The company, which emerged from Munich-based Linde AG and its US rival Praxair, nevertheless kept its operating profit stable at $ 1.32 billion; cash flow from operating business even skyrocketed. At $ 1.90 (2019: 1.89), earnings per share were far higher than analysts had expected the company to do. These results showed how resilient Linde’s business model is, said CEO Steve Angel. The Linde share, listed in the leading index Dax, nevertheless came to a standstill on Thursday in Frankfurt, but is close to its all-time high of EUR 216.