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News ReleaseAir Products Reports Strong Fiscal 2016 Third Quarter Results*

July 28, 2016 Lehigh Valley, Pa.

  • On a GAAP basis, quarterly EPS from continuing operations of $1.63 and operating margin of 22.0 percent
  • Quarterly adjusted EPS from continuing operations of $1.92, up 16 percent versus prior year
  • Quarterly adjusted operating margin of 23.0 percent and adjusted EBITDA margin of 34.2 percent, both up 340 basis points; adjusted Return on Capital Employed (ROCE) of 13.5 percent up 200 basis points versus prior year
  • Announced new plant to provide ultra-high purity gases to customers in Pukou Economic Development Zone in Nanjing, China
  • Filed Form 10 with U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for Electronic Materials Division spin-off company, Versum Materials
  • Fiscal 2016 fourth quarter adjusted EPS from continuing operations guidance of $1.91 to $2.01, which at midpoint, represents an increase of seven percent over the fourth quarter of the prior year 
  • Increasing fiscal full-year 2016 adjusted EPS from continuing operations guidance to $7.45 to $7.55, which at midpoint, represents an increase of 14 percent over the prior year

*The results and guidance in this release, including in the highlights above, include “adjusted” non-GAAP continuing operations. A reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP results can be found at the end of this release.

Air Products (NYSE: APD) today reported GAAP net income from continuing operations of $356 million, up 11 percent versus the prior year, and diluted earnings per share (EPS) from continuing operations of $1.63, up 10 percent versus the prior year, for its fiscal third quarter ended June 30, 2016.

On a Non-GAAP basis, adjusted net income from continuing operations of $420 million was up 17 percent versus prior year, and adjusted diluted earnings per share from continuing operations of $1.92 was up 16 percent versus prior year.

Third quarter sales of $2,434 million decreased one percent from the prior year, as four percent higher volumes were more than offset by three percent lower energy pass-through and two percent unfavorable currency. The volume improvement was primarily driven by Industrial Gases – Global, Asia, and North America. Pricing overall was flat despite higher pricing in Industrial Gases – Americas and Industrial Gases – Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA).

On a GAAP basis, operating income of $535 million increased 26 percent and operating margin of 22.0 percent improved 480 basis points versus prior year. Adjusted operating income of $560 million increased 16 percent, and adjusted EBITDA of $833 million increased 10 percent over prior year. Adjusted operating margin of 23.0 percent and adjusted EBITDA margin of 34.2 percent both improved 340 basis points over the prior year. Adjusted ROCE increased 200 basis points to 13.5 percent. These results were primarily driven by operational improvements and restructuring benefits.

Commenting on the results, Seifi Ghasemi, chairman, president and chief executive officer, said, “I am very pleased to report that our team at Air Products delivered another set of excellent results this quarter. Despite sluggish economic growth worldwide and continued currency headwinds, our team stayed focused on executing our strategic Five-Point Plan, delivering EPS of $1.92, up 16 percent over last year, and improving EBITDA margin by more than 300 basis points. This is the eighth consecutive quarter that Air Products has reported double-digit EPS growth. Also, our ROCE increased 200 basis points and now stands at 13.5 percent.

“I want to thank the people of Air Products for coming together to prove that they have the determination and the capability to deliver outstanding results and move our company forward to be the best in the industry.

“As we move closer to the sale of our Performance Materials Division to Evonik and the tax-free spin-off of our Electronic Materials Division (Versum Materials) to shareholders, we see great opportunities ahead to win key projects and invest in our core industrial gases business so that we grow Air Products in the years to come.”

Air Products Q3FY16 Earnings Release – Tables
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures, Consolidated Income Statements, Consolidated Balance Sheets, Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows, Summary by Business Segments, Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements
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Third Quarter Results by Business Segment:

  • Industrial Gases – Americas sales of $832 million decreased seven percent versus prior year, as lower energy pass-through reduced sales by five percent and unfavorable currency reduced sales by two percent. Volumes overall decreased one percent, as strong hydrogen demand and the benefits of a new hydrogen plant in North America were more than offset by lower merchant demand in South America. Pricing increased one percent. Operating income of $235 million increased 14 percent over prior year, and adjusted EBITDA of $362 million increased 11 percent, driven by operational improvements and the benefits from restructuring actions. Record operating margin of 28.2 percent improved 520 basis points; excluding lower energy pass-through, it increased more than 400 basis points. Record adjusted EBITDA margin of 43.5 percent improved 700 basis points over prior year. 

  • Industrial Gases – EMEA sales of $427 million declined six percent versus last year, with lower energy pass-through reducing sales by five percent and unfavorable currency reducing sales by one percent. Pricing increased one percent and volumes decreased one percent. Operating income of $103 million increased 18 percent from the prior year, and adjusted EBITDA of $160 million increased nine percent versus prior year on the benefits from productivity and pricing actions. Record operating margin of 24.2 percent increased 500 basis points; excluding lower energy pass-through, it increased 400 basis points. Record adjusted EBITDA margin of 37.4 percent increased 520 basis points over the prior year. 

  • Industrial Gases – Asia sales of $448 million increased seven percent versus prior year, as volume growth of 14 percent, driven by new plants and strong underlying business, was partially offset by five percent unfavorable currency and two percent lower pricing. Operating income of $118 million increased 17 percent and adjusted EBITDA of $182 million increased 10 percent on the benefits from productivity actions and higher volumes. Operating margin of 26.4 percent improved 220 basis points over prior year, and adjusted EBITDA margin of 40.7 percent increased 110 basis points. 

  • Materials Technologies sales of $520 million decreased four percent versus the prior year on two percent lower pricing, one percent lower volumes, and one percent unfavorable currency. Operating income of $135 million was up three percent. Adjusted EBITDA of $154 million was flat. Operating margin of 26.0 percent was up 160 basis points, and adjusted EBITDA margin of 29.7 percent was up 110 basis points. 

    • Electronic Materials sales of $243 million declined eight percent from the prior year on six percent lower volumes and two percent unfavorable currency. Materials volumes were flat, as growth in Advanced Materials was offset by softer Process Materials volumes. Operating margin of 30.0 percent and adjusted EBITDA margin of 35.3 percent were up modestly, driven by favorable pricing and mix, and productivity.
    • Performance Materials sales of $277 million were flat with the prior year as four percent higher volumes were offset by four percent lower pricing, driven by lower raw material costs. Operating margin of 22.7 percent increased 180 basis points and adjusted EBITDA margin of 24.9 percent increased 130 basis points, driven by productivity and favorable price/raw material balance.

Non-GAAP results for the Company in the fiscal third quarter exclude an income tax expense of $45.7 million, or $0.21 per share, related to a dividend from a foreign subsidiary; $14.2 million, or $0.04 per share, of expenses for cost reduction actions; $9.5 million, or $0.04 per share, in legal and advisory fees related to the intended separation of the Company’s Materials Technologies business; and $1.0 million for pension settlement costs. 

Outlook

The capital expenditure forecast for fiscal year 2016 is approximately $1.2 billion.

Air Products expects fiscal 2016 fourth quarter adjusted EPS from continuing operations to be between $1.91 and $2.01 per share, which at midpoint, represents an increase of seven percent over the fourth quarter of the prior year.

The Company is increasing its full-year fiscal 2016 adjusted EPS from continuing operations guidance to $7.45 to $7.55 earnings per share, which at midpoint, represents an increase of 14 percent over the prior year. The Company’s previous guidance was $7.40 to $7.55.

Access the Q3 earnings teleconference scheduled for 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time on July 28 by calling (719) 457-2634 and entering passcode 4401719, or access the Event Details page on Air Products’ Investor Relations web site.

About Air Products
Air Products (NYSE:APD) is a world-leading Industrial Gases company celebrating 75 years of operation. The Company’s core industrial gases business provides atmospheric and process gases and related equipment to manufacturing markets, including refining and petrochemical, metals, electronics, and food and beverage. Air Products is also the world’s leading supplier of liquefied natural gas process technology and equipment. The Company’s Materials Technologies business serves the semiconductor, polyurethanes, cleaning and coatings, and adhesives industries.

The Company had fiscal 2015 sales of $9.9 billion and has a current market capitalization of more than $30 billion. Approximately 19,000 employees in 50 countries strive to make Air Products the world’s safest and best performing industrial gases company, providing sustainable offerings and excellent service to all customers. For more information, visit www.airproducts.com.

NOTE: This report contains “forward-looking statements” within the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements about earnings guidance and business outlook. These forward-looking statements are based on management’s reasonable expectations and assumptions as of the date this report is filed. 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, global or regional economic conditions (including as to the United Kingdom and Europe the impact of the recent “Brexit” referendum) and supply and demand dynamics in market segments into which the Company sells; significant fluctuations in interest rates and foreign currencies from that currently anticipated; with regard to the previously announced separation of Versum Materials, general economic and business conditions that may affect the separation and the execution thereof, changes in capital market conditions, or the Company’s decision not to consummate the separation due to market, economic or other events; future financial and operating performance of major customers; unanticipated contract terminations or customer cancellations or postponement of projects and sales; asset impairments due to economic conditions or specific events; the impact of competitive products and pricing; challenges of implementing new technologies; ability to protect and enforce the Company's intellectual property rights; unexpected changes in raw material supply and markets; the impact of price fluctuations in natural gas and disruptions in markets and the economy due to oil price volatility; the ability to recover increased energy and raw material costs from customers; costs and outcomes of litigation or regulatory investigations; the success of productivity and operational improvement programs; the timing, impact, and other uncertainties of future acquisitions or divestitures; political risks, including the risks of unanticipated government actions; acts of war or terrorism; the impact of changes in environmental, tax or other legislation and regulatory activities in jurisdictions in which the Company and its affiliates operate; and other risk factors described in the Company’s Form 10-K for its fiscal year ended September 30, 2015. The Company disclaims any obligation or undertaking to disseminate any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements contained in this report 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.

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