Air Products today reported net income of $305 million and diluted earnings per share (EPS) of $1.42 on a non-GAAP, continuing operations basis, for its fiscal fourth quarter ended September 30, 2012.

This excludes: an after-tax impairment charge of $127 million, or $0.59 per share, for the restructuring of the businesses photovoltaic business; an after-tax charge of $35 million, or $0.16 per share, for exiting the polyurethane intermediates business; and an after-tax charge of $6 million, or $0.03 per share, to write-down assets following a customer bankruptcy and mill shutdown.

Fourth quarter revenues of $2,606m increased four percent versus the prior year. On an underlying basis, sales were up four percent on higher volumes in the Tonnage Gases, Equipment and Energy, and Electronics and Performance Materials segments. Acquisitions contributed six percent, which was offset by lower energy pass-through and a stronger dollar. Operating income of $408 million was up three percent versus prior year. Operating margin of 15.7 percent was down 10 basis points.

Sequential sales grew 11%, with underlying sales up three percent on higher volumes in the Tonnage Gases, Equipment and Energy, and Electronics and Performance Materials segments. Acquisitions contributed six percent. Operating income grew three percent sequentially. 

For fiscal 2012, sales of $9,612 million decreased one percent, with base volume growth and acquisitions more than offset by lower energy pass-through and a stronger dollar. Operating income of $1,534 million was down one percent and diluted EPS of $5.40 increased one percent from the prior year.

Commenting on the fiscal year, John McGlade, chairman, president and chief executive officer, said, “The fourth quarter was a continuation of the economic trends that we have seen throughout the year, with global manufacturing growth continuing to slow. This has led to weak volumes in 2012, which we have been able to offset with increased productivity and cost reductions.”

“During this past year we made a number of portfolio moves, including selling our European homecare business, purchasing Indura to enhance our Latin American position; buying the other half of our DA NanoMaterials joint venture; and taking a 25% stake in AHG, the largest industrial gases company in Saudi Arabia. In this most recent quarter, we continued our efforts to further position ourselves for the future by exiting our polyurethane intermediates business and restructuring our photovoltaic businesses.”