Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. APD recorded second-quarter fiscal 2023 (ending Mar 31, 2023) earnings (from continuing operations) of $1.97 per share, reflecting a fall of 17.2% from the year-ago quarter's $2.38.
APD posted adjusted earnings of $2.74 per share, up 17% from year over year. It beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $2.64.
Higher pricing and volumes drove the bottom line in the second quarter. However, it was offset by higher costs and adverse currency movements.
The company’s net sales in the second quarter were $3,200.1 million, which surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $3,018.3 million. Net sales increased around 8.7% from $2,945.1 million reported in the prior-year quarter.
The top line was driven primarily by higher pricing across the regions and higher volumes, in the reported quarter.
Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise
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Revenues in the Americas segment were up 16% year over year to $1,373.1 million. The upside was driven by higher volumes and pricing, partly offset by unfavorable currency swings.
Revenues in the Europe segment rose 2% year over year to $752.9 million. The segment saw higher pricing and benefited from higher volumes, partly offset by unfavorable currency swings and lower energy cost pass-through in the second quarter.
Revenues in the Asia segment rose 8% over year to $813.9 million. The segment sales were driven by higher pricing, energy cost pass-through and increased volumes, partly offset by unfavorable currency swings.
Equity affiliates' income in the Middle East & India segment increased 39% year over year to $99 million in the reported quarter.
At the end of the second quarter, APD had cash and cash equivalents of $2,242.4 million, decreasing around 4.5% year over year. Long-term debt increased approximately 28% year over year to $8,271.9 million.
Air Products expects full-year fiscal 2023 adjusted earnings per share of $11.30-$11.50, indicating a 10-12% year-over-year growth. For the third quarter of fiscal 2023, the company expects adjusted earnings per share in the range of $2.85-$2.95, suggesting a rise of 10-14% from the year-ago quarter.
Shares of APD have soared 26.7% in the past year against a 3.1% fall of the industry.
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Zacks Rank & Key Picks
APD currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
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PPG Industries currently carries a Zacks Rank #2 and has a projected earnings growth rate of 17.7% for the current year. Shares of PPG have gained 9% in the past year. It delivered a trailing four-quarter earnings surprise of 6.8% on average.
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