Volume grew 5% on a pro forma basis from the year-ago period, with gains in all divisions and all regions, led by double-digit growth in Asia Pacific and Latin America. Local price rose 5% on a pro forma basis, with gains in all divisions and all regions.
GAAP earnings per share from continuing operations was $0.21. Adjusted earnings per share increased 35% to $0.74, compared with pro forma adjusted earnings1 per share in the year-ago period of $0.55. Adjusted earnings per share excludes significant items in the quarter totaling net charges of $0.42 per share and an $0.11 per share charge for DuPont amortization of intangible assets.
Operating EBITDA increased 19% on a pro forma basis from the year-ago period to $3.8 billion. Operating EBITDA drivers in the quarter included local price and volume gains, cost synergies and lower pension/OPEB costs, which more than offset the impact of higher raw material costs and a headwind from currency.
DowDuPont achieved cost synergy savings of more than $450 million in the quarter, and since merger close has now delivered more than $1.3 billion of cumulative savings.
Cash flow from operations was a use of cash of $0.3 billion and included discretionary pension contributions of approximately $2.2 billion. Excluding these discretionary contributions, cash flow from operations would have been $1.9 billion.
“Our teams generated strong gains in volume, price and operating EBITDA by continuing to execute our growth strategy, capture cost synergies and drive productivity improvements,” said Ed Breen, CEO of DowDuPont. “Organic sales rose 10%, equally driven by volume and local price as customer demand remained strong. We delivered our year-over-year cost synergies and we are again raising our target, now to $3.6 billion. Each division is performing well, and we remain on track to complete the intended separations, beginning with Materials Science on April 1, followed by Agriculture and Specialty Products on June 1.”