Dec. 13 (Bloomberg) -- DuPont Co., the most valuable U.S. chemicals company, said profit will rise as much as 12 percent in 2012 as agricultural and titanium-dioxide sales increase.
Adjusted net income will be $4.20 to $4.40 a share, representing an increase of 7 to 12 percent from the midpoint of its 2011 forecast, the Wilmington, Delaware-based company said today in a statement. The average of 18 analysts’ estimates compiled by Bloomberg is for earnings of $4.29 a share. Sales will be $40 billion to $42 billion next year, DuPont said.
DuPont said it expects long-term compound sales growth at its agricultural business of 8 to 10 percent with pretax operating profit margins rising to as much as 22 percent.
It expects long-term compound sales growth at its performance chemicals business, which makes titanium-dioxide pigment, of as much as 8 percent and pretax operating profit margins of as much as 20 percent. Near-term margins at the unit are expected to be as high as 24, DuPont said.
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