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News ReleaseAir Products Reports Fiscal 2010 Fourth Quarter EPS Up 18 Percent

October 21, 2010 Lehigh Valley, Pa.

Fourth Quarter Highlights Versus Prior Year

  • Sales increased 10% on 8% volume growth
  • Operating margin of 17.1%, up 170 basis points*
  • EPS of $1.35, up 18%*

Full Year Highlights

  • Operating margin of 16.5%, up 220 basis points*
  • Fiscal 2010 EPS of $5.02, up 24%*
  • Fiscal 2011 EPS guidance of $5.50 to $5.70*

Air Products (NYSE: APD) today reported income from continuing operations of $294 million, or diluted earnings per share (EPS) of $1.35, for its fiscal 2010 fourth quarter versus $246 million and $1.14, respectively, for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2009. This result excludes an after-tax charge of $22 million, or $0.10 per share, for costs associated with the tender offer for the outstanding shares of Airgas, Inc.

The discussion of fourth quarter and full year results and guidance in this release is based on non-GAAP comparisons. A reconciliation can be found at the end of this release.*

Fourth quarter revenues of $2,351 million increased 10 percent versus prior year and four percent sequentially. Underlying revenues were up eight percent and three percent respectively. Operating income of $402 million rose 22 percent versus prior year and seven percent sequentially on higher volumes across all segments.

For fiscal 2010, sales of $9,026 million increased nine percent on higher volumes. Operating income of $1,485 million was up 25 percent, and diluted EPS of $5.02 increased 24 percent from the prior year.

John McGlade, chairman, president and chief executive officer, said, "We are very pleased by the excellent results and progress we made this year. In 2010, we emerged from the recession and delivered strong growth and productivity, which generated significant improvements in operating margin and return on capital. With this performance we are well positioned to achieve our 2011 goals. I want to thank our entire team for their hard work to deliver these results."

Fourth Quarter Segment Performance

  • Merchant Gases sales of $948 million increased two percent from the prior year on five percent higher volumes across all regions, notably Asia. This was partially offset by unfavorable currency effects of three percent. Sequentially, sales increased four percent on three percent higher volumes from improved demand in most geographies. Operating income of $185 million improved 12 percent from the prior year on better volumes and improved cost performance, which was partially offset by unfavorable currency.
  • Tonnage Gases sales of $752 million were up 17 percent from the prior year on improved volumes from new plant onstreams and higher energy and raw material cost pass-throughs. Sales were up four percent sequentially with higher volumes and energy and raw material cost pass-throughs both contributing two percent. Operating income of $117 million rose 11 percent from the prior year on better volumes from new plant onstreams.
  • Electronics and Performance Materials sales of $523 million increased 20 percent, primarily on higher volumes. Sales improved five percent sequentially. Operating income of $84 million increased 71 percent from the prior year on better volumes. Sequentially, operating income rose 35 percent on higher volumes and improved cost performance.
  • Equipment and Energy sales of $128 million rose five percent from the prior year. Operating income of $20 million improved significantly on increased LNG activity.


Looking ahead, McGlade said, "We expect a continued, gradual global economic recovery in 2011. Our focus will be on loading our existing assets, winning new business and continuing to lower our costs. We remain committed to delivering our 2011 targets of double digit earnings growth, improving return on capital and achieving a 17 percent operating margin."

The company today announced initial guidance for fiscal year 2011 EPS in the range of $5.50 to $5.70 per share, representing year-over-year earnings growth of 10 to 14 percent. For the first quarter of fiscal 2011 ending December 31, 2010, EPS is expected to be between $1.31 and $1.35 per share.

The company also announced that it expects capital spending in fiscal 2011 to be between $1.5 and $1.7 billion.

Air Products (NYSE:APD) serves customers in industrial, energy, technology and healthcare markets worldwide with a unique portfolio of atmospheric gases, process and specialty gases, performance materials, and equipment and services. 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. In fiscal 2010, Air Products had revenues of $9 billion, operations in over 40 countries, and 18,300 employees around the globe. For more information, visit  

NOTE: This release contains "forward-looking statements" within the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including earnings guidance, projections and targets. These forward-looking statements are based on management's reasonable expectations and assumptions as of the date this Report is filed regarding important risk factors. Actual performance and financial results may differ materially from projections and estimates expressed in the forward-looking statements because of many factors not anticipated by management, including, without limitation, slowing of global economic recovery; renewed deterioration in economic and business conditions; weakening demand for the Company's products; future financial and operating performance of major customers and industries served by the Company; unanticipated contract terminations or customer cancellations or postponement of projects and sales; the success of commercial negotiations; asset impairments due to economic conditions or specific product or customer events; the impact of competitive products and pricing; interruption in ordinary sources of supply of raw materials; the ability to recover unanticipated increased energy and raw material costs from customers; costs and outcomes of litigation or regulatory activities; successful development and market acceptance of new products and applications, the ability to attract, hire and retain qualified personnel in all regions of the world where the Company operates; consequences of acts of war or terrorism impacting the United States and other markets; the effects of a natural disaster; the success of cost reduction and productivity programs and achieving anticipated acquisition synergies; the timing, impact, and other uncertainties of future acquisitions or divestitures; significant fluctuations in interest rates and foreign currencies from that currently anticipated; the continued availability of capital funding sources in all of the Company's foreign operations; the impact of environmental, healthcare, tax or other legislation and regulations in jurisdictions in which the Company and its affiliates operate; the impact of new or changed financial accounting guidance; the timing and rate at which tax credits can be utilized and other risk factors described in the Company's Form 10K for its fiscal year ended September 30, 2009. The Company disclaims any obligation or undertaking to disseminate any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements contained in this document 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.

*The presentation of 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. Presented below are reconciliations of reported GAAP results to non-GAAP measures. Amounts below are in millions of dollars, except for share data. Income from continuing operations and diluted EPS data are attributable to Air Products.

Continuing Operations
2010 GAAP $367.0 $272.1 $1.25 $1,389.0 $4.74
2009 GAAP 328.0 246.0 1.14 846.3 3.00
% Change GAAP 12% 11% 10% 64% 58%
2010 GAAP $367.0 $272.1 $1.25 $1,389.0 $4.74
Acquisition-related costs
(Q4 tax impact $12.9)(a)
34.7 21.8 .10 96.0 .28
2010 Non-GAAP Measure $401.7 $293.9 $1.35 $1,485.0 $5.02
2009 GAAP $846.3 $3.00
Global cost reduction plan 298.2 .94
Customer bankruptcy and asset actions 32.1 .10
Pension settlement 8.0 .02
2009 Non-GAAP Measure $1,184.6 $4.06
% Change Non-GAAP 22% 19% 18% 25% 24%
Operating Income
2010 Q4 GAAP $367.0
2010 Q3 GAAP 336.4
% Change GAAP 9%
2010 Q4 Non-GAAP Measure $401.7
2010 Q3 GAAP $336.4
Acquisition-related costs 37.9
2010 Q3 Non-GAAP Measure 374.3
% Change Non-GAAP 7%
2009 GAAP $2,129.3 $328.0 15.4% $8,256.2 $846.3 10.3%
2009 Non-GAAP Measure 8,256.2 1,184.6 14.3%
2010 GAAP $2,351.2 $367.0 15.6% $9,026.0 $1,389.0 15.4%
2010 Non-GAAP Measure 2,351.2 401.7 17.1% 9,026.0 1,485.0 16.5%
Basis Points Change GAAP 20 510
Basis Points Change Non-GAAP 170 220
Q1 2011 YTD 2011
2011 Guidance (b) $1.31-$1.35 $5.50-$5.70
2010 GAAP $4.74
% Change 16%-20%
% Change Non-GAAP Measure 10% -14%

  1. Based on statutory tax rate of 37.4%
  2. Guidance excludes the impact of acquisition-related costs

Capital Expenditures
The Company utilizes a non-GAAP measure in the computation of capital expenditures and includes spending associated with facilities accounted for as capital leases. Certain facilities that are built to provide product to a specific customer are required to be accounted for as capital leases and such spending is reflected as a use of cash within cash provided by operating activities.

2011 Forecast
Capital expenditures - GAAP Measure $1,400 to $1,500
Capital lease expenditures 100 to 200
Capital Expenditures – Non-GAAP Measure $1,500 to $1,700

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    Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.
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