Dow Reports First Quarter 2021 Results
Jim Fitterling, chairman and chief executive officer, commented on the quarter:
“Our results for the first quarter demonstrated the continued focus and agility of Team Dow, delivering top- and bottom-line growth sequentially and year-over-year. We swiftly responded to the unusual industry-wide disruption from Winter Storm Uri, quickly bringing assets back online within a week and reaching pre-storm operating rates by quarter-end. And despite supply constraints, we saw demand growth as the economic recovery continued to broaden, most notably in packaging, construction, mobility, electronics and consumer durables end-markets.
“We achieved sales growth and pricing gains in every operating segment, business and region. Combined with our continued cost discipline, these top-line results also supported margin growth both sequentially and year-over-year, as the recovery expanded across key end markets. In addition, our $1 billion elective pension contribution further improved our liability profile. In sum, we exited the quarter with earnings momentum and a continued focus on our operating discipline, supported by improving underlying market fundamentals.”
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