May 5, 2023 - Xylem Inc. (NYSE: XYL), a leading global water technology company dedicated to solving the world’s most challenging water issues, has reported first-quarter revenue of $1.4 billion, surpassing prior guidance, with strong commercial and operational execution. While first-quarter orders were down 8 percent on a reported basis and down 5 percent organically, the Company grew backlog on resilient underlying demand.
First-quarter earnings exceeded Xylem’s previous guidance. Net income was $99 million, or $0.54 per share. Net income margin increased 40 basis points to 6.8 percent. These Xylem stand-alone results include acquisition and integration costs related to the pending acquisition of Evoqua and higher taxes during the quarter. Adjusted net income was $130 million, or $0.72 per share, which excludes the impacts of restructuring, realignment, and special charges. First-quarter adjusted earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) margin was 16.3 percent, reflecting a year-over-year increase of 210 basis points. Strong price realization offset inflation and, coupled with productivity savings and higher volume, drove the margin expansion, exceeding the impact of strategic investments.
“The team delivered a very strong first-quarter performance, well ahead of expectations,” said Patrick Decker, Xylem president and CEO. “Market demand remains robust, reflected in healthy backlog growth and book-to-bill greater than one in all segments. We continue to see solid results on revenue and margin driven by commercial momentum, price realization, and supply chain improvements.”
“Looking ahead, we’re confident in raising our 2023 guidance despite a dynamic macro-economic environment and are excited about the opportunity for growth and value creation from our pending combination with Evoqua. We have made significant progress with regulatory approvals and integration planning, and expect the transaction to close by mid-year. From day one, we will build on the combined strengths of Xylem and Evoqua to create a transformative platform for solving our customers’ and communities’ most urgent water challenges.”
Xylem’s full-year 2023 guidance does not reflect the planned acquisition of Evoqua, which was announced on January 23, 2023, and is expected to close by mid-year 2023. Additional information about the proposed transaction is available at www.xylem.com/investors.
Xylem now expects full-year 2023 revenue growth of 8 to 9 percent on an organic and reported basis. This represents an increase from the Company’s previous full-year organic revenue guidance of 4 to 6 percent, and 3 to 5 percent on a reported basis.
Full-year 2023 adjusted EBITDA margin is expected to be in the range of 17.5 to 18.0 percent. This results in adjusted earnings per share of $3.15 to $3.35, raised from the previous range of $3.00 to $3.25. The increased guidance reflects our expectations of continuing strong demand, commercial momentum, and improved chip supply.
Further 2023 planning assumptions are included in Xylem’s first-quarter 2023 earnings materials posted at www.xylem.com/investors. Excluding revenue, Xylem provides guidance only on a non-GAAP basis due to the inherent difficulty in forecasting certain amounts that would be included in GAAP earnings, such as discrete tax items, without unreasonable effort.
First Quarter Segment Results
Measurement & Control Solutions
Xylem’s Measurement & Control Solutions segment consists of its portfolio of businesses in smart metering, network technologies, advanced infrastructure analytics, and analytic instrumentation.
Xylem’s Water Infrastructure segment consists of its portfolio of businesses serving clean water delivery, wastewater transport and treatment, and dewatering.
Xylem’s Applied Water segment consists of its portfolio of businesses in industrial, commercial building, and residential applications.
Supplemental information on Xylem’s first quarter 2023 earnings and reconciliations for certain non-GAAP items is posted at www.xylem.com/investors.
Xylem (XYL) is a leading global water technology company committed to solving critical water and infrastructure challenges with innovation. Our more than 17,000 diverse employees delivered revenue of $5.5 billion in 2022. We are creating a more sustainable world by enabling our customers to optimize water and resource management, and helping communities in approximately 150 countries become water-secure. Join us at www.xylem.com.