LEHIGH VALLEY, Pa., March 17, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The Board of Directors of Air Products (NYSE: APD) today increased the quarterly dividend on the company's common stock to 86 cents per share from 81 cents, representing a six percent increase.
The dividend is payable on May 9, 2016 to shareholders of record at the close of business on April 1, 2016. This marks the 34th consecutive year that Air Products has increased its dividend payment.
"As Air Products has continued to drive substantial improvements in profitability, our priorities for the use of the significant cash we generate have remained the same," said Chairman, President and CEO Seifi Ghasemi. "Those priorities include maintaining our A credit rating, investing in organic growth and accretive acquisitions, continuing to increase the dividend, and finally, if there is excess cash available and the market conditions are right, returning it to shareholders in the form of share buybacks. The Board's decision to increase the dividend for the 34th consecutive year reflects the continued financial strength of the company, underpinned by the stability and security of our long-term contracts," he added.
About Air Products Air Products (NYSE: APD) is a world-leading Industrial Gases company celebrating 75 years of operation. The company's core Industrial Gases business provides atmospheric and process gases and related equipment to manufacturing markets, including refining and petrochemical, metals, electronics, and food and beverage. Air Products is also the world's leading supplier of liquefied natural gas process technology and equipment. The company's Materials Technologies business, which Air Products intends to spin-off by September 2016, serves the semiconductor, polyurethanes, cleaning and coatings, and adhesives industries.
The company had fiscal 2015 sales of $9.9 billion and was ranked number 284 on the Fortune 500 annual list of public companies. Approximately 20,000 employees in 50 countries strive to make Air Products the world's safest and best performing Industrial Gases company, providing sustainable offerings and excellent service to all customers. For more information, visit www.airproducts.com.
NOTE: This release may contain forward-looking statements within the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are based on management's reasonable expectations and assumptions as of the date of this release regarding important risk factors. Actual performance and financial results may differ materially from projections and estimates expressed in the forward-looking statements because of many factors not anticipated by management, including risk factors described in the Company's Form 10K for its fiscal year ended September 30, 2015.
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