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Praxair Inc. Reports Operating Results (10-K)

February 29, 2012 | About:

Praxair Inc. (NYSE:PX) filed Annual Report for the period ended 2011-12-31.

Praxair Inc has a market cap of $32.94 billion; its shares were traded at around $108.92 with a P/E ratio of 20.2 and P/S ratio of 2.9. The dividend yield of Praxair Inc stocks is 1.8%. Praxair Inc had an annual average earning growth of 11.6% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated Praxair Inc the business predictability rank of 4.5-star.

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Reported net income Praxair, Inc. of $1,672 million and diluted earnings per share of $5.45, increased from $1,195 million and $3.84, respectively, in 2010. Adjusted net income Praxair, Inc. and diluted earnings per share increased 13% and 15% from 2010, respectively.

Operating profit in 2010 increased $104 million, or 30% versus 2009. Operating profit included currency related net losses of $3 million and $13 million, in 2010 and 2009, respectively which primarily pertained to net income hedges (see Note 12 to the consolidated financial statements). Excluding the impact of currency and net income hedges, underlying operating profit grew 19% as a result of higher volumes and higher pricing. Operating profit for 2010 included a benefit from a decision to settle certain disputes under a special amnesty program recently enacted by the State of Rio de Janeiro, which was largely offset by charges in connection with a non-core service business restructuring.

At December 31, 2011, Praxair had fixed-rate debt of $5,366 million and floating-rate debt of $1,196 million, representing 82% and 18%, respectively, of total debt. At December 31, 2010, Praxair had fixed-rate debt of $3,834 million and floating-rate debt of $1,723 million, representing 69% and 31%, respectively, of total debt. Praxair increased its percentage of fixed rate debt instruments, as a percentage of total debt in 2011, to take advantage of historically low fixed interest rate debt. Holding other variables constant (such as foreign exchange rates, swaps and debt levels), a one-percentage-point decrease in interest rates would increase the unrealized fair market value of the fixed-rate debt by approximately $244 million ($191 million in 2010). At December 31, 2011 and 2010, the after-tax earnings and cash flows impact for the subsequent year resulting from a one-percentage-point increase in interest rates would be approximately $8 million and $12 million, respectively, holding other variables constant.

As described in Managements Report on Internal Control Over Financial Reporting, management has excluded Texas Welders Supply Company, Yara Praxair Holding AS, and American Gas Group from its assessment of internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2011 because these businesses were acquired by the Company in purchase business combinations during 2011. We have also excluded Texas Welders Supply Company, Yara Praxair Holding AS, and American Gas Group from our audit of internal control over financial reporting. Texas Welders Supply Company and American Gas Group are wholly owned subsidiaries, and Yara Praxair Holding AS is a 66% owned subsidiary of the Company. The aggregate total assets and total sales of these 3 entities represent 3% and 0.5%, respectively, of the related consolidated financial statement amounts as of and for the year ended December 31, 2011.

The net $1 million of operating profit from the pre-tax gain, offset by the cost reduction program is shown as a separate line item on the consolidated statement of income and the tax benefit of $6 million is reflected in income taxes. In the balance sheets, asset write-offs are recorded as a reduction to the carrying value of the related assets and unpaid amounts are recorded as short-term liabilities (See Note 7). As of December 31, 2011, there is a short-term liability of approximately $23 million related to the 2011 cost reduction program which is anticipated to be paid during the next 12-month period. On the consolidated statement of cash flows, the pre-tax impact of the gain on acquisition and cost reduction program, net of cash payments, is shown as an adjustment to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities. In Note 18, Praxair excluded these items in its management definition of segment operating profit; a reconciliation of segments operating profit to consolidated operating profit is shown within the operating profit table.

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