of any hedge is reported in Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) until it is cleared to earnings during the same period in which the hedged item affects earnings. The ineffective portion of all hedges is recognized in current period earnings. Changes in the fair values of derivative instruments that are not designated as hedges are recorded in current period earnings.
In the event that a derivative designated as a hedge of a firm commitment or an anticipated transaction is terminated prior to the maturation of the hedged transaction, gains or losses realized at termination are deferred and included in the measurement of the hedged transaction. If a hedged transaction matures, or is sold, extinguished, or terminated prior to the maturity of a derivative designated as a hedge of such transaction, gains or losses associated with the derivative through the date the transaction matured are included in the measurement of the hedged transaction, and the derivative is reclassified as for trading purposes. Derivatives designated as a hedge of an anticipated transaction are reclassified as for trading purposes if the anticipated transaction is no longer likely to occur.
Cash flows from derivative instruments accounted for as either fair value hedges or cash flow hedges are reported in the same category as the cash flows from the items being hedged. Cash flows from all other derivative instruments are generally reported as investing activities in the Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows.
See Note 29 for additional discussion regarding the company's objectives and strategies for derivative instruments.
Certain reclassifications of prior years' data have been made to conform to 2005 classifications.
Accounting Standards Issued Not Yet Adopted
In December 2004, the FASB issued SFAS No. 123R, which replaces SFAS No. 123, "Accounting for Stock-Based Compensation." DuPont voluntarily adopted the SFAS No. 123 fair value based method of accounting on January 1, 2003, for share-based payment transactions with employees. SFAS No. 123R amends some aspects of the fair value measurement of the equity instruments granted to employees. This statement becomes effective for the company beginning in the first quarter of 2006. The company will use the modified prospective method and will continue to use the Black-Scholes option-pricing model as the most appropriate fair-value method for its awards. Based on the company's evaluation, the adoption of SFAS No. 123R is not expected to have a material effect on the company's financial position, liquidity or results of operations.
2. Other Income, net
The company routinely uses forward exchange contracts to offset its net exposures, by currency, related to the foreign currency-denominated monetary assets and liabilities of its operations. The objective of this program is to maintain an approximately balanced position in foreign currencies in order to minimize, on an after-tax basis, the effects of exchange rate changes. 2005 included net pretax exchange gains of $423, 2004 and 2003 include net pretax exchange losses of $391 and $164, respectively, which resulted from hedging an increased net monetary asset position and a weakening USD. These pretax gains and losses are largely offset by associated tax benefits. 2003 also includes an exchange gain of $30 from a currency contract purchased to offset movement in the Canadian dollar in connection with the company's acquisition of the minority shareholders' interest in DuPont Canada (see Note 27).
3. Interest Expense
4. Employee Separation Activities and Asset Impairment Charges
During 2005, the company did not institute any significant restructuring programs. In 2005, payments of $133 were made to separated employees associated with the 2004 program.
Benefits of $13 were recorded in 2005 for changes in estimates related to restructuring initiatives undertaken in prior years. The $13 benefits consisted of $9 to reflect lower estimated benefit settlements to separate employees related to the 2004 restructuring programs and $4 primarily for lower estimated employee separation settlements for prior year programs and are not considered material to 2005 segment earnings.
During 2004, the company recorded a net charge of $411 for employee separation costs and asset impairment charges. This charge included net expenses of $302 related to cost reduction initiatives taken to align resources and to adjust the company's infrastructure following the sale of INVISTA (see Note 5), asset impairment charges which totaled $121, and credits of $12 related to changes in estimates associated with restructuring activities for 2002 and prior year programs. The $302 net charge consisted of accruals for termination payments primarily in North America and Western Europe for approximately 2,700 employees involved in manufacturing, marketing and sales, administrative and technical activities, which reduced 2004 segment earnings as follows: Agriculture & Nutrition$35; Coatings & Color Technologies$60; Electronic & Communication Technologies$41; Performance Materials$44; Safety & Protection$28; and Other$94. At December 31, 2005, essentially all of the 2,700 employees identified as part of the company's 2004 program have been removed from the company's roles.
The 2004 charges also include $27 in Electronic & Communication Technologies related to the write-down to estimated fair value of an investment, due to an other than temporary decline in its value. In addition, the company recorded a $23 charge in Performance Materials associated with the shutdown of certain U.S. manufacturing assets in connection with the company's exit from the dimethyl terephthalate (DMT) business. This charge covers the net book value of the DMT assets.
The company also recorded a $42 charge in 2004 to reduce the carrying value of certain European manufacturing assets in Safety & Protection to estimated fair value. As a result of ongoing competitive pressures and a shift in the company's global sourcing of product during the second quarter 2004, the company determined that expected cash flows were not sufficient to recover the carrying value of these assets. Fair value of the assets was based on the assets' expected discounted cash flows. In addition, the company recorded a charge of $29 in Other to write off the net book value of certain patents and purchased technology. Due to changes in the associated manufacturing process and executed supply agreements in 2004, these abandoned assets were determined to be of no future value to the company.
Account balances and activity for the 2004 restructuring program are summarized below:
During 2003, the company did not institute any significant restructuring programs. Benefits of $17 were recorded in 2003 for changes in estimates related to restructuring initiatives undertaken in prior years. The $17 in benefits consisted primarily of lower estimated benefit settlements to separate employees and were not considered material to 2003 segment earnings.
During 2002, 2001 and 2000, the company implemented activities involving employee separations and write-downs of assets. In 2005, payments of $19 were made to separated employees associated with these programs. The remaining liability balance for the 2002 and 2001 programs at December 31, 2005 was $24 and represents payments to be made over time to separated employees. The 2000 program has been completed.
5. Separation ActivitiesTextiles & Interiors
On April 30, 2004, the company sold a majority of the net assets of Textiles & Interiors, referred to as INVISTA, to Koch. During 2005, the company sold its investments in three affiliated companies to Koch and its investment in a fourth affiliated company to its equity partner.
In 2005, the company recorded a net benefit of $62 resulting from divesture activities. The company's transfer of its interest in the affiliates to Koch resulted in a gain of $35. The sale of two of these affiliates had been delayed until the company received approval from its equity partners. The company also recorded a gain of $29 in 2005 related to the sale of the company's investment in another equity affiliate and $2 of other charges associated with the separation. Net cash proceeds from these transactions totaled $135.
In 2004, the company recorded a charge of $667. The amount related to INVISTA was $626 and included the following: a reduction of the original sale price of $240, a charge of $77 related to the delayed transfer of certain equity affiliates, $118 related to changes in the book value of net assets, $37 related to final settlement of working capital balances and other separation charges of $154 which consisted primarily of incremental legal, accounting and other advisory fees, other employee separation costs and the early termination of a long-term supply contact. The following summarizes 2004 cash proceeds related to the sale of INVISTA:
In addition, the company recorded a charge of $41 in 2004 related to the sale of an equity affiliate to its partner. Total proceeds from this sale were $108, which included $68 received in 2004 and $40 received in 2005.
The net assets sold to Koch consisted of the following:
During 2005 additional equity affiliates with a book value of $84 were transferred to Koch.
In 2003, the company recorded a charge of $1,620 related to the planned separation of Textiles & Interiors. The company wrote down the assets to be sold to estimated fair value and recorded separation charges as follows: property, plant and equipment of $1,168, intangible assets of $57 (excluding goodwill), equity affiliates of $293, a pension curtailment loss of $78, and other separation charges of $24. The write-downs were based on estimated fair values as determined through a combination of negotiations to sell the assets and cash flow projections.
The company indemnified Koch against certain liabilities primarily related to taxes, legal matters, environmental matters, and representations and warranties. The fair value of these indemnities is $70 and is included in the indemnification liability balance (see Note 24). Under the definitive agreement, the company's total indemnification obligation for the majority of the representations and warranties cannot exceed approximately $1,400. The remaining indemnities are not limited to this maximum payment amount.
In January 2006, the company completed the sale of its interest in the last equity affiliate to its equity partner for proceeds of $14 thereby completing the sale of all of the net assets of Textiles & Interiors.
6. Goodwill ImpairmentTextiles & Interiors
In 2003, in connection with the pending sale of INVISTA, the company was required to test the related goodwill for recoverability. This test indicated that the carrying value of goodwill exceeded its fair value, and accordingly, the company recorded an impairment charge of $295 to write off all of the associated goodwill. This write-off was based on an estimate of fair value as determined by the negotiated sales price of the INVISTA net assets.
7. Gain on Sale of Interest by SubsidiaryNonoperating
In April 2003, the company formed a majority-owned venture, The Solae Company, with Bunge Limited, comprised of the company's protein technologies business and Bunge's North American and European ingredients operations. As a result of this transaction, the company's ownership interest in the protein technologies business was reduced from 100 percent to 72 percent. The company recorded a nonoperating pretax gain of $62, as the fair market value of the businesses contributed by
Bunge exceeded the net book value of the 28 percent ownership interest acquired by Bunge. See Note 27 for additional information.
8. Provision for (Benefit from) Income Taxes
Deferred income taxes result from temporary differences between the financial and tax basis of the company's assets and liabilities. The tax effects of temporary differences and tax loss/tax credit carryforwards/backs included in the deferred income tax provision are as follows:
The significant components of deferred tax assets and liabilities at December 31, 2005 and 2004, are as follows:
At December 31, 2004, estimated losses on the sale of INVISTA resulted in an increase in the Tax loss/tax credit carryforwards/backs, partly offset by an increase in the Valuation allowance. These impacts were reversed during 2005 primarily due to realization of the INVISTA tax loss carryforward/back.
Current deferred tax assets of $820 and $1,162 at December 31, 2005 and 2004, respectively, are included in the caption Income taxes within Current assets of the Consolidated Balance Sheets. In addition, Deferred tax assets of $1,137 and $1,233 are included in Other assets at December 31, 2005, and 2004, respectively. See Note 17. Deferred tax liabilities of $43 and $69 at December 31, 2005, and 2004, respectively, are included in the caption Income taxes within Current liabilities of the Consolidated Balance Sheets.
An analysis of the company's effective income tax rate (EITR) follows:
Income (loss) before income taxes and minority interests shown below is based on the location of the corporate unit to which such earnings are attributable. However, since such earnings are often subject to taxation in more than one country, coupled with the impact of exchange gains/losses, the income tax provision shown above as United States or international does not correspond to the earnings shown in the following table:
Under the tax laws of various jurisdictions in which the company operates, deductions or credits that cannot be fully utilized for tax purposes during the current year may be carried forward or back, subject to statutory limitations, to reduce taxable income or taxes payable in future or prior years. At December 31, 2005, the tax effect of such carryforwards/backs, net of valuation allowance approximated $1,086. Of this amount, $878 has no expiration date, $20 expires after 2005 but before the end of 2010, and $188 expires after 2010.
At December 31, 2005, unremitted earnings of subsidiaries outside the United States totaling $7,031 were deemed to be permanently reinvested. No deferred tax liability has been recognized with regard to the remittance of such earnings. It is not practical to estimate the income tax liability that might be incurred if such earnings were remitted to the United States.
9. Cumulative Effect of a Change in Accounting Principle
On January 1, 2003, the company adopted SFAS No. 143, which requires the company to record an asset and related liability for the costs associated with the retirement of long-lived tangible assets when a legal liability to retire the asset exists.
The company has recorded asset retirement obligations primarily associated with closure, reclamation, and removal costs for mining operations related to the production of titanium dioxide in Coatings & Color Technologies. The adoption of SFAS No. 143 resulted in a charge of $46 ($29 after-tax) which has been reported as a cumulative effect of a change in accounting principle. Such amount represents the difference between assets and liabilities recognized prior to the application of this statement and the net amounts recognized pursuant to this statement.
10. Earnings Per Share of Common Stock
Set forth below is a reconciliation of the numerator and denominator for basic and diluted earnings per share calculations for the periods indicated:
The weighted-average number of common shares outstanding in 2005 declined as a result of the company's repurchase and retirement of its common stock in connection with an accelerated share repurchase agreement. See Note 25 for further information.
The following average number of stock options are antidilutive, and therefore, are not included in the diluted earnings per share calculation:
11. Accounts and Notes Receivable
Accounts and notes receivable are carried at amounts that approximate fair value and include amounts due from equity affiliates of $55 for 2005, and $88 for 2004.
Inventory values, before LIFO adjustment, are generally determined by the average cost method, which approximates current cost. Excluding Pioneer, inventories valued under the LIFO method comprised 80 percent and 77 percent of consolidated inventories before LIFO adjustment at December 31