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HONEYWELL TO ACQUIRE AIR PRODUCTS' LIQUEFIED NATURAL GAS PROCESS TECHNOLOGY AND EQUIPMENT BUSINESS TO EXPAND ENERGY TRANSITION SOLUTIONS AND SERVICES

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Honeywell (Nasdaq: HON) is set to acquire Air Products' (NYSE: APD) LNG process technology and equipment business for $1.81 billion in cash. This acquisition aims to bolster Honeywell's energy transition offerings by integrating Air Products' coil-wound heat exchangers (CWHE) and related technologies.

The acquisition is expected to be immediately accretive to Honeywell's sales growth, segment margin, and adjusted EPS in the first year of ownership. Over 475 employees from Air Products' LNG business will join Honeywell, enhancing its capabilities in natural gas pre-treatment and liquefaction.

Air Products will continue to focus on its core industrial gas business and clean hydrogen technology. The deal is anticipated to close by the end of the calendar year, pending regulatory approvals.

Positive
  • Acquisition expected to be immediately accretive to Honeywell's sales growth, segment margin, and adjusted EPS.
  • Strengthens Honeywell's energy transition portfolio with new technology and increased installed base.
  • $1.81 billion cash transaction representing approximately 13x estimated 2024 EBITDA.
  • Addition of over 475 employees and new capabilities in natural gas pre-treatment and liquefaction.
Negative
  • Significant financial outlay of $1.81 billion may strain Honeywell's finances.

The acquisition of Air Products' liquefied natural gas (LNG) process technology and equipment business by Honeywell for $1.81 billion is a strategic move aimed at enhancing Honeywell's energy transition capabilities. This deal is projected to be immediately accretive to Honeywell's sales growth and segment margin while also being accretive to adjusted EPS in the first full year of ownership. The acquisition price represents approximately 13x estimated 2024 EBITDA, which is a reasonable multiple considering the high growth and profitability of the LNG sector.

Honeywell’s existing pre-treatment solutions, combined with Air Products' state-of-the-art liquefaction technology, will create a comprehensive offering, potentially boosting aftermarket services and digitalization through the Honeywell Forge platform. This end-to-end solution can provide Honeywell with a competitive edge in the burgeoning LNG market, which is expected to double over the next two decades.

Retail investors should note that this acquisition aligns with Honeywell’s strategy to focus on high-return investments related to energy transition, automation and the future of aviation. The immediate financial benefits and long-term growth prospects make this acquisition a prudent move by Honeywell. However, potential risks include integration challenges and market fluctuations in the LNG sector.

This acquisition positions Honeywell to capitalize on the growing demand for LNG, which is considered a pivotal fuel in the transition to cleaner energy. By acquiring Air Products' LNG process technology, Honeywell can offer a streamlined and efficient solution, significantly enhancing its market presence.

The LNG market has seen substantial growth, driven by increasing energy demands from power and data centers. Honeywell's integration of Air Products' proprietary technologies, including coil-wound heat exchangers (CWHE), can lead to improved operational efficiencies and safety in LNG processing. CWHEs are known for their high throughput and compact design, making them highly effective for both onshore and offshore applications.

For investors, this acquisition highlights Honeywell's commitment to expanding its energy transition portfolio, potentially leading to diversified revenue streams and long-term sustainability. The focus on digital automation and aftermarket services could result in enhanced customer satisfaction and retention, further boosting Honeywell's revenues.

  • Acquisition will build on Honeywell's energy transition capabilities by creating an end-to-end offering for customers worldwide 
  • The combination will create new opportunities for diversified growth and innovation in aftermarket services and software
  • Transaction is expected to be immediately accretive to Honeywell's sales growth and segment margin while also accretive to adjusted EPS in the first full year of ownership
  • Air Products to continue its focus on its industrial gas business and related technology and equipment and driving the energy transition through clean hydrogen at scale 

CHARLOTTE, N.C., July 10, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- Honeywell (Nasdaq: HON) and Air Products (NYSE:APD) jointly announced today that Honeywell has agreed to acquire Air Products' liquefied natural gas (LNG) process technology and equipment business for $1.81 billion in an all-cash transaction. This represents approximately 13x estimated 2024 EBITDA.

As a result of the acquisition, Honeywell will be able to offer customers a comprehensive, top-tier solution for managing their energy transformation journey. The new holistic offering will encompass natural gas pre-treatment and state-of-the-art liquefaction, utilizing digital automation technologies unified under the Honeywell Forge and Experion platforms. This full-service solution will enable efficient, reliable and optimized management of natural gas assets, delivering unparalleled value and support.

Currently, Honeywell provides a pre-treatment solution serving LNG customers globally. Air Products' complementary LNG process technology and equipment business consists of a comprehensive portfolio, including in-house design and manufacturing of coil-wound heat exchangers (CWHE) and related equipment. CWHEs provide the highest throughput of natural gas in a single exchanger with a small footprint and robust, reliable and safe operations both onshore and offshore.

"While the world continues to build the renewables-based energy infrastructure of the future, natural gas is a critical lower-emission and affordable transition fuel that will help meet ever-increasing and dynamic global energy demands," said Vimal Kapur, Chairman and CEO of Honeywell.

"This highly complementary acquisition will further strengthen our energy transition portfolio, and Air Products' CWHE technology will immediately expand our installed base - creating new opportunities to compound growth in aftermarket services and digitalization through our Honeywell Forge platform," Kapur added.

"The decision to divest our LNG heat exchanger technology and equipment business reflects Air Products' continued focus on its two-pillar strategy -- to grow our core industrial gas business and related technology and equipment, and to be a first-mover delivering clean hydrogen at scale to decarbonize industrial and heavy-duty transportation sectors," said Air Products' Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Seifi Ghasemi. "The LNG business is a great business and at its strongest point in its decades-long history thanks to the outstanding work of our people, and they will be in good hands to advance as part of Honeywell's related portfolio of technologies."

The LNG market has quadrupled over the past 20 years and is expected to double over the next two decades, driven by demand in key end markets including power and data centers according to industry research.1

Ken West, President and CEO of Honeywell's Energy and Sustainability Solutions (ESS) segment, said, "The integration of this talented team and the acquired proprietary technologies will enable Honeywell UOP to bring a full spectrum of scalable solutions and services that help our global customers navigate the complex journey to more sustainable and efficient energy practices." 

Air Products' LNG Business has approximately 475 employees with headquarters in Allentown, Pennsylvania and a 390,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Port Manatee, Florida, where all sizes of CWHEs are made.

This is the fourth acquisition Honeywell has announced this year as part of its disciplined capital deployment strategy. The company is focused on high-return acquisitions that will drive future growth across its portfolio, which is aligned with the three compelling megatrends of automation, the future of aviation and energy transition.

This transaction, which is expected to be adjusted earnings per share accretive in the first full year of ownership is not subject to any financing conditions and is expected to close before the end of the calendar year, subject to customary closing conditions, including receipt of certain regulatory approvals.

Editor's Note: Link to Photo- A completed LNG heat exchanger manufactured at Air Products' Port Manatee facility is being loaded on a carrier at the Port of Manatee for shipment to the customer.

1LNG industry trends | Deloitte US

About Honeywell 

Honeywell is an integrated operating company serving a broad range of industries and geographies around the world. Our business is aligned with three powerful megatrends – automation, the future of aviation and energy transition – underpinned by our Honeywell Accelerator operating system and Honeywell Forge IoT platform. As a trusted partner, we help organizations solve the world's toughest, most complex challenges, providing actionable solutions and innovations through our Aerospace Technologies, Industrial Automation, Building Automation and Energy and Sustainability Solutions business segments that help make the world smarter, safer and more sustainable. For more news and information on Honeywell, please visit www.honeywell.com/newsroom

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1 This release references certain non-GAAP measures, including:

  • Segment margin, which is defined as segment profit divided by net sales; segment profit, on an overall Honeywell basis, is defined as operating income, excluding stock compensation expense, pension and other postretirement service costs, amortization of acquisition-related intangibles, certain acquisition-related costs, and repositioning and other charges.
  • Adjusted earnings per share, which is defined as diluted earning per share adjusted to exclude pension mark-to-market expense, amortization of acquisition-related intangibles, certain acquisition-related costs, and other items as described in reconciliations provided when we disclose adjusted earnings per share; and
  • EBITDA, which we define as earnings before tax, depreciation and amortization.

Management believes that, when considered together with reported amounts, these measures are useful to investors and management in understanding our ongoing operations and in the analysis of ongoing operating trends.

Management does not consider these non-GAAP measures in isolation or as an alternative to financial measures determined in accordance with GAAP. The principal limitations of these non-GAAP financial measures are that they exclude significant expenses and income that are required by GAAP to be recognized in the consolidated financials statements. In addition, they are subject to inherent limitations as they reflect the exercise of judgments by management about which expenses and income are excluded or included in determining these non-GAAP financial measures.

About Air Products
Air Products (NYSE:APD) is a world-leading industrial gases company in operation for over 80 years focused on serving energy, environmental, and emerging markets. The Company has two growth pillars driven by sustainability. Air Products' base business provides essential industrial gases, related equipment and applications expertise to customers in dozens of industries, including refining, chemicals, metals, electronics, manufacturing, and food. The Company also develops, engineers, builds, owns and operates some of the world's largest clean hydrogen projects supporting the transition to low- and zero-carbon energy in the heavy-duty transportation and industrial sectors. Additionally, Air Products is the world leader in the supply of liquefied natural gas process technology and equipment, and provides turbomachinery, membrane systems and cryogenic containers globally. 

The Company had fiscal 2023 sales of $12.6 billion from operations in approximately 50 countries and has a current market capitalization of over $50 billion. Approximately 23,000 passionate, talented and committed employees from diverse backgrounds are driven by Air Products' higher purpose to create innovative solutions that benefit the environment, enhance sustainability and reimagine what's possible to address the challenges facing customers, communities, and the world. For more information, visit www.airproducts.com or follow us on LinkedIn, X, Facebook or Instagram.

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FAQ

What is the value of Honeywell's acquisition of Air Products' LNG business?

The acquisition is valued at $1.81 billion in an all-cash transaction.

How will the acquisition impact Honeywell's financials?

The acquisition is expected to be immediately accretive to Honeywell's sales growth, segment margin, and adjusted EPS in the first full year of ownership.

What will be included in Honeywell's new offering after the acquisition?

Honeywell will offer comprehensive natural gas pre-treatment and liquefaction solutions, unified under its Honeywell Forge and Experion platforms.

When is Honeywell's acquisition of Air Products' LNG business expected to close?

The transaction is expected to close before the end of the calendar year, subject to regulatory approvals.

How many employees will join Honeywell from Air Products' LNG business?

Approximately 475 employees from Air Products' LNG business will join Honeywell.

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