Airgas, Inc.

259 North Radnor-Chester Road, Suite 100,
Radnor, Pennsylvania 19087
United States,
(610) 687-5253
www.airgas.com

Airgas, Inc. is a supplier of industrial, medical and specialty gases, and hardgoods, such as welding equipment and related products. Airgas produces atmospheric gases with 16 air separation plants, carbon dioxide, dry ice, and nitrous oxide, as well as supplies safety products, and refrigerants, ammonia products, and process chemicals. Approximately 17,000 associates work in more than 1,100 locations, including branches, retail stores, gas fill plants, specialty gas labs, production facilities and distribution centers. Airgas also markets its products and services through e-Business, catalog and telesales channels.

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Year ≤ '12 '13 '14 '15 '16 '17 T
Buy (1.6/yr) # 64 1 2 3 2 - 72
vol $510M $510M
Sell (0.0/yr) # 1 - - - - - 1
vol $15M $15M
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Largest Linde Gas USA LLC
$310M (2007-06-30)
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Largest Rutland Tool & Supply Co., Inc.
$15M (2005-11-01)

Airgas was acquired by Air Liquide S.A. on November 17, 2015.

Airgas has acquired 72 companies of its own, including 14 in the last 5 years. A total of 1 acquisition came from private equity firms. It has also divested 1 asset.

Airgas’ largest acquisition to date was in 2007, when it acquired Linde Gas USA for $310M. It’s largest disclosed sale occurred in 2005, when it sold Rutland Tool & Supply to Lawson Products for $15M. Airgas has acquired in 28 different US states, and 3 countries. The Company’s most targeted sectors include distribution (77%) and chemicals (19%).

When analyzing the chemicals sector as a whole, according to Mergr, in the last 3 years, there are 218 chemicals companies that have made at least 1 acquisition, 17 have acquired at least 5 companies, and 4 have acquired more than 10 companies. The most prolific strategic chemicals acquirer over the past 3 years is Axalta Coating Systems, with 9 acquisitions. The most prolific private equity acquirer in the chemicals sector over the past 3 years is SK Capital Partners with 3 platform acquisitions.

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