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Xylem Inc  (NYSE:XYL)
Q1 2019 Earnings Call
May. 02, 2019, 9:00 a.m. ET

Contents:

  • Prepared Remarks
  • Questions and Answers
  • Call Participants

Prepared Remarks:

Operator

Welcome to the Xylem First Quarter 2019 Earnings Conference Call. At this time, all participants have been placed on a listen-only mode and the floor will be open a few questions following the presentation. (Operator Instructions)

Now, I would like to now turn the call over to Matt Latino, Senior Director of Investor Relations.

Matthew Latino -- Senior Director, Investor Relations

Thank you, --. Good morning everyone and welcome to Xylem's first quarter earnings conference call. With me today are Chief Executive Officer, Patrick Decker and Chief Financial Officer, Mark Rajkowski. They will provide their perspective on Xylem's first quarter 2019 results.

Following our prepared remarks, we will address questions related to the information covered on the call. I will ask that you please keep the one question and a follow-up and then return to the queue. As a reminder, this call and our company by a slide presentation available in the Investors section of our website at www.xylem.com. A replay of today's call will be available until midnight on June 2nd. Please note that the replay number is (800) 585-8367, and the confirmation code is 2987515. Additionally, the call will be available for playback via the Investors section of our website under the heading Investor events.

Please turn to slide 2. We will make some forward looking statements on today's call, including references to future events or developments that we anticipate will or may occur in a future. These statements are subject to future risks and uncertainties such as those factors described in Xylem's most recent annual report (inaudible) and in subsequent reports filed with VESEC.

Please note that the Company undertakes no obligation to update any forward looking statements publicly to reflect subsequent events or circumstances and actual events or results could differ materially from those anticipated.

Please turn to slide 3. We have provided you with a summary of our key performance metrics, including both GAAP and non-GAAP metrics. For purposes of today's call, all references will be on an adjusted basis unless otherwise indicated, and non-GAAP financials have been reconciled for you and are included in the appendix section of the presentation.

Now, please turn to slide 4, and I will turn the call over to our CEO, Patrick Decker.

Patrick Decker -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Thanks Matt, Good morning everyone, thanks for joining us to discuss our first quarter results. We continue to see strong top line growth and healthy demand in the first quarter but frankly we were disappointed with missing our guidance for margin and earnings. Lower margin performance was driven by the mix of products that we sold and operational factors that we should have identified and planned for, most notably in our sales and operations planning process. We take our commitments very seriously and we care deeply about doing what we say we are going to do as our track record has shown over the past five plus years and we have taken corrective actions to address these shortfalls.

We are pleased with our continued growth momentum, remain very excited about our ongoing growth prospects and an achieving healthy margin expansion for the remainder of this year and well beyond.

Now, let me review some of the other key details. We once again delivered solid organic revenue growth of 6% in the quarter. We saw gains across all of our end markets, highlighted by the continued mid single digit growth in our largest sector utilities. This continues to represent above market growth in a healthy market. From a geographical standpoint, the US market produced strong revenue growth with an 11% increase year-over-year. This included double digit growth in utilities and at least mid single digit growth in our other end markets.

The emerging markets continue to be healthy and build momentum as well up 12% overall with particularly, strong performance in Asia and Latin America. India and China saw strong gains once again. India increased 58% with growth in transport and treatment as well as the beginning of our deployment of a large (inaudible) metrology project, China was up 14%. i am looking forward, we remain very confident about long-term growth opportunities in these markets.

Turning to orders, we saw a 4% increase in the quarter. This is on top of 10% orders growth in the first quarter of last year and there are clear signs of continued strength with a 10% growth in backlog. Another important achievement which is reflected in our backlog growth is our recent deal with Philadelphia Water, announced in early February. This project focuses on smart metering infrastructure that incorporates our (inaudible) communications technology. It is an example of the kind of synergistic deals since the acquisition of sensus that we are now uniquely positioned to secure and execute by leveraging strength from across our portfolio.

It is also a key milestone because with this award, we have now won contracts that represent nearly $200 million of revenue synergies, which exceeds our previously stated revenue synergy goal from the 2017 Investor Day of between $150 million to $175 million. It further highlights the power and sustainable long-term growth profile of our portfolio. Based on the strategy we have executed and acquisitions made, we are now positioned to offer solutions that target the most crucial issues facing our customers, challenges by water affordability, water scarcity and resilience, this is accelerating demand for our solutions. Our advanced infrastructure analytics or AIA platform is a clear example of this.That platform saw accelerated market momentum in the quarter with orders growth of over 30%.

We are building a robust pipeline with increasing interest of utilities in US and a growing presence in Europe and Asia. Now, let me turn now to our margin performance, which was impacted by two primary factors. The first was unfavorable revenue mix, that was an expected test and European aftermarket and service revenues. The second was unfavorable overhead absorption in a couple of about key factories, due to some demand planning decisions we made to optimize our inventory levels.

Simply put, we still had a better process in place to align forecasted demand with production, we have taken steps to address our sales and operating planning process and we are confident that these margin effects are largely behind us.

I am now going to hand it over to Mark, who is going to give additional detail on the quarter, Mark?

E. Mark Rajkowski -- Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Thanks Patrick. Please turn to slide 5 and I will begin with our first quarter results. I am pleased with the continued market momentum we saw throughout the first quarter. Organic orders growth of 4% was in line with our expectations, very solid considering the tough comparison to last year's 10% growth. Revenues were up 6% in the quarter in at the high end of our revenue guidance. We had strong revenue growth across the majority of our geographic regions, led by the 12% growth in emerging markets and the 11% growth in the US.

China continued its strong growth trend with revenues up 14% with growth across each segment. Western Europe declined 2%, which was in line with our forecast and driven by a tough comparison to last year's first quarter, where we had significant software sale in several large treatment project deliveries. Each of our end markets grew in the quarter with continued strength in utilities market up 6% and 12% growth in commercial building services, which benefited from strong price realization, better than expected market conditions, end products.

Industrial and residential end markets both delivered solid growth of 4%. Adjusted operating margin for the quarter was 10.8%, down 30 basis points from the prior year. Cost reductions from our productivity programs in accelerating price realisations of 170 basis points where more than offset by inflation, growth investments and weaker sales mix. Part of the weaker mix of revenue was driven by lower than expected sales in a high margin test in service and aftermarket businesses in Europe.

We also had lower than expected overhead cost absorption in our applied water and water infrastructure segments. This was driven by lower production levels during the quarter to better align inventory to our market demand to optimize working capital. As Patrick mentioned, we have taken actions to better align our sales and operating planning processes and put this operational issues behind us. Earnings per share in the quarter were 52 cents, up 12% over the prior year, excluding foreign currency translation.

Please turn to slide 7 and I will review our segment results. Water infrastructure; organic orders grew 2% in the quarter. This growth is on top of a tough comparison with 13% orders growth last year, where treatment orders grew 27% from several large project wins. Segment backlog was $700 million at the end of the quarter with $525 billion shippable in 2019. This is up 5% over last year.

Our treatment bidding pipeline, which we view as a bellwether of the health of the underlying utilities market, grew mid single digits this quarter, driven by growing project work in India and new opportunities in North America. Water infrastructure revenues grew 7% in the quarter.

Transport application revenues were up 7% benefiting from high single-digit growth in both the utility and industrial end markets. The strength in utilities was fueled by strong aftermarket sales in storm water resilience work in the US and may change growth in China from wastewater project deliveries. Industrial revenues were driven by our dewatering business, which was up 12% in the quarter with good growth in the mining and construction workers.

Treatment application revenues grew 4% in the quarter from project deliveries in the US in emerging markets where momentum remains strong. Emerging market revenue growth was 10% driven by India, which grew 19%, in China, which grew 21% in the quarter. With many of the major utilities in China, now completing projects to comply with water regulations, we are turning our focus to smaller and medium sized utilities to build or upgrade their treatment facilities to meet these regulations. We see a significant opportunity for growth in this segment of the China market in a pipeline for these projects is expanding.

In Western Europe, revenues were down as expected from lapping large treatment project deliveries last year. However, sales from our aftermarket and service business was softer than expected, which negatively impacted our mix of revenues in March. Operating margin for the segment increased to 110 basis points,12.4% compared to last year. Cost reductions, strong price realization, volume leverage more than offset inflation, a weaker sales mix investments to grow our business and lower overhead absorption.

Please turn to slide 7. The applied water systems segment delivered 6% organic orders growth over the prior year. Segment backlog was $222 million at the end of the quarter, with $194 million due to ship in 2019. This is up 12% over last year. Segment revenues in the quarter grew 7% versus the prior year and we saw solid growth across each end market led by commercial business services. Geographically, we saw broad-based organic growth with the US up 7%, Western Europe growing 4% and we had very strong growth of 16% in the emerging markets led by China which grew more than 30% driven by new project activity.

Segment operating margin for the quarter was 15.6%, which reflects a 110 basis points of improvement compared to last year. Cost reductions is 300 basis points of price realization more than offset higher inflation, lower overhead absorption and foreign exchange headwinds.

Now please turn to slide 8. Measurement and control solutions had 5% organic orders growth in the quarter, which is on top of 12% orders growth in last year's first quarter. Total backlog for this segment was $980 million at the end of the quarter, up 16%, with $400 million shippable in 2019, which is up 19% year-over-year. We continue to gain momentum in the segment with new contract wins. We expect growth in margins to ramp throughout the year as previously announced contract wins, including our recent win with Philadelphia Water will begin to deploy later in the second half of this year.

Segment revenues grew 5% organically in the quarter. The water business grew 15% driven by strength in the North American market from continued demand for a iPerl meters and AMI deployments for smaller and mid-sized utility customers. SaaS and other service revenues were down 3% as expected as the segment lapse the large software sales in Europe during the first half of last year. Energy, which is a combination of our electric and gas offering so, revenues declined 7% due to low lapping of the Alliant project deployment from last year. Test application revenues were flat in the quarter and below our expectations as the shipment of a large project was delayed by customer into the second quarter.

AIA organic revenues grew 10% in the quarter with growth across multiple regions. Strong customer interest continues for these new solutions and we are penetrating new markets as we leverage existing Xylem channels in customer relationships. Segment operating margins contracted 420 basis points to 7.4%. Benefits from volume growth and cost reductions were more than offset by inflation, in favorable mix impact from last year, high-margin software sale and investments to accelerate the growth of our AIA platform.

We were also impacted by lower than expected revenues in our high margin test business. The good news is that we saw some improvement in the availability of components and expect that challenge to be largely behind us by the end of the second quarter. We continue to outlook strong margin expenditures for the second half of 2019, driven by improving mix, the scaling of our AIA platform in buying market. One new challenge we were working through all of our order processing delays that we are experiencing in getting product from our Mexican supplier into the US. The team is managing this well to minimize impacts to our customers.

Now let us turn to slide 9 for an overview of cash flow in the Company's financial position. We closed the quarter with a cash balance of $275 million. We returned $83 million of cash to our shareholders in the quarter through share repurchases and dividends. We invested $69 million in CapEx during the quarter, which is modestly higher than our full-year run rate and primarily related to timing. Investing in the business remains an important driver of growth for us. That said, we will remain disciplined and continue to forecast full-year capital spending between $230 million and $240 million.

Our working capital increased (Technical Difficulty) percent, this is in line with our expectations and driven by the inventory build during the second half of 2018 to address tariff and component issues. These inventories will be worked down over the next two quarters and we expect our working capital and free cash flow conversion to continue to improve each quarter. Cash flow from operations improved over 30% from last year's first quarter and free cash flow conversion improved substantially.

As a reminder, the first quarter is our seasonally weakest cash flow period as we build inventory for the back half of the year. We continue on track to meet our full year target of 105% free cash flow conversion. On a final note, earlier this quarter we announced a new credit revolver tied to our sustainability performance. This is the first of its kind in our sector, and we are pleased to be able to align the interest of our shareholders for more efficient financing with our focus on sustainability and social value creation.

Please turn to slide 10 and Patrick will cover our 2019 end market outlook.

Patrick Decker -- President and Chief Executive Officer

The view of our end markets for the full year remains largely unchanged from the guidance we provided on our last earnings call. While relapse some tougher year-over-year comparisons, the growth that we saw in the first quarter combined with healthy orders and backlog reinforces our confidence in our growth momentum for 2019. I will quickly run through some key points for each one of our end markets.

In the utilities market, we still expect solid growth in the US where we continue to see strong project backlog and a very healthy aftermarket business. Even with tough comparisons through the balance of the year, we still expect mid-single digit growth in the US. We are moderating our outlook for Europe slightly as we saw some softening from uncertainty in the UK. In the emerging markets, China and India continue to lead the way, regulation is expanding in both countries and adoption of our advanced treatment technology and other core infrastructure work is accelerating.

We therefore, maintain mid single digit growth expectations in the overall utilities market. In industrial, we continue to expect low to mid single digit growth as we foresee moderation in the second half of the year. While mining and construction boosted first quarter growth, we do expect general slowing consistent with our last outlook.In commercial, we saw another quarter of strong growth, driven primarily by the activity in the US and China. We do expect that the market will moderate in the back half of the year and we will also face challenging comparisons.

However, our performance in the first quarter and outlook based on order demand gives us confidence to raise the outlook for commercial for the full year slightly to mid-single digits. Our residential outlook remains at low-single digit growth. Signs of a flattening US housing market, low single-digit growth in Europe and a mixed outlook across emerging markets all remain unchanged from our guidance at last quarter.

Now, please turn to slide 11 and we will provide an update on the rest of our guidance for 2019. As we just discussed, we started the year with solid top line growth and continue to expect to deliver organic revenue growth of 4% to 6%. We are adjusting our operating margin outlook to a range of 14.5% to 14.9%. This represents healthy expansion of 80 to 120 basis points. We expect similar improvement on an adjusted EBITDA basis which would bring it to a range of 20.3% to 20.6%. This updated outlook takes into account our performance last quarter and (inaudible) for the remainder of the year. Let me pause for a moment and talk about other actions we are taking to improve our margin profile.

We first talked at our 2017 Investor day about our overall approach to business simplification, which included two primary components. First, the implementation of a global business services platform, which represents the simplification of a number of our back office functions. I will come back to this in a moment. Second; broader organizational opportunities to do further management delayering and elimination of other duplicate support functions. Since that time, we have advanced this effort to reduce complexity, within the organization, allowing us to be faster and more agile, so we can serve our customers better. These actions are being taken as we speak and we expect to see modest savings this year with the bulk of the savings being realized in 2020.

Now, turning back to our full year guidance, we are revising the adjusted EPS to a range of $3.12 to $3.32 cents, which reflects a reduction of $0.04 for the stronger dollar and $0.04 for the shortfall in the first quarter. This represents solid growth year-over-year of between 8% and 13%. And finally, we continue to expect at least 105% free cash flow conversion in a long track to do so.

Let me now turn it back over to Mark to work in summary other full-year and second quarter details.

E. Mark Rajkowski -- Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

On slide 12, we are providing the seasonal profile of our business as well as highlights of our updated 2019 (inaudible). We continue to expect 4% to 6% organic growth for 2019, which brings down by segment, as follows. We expect 5% to 7% growth in Water Infrastructure, 3% to 5% growth in applied water systems and 4% to 6% growth in measurement and control solutions. We are now assuming (inaudible) rate of 12, which was the average for the month of April and we have included that (inaudible) sensitivity table in the appendix. We are increasing our forecast for restructuring and realignment costs for the year to $60 million to $70 million. The increase relates to the actions Patrick covered earlier related to organizations simplification.

The increase in estimated restructuring charges will largely be recorded in the back half of this year with the majority of savings being realized in 2020.Our estimated tax rate for 2019 remains at 19.5%.

Now moving to the second quarter. We expect total company growth in the range of 4% to 6% led by continued strength in the US municipal market as well as broad-based growth in China and India. We expect second quarter adjusted operating margins to be in the range of 14.3% to 14.5%, representing 50 to 70 basis points of expansion over the prior year. We expect continued strong margin expansion in both our water infrastructure and applied water system segments driven by cost reductions, volume leverage and improved price realization. We expect margin expansion of about 20 to 60 basis points from our MCS segment, which reflects moderating impact from the component supply mix challenges. (Technical Difficulty)

Operator

Ladies and gentlemen, please continue to hold till the conference is restarted and you are live and you may resume. Today's conference will resume momentarily and again, ladies and gentlemen, Pardon me in interruption, we are having some technical issues at this time, your conference will resume momentarily. You may resume your conference.

Patrick Decker -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Yes, so this is Patrick and sorry we have had some technical difficulties that I can assure you, we were not planned. So, we are going to go back to slide 13. I realize that some of my comments may be redundant here, but it is important as we talk about this section of the call that you are, you hear it in entirety. So, sorry about that. A little over 2 years ago, we laid out our financial targets through 2020 at our Investor Day, we continue to make solid progress and are on track for the high end of our organic growth target of 4% to 6%, notably, having delivered 8% growth in 2018.

Our adjusted EBITDA margin target is on track as well having finished last year at 19.5% and an outlook for this year between 20.3% and 20.6%. This is clearly indicative of the strong operational expansion and volume leverage from growth that we've seen, which also stripped out the noise from purchase accounting amortization. Our adjusted EPS is also tracking at the high end of our target of mid-teens growth as we delivered 20% growth last year and 18% growth year before, our outlook for this year is at roughly 12% growth at the midpoint of our range.

In the next year, adjusted operating margin. I realize there may be some questions about our ability to achieve our target in the 2020 time frame, while continuing to support our growth objectives. And while we have made significant progress, there are a couple of things have changed as we laid out those targets back in 2017. First; earlier this month we made the decision to delay the next phase of actions related to our global business services initiative. We decided to do this in order to optimize its implementation and minimize any potential disruption to revenue growth.

Having said that, we remain fully committed this opportunity and we expect these savings to be realized but delayed now into late 2020 and 2021. Second; the target for set before we acquired few technologies and the other businesses that we have acquired to build our new AIA platform. This platform and the growing demand for our digital solutions across the entire company is helping us set the pace for innovation in the sector. This is reflected in the strong growth we are seeing and the excitement around are integrated offerings.

As a result, we remain confident in the longer term margin expansion potential of this portfolio and expect margins to expand at least 100 basis points in 2020 with further healthy margin expansion in 2021 beyond as we scale the capabilities we have been building in our new platform.

With that, let us turn to slide 14 to wrap up before questions. So in closing, we continue to see strong demand for our solutions and we are in the early stage of our digital journey, which is already reshaping the way water is managed for communities around the globe. While we had a disappointing quarter in regards to our margin performance, we have taken actions to ensure that we deliver our 2019 commitments, while investing in our business to realize the very attractive growth opportunities in front of us as well as longer-term margin expansion opportunities. We are firmly committed to executing and creating value for our stakeholders, which includes enabling our customers to harness the power of technology to solve their toughest challenges and helping them transform the future.

So with that, operator, we'd be happy to take questions now.

Questions and Answers:

Operator

(Operator Instructions) And our first question comes from Deane Dray with RBC Capital Markets.

Unidentified Participant -- -- Analyst

Thank you. Good morning, everyone.

Unidentified Speaker --

Hey good morning, Deane.

Unidentified Participant -- -- Analyst

Maybe we can start with the, the first quarter and the margin miss here and Patrick I apologize I missed like the first a minute or so of your opening remarks, but the next layer of detail when you talked about your lower factory absorption and demand planning decisions that said we need more help there and are seeing what actually went wrong oftentimes that's an ERP decision or just in the chain of linking the demand with the actual factory deployment and inventory commitments and so what went wrong and how the degree of confidence that it's fixed?

Patrick Decker -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Yeah, I'll speak first then Mark add some color here as well. So you have to be very clear what we're targeting here is, as you recall, we built up inventories at the end of December ahead of the expected tariff increases and some component shortages. So we came into the year, knowing we had higher inventory levels and you recall that actually had led to some of the bullet and free cash flow conversion last quarter. So we made the conscious decision to work down those inventories are in the factory. The disconnect was in terms of that getting translated by couple of factories into a financial forecast that we would have built into our guidance originally as we came out of the quarter.

That's where the miss occurred and we've taken the actions now within our supply chain organization and the finance team at the factory level, make sure that disconnect was resolved and does not reoccur.

E. Mark Rajkowski -- Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

I want to add anything. Yeah. And part of it is making sure we have the right folks involved in those conversations at the right levels. Also as we work through this beginning of April, we -- and the team working on a -- to make sure that we've completely through where some of the gaps were so we make sure that does not happen again.

Unidentified Participant -- -- Analyst

And can you size for us between those 3 factors, mix factory absorption. I understand the mix had to abandon that order pushout at AIA but size for us the mix of the 3 including FX?

Unidentified Speaker --

Yeah, the, in terms of the mix and it wasn't AIA, that was our analytics business or test business and also we saw softer than expected revenues in our aftermarket service business in Europe. And that impact in the quarter was roughly 25-30 basis points. And then on the absorption. And just on this absorption point I want to make sure that you know you understand that investors.This is an isolated incident in a couple of our factories, it is across all of our factories and we do have our hands on it, but it did impact both AWS in Water Infrastructure by approximately, you know 45 to 50 basis points in the quarter.

Unidentified Participant -- -- Analyst

Got it. And then the second question on the push-out of the margin target, the 17% to 18% by 2020. It sounds as though one of the tripping factors was this slower roll out in the global business services. So, yeah, what was its contribution expected to be, was it a 100 basis points there and why was it not ready. So maybe start there?

Unidentified Speaker --

We had Yeah, so if we go back to Investor Day in 2017 and we laid out, kind of the various drivers of the margin walk to that expansion target of that are 100 basis points was going to come from what we called broader business simplification of which you know part of that was global business services, which is all about the back office simplification, what we are talking about finance, IT, you know HR, work implementation etc. The other piece of that 100 basis points was be with broader organization simplification, which are the actions that we just announced here in the call today and foreshadowed back in the last earnings call.

So those are the 2 big drivers. We are still going forward with both, but what we said you know I have said in the past that you know doing a global business services implementation. We have the experience in doing this and we understand the importance of getting it right and not letting it become a distraction or disrupt the front end of the business in terms of top line demand. We are in the midst of that implementation, we have learned some things in the first couple of phases of roll out that caused us early this month to say, we are not putting a hold on it. We simply spreading of the time frame to make sure that we do not rush and then we get it right, and that is the single biggest driver too why we are pushing out the the margin target expectations beyond 2020.

And then as you can also see, we have been making other investments behind this new AIA platform that was not in the original 2017 Investor Day discussion.

E. Mark Rajkowski -- Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

So, maybe just a little bit of color in terms of where w are at, where we had our initial wave implementations in January of this year in the US. So it is a meaningful part of our revenues and that included new ledger, new master data, new processes for quarter-to-cash quarter with floors procure to pay and parts of the implementation are going well, other parts are not where we want them to be and it is taking a little bit more effort and time then we like relative to getting our financial information. So, we have work to do to optimize these processes and as Patrick said, we are going to get this done, we are going to get savings, but we are going to do it right and so you know we push the waves out that we had scheduled for currently to later in the back of the year and that is going to push out the entire implementation.

Patrick Decker -- President and Chief Executive Officer

(inaudible) one while the thing I would add and this is I am sure on the minds of others on the call. I would not be clear we could have made the decision to take a bunch of other additional cost out including cutting some investment to make our '17 and '18 margin targets that is not our approach. Because of the growth in the health that we see in the portfolio and the attractive margin accretion from this growth over time. So, I just want to be clear, there is not as if we did not have areas as we could go back, but that is not going to be our approach here.

Unidentified Participant -- -- Analyst

Got it. And just one last clarification and then that will be all from me. But the clarification on the delayed implementation on global business services. Patrick, you said in the prepared remarks, I was one to make sure I understand, where the timing of the initiatives starts and when the savings start coming into the P&L, just to clarify that?

Patrick Decker -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Yeah, so we had, we had very modest amount of savings in 2019, big part of the savings in the original timeline in 2020 with the remainder flowing through in 2021 and now that has moved out, you know, almost a year.

E. Mark Rajkowski -- Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Yeah. Effectively, about 3 quarters is the phasing out being so, as to why you know we would not get nearly as much as we would expected in '20, we will get that in '21 at a larger scale being at originally planned.

Unidentified Participant -- -- Analyst

Got it. Thanks for all the caller.

Unidentified Speaker --

Okay, thank you.

Operator

And your next question comes from the line of Nathan Jonson Stifel.

Unidentified Participant -- -- Analyst

Good morning, everyone.

Unidentified Speaker --

Hey Nathan.

Unidentified Participant -- -- Analyst

I guess we can stop endlessly talking about the 17-18 percent margin target now, just a question on the miss and the internal part of that in 1Q, you guys are certainly have a reputation for not making those kind of internal errors. Maybe Mark, you can talk a little bit more about what was behind that, how isolated you think it is, have you reevaluated the internal FP & A process to make sure that this kind of thing does not come up again. It is pretty unusual for you guys to have this kind of thing?

E. Mark Rajkowski -- Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Yeah, it is a really good question. And as I mentioned just a moment ago, we have got a lot of factories, a few dozen or more around the Company and it was really in 3 factories and we all gets down to this sales and operations planning process right signals into from our commercial teams into the factories and then translating that into financial outlook and we had you know, missed there were communication around that process needs to be really, really tight particularly, as you are going through some changes in as you trying to balance inventories and making sure that you know we, do what we say we are trying to do and not more, but also making sure we are getting good signals from the commercial teams into the factory. So, there as a whole line of communications including finance that is required and quite frankly they innovate, they were not as tight as they needed to be. And part of that is making sure we have got the right leadership in that process to make those calls.

So it is isolated, we know where the breakdown occurred and I can assure you this is a hot topic with our Senior leadership team and Senior finance folks to make sure that it does not happen again. And it boils down to really good communication.

Unidentified Participant -- -- Analyst

Yeah, I think our net all I would offer up here is not to further pile on the (Technical Difficulty)

Operator

And again, ladies and gentlemen, this is the operator. Today's conference will resume momentarily. Again, ladies and gentlemen, this is the Operator, today's conference will resume momentarily. And again, ladies and gentlemen, this is the operator, today's conference will resume momentarily, until that time please hold and you are live.

Patrick Decker -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Okay, sorry about that. I do not know how much of the answers you heard (Multiple speakers)

Unidentified Participant -- -- Analyst

We had out right as you started talking Patrick.

E. Mark Rajkowski -- Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

You missed some good stuff.

Patrick Decker -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Yeah, Even in that part of the call. So, your comments around this is very much unlike us, as I said, we take these things very seriously and we own this we were on it. I think the thing that was unique here not to so much explained, but why this time around, I think it is the first time in a long while that we have been in a situation where we were purposely working off so much inventory toward our working capital numbers in a couple of our factories and it was net in terms of the hand off and communication, in terms of what the absorption impact would be on the back as a result of that. So that is the piece that mark in the finance team are all over and we got the right leaders involved in the commercial side in the factories to make sure those things it incorrectly do not happen again.

Unidentified Participant -- -- Analyst

Okay. So, I guess my second question here is going to be back to the fundamentals of the business now. Order rate in the quarter still pretty healthy 4% against a pretty tough comp of 10% last year. Are there any markets where you are seeing any slowdown in order growth. I thought maybe Europe Industrial. Yeah, I mean, I thought maybe commercial but you are taking guidance for that up, just any color you have around the order trends you are seeing?

Unidentified Speaker --

Yeah, it is another good question. So, really the only, the only area that we have seen some level of order softness and it impacted in the quarter. We think it will be for the balance of the year is some softness in Europe, which is really driven by the uncertainty in the UK and so again, the UK was down 3% on its own in first quarter and we are expecting to be down, kind of mid single digits or so in Q2, and maybe low single digit for the full year, so that would be the one area I would say we are seeing some softness, we think it is still just purely a timing issue as we work through the uncertainty there in the UK.

Other than that we saw strength across the board, I will also give color on the 4%. Not only is that against a harder compare from last year, 10. But we also had a large treatment project that we would expected to win and we expect to win, did not get awarded in March. It is likely to get awarded here in Q2 that would have normalized back up to probably mid-single digit, so in order growth. So, we still feel quite confident about the momentum behind the business.

Unidentified Participant -- -- Analyst

Great, thanks very much. I will pass it on.

Unidentified Speaker --

Okay, thank you.

Operator

(Operator Instructions) And your next question comes from Scott Graham with BMO Capital.

Unidentified Participant -- -- Analyst

Hey, good morning. I got glad you can hear me.(Multiple speakers) We will see the question is young. The MCS margin was obviously pretty difficult in the quarter and I know you explain some things to be you are expecting from at least what I heard before (inaudible) that you are expecting the margin to be up in the second quarter and maybe just kind of a wreck that bridge for us is that is a big swing.

Unidentified Speaker --

Unfortunately, you cut out. I think what I heard, Scott was a kind of a bridge in terms of how things get better in Q2 for MCS.

Unidentified Participant -- -- Analyst

That is correct.Thanks. Okay. Yes. So there is a couple of things, one is the fact that the, we will continue to scale our AIA platform and there is good margin drop there. We will also seen improvement in mix as well as we will start to see some moderation of the impacts on tariffs, but it is really a combination and component shortages, but it is really mix better mix, better scaling around our AIA platform in a little bit less challenge, if you will in our supply chain.

Unidentified Speaker --

Are you still there, Scott.

Unidentified Participant -- -- Analyst

Well, I am now. Yes, sorry. When you say you expecting better mix, mix is always difficult to predict. I know that you gave some explanation, but you are seeing in your delivery book, a better mix for the second quarters, is that kind of.

Unidentified Speaker --

Yeah, a couple of pieces to that nature pieces are the lapping of the alignment installation, which had low margins on the installed because subcontract in a work out, so that is a big chunk. And then we expect a much better mix and a higher mix of water and that carries higher margins than in the energy, electric and yeah, those are really (inaudible).

Patrick Decker -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Definitely, we have got Scott, we have got it, in this business, we have got really good visibility into backlog because of these large deals that we won in the margin profile of those, and when the installs are expected to occur and then we have got good insight into what the day to day kind of replacement businesses and so in that regard. That is what gives us great confidence that we are going to see the margin expansion in the second half of the year relative to Q1.

Unidentified Speaker --

Yeah. The other thing too, we got off to a late start in price kind of driving price in the business, and really did not have much, if any, last year we had a little bit in Q1. We have gone out and raise some prices and that those rent bump in Q2 in the second half of the year, so that will be some help as well.

Unidentified Participant -- -- Analyst

So, the preponderance of the guide down on the margin is MCS largely

Unidentified Speaker --

first, let me make sure I understand that question we see the guide.

Patrick Decker -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Yeah, now that you are actually the guide down. Scott is really tied to 2 specific thing, but I know with the call dropping here a few times it made invest the guide down specifically $0.04 for currency and that just is actually kind of restriking it at the latest Euro rate and then the second is just the in Q1 we recover, maybe a candidate. we are basically saying right now, we are not counting on recovering that we are not going to go (inaudible) cost to recover that it would come back on other investments we need to maintain.

Unidentified Participant -- -- Analyst

Understood. I will finish it there.

Unidentified Speaker --

Thank you.

Operator

And your next question comes from John Walsh with Credit Suisse.

Unidentified Participant -- -- Analyst

Hi, good morning.

Unidentified Speaker --

Good morning, John.

Unidentified Participant -- -- Analyst

I guess maybe the first question, just thinking about the strong order growth. The strong sales. I think you guys have done a very good job explaining what is happened with the margin, but it does lead to the question you know what is actually kind of in the backlog in terms of the margin and if that still relatively healthy, if you are seeing margin backlog kind of still expand year-over-year. Any color around that would be helpful.

Patrick Decker -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Sure. Yeah, John. So, this is Patrick. Yeah, we do, we do feel good about margins and backlog. We have got good visibility on that, I would say is, again it is a function of the mix between project work and kind of day-to-day book and ship business is healthy. Two; we have seen very good pricing traction. Again, as you will recall over the course of last year and that continues as we go forward here. We also, when you look at the mix of (inaudible) business as Mark alluded to, where it is going to be much heavier water business, which is substantially higher margin than electric and gas. Those are the projects that we see in backlog in the second half.

Unidentified Participant -- -- Analyst

Okay. So is it, is it fair to say that the margin in the backlog is actually up year-on-year. Yes. Okay, all right. And then maybe just a question around the pipeline as you think around what is out there in the market in terms of acquisition opportunity?

Unidentified Speaker --

Yeah, I think as we have said before, we maybe just reiterate the key focus areas for us. We have talked before about we do think that there continue to be opportunities, if I think about it first from the utility space perspective, we think we have got a great platform here. We do think there are opportunities as we continue to build out our AIA platform that there are both opportunities there to build out an even stronger kind of decisions intelligence type offering to utilities.

We just did a small acquisition in Germany, it is very very small, but it is a terrific artificial intelligence capability for inside the treatment plant and we closed that deal just about a month or so back small deal, but really excited about leveraging that on a global scale. So, in the utility space. I think it will largely be just a series of tuck-ins and bolt-ons that will not be material from a financial perspective, but be material in terms of strength in the solution to the customer.

Beyond that, again, we continue to look at opportunities across the industrial water space. It is a fairly fragmented area, we do see there being some interesting ideas out there, not foreshadowing or signaling anything there. We will continue to be disciplined there from a valuation standpoint, I do not see anything in the immediate term, but that is an area we continue to keep our eyes and ears close to the ground on.

Unidentified Participant -- -- Analyst

All right, thank you.

Unidentified Speaker --

Thank you

Operator

And your next question comes from Joe Giordano with Cowen & Company.

Unidentified Participant -- -- Analyst

Hey, guys, good morning,

Unidentified Speaker --

good morning, Joe

Unidentified Participant -- -- Analyst

So, I just wanted to start on free cash flow. So you guys are maintaining your target for 2019 here, but you are also doubling our percent effectively the restructuring for the year. So, kind of talk us through given the some of the issues you faced here in 1Q, how conservative is that target to get incrementally more aggressive by keeping it flat.

Unidentified Speaker --

Joe. That is a good question, relative to the impact of restructuring. A lot of that was that really gets at is the timing of the accounting impact and not necessarily all of the cash flows. So, we think that in terms of the cash flow related to restructuring, it may be up a little bit, but we are not expecting that to have material negative impact on that free cash flow conversion. (Multiple speakers) question Joe

Unidentified Participant -- -- Analyst

just so you went from like 30 something to 60 to 70 in restructuring, but you are saying most of that incremental increase the cash impact of that is next year.

Unidentified Speaker --

Yeah and most of that is will be late in the year and not all of that is going to be paid out in cash.

Unidentified Participant -- -- Analyst

(Multiple speakers)

Unidentified Speaker --

And I would say, I would say, Joe. What also gives us confidence around that cash conversion is literally just be the decisions and working with made in Q1 to work at inventories, and so that will have a conversion benefit in terms of helping to get to our working capital numbers.

Patrick Decker -- President and Chief Executive Officer

And I would say that there is still inventory built up there, you know related to tariffs that will continue to warrant down through the course of the year.

Unidentified Participant -- -- Analyst

Okay and then next. I know, Nathan. So we are not supposed to talk about 2020 targets anymore, but I am going to ask one. The, (Multiple speakers) you pushed the operating target which I think our people are hoping to see you kept the EBITDA target. So I am just curious now. Are you effectively just pushing out the amortization and not the simplification benefit because like the EBITDA target staying the same, so just curious as to how that how you square that?

Unidentified Speaker --

Yeah, you know our EBITDA has been running ahead of it more in line with our you know our targets been than our operating margin. Obviously, a chunk of that is related to the related to the amortization. So, we are still expecting to be within the range of the EBITDA target that we put out there for 2020.

Unidentified Participant -- -- Analyst

But effectively, like the operating margin change was because of amortization and because of the push-out of the global business areas and the simplification (Multiple speakers)

Unidentified Speaker --

So, it is almost like obviously the. Yeah, I am sorry, obviously, the global business services impact is going to impact both operating margin and in EBITDA margin. The amortization related to our acquisitions continues to be part of that calculation is also in others taxes there is interest, all of those are components of the EBITDA.

Patrick Decker -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Yeah, Joe we will finish this year, roughly around 20.5% EBIT in EBITDA. So, we are committed to a 100 basis points for next year that will be on both, right. So we will finish roughly in that target was about 21.5 to 22.5 on EBITDA from the Investor day.

Unidentified Participant -- -- Analyst

Okay, fair enough. Thanks guys.

Unidentified Speaker --

Yes, thank you.

Operator

And your next question comes from Brian Lee with Goldman Sachs.

Unidentified Participant -- -- Analyst

Hey guys, thanks for taking the questions. Good morning.

Unidentified Speaker --

Sure, good morning.

Unidentified Participant -- -- Analyst

You maybe if I could just squeeze one last one in my maybe hopefully the last one in for you guys on the, in the long-term margin targets. Is this effectively just a one-year push out , are you committing to those original targets in the 2021 time frame or where we might be to finite in China pigeonhole you guys.

Unidentified Speaker --

Sure. Yeah, I mean I think what we are committing to here Brian is you know we confident around 100 basis points of margin expansion next year. We think that trend line can continue in terms of just continued healthy progression on margins for some time to come, you know not in a position here today to declare new targets for '21 and beyond, will do that obviously later this year as we are get closer within the year and we are talking only about 20, but we are getting new longer-term target to that point.

Unidentified Participant -- -- Analyst

Okay, fair enough. And then just second question, you mentioned a couple of times throughout the call, this Philadelphia win, which is encouraging, especially in the context of the water business that part of the mix picking up, so it could you guys give us some kind of frame of reference in terms of how big this deployment is in relation to other water deployments in your backlog and then maybe related to that. I noticed the SaaS business was a bit weaker in the quarter, I know there were some tougher comps, but does that reverse in the second half with this Philadelphia deployment or are there other deployments that drive that part of the business and MCS back to double-digit growth later in the year. Thanks guys.

Unidentified Speaker --

Yes. so the Philly water deal, you know it is sizable and it is in our backlog now and it really, it is not yet in orders. So, we secure the contract, but we have got the orders as they place them on us and we expect that really to be happening later this year mainly into 2020. The general size that we have here is similar to other deals we have been out the, you can take somewhere between roughly $60 to $90 million is the ballpark out if it moves around a bit, depending upon the final specs, etc., but it is a meaningful size deal. We do still see a number of other large deals out there in the pipeline with the team is going after both in North America, but also we are still pursuing a number of them on the international side, there are also both the combination of AMI metering deployments, but also broader link between that in our new AIA platform around things like water losses, non revenue water, etc. So, those would likely be announced either late this year, early next and so and those would certainly be an attractive margins to the current portfolio.

Unidentified Participant -- -- Analyst

And just quickly on the SaaS. The SaaS makes any any views into kind of when those trends pick back up moving through the year.

Unidentified Speaker --

Yeah, we think the, certainly, we are already, we saw a little bit of, I mean the issue in the quarter was simply specifically a compare of a large software sale that we did in Europe last year was one project, again we do not want to get into spend two quarters and so that will be behind us. If you look at the rest of our SaaS offering, which is predominantly coming out of our AI platform as well as the my side of the business with sensus. We continue to see very good growth in healthcare. We talked about the 30% orders growth in AIA in the quarter. We see that accelerating based upon the market demand and the deployment that we are doing and expect that to be in converting into organic revenue really in Q2 through the end of the year and onward.

Unidentified Participant -- -- Analyst

Okay, thanks guys.

Unidentified Speaker --

Thank you.

Operator

And your next question comes from Brett Lindsay with Vertical Research.

Unidentified Participant -- -- Analyst

Good morning.(Multiple speakers) Okay. Yeah, I wanted to go back to the margin bridge and specifically, the cost inflation bucket that actually worsened relative to Q4 and just wondering what some of the moving parts are in terms of the underlying components there. And then just on the strategic investments that was actually a positive swing in water infrastructure applied with delta of about 150 bits relative to last Q4 just timing on investments you throttle back a little bit. Any color would be good.

Unidentified Speaker --

Yeah, in terms of inflation is that is, it is largely in line, it might be up a little bit I mean there really was not any incremental impact related to tariffs we been seeing that already in the fourth quarter same thing with components, maybe a little bit in freight, but nothing material, and certainly, as we look out over the course of this year, we would expect that to trend down as we lap some of those tougher comparisons in the back half of last year. So that will decrease.

Now, the second part of your question related to investments. (inaudible)

Unidentified Participant -- -- Analyst

Specific to water infrastructure and applied, just looking at the delta that was a drag it all of 2018 in Q4, but it was actually a tailwind here in the Q1.

Unidentified Speaker --

Well, we still have some investments in Water Infrastructure. So, we certainly did throughout on an enterprisewide basis. Most notably, when you look at MNCS, so we are continuing to invest, particularly in that segment, but in other parts of our business as well.

Unidentified Participant -- -- Analyst

Okay, good. And then just shifting to the restructuring, up about $35 billion at the midpoint, I know it is sort of back-end loaded, but where are the targeted opportunities by the at the segment level?

Unidentified Speaker --

Yes. So, all kind of refrain from getting into too much of the Inside Baseball on details of the work moves as we are in the midst of doing those as we speak. It is broad based, it is not really targeted, I would say on any one segment. Each one of our three segments have opportunities here that we are going to streamlining and it is a broader delayering and elimination some of the duplicate support from we got so, I probably would not want to go into more caller than that right now and if you could share more with you on the next call.

Unidentified Participant -- -- Analyst

Okay, good. And then maybe just one follow-up on the US growth, it has been very strong across the board. What is your sense of the underlying market rate or run rate here in those pieces of the business. And then as you examine those out growth factors, what is the big drivers the channel products in any color would be good.

Unidentified Speaker --

Sure. Yeah. So, I would say the predominant drivers that we are seeing are really I would say threefold. First is because that US number is a companywide number. So, in the US you see first of all, a continued healthy utility market and we believe the utility market is growing really kind of a mid-single digit level and what we are seeing there in terms of faster growth in that we do believe is market share gain and that is predominantly within our transport business, but also treatment. Second driver is; we again continue to see accelerated growth of especially in orders on the new AIA platform, which is heavily concentrated right now in the US as well as some of the project wins within piece of the organization. I think in those in both areas we see those as being sustainable. The one that I would say we are expecting to see some moderation of growth would be within our applied Water business on the industrial side in the US where we have been running pretty hot there for the past year year and a half all of that has come from a couple of things. One; we made at the organization move about a year and a half ago, where we integrated the commercial teams around our applied water and in our water infrastructure businesses and we have been getting a large amount of revenue synergies there that reflects share gains by expanding channel, streamlining our distribution channels and just incentivizing people to go out and sell the portfolio. And so, there comes a point where you start lapping that and so, we would say that part of the business would begin to moderate down to probably more low-mid single digits at the back half of this year.

So, when you do the math on all that, that is why we are saying for the full year while we did 11% in Q1. We do expect that to be more medium to high-single digits in Q2 and then blends out for the full year at somewhere in that high-single digit level for the full year aggregated.

Unidentified Participant -- -- Analyst

Okay, got it. I appreciate it, thanks.

Unidentified Speaker --

And your next question comes from Walter Liptak with Seaport Global.

Unidentified Participant -- -- Analyst

Hi thanks guys. I just have a

Unidentified Speaker --

Good morning

Unidentified Participant -- -- Analyst

Good morning, just have a quick follow-up, the first quarter margin issue, I just want to clarify that was a problem they get taken care of and that is behind us now.

E. Mark Rajkowski -- Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Yeah as both Patrick and I mentioned and there is a couple of follow-ups on that you may not have been on online at that point, but yeah, we have done quite a bit of work around that in terms of our sales and operations planning process, we know what the root causes are and you know we have taken corrective action, so we do believe that is fully behind us.

Unidentified Participant -- -- Analyst

Okay. Alright. Thanks for that clarification. And then it sounds like despite some of the macro international things that are going on that your order intake internationally, still looks pretty stable for this year, and I wonder if you could just talk about that especially on the larger systems side.

Unidentified Speaker --

Sure. Yeah. So yes, we definitely are seeing continued robust demand pretty much consistently across outside of North America, I would say the one exception to that would be, I did mention earlier some softness in the UK that affected our European results. So, we are guiding Europe and kind of the low-single digits for the full year. But the rest of international certainly across Asia, we see continued very robust growth there in terms of orders and bidding pipeline.

The same is the case within Latin America. We see some great results there, we see strength continuing in in Eastern Europe. And I would say the Middle East has moderated but is healthier now for us than it was last year and so, it feels pretty good, right now touch wood and again the things we look at our things like line and backlog and that is where we have our confidence

Unidentified Participant -- -- Analyst

OK, all right, great, thank you guys.

Unidentified Speaker --

Thank you.

Operator

And your next question comes from (inaudible) with Berenberg.

Unidentified Speaker --

Good morning Andrew.

Operator

Andrew. Your line is open. Please state your question. Andrew your line may be on mute.

Unidentified Participant -- -- Analyst

Yes, I am here. Thanks for taking my question.

Unidentified Speaker --

Okay.

Unidentified Participant -- -- Analyst

Yeah, just wanted to just delve into your guidance. Obviously that is come out a few times on the call. Just given, it is still implies a big, I am questioning you how conservative if there is any contingency in place for some of the issues that occurred in Q1 and then you are talking about moderation in a number of areas, Industrial, Commercial talked about softness in the UK, Middle East moderating, Applied Water even, so why, so your guidance is only reduced by the mix and the FX, but where do you get this confidence, are you being conservative enough to meet your expectations for the year.

Unidentified Speaker --

Sure. Yeah, obviously, we go through a lot of analysis and digging into these things before we put together a guidance for the full year and certainly as we look to do adjusted downward by definition, we make sure that we build in appropriate (Technical difficulty) to be able to cover for a rainy day, obviously we are not proud and missed that in Q1 for the reasons that we described. But we feel confident that we have got an appropriate range there and the issues around the words moderation that I used, those are all embedded in the 4% to 6% organic revenue guide, which still gives us some room in the case of things or soften, you know it also addresses that the top of some the comps do get tougher in the second half of the year from a growth standpoint, but we feel we have got all that reflected in embedded in our guidance.

Patrick Decker -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Well, I would point out big certainly be part of that is also (inaudible) we had the comps are certainly much easier there and we know we have a ramp big ramp in higher margin water business scaling up AIA, so we have good confidence in that. We continue to drive productivity and we expect that to ramp in throughout the course of the year. So, as Patrick said, particularly after not hitting your numbers. We were particularly focused on making sure that we identified all of the potential risks out there and we had sufficient contingencies address.

Unidentified Participant -- -- Analyst

Okay. And maybe just one more on your MTS side, that disappointing this quarter, but where some of the things get like the energy applications due to lapping a volume project, the softness, it sounds like you had a tough comp in the SaaS piece what maybe where did it, we would not have expected or where you missed in that in your guidance or your steering us to where that margin would be this quarter.

Unidentified Speaker --

Yeah the miss in the quarter, we were a little bit below what we had out and that was primarily a function of mix and just, we expected better sales growth in our high margin test business, that is our analytics equipment sensors and it was flat. And that was really the difference between what we outlook and what we delivered from a margin perspective.

Patrick Decker -- President and Chief Executive Officer

And just be clear, again we are not talking about the AIA platform, we are talking about the traditional analytics piece of the MCS segment, which is very high gross margins for us and it was a specific project in Europe, that got pushed out. And that drove the shortfall there, it hit margin hard just because the gross margins in that business.

Unidentified Participant -- -- Analyst

Okay. Alright. That is helpful,

Unidentified Speaker --

Thank you.

Operator

Thank you. And your final question will come from (inaudible) with Raymond James.

Unidentified Participant -- -- Analyst

Hi, this is (Multiple speakers) Can you hear me. Yes. Okay. Yeah, this is (inaudible) for not mistaken, it has been over a year since your last acquisition announcement. That as a pretty long M&A hiatus for you, so I was wondering if there is an indication of private company valuation that have gone to rich or should we read anything else into that?

Unidentified Speaker --

Yeah, it is a great, question. I. I would not read anything into our kind of a year passing in terms of not doing M&A to do anything with valuations. I mean obviously, valuations move around and they vary depending upon the target that you are exploring. But I think, we just important to pause on anything of significance, over the last year, while we continue to focus in on the successful integration of both as well as pure and building up this new platform, this new AIA platform. And so since, then we have done a few small tuck-ins and bolt-ons that are not material from a financial standpoint that are strategically. We continue to explore and we will continue to be active in terms of M&A, win the right opportunities present themselves are strategically and financially. But no, I would not read anything into it being a commentary on valuation.

Unidentified Participant -- -- Analyst

Okay, thanks.

Unidentified Speaker --

Thank you

Operator

Thank you. I will now turn the floor back over to Patrick Decker for any closing remarks or any additional remarks.

Patrick Decker -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Sure will again thank you all for bearing with this here this morning on the technical difficulties. I know it was painful on this end and so, appreciate your patience and for this and also by hanging on the phone a bit longer than we normally planned. Appreciate the ongoing support. Look forward to get back to you after our Q2 results. We appreciate your support. Safe travels and we will be in touch soon. Thank you.

Operator

And thank you. This does conclude today's first quarter earnings conference call. Please disconnect your lines at this time and have a wonderful day.

Duration: 79 minutes

Call participants:

Matthew Latino -- Senior Director, Investor Relations

Patrick Decker -- President and Chief Executive Officer

E. Mark Rajkowski -- Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Unidentified Participant -- -- Analyst

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