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Xylem Inc. Reports Improved First Quarter Earnings; Maintains Full-year Outlook

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Xylem Inc. (NYSE:XYL), a leading global water technology company dedicated to solving the world’s most challenging water issues, today announced first quarter 2014 net income of $49 million, or $0.27 per share. Excluding the impact of restructuring and realignment costs, and special tax items, adjusted net income was $63 million or $0.34 per share, up 7 cents or 26 percent from the comparable period in 2013. First quarter revenue was $906 million, up 3 percent organically, reflecting strength across both of the company’s business segments. First quarter adjusted operating margins improved 150 basis points, driven by increased volume and solid execution against operating efficiencies and ongoing initiatives to reduce costs.

“We are off to a good start in 2014. We had solid order activity during the quarter and strong sales execution, putting us on track to deliver our full-year commitments while maintaining our investments in those areas of the business with the most growth potential,” said Patrick Decker, president and chief executive officer of Xylem.

Decker said the company is moving ahead with initiatives to streamline operations, and is introducing new products to support growth for the full year.

“As I’ve travelled to many of our key sites in my first six weeks at Xylem, I’ve been impressed with our local teams’ knowledge, our passion for customer service, and the opportunities we have to bring further innovative solutions to our customers,” Decker said. “We’re winning business and growing our backlog. Clearly we have opportunity for continued operational improvements and efficiencies, and we will further embed a continuous improvement mindset across the company. We have a solid foundation from which to expand the business, and I’m confident that we will successfully execute our growth strategy.”

Full-year 2014 Outlook

Xylem also today reaffirmed full-year guidance, forecasting full-year 2014 revenue growth of 2 to 4 percent to approximately $4 billion. Full-year 2014 adjusted net income is expected to be in the range of $345 to $370 million, for adjusted earnings per share of $1.85 to $2.00, reflecting 11 to 20 percent growth over 2013. The company anticipates that restructuring and realignment costs will range from $40 to $50 million for the year.

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