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Why Fundamental Investors Might Love Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. (NYSE:APD)

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Building up an investment case requires looking at a stock holistically. Today I've chosen to put the spotlight on Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. (NYSE:APD) due to its excellent fundamentals in more than one area. APD is a financially-robust , dividend-paying company with a a strong track record of performance. Below, I've touched on some key aspects you should know on a high level. If you're interested in understanding beyond my broad commentary, take a look at the report on Air Products and Chemicals here.

Excellent balance sheet established dividend payer

In the previous year, APD has ramped up its bottom line by 44%, with its latest earnings level surpassing its average level over the last five years. In addition to beating its historical values, APD also outperformed its industry, which delivered a growth of 5.4%. This is an notable feat for the company. APD's ability to maintain an adequate level of cash to meet upcoming liabilities is a good sign for its financial health. This suggests prudent control over cash and cost by management, which is a key determinant of the company’s health. APD's has produced operating cash levels of 0.72x total debt over the past year, which implies that APD's management has put its borrowings into good use by generating enough cash to cover a sufficient portion of borrowings.

NYSE:APD Income Statement, May 30th 2019

For those seeking income streams from their portfolio, APD is a robust dividend payer as well. Over the past decade, the company has consistently increased its dividend payout, reaching a yield of 2.3%.

NYSE:APD Historical Dividend Yield, May 30th 2019

Next Steps:

For Air Products and Chemicals, there are three fundamental aspects you should look at:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for APD’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for APD’s outlook.
  2. Valuation: What is APD worth today? Is the stock undervalued, even when its growth outlook is factored into its intrinsic value? The intrinsic value infographic in our free research report helps visualize whether APD is currently mispriced by the market.
  3. Other Attractive Alternatives : Are there other well-rounded stocks you could be holding instead of APD? Explore our interactive list of stocks with large potential to get an idea of what else is out there you may be missing!

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