RYE BROOK, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Global water technology company, Xylem Inc. (NYSE:XYL), today withdrew its financial guidance for the first quarter of 2020 and for the full year, because of the impact of COVID-19. Guidance provided on February 6 for the first quarter had anticipated one to two percentage points of organic revenue softening and three to four cents of adjusted earnings per share impact from the initial, localized emergence of COVID-19 in China. However, the rapid international spread of the disease, especially in recent weeks, has since disrupted commercial activity and supply chains more broadly.
“Our first priority is the health and well-being of our colleagues, our customers and partners, and the communities we all serve,” said Patrick Decker, President and CEO of Xylem. “As a business, we’re privileged to be supporting water and resource management customers who provide services essential to every hospital and healthcare worker, and to every home and family. Water is always fundamental but, right now, it’s also a critical contributor to halting COVID-19.”
“Thanks to the work our team has done in recent years, Xylem is able to operate from a position of financial resilience, so we’ll be here for our customers as they keep those services flowing in their communities,” continued Decker. “We have a strong balance sheet, healthy cash reserves and ready access to capital. We are also moving quickly to adapt our operating and capital spending. While we are withdrawing our previous guidance to reflect the reduced visibility driven by COVID-19, we believe we are very well-positioned to come through this period of uncertainty, continuing to deliver for our customers and creating significant economic and social value.”
Xylem will provide a business update including the impact of COVID-19 when it releases its first quarter 2020 results.
Xylem (XYL) is a leading global water technology company committed to developing innovative technology solutions to the world’s water challenges. The Company’s products and services move, treat, analyze, monitor and return water to the environment in public utility, industrial, residential and commercial building services settings. Xylem also provides a leading portfolio of smart metering, network technologies and advanced infrastructure analytics solutions for water, electric and gas utilities. The Company’s more than 16,000 employees bring broad applications expertise with a strong focus on identifying comprehensive, sustainable solutions. Headquartered in Rye Brook, New York, with 2019 revenue of $5.25 billion, Xylem does business in more than 150 countries through a number of market-leading product brands. For more information, please visit us at www.xylem.com.
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Factors that could cause results to differ materially from those anticipated include: overall economic and business conditions; uncertainty of the magnitude, duration, geographic reach and impact on the global economy of the COVID-19 pandemic; the current, and uncertain future, impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our business, growth, projections, financial condition, operations, cash flows, and liquidity, including the impact of adverse economic conditions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic on our performance or customer markets; actual or potential other epidemics, pandemics or global health crises; geopolitical and other risks associated with our international operations, including military actions, protectionism, economic sanctions or trade barriers including tariffs and embargoes that could affect customer markets and our business, and non-compliance with laws, including foreign corrupt practice laws, data privacy, export and import laws and competition laws; potential for unexpected cancellations or delays of customer orders in our reported backlog; our exposure to fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates; disruption, competition and pricing pressures in the markets we serve; industrial, governmental and private sector spending; the strength of housing and related markets; weather conditions; ability to retain and attract talent and key members of management; our relationship with and the performance of our supply chain including channel partners; our ability to successfully identify, complete and integrate acquisitions; our ability to borrow or to refinance our existing indebtedness and availability of liquidity sufficient to meet our needs; uncertainty from the expected discontinuance of LIBOR and transition to any other interest rate benchmark; changes in the value of goodwill or intangible assets; risks relating to product defects, product security, product liability and recalls; claims or investigations by governmental or regulatory bodies; cybersecurity attacks, breaches or other disruptions of information technology systems on which we rely; litigation and contingent liabilities; and other factors set forth under “Item 1A. Risk Factors” in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019 ("2019 Annual Report") and with subsequent filings we make with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC").
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