Posted January 25, 2018

Praxair sees sales climb 12 percent in 4Q

Praxair said its sales in the fourth quarter were $2.9 billion, 12 percent above the prior-year quarter.

After adjusting for positive currency translation and cost pass-through, sales grew 8 percent, driven by price attainment and higher volumes across all geographic segments and end-markets.

Fourth-quarter net income was $33 million, or 11 cents per diluted share. These results include transaction costs of $14 million related to the proposed merger with Linde AG and a net income tax charge of $394 million related to the U.S. Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.

For full-year 2017, sales of $11.4 billion were up 9 percent. Net income of $1.2 billion, or $4.32 per share, compared to $1.5 billion, or $5.21 per share, in the previous year.

In North America, fourth-quarter sales were $1.5 billion, 9 percent above the prior-year quarter, excluding currency translation. Sales growth was driven primarily by stronger volumes to the downstream energy, manufacturing and electronics end-markets and higher price.