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Corteva Agriscience expects mid-Michigan floods to have a ‘minimal impact’ on revenue

Corteva, one of many a number of spinoffs from Dow Inc. final yr, expects to take a slight hit from a flood that struck a mid-Michigan metropolis final week.

The Wilmington, Delaware-based agriculture enterprise, which separated from the chemical large almost a yr in the past, noticed its pesticides plant in Midland, Michigan shut down on account of a flood caused by the collapse of two nearby dams.

The firm is taking the time to evaluate the influence of what is being referred to as a “500-year flood” on its amenities, CEO Jim Collins instructed CNBC’s Jim Cramer Tuesday.

“Only 1% of our second half revenue is dependent on any of the products that come out of Midland, so as far as 2020 goes, we would expect, you know, a minimal impact,” he stated in a “Mad Money” interview.

Corteva is predicted to supply $5.47 billion in gross sales, down 1.5% from the yr prior, when it experiences outcomes for the second quarter in late July. Analysts predict its crop safety enterprise to slide a little bit additional at 3.3%, based on Factset.

About 10,000 folks within the metropolis of Midland have been ordered to go away residence — the second time inside a 24-hour interval — final Tuesday on account of “catastrophic dam failures.” Officials warned that quickly rising water spilling over the dams might depart elements of the town of 42,000 residents beneath probably 9 ft of water.

Residents in boats examine the floodwaters flowing from the Tittabawassee River into the decrease a part of downtown on May 20, 2020 in Midland, Michigan.

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Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday declared a state of emergency for Midland County after a number of days of extreme rainfall brought on water to breach the levee. Midland is about 130 miles northwest of Detroit.

Dow, which is headquartered in Midland, shut down all of its working models on Wednesday after floodwaters had reached its premises. The industrial advanced contains amenities for Corteva and DuPont, each a part of the June 2019 spin-off.

The waters, nevertheless, crested at a decrease stage than feared, Collins defined. He didn’t say, nevertheless, when he expects operations to renew on the plant.

“And my biggest concern right now is for our employees,” he stated. “We’ve had over 400 of our Corteva colleagues that were directly affected in their homes in the city of Midland and we’re going to work awful hard to make sure they’re taken care of as well.”

–Reuters contributed to this report.

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