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Airgas Announces Receipt of Requisite Consents and Expiration of Consent Solicitation

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RADNOR, Pa., May 10, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Airgas, Inc. (NYSE: ARG) ("Airgas" or the "Company") announced today that holders of a majority in aggregate principal amount of its outstanding $325,000,000 1.650% Notes due 2018 (the "2018 Notes"), $275,000,000 2.375% Notes due 2020 (the "2020 A Notes"), $400,000,000 3.050% Notes due 2020 (the "2020 B Notes"), $250,000,000 2.900% Notes due 2022 (the "2022 Notes") and $300,000,000 3.650% Notes due 2024 (the "2024 Notes" and, together with the 2018 Notes, the 2020 A Notes, the 2020 B Notes and the 2022 Notes, the "Affected Notes" and, together with any other notes issued from time to time under the Indenture (as defined below), the "Notes"), voting together as a single class (the "Requisite Consents"), have delivered valid consents in connection with the Company's proposed amendments to the indenture governing the Notes dated as of May 27, 2010 between the Company and U.S. Bank National Association, as trustee (the "Trustee"), as amended and supplemented from time to time (the "Indenture," and such amendments the "Amendments"). The terms and conditions of the Amendments are set forth in the consent solicitation statement dated April 26, 2016, as supplemented by a supplement dated May 2, 2016 (together, the "Statement").

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The consent solicitation expired at 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on May 9, 2016 (the "Expiration Date"), and revocation rights have been terminated. The Company will, subject to the satisfaction or waiver of certain conditions described in the Statement, including the closing of the Merger (as defined below), promptly pay to each holder of Affected Notes who delivered (and did not revoke) a valid consent in favor of the Amendments prior to the Expiration Date, a cash payment of $1.50 for each $1,000 principal amount of Affected Notes in respect of which such holder delivered (and did not revoke) a valid consent (the "Consent Fee").

As previously announced on November 17, 2015, Airgas, L'Air Liquide S.A. ("Air Liquide") and AL Acquisition Corporation ("Merger Sub") signed an Agreement and Plan of Merger pursuant to which Merger Sub will be merged with and into Airgas (the "Merger"). The Merger remains subject to receipt of necessary antitrust approvals and other customary conditions and is expected to be completed, and the certificate of merger filed, in the second calendar quarter of 2016.

Following receipt of the Requisite Consents, the Company and the Trustee executed on May 9, 2016 a supplemental indenture incorporating the Amendments to the Indenture. At that time, the Amendments effected by such supplemental indenture became effective, and consents could no longer be revoked. The Amendments provide that if the Merger is completed, Air Liquide may elect to provide an unconditional guarantee (the "Air Liquide Guarantee") of the Company's payment obligations under the Indenture and the Notes; provided, however, that Air Liquide has no obligation to do so. If Air Liquide provides the Air Liquide Guarantee, Air Liquide will provide its periodic and current reporting (under applicable French law) in lieu of Airgas's existing periodic and current reporting obligations, which reporting obligations will not be applicable at any time and for any period during which the Air Liquide Guarantee is in force.

Questions regarding the consent solicitation may be directed to Mitsubishi UFJ Securities (USA), Inc., Attention: Liability Management Group at (877) 744-4532 (toll free), (212) 405-7481 (collect) or +44 207577-4048/4218, or the Information Agent and Tabulation Agent, Global Bondholder Services Corporation at (866) 807-2200 (toll free) or (212) 430-3774 (banks and brokers).

This announcement is not an offer to purchase, a solicitation of an offer to purchase, or a solicitation of consents with respect to any securities. The consent solicitation was made solely by the Statement and was subject to the terms and conditions stated therein.

About Airgas Inc.

Airgas, Inc. (NYSE: ARG), through its subsidiaries, is one of the nation's leading suppliers of industrial, medical and specialty gases, and hard goods, such as welding equipment and related products. Airgas is a leading U.S. producer of atmospheric gases with 16 air separation plants, a leading producer of carbon dioxide, dry ice, and nitrous oxide, one of the largest U.S. suppliers of safety products, and a leading U.S. supplier of 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. Its national scale and strong local presence offer a competitive edge to its diversified customer base. For more information, please visit www.airgas.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains statements that are forward looking, as that term is defined by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 or by the Securities and Exchange Commission in its rules, regulations and releases. Forward-looking statements also include any statement that is not based on historical fact, including statements containing the words "believes", "may", "plans", "will", "could", "should", "estimates", "continues", "anticipates", "intends", "expects", and similar expressions. We intend that such forward-looking statements be subject to the safe harbors created thereby. All forward-looking statements are based on current expectations regarding important risk factors and should not be regarded as a representation by us or any other person that the results expressed therein will be achieved. Airgas assumes no obligation to revise or update any forward-looking statements for any reason, except as required by law. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement include the factors identified in the Company's press release announcing its most recent quarterly earnings, as well as other factors described in the Company's reports, including its Form 10-K for the year ended March 31, 2015, subsequent Form 10-Qs for the quarters ended June 30, 2015, September 30, 2015, and December 31, 2015, and other Forms filed by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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