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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

retirement date. If payments exceed the sum of service and interest cost components of net periodic pension cost of the plan for the fiscal year, settlement accounting is triggered under pension accounting rules. However, a settlement loss may not be recognized until the time the pension obligation is settled. The Company recognized $10.3 for settlement losses in the fourth quarter of 2007 and an additional $1.4 in the first quarter of 2008, based on cash payments made. The Company expects to recognize an additional $25 to $30 for settlement losses in 2008, primarily in the second quarter. This additional charge pertains to 2007 and announced 2008 retirements. The actual amount of the settlement loss will be based upon current pension assumptions (e.g. discount rate) at the time cash payments are made to settle the obligations.

4. SHARE REPURCHASE PROGRAM

On 20 September 2007, the Board of Directors authorized the repurchase of up to $1,000 of the Company's outstanding common stock. This action was in addition to an existing $1,500 share repurchase authorization which was announced in March 2006. As of 30 September 2007, the Company had purchased 5.0 million of its outstanding shares at a cost of $1,063.4 under these two authorizations. During the first quarter of fiscal year 2008, the Company purchased 2.0 million of its outstanding shares at a cost of $189.8. The Company will continue to purchase shares under these authorizations at its discretion while maintaining sufficient funds for investing in its businesses and growth opportunities.

5. BUSINESS SEGMENTS

Previously, the Company reported results for the Chemicals segment, which consisted of the Polymer Emulsions business and the Polyurethane Intermediates (PUI) business. Beginning with the first quarter of 2008, the Polymer Emulsions business has been accounted for as discontinued operations as discussed in Note 2. Also beginning with the first quarter of 2008, the PUI business is r
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