Divestiture Finance DCF

  • Why did DuPont originally buy Conoco? Does their rationale make sense?
  • Do you agree that Conoco was dragging down DuPont’s value? Provide a multiples-based valuation analysis to support your view.
  • Why do you think DuPont management structured the second-stage divestiture of Conoco as a split-off rather than as a conventional spin-off?
  • The Limited’s split-off of its Abercrombie & Fitch unit (described on page 6 of the case) was structured as a “modified Dutch auction”. Do you think this would have been a superior way to structure DuPont’s split-off of Conoco?

Please note:

  • I have provided a supplemental spreadsheet with some additional segment-level data for DuPont. This data does NOT include Conoco. DuPont’s results in Exhibit 2 of the case also exclude Conoco for all periods.
  • The closing prices of DuPont and Conoco Class A common stock on July 8, 1999 were $68.625 and $27.375, respectively.
  • The debt to be issued by Conoco to pay off the $7.5 billion promissory note due DuPont following the IPO (discussed on page 6 of the case) is NOT additional debt on top of the $4.9 billion “assumed” by Conoco at the time of the IPO (also discussed on page 6). The $4.9 billion INCLUDES the promissory note liability.

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