January 25, 2006 Lehigh Valley, Pa.
Air Products (NYSE:APD) today reported net income of $181 million or diluted earnings per share (EPS) of $.80 for its first fiscal quarter ended December 31, 2005. Net income increased eight percent and diluted EPS was up eleven percent compared with the prior year.
First quarter earnings comparisons are affected by the adoption of Statement of Financial Accounting Standards No. 123R and expensing of stock options as of October 1, 2005. On a comparable basis (including stock compensation expenses), net income increased 13 percent* and diluted EPS increased 16 percent*.
Discussion of Fiscal First Quarter Results on a Comparable Basis:
Revenues of $2,099 million were up five percent over the prior year on higher natural gas and raw material cost contractual pass-throughs to customers, volume growth in Gases, and improved pricing in Chemicals. Operating income of $252 million was up 11 percent* from the prior year, primarily on strong Gases volumes and higher Equipment activity.
Unfavorable currency impacted sales growth by two percent in the quarter, and Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in the prior quarter also reduced revenues by an additional three percent. The hurricanes reduced operating income in the quarter by $20 million ($14 million in Gases and $6 million in Chemicals), or $.06 per share.
John P. Jones, chairman and chief executive officer, said, "We had a strong first quarter with continued growth in sales, earnings and most importantly, return on capital. We delivered these results despite significant challenges from the hurricanes and large spikes in raw material and energy costs. Our people executed well against the objectives we set for the quarter. A major driver in these results is our continued success in delivering productivity to the bottom line. We also saw continued volume growth in our Gases business and high activity in our Equipment business, driven by liquefied natural gas (LNG) heat exchangers."
Gases segment sales of $1,562 million were up eight percent over the prior year on higher volumes in the company's Asian base Gases business, stronger pricing in North America base Gases, as well as higher natural gas cost contractual pass-throughs to customers. Operating income of $229 million increased eight percent* from the prior year on strong volumes across most businesses and a gain on a European land sale, partially offset by the unfavorable impact of the hurricanes.
Chemicals segment sales of $444 million declined four percent over the prior year, largely due to lower volumes, principally in polyurethane intermediates, and a divestiture. Chemicals operating income of $19 million was up nine percent* over the prior year on increased pricing to recover higher raw material, energy and natural gas costs.
Equipment segment revenues of $92 million rose five percent over the prior year and operating income of $16 million was up significantly, driven by continued high LNG heat exchanger activity. The company has 11 LNG heat exchangers in its Equipment backlog of $690 million.
Looking forward, Mr. Jones said, "We are off to a good start for 2006, and we're encouraged by our momentum going forward. We successfully managed the impacts of the hurricanes, have a great backlog of projects to drive top-line growth, and are confident our productivity efforts will continue to deliver improved return on capital. As a result, we are increasing our EPS guidance to a range of $3.30 to $3.48 per share."
For the second quarter, the company expects earnings per share between $.84 and $.87.
Annual Meeting of Shareholders
Air Products will host its Annual Meeting of Shareholders on Thursday, January 26, 2006 at 2:00 p.m. ET. Access the audio Webcast at www.airproducts.com/Invest/shareholdersvcs/annualmeeting_materials.htm
Air Products (NYSE:APD) serves customers in technology, energy, healthcare and industrial markets worldwide with a unique portfolio of products, services and solutions, providing atmospheric gases, process and specialty gases, performance materials and chemical intermediates. Founded in 1940, Air Products has built leading positions in key growth markets such as semiconductor materials, refinery hydrogen, home healthcare services, natural gas liquefaction, and advanced coatings and adhesives. The company is recognized for its innovative culture, operational excellence and commitment to safety and the environment and is listed in the Dow Jones Sustainability and FTSE4Good Indices. The company has annual revenues of $8.1 billion, operations in over 30 countries, and over 20,000 employees around the globe. For more information, visit www.airproducts.com.
NOTE: This release contains "forward-looking statements" within the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are based on management's reasonable expectations and assumptions as of the date of this release regarding important risk factors. Actual performance and financial results may differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements because of many factors, including those specifically referenced as future events or outcomes that the company anticipates as well as, among other things, overall economic and business conditions different than those currently anticipated and demand for Air Products' goods and services during that time; competitive factors in the industries in which it competes; interruption in ordinary sources of supply; the ability to recover unanticipated increased energy and raw material costs from customers; uninsured litigation judgments or settlements; changes in government regulations; consequences of acts of war or terrorism impacting the United States' and other markets; charges related to currently unplanned portfolio management and cost reduction actions; the success of implementing cost reduction programs; the timing, impact and other uncertainties of future acquisitions or divestitures or unanticipated contract terminations; significant fluctuations in interest rates and foreign currencies from that currently anticipated; the impact of tax and other legislation and regulations in jurisdictions in which Air Products and its affiliates operate; the recovery of insurance proceeds; the impact of new financial accounting standards, including the expensing of employee stock options; and the timing and rate at which tax credits can be utilized. The company disclaims any obligation or undertaking to disseminate any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements contained in this release to reflect any change in the company's assumptions, beliefs or expectations or any change in events, conditions or circumstances upon which any such forward-looking statements are based.
Please review the attached financial tables, including the Summary of Consolidated Financial Information:
Effective 1 October 2005, the company adopted SFAS No. 123R, which requires companies to expense the grant-date fair value of employee stock options. Prior year results have not been restated.
*This press release contains non-GAAP measures, which adjust prior year results to include the pro forma impact of expensing employee stock options based on previous footnote disclosures required by SFAS No. 123. Stock options have been accounted for as equity instruments. See the discussion under Share-Based Payments in the Notes to the consolidated financial statements. The presentation of these non-GAAP measures is intended to enhance the usefulness of financial information by providing measures which the company's management uses internally to evaluate the company's baseline performance.
Stock Option Expense
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