What's Next for the DuPont Stock Price After $130 Billion Merger

The DuPont stock price slipped 5% to $70.83 Friday morning after the company agreed to an all-stock $130 billion merger with rival Dow Chemical Co. (NYSE: DOW). Shares of Dow fell 4.4% to $52.45.

The declines in the Dow Chemical and E I DuPont De Nemours & Co. (NYSE: DD) stock prices today were a "sell on the news" reaction. Shares of both companies rallied earlier in the week amid reports that the merger of equals was close.

du pontUnder the merger's exchange ratio, DuPont shareholders will receive $70.38 a share. That's a total of $61.7 billion, and it's also 5.6% lower than the closing DuPont stock price on Thursday.

Dow shareholders will receive one share of the new combined company for every one of their shares. DuPont shareholders will receive 1.282 shares each.

The combined company will be known as DowDuPont. Once combined, the plan is to split into three separate companies. The three are:

  • Agriculture: A pure-play agriculture company that unites DuPont's and Dow's seed and crop protection businesses. Projected revenue is $19 billion.
  • Material Science: A pure-play industrial leader with revenue of $51 billion. This unit will consist of DuPont's performance materials segment and Dow's performance plastics, performance materials and chemicals, infrastructure solutions, and consumer solutions segments.
  • Specialty Products: The entity will include DuPont's nutrition and health, industrial biosciences, safety and protection, and electronics and communications. Dow's electronic materials business will also be included. Projected revenue is $13 billion.

The two companies generated a cumulative $92 billion in sales in 2014. Once joined, DowDuPont will be the world's second-largest chemical company in terms of revenue. BASF of Germany is first.

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The transaction follows a push by activist investors who have pressured both companies to find better ways to return shareholder value.

Dow was founded in 1897 by a bleach producer in Michigan. DuPont was founded in 1802 in Delaware by a French political economist who had fled to the United States during the French Revolution.

The monster deal will need regulatory approval. The sheer size alone guarantees a close look. But analysts say there is little overlap and many competitors in the space. Most agree the merger should get regulators' nod.

The deal is expected to close in the second half of 2016. The break-ups are expected to take place up to two years later.

For investors looking to make a hefty profit from the DuPont stock price now, Money Morning Defense & Tech Specialist Michael A. Robinson warns against buying into stocks with deals pending.

"I would caution anyone against buying into buyouts, especially when the news has been out for several days," Robinson continued. "I would avoid it unless you are an experienced, aggressive trader and you really know what you're dealing with. Any new rumor could send the stock in any direction. This is not a great strategy for long-term investors."

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