Source: Dow AgroSciences news release



Dow AgroSciences' says its track record of "delivering beyond expectations" was the focus of a recent presentation to investors made by Jerome Peribere, president and CEO of Dow AgroSciences.



Peribere spoke to investors today at the Goldman Sachs 13th Annual Agricultural Biotech Forum in New York City. At the conference, Peribere reinforced the company's track record of "delivering excellent performance" in key areas and continued plans for growth.



"While 2008 was our best year ever, more importantly this success illustrates our trend of growth from internal efforts, bolt-on acquisitions, and technology success," Peribere said. "We continue to deliver beyond expectations as we provide our customers with innovative solutions."



The company's financial results are impressive, with 20 percent sales growth in 2008 compared to 2007, and 36 percent improvement in EBIT excluding certain items, with a 25 percent EBIT CAGR since 2001 excluding certain items being achieved while the company continued adding investment to research and development efforts.



Exceeding customer expectations is a key part of the company's success. New herbicides pyroxsulam and aminopyralid are rapidly being adopted by customers around the world as these products enhance the company's portfolio in key agricultural segments of cereals and range/pasture, respectively.



Dow AgroSciences continues making progress in enhancing its seeds business, with nine acquisitions made since 2007. Peribere cited examples from the Americas that show the company is strengthening its corn, cotton, sunflower, and canola product portfolio.



As a technology-driven company, Dow AgroSciences continues to advance game-changing biotechnology systems, such as SmartStax, an eight-gene stack of traits in corn. He reported trait introgression work is underway to accelerate launch and ramp-up plans. The Dual Effective Dose provided by SmartStax will drive value in improving yield opportunities, the company said.



The Dow Herbicide Tolerance family of traits is also advancing quickly in the company's pipeline. This technology will allow growers to use an additional herbicide over the top of key crops such as corn and soybeans, thus providing a more complete solution for growers as they look to enhance the performance of glyphosate.



The final example of delivering beyond expectations focused on the company's EXZACT Precision Technology, which utilizes zinc finger proteins, provides the ability to do gene targeting.



Presentation slides are available on The Dow Chemical Company's Investor Presentations Web site.