Praxair Reports Record Full-Year 2012 Earnings and Cash Flow

Praxair Reports Record Full-Year 2012 Earnings and Cash Flow

  • Full-year sales of $11.2 billion; adjusted diluted EPS of $5.57*
  • Record full-year operating cash flow of $2.8 billion
  • Fourth-quarter sales of $2.8 billion; diluted EPS of $1.38
  • $2.6 billion project backlog at year-end; project development activity remains solid
  • 9% dividend increase; 20 th consecutive annual increase
  • Full-year 2013 EPS guidance of $5.85 to $6.10; up 5% - 10%*;
    First-quarter 2013 EPS guidance of $1.35 to $1.40

DANBURY, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Praxair, Inc. (NYSE: PX  ) announced full-year 2012 reported net income of $1,692 million and reported diluted earnings per share of $5.61. On an adjusted basis, full-year net income was $1,681 million and diluted earnings per share was $5.57, 3% above the prior year.*

Full-year sales were $11,224, 5% above 2011 excluding negative foreign currency translation and cost pass-through effects.

Reported operating profit was $2,437 million. Adjusted operating profit was $2,502 million, compared to $2,469 million in the prior year.* The increase was driven by higher volumes, higher pricing and productivity, partially offset by currency translation effects. Operating profit in North America grew by 10%, but was largely offset by lower operating profit in Europe and South America.

For the full year, cash flow from operations was a record $2,752 million, up 12% from 2011. Capital expenditures, primarily for new production plants under long-term contracts with customers, were $2,180 million. The company invested $280 million in acquisitions, for seventeen North American packaged gas distributors and an industrial gas business in Russia. The company paid $655 million of dividends and repurchased $459 million of stock, net of issuances.

For the fourth quarter, net income and diluted earnings per share were $414 million and $1.38, as compared to adjusted amounts of $414 million and $1.36 in the prior-year quarter, respectively.*

Sales in the fourth quarter were $2,799 million, comparable to the prior-year, as higher price and acquisitions were offset by negative currency effects. Operating profit in the fourth quarter was $616 million versus $619 million in the prior-year quarter.*

Commenting on the financial results and business outlook, chairman and chief executive officer Steve Angel said, “In 2012, Praxair delivered record operating cash flow of $2.8 billion, which represented 25% of sales. We also achieved a record operating margin of 22.3%, which we achieved through global productivity gains as well as price attainment in most operating segments. Our industry-leading North American business achieved double-digit operating profit growth with strength across most end markets. These strong results were mitigated by recessions in Brazil and Europe, moderating growth in China, and significant currency translation headwinds.

“As we enter 2013, Praxair remains committed to driving performance in an uncertain economic environment. In addition, our backlog of large projects remains strong at $2.6 billion and new proposal activity remains solid. This backlog will contribute 4% to 6% growth in 2013, as the plants start up to supply on-site customers under long-term contracts.”

For the full year of 2013, Praxair expects sales in the area of $12 billion. The company expects diluted earnings per share to be in the range of $5.85 to $6.10, up 5% to 10%.* Full-year capital expenditures are expected to be in the range of $1.8 to $2.0 billion, and the effective tax rate is forecasted to remain at about 28%.

For the first quarter of 2013, Praxair expects diluted earnings per share in the range of $1.35 to $1.40.

Following is additional detail on fourth-quarter 2012 results by segment.

In North America, fourth-quarter sales were $1,416 million, up 2% from the prior-year quarter. Sales grew to manufacturing, energy, and metals markets, partially offset by declines in electronics. Operating profit of $367 million grew 4% from the prior year due to price and productivity.

In Europe, fourth-quarter sales were $363 million, 5% below the prior-year quarter primarily due to the negative impact of currency translation. Operating profit was $60 million in the quarter, as compared to $64 million in the prior-year quarter primarily due to negative currency effects.

In South America, fourth-quarter sales were $484 million, 9% below the prior-year quarter. Operating profit was $92 million as compared to $118 million in the prior-year period. The lower sales and operating profit as compared to the prior year were due primarily to negative currency effects.

Sales in Asia were $374 million in the quarter, up 12% from the prior year, driven by strong volume growth in India, China, and Korea, including new plant start-ups. Sales growth came primarily from metals and chemicals customers. Operating profit was $69 million as compared to $60 million in the prior year, due primarily to higher volumes.

Praxair Surface Technologies had fourth-quarter sales of $162 million, compared to $160 million in the prior-year quarter. Sales grew 3%, excluding negative currency effects, primarily from higher jet-engine and energy coatings. Operating profit increased to $28 million from $24 million in the quarter due primarily to price and productivity.

Praxair is the largest industrial gases company in North and South America, and one of the largest worldwide. The company produces, sells and distributes atmospheric and process gases, and high-performance surface coatings. Praxair products, services and technologies are making the planet more productive by bringing efficiency and environmental benefits to a wide variety of industries, including aerospace, chemicals, food and beverage, electronics, energy, healthcare, manufacturing, metals and others. More information on Praxair is available on the Internet at www.praxair.com.

*See the attachments for calculations of non-GAAP measures. Full-year 2012 results are adjusted to exclude cost reduction charges, a pension settlement charge and an income tax benefit. Fourth-quarter and full-year 2011 results are adjusted to exclude the Yara acquisition net gain and restructuring charges.

Attachments: Non-GAAP Reconciliations, Statements of Income, Balance Sheets, Statements of Cash Flows, Segment Information, Quarterly Financial Summary, and Appendix: Non-GAAP Measures.

A teleconference on Praxair’s fourth-quarter results is being held this morning, January 23, at 11:00 am Eastern Time. The number is (617) 597-5346 -- Passcode: 52650064. The call also is available as a web cast at www.praxair.com/investors. Materials to be used in the teleconference are also available.

This document contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are based on management’s reasonable expectations and assumptions as of the date the statements are made but involve risks and uncertainties. These risks and uncertainties include, without limitation: the performance of stock markets generally; developments in worldwide and national economies and other international events and circumstances; changes in foreign currencies and in interest rates; the cost and availability of electric power, natural gas and other raw materials; the ability to achieve price increases to offset cost increases; catastrophic events including natural disasters, epidemics and acts of war and terrorism; the ability to attract, hire, and retain qualified personnel; the impact of changes in financial accounting standards; the impact of changes in pension plan liabilities; the impact of tax, environmental, healthcare and other legislation and government regulation in jurisdictions in which the company operates; the cost and outcomes of investigations, litigation and regulatory proceedings; continued timely development and market acceptance of new products and applications; the impact of competitive products and pricing; future financial and operating performance of major customers and industries served; the impact of information technology system failures, network disruptions and breaches in data security; and the effectiveness and speed of integrating new acquisitions into the business. These risks and uncertainties may cause actual future results or circumstances to differ materially from the projections or estimates contained in the forward-looking statements. Additionally, financial projections or estimates exclude the impact of special items which the company believes are not indicative of ongoing business performance. The company assumes no obligation to update or provide revisions to any forward-looking statement in response to changing circumstances. The above listed risks and uncertainties are further described in Item 1A (Risk Factors) in the company’s Form 10-K and 10-Q reports filed with the SEC which should be reviewed carefully. Please consider the company’s forward-looking statements in light of those risks.

 
 
PRAXAIR, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
NON-GAAP RECONCILIATIONS
(UNAUDITED)
 
The following Non-GAAP measures are intended to supplement an understanding of the company's financial statements by providing measures which investors, financial analysts and management use to help evaluate the company's operating performance. Items which the company does not believe to be indicative of on-going business trends are excluded from these calculations so that investors can better evaluate and analyze historical and future business trends on a consistent basis. Definitions of these non-GAAP measures may not be comparable to similar definitions used by other companies and are not a substitute for similar GAAP measures.
 
(Millions of dollars, except per share amounts)
                         
Operating Profit Income Taxes Net Income - Praxair, Inc. Diluted EPS

2012

2011

2012

2011

2012

2011

2012

2011

 

Quarter Ended December 31,

Reported GAAP amounts $ 616 $ 618 $ 162 $ 156 $ 414 $ 420 $ 1.38 $ 1.38
Non-GAAP adjustments:

Gain on acquisition (a)

- (39 ) - (3 ) - (37 ) - (0.12 )
Cost reduction program (b)   -     40     -     9     -       31     -       0.10  
Total adjustments   -     1     -     6     -       (6 )   -       (0.02 )
Adjusted amounts $ 616   $ 619   $ 162   $ 162   $ 414     $ 414   $ 1.38     $ 1.36  
 

Year Ended December 31,

Reported GAAP amounts $ 2,437 $ 2,468 $ 586 $ 641 $ 1,692 $ 1,672 $ 5.61 $ 5.45
Non-GAAP adjustments:

Gain on acquisition (a)

- (39 ) - (3 ) - (37 ) - (0.12 )
Cost reduction programs (b) 56 40 16 9 38 31 0.12 0.10
Pension settlement charge (c) 9 - 3 - 6 - 0.02 -
Income tax benefit (d)   -     -     55     -     (55 )     -     (0.18 )     -  
Total adjustments   65     1     74     6     (11 )     (6 )   (0.04 )     (0.02 )
Adjusted amounts $ 2,502   $ 2,469   $ 660   $ 647   $ 1,681     $ 1,666   $ 5.57     $ 5.43  
 

(a) Net gain on Praxair's acquisition of an additional 16% of Yara Praxair AS and consolidation effective October 2011. Accounting rules require Praxair to fair value its prior 50% ownership interest.

 
(b) Charges in the third quarter 2012 and fourth quarter 2011 related to severance and business restructuring actions primarily in Europe within the industrial gases and surface technologies businesses.
 
(c) A pension settlement charge was recorded in the 2012 third quarter related to lump sum benefit payments made from the U.S. supplemental pension plan to a number of recently retired senior managers.
 
(d) Income tax benefit related to a loss on a liquidated subsidiary as a result of the divestiture of the U.S. Homecare business.

 
 
PRAXAIR, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
(Millions of dollars, except per share data)
(UNAUDITED)
                     
Quarter Ended Year to Date
December 31, December 31,
2012 2011 2012 2011
 
SALES $ 2,799 $ 2,796 $ 11,224 $ 11,252
Cost of sales 1,583 1,598 6,396 6,458
Selling, general and administrative 319 315 1,270 1,239
Depreciation and amortization 254 249 1,001 1,003
Research and development 25 23 98 90
Cost reduction programs and other charges - 1 65 1
Other income (expense) - net   (2 )   8     43     7  
OPERATING PROFIT 616 618 2,437 2,468
Interest expense - net   35     38     141     145  
INCOME BEFORE INCOME TAXES AND EQUITY INVESTMENTS 581 580 2,296 2,323
Income taxes   162     156     586     641  
INCOME BEFORE EQUITY INVESTMENTS 419 424 1,710 1,682
Income from equity investments   9     7     34     40  
NET INCOME (INCLUDING NONCONTROLLING INTERESTS) 428 431 1,744 1,722
Less: noncontrolling interests   (14 )   (11 )   (52 )   (50 )
NET INCOME - PRAXAIR, INC. $ 414   $ 420   $ 1,692   $ 1,672  
 
PER SHARE DATA - PRAXAIR, INC. SHAREHOLDERS
 
Basic earnings per share $ 1.40 $ 1.40 $ 5.67 $ 5.53
 
Diluted earnings per share $ 1.38 $ 1.38 $ 5.61 $ 5.45
 
Cash dividends $ 0.55 $ 0.50 $ 2.20 $ 2.00
 
WEIGHTED AVERAGE SHARES OUTSTANDING
Basic shares outstanding (000's) 296,887 299,575 298,316 302,237
Diluted shares outstanding (000's) 300,224 303,700 301,845 306,722

   
 
PRAXAIR, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(Millions of dollars)
(UNAUDITED)
               
December 31, December 31,
2012 2011
ASSETS
Cash and cash equivalents $ 157 $ 90
Accounts receivable - net 1,834 1,795
Inventories 476 456
Prepaid and other current assets   325   266
TOTAL CURRENT ASSETS 2,792 2,607
 
Property, plant and equipment - net 11,453 10,131
Goodwill 2,507 2,372
Other intangibles - net 173 167
Other long-term assets   1,165   1,079
TOTAL ASSETS $ 18,090 $ 16,356
 
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY
Accounts payable $ 928 $ 896
Short-term debt 638 337
Current portion of long-term debt 39 387
Other current liabilities   874   915
TOTAL CURRENT LIABILITIES 2,479 2,535
 
Long-term debt 6,685 5,838
Other long-term liabilities   2,253   1,966
TOTAL LIABILITIES 11,417 10,339
 
REDEEMABLE NONCONTROLLING INTERESTS 252 220
 
EQUITY
Praxair, Inc. shareholders' equity 6,064 5,488
Noncontrolling interests   357   309
TOTAL EQUITY   6,421   5,797
 
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY $ 18,090 $ 16,356

   
 
PRAXAIR, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(Millions of dollars)
(UNAUDITED)
                 
Quarter Ended Year to Date
December 31, December 31,
2012 2011 2012 2011
OPERATIONS
Net income - Praxair, Inc. $ 414 $ 420 $ 1,692 $ 1,672
Noncontrolling interests   14     11     52     50  
Net income (including noncontrolling interests) 428 431 1,744 1,722

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:

Cost reduction programs and other charges, net of payments (9 ) (5 ) 43 (5 )
Deferred income taxes 56 (36 ) 258 (3 )
Depreciation and amortization 254 249 1,001 1,003
Accounts receivable 71 94 (36 ) (108 )
Inventory 12 12 (18 ) (31 )
Payables and accruals 41 92 (34 ) 44
Pension contributions (72 ) (7 ) (184 ) (94 )
Other   98     (39 )   (22 )   (73 )
Net cash provided by operating activities   879     791     2,752     2,455  
 
INVESTING
Capital expenditures (586 ) (572 ) (2,180 ) (1,797 )
Acquisitions, net of cash acquired (171 ) (195 ) (280 ) (294 )
Divestitures and asset sales   5     46     82     86  
Net cash used for investing activities   (752 )   (721 )   (2,378 )   (2,005 )
 
FINANCING
Debt increase (decrease) - net 224 189 807 914
Issuances of common stock 38 31 164 195
Purchases of common stock (185 ) (179 ) (623 ) (937 )
Cash dividends - Praxair, Inc. shareholders (163 ) (149 ) (655 ) (602 )
Excess tax benefit on stock option exercises 10 6 60 53
Noncontrolling interest transactions and other   (1 )   1     (56 )   (3 )
Net cash provided by (used for) financing activities (77 ) (101 ) (303 ) (380 )
 

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents

  (1 )   (4 )   (4 )   (19 )
 
Change in cash and cash equivalents 49 (35 ) 67 51
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning-of-period   108     125     90     39  
 
Cash and cash equivalents, end-of-period $ 157   $ 90   $ 157   $ 90  

   
 
PRAXAIR, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
SEGMENT INFORMATION
(Millions of dollars)
(UNAUDITED)
                     
Quarter Ended Year to Date
December 31, December 31,
2012 2011 (a) 2012 2011 (a)
SALES
North America $ 1,416 $ 1,388 $ 5,598 $ 5,490
Europe 363 382 1,474 1,458
South America 484 532 2,082 2,308
Asia 374 334 1,414 1,348
Surface Technologies   162   160     656     648  
Total sales $ 2,799 $ 2,796   $ 11,224   $ 11,252  
 
OPERATING PROFIT
North America $ 367 $ 353 $ 1,465 $ 1,331
Europe 60 64 256 272
South America 92 118 429 530
Asia 69 60 246 234
Surface Technologies   28   24     106     102  
Segment operating profit 616 619 2,502 2,469
 
Cost reduction programs and other charges   -   (1 )   (65 )   (1 )
Total operating profit $ 616 $ 618   $ 2,437   $ 2,468  
 
(a) Effective with the 2012 first quarter, Praxair changed the measurement of its segment sales and operating profit. These changes primarily relate to helium and specialty gas sales and result in slightly higher sales and operating profit in the Europe and Asia segments with offsetting declines in the North America segment. Prior-period amounts have been reclassified to conform to the current presentation. See the Investors section of Praxair's website for a summary of the remeasurement adjustments for 2011 and 2010.

                   

 

PRAXAIR, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
QUARTERLY FINANCIAL SUMMARY
(Millions of dollars, except per share data)
(UNAUDITED)
 
2012 2011
Q4 Q3 (b) Q2 Q1 Q4 (b) Q3 Q2 Q1
FROM THE INCOME STATEMENT
Sales $ 2,799 $ 2,774 $ 2,811 $ 2,840 $ 2,796 $ 2,896 $ 2,858 $ 2,702
Cost of sales 1,583 1,595 1,602 1,616 1,598 1,684 1,640 1,536
Selling, general and administrative 319 306 310 335 315 307 309 308
Depreciation and amortization 254 248 247 252 249 256 254 244
Research and development 25 24 25 24 23 22 23 22
Cost reduction programs and other charges - net - 65 - - 1 - - -
Other income (expenses) - net   (2 )     22       9       14     8       5       (5 )     (1 )
Operating profit 616 558 636 627 618 632 627 591
Interest expense - net 35 36 33 37 38 36 36 35
Income taxes 162 90 169 165 156 166 163 156
Income from equity investments   9       8       10       7     7       13       11       9  
Net income (including noncontrolling interests) 428 440 444 432 431 443 439 409
Less: noncontrolling interests   (14 )     (10 )     (15 )     (13 )   (11 )     (14 )     (14 )     (11 )
Net income - Praxair, Inc. $ 414     $ 430     $ 429     $ 419   $ 420     $ 429     $ 425     $ 398  
 
PER SHARE DATA - PRAXAIR, INC. SHAREHOLDERS
Diluted earnings per share $ 1.38 $ 1.43 $ 1.42 $ 1.38 $ 1.38 $ 1.40 $ 1.38 $ 1.29
Cash dividends per share $ 0.55 $ 0.55 $ 0.55 $ 0.55 $ 0.50 $ 0.50 $ 0.50 $ 0.50
Diluted weighted average shares outstanding (000's) 300,224 301,731 302,492 302,876 303,700 305,623 308,253 308,595
 
FROM THE BALANCE SHEET
Net debt (a) $ 7,205 $ 7,028 $ 6,891 $ 6,749 $ 6,472 $ 6,185 $ 6,039 $ 5,752
Capital (a) $ 13,878 $ 13,617 $ 13,017 $ 13,248 $ 12,489 $ 12,306 $ 12,809 $ 12,289
Debt-to-capital ratio (a) 51.9 % 51.6 % 52.9 % 50.9 % 51.8 % 50.3 % 47.1 % 46.8 %
 
FROM THE STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS
Cash flow from operations $ 879 $ 746 $ 725 $ 402 $ 791 $ 732 $ 573 $ 359
Capital expenditures 586 547 564 483 572 458 433 334
Acquisitions 171 58 39 12 195 19 80 -
Cash dividends 163 164 164 164 149 150 151 152
 
OTHER INFORMATION
After-tax return on capital (ROC) (a) 13.9 % 14.2 % 14.5 % 14.6 % 14.8 % 14.8 % 14.7 % 14.6 %
Return on Praxair, Inc. shareholders' equity (ROE) (a) 28.9 % 29.2 % 29.0 % 28.4 % 28.1 % 27.2 % 26.6 % 26.6 %
Adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (adjusted EBITDA) (a) $ 879 $ 879 $ 893 $ 886 $ 875 $ 901 $ 892 $ 844
Debt-to-adjusted EBITDA ratio (a) 1.9 1.9 1.8 1.8 1.7 1.7 1.6 1.6
Number of employees 26,539 26,215 26,353 26,259 26,184 25,793 25,678 25,482
 
SEGMENT DATA (c)
SALES
North America $ 1,416 $ 1,391 $ 1,393 $ 1,398 $ 1,388 $ 1,416 $ 1,361 $ 1,325
Europe 363 352 382 377 382 361 370 345
South America 484 516 520 562 532 607 611 558
Asia 374 358 348 334 334 349 348 317
Surface Technologies   162       157       168       169     160       163       168       157  
Total sales $ 2,799     $ 2,774     $ 2,811     $ 2,840   $ 2,796     $ 2,896     $ 2,858     $ 2,702  
OPERATING PROFIT
North America $ 367 $ 374 $ 363 $ 361 $ 353 $ 340 $ 326 $ 312
Europe 60 60 68 68 64 68 72 68
South America 92 112 110 115 118 140 139 133
Asia 69 52 68 57 60 58 63 53
Surface Technologies   28       25       27       26     24       26       27       25  
Segment operating profit 616 623 636 627 619 632 627 591
Cost reduction programs and other charges - net   -       (65 )     -       -     (1 )     -       -       -  
Total operating profit $ 616     $ 558     $ 636     $ 627   $ 618     $ 632     $ 627     $ 591  
 
(a)   Non-GAAP measure, see Appendix.
 
(b) The third quarter 2012 includes: (i)a pre-tax charge of $56 million ($38 million after-tax and non-controlling interests, or $0.12 per diluted share) related to the 2012 cost reduction program; (ii) a pre-tax charge of $9 million ($6 million after-tax, or $0.02 per diluted share) related to pension settlement; and (iii) an income tax benefit of $55 million, or $0.18 per diluted share, related to a loss on a liquidated subsidiary as a result of the divestiture of the U.S. Homecare business. The fourth quarter 2011 includes: (i) a pre-tax gain of $39 million ($37 million after-tax and noncontrolling interests, or $0.12 per diluted share) related to a gain on acquisition; and (ii) a pre-tax charge of $40 million ($31 million after-tax, or $0.10 per diluted share) related to the 2011 cost reduction program. Also, see the Appendix - Non-GAAP Measures which provides Non-GAAP amounts that exclude the impact of these items.
 
(c) Effective with the 2012 first quarter, Praxair changed the measurement of its segment sales and operating profit. Prior period amounts have been reclassified to conform to the current presentation. See segment information.

 
 
PRAXAIR, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
APPENDIX
NON-GAAP MEASURES
(Millions of dollars, except per share data)
 
The following non-GAAP measures are intended to supplement an understanding of the company’s financial information by providing measures which investors, financial analysts and management use to help evaluate the company’s financing leverage, return on net assets employed and operating performance. Items which the company does not believe to be indicative of on-going business trends are excluded from these calculations so that investors can better evaluate and analyze historical and future business trends on a consistent basis. Definitions of these non-GAAP measures may not be comparable to similar definitions used by other companies and are not a substitute for similar GAAP measures. Adjusted amounts exclude the impact of the 2012 third-quarter cost reduction program, pension settlement charge, and an income tax benefit; the 2011 fourth-quarter gain on acquisition and cost reduction program; and the 2010 first-quarter loss on Venezuela currency devaluation and the 2010 fourth-quarter loss on the U.S. Homecare divestiture, Spanish income tax settlement and repatriation tax benefit.
 
To be more consistent with the methodology used for annual reporting and to improve comparability, effective in the third quarter 2012 the company changed the methodology that it uses for calculating the following non-GAAP measures: Debt to capital, After-tax ROC, ROE, Debt-to-Adjusted EBITDA. These calculations are now based on a rolling four quarters approach for the earnings component of the calculations (NOPAT, Net income- Praxair, Inc., Adjusted EBITDA) and a five quarter average for the balance sheet component of the calculation (capital, equity, debt). In addition, the company decided to use net debt instead of debt in the new calculations. Net debt is defined as debt less cash and cash equivalents. Prior-period amounts have been adjusted to conform to the current methodology.
             
2012 2011 2010
Year   Q4   Q3   Q2   Q1 Year   Q4   Q3   Q2   Q1 Q4   Q3   Q2   Q1
 

Debt to Capital Ratio - The debt-to-capital ratio is a measure used by investors, financial analysts and management to provide a measure of financial leverage and insights into how the company is financing its operations.

 
Debt $ 7,362 $ 7,136 $ 6,995 $ 6,856 $ 6,562 $ 6,310 $ 6,119 $ 5,838 $ 5,557 $ 5,077 $ 5,026 $ 5,404
Less: cash and cash equivalents   (157 )     (108 )     (104 )     (107 )   (90 )     (125 )     (80 )     (86 )       (39 )     (71 )     (48 )     (376 )
Net debt 7,205 7,028 6,891 6,749 6,472 6,185 6,039 5,752 5,518 5,006 4,978 5,028
Equity and redeemable noncontrolling interests:
Redeemable noncontrolling interests 252 243 232 232 220 - - - - - - -
Praxair, Inc. shareholders' equity 6,064 6,015 5,615 5,940 5,488 5,753 6,400 6,165 5,792 5,991 5,452 5,398
Noncontrolling interests   357       331       279       327     309       368       370       372         353       339       315       332  

Total equity and redeemable noncontrolling interests

  6,673       6,589       6,126       6,499     6,017       6,121       6,770       6,537         6,145       6,330       5,767       5,730  
Capital $ 13,878     $ 13,617     $ 13,017     $ 13,248   $ 12,489     $ 12,306     $ 12,809     $ 12,289       $ 11,663     $ 11,336     $ 10,745     $ 10,758  
 
Debt-to-capital   51.9 %     51.6 %     52.9 %     50.9 %   51.8 %     50.3 %     47.1 %     46.8 %       47.3 %     44.2 %     46.3 %     46.7 %
 

After -tax return on Capital (ROC) - After-tax return on capital is a measure used by investors, financial analysts and management to evaluate the return on net assets employed in the business. ROC measures the after-tax operating profit that the company was able to generate with the investments made by all parties in the business (debt, noncontrolling interests and Praxair, Inc. shareholders’ equity).

 
Adjusted operating profit (a) $ 2,502 $ 616 $ 623 $ 636 $ 627 $ 2,469 $ 619 $ 632 $ 627 $ 591 $ 563 $ 551 $ 547 $ 506
Less: adjusted income taxes (a) (660 ) (162 ) (164 ) (169 ) (165 ) (647 ) (162 ) (166 ) (163 ) (156 ) (149 ) (146 ) (145 ) (132 )
Less: tax benefit on interest expense (39 ) (10 ) (10 ) (9 ) (10 ) (41 ) (11 ) (10 ) (10 ) (10 ) (8 ) (8 ) (8 ) (9 )
Add: income from equity investments   34     9     8       10       7     40     7       13       11       9     11     12     8     7  
Adjusted net operating profit after-tax (NOPAT) $ 1,837 $ 453 $ 457 $ 468 $ 459 $ 1,821 $ 453 $ 469 $ 465 $ 434 $ 417 $ 409 $ 402 $ 372
4-quarter trailing adjusted NOPAT $ 1,837 $ 1,837 $ 1,849 $ 1,846 $ 1,821 $ 1,785 $ 1,725 $ 1,662
 
Ending capital (see above) $ 13,878 $ 13,878 $ 13,617 $ 13,017 $ 13,248 $ 12,489 $ 12,489 $ 12,306 $ 12,809 $ 12,289 $ 11,663 $ 11,336 $ 10,745 $ 10,758
5-quarter average ending capital $ 13,250 $ 13,250 $ 12,935 $ 12,774 $ 12,628 $ 12,311 $ 12,311 $ 12,081 $ 11,768 $ 11,358
 
After-tax ROC (4-quarter trailing NOPAT /

5-quarter average capital)

  13.9 %     13.9 %     14.2 %     14.5 %     14.6 %       14.8 %     14.8 %     14.8 %     14.7 %     14.6 %                  
 

Return on Praxair, Inc. Shareholder's equity (ROE) - Return on Praxair, Inc. shareholders' equity is a measure used by investors, financial analysts and management to evaluate operating performance from a Praxair shareholder perspective. ROE measures the net income attributable to Praxair, Inc. that the company was able to generate with the money shareholders have invested.

 
Adjusted net income - Praxair, Inc. (a) $ 1,681 $ 414 $ 419 $ 429 $ 419 $ 1,666 $ 414 $ 429 $ 425 $ 398 $ 388 $ 377 $ 371 $ 340
4-quarter trailing adjusted net income - Praxair, Inc. (a) $ 1,681 $ 1,681 $ 1,691 $ 1,687 $ 1,666 $ 1,640 $ 1,588 $ 1,534
 
Ending Praxair, Inc. shareholders' equity $ 6,064 $ 6,064 $ 6,015 $ 5,615 $ 5,940 $ 5,488 $ 5,488 $ 5,753 $ 6,400 $ 6,165 $ 5,792 $ 5,991 $ 5,452 $ 5,398
5-quarter average Praxair shareholders' equity $ 5,824 $ 5,824 $ 5,762 $ 5,839 $ 5,949 $ 5,920 $ 5,920 $ 6,020 $ 5,960 $ 5,760
 
ROE (4-quarter trailing adjusted net income - Praxair, Inc. / 5-quarter average Praxair shareholders' equity)   28.9 %     28.9 %     29.2 %     29.0 %     28.4 %       28.1 %     28.1 %     27.2 %     26.6 %     26.6 %                  
 

Adjusted EBITDA and Debt-to-Adjusted EBITDA Ratio - These measures are used by investors, financial analysts and management to assess a company's ability to meet it's financial obligations.

 
 
Adjusted net income - Praxair, Inc. (a) $ 1,681 $ 414 $ 419 $ 429 $ 419 $ 1,666 $ 414 $ 429 $ 425 $ 398 $ 388 $ 377 $ 371 $ 340
 
Add: adjusted noncontrolling interests (a) 54 14 12 15 13 51 12 14 14 11 9 11 10 9
Add: interest expense - net 141 35 36 33 37 145 38 36 36 35 28 29 29 32
Add: adjusted income taxes (a) 660 162 164 169 165 647 162 166 163 156 149 146 145 132
Add: depreciation and amortization   1,001       254       248       247       252         1,003       249       256       254       244         240       227       230       228  
Adjusted EBITDA $ 3,537 $ 879 $ 879 $ 893 $ 886 $ 3,512 $ 875 $ 901 $ 892 $ 844 $ 814 $ 790 $ 785 $ 741
4-quarter trailing adjusted EBITDA $ 3,537 $ 3,533 $ 3,555 $ 3,554 $ 3,512 $ 3,451 $ 3,340 $ 3,233
 
Ending net debt (see above) $ 7,205 $ 7,205 $ 7,028 $ 6,891 $ 6,749 $ 6,472 $ 6,472 $ 6,185 $ 6,039 $ 5,752 $ 5,518 $ 5,006 $ 4,978 $ 5,028
5-quarter average net debt $ 6,869 $ 6,869 $ 6,665 $ 6,467 $ 6,239 $ 5,993 $ 5,993 $ 5,700 $ 5,459 $ 5,256
 
Debt-to-adjusted EBITDA ratio (5-quarter average net debt / 4-quarter trailing adjusted EBITDA)   1.9       1.9       1.9       1.8       1.8         1.7       1.7       1.7       1.6       1.6                    

 
 
APPENDIX - Cont'd
 
(a) The following table presents adjusted amounts for Operating Profit and Operating Profit Margin, Income Taxes, Effective Tax Rate, Noncontrolling Interests, Net income - Praxair, Inc., and Diluted EPS for the Third Quarter and full year 2012, the Fourth Quarter and full year 2011 and the First Quarter, Fourth Quarter and full year 2010. Additionally, this table presents the percentage change in Diluted EPS Guidance for the full year 2012.
                   
Year Third

Quarter

Year Fourth

Quarter

Year Fourth

Quarter

First

Quarter

2012 2012 2011 2011 2010 2010 2010

Adjusted Operating Profit and Operating Profit Margin

Reported operating profit $ 2,437 $ 558 $ 2,468 $ 618 $ 2,082 $ 505 $ 479
Add: Pension settlement charge 9 9 - - - - -
Add: Cost reduction programs 56 56 40 40 - - -
Less: Gain on acquisition - - (39 ) (39 ) - - -
Add: U.S. Homecare divestiture - - - - 58 58 -
Add: Venezuela currency devaluation   -     -     -     -     27     -     27  
Total adjustments   65     65     1     1     85     58     27  
Adjusted operating profit $ 2,502   $ 623   $ 2,469   $ 619   $ 2,167   $ 563   $ 506  
 
Reported sales $ 11,224 $ 2,774 $ 11,252 $ 2,796 $ 10,116 $ 2,623 $ 2,428
Adjusted operating profit margin 22.3 % 22.5 % 21.9 % 22.1 % 21.4 % 21.5 % 20.8 %
 

Adjusted Income Taxes

Reported income taxes $ 586 $ 90 $ 641 $ 156 $ 768 $ 346 $ 131
Add: Pension settlement charge 3 3 - - - - -
Add: Income tax benefit 55 55 - - - - -
Add: Cost reduction programs 16 16 9 9 - - -
Less: Gain on acquisition - - (3 ) (3 ) - - -
Less: Spanish income tax settlement - - - - (250 ) (250 ) -
Add: U.S. Homecare divestiture - - - - 18 18 -
Add: Repatriation tax benefit - - - - 35 35 -
Add: Venezuela currency devaluation   -     -     -     -     1     -     1  
Total adjustments   74     74     6     6     (196 )   (197 )   1  
Adjusted income taxes $ 660   $ 164   $ 647   $ 162   $ 572   $ 149   $ 132  
 

Adjusted Effective Tax Rate

Reported income before income taxes and equity investments $ 2,296 $ 522 $ 2,323 $ 580 $ 1,964 $ 477 $ 447
Add: Pension settlement charge 9 9 - - - - -
Add: Cost reduction programs 56 56 40 40 - - -
Less: Gain on acquisition - - (39 ) (39 ) - - -
Add: U.S. Homecare divestiture - - - - 58 58 -
Add: Venezuela currency devaluation   -     -     -     -     27     -     27  
Total adjustments   65     65     1     1     85     58     27  
Adjusted income before income taxes and equity investments $ 2,361   $ 587   $ 2,324   $ 581   $ 2,049   $ 535   $ 474  
 
Adjusted income taxes (above) $ 660 $ 164 $ 647 $ 162 $ 572 $ 149 $ 132
Adjusted effective tax rate 28 % 28 % 28 % 28 % 28 % 28 % 28 %
 

Adjusted Noncontrolling interest

Reported noncontrolling interest $ 52 $ 10 $ 50 $ 11
Add: Cost reduction programs 2 2 - -
Add: Gain on acquisition   -     -     1     1  
Total adjustments   2     2     51     12  
Adjusted noncontrolling interest $ 54   $ 12   $ 51   $ 12  
 

Adjusted Net Income - Praxair, Inc.

Reported net income - Praxair, Inc. $ 1,692 $ 430 $ 1,672 $ 42 $ 1,195 $ 133 $ 314
Add: Pension settlement charge 6 6 - - - - -
Less: Income tax benefit (55 ) (55 ) - - - - -
Add: Cost reduction programs 38 38 31 31 - - -
Less: Gain on acquisition - - (37 ) (37 ) - - -
Add: Spanish income tax settlement - - - - 250 250 -
Add: U.S. Homecare divestiture - - - - 40 40 -
Less: Repatriation tax benefit - - - - (35 ) (35 ) -
Add: Venezuela currency devaluation   -     -     -     -     26     -     26  
Total adjustments   (11 )   (11 )   (6 )   (6 )   281     255     26  
Adjusted net income - Praxair, Inc. $ 1,681   $ 419   $ 1,666   $ 414   $ 1,476   $ 388   $ 340  
 

Adjusted Diluted EPS

Reported diluted EPS $ 5.61 $ 1.43 $ 5.45 $ 1.38 $ 3.84 $ 0.43 $ 1.01
Add: Pension settlement charge 0.02 0.02 - - - - -
Less: Income tax benefit (0.18 ) (0.18 ) - - - - -
Add: Cost reduction programs 0.12 0.12 0.10 0.10 - - -
Less: Gain on acquisition - - (0.12 ) (0.12 ) - - -
Add: Spanish income tax settlement - - - - 0.80 0.80 -
Add: U.S. Homecare divestiture - - - - 0.13 0.13 -
Less: Repatriation tax benefit - - - - (0.11 ) (0.11 ) -
Add: Venezuela currency devaluation   -     -     -     -     0.08     -     0.08  
Total adjustments   (0.04 )   (0.04 )   (0.02 )   (0.02 )   0.90     0.82     0.08  
Adjusted diluted EPS $ 5.57   $ 1.39   $ 5.43   $ 1.36   $ 4.74   $ 1.25   $ 1.09  
 

Percentage Change in Adjusted Full Year 2013 Diluted EPS Guidance

 
Full Year 2013
Low End High End
 
Diluted EPS guidance $ 5.85 $ 6.10
2012 adjusted diluted EPS (see above) $ 5.57 $ 5.57
 
Percentage change from 2012 adjusted amounts 5 % 10 %
 



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