Air Products and Chemicals Inc.
) has announced an 8.5% hike in its quarterly dividend to 77
cents per share from 71 cents per share. The dividend is payable
on May 12, 2014, to shareholders of record as of April 1,
In March 2013, the company increased its quarterly dividend by
almost 11% to 71 cents per share from 64 cents.
Air Products saw higher profit in first-quarter fiscal 2014
(ended Dec 31, 2013), reported on Jan 28, on its cost reduction
initiatives. The industrial gas giant registered earnings from
continuing operations of $1.34 a share in the quarter, up 3% from
the year-ago earnings of $1.30. The results beat the Zacks
Consensus Estimate by a penny.
Consolidated net income rose 4% year over year to $290.2 million
(or $1.35 a share) from $278.3 million (or $1.31 a share) a year
Revenues, however, declined 0.7% year over year to $2,545.5
million, missing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $2,562 million.
The decline was due to lower volumes and flat pricing, which were
partly offset by higher energy pass-through. Underlying sales,
barring the company's exit from the Polyurethane Intermediates
(PUI) business, fell 1%.
Air Products reaffirmed its earnings guidance for fiscal 2014
and anticipates earnings from continuing operations to be in the
range of $5.70 and $5.90 per share. For the second quarter,
earnings from continuing operations are expected in the band of
$1.32 to $1.37 per share.
Air Products currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
Other better-ranked stocks in the chemical industry include
PPG Industries Inc.
Cytec Industries Inc.
The Dow Chemical Company
), each with a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).
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