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Airgas reports rise in earnings, sales despite economic uncertainty

8:55 AM MST | January 24, 2013 | Lindsay Frost

Airgas today reported that net income for the quarter ended 31 December increased 14% year-on-year (YOY), to $82.9 million on sales up 4%, to $1.2 billion. Adjusted earnings per share (EPS) of $1.04, which excludes a small restructuring charge, were slightly lower than analyst estimates of $1.07/share, according to Thomson Reuters (New York). Earnings and sales reflect the impact of continued economic uncertainty and moderation in business conditions on its customer base, Airgas says.  “Moderating activity levels in our industrial customer base...

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