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News ReleaseAir Products Reports Fiscal Q2 Financial Results

April 24, 2012 Lehigh Valley, Pa.

Second Quarter Summary

  • Non-GAAP adjusted EPS of $1.39* within previous guidance range
  • Non-GAAP adjusted EPS from continuing operations of $1.31* up 4% versus prior quarter
  • Cost reduction actions drive charge of $60 million after tax
  • Quarterly dividend increased for 30th consecutive year
  • Capital spending expectation of $2.2 billion at high end of range with new project success

Air Products (NYSE:APD) today reported net income of $281 million* and diluted earnings per share (EPS) of $1.31* on a non-GAAP, continuing operations basis, for its fiscal second quarter ended March 31, 2012. This excludes: a $0.28 per share charge for cost reduction actions, mostly in Europe; a $0.27 per share tax benefit resulting from a non-cash Spanish tax ruling; and $0.08 per share of earnings from the Homecare Business, which has been reclassified to discontinued operations.

The discussion of second quarter results and guidance in this release is based on non-GAAP continuing operations comparisons that exclude these items. A reconciliation can be found at the end of this release.*

Second quarter revenues of $2,344 million decreased two percent versus prior year, primarily on lower energy pass-through and a stronger dollar. Underlying sales were up two percent on higher Tonnage Gases volumes and improved pricing in Merchant Gases. Operating income of $375 million was down six percent and operating margin of 16% decreased 60 basis points versus prior year, primarily due to volume mix between the businesses.

Sequentially, sales increased one percent, with underlying sales up 3%, primarily due to increased volumes in Performance Materials and Equipment. Operating income was up six percent and operating margin increased 80 basis points, mainly due to higher Performance Materials and Tonnage Gases volumes.

Commenting on the quarter, John McGlade, chairman, president and chief executive officer, said, "Overall, second quarter volumes were below our expectations, as business activity did not pick up as much as we expected. With Europe in recession, we have taken actions to improve our business portfolio and cost positions. While our volumes were held down by lower demand, we did see positive impact from our pricing efforts and new plants.”

Second Quarter Segment Performance

  • Merchant Gases sales of $884 million decreased three percent and operating income of $153 million declined eight percent versus prior year, with positive pricing offset by weaker volumes in all regions and currency impacts.
  • Tonnage Gases sales of $784 million decreased two percent versus the prior year, with lower energy pass-through, mostly offset by improved volumes of seven percent. Operating income of $125 million was up four percent from the prior year driven by the volume growth.
  • Electronics and Performance Materials sales of $567 million declined two percent versus the prior year, primarily due to weaker Electronics volumes, partially offset by stronger Performance Materials volumes. Operating income of $86 million was down seven percent versus prior year, primarily due to lower volumes and higher raw material costs in Electronics. These were partially offset by higher Performance Materials volumes.
  • Equipment and Energy sales of $110 million were down three percent versus prior year due to lower project activity. Operating income of $10 million declined 56 percent from the prior year on lower LNG activity. Equipment sales backlog is up 69 percent versus prior year.

Outlook

Looking ahead, McGlade said, “We are entering the second half of the year at lower levels of business activity than originally anticipated, reducing growth in both sales and earnings for fiscal 2012. We still expect both to pick up during the second half of 2012 and into 2013. Our capital spending for this year is anticipated to come in at the high end of our range at approximately $2.2 billion. We expect to sign a record amount of new business this year and to continue to deliver gains in productivity that will contribute to strong, profitable growth.”

Air Products expects third quarter adjusted EPS from continuing operations to be between $1.40 and $1.45 per share. The company’s adjusted guidance for continuing operations for fiscal 2012 is $5.47 to $5.60 per share. This includes a $0.30 per share reduction for the movement of Homecare to discontinued operations.

Access the Q2 earnings teleconference scheduled for 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time on April 24 by calling 719-325-2286 and entering pass code 5287449, or listen on the Web at: http://investors.airproducts.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=92444&p=quarterlyearnings.  

Air Products (NYSE:APD) provides atmospheric, process and specialty gases; performance materials; equipment; and technology. For over 70 years, the company has enabled customers to become more productive, energy efficient and sustainable. More than 18,000 employees in over 40 countries supply innovative solutions to the energy, environment and emerging markets. These include semiconductor materials, refinery hydrogen, coal gasification, natural gas liquefaction, and advanced coatings and adhesives. In fiscal 2011, Air Products had sales of approximately $10 billion. 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, including earnings guidance, projections, targets and business outlook. These forward-looking statements are based on management's reasonable expectations and assumptions as of the date of this release. 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 global or regional 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; the success of productivity programs; the success and impact of restructuring and cost reduction initiatives; 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 impact on the effective tax rate of changes in the mix of earnings among our U.S. and international operations; and other risk factors described in the Company's Form 10K for its fiscal year ended September 30, 2011. 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 our management uses internally to evaluate our baseline performance on a comparable basis. Presented below are reconciliations of the reported GAAP results to the non-GAAP measures.

Consolidated Results
  Q2 Continuing Operations    
2012 Q2 vs. 2011 Q2 Operating
Income
Operating
Margin
Income Diluted
EPS
Net
Income
Diluted
EPS
2012 GAAP $287.9   12.3% $279.0  $ 1.30  $296.0  $ 1.38 
2011 GAAP 393.8   16.4% 285.7   1.31  304.3   1.39 
Change GAAP $(105.9) (410bp) $(6.7) $ (.01) $(8.3) $ (.01)
% Change GAAP  (27)%    (2)%  (1)%  (3)%  (1)%
2012 GAAP $ 287.9   12.3% $ 279.0  $ 1.30  $ 296.0  $ 1.38 
Cost reduction plan (tax impact $26.2) (a)  86.8   3.7%  60.6   .28   60.6   .28 
Q2 Spanish tax ruling  -   -   (58.3)  (.27)  (58.3)  (.27)
2012 Non-GAAP Measure  $374.7   16.0% $ 281.3  $ 1.31  $ 298.3  $ 1.39 
2011 GAAP $ 393.8   16.4% $ 285.7  $ 1.31  $ 304.3  $ 1.39 
Net loss on Airgas transaction (tax impact $.6) (b)  5.0   .2%  4.4   .02   4.4   .02 
2011 Non-GAAP Measure  $398.8   16.6% $ 290.1  $ 1.33  $ 308.7  $ 1.41 
Change Non-GAAP Measure $ (24.1) (60bp) $ (8.8)  (.02) $ (10.4) $ (.02)
% Change Non-GAAP Measure  (6)%    (3)%  (2)%  (3)%  (1)%
  Continuing Operations
2012 Q2 vs. 2012 Q1 Operating
Income
Operating
Margin
Income Diluted
EPS
2012 Q2 GAAP $287.9   12.3% $279.0  $ 1.30 
2012 Q1 GAAP 353.7   15.2% 225.9   1.06 
Change GAAP $(65.8)  (290bp) $53.1  $.24 
% Change GAAP  (19)%    24%  23%
2012 Q1 GAAP $ 353.7   15.2% $ 225.9  $ 1.06 
Q1 Spanish tax settlement  -   -   43.8   .20 
2012 Q1 Non-GAAP Measure $ 353.7   15.2% $ 269.7  $ 1.26 
Change Non-GAAP Measure $ 21.0   80bp $ 11.6  $ .05 
% Change Non-GAAP Measure  6%    4%  4%
Q3 2012 2012 Forecast
2012 Guidance GAAP (c) $1.40 to 1.45 $5.26 to 5.39
Q1 Spanish tax settlement     .20
Cost reduction plan (tax impact $26.2)   .28
Q2 Spanish tax ruling   (.27)
2012 Guidance Non-GAAP Measure $1.40 to 1.45 $5.47 to 5.60
(a) Based on average statutory tax rate of 30.17%.
(b) Based on statutory tax rate of 36.57%, including impact of tax rate adjustment for 2010 and first quarter 2011 costs.
(c) Guidance is on a continuing operations basis. 

Capital Expenditures
We utilize a non-GAAP measure in the computation of capital expenditures and include 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.

  FY 2011
Capital expenditures - GAAP basis $1,408.3 
Capital lease expenditures 173.5 
Capital expenditures - Non-GAAP basis $1,581.8 
  2012 Forecast
Capital expenditures - GAAP Measure $1,700 to $1,900
Capital lease expenditures 200 to 300
Capital expenditures - Non-GAAP Measure $1,900 to $2,200


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