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*Certain results in this release, including in the highlights above, include references to non-GAAP financial measures on a consolidated, continuing operations basis and a segment basis. Additional information regarding these measures and reconciliations of GAAP to non-GAAP historical results can be found below. In addition, as discussed below, it is not possible, without unreasonable efforts, to identify the timing or occurrence of events and transactions that could significantly impact future GAAP EPS or cash flow used for investing activities if they were to occur.
Air Products (NYSE:APD) today reported first quarter fiscal 2022 results, including GAAP EPS from continuing operations of $2.52, up 19 percent over prior year, and GAAP net income of $550 million, up 13 percent over prior year as higher volumes, pricing and equity affiliate income more than offset higher costs. GAAP net income margin of 18.4 percent decreased 210 basis points, primarily due to higher energy cost pass-through, which negatively impacted margin by about 200 basis points.
For the quarter, on a non-GAAP basis, adjusted EPS from continuing operations of $2.52 increased 19 percent over the prior year, and adjusted EBITDA of $1,003 million was up eight percent over the prior year as higher volumes, pricing and equity affiliate income more than offset higher costs. Adjusted EBITDA margin of 33.5 percent decreased 570 basis points, primarily due to higher energy cost pass-through, which negatively impacted margin by about 450 basis points.
First quarter sales of $3.0 billion increased 26 percent over the prior year, on 14 percent higher energy cost pass-through, eight percent higher volumes and five percent higher pricing, partially offset by one percent unfavorable currency. Volume growth was driven by new assets, hydrogen and merchant recovery, and higher equipment sales. Pricing improved in the Americas, Asia and Europe—the Company's three largest segments—and in most major product lines.
Air Products closed on Phase I of the $12 billion Jazan joint venture in late October 2021, which favorably contributed to results this quarter. On an ongoing basis, the benefit is seen in equity affiliate income and non-operating income. Q1 FY22 also saw a one-time benefit in equity affiliate income and non-controlling interest from the transfer of the Jazan air separation unit (ASU) assets and the settlement of the ASU JV.
Commenting on the results, Air Products' Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Seifi Ghasemi said, "With our secure business model, strong cash flows, and the continued hard work and dedication of the Air Products team around the world, we again performed in keeping with our commitments to our shareholders. The team delivered these results despite unprecedented energy cost increases, supply chain disruptions and the continuing pandemic. At the end of October, we also closed on Phase I of the Jazan project―the largest in our company’s history―which will create value for many years to come. As we continue to deploy capital into megaprojects that provide lower-carbon forms of energy and improve sustainability, we also remain committed to return cash to shareholders through our dividend, which we proudly increased for the 40th consecutive year."
Air Products continues to expect full-year fiscal 2022 adjusted EPS guidance of $10.20 to $10.40, up 13 to 15 percent over prior year adjusted EPS. For the fiscal 2022 second quarter, Air Products' adjusted EPS guidance is $2.30 to $2.40, up 11 to 15 percent over fiscal 2021 second quarter adjusted EPS.
Air Products expects capital expenditures of $4.5 to $5.0 billion for full-year fiscal 2022.
Management has provided adjusted EPS guidance on a continuing operations basis, which excludes the impact of certain items that we believe are not representative of our underlying business performance, such as the incurrence of additional costs for cost reduction actions and impairment charges, or the recognition of gains or losses on disclosed items. It is not possible, without unreasonable efforts, to predict the timing or occurrence of these events or the potential for other transactions that may impact future GAAP EPS or the effective tax rate. Furthermore, it is not possible to identify the potential significance of these events in advance, but any of these events, if they were to occur, could have a significant effect on our future GAAP EPS. Management therefore is unable to reconcile, without unreasonable effort, the Company’s forecasted range of adjusted EPS and effective tax rate to a comparable GAAP range.
Access the fiscal 2022 first quarter earnings teleconference scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time on February 4, 2022 by calling 323-701-0160 and entering passcode 7375615 or access the Event Details page on Air Products’ Investor Relations website.
About Air Products
Air Products (NYSE:APD) is a world-leading industrial gases company in operation for over 80 years. Focused on serving energy, environment and emerging markets, the Company provides essential industrial gases, related equipment and applications expertise to customers in dozens of industries, including refining, chemical, metals, electronics, manufacturing, and food and beverage. Air Products is also the global leader in the supply of liquefied natural gas process technology and equipment. The Company develops, engineers, builds, owns and operates some of the world's largest industrial gas projects, including: gasification projects that sustainably convert abundant natural resources into syngas for the production of high-value power, fuels and chemicals; carbon capture projects; and world-scale low- and zero-carbon hydrogen projects supporting global transportation and the energy transition.
The Company had fiscal 2021 sales of $10.3 billion from operations in over 50 countries and has a current market capitalization of about $65 billion. More than 20,000 passionate, talented and committed employees from diverse backgrounds are driven by Air Products’ higher purpose to create innovative solutions that benefit the environment, enhance sustainability and address the challenges facing customers, communities, and the world. For more information, visit airproducts.com or follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.
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