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Air Products Reports Second Quarter Fiscal 2014 Financial Results

LEHIGH VALLEY, Pa., April 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --

Second Quarter Highlights

  • EPS of $1.32 within guidance despite adverse weather impacts
  • Latest world-scale hydrogen plant onstream in U.S. Gulf Coast
  • World-class high purity nitrogen plant onstream in Tainan Science Industrial Park, Taiwan
  • 32nd consecutive year of dividend increases – up 8.5 percent

Air Products (NYSE: APD) today reported results for the quarter ended March 31, 2014. Net income of $284 million and diluted earnings per share (EPS) of $1.32, were down two percent and four percent, respectively, compared with results for the second quarter of 2013.

Second quarter sales of $2,582 million increased four percent versus prior year driven by higher energy pass-through and stronger underlying volumes in Merchant Gases, and Electronics and Performance Materials. Excluding the exit from the Polyurethane Intermediates Business (PUI), underlying sales improved two percent versus prior year and were down one percent sequentially.

Operating income of $385 million decreased one percent versus prior year. Strong results in Electronics and Performance Materials, and Equipment and Energy, were more than offset by Merchant Gases and Tonnage Gases, which were impacted by adverse weather and planned outages, respectively. Operating margin of 14.9 percent was down 80 basis points, with the positive impact from higher volumes more than offset by higher costs, including weather impacts, and the dilutive effect of higher energy pass-through.

Commenting on the quarter, John McGlade, chairman, president and chief executive officer, said, "In the second quarter, Air Products delivered higher underlying volumes. We also executed well on our planned maintenance outages, and managed the additional challenge of adverse weather, the costs of which we are committed to recover in the second half of the year. We remain confident in the prospects for the business and, accordingly, we raised our quarterly dividend for the 32nd consecutive year."

Second Quarter Results by Business Segment: 

  • Merchant Gases sales of $1,040 million increased four percent versus prior year, primarily on higher volumes in U.S./Canada, Asia and Latin America, partially offset by lower helium volumes due to continued global supply constraints. Operating income of $143 million was down 15 percent versus prior year and operating margin of 13.8% was down 300 basis points, primarily due to higher costs, including weather-related impacts in U.S./Canada.
  • Tonnage Gases sales of $840 million increased four percent versus prior year, as higher energy pass-through more than offset lower volumes due to planned customer outages, and the impact of the PUI business exit. Operating income of $112 million was down nine percent versus prior year primarily due to planned higher maintenance costs and the PUI exit.
  • Electronics and Performance Materials sales of $592 million increased eight percent versus prior year driven by nine percent higher volumes. Electronics sales improved six percent primarily due to higher sales of delivery systems. Performance Materials sales increased 10 percent versus prior year with growth across all product lines and all major regions. Operating income of $107 million increased 38 percent and operating margin improved by 400 basis points versus prior year on cost actions and the strong volumes.
  • Equipment and Energy sales of $110 million decreased 11 percent versus prior year, while operating income of $23 million increased 11 percent versus prior year driven largely by strong LNG project activity. The sales backlog of $338 million increased three percent.

Outlook

Air Products expects third quarter EPS from continuing operations to be between $1.42 and $1.47 per share. The company's guidance for continuing operations for fiscal 2014 is a range of $5.70 to $5.85 per share, from $5.70 to $5.90 previously. Capital expenditure forecast for the current fiscal year is unchanged at approximately $2.0 billion*.

Looking ahead, McGlade said, "Air Products' momentum will continue to increase as we load assets, win new business and bring projects on-stream. Going forward, we remain focused on continuing to increase productivity and generate benefits from further price and cost actions. We are confident in our ability to deliver strong earnings growth in the second half of this year."

*Reported on a non-GAAP basis. Reconciliation to the GAAP measure can be found at the end of this release.

Access the Q2 earnings teleconference scheduled for 10:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time on April 23 by calling 719-325-4756 and entering passcode 5636921, 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. Recognized as one of the world's most innovative companies by both Thomson Reuters and Forbes magazine, more than 21,000 employees in over 50 countries supply effective 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; unexpected changes in raw material supply and markets including helium; the impact of price fluctuations in natural gas; unanticipated asset impairments or losses; the ability to recover increased energy and raw material costs, including weather related 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 10K 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.

* 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.

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.

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


Six Months Ended






31 March


31 March



(Millions of dollars)


2014


2013


2014


2013



Capital expenditures - GAAP basis


$

411.1


$

350.3


$

802.2


$

707.3



Capital lease expenditures



51.0



55.3



99.1



126.7



Capital expenditures - Non-GAAP basis


$

462.1


$

405.6


$

901.3


$

834.0


 






FY2014 Forecast



Capital expenditures - GAAP basis



$

1,800-1,900



Capital lease expenditures




100-200



Capital expenditures - Non-GAAP basis



$

1,900-2,100


 


 

AIR PRODUCTS AND CHEMICALS, INC. and Subsidiaries

CONSOLIDATED INCOME STATEMENTS

(Unaudited)
























Three Months Ended



Six Months Ended






31 March



31 March



(Millions of dollars, except for share data)

2014



2013



2014



2013



Sales

$

2,581.9



$

2,484.2



$

5,127.4



$

5,046.6



Cost of sales


1,917.6




1,813.6




3,783.5




3,713.7



Selling and administrative


263.4




266.6




544.3




534.8



Research and development


33.2




32.3




66.7




65.6



Other income (expense), net


17.0




18.0




37.4




29.6



Operating Income


384.7




389.7




770.3




762.1



Equity affiliates' income


30.4




39.8




68.6




81.2



Interest expense


31.5




35.2




64.8




71.0



Income from Continuing Operations before Taxes


383.6




394.3




774.1




772.3



Income tax provision


92.1




95.8




186.6




188.0



Income from Continuing Operations


291.5




298.5




587.5




584.3



Income from Discontinued Operations, net of tax


-




1.1




3.1




2.5



Net Income


291.5




299.6




590.6




586.8



Less: Net Income Attributable to Noncontrolling Interests


8.0




9.2




16.9




18.1



Net Income Attributable to Air Products

$

283.5



$

290.4



$

573.7



$

568.7






















Net Income Attributable to Air Products

















Income from continuing operations

$

283.5



$

289.3



$

570.6



$

566.2



Income from discontinued operations


-




1.1




3.1




2.5



Net Income Attributable to Air Products

$

283.5



$

290.4



$

573.7



$

568.7






















Basic Earnings Per Common Share Attributable to Air Products

















Income from continuing operations

$

1.33



$

1.38



$

2.69



$

2.71



Income from discontinued operations


-




.01




.01




.01



Net Income Attributable to Air Products

$

1.33



$

1.39



$

2.70



$

2.72






















Diluted Earnings Per Common Share Attributable to Air Products

















Income from continuing operations

$

1.32



$

1.37



$

2.66



$

2.67



Income from discontinued operations


-




.01




.01




.01



Net Income Attributable to Air Products

$

1.32



$

1.38



$

2.67



$

2.68






















Weighted Average Common Shares — Basic (in millions)


212.4




208.4




212.1




209.2



Weighted Average Common Shares — Diluted (in millions)


214.9




211.0




214.6




211.8



Dividends Declared Per Common Share — Cash

$

.77



$

.71



$

1.48



$

1.35






















Other Data from Continuing Operations


















Depreciation and amortization

$

229.1



$

226.2



$

463.3



$

444.7




Capital expenditures on a Non-GAAP basis


462.1




405.6




901.3




834.0





(see page 4 for reconciliation)
















 


 

AIR PRODUCTS AND CHEMICALS, INC. and Subsidiaries

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(Unaudited)













31 March

30 September


(Millions of dollars)


2014



2013



Assets










Current Assets










Cash and cash items


$

356.9



$

450.4



Trade receivables, net



1,613.7




1,544.3



Inventories



665.3




706.1



Contracts in progress, less progress billings



134.7




182.3



Prepaid expenses



98.1




121.1



Other receivables and current assets



431.2




432.4



Current assets of discontinued operations



-




2.5



Total Current Assets



3,299.9




3,439.1



Investment in net assets of and advances to equity affiliates



1,230.5




1,195.5



Plant and equipment, at cost



19,952.9




19,529.9



Less: accumulated depreciation



10,640.6




10,555.9



Plant and equipment, net



9,312.3




8,974.0



Goodwill



1,614.0




1,653.8



Intangible assets, net



674.1




717.3



Noncurrent capital lease receivables



1,439.6




1,476.9



Other noncurrent assets



392.6




393.5



Total Noncurrent Assets



14,663.1




14,411.0



Total Assets


$

17,963.0



$

17,850.1













Liabilities and Equity










Current Liabilities










Payables and accrued liabilities


$

1,859.8



$

1,944.9



Accrued income taxes



76.6




63.0



Short-term borrowings



1,061.5




709.9



Current portion of long-term debt



112.4




507.4



Current liabilities of discontinued operations



-




2.4



Total Current Liabilities



3,110.3




3,227.6



Long-term debt



4,993.2




5,056.3



Other noncurrent liabilities



1,161.6




1,164.3



Deferred income taxes



826.5




827.2



Total Noncurrent Liabilities



6,981.3




7,047.8



Total Liabilities



10,091.6




10,275.4



Redeemable Noncontrolling Interest



343.6




375.8



Air Products Shareholders' Equity



7,370.9




7,042.1



Noncontrolling Interests



156.9




156.8



Total Equity



7,527.8




7,198.9



Total Liabilities and Equity


$

17,963.0



$

17,850.1












 


 

AIR PRODUCTS AND CHEMICALS, INC. and Subsidiaries

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(Unaudited)




Six Months Ended





31 March



 (Millions of dollars)

2014



2013



 Operating Activities









 Net Income

$

590.6



$

586.8



 Less: Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests


16.9




18.1



 Net income attributable to Air Products


573.7




568.7



 Income from discontinued operations


(3.1)




(2.5)



 Income from continuing operations attributable to Air Products


570.6




566.2



 Adjustments to reconcile income to cash provided by operating activities:










Depreciation and amortization


463.3




444.7




Deferred income taxes


36.4




32.8




Undistributed earnings of unconsolidated affiliates


(19.2)




(26.3)




Share-based compensation


23.4




22.4




Noncurrent capital lease receivables


1.1




(123.2)




Other adjustments


75.0




(146.0)



 Working capital changes that provided (used) cash, excluding effects of acquisitions and divestitures:










Trade receivables


(82.0)




17.8




Inventories


33.6




53.1




Contracts in progress, less progress billings


17.6




(41.4)




Other receivables


(3.7)




(55.7)




Payables and accrued liabilities


(130.0)




(150.3)




Other working capital


38.6




4.1



 Cash Provided by Operating Activities


1,024.7




598.2



 Investing Activities









 Additions to plant and equipment


(802.2)




(707.3)



 Proceeds from sale of assets and investments


11.2




6.4



 Other investing activities


(.4)




(1.3)



 Cash Used for Investing Activities


(791.4)




(702.2)



 Financing Activities









 Long-term debt proceeds


39.2




504.0



 Payments on long-term debt


(491.2)




(392.0)



 Net increase in commercial paper and short-term borrowings


370.9




604.4



 Dividends paid to shareholders


(300.2)




(268.9)



 Purchase of treasury shares


-




(461.6)



 Proceeds from stock option exercises


57.7




62.7



 Excess tax benefit from share-based compensation


12.6




14.3



 Other financing activities


(26.7)




(20.2)



 Cash (Used for) Provided by Financing Activities


(337.7)




42.7



 Discontinued Operations









 Cash provided by operating activities


.7




9.8



 Cash provided by (used for) investing activities


9.8




(.9)



 Cash provided by financing activities


-




-



 Cash Provided by Discontinued Operations


10.5




8.9



 Effect of Exchange Rate Changes on Cash


.4




(.4)



 Decrease in Cash and Cash Items


(93.5)




(52.8)



 Cash and Cash Items – Beginning of Year


450.4




454.4



 Cash and Cash Items – End of Period

$

356.9



$

401.6


 


 

AIR PRODUCTS AND CHEMICALS, INC. and Subsidiaries

SUMMARY BY BUSINESS SEGMENTS

(Unaudited)





Three Months Ended



Six Months Ended





31 March



31 March



 (Millions of dollars)

2014



2013



2014



2013



 Sales to External Customers


















Merchant Gases

$

1,040.1



$

1,003.2



$

2,087.8



$

2,012.3




Tonnage Gases


839.9




808.5




1,648.0




1,706.9




Electronics and Performance Materials


591.7




548.8




1,170.8




1,097.8




Equipment and Energy


110.2




123.7




220.8




229.6



 Segment and Consolidated Totals

$

2,581.9



$

2,484.2



$

5,127.4



$

5,046.6





















 Operating Income


















Merchant Gases

$

143.4



$

168.1



$

312.6



$

339.1




Tonnage Gases


112.2




123.2




229.8




261.3




Electronics and Performance Materials


107.1




77.5




190.6




138.8




Equipment and Energy


22.9




20.6




43.4




29.0



 Segment Total

$

385.6



$

389.4



$

776.4



$

768.2




Other


(.9)




.3




(6.1)




(6.1)



 Consolidated Total

$

384.7



$

389.7



$

770.3



$

762.1




















 



31 March

30 September


 (Millions of dollars)


2014



2013



 Identifiable Assets (A)











Merchant Gases


$

6,682.3



$

6,729.9




Tonnage Gases



5,473.3




5,397.0




Electronics and Performance Materials



2,870.7




2,859.4




Equipment and Energy



846.5




675.2



 Segment Total


$

15,872.8



$

15,661.5




Other



859.7




990.6




Discontinued operations



-




2.5



 Consolidated Total


$

16,732.5



$

16,654.6














(A)  Identifiable assets are equal to total assets less investment in net assets of and advances to equity affiliates.

 

 

SOURCE Air Products

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