26 July 2006 16:06 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS news)--Air Products said on Wednesday that its fiscal third-quarter operating income rose to $298m (€236m) on record sales, compared with $262m for the same period of 2005.
Net income for the period ended 30 June rose 10% to $210m, compared with $190m for the fiscal third period of 2005. Sales jumped to $2.3bn from $2.0bn.
Allentown, Pennsylvania-based Air Products said gases sales were up 14% at $1.69bn, pushing operating income up 19% to $241m for that business. The company noted that it brought five hydrogen plants on stream in fiscal 2006.
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Air Products' chemicals segment sales of $480m were flat with the prior year, as better pricing offset weaker volumes. Chemicals operating income of $42m was down 10% on lower volumes, principally due to the loss of two polyurethane intermediates customers.
The company raised its full-year earnings estimate to $3.49-3.53/share, an 18-20% improvement over the prior year, excluding any impact from its ongoing chemicals portfolio and business simplification actions.
JPMorgan said the company's results include $9.1m of insurance payments for damages to a
Bank of America said although Air Products' chemicals margins were flat, the 8.7% improvement in operating margin was better than the 7% expected.
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