Escape- DowDuPont Likes Corteva Coladas- Spinoff And Name Change Set For June 1

It seem like just last month that DowDuPont(DWDP) completed the spinoff of Dow(DOW). As was planned from the moment Dow and DuPont merged just a few short years ago, DowDuPont has one more spinoff to complete before it changes its name back to DuPont(or DuPont de Nemours, Inc., to be precise), and its ticker back to DD.

DowDuPont’s board has approved the spinoff transaction. On June 1, DowDuPont shareholders will receive one share of Corteva stock for every 3 shares of DowDuPont stock owned. Immediately afterwards , DowDuPont will, subject to shareholder approval, implement a reverse stock split in which DowDuPont shareholders will receive one share of new DowDuPont stock for every three shares of DowDuPont stock owned. DowDuPont will then change its name as stated above, doing business as DuPont.

Corteva will be a pure-play agriscience company, combining the agriculture assets from the former Dow and DuPont. Corteva stock will trade under the CTVA ticker on the NYSE. When-issued trading will begin on May 24, with regular way trading commencing on June 3. The company’s Form 10 has been declared effective, and can be found here. Both DowDuPont CEO Ed Breen and Corteva CEO James Collins shared the requisite excitement about the transaction.

“Today’s announcement marks a major milestone toward successfully separating Corteva on June 1,” said Ed Breen, chief executive officer of DowDuPont. “We believe Corteva is set to be a leading pure-play agriculture company with a balanced portfolio and robust innovation pipeline that will drive long-term value for shareholders.”

“This milestone marks the completion of all the regulatory requirements for us to separate into a leading pure-play independent agriculture company on June 1st. Corteva Agriscience is well positioned to drive long-term value for shareholders as we leverage our balanced portfolio and robust innovation pipeline to deliver the complete solution farmers need to maximize yield and profitability,” said James C. Collins Jr., Corteva’s Chief Executive Officer.

As we have discussed, there has been a great deal of shuffling of assets here as Ed Breen combined two companies with the express intention of creating three. As was the case with Tyco, which Breen also broke into three companies, we may well see follow-up spinoffs from the surviving companies. It is also worth noting that even prior to the Dow-DuPont merger, DuPont spun off Chemours(CC). We were very skeptical about its prospects as it looked to be a classic example of a bad asset spin, but, so far, investors have been richly rewarded. Sometimes even bad assets catch a break.

Disclosure: The author holds no position in any stock mentioned

5 thoughts on “Escape- DowDuPont Likes Corteva Coladas- Spinoff And Name Change Set For June 1

  1. Brian

    Finally – the merger-into-spinoff is going to take place.

    Now the games can really begin. We can see if this creates three strong companies where there were just two before.

    Finally. Took long enough!

  2. Bill

    False! The reverse stock split for Dupont could be either 1:3 OR 2:5… this is extremely misleading and should be removed for the inaccuracy! The indecisiveness by the company playing regular investors against themselves to make a vote on the reversal but no choice in what the board does then.. they will most certainly do a whatever cripples the amount of shares out there. They are washing shares… the spinoff is timed perfectly for it to crash right after the split. No more income from seeds this year!

  3. Inelegant Investor Post author

    The press release referenced says clearly that the Board intends to do a 1:3 split if approved.

    DowDuPont announced today that if DowDuPont’s stockholders approve the reverse stock split, the Board of Directors currently intends to select a reverse stock split ratio of one (1) new share of DowDuPont common stock for three (3) shares of current DowDuPont common stock and to implement the reverse stock split effective immediately following the Corteva Distribution.

    Not sure how the timing matters, or for that matter, how the ratio does or how any of that “[plays] regular investors against themselves”

  4. Bubba

    So which of these companies will take the liability hits for the coming roundup type suits? Is this just a way to off load the liability into a spin-off and foist it on the shareholders?

  5. Inelegant Investor Post author

    There is certainly some risk there. We thought that a previous DuPont spinoff, Chemours, had that problem. It did, but DuPont ended up bailing it out and stock has been a big winner.

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