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Air Products Reports Q1 EPS Up 16% on Volume Growth and Improved Margins; Raises 2008 Full Year EPS Guidance
Date:1/23/2008

pany's ongoing portfolio management activities. In November 2007, the Company's Board of Directors granted the Company the authority to sell this business to its partner based on achieving certain contractual terms and conditions. On 11 December 2007, the Company announced it had signed a definitive agreement to sell its interest in its vinyl acetate ethylene (VAE) polymers joint ventures to Wacker Chemie AG, its long-time joint venture partner. As part of the agreement, the Company will receive Wacker Chemie AG's interest in the Elkton, Md., and Piedmont, S.C., production facilities and their related businesses plus cash considerations of $265. The sale, which is subject to regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions, is expected to close in the second quarter of fiscal year 2008. The Company anticipates a gain on the sale of the Polymer Emulsions business in the range of $65 to $85 ($42 to $55 after-tax).

In the first quarter of 2008, this business generated sales of $151.2 and income, net of tax, of $6.8.

The sale consists of the global VAE polymers operations including production facilities located in Calvert City, Ky.; South Brunswick, N.J.; Cologne, Germany; and Ulsan, Korea; and commercial and research capabilities in Allentown, Pa., and Burghausen, Germany. The business produces VAE for use in adhesives, paints and coatings, paper and carpet applications.

Upon completion of the sale, the Company will assume full ownership of the Elkton and Piedmont plants and related North American atmospheric emulsions and global pressure sensitive adhesives business. The Company intends to sell these businesses.

3. PENSION SETTLEMENT

A number of senior managers and others who were eligible for supplemental pension plan benefits retired in fiscal year 2007. The Company's supplemental pension plan provides for a lump sum benefit payment option at the time of retirement, or for corporate officers six months after the participant's
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