Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. provides atmospheric gases, process and specialty gases, electronics and performance materials, equipment, and services worldwide. The company produces atmospheric gases, including oxygen, nitrogen, argon, and rare gases; process gases, such as hydrogen, helium, carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, syngas, and specialty gases; and equipment for the production or processing of gases comprising air separation units and non-cryogenic generators for customers in various industries, including metals, glass, chemical processing, electronics, energy production and refining, food processing, metallurgical, medical, and general manufacturing. It also designs and manufactures equipment for air separation, hydrocarbon recovery and purification, natural gas liquefaction, and liquid helium and liquid hydrogen transport and storage. Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. was founded in 1940 and is headquartered in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
Business Analysis of Air Products
The Basic Materials Sector is witnessing a major shakeup, new age business models in the industry are transforming both customers and businesses. Faced with this uncertainity, companies are investing resources to transform their business. An in-depth business analysis is a valuable resource to identify and articulate the need for a business model change. At R&P Research we believe, the starting point for a business analysis is Benchmarking. Business benchmarking can be done at various levels: 1) Industry Benchmarking 2) Peer Benchmarking 3) Disruptors Benchmarking. In this report, we share the snapshot of how Air Products compares against the industry on the major performance indicators. This analysis, along with peer group/disruptors benchmarking and revenue model understanding can help identify growth and cost optimization opportunities to maximize the value delivered by Air Products to its stakeholders. R&P Research Industry Intelligence Platform provides historical data for last 15 years with an easy to use benchmarking interface for an in-depth comparative business analysis.
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- Revenue Growth: Air Products reported a revenue growth of -3.7% year-on-year during 2016. Chemicals Industry grew at -4.1% in the same period
- COGS share of Revenues: As a percentage of revenue, Air Products spent 67.2% of its total revenues on COGS. Chemicals industry average (COGS share of revenue) in the same period was 70.2%
- R&D share of Revenues: As a percentage of revenue, Air Products spent 1.4% of its total revenues on R&D. Chemicals industry average R&D spending in the same period was 2.5%
- SG&A share of Revenues: As a percentage of revenue, Air Products spent 8.9% of its total revenues on Sales, Marketing, and General Administration (SG&A). Chemicals industry average SG&A spending in the same period was 13.0%
- Inventory share of Revenues: As a percentage of revenue, Air Products spent 2.7% of its total revenues on Inventories. Chemicals industry average Inventory spending in the same period was 14.6%
- Accounts Payable share of Revenues: As a percentage of revenue, Air Products invested 17.3% of its total revenues on Accounts Payable (A/P) Chemicals industry average Accounts Payable investment in the same period was 12.6%
- Accounts Receivable share of Revenues: As a percentage of revenue, Air Products invested 18.4% of its total revenues on Accounts Receivable (A/R). Chemicals industry average Accounts Receivable investment in the same period was 16.8%
- PP&E share of Revenues: As a percentage of revenue, Air Products invested 86.7% of its total revenues on Property, Plants, and Equipments (PP&E). Chemicals industry average PPE investment in the same period was 52.9%
- Intangibles share of Revenues: As a percentage of revenue, Air Products invested 12.9% of its total revenues on Intangibles. Chemicals industry average Intangibles investment in the same period was 31.4%
- Net Margins: Air Products Net Margins in the year 2016 were 6.6%. Chemicals industry average Net Margins in the same period were 8.1%
Sector and Industry Association of Air Products
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Air Products is associated with Basic Materials Sector and Chemicals Industry.
Basic Materials sector is comprised of the following industries: Metal Mining; Coal Mining; Chemicals. The definitions for each of the industries is as follows:
- Metal Mining industry includes companies primarily engaged in mining, developing mines, or exploring for precious metals such as Gold, Silver, Platinum and base metals such as Iron, Copper, Aluminum, Lead, and Zinc. It also includes companies that manufacture alloys such as steel.
- Coal Mining industry includes companies engaged in the exploration for and/or mining of coal.
- Chemicals industry includes companies that produce and/or distribute commodity and specialty chemicals. The companies manufacture three general classes of products: (1) basic chemicals, such as acids, alkalies, salts, and organic chemicals; (2) chemical products to be used in further manufacture, such as synthetic fibers, plastics materials, dry colors, and pigments; and (3) finished chemical products to be used as materials or supplies in other industries, such as paints, fertilizers, and explosives.
Industry Ranking of Air Products
With $9.5 billion revenues, Air Products ranked number 9 of all the companies in the US Chemicals industry. There were a total of 66 public companies in the US Chemicals industry that had revenues greater than $50 million during 2016.
The top-10 companies in the US Chemicals industry by revenues during 2016 were:
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