November 22, 2011 Lehigh Valley, Pa.
Air Products (NYSE:APD) today announced a settlement with Spanish tax authorities for approximately €40 million ($55 million). This settlement was reached by mutual agreement, and no fines or penalties were assessed.
The settlement resolves a dispute in which the authorities disallowed certain deductions taken by the company’s Spanish subsidiaries in fiscal years 2005 to 2011.
Although Air Products continues to believe that all positions were compliant with applicable laws and verified by external experts, the company decided to settle this matter now.
It’s expected that a significant portion of the settlement amount will be recorded as an increase to income tax expense in the first quarter of fiscal year 2012. This expense was not included in the company’s previously provided first quarter diluted earnings per share guidance of $1.31 to $1.39.
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 2011, Air Products had revenues of $10.1 billion, operations in over 40 countries, and 18,900 employees around the globe. For more information, visit www.airproducts.com.
NOTE: This release may contain 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 projections and estimates expressed in the forward-looking statements because of many factors not anticipated by management, including risk factors described in the Company’s Form 10K for its fiscal year ended September 30, 2011.