Xylem Reports Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year 2023 Results

08.02.2024
Xylem Inc. reported fourth-quarter and full-year 2023 results. The company’s total revenue of $2.1 billion surpassed prior guidance, on continued strong execution and demand. Fourth-quarter earnings exceeded Xylem’s previous guidance.
Xylem Reports Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year 2023 Results

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The team delivered an outstanding fourth quarter, fueling momentum as we enter 2024, said Matthew Pine, Xylem president and CEO. Revenue, margin and earnings per share all exceeded expectations, driven by strong execution on healthy demand across our business. In a transformational year for Xylem, the team stayed focused on serving our customers and delivered strong results on both the top and bottom lines.

That discipline and focus, paired with continuing resilient underlying demand, gives us confidence in further growth and margin expansion in the year ahead. Our integration of Evoqua is ahead of schedule, and our team is taking full advantage of the breadth of our combined offering to solve even more of our customers’ water challenges.

Net income was $266 million, or $1.10 per share. Net income margin increased 270 basis points to 12.6 percent. These results are driven by strong operational performance and non-recurring tax benefits, partially offset by higher acquisition and integration costs related to the Evoqua transaction, purchase accounting intangible amortization, special charges, and restructuring and realignment costs. Adjusted net income was $239 million, or $0.99 per share, which excludes the impacts of special charges, purchase accounting intangible amortization, and restructuring and realignment costs.

Fourth-quarter adjusted earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA) margin was 19.6 percent, reflecting a year-over-year increase of 90 basis points. Productivity savings, strong price realization and higher volume drove the margin expansion, exceeding the impact of inflation and strategic investments.

The Board of Directors of Xylem has declared a first-quarter dividend of $0.36 per share, an increase of 9 percent. The dividend is payable on March 20, 2024, to shareholders of record as of February 21, 2024.

Outlook

Xylem forecasts full-year 2024 revenue of approximately $8.4 to $8.5 billion, up approximately 14 to 15 percent on a reported basis and up approximately 3 to 5 percent on an organic basis.
Full-year 2024 adjusted EBITDA margin is expected to be approximately 19.4 to 19.9 percent, an increase of 50 to 100 basis points from Xylem’s 2023 adjusted results. Full-year free cash flow conversion to net income is expected to be approximately 115 percent.

Further 2024 planning assumptions are included in Xylem’s fourth-quarter 2023 earnings materials. 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.

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