Xylem Wins Bahrain Contract, Outlook Solid on Order Backlog

Xylem Inc. (XYL) has recently been awarded a multi-million dollar contract by Bahrain’s Ministry of Works. The $7.3 million contract win reflects the growing popularity of the company’s world-class water and wastewater solutions, which is boosting its revenue-generation capabilities.

Per the terms of the contract, Xylem will upgrade and expand Wedeco ozone systems at the Tubli Water Pollution Control Centre (TWPCC) in Manama. Following the upgrade, the facility’s water treatment capacity will increase to 240,000 from 200,000 cubic meters, making it the largest ozone waste-water treatment facility in the Middle East.

Xylem anticipates completing the contract in 16 months, with the plant likely to be operational by 2015 end.

Barely a month ago, Xylem won a contract in Thailand to supply Flygt-brand pumps to the Xayaburi run-of-river hydropower dam. A similar contract, to provide Flygt-brand submersible pumps, was awarded to the company in Jun 2014 at Paris, France.

With such diversified and high-value contracts in the pipeline, Xylem is expected to gain market share and generate higher organic revenues in the quarters ahead. In second-quarter 2014, the company received total orders worth $1,031 million, reflecting a year-over-year increase of 1%, while total backlog was $816 million at quarter-end.

For 2014, Xylem anticipates revenues to be roughly $4.0 billion, up 2–4% year over year. Adjusted net income and earnings per share are expected in ranges of $350–$370 million and $1.90–$2.00, respectively.

The Zacks Consensus Estimate for Xylem is pegged at $1.96 for 2014 and $2.26 for 2015. These estimates represent year-over-year growth of 17.2% and 15.7% respectively. Also, earnings over the next five years are estimated to grow by 12.6%.

With a market capitalization of $6.9 billion, Xylem currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). Some better-ranked stocks in the industry include DXP Enterprises, Inc. (DXPE), IDEX Corporation (IEX) and Middleby Corp. (MIDD). All these stocks hold a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).
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