Air Products Reports Fiscal Q3 Financial Results

Third quarter revenues of $2,340 million decreased five percent versus prior year, primarily on lower energy pass-through and a stronger dollar . . .

Third Quarter Summary:

  • EPS up eight percent to $1.41* versus prior quarter on a non-GAAP continuing operations basis

  • Operating margin of 17%* up 130 basis points* versus prior year on lower costs

  • Acquired majority position in South America’s largest independent industrial gas company

  • New Tonnage Hydrogen win in the U.S. Gulf Coast and Electronics wins in China

Air Products reported net income of $303 million* and diluted earnings per share (EPS) of $1.41* on a non-GAAP, continuing operations basis, for its fiscal third quarter ended June 30, 2012. This excludes a $.25 per share gain associated with acquiring the additional 50 percent equity interest in Air Products’ existing DA NanoMaterials joint venture.

Results from discontinued operations of $.60 per share include a gain of $.70 per share associated with the sale of the Continental Europe Homecare business. These results also include a $.14 per share impairment associated with the planned disposal of the remaining Homecare business, primarily in the UK, and the income from the remaining Homecare business of $.04 per share.

On a GAAP basis, including discontinued operations, income and diluted EPS for the quarter were $485 million and $2.26 respectively.

The discussion of third quarter results and guidance in this release is based on non-GAAP continuing operations comparisons that exclude these items. A reconciliation can be found at the end of this release.*

Third Quarter Financial Results

Third quarter revenues of $2,340 million decreased five percent versus prior year, primarily on lower energy pass-through and a stronger dollar. Underlying sales were up one percent, largely due to higher pricing in the Merchant Gases segment. Operating income of $397 million was up two percent on improved cost performance, partially offset by a stronger dollar. Operating margin of 17 percent increased 130 basis points versus prior year.

Sequentially, while overall sales were unchanged, underlying sales grew one percent due to higher volumes. Better cost performance drove operating income up six percent and operating margin increased 100 basis points sequentially.

Commenting on the quarter, John McGlade, chairman, president and chief executive officer, said, “Economic growth this quarter was below what we expected in Asia, Europe and Electronics. Despite headwinds from the economy and a stronger dollar, we were able to deliver earnings within expectations due to excellent cost performance. In addition, we recently executed several key strategic activities, including the purchase of our majority position in Indura, taking full ownership of our DA NanoMaterials joint venture and the sale of our Continental Europe Homecare business.”

Third Quarter Segment Performance

  • Merchant Gases sales of $874 million decreased five percent due to a stronger dollar. Underlying sales were flat, with two percent positive pricing offsetting the impact of lower volumes. Operating income of $165 million increased four percent versus prior year, as stronger pricing and better cost performance in all regions improved results. Sequentially, sales decreased one percent, due to a stronger dollar. Sequential operating income increased eight percent and margins of 18.8% were up 160 basis points on better cost performance.

  • Tonnage Gases sales of $767 million decreased 12 percent versus the prior year on 12 percent lower energy pass-through. Underlying sales rose two percent on higher volumes from new plants. Operating income of $134 million was up 17 percent versus prior year on higher volumes and lower operating and maintenance costs. Sequentially, sales decreased two percent, with volumes from new plants offset by lower energy pass-through and a stronger dollar. Operating income was up seven percent from the prior quarter, largely due to higher volumes and lower maintenance costs.

  • Electronics and Performance Materials sales of $604 million were unchanged versus the prior year. Underlying sales were down two percent on lower volumes and pricing. The DA NanoMaterials acquisition added four percent and the stronger dollar reduced sales by two percent. Operating income of $91 million was down 17 percent versus prior year, due primarily to lower volumes and pricing. Operating margin was 15 percent, down 310 basis points versus prior year due to lower volumes and pricing. Sequential sales were up six percent on higher volumes and the acquisition and operating income increased six percent.

  • Equipment and Energy sales of $95 million and operating income of $10 million increased 19 percent and 14 percent respectively, with higher large air separation unit sales offsetting lower LNG sales. Sequentially, sales decreased 14 percent and operating income was unchanged. The sales backlog is up 76 percent versus prior year and 39 percent versus prior quarter on recent LNG signings.


Looking ahead, McGlade said, “The current economic uncertainty continues to impact our near-term volume growth. To offset this, we will continue to deliver productivity and cost reduction to the bottom line. In the longer-term, we remain confident in the growth prospects for industrial gases and Air Products. Our recent Indura and DA NanoMaterials acquisitions and Homecare portfolio actions demonstrate our emphasis on execution and position us well for future growth and profitability.”

Air Products expects fourth quarter adjusted EPS from continuing operations to be between $1.42 and $1.47 per share. The company’s adjusted guidance for continuing operations for fiscal 2012 is $5.40 to $5.45 per share.

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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 18,000 employees in over 40 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 2011, Air Products had sales of approximately $10 billion. For more information, visit

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