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News ReleaseAir Products Reports Quarterly EPS of $1.66*

October 30, 2014 Lehigh Valley, Pa.

  • Quarterly non-GAAP earnings per share (EPS) of $1.66* up 13* percent versus prior year
  • Quarterly adjusted EBITDA up 10* percent versus prior year
  • Announced major company restructuring in September 2014
  • Fiscal 2014 non-GAAP EPS of $5.78* up five* percent versus prior year
  • Quarterly GAAP EPS of $0.47 versus prior year of $0.70 and fiscal 2014 GAAP EPS of $4.59 versus prior year of $4.73
  • Fiscal 2015 EPS guidance of $6.30*-$6.55* up 9*-13* percent versus fiscal 2014

Air Products (NYSE:APD) today reported net income of $358 million* and diluted earnings per share (EPS) of $1.66* on a non-GAAP continuing operations basis for its fiscal fourth quarter ended September 30, 2014.

On a GAAP basis, net income and diluted EPS from continuing operations were $103 million and $0.47, respectively, for the quarter.

*The results and guidance in this release, unless otherwise indicated, are based on non-GAAP continuing operations. These results exclude an after-tax charge of $256 million, or $1.19 per share, primarily due to impairment of our Latin American reporting unit, driven by Indura. A reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP results can be found at the end of this release.

Fourth quarter revenues of $2,677 million increased three percent versus prior year. Excluding the impact from our exit of the Polyurethane Intermediates (PUI) business, underlying sales were up four percent on one percent stronger pricing and three percent higher volumes, primarily in Merchant Gases, and Electronics and Performance Materials. Sequential sales increased two percent, driven by three percent higher volumes.

Operating income of $472 million increased 12 percent versus prior year, and 14 percent sequentially, largely on cost actions across the company, higher volumes, and stronger pricing. Operating margin of 17.6 percent improved 130 basis points versus prior year and 190 basis points sequentially. Adjusted EBITDA for the fourth quarter was $767 million, up 10 percent versus prior year and sequentially.

For fiscal 2014, sales of $10.4 billion increased three percent versus prior year, largely on higher volumes in Merchant Gases, and Electronics and Performance Materials. Operating income of $1.7 billion increased six percent on higher volumes, and operating margin of nearly 16 percent improved 50 basis points. Adjusted EBITDA of $2.8 billion improved five percent.

Commenting on the quarter, Seifi Ghasemi, chairman, president and chief executive officer, said, “Thanks to the outstanding efforts of our employees, we controlled costs in the fourth quarter. As a result, EPS improved by 13 percent over the same quarter last year and 14 percent sequentially. In September, we announced a major restructuring of our company and presented a road map for our journey to become the safest and most profitable industrial gases company in the world. We are making progress towards that goal.”

Fourth Quarter Results by Business Segment:

  • Merchant Gases sales of $1,086 million increased three percent versus prior year on two percent higher volumes and two percent stronger pricing. Volumes grew in all major regions, while pricing was positive in US/Canada, Europe, and Latin America. Operating income of $186 million increased five percent versus prior year on improved costs and the higher volumes. Operating margin of 17 percent represents the highest level in over two years.
  • Tonnage Gases sales of $806 million decreased four percent versus prior year, primarily due to exiting the PUI business. Excluding the impact of the PUI exit, volumes were down one percent on lower Europe sales, while operating income of $138 million was up 10 percent primarily on lower costs. Sequential operating income increased 17 percent due mainly to lower maintenance costs.
  • Electronics and Performance Materials sales of $660 million were up 14 percent versus prior year on 13 percent higher volumes. Electronics sales were up 16 percent, with particular strength in both Advanced and Process Materials, and Delivery Systems. Performance Materials sales grew 11 percent, with all product lines showing positive growth in all regions. Operating income of $128 million increased 33 percent, and operating margin of over 19 percent improved 280 basis points, largely on volume growth and strong cost performance.
  • Equipment and Energy sales of $125 million were up six percent, operating income of $27 million was up 34 percent, and the sales backlog of $520 million increased 29 percent versus prior year, driven by higher LNG activities. The company announced during the quarter that it will supply liquefaction process technology and equipment for Freeport’s LNG export terminal in Texas.


The capital expenditure forecast for the fiscal year 2015 is between $1.7 billion and $1.9 billion.

Looking ahead, Ghasemi said, “The outlook for the global economy is unclear, and as a result, we will focus on implementing our plan to restructure the company, reduce costs, and improve cash flow. At this time, we expect first quarter EPS from continuing operations to be between $1.45 and $1.50 per share, and guidance for continuing operations for fiscal 2015 of $6.30 to $6.55 per share.”

Access the Q4 earnings teleconference scheduled for 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time on October 30 by calling 719-785-1748 and entering pass code 2580591, or access Event Details page on Air Products’ Investor Relations web site.

About Air Products
Air Products (NYSE:APD) is a leading industrial gases company. For nearly 75 years, the company has provided atmospheric, process and specialty gases, and related equipment to manufacturing markets including metals, food and beverage, refining and petrochemical, and natural gas liquefaction. Air Products’ materials technologies segment serves the semiconductor, polyurethanes, cleaning and coatings, and adhesives industries. Over 20,000 employees in 50 countries are working to make Air Products the world’s safest and best performing industrial gases company, providing sustainable offerings and excellent service to all customers. In fiscal 2014, Air Products had sales of $10.4 billion and was ranked number 273 on the Fortune 500 annual list of public companies. 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 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; unexpected changes in raw material supply and markets; the impact of price fluctuations in natural gas; unanticipated asset impairments or losses; the ability to recover increased energy and raw material costs from customers; costs and outcomes of litigation or regulatory investigations; the impact of management and organizational changes, including pension settlement and other associated costs; 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 regulatory activities 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 10-K for its fiscal year ended September 30, 2013. The Company disclaims any obligation or undertaking to disseminate any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements contained in this release 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.

* Presented below are reconciliations of the reported GAAP results to the non-GAAP measures.


The discussion of fourth quarter and year to date results includes comparisons to non-GAAP financial measures, including Adjusted EBITDA and non-GAAP Capital Expenditures. 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 operating performance and manage our expenditures on a comparable basis.

Definitions of non-GAAP measures may not be comparable to similar definitions used by other companies and are not a substitute for similar GAAP measures. Pension settlement losses are excluded from current year non-GAAP performance measures. Pension settlement losses of $7.9 ($5.0 after-tax, or $0.02 per share) and $12.4 ($7.8 after-tax, or $0.04 per share) were included in 2013 non-GAAP operating performance measures for the fourth quarter and year to date results, respectively. Presented below are reconciliations of the reported GAAP results to the non-GAAP measures.


  Continuing Operations
  Q4 YTD
Income Diluted
Income Diluted
2014 GAAP $144.1 5.4% $102.5 $.47 $1,328.2 12.7% $987.1 $4.59
2013 GAAP 179.2 6.9% 150.2 .70 1,324.4 13.0% 1,004.2 4.73
Change GAAP $(35.1) (150bp) $(47.7) $(.23) $3.8 (30bp) $(17.1) $(.14)
% Change GAAP (20)%   (32)% (33)% 0%   (2)% (3)%
2014 GAAP $144.1 5.4% $102.5 $.47 $1,328.2 12.7% $987.1 $4.59
Business restructuring and cost                
reduction plans (tax impact $4.5) 12.7 .4% 8.2 .04 12.7 .1% 8.2 .04
Pension settlement loss
(tax impact $1.9)
5.5 .2% 3.6 .02 5.5 .1% 3.6 .02
Goodwill and intangible impairment charge(A) 310.1 11.6% 275.1 1.27 310.1 3.0% 275.1 1.27
Chilean tax rate change 20.6 .10 20.6 .10
Tax election benefit (51.6) (.24) (51.6) (.24)
2014 Non-GAAP Measure $472.4 17.6% $358.4 $1.66 $1,656.5 15.9% $1,243.0 $5.78
2013 GAAP $179.2 6.9% $150.2 $.70 $1,324.4 13.0% $1,004.2 $4.73
Business restructuring and costreduction plans
(tax impact $73.7)
231.6 9.0% 157.9 .74 231.6 2.3% 157.9 .74
Advisory costs (tax impact $3.7) 10.1 .4% 6.4 .03 10.1 .1% 6.4 .03
2013 Non-GAAP Measure $420.9 16.3% $314.5 $1.47 $1,566.1 15.4% $1,168.5 $5.50
Change Non-GAAP Measure $51.5 130bp $43.9 $.19 $90.4 50bp $74.5 $.28
% Change Non-GAAP Measure 12%   14% 13% 6%   6% 5%
(A) Noncontrolling interests impact of $33.7 and tax impact of $1.3.
2014 Q4 vs. 2014 Q3 Operating
Income Diluted
2014 Q4 GAAP $144.1 5.4% $102.5 $.47
2014 Q3 GAAP 413.8 15.7% 314.0 1.46
Change GAAP $(269.7) (1,030bp) $(211.5) $(.99)
% Change GAAP (65)%   (67)% (68)%
2014 Q4 Non-GAAP Measure $472.4 17.6% $358.4 $1.66
2014 Q3 Non-GAAP Measure $413.8 15.7% $314.0 $1.46
Change Non-GAAP $58.6 190bp $44.4 $.20
% Change Non-GAAP 14%   14% 14%

Adjusted EBITDA
We define Adjusted EBITDA as income from continuing operations excluding certain disclosed items, which the Company does not believe to be indicative of on-going business trends, before interest expense, income tax provision, and depreciation and amortization expense. We believe adjusted EBITDA provides a useful operational metric for the measurement of our cash flow.

Below is a reconciliation from Income from Continuing Operations to Adjusted EBITDA.


2014 (Millions of dollars) First Second Third Fourth Total
Income from Continuing Operations $296.0 $291.5 $323.5 $77.5 $988.5
Add: Interest expense 33.3 31.5 31.3 29.0 125.1
Add: Income tax provision (A) 94.5 92.1 102.1 77.3 366.0
Add: Depreciation and amortization 234.2 229.1 239.0 254.6 956.9
Add: Business restructuring and cost reductionplans
(tax impact $4.5)
12.7 12.7
Add: Pension settlement loss
(tax impact $1.9)
5.5 5.5
Add: Goodwill and intangible impairment charge
(tax impact $1.3)
310.1 310.1
Adjusted EBITDA $658.0 $644.2 $695.9 $766.7 $2,764.8
(A)Includes items discussed in Note 4.
2013 First Second Third Fourth Total
Income from Continuing Operations $285.8 $298.5 $297.8 $160.4 $1,042.5
Add: Interest expense 35.8 35.2 35.4 35.4 141.8
Add: Income tax provision 92.2 95.8 94.1 25.8 307.9
Add: Depreciation and amortization 218.5 226.2 229.7 232.6 907.0
Add: Business restructuring and cost reduction          
plans (tax impact $73.7) 231.6 231.6
Add: Advisory costs (tax impact $3.7) 10.1 10.1
Adjusted EBITDA $632.3 $655.7 $657.0 $695.9 $2,640.9
2014 vs. 2013
Adjusted EBITDA change $25.7 $(11.5) $38.9 $70.8 $123.9
Adjusted EBITDA % change 4% (2)% 6% 10% 5%
2014 Q4 vs. 2014 Q3
Adjusted EBITDA change       $70.8  
Adjusted EBITDA % change       10%  

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 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 is reflected as a financing activity in the statement of cash flows.
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) 2014 2013 2014 2013
Capital expenditures - GAAP basis $417.3 $506.8 $1,682.2 $1,747.8
Capital lease expenditures 45.6 55.8 202.4 234.9
Purchase of noncontrolling interests in a subsidiary 1.4 .5 14.0
Capital expenditures - Non-GAAP basis $462.9 $564.0 $1,885.1 $1,996.7
  FY2015 Forecast
Capital expenditures - GAAP basis $1,650-1,800
Capital lease expenditures 50-100
Capital expenditures - Non-GAAP basis $1,700-1,900

Guidance provided is on a non-GAAP basis which excludes the impact of items that are non-operational in nature.

  Diluted EPS
2014 Non-GAAP $5.78
2015 Non-GAAP Outlook 6.30–6.55
Change Non-GAAP $.52–.77
%  Change Non-GAAP 9%–13%

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