Following the release of the 2015 annual results, Benoît Potier, Chairman and CEO of Air Liquide, reviews the Group’s key figures and major initiatives of the past year.
Group 2015 revenue, up +6.7%
Net profit (Group share), up +5.5%
2015 dividend per share* *Proposed at the May 12, 2016 AGM
In 2015, Air Liquide continued its targeted investments in growing markets, resulting in many large-scale projects being undertaken over the five continents.
Air Liquide's regular performance over the years is the result of its profitable long-term growth strategy, based on competitiveness in its operations, targeted investments in growing markets, and on a strong capacity for innovation. Thanks to the renewed confidence of our shareholders, we can continue to grow and invent new solutions to meet the challenges of an ever-changing world.
World leader in gases, technologies and services for Industry and Health, Air Liquide is present in 80 countries with more than 50,000 employees and serves more than 2 million customers and patients. Oxygen, nitrogen and hydrogen have been at the core of the company’s activities since its creation in 1902. Air Liquide’s ambition is to be the leader in its industry, delivering long-term performance and acting responsibly.
Air Liquide ideas create value over the long term. At the core of the company’s development are the commitment and constant inventiveness of its people. Air Liquide anticipates the challenges of its markets, invests locally and globally, and delivers high-quality solutions to its customers and patients, and the scientific community.
The company relies on competitiveness in its operations, targeted investments in growing markets and innovation to deliver profitable growth over the long-term.
For over 100 years, the Group has developed thanks around a unique business - gases for Industry and Healthcare. This business is organized into several activities that are linked by a strong industrial and services logic, a source of synergies and optimization.
Air Liquide produces and distributes molecules (such as oxygen, nitrogen, hydrogen and many others), equipment and services meet the needs of its industrial and healthcare customers. These often invisible molecules are vital to life and our day-to-day existence. Air Liquide supports you every day:
The international dimension is a fundamental component of Air Liquide's identity and the Group is currently present in 80 countries. This geographic diversity is a guarantee of future growth and resilience.
Our employees' commitment, our customers', patients' and partners' loyalty, as well as our shareholders' confidence are at the core of Air Liquide's development model. They are all part of the virtuous circle of the Group's sustainable and responsible growth model.
During the past 20 years, the global economy has faced several crises, each one affecting the global financial markets and the Parisian index to various extents: from the Russian crisis in 1998 to the European debt crisis in 2011, as well as the Internet bubble and the 2008 sub-prime crisis in the United States, amongst others.
Amidst the turmoil on stock markets, Air Liquide has repeatedly proven its defensive nature thanks to its solid business model and the confidence of its shareholders.
Closing price as of december 31, 2015: €103.65
In recent years, the Air Liquide group generated a steady growth in revenue thanks to targeted investments and its ability to innovate. This sales growth was accompanied by a steady growth in net profit and net earnings per share, thanks to the Group’s constant efforts to improve its competitiveness.
Becoming a shareholder of Air Liquide means supporting the growth of a global leader and investing in regular long-term performance. It also means sharing one vision of innovation and responsibility over the long-term for everyone’s benefit. And, because our relationship is unique, our advisors and experts are by your side to answer your questions personally and offer you ever more personalized services.
Air Liquide was first listed on the Paris stock market
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The Shareholder Lounge welcomes everyone: shareholders, regardless of their shareholding options (direct registered or intermediary registered or bearer form), and non-shareholders. Located at Air Liquide’s headquarters in Paris, it is open Monday through Friday from 9am to 6pm, with or without an appointment. Shareholder Services advisors at the Shareholder Lounge also deal with your written questions and phone calls. In 2015, Shareholder Services welcomed nearly 1,000 visitors to its Shareholder Lounge, exchanged more than 30,000 emails and letters and answered more than 33,000 calls.
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