< View all News & Community

Xylem Reports Strong Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2014 Results, Including Double-Digit Growth in Earnings Per Share

Company Increases Quarterly Cash Dividend by 10 Percent


  • Fourth quarter 2014 adjusted net income was $114 million or $0.62 per share, up 11 percent over fourth quarter 2013; GAAP net income was $96 million or $0.52 per share
  • Full-year 2014 adjusted net income was $362 million or $1.97 per share, an increase of 18 percent; Full-year GAAP net income was $337 million or $1.83 per share
  • Xylem delivered $1.04 billion in fourth quarter 2014 revenue, growth of 6 percent organically
  • Xylem's fourth quarter 2014 adjusted operating margin increased 70 basis points, resulting in six consecutive quarters of adjusted operating margin expansion
  • Company projects full-year 2015 adjusted EPS of $1.85 to $1.95 per share; Excluding the expected unfavorable impact of foreign exchange translation, adjusted earnings growth of 5 to 10 percent is expected on organic revenue growth of 1 to 3 percent

Xylem Inc. (NYSE: XYL), a leading global water technology company dedicated to solving the world's most challenging water issues, today reported fourth quarter 2014 net income of $96 million, or $0.52 per share. Excluding the impact of restructuring, realignment and other special charges, the Company delivered adjusted net income of $114 million or $0.62 per share in the quarter, an 11-percent increase over the comparable period in 2013. Fourth quarter organic revenue grew 6 percent to $1.04 billion, reflecting stronger results from emerging markets and the U.S., as well as across all end markets. Fourth quarter adjusted operating margins improved 70 basis points, driven by higher volume and the impact of efficiency measures undertaken throughout the year.

For the full year 2014, Xylem generated $3.92 billion in revenue, an organic increase of 3 percent over 2013. Full-year reported net income was $337 million, or $1.83 per share, with an operating margin of 11.8 percent. Adjusted net income, which excludes the impact of restructuring, realignment and other special items, was $362 million or $1.97 per share. Xylem delivered a full-year 2014 adjusted operating margin of 12.9 percent. Free cash flow was $297 million, up 50 percent versus last year.

"Xylem delivered strong results in the fourth quarter, closing out 2014 with a clear strategic focus, stronger execution and a renewed drive in research and innovation," said Patrick Decker, president and chief executive officer of Xylem. "We generated growth in each of our key regions in the fourth quarter, with notably strong results in China and the emerging markets in general. Solid growth in the U.S. and more effective execution across the company helped us to mitigate slower growth in Europe."

Decker continued, "During 2015, we will continue to strengthen critical organization capabilities in the areas of commercial excellence, innovation and technology, and emerging markets in order to accelerate Xylem's growth. Our commitment to building a continuous improvement culture across the organization will drive efficiencies and enable us to continue to expand margins and reinvest for growth in our business. Our core fundamentals are strong and our 2015 plan tracks well with our long-term commitments to grow the company and our shareholders' return."

Xylem today also announced that its Board of Directors declared a dividend in the amount of $0.1408 per share for the first quarter of 2015, an increase of 10 percent. The dividend is payable on March 18, 2015 to shareholders of record as of February 18, 2015.