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News ReleaseAir Products Reports Solid Fourth Quarter and Fiscal 2013 Financial Results

October 29, 2013 Lehigh Valley, Pa.

Full Year Summary

  • Sales of $10.2 billion up six percent versus prior year
  • Adjusted EPS of $5.50* or $4.73 on a GAAP basis - both up two percent versus prior year
  • Strengthened leadership positions with wins in China, hydrogen, electronics and LNG
  • Repurchased $462 million of shares
  • Dividend increased by 11 percent – 31 years of consecutive increases
  • Total shareholder return of 33 percent

Fourth Quarter Summary

  • Sales of $2.6 billion up one percent excluding the PUI business
  • Adjusted EPS of $1.47* up four* percent versus prior year and GAAP basis EPS of $0.70 up nine percent
  • Secured major hydrogen wins in India and Canada

Air Products (NYSE:APD) today reported net income of $315 million* and diluted earnings per share (EPS) of $1.47* on a non-GAAP, continuing operations basis, for its fiscal fourth quarter ended September 30, 2013.

These results exclude after-tax expenses of $164 million, or $0.77 per share, primarily for cost reduction, and asset and product rationalization actions, mainly in the Company’s Electronics and Merchant Gases businesses, and for streamlining corporate functions.

On a GAAP basis, net income and diluted EPS from continuing operations were $150 million and $0.70, respectively, for the quarter.

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

Fourth quarter revenues of $2,587 million decreased one percent versus prior year on two percent lower base volumes, and a negative two percent impact due to the previously announced decision to exit the Polyurethane Intermediates (PUI) business. Higher energy pass-through and positive currency impacts partially offset the lower volumes. Sequentially, overall sales increased two percent, with underlying sales up three percent on higher volumes across all business segments.

Operating income of $421 million for the quarter increased three percent versus prior year. Operating margin of 16.3 percent was up 60 basis points versus prior year despite higher pension costs. Sequentially, operating income increased 10 percent and operating margin improved 130 basis points, mostly due to higher volumes and lower costs.

For fiscal 2013, sales of $10,180 million increased six percent versus prior year, with acquisitions contributing five percent and higher energy pass-through contributing two percent, partially offset by one percent lower volumes driven by the PUI business exit. Underlying sales, excluding PUI, increased one percent on higher North America and Asia Tonnage Gases volumes, higher Performance Materials volumes, and LNG equipment activity. Operating income of $1,566 million improved two percent on the prior year. Operating margin was down 60 basis points, primarily due to higher pension costs.

Commenting on the fiscal year, John McGlade, chairman, president and chief executive officer, said, “We delivered on our key priorities and produced strong returns for shareholders, reflecting our continued focus on cost reduction, productivity improvements and disciplined project execution. Despite a weak economy, our volumes improved and our productivity initiatives more than offset inflation.”

Fourth Quarter Results by Business Segment:

  • Merchant Gases sales of $1,054 million increased four percent versus prior year on higher volumes and improved pricing. Operating income of $177 million increased ten percent versus prior year, largely due to higher volumes and improved pricing, and the completion of prior year cost reductions in Europe. Sequential sales increased two percent due to stronger volumes in the U.S/Canada and Asia. Operating income increased seven percent sequentially on higher volumes and lower costs.
  • Tonnage Gases sales of $835 million decreased one percent versus the prior year mostly due to lower PUI volumes offsetting higher energy pass-through and positive currency impact. Excluding PUI, volumes were down one percent, with strong U.S. hydrogen volumes offset by a contract termination in Latin America. Operating income of $135 million was down four percent versus prior year due to higher maintenance costs, higher pension costs and the impact of the contract termination. Sequential sales decreased one percent as higher volumes were more than offset by lower energy pass-through. Sequential operating income increased nine percent, excluding PUI, largely due to higher volumes.
  • Electronics and Performance Materials sales of $580 million were down six percent versus prior year, primarily driven by lower Electronics equipment sales. Operating income of $96 million increased 12 percent, primarily due to higher inventory costs in the prior year. Operating margin improved 270 basis points on the higher income and product mix. Sequential sales were up three percent on higher volumes. Sequential operating income improved 10 percent and operating margin was up 120 basis points, primarily due to higher volumes.
  • Equipment and Energy sales of $118 million were down seven percent versus prior year due to lower ASU sales, partially offset by higher LNG project activity. Operating income of $21 million increased 16 percent versus prior year due to higher LNG project activity. Sequentially, sales increased 14 percent and operating income improved 28 percent on the higher LNG project activity. The sales backlog increased 23 percent versus prior quarter on continued LNG project orders.

Outlook

Air Products expects first quarter EPS from continuing operations to be between $1.30 and $1.35 per share. The Company’s guidance for continuing operations for fiscal 2014 is a range of $5.70 to $5.90 per share.

Looking ahead, McGlade said, “We are taking decisive actions to build momentum and accelerate earnings growth. Our priorities for 2014 remain consistent, executing against our backlog, winning profitable new projects, loading existing assets, and implementing further productivity and cost initiatives. The investments we have made over the past several years are key drivers for Air Products’ future and we believe shareholders will realize stronger returns because of these actions.”

Access the Q4 earnings teleconference scheduled for 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time on October 29 by calling 719-325-2339 and entering pass code 7953787, or access event details on our website.

About Air Products
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 20,000 employees in over 50 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 2013, Air Products had sales of $10.2 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 statements about earnings guidance 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, weakening or reversal of global or regional economic recovery; future financial and operating performance of major customers; unanticipated contract terminations or customer cancellations or postponement of projects and sales; the impact of competitive products and pricing; interruption in ordinary sources of supply of raw materials; unanticipated asset impairments or losses; the impact of price fluctuations in natural gas; the ability to recover unanticipated increased energy and raw material costs from customers; costs and outcomes of litigation or regulatory investigations; the impact of management and organizational changes, including the chief executive officer search; the success of productivity programs; the timing, impact, and other uncertainties of future acquisitions or divestitures; significant fluctuations in interest rates and foreign currencies from that currently anticipated; political risks, including the risks of unanticipated government actions that may result in project delays, cancellations or expropriations; the impact of changes in environmental, tax or other legislation and regulations in jurisdictions in which the Company and its affiliates operate; 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, 2012. 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

Continuing Operations
Q4 YTD
  Operating
Income
Operating
Margin
Income Diluted
EPS
Operating
Income
Operating
Margin
Diluted
EPS
2013 GAAP $179.2 6.9% $150.2 $.70 $1,324.4 13.0% $4.73
2012 GAAP 157.9 6.1% 137.1 .64 1,282.4 13.3% 4.66
Change GAAP $21.3 80bp $13.1 $.06 $42.0 (30bp) $.07
% Change GAAP 13%   10% 9% 3%   2%
               
2013 GAAP $179.2 6.9% $150.2 $.70 $1,324.4 13.0% $4.73
Business restructuring and cost reduction plans (tax impact $73.7) 231.6 9.0% 157.9 .74 231.6 2.3% .74
Advisory costs (tax impact $3.7) 10.1 .4% 6.4 .03 10.1 .1% .03
2013 Non-GAAP Measure 420.9 16.3% 314.5 1.47 1,566.1 15.4% 5.50
               
2012 GAAP $157.9 6.1% $137.1 $.64 $1,282.4 13.3% $4.66
Business restructuring and cost reduction plans(a) 240.6 9.2% 161.8 .75 327.4 3.5% 1.03
Customer bankruptcy (tax impact $3.7) 9.8 .4% 6.1 .03 9.8 .1% .03
Gain on previously held equity interest (tax impact $31.3) (85.9) (.9)% (.25)
Q1 Spanish tax settlement .20
Q2 Spanish tax ruling (.27)
2012 Non-GAAP Measure 408.3 15.7% 305.0 1.42 1,533.7 16.0% 5.40
               
Change Non-GAAP Measure $12.6 60bp $9.5 $.05 $32.4 (60bp) $.10
% Change Non-GAAP Measure 3%   3% 4% 2%   2%

2013 Q4 vs. 2013 Q3 Operating Income Operating Margin
2013 Q4 GAAP $179.2 6.9%
2013 Q3 GAAP 383.1 15.0%
Change GAAP $(203.9) (810bp)
% Change GAAP (53)%  
 
2013 Q4 Non-GAAP Measure $420.9 16.3%
2013 Q3 Non-GAAP Measure 383.1 15.0%
Change Non-GAAP Measure $37.8 130bp
% Change Non-GAAP Measure 10%  
  1. Tax impact of $78.8 and $105.0 for Q4 and YTD, respectively.

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 and purchases of noncontrolling interests. Certain contracts associated with facilities that are built to provide product to a specific customer are required to be accounted for as leases and such spending is reflected as a use of cash within cash provided by operating activities, if the arrangement qualifies as a capital lease. Additionally, the purchase of noncontrolling interests in a subsidiary is accounted for as an equity transaction and will be reflected as a financing activity in the statement of cash flows.
The presentation of this non-GAAP measure is intended to enhance the usefulness of information by providing a measure which our management uses internally to evaluate and manage our expenditures.
Below is a reconciliation of capital expenditures on a GAAP basis to a non-GAAP measure.

Three Months Ended
30 September
Twelve Months Ended
30 September
(Millions of dollars) 2013 2012 2013 2012
Capital expenditures – GAAP basis $507.0 $1,044.1 $1,747.8 $2,559.8
Capital lease expenditures 55.8 72.3 234.9 212.2
Purchase of noncontrolling interests 1.4 14.0 6.3
Capital expenditures – Non-GAAP basis $564.2 $1,116.4 $1,996.7 $2,778.3
  FY2014 Forecast FY2013
Capital expenditures – GAAP basis $1,800–1,900 $1,747.8
Capital lease expenditures/Purchase of noncontrolling interests 100–200 248.9
Capital expenditures – Non-GAAP basis $1,900–2,100 $1,996.7

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