Dow outlines targeted actions to deliver $1B in cost savings in 2023
- Proactive actions will optimize Dow's cost structure in response to near-term macroeconomic uncertainty, while maintaining long-term value creation focus
- Company continues its Decarbonize and Grow strategy as well as its disciplined and balanced approach to capital allocation
MIDLAND, Mich., Jan. 26, 2023 -- Dow Inc. (NYSE: DOW) today outlined a series of targeted actions aligned to its previously stated plan to achieve $1 billion in cost savings in 2023. The proactive actions will further optimize the Company's cost structure in response to near-term macroeconomic uncertainty, while maintaining its long-term competitiveness across the economic cycle.
Specifically, Dow expects to realize $1 billion in cost savings in 2023 through:
Structural improvements of $500 million, maintaining a low cost-to-serve operating model:
- Optimizing labor and services costs, including a global workforce reduction of approximately 2,000 roles;
- Shutting down select assets, while further evaluating Dow's global asset base, particularly in Europe, to ensure long-term competitiveness and enhance cost efficiency; and
- Increasing productivity via end-to-end process improvements.
Operating expense reductions of $500 million, focused on near-term cash flow:
- Decreasing turnaround spending, with a continued focus on maintaining safety and reliability;
- Reducing purchased raw materials, logistics and utilities costs; and
- Aligning spending levels to the macroeconomic environment.
"We are taking these actions to further optimize our cost structure and prioritize business operations toward our most competitive, cost-advantaged and growth-oriented markets, while also navigating macro uncertainties and challenging energy markets, particularly in Europe," said Jim Fitterling, Dow chairman and CEO. "We remain committed to capitalizing on our long-term growth opportunities in a disciplined and balanced manner, and these actions further position us to advance our Decarbonize and Grow strategy and strengthen our competitive position."
The Company will record a charge of $550 million to $725 million in the first quarter of 2023 for costs associated with these activities, which primarily include severance and related benefit costs; costs associated with exit and disposal activities; and asset write-downs and write-offs.
Longer-term, Dow remains on track to grow its underlying EBITDA by greater than $3 billion by 2030 while reducing its carbon emissions by 30 percent versus its 2005 baseline as it progresses on its path to carbon neutrality by 2050.
As Dow implements the actions announced today, the Company will engage local stakeholders in each region and in compliance with local regulations and consultation processes.
Dow (NYSE: DOW) combines global breadth; asset integration and scale; focused innovation and materials science expertise; leading business positions; and environmental, social and governance leadership to achieve profitable growth and help deliver a sustainable future. The Company's ambition is to become the most innovative, customer centric, inclusive and sustainable materials science company in the world. Dow's portfolio of plastics, industrial intermediates, coatings and silicones businesses delivers a broad range of differentiated, science-based products and solutions for its customers in high-growth market segments, such as packaging, infrastructure, mobility and consumer applications. Dow operates manufacturing sites in 31 countries and employs approximately 37,800 people. Dow delivered sales of approximately $57 billion in 2022. References to Dow or the Company mean Dow Inc. and its subsidiaries. For more information, please visit www.dow.com or follow @DowNewsroom on Twitter.
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