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DuPont to Sell Silicon Carbide Wafer Business to SK Siltron


DuPont de Nemours, Inc.’s DD Electronics & Imaging (E&I) unit has agreed to divest its Compound Semiconductor Solutions (“CSS”) business to South Korea-based leading silicon wafer supplier, SK Siltron.

Per DuPont, the CSS business has state-of-the-art technologies for the production of SiC (silicon carbide) wafer to cater the power electronics market. However, it is not a strategic priority for the E&I unit, the company noted.

The deal, which is subject to customary regulatory clearances, is expected to close by the end of this year.

The divestment is in sync with DuPont's strategy of active portfolio management. It is also in consistent with the company's disciplined capital allocation to further align its portfolio with high return opportunities. DuPont believes that the CSS business will prosper under the ownership of SK Siltron.

DuPont, which was formerly known as DowDuPont Inc., started trading as a stand-alone company on Jun 3, 2019 following the separation of its Agriculture division through the spin-off of Corteva, Inc.

DuPont’s shares are down around 6.2% since it started trading on the NYSE, compared with the roughly 1.5% decline recorded by the industry.

DuPont, last month, raised its adjusted earnings per share guidance to the range of $3.75-$3.85 for 2019. It, however, sees organic sales for the year to be modestly down from last year. The company expects weak demand in its short-cycle businesses to continue in the second half.

The company benefited from its cost and pricing actions in the second quarter and noted that it is driving additional cost actions in the second half.

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DuPont currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).

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