- Quarterly EPS of $1.82* up 10* percent versus prior year, and fiscal 2015 EPS of $6.57* up 14* percent versus prior year on a non-GAAP diluted basis, despite significant currency headwinds
- Quarterly adjusted EBITDA margin of 32.1* percent up 350* basis points, and ROCE of 12.4* percent up 140* basis points versus prior year
- Quarterly EPS of $1.58 versus prior year of $0.47, and fiscal 2015 EPS of $5.88 versus prior year of $4.59 on a continuing operations GAAP diluted basis
- Announced intention to separate Materials Technologies business through a tax-free spin-off
- Key wins with major customers, including projects in Saudi Arabia, Korea, United States
- Fiscal 2016 EPS guidance of $7.25* to $7.50*, up 10* to 14* percent versus fiscal 2015, and fiscal 2016 first quarter EPS guidance of $1.65* to $1.75* up six* to 13* percent versus prior year
Air Products (NYSE: APD) today reported net income of $397* million, up 11* percent versus prior year, and diluted earnings per share (EPS) of $1.82*, up 10* percent versus prior year for its fiscal fourth quarter ended September 30, 2015.
On a GAAP basis, net income and diluted EPS from continuing operations were $345 million and $1.58, respectively, for the quarter.
*The results and guidance in this release, unless otherwise indicated, are based on non-GAAP continuing operations. A reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP results can be found at the end of this release.
Fourth quarter sales of $2,449 million decreased nine percent from the prior year on seven percent unfavorable currency and three percent lower energy pass-through. Volumes were unchanged as Industrial Gases – Asia growth continued and the LNG business posted another solid quarter, while Materials Technologies and Industrial Gases – Americas volumes were lower.
Operating income of $515 million increased nine percent versus prior year, and operating margin of 21 percent improved 340 basis points, driven by higher pricing and good cost performance. Adjusted EBITDA of $785 million increased two percent over prior year, and EBITDA margin of 32.1 percent improved 350 basis points, reflecting strong operating leverage.
For fiscal 2015, sales of $9.9 billion decreased five percent versus prior year. Underlying sales increased by three percent on two percent higher volumes, driven by Industrial Gases – Asia and Materials Technologies, and one percent higher pricing. Operating income of $1.9 billion increased 14 percent, and operating margin of 19 percent improved 310 basis points. Adjusted EBITDA of $3.0 billion improved eight percent and EBITDA margin of 30.1 percent improved 360 basis points. ROCE of 11.3 percent was up 150 basis points.
Commenting on the quarter, Seifi Ghasemi, chairman, president and chief executive officer, said, “The people of Air Products excelled again this quarter, delivering significant profit improvement in spite of increasingly challenging economic conditions around the globe. Compared to last year, EPS in the fourth quarter increased 10 percent, EBITDA margins were up 350 basis points to 32.1 percent, and operating margin of 21 percent was another record. For the year, EPS of $6.57 was above the top of our original guidance despite a significant currency headwind of about 40 cents. We delivered this performance while improving safety, completing the most significant organizational change in Air Products’ 75-year history, winning a number of important projects with major customers around the world, and announcing the separation of our Materials Technologies business. We made significant progress on our five-point plan this year, and this strong performance is a testament to our people’s hard work and their commitment to move Air Products forward.”
Fourth Quarter Results by Business Segment
- Industrial Gases – Americas sales of $902 million decreased 13 percent versus prior year, as lower energy pass-through reduced sales by nine percent and currency reduced sales by four percent. Underlying sales were flat, as two percent higher pricing offset two percent lower volumes. Operating income of $209 million decreased five percent and adjusted EBITDA of $330 million decreased three percent, as unfavorable currency and lower energy pass-through more than offset the benefits of restructuring actions. Record operating margin of 23.1 percent improved 190 basis points, and record EBITDA margin of 36.6 percent improved 370 basis points over prior year.
- Industrial Gases – Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) sales of $460 million declined 12 percent versus last year, driven by unfavorable currency. Underlying sales were up two percent, with pricing and volumes each up one percent. Operating income of $91 million decreased two percent from the prior year, as strong pricing and cost performance were offset by unfavorable currency. On a constant currency basis, operating income was up 11 percent. Record operating margin of 19.7 percent increased 190 basis points, and record EBITDA margin of 32.9 percent increased 220 basis points over the prior year, driven by the benefits of restructuring actions. Adjusted EBITDA of $151 million decreased five percent versus prior year.
- Industrial Gases – Asia sales of $428 million increased seven percent versus prior year, as 15 percent volume growth, primarily from new plants, was partially offset by seven percent unfavorable currency. Operating income of $104 million increased 44 percent, and operating margin of 24.4 percent improved 620 basis points over prior year due to higher volumes from the new plants and strong cost performance. Adjusted EBITDA of $165 million increased 17 percent, and EBITDA margin of 38.5 percent increased 330 basis points.
- Materials Technologies sales of $490 million decreased 13 percent versus the prior year as positive pricing of two percent was more than offset by 11 percent lower volumes, and four percent unfavorable currency. Electronics Materials underlying sales declined nine percent from the prior year on significantly lower delivery systems. Excluding delivery systems, Electronics Materials underlying sales would have been up 15 percent versus prior year. Performance Materials underlying sales decreased eight percent from the prior year on lower volumes. Operating income was $116 million, and operating margin of 23.8 percent was up 160 basis points. Adjusted EBITDA was $140 million, and EBITDA margin of 28.5 percent was up 130 basis points. For the fiscal year, Materials Technologies sales of $2,087 million were up one percent, adjusted EBITDA of $572 million was up 19 percent, and EBITDA margin of 27.4 percent was up 410 basis points.
Non-GAAP results for the company exclude a pre-tax charge of $59 million, or $0.24 per share. Details are provided in the footnotes to the financial statements.
The capital expenditure forecast for fiscal year 2016 is between $1.5 billion and $1.6 billion.
Air Products expects fiscal 2016 first quarter EPS from continuing operations to be between $1.65 and $1.75 per share, up six to 13 percent versus prior year, and fiscal 2016 EPS of $7.25 to $7.50 per share, up 10 to 14 percent over prior year.
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