DuPont, the biggest U.S. chemicals producer by market value, reported a 52 percent jump in profit as operating margins rose in five of its seven businesses.
After the earnings announcement, the company's shares rose in premarket trading. (Get the latest quotes for DuPont.)
The company posted third-quarter earnings excluding items of 54 cents per share, up from 45 cents a share in the year-earlier period.
Revenue increased to $7.87 billion from $7.74 billion a year ago.
Analysts had expected DuPont to report earnings of roughly 53 cents a share on $7.95 billion in revenue, according to a consensus estimate from Thomson Reuters.
The company backed its full-year adjusted earnings forecast of $4.00 to $4.10 a share, and said it expects its adjusted fourth-quarter earnings per share to be up about 20 percent from EPS of 59 cents a share in the year-earlier period.