Premium water solutions provider, Xylem Inc. (XYL - Free Report) reported mixed second-quarter 2017 results.
Quarterly adjusted earnings came in at 59 cents per share, surpassing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 57 cents. In addition, the bottom line came in higher than the year-ago tally of 48 cents per share.
Quarterly revenues were $1,164 million, up 24.9% year over year. However, the top line missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1,172 million.
Margins and Costs
Xylem’s cost of revenues for the reported quarter came in at $705 million, jumping 25.2% year over year. Gross profit margin during the quarter was 39.4%, down 20 basis points (bps) year over year.
Selling, general and administrative expenses came in at $270 million compared to $227 million incurred in the year-ago period. Research and development expenses were $44 million, as against $27 million reported in the prior-year quarter.
Quarterly adjusted operating margin was 13.3%, up 30 basis points (bps) year over year.
The Water Infrastructure segment generated revenues of $482 million, as against $484 million recorded in the comparable period last year.
Revenues from the Applied Water segment totaled $361 million, down from $366 million recorded in the year-ago quarter.
The company’s recently formed Sensus & Analytics business segment generated revenues worth $321 million in the reported quarter, up from $82 million recorded in the year-earlier period.
Balance Sheet and Cash Flow
Xylem exited second-quarter 2017 with cash and cash equivalents of $288 million compared with $308 million as of Dec 31, 2016. Long-term debt was $2,168 million, as against $2,108 million recorded at the end of 2016.
In first-half 2017, Xylem generated cash of $151 million from operating activities compared with $125 million recorded in the prior-year period. Capital expenditure was $77 million, as against $62 million incurred in the year-ago quarter.
Xylem raised its revenue guidance for 2017 from 4.5–$4.6 billion to the $4.65–$4.70 billion range. Notably, eliminating the impact of acquisitions and foreign currency translation, this Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) company anticipates to accrue organic revenue growth within the range of 2–3% for 2017. Moreover, it lifted its adjusted earnings guidance for the full year from $2.23–$2.38 per share to the $2.30–$2.40 per share range.
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