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Evoqua Water Technologies Corp. - Annual Report: 2020 (Form 10-K)




UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
 
FORM 10-K
 
Annual Report Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
For the Fiscal Year Ended
September 30, 2020
or
 
Transition Report Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Commission File Number: 001-38272
EVOQUA WATER TECHNOLOGIES CORP.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
 
Delaware
 
46-4132761
(State or other jurisdiction of
incorporation or organization)
 
(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)
210 Sixth Avenue
 
15222
Pittsburgh,
Pennsylvania
 
(Address of principal executive offices)
 
(Zip code)
(724772-0044
(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)
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The aggregate market value of the outstanding common stock, par value $0.01 per share, of the registrant other than shares held by persons who may be deemed affiliates of the registrant, as of March 31, 2020, the last business day of the registrant’s most recently completed second fiscal quarter, was approximately $807 million.
There were 118,276,418 shares of the registrant’s common stock, par value $0.01 per share, outstanding as of October 30, 2020.
DOCUMENTS INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE
Portions of the registrant’s definitive proxy statement (the “Proxy Statement”) for its annual meeting of shareholders to be held in February 2021, are incorporated by reference into Part III of this Report. The Proxy Statement will be filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission within 120 days after the end of the fiscal year to which this report relates.






EVOQUA WATER TECHNOLOGIES CORP.
INDEX TO FORM 10-K
For the Year Ended September 30, 2020
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 








CAUTIONARY NOTE REGARDING FORWARD‑LOOKING STATEMENTS
This Annual Report on Form 10-K (this “Annual Report”) contains forward‑looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, Section 27A of the Securities Act, as amended (the “Securities Act”) and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”). You can generally identify forward‑looking statements by our use of forward‑looking terminology such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “continue,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “may,” “might,” “plan,” “potential,” “predict,” “projection,” “seek,” “should,” “will” or “would” or the negative thereof or other variations thereon or comparable terminology. In particular, statements about the markets in which we operate, including growth of our various markets, our expectations, beliefs, plans, strategies, objectives, prospects, assumptions, or future events or performance, statements regarding our restructuring actions and expected restructuring charges and cost savings for fiscal 2021 and beyond, and statements related to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on our business contained in this Annual Report are forward‑looking statements.
We have based these forward‑looking statements on our current expectations, assumptions, estimates and projections. While we believe these expectations, assumptions, estimates and projections are reasonable, such forward‑looking statements are only predictions and involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond our control. These and other important factors, including those discussed in this Annual Report in Item 1, “Business,” Item 1A, “Risk Factors” and Item 7, “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” may cause our actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by these forward‑looking statements, or could affect our share price. Some of the factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward‑looking statements include, among other things:
general global economic and business conditions, including the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and disruptions in global oil markets;
our ability to compete successfully in our markets;
our ability to execute projects on budget and on schedule;
the potential for us to incur liabilities to customers as a result of warranty claims or failure to meet performance guarantees;
our ability to meet our customers’ safety standards or the potential for adverse publicity affecting our reputation as a result of incidents such as workplace accidents, mechanical failures, spills, uncontrolled discharges, damage to customer or third-party property or the transmission of contaminants or diseases;
our ability to continue to develop or acquire new products, services and solutions and adapt our business to meet the demands of our customers, comply with changes to government regulations and achieve market acceptance with acceptable margins;
our ability to implement our growth strategy, including acquisitions, and our ability to identify suitable acquisition targets;
our ability to operate or integrate any acquired businesses, assets or product lines profitably or otherwise successfully implement our growth strategy;
our ability to achieve the expected benefits of our restructuring actions, including restructuring our business into two segments;
material and other cost inflation and our ability to mitigate the impact of inflation by increasing selling prices and improving our productivity efficiencies;
our ability to accurately predict the timing of contract awards;
delays in enactment or repeals of environmental laws and regulations;




the potential for us to become subject to claims relating to handling, storage, release or disposal of hazardous materials;
our ability to retain our senior management and other key personnel;
our increasing dependence on the continuous and reliable operation of our information technology systems;
risks associated with product defects and unanticipated or improper use of our products;
litigation, regulatory or enforcement actions and reputational risk as a result of the nature of our business or our participation in large‑scale projects;
seasonality of sales and weather conditions;
risks related to government customers, including potential challenges to our government contracts or our eligibility to serve government customers;
the potential for our contracts with federal, state and local governments to be terminated or adversely modified prior to completion;
risks related to foreign, federal, state and local environmental, health and safety laws and regulations and the costs associated therewith;
risks associated with international sales and operations, including our operations in China;
our ability to adequately protect our intellectual property from third‑party infringement;
risks related to our substantial indebtedness;
our need for a significant amount of cash, which depends on many factors beyond our control;
risks related to AEA Investors LP’s (along with certain of its affiliates, collectively, “AEA”) ownership interest in us; and
other risks and uncertainties, including those listed under Item 1A, “Risk Factors.”
Given these risks and uncertainties, you are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward‑looking statements. The forward‑looking statements contained in this Annual Report are not guarantees of future performance and our actual results of operations, financial condition and liquidity, and the development of the industry in which we operate, may differ materially from the forward‑looking statements contained in this Annual Report. In addition, even if our results of operations, financial condition and liquidity, and events in the industry in which we operate, are consistent with the forward‑looking statements contained in this Annual Report, they may not be predictive of results or developments in future periods.
Any forward‑looking statement that we make in this Annual Report speaks only as of the date of such statement. Except as required by law, we do not undertake any obligation to update or revise, or to publicly announce any update or revision to, any of the forward‑looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, after the date of this Annual Report.




Part I

Item 1. Business
History and Company Overview
Our History
Evoqua Water Technologies Corp. (referred to herein as “the Company,” “Evoqua,” “Evoqua Water Technologies Corp.,” “EWT Holdings I Corp.,” “we,” “us,” “our”) was incorporated on October 7, 2013. On January 15, 2014, Evoqua Water Technologies Corp. acquired, through its wholly owned subsidiaries, EWT Holdings II Corp. and EWT Holdings III Corp., all of the outstanding shares of Siemens Water Technologies, a group of legal entity businesses formerly owned by Siemens AG (“Siemens”). The stock purchase closed on January 15, 2014 and was effective January 16, 2014 (the “Acquisition”). On November 6, 2017, we completed our initial public offering (“IPO”) of 27.8 million shares of common stock, and our common stock began trading on the New York Stock Exchange (the “NYSE”) on November 2, 2017 under the ticker symbol “AQUA.”
Our fiscal year ends on September 30 of each year, and references in this Annual Report to a particular year refer to that fiscal year. For example, references in this Annual Report to 2020 relate to the fiscal year ended September 30, 2020.
Company Overview
Evoqua Water Technologies is a leading provider of mission-critical water treatment solutions, offering services, systems and technologies to support our customers’ full water lifecycle needs. With over 200,000 installations worldwide, we hold leading positions in the industrial, commercial and municipal water treatment markets in North America. We offer a comprehensive portfolio of differentiated proprietary technology solutions sold under several market-leading and well-established brands to our global customer base. We have worked to protect water, the environment and our employees for over 100 years. As a result, we have earned a reputation for quality, safety and reliability and are sought out by our customers to solve the full range of their water treatment needs, and maintaining our reputation is critical to the success of our business.

Our solutions are designed to ensure that our customers have the quantity and quality of water that meets their unique specifications. We enable our customers to achieve lower costs through greater uptime, throughput and efficiency in their operations and support their regulatory compliance and environmental sustainability. We deliver and maintain these mission-critical solutions through the largest service network in North America, assuring our customers continuous uptime with 92 service branches as of September 30, 2020. We have an extensive service and support network, and as a result, we have certified Evoqua Service Technicians within approximately a two-hour drive from more than 90% of our industrial North American customers’ sites.

We provide solutions across the entire water cycle. The water cycle begins with influent water, which is sourced from rivers, lakes and other sources. We treat influent water for use in a wide variety of industrial, commercial and municipal applications. In industrial applications, influent water, after it is treated, is used as process water for applications, including microelectronic production, ingredient water in the production of food, beverage and other goods, power utility applications including boiler feed water, cooling water and steam condensate. Commercial applications for influent water include laboratory testing and aquatic activities, while municipal applications for influent water include treatment to produce safe drinking water. After the water is used it is considered effluent water, and we enable its treatment through the removal of impurities so that it can be discharged safely back into the environment or reused for industrial, commercial or municipal applications.

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As depicted in the table below, we target attractive global end markets that utilize and treat water as a critical part of their operations or production processes, including pharmaceuticals and health sciences, microelectronics, food and beverage, hydrocarbon and chemical processing, power, general manufacturing, municipal drinking water and wastewater, marine and aquatics end markets. While a decline in general global and economic conditions could adversely affect us, our business is highly diversified across our key attractive and growing end markets presented below, and we believe that no single end market drives the overall results of our business.


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Our Industry
We estimate the global water and wastewater market to represent more than $600 billion in total revenue, including both capital and operating expenditures for the treatment of water by industrial, municipal, commercial and residential end-users. Within the global water and wastewater market, we estimate our addressable market, comprised of equipment, consumables, aftermarket parts and operations and maintenance (O&M) related services for the treatment of water for industrial, commercial and municipal end users, to represent over $85 billion in total revenue.

Our estimated addressable market is further refined to focus on our served market, which we estimate to be approximately $8.5 billion in the North American region and approximately $7.5 billion across Europe and the Asia Pacific region, totaling approximately $16 billion in total revenue. As compared to our larger addressable market, our served market excludes sectors that would require meaningful growth investment on our part to capture new customers or market opportunities.

While a decline in general global economic and business conditions may adversely affect demand for our products, services and solutions, we believe the global water market will continue to experience growth, supported by a variety of anticipated secular trends that will drive the demand for water across a multitude of industrial, commercial and municipal applications. These secular trends include global population growth, urbanization, industrialization and overall economic growth. In addition, the supply of clean water could be adversely impacted by factors including an aging water infrastructure within North America and increased levels of water stress from seasonal rainfall, inadequate water storage options or treatment technologies. More specific to our business, water is a critical component and byproduct of many processes, including in manufacturing and product development. As such, as global consumption patterns evolve and water shortages persist, demand for solutions and services will continue to increase. Additionally, a decrease in the supply of clean water, as well as a heightened focus on environmental sustainability across various end markets, may increase the demand for

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closed-loop solutions that allow recycling and reuse of effluent for certain applications. We believe our business is well positioned to serve this demand.
We hold leading positions in our North American market verticals that have been cultivated by our suite of differentiated solutions and our comprehensive service network. However, despite our leading position in many individual market verticals where we participate, these markets remain very fragmented, and we estimate that our market share was less than 25% in most market verticals in which we participated during 2020. Evoqua selectively participates in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and Asia Pacific with differentiated product technologies.
Fiscal Year Developments
For the year ended September 30, 2020, we generated revenue, net income and Adjusted EBITDA of $1.43 billion, $114.4 million and $239.6 million, respectively, with 86% of our revenues being generated in North America. For the year ended September 30, 2019, we generated revenue, net loss and Adjusted EBITDA of $1.44 billion, $8.5 million and $235.0 million, respectively. Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure. For more information on Adjusted EBITDA, including a reconciliation to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure, see Item 7, “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations-How We Assess the Performance of Our Business-Adjusted EBITDA.”
As part of the ongoing footprint rationalization and business optimization efforts that we have undertaken following the reorganization of our business into two segments at the beginning of our 2019 fiscal year and our divestiture of the Memcor product line at the end of the first quarter of our 2020 fiscal year, we have reduced our manufacturing footprint from 19 facilities as of September 30, 2019 to 13 facilities as of September 30, 2020. This includes the consolidation of facilities located in Santee, California, Coventry, Rhode Island, Bridgeport, Connecticut, Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, and Singapore into other existing facilities, and the disposition of our facility in Windsor, Australia as part of the Memcor divestiture. We expect to continue to evaluate opportunities for facility consolidation in fiscal 2021.
COVID-19
In response to the challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic in the fiscal year, we have prioritized protecting the safety of our employees and stakeholders, taking actions to ensure the resiliency of our business and managing the business for liquidity. Our business has been considered essential under federal and local standards, and, to date, we have maintained business continuity at our critical service branches and manufacturing facilities. We have taken measures to protect our employees, including implementation of remote working practices where possible and managing our supply chain to ensure that necessary personal protective equipment is available to our personnel. We have also taken certain cost reduction actions, some of which are temporary in nature, such as reduction of marketing and travel activity as well as deferment of headcount additions to preserve liquidity and reallocated existing resources to maintain productivity levels where feasible. Given the evolving nature of this unprecedented pandemic, the ultimate impact on our operations cannot be reasonably estimated at this time. For further discussion regarding the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our business operations and financial results, see Item 7, “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” and Item 1A, “Risk Factors-The COVID-19 pandemic and other future public health crises or pandemics could materially and adversely affect our business, results of operations and financial condition.”
Acquisitions and Dispositions
On October 1, 2019, we acquired a 60% investment position in San Diego-based Frontier Water Systems, LLC (“Frontier”) for a purchase price of $10.9 million, net of working capital adjustments. We have entered into an agreement to purchase the remaining 40% interest in Frontier on or prior to March 30, 2024. Frontier is a pioneer in the development of patented, engineered equipment packages for high-rate treatment and removal of selenium, nitrate and other metals from complex water systems. Frontier is part of our Integrated Solutions and Services segment and broadens the portfolio of solutions that we offer to our customers through that segment.

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On December 31, 2019, we completed the sale of the Memcor low pressure membrane product line, including the product line’s global workforce, its manufacturing site in Windsor, Australia, and associated operations and intellectual property, to DuPont de Nemours, Inc. (“DuPont”). Following the closing of the transaction, we no longer service the large municipal install base of Memcor products, which consists primarily of municipal drinking water and wastewater treatment facilities, but we continue to sell Memcor products, which we will purchase from DuPont, to our industrial customers through our Integrated Solutions and Services segment. The aggregate purchase price paid by DuPont in the transaction was $110 million in cash, subject to certain adjustments. Following adjustments for cash and net working capital, gross proceeds paid by DuPont were $131 million. We utilized $100 million of the proceeds from the transaction to repay a portion of our First Lien Term Loan (as defined in Note 11, “Debt” of Part II, Item 8, “Financial Statements and Supplementary Data”) in January 2020.
On September 3, 2020, we acquired the assets of privately held Aquapure Technologies of Cincinnati (“Aquapure”), a Hamilton, Ohio based water service and equipment company. Aquapure serves the commercial and light industrial markets and provides customers with a variety of water treatment products and services, including deionization, reverse osmosis, softeners and filtration systems. We expect this acquisition to strengthen our service capabilities in Cincinnati, Ohio and the surrounding region.
Amendment of Credit Agreement
On February 18, 2020, we entered into an amendment to our First Lien Credit Agreement pursuant to which, among other things, the interest rate spread applicable to our term loans was reduced. For additional information regarding the amendment to our First Lien Credit Agreement, see Note 11, “Debt,” of Part II, Item 8, “Financial Statements and Supplementary Data.”
Controlled Company Status and Stock Offerings
Effective November 2, 2019, as a result of the expiration of certain voting proxies held by affiliates of AEA Investors LP (“AEA”), we no longer qualify as a “controlled company” within the meaning of the corporate governance standards of the NYSE. Consistent with NYSE rules, we transitioned to a fully independent Compensation Committee and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee effective November 1, 2020, and we currently have a fully independent Audit Committee and a majority independent Board of Directors.
On March 10, 2020, we completed a secondary public offering, pursuant to which 13 million shares of our common stock were sold by affiliates of AEA and certain other selling shareholders. On August 10, 2020, we completed another secondary public offering pursuant to which 9.2 million shares of our common stock were sold by affiliates of AEA and certain other selling shareholders. The Company did not receive any proceeds from the sale of shares by the selling shareholders in either of these secondary public offerings.
Our Growth Strategy
The key elements of our strategy include:
Grow and further penetrate our existing customer base. We believe our strong brands, leading position in highly fragmented markets, scalable and global offerings, leading installed base and unique ability to provide complete treatment solutions will enable us to capture a larger share of our existing customers’ water treatment spend while expanding with existing and new customers into adjacent end markets and underpenetrated regions, including by investing in our sales force and cross-selling to existing customers. Our growth initiatives include both expanding our presence in our core North American market as well as replicating our leading position and strategies into underpenetrated global regions.
Through direct and indirect sales efforts, outreach and education, we plan to continue to enhance our relationships and enable further adoption of our products, technologies and solutions by end customers and key influencers, including municipal representatives, engineering firms, designers and other system specifiers. Our performance depends, in part, on our ability to attract, incentivize and retain third party sales representatives that will be able to market and support our products effectively, and competing for sales personnel with established customer relationships.

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Continued transition of our customers to a higher value-add service-based business model. Our goal is to provide reliable water treatment solutions by combining our products and technologies with extensive service and distribution capabilities. We selectively target high-value projects with opportunities for recurring business through service, parts and other aftermarket opportunities over the lifecycle of the process or capital equipment. In particular, we have developed internet‑connected monitoring technologies through the deployment of our WaterOne® service platform, which enables customers to outsource their water treatment systems and focus on their core business, offering customers system optimization, predictive and proactive service, and simplified billing and pricing. Our WaterOne® platform also enables us to transition our customers to pricing models based on usage, which otherwise would not have been possible without technological advancement. Our outsourced water offerings are high value add solutions utilizing our owned assets to generate service revenues. These assets, particularly when digitally enabled, create stable, recurring and profitable revenues through greater efficiency and productivity. Our future growth depends, in part, on our ability to develop or acquire new products, services and solutions, identify emerging technological trends in our target end markets and maintain the integrity of our information technology systems.

Drive margin expansion and cash flow improvements through continued focus on operational excellence and execution. Effective October 1, 2018, we restructured our business into two reportable operating segments. We are currently on track to realize cost savings in the range of $15 million to $20 million on an annualized basis as a result of the restructuring once it is fully implemented. We expect to incur approximately $1.0 million of cash costs through fiscal 2021 as a result of this restructuring related to other non-employee related business optimizations. We have identified and are pursuing several discrete initiatives that, if successful, we expect could result in additional cost savings over the next two years. These initiatives include our supply chain improvement program to consolidate and manage global spending, our improved logistics and transportation management program, capturing benefits of our WaterOne® platform and further optimizing our engineering cost structure, our global shared services organization and our sales, inventory and operations planning, including footprint rationalization. Furthermore, as a result of significant investments we have made in our footprint and facilities, we believe we have the capacity to support our planned growth without commensurate increases in fixed costs.

Commercialize and drive adoption of nascent and newly acquired technologies by leveraging our sales channels and application expertise. We offer a full range of services, systems and technologies that we continually develop to meet our customers’ evolving water lifecycle needs. We develop our technologies through in-house research, development and engineering and targeted tuck-in, vertical market and geography-expanding, technology enhancing acquisitions. Since April 2016, we have successfully completed fourteen acquisitions and the acquisition of a 60% interest in Frontier Water Systems LLC, expanding our vertical markets and geographic reach and enhancing our technologies, strengthening our existing capabilities and adding new capabilities and cross-selling opportunities in areas such as mobile wastewater treatment, soil and air treatment, regenerative media filtration, anodes, UV and ozone disinfection, aerobic and anaerobic biological treatment technologies and electrochemical and electrochlorination cells. We must continue to develop and acquire new products, services and solutions to successfully compete in our markets.

We believe a key differentiator for our technology development program is our strong record of incorporating new technologies into the comprehensive solutions we provide to our customers across our platform. We can rapidly scale new technologies using our leading direct and third-party sales channels and our relationships with key influencers, including municipal representatives, engineering firms, designers and other system specifiers. Through our service network, we have a direct view of our customers’ water needs which allows us to focus on developing and acquiring the most relevant and sought after solutions.
We believe our continued investment in driving penetration of our existing technologies and new capabilities through our channels to market will allow us to continue to address our customer needs across the water lifecycle.
Continue to expand our capabilities for the treatment of increasingly complex emerging contaminants. Emerging contaminants such as PFAS, PFOA, selenium, micro-plastics and many others, present global health risks if not properly removed from drinking water, process water and wastewater. We believe we have one of the leading portfolios of water treatment products and solutions to remove emerging contaminants from water including granular activated carbon, ion exchange resin, reverse osmosis and advanced oxidation processes. In addition, we have an extensive service branch network, located predominantly in the United States, as well as a large fleet of mobile assets to respond quickly to customers’ water treatment needs.

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Continue to evaluate and pursue accretive tuck-in acquisitions to add new technologies, attractive geographic regions and end markets. As a complement to our organic growth initiatives, we view tuck-in acquisitions as a key element of our overall growth strategy which will enable us to accelerate our growth in our current addressable market, new geographies and new end market verticals. Our existing customer relationships, channels to market and ability to rapidly commercialize technologies provide a strong platform to drive growth in the businesses we acquire. To capitalize on these opportunities, we have built an experienced team dedicated to mergers and acquisitions that has helped us expand our vertical markets and geographic reach and enhance our portfolio of technologies.

Protect and enhance the sustainability of our business. “Sustainable” is one of our four core values, along with Integrity, Performance and Customers. Our objective is to demonstrate this value in our operations and within our business model by providing technology and solutions to help our customers meet their own sustainability goals. We view sustainability as a key initiative and have mobilized a cross-functional team to work on advancing our Sustainability Program. Stakeholder engagement is important to our strategy development. We conducted a materiality assessment in 2019, engaging a wide range of stakeholders, and we continue to undertake purposeful stakeholder engagement through our investor relations practices, our collaboration with our Board of Directors, employee engagement surveys, customer questionnaires, focus groups and other activities. We are focusing on quantifying our environmental and social impact for customers, in part, through more efficient services enabled by our Water One digital remote monitoring systems. For information on accessing our sustainability reports, please see the heading “Available Information” below.

Our Business Segments
Our business is organized into two segments: a customer-facing service organization called Integrated Solutions and Services (“ISS”) and a product technology group, Applied Product Technologies (“APT”) focused on sales primarily through indirect channels.

Our ISS segment provides fully-integrated systems and service solutions that selectively utilize our comprehensive portfolio of water treatment technologies to satisfy our customers’ unique water needs. Our APT segment sells equipment, based on our broad technology portfolio, which is used as components in integrated solutions specified by water treatment designers and offered by original equipment manufacturers (“OEMs”), engineering firms, integrators and our ISS segment. The chart below reflects revenue by segment for the year ended September 30, 2020:
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For additional financial information regarding our reportable segments, see Note 24, “Business Segments,” of Part II, Item 8, “Financial Statements and Supplementary Data,” of this Annual Report.
The table below provides an overview of our two segments, including their sales channels and a summary of their key offerings as of September 30, 2020.

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Integrated Solutions and Services
Overview
North America focused; extensive service branch footprint and fleet of mobile response equipment

Provides full outsourced water operations

Technology agnostic solutions

Focus on service and aftermarket
Channel
Direct sales with market vertical focus
Key offerings
Full lifecycle service and solutions for process water and wastewater, including on-demand water, outsourced water, recycle / reuse and emergency response services

Equipment systems for industrial needs: influent water, boiler feed water, ultra-high purity, process water, wastewater treatment and recycle / reuse

Municipal services, including odor and corrosion control services

Full-scale outsourcing of operations and maintenance, including WaterOne® platforms

Applied Product Technologies
Overview
Highly differentiated and scalable products and technologies

Global geographic reach serving North America, EMEA, and Asia Pacific

Specified by water treatment designers, OEMs, and engineers
Channel
Primarily indirect sales through independent sales representatives, system integrators,
distributors, Evoqua’s Integrated Solutions and Services segment and aftermarket channels
Key Offerings
Filtration and Separation: regenerative media and microsand; self-cleaning filters and intake screens; electrodeionization

Disinfection: low and medium pressure ultraviolet (“UV”); ozone; electrochlorination and gas chlorination

Wastewater solutions: ultrafiltration membrane bioreactors; advanced biological treatment; clarifiers, aerators, screens and dewatering; ballasted clarification

Anode and electrochlorination technology

Integrated Solutions and Services Segment
Our Integrated Solutions and Services segment provides application specific solutions and full lifecycle services for critical water applications. We focus on treating industrial process water, utility water and wastewater and providing odor and corrosion control services for municipalities. Industrial process water requires specific purity standards, which are used in making goods in industries such as microelectronics, pharmaceuticals, health sciences and food and beverage, including ingredient water. Industrial utility water is used for critical industrial applications, including as boiler feed and cooling water. Industrial wastewater is effluent water discharged from plants or facilities which is treated before it is returned to the environment or recycled or reused within the water cycle. Our operations across the water cycle are complex and, if conducted improperly, may result in potential costs and liabilities, including as a result of environmental damage. Our comprehensive solutions are comprised of capital systems and related recurring aftermarket services, parts and consumables, along with long-term and short-term service contracts and emergency services. Our comprehensive capabilities range from discrete offerings to the provision of highly complex, fully integrated solutions. We are able to leverage our broad range of products and technologies to deliver a tailored solution that best addresses a specific customer’s needs, including a growing portfolio of digital technologies encompassed in our WaterOne® platform. Key capital and related aftermarket service and product offerings include filtration, reverse osmosis, ion exchange and continuous deionization. As a result of our speed, capabilities and experience, we serve as a trusted partner to over 25,000 industrial customers, including a substantial majority

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of Fortune 500 industrial companies. As water is a critical component in many industrial production processes, the unavailability of proper water purity, specification or quality can lead to significant constraints, downtime and increased operating costs for our customers.
The cost of a typical installation can range from a few thousand dollars to a few million dollars and typically provides an ongoing service and aftermarket revenue opportunity. The service and aftermarket sales component is supported by our broad application and process expertise and what we believe to be the largest integrated industrial service network in North America. Our network is comprised of certified technicians and the largest fleet of mobile reverse osmosis and deionization water treatment systems in North America, based on management’s estimate, and enables us to provide a complete range of services spanning from regular maintenance and emergency support to our unique WaterOne® service platform. Our WaterOne® service platform is an enhanced model that uniquely combines our water expertise, proactive service, proven technology and data intelligence to continually improve customers’ water operation management. Our remote monitoring capabilities enable us to optimize our routine service calls through predictive analytics and provide customers a more predictable, cost-efficient water solution. We offer services that include water on-demand, mobile solutions and smart water systems that leverage our extensive branch network, technical personnel and technology portfolio.

We partner with our industrial customers through our direct sales and service team, which is organized geographically and by market vertical and is complemented by an inside sales force, field sales engineers and a growing ecommerce platform. We primarily target four broad categories of customers in our Integrated Solutions and Services segment, principally based on their end markets and primary applications: Light Industry, Heavy Industry, Proact Environmental Solutions and Municipal Services.
Light Industry
Our light industry offerings include our usage-based, WaterOne® deionized water service, preventative maintenance service contracts, integrated process and wastewater systems and aftermarket consumables and spare parts. We generally provide light industry services to general manufacturing, pharmaceutical, food and beverage, microelectronics and health sciences customers. Light industry companies typically utilize treatment solution applications that handle influent water flows of up to several hundred gallons per minute.
Heavy Industry
Our heavy industry offerings include mobile, rapidly deployable services based on short-term operating contracts, outsourced water services and accompanying technological support, integrated process and wastewater systems and aftermarket consumables and spare parts. We generally provide heavy industry services to power generation, chemical processing, hydrocarbon processing, food and beverage and mining and pulp and paper customers. Heavy industry companies typically utilize treatment solution applications that handle influent water flows more than several hundred gallons per minute.
ProAct Environmental Solutions
Our ProAct Environment Solutions offerings include activated carbon, wastewater ion exchange, hydrostatic water testing, degassing services and groundwater remediation solutions. We generally provide environmental solutions to hydrocarbon processing, chemical processing, food and beverage and municipal water customers.
Municipal Services
Our Municipal Service offerings include odor and corrosion control and disinfection capabilities, including advanced remote monitoring and automated control solutions and multi-product liquid and vapor phase product combinations for wastewater collection. We also provide municipal service solutions for drinking water treatment and distribution.

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Applied Product Technologies Segment
Our Applied Product Technologies segment sells differentiated technologies to a diverse set of water treatment system specifiers, integrators and end users globally. Our offerings are highlighted by our filtration and disinfection, electrodeionization and electrochlorination technologies, wastewater treatment, separation technologies and anodes offerings. Our filtration and disinfection offerings include our Defender line of products, which is a regenerative media filtration leader in the commercial aquatics market, along with various UV and ozone disinfection products. Our IONPURE electrodeionization solutions allow customers to achieve ultrahigh purity water without the use of chemicals in the treatment process. Our electrochlorination products provide extensive water treatment solutions for the maritime, oil and gas and power markets. We also have extensive capabilities in anode technologies, cathodic protection, solid and liquid separation technologies and various aftermarket parts, consumables and accessories. Our portfolio of solutions includes advanced biological treatment, clarifiers, aerators, equipment for new municipal plant builds and retrofit, rehabilitation and aftermarket parts and services for our extensive installed base. All of our offerings are highly scalable and designed to meet current and future water treatment needs, with a focus on generating repeat business from our customers. We generally service the equipment we provide our customers; however, their failure to properly use, safeguard or maintain their equipment or product defects or unanticipated use of our products could result in liability to us.
Our portfolio of technologies and products are sold either as discrete offerings or as components of broader solutions through our Integrated Solutions and Services segment. Our Applied Product Technologies segment also sells externally to a customer base comprised of globally located OEMs, integrators, regional distributors and engineering firms and various other end users that we reach through multiple established sales and aftermarket channels. We target customers in our Applied Product Technologies segment principally based on their end markets and primary application: Advanced Filtration and Separation, Wastewater Technologies, Aquatics, Disinfection, Electrochlorination and Materials.

We maintain a comprehensive municipal representative network that broadly covers the U.S., providing us with a differentiated ability to influence specifications and the basis of design for new treatment facilities. We have provided solutions across a large municipal installed base with capacities ranging from 25,000 gallons per day to over 100 million gallons per day. We maintain relationships with engineering firms, operators and other key influencers through our direct technical sales force to drive adoption of our offerings. We also have indirect and direct relationships in EMEA, Asia Pacific and Latin America to service the core applications and support our Applied Product Technologies portfolio.
    
Our portfolio of products and solution technologies, both acquired as well as those originally developed for municipal wastewater applications, has also experienced increased demand for industrial wastewater and recycle and reuse opportunities.
Advanced Filtration and Separation
Our products separate both dissolved and suspended solids from liquids in a variety of slurries, for either disposal or reuse. We generally provide separation technology products and solutions to power, mining, pharmaceutical, laboratory, microelectronics, solar, heavy and light industrial and municipal customers. Our electrodeionization technology has primary applications in high purity process water for use in pharmaceutical, laboratory and microelectronic processing plants and the removal of dissolved salts from seawater, brackish water and municipal wastewater.
Wastewater Technologies
Our wastewater treatment offerings include advanced biological treatment, clarification, filtration, nutrient removal, odor and corrosion control, biosolid and field-erected biological wastewater treatment plant solutions. We generally provide wastewater treatment solutions to both municipal and industrial wastewater treatment facilities. We provide aftermarket and retrofit solutions to our extensive installed base.
Aquatics
Our aquatics offerings include a wide range of filtration equipment (regenerative media filters, and high rate sand filters), analyzers, controllers and related accessories. We sell to commercial aquatics designers and end-users worldwide

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through applications including filtration of municipal and recreational pools and leisure facilities, fountains and water features and recreational water and waterparks.
Disinfection
Our disinfection products include a wide range of chemical and non-chemical disinfection technologies including onsite hypochlorite generation, UV and ozone disinfection systems. We sell our portfolio to municipal drinking water, industrial and light manufacturing and commercial customers worldwide. Primary applications include disinfection of municipal and recreational pools and leisure facilities, disinfection and water chemistry measurement and control for municipal drinking water, as well as pretreatment and purification systems where ultrapure water polishing is required.
Electrochlorination & Materials
Our electrochlorination products are used with seawater for onsite sodium hypochlorite generating systems for maritime, oil and gas, power and military customers. Our maritime growth prevention systems are used on military and commercial ships and in offshore oil and gas applications. We produce custom designed, state-of-the-art mixed-metal oxide anodes provide recoating and repair services to our external customers and supply the anodes used across our own internal processing capabilities. We provide anode products and solutions to the mining, chemical processing, light industrial and microelectronics customers for primary applications including biotechnology, water treatment, cathodic protection, seawater electrolysis, metal finishing and electroplating and swimming pool chlorination.
Customers
We serve three primary market sectors: (i) industrial, (ii) commercial and (iii) municipal. Industrial and commercial customers vary in size, scope and the complexity of their water treatment needs and include small manufacturing clients with a single facility, large commercial waterparks and multinational corporations with a significant global footprint. The municipal market consists of potable water and wastewater treatment solutions that are sold to municipalities and private companies operating under a concession agreement to own and operate a treatment facility on behalf of a municipality. We serve each market with a full range of solutions, services, technologies and aftermarket offerings.
The industrial market is comprised of direct end-market distribution channels. The commercial market includes a variety of routes to market including direct and third-party channel relationships. The municipal market is comprised of a wide range of drinking and wastewater treatment facilities.
Our customers span a diverse range of industries and include many of the largest U.S. companies in each of the pharmaceutical, hydrocarbon processing, power, chemical and food and beverage industries as well as U.S. wastewater sites and global drinking water treatment sites. We also have customers in the health science, microelectronics, drinking water, wastewater, general manufacturing, commercial aquatics, maritime and other industries. During the year ended September 30, 2020, no single customer accounted for more than 4.5% of our revenues, and our top ten customers accounted for approximately 11.8% of our revenues.

We provide products, services and solutions to federal, state and local government customers both directly and indirectly as a supplier to general contractors. Many of our government contracts contain a termination for convenience clause, regardless of whether we are the prime contractor or a subcontractor. Upon a termination for convenience, we are generally able to recover the purchase price for delivered items and reimbursement of allowable work in process costs. See also Item 1A, “Risk Factors.”
Suppliers
We maintain a cost-effective and diversified procurement program focused on supply chain continuity and customer fulfillment, utilizing strong relationships with strategic suppliers across key commodities. The top materials in our supply chain include chemicals, membranes, resin, metal fabrications, carbon and electrical components. Procurement strategy within the project environment is focused on ensuring our ability to meet individual customer needs, with particular focus on more complex installation projects. We seek to in-source products that align with our existing manufacturing core

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competencies and that enable us to provide our customers with the highest level of value. Our diversified supply base spans across multiple suppliers and geographies, which we believe enables us to be cost-effective and responsive while also embracing our sustainability objectives. For a discussion of certain risks relating to our supply chain, see Item 1A, “Risk Factors.”
Seasonality
Our business may exhibit seasonality resulting from our customers’ increasing demand for our products and services during the spring and summer months as compared to the fall and winter months. For example, we experience increased demand for our odor control product lines and services in the warmer months which, together with other factors, typically results in improved performance in the second half of our fiscal year. Inclement weather, such as hurricanes, droughts and floods, can also drive increased demand for our products and services. As a result, our results from operations may vary from period to period.
Sales and Marketing
Our sales and marketing organization is positioned across our vertical markets to drive topline growth and increase market share for our Company. Our network includes internal general managers, sales directors, sales engineers, third-party representatives, third party distributors, product managers, vertical market managers and other personnel who support our day-to-day sales and marketing operations.
Integrated Solutions and Services segment
We market our offerings through our direct sales and service team, which is organized geographically and by end market and is complemented by an inside sales force, field sales engineers and a growing e-commerce platform. Our Integrated Solutions and Services segment sales organization focuses on direct sales with a market vertical focus across geographic, strategic and e-commerce channels to market. Our key market verticals served are healthcare, pharmaceutical, light manufacturing, microelectronics, food and beverage, power and chemical processing. As of September 30, 2020, our Integrated Solutions and Services segment included approximately 400 employees in sales and marketing roles and a services network of approximately 930 employees in field service and application engineering roles.

Applied Product Technologies segment
Our Applied Product Technologies segment delivers a full suite of product technologies, primarily through indirect channels to serve the global market or through our Industrial Solutions and Services organization. The Applied Product Technologies segment includes:

Advanced filtration and separation products, such as VAF self-cleaning filters, Ionpure® technologies and Vortisand® systems;
Wastewater treatment technologies, including the BioMag® system, clarification, odor control and sludge management solutions;
Disinfection solutions, covering a wide range of solutions from chlorine to ultraviolet (UV) light and ozone technologies;
Electrocatalytic and materials, which combines our electrochlorination, cathodic protection and anodes product lines; and
Aquatics products, which combines our highly-valued products, such as the Defender® regenerative media filter, with a complete set of solutions for our partners.

We maintain relationships with engineering firms, operators and other key influencers through our direct technical sales force to drive adoption of our offerings. We also maintain a comprehensive municipal representative network in the U.S., providing us with a unique ability to influence specifications and the basis of design for new treatment facilities. As of September 30, 2020, we had active relationships with more than 200 OEM partnerships and managed approximately 250 channel partners.


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Research, Development and Engineering
We utilize a disciplined, stage-gate process consisting of development, field test, commercialization, supply chain and sourcing decisions to identify and develop new technologies to commercialize, focus our efforts on and engage early with supply chain management to promote profitability. We focus on tuck-in acquisitions as additional resources for new product innovation and development.
As of September 30, 2020, our global research, development and engineering footprint includes seven facilities located in the U.S., the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Germany and India, staffed with managers, scientists, researchers, engineers and technicians, along with partnerships spanning leading universities research centers and other outside agencies.
Information Technology
Our information technology systems consist of enterprise management, e-commerce, customer relationship and field service management, customer quoting and billing, environmental compliance, business and operational support, and procurement and sales force management systems. We continue to focus on integrating our acquisitions onto our enterprise platform, standardizing our global processes and implementing cyber-security protections. In 2020, we enhanced our customer relationship and field service management platform to enable our field sales team to better service our customers.  The shift from our initial WaterOne® service platform to the next generation platform is complete, and we expect this will provide enhanced alerts, monitoring and visibility of customer installations.  We have nearly completed our infrastructure standards deployment globally, and we continue to update our information technology infrastructure through investments focused on cost efficiencies, reliability, functionality, scalability and security. We intend to continue our digital transformation with a focus on process ownership, predictive analytics and expansion of our e-commerce capabilities.

Intellectual Property
Our intellectual property and proprietary rights are important to our business. As of September 30, 2020, we have approximately 1,300 granted or pending patents (after giving effect to patents transferred as a result of acquisitions and dispositions to date). We undertake to strategically and proactively develop our intellectual property portfolio by pursuing patent protection, obtaining copyrights and registering our trademarks in the U.S. and in foreign countries. We currently rely primarily on patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret laws, and control access to our intellectual property through license agreements, confidentiality procedures, nondisclosure agreements with third parties, employment agreements and other contractual rights, to protect our intellectual property rights.

Competition
Our industry is highly fragmented and includes a number of regional and niche offering focused competitors. Competition is largely based on product performance, reliability and innovativeness of products, services and solutions, application expertise and process knowledge, brand reputation, energy and water efficiency, product compliance with regulatory and environmental requirements, product lifecycle cost, scalability, timeliness of delivery, the proximity of service centers to our customers, effectiveness of our distribution channels and price. Within each of our segments and the various businesses that comprise them, we compete with a fragmented range of companies, but do not have any individually key competitors.

Backlog
Backlog represents the expected future revenue for unfulfilled and remaining performance obligations for capital projects where neither Evoqua nor the customer can terminate the contract without penalty. As of September 30, 2020, our backlog was approximately $165.6 million.

Human Capital Resources
As of September 30, 2020, we had approximately 4,020 employees. Of these employees, approximately 57% were full-time salaried level staff and the remaining employees consisted of a mix of full-time and part-time hourly workers.

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Approximately 77% of our employees work in our U.S. operations and approximately 23% work in foreign operations. None of our facilities in the U.S. or Canada are covered by collective bargaining agreements. As is common in Germany and the Netherlands, our employee populations there are represented by works councils.
Our talent and culture are critical to our success. Our human capital management philosophy and objectives focus on creating a high performance culture in which our employees are highly enabled to deliver, highly empowered to succeed and highly accountable to lead. We seek to achieve our objectives through various employee engagement and talent development efforts. Our employee engagement efforts include our weekly company-wide newsletter and frequent all-employee town hall meetings, through which we aim to keep our employees well-informed and to increase transparency, and employee engagement surveys through which we incorporate critical employee feedback into our culture, operations and strategic plans. Our talent development efforts span across all levels of our organization, including an internship program through which we have developed strong relationships with multiple universities to attract skilled workers and assess future talent, our Leadership Development Program, a 24-month program in which future leaders participate in cross-functional rotations intended to develop their capabilities through organization-wide exposure, and our Leading at Evoqua program, a six-month customized development program in which cohorts of selected leaders throughout our organization interact closely with executive team sponsors and external facilitators to focus on self-awareness, management styles and leadership capabilities.
Our success also depends on our ability to attract, engage and retain a diverse group of employees. Our Code of Ethics and Business Conduct prohibits discrimination in our hiring and promotional practices based on race, color, creed, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, physical or mental disability, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran or military status or any other category protected under applicable law. In fiscal 2020, we conducted a Global Leadership Gender and Pay Analysis, the results of which were reviewed with our senior leadership. This analysis included a review by function and level, as well as STEM education levels, to correlate fair share diversity. From the analysis, we found that at a macro scale, we have relative pay equity across the genders of the groups surveyed. We embrace diversity and inclusion not only in our employment practices but also in our director selection. Since October 2018, our Corporate Governance Guidelines have provided that diverse candidates, including women and minorities, must be included in each pool of candidates from which we select new directors, otherwise known as the “Rooney Rule.” Forty percent of our current Board members self-identify as diverse, in terms of race, ethnicity or gender.
As the COVID-19 pandemic forced companies globally to reassess operations and reconsider near-term priorities, we remained focused on protecting the safety of our employees and managing the business to preserve our workforce. Health and well-being, financial stability and job security are top concerns for employees during these unprecedented times, and we have focused on addressing those concerns in meaningful ways. Through careful business management, including measures to reduce costs and increase cash conservation and liquidity, to date we have avoided layoffs, furloughs and salary reductions among our workforce. As an essential business, it was critical for us to maintain continuity of operations throughout our service branch network and manufacturing facilities, and to do so we acted quickly to obtain the personal protective equipment and to implement policies and procedures necessary to allow our employees to work safely. As a result, we have been able to maintain to date the continuity of our service branch network and manufacturing facilities without closures.
Insurance
We maintain insurance policies to cover directors’ and officers’ liability, fiduciary, crime, cyber, property, business interruption, cargo, workers’ compensation, automobile, general liability, environmental, umbrella and excess liability insurance.
All of our insurance policies are with third party carriers and syndicates with financial ratings of an A or better. We and our global insurance broker regularly review our insurance policies and believe the premiums, deductibles, coverage limits and scope of coverage under such policies are reasonable and appropriate for our business. The continued availability of appropriate insurance policies on commercially reasonable terms is important to our ability to operate our business and to maintain our reputation. See Item 1A, “Risk Factors.”


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Government Regulation
We are subject to extensive and varied laws and regulations in the jurisdictions in which we operate, including those relating to anti‑corruption and trade, data security and privacy, employment, workplace safety, public health and safety, product safety, intellectual property, transportation, zoning and fire codes. We operate our business in accordance with standards and procedures designed to comply with applicable laws and regulations.
In particular, our international operations subject us to laws and regulations related to anti-corruption and trade, including those related to export and import compliance, anti-trust, anti-bribery and money laundering. Our policies mandate compliance with these laws and regulations, and we have established policies and procedures designed to assist us and our personnel in compliance with applicable U.S. and international laws and regulations. However, any violation of such laws, regulations or policies could result in substantial fines, sanctions, civil and/or criminal penalties, imprisonment, disgorgement of profits, debarment from government contracts and curtailment of operations in certain jurisdictions, and might materially adversely affect our business, financial condition, results of operations or prospects. See Item 1A, “Risk Factors-Failure to comply with applicable anti-corruption and trade laws, regulations and policies, including the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, could result in fines and criminal penalties, causing a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, results of operations or prospects.”
In certain countries where we operate, our employees are represented by a works council, as required by local law. In such countries, we are required to consult and seek the consent or advice of these works councils in connection with certain corporate decisions, such as a major restructuring, a change of control or changes to local management. Certain other decisions that directly involve employment matters applicable either to all employees or certain groups of employees may also require works council approval. Further, certain of our international operations offer employees defined benefit plans in compliance with applicable local legal provisions requiring payments of, among other things, mandatory pension payments or allocations for severance pay. None of our U.S. or Canadian employees are represented by unions or works councils, and our U.S. and Canadian operations do not maintain defined-benefit plans.
In addition, there are numerous U.S. federal, state and local laws and regulations and foreign laws and regulations regarding data security, privacy and the collection, sharing, use, processing, disclosure and protection of personal information and other user data, the scope of which is changing, subject to differing interpretations, and may be inconsistent among different jurisdictions. If our efforts to protect the security of information about our customers, suppliers and employees are unsuccessful, a significant data security breach may result in costly government enforcement actions, private litigation and negative publicity resulting in reputation or brand damage with customers, and our business, financial condition, results of operations or prospects could suffer. See Item 1A, “Risk Factors-If we experience a significant data security breach or fail to detect and appropriately respond to a significant data security breach, our business and reputation could suffer.” Further, governments are continuing to focus on privacy and data security and it is possible that new privacy or data security laws will be passed or existing laws will be amended in a way that is material to our business.

Environmental Matters
The geographic breadth of our facilities and the nature of our operations subject us to extensive environmental, health and safety laws and regulations in jurisdictions throughout the world. Such laws and regulations relate to, among other things, emissions to air, the treatment and discharge of drinking water and wastewater, the discharge of hazardous materials into the environment, the handling, storage, use, transport, treatment and disposal of hazardous materials and solid, hazardous and other wastes, product safety and workplace health and safety. These laws and regulations impose a variety of requirements and restrictions on our operations and the products we distribute. The failure by us to comply with these laws and regulations could result in fines, penalties, enforcement actions, third party claims, damage to property or natural resources and personal injury claims, requirements to investigate or cleanup property or to pay for the costs of investigation or cleanup or regulatory or judicial orders requiring corrective measures, including the installation of pollution control equipment, remedial actions or the pulling of products from the market, and could negatively impact our reputation with customers. We are not aware of any pending environmental compliance or remediation matters that, in the opinion of management, are reasonably likely to have a material effect on our business, financial condition, results of operations or prospects. However, environmental, health and safety laws and regulations applicable to our business, the products we distribute, the services we provide and the business of our customers, and the interpretation or enforcement of these laws

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and regulations, are constantly evolving and it is impossible to predict accurately the effect that changes in these laws and regulations, or their interpretation or enforcement, may have upon our business, financial condition, results of operations or prospects. Should environmental, health and safety laws and regulations, or their interpretation or enforcement, become more stringent, our costs could increase‑ and significant capital expenditures or operational restrictions could be required, which may have an adverse effect on our business, financial condition, results of operations or prospects. However, such increased stringency could also increase demand for our products, services and solutions, which assist various industries and municipalities in meeting environmental and safety requirements for the treatment and discharge of drinking water and wastewater. In addition, increased public awareness of the presence and human health impacts of manmade chemicals and naturally occurring contaminants in drinking water may increase demand for our municipal service offerings. Correspondingly, if stringent laws or regulations are delayed or are not enacted, or repealed or amended to be less stringent, or enacted with prolonged phase‑in periods, or not enforced, then demand for our products and services may also be reduced.
The nature of our operations, which involve the handling, storage, use, transport, treatment and disposal of hazardous materials and solid, hazardous and other wastes, exposes us to the risk of liability and claims associated with contamination at our current and former facilities or sites where we have disposed of or arranged for the disposal of waste, or with the impact of our products and services on human health and safety and the environment. Laws and regulations with respect to the investigation and remediation of contaminated sites can impose joint and several liability for releases or threatened releases of hazardous materials upon statutorily defined parties, including us, regardless of fault or the lawfulness of the original activity or disposal. We have been subject to claims and remediation obligations, including having been named as a potentially responsible party, in certain proceedings initiated pursuant to the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, or CERCLA, and similar state and foreign laws, regulations and statutes, and may be named a potentially responsible party in other similar proceedings in the future. Unforeseen expenditures or liabilities may arise in connection with such matters.

Available Information
We are subject to the informational requirements of the Exchange Act, and in accordance therewith, we file reports, proxy and information statements and other information with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”). Our Annual Report on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, Current Reports on Form 8-K, and any amendments to these reports filed or furnished pursuant to Section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Exchange Act, as well as our sustainability reports, are available through the “Investors” section of our website at www.evoqua.com. Reports are available free of charge as soon as reasonably practicable after we electronically file them with, or furnish them to, the SEC. The information contained on our website is not incorporated by reference into this Annual Report.
In addition to our website, you may read our reports, proxy and information statements, and other information that we file electronically with the SEC at www.sec.gov/edgar.
Item 1A. Risk Factors
The following risk factors may be important in understanding any statement in this Annual Report on Form 10-K or elsewhere. Our business, financial condition, results of operations or prospects could be materially and adversely affected by a number of factors, whether currently known or unknown, including but not limited to those described below. Any one or more of such factors could directly or indirectly cause our actual results of operations and financial condition to vary materially from past or anticipated future results of operations and financial condition.
Summary Risk Factors
Some of the factors that could materially and adversely affect our business, financial condition, results of operations or prospects include, but are not limited to, the following:
the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic could materially and adversely affect our business, results of operations and financial condition, including by, among other things, decreasing customer demand for our products and services, limiting our access to our customers’ sites, putting at risk our ability to collect from customers amounts

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due for products and services, limiting our suppliers’ ability to provide to us the materials that we need to deliver to our customers, requiring us to suspend or reduce operations in the event of an outbreak among our service technicians or employees at our manufacturing facilities, or increasing uncertainty in the equity markets which may impact our ability to access the capital markets or our usual sources of liquidity on reasonable terms;
our financial results depend on successful project execution and may be adversely affected by cost overruns, failure to meet customer schedules or other execution issues;
we may incur liabilities to customers as a result of warranty claims or failure to meet performance guarantees, which could reduce our profitability;
our inability to meet our customers’ safety standards or adverse publicity affecting our reputation as a result of workplace accidents or other incidents could have a material adverse effect on our sales and profitability;
our future growth is dependent upon our ability to continue to develop or acquire new products, services and solutions and adapt our business to meet the demands of our customers, comply with changes to government regulations and achieve market acceptance with acceptable margins;
our growth strategy includes growth through acquisitions, and we may not be able to identify suitable acquisition targets or otherwise successfully implement our growth strategy;
we may have difficulty operating or integrating any acquired businesses, assets or product lines profitably due to our failure to manage the growth effectively, the interruption of, or delays in, the operation of our existing business or other factors within or beyond our control;
we may not achieve expected benefits of our restructuring actions, including restructuring our business into two segments, which may result in additional restructuring charges if we are unable to operate within our plans;
material and other cost inflation and our inability to mitigate the impact of inflation by increasing selling prices and improving our productivity efficiencies could reduce our operating margins and adversely affect our business;
our inability to accurately predict the timing of contract awards may cause our financial results to fluctuate from period to period;
delays in enactment or repeals of environmental laws and regulations may make our products, services and solutions unnecessary or less economically beneficial to customers, adversely affecting demand for our offerings;
we may become subject to claims relating to handling, storage, release or disposal of hazardous materials and could incur significant costs as a result;
our inability to successfully retain our existing senior management and other key personnel or to attract and retain new qualified personnel could materially and adversely impact our ability to operate or grow our business;
a disruption in the continuous and reliable operation of our information technology systems and digital monitoring technologies may materially and adversely affect our operations and result in loss of revenue, data breaches, remediation costs, increased cybersecurity costs or non-compliance with certain laws and regulations, which may result in litigation or reputational damage;
we may be exposed to litigation, regulatory or enforcement actions and reputational risk as a result of the nature of our business or our participation in large‑scale projects;
seasonality of sales and weather conditions may adversely affect, or cause volatility in, our financial results;

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risks related to government customers, including challenges to our government contracts or our eligibility to serve government customers and the potential for our contracts with government customers to be terminated or adversely modified prior to completion could materially adversely impact our business and financial condition;
foreign, federal, state and local environmental, health and safety laws and regulations impose substantial compliance requirements on our operations, and our operating costs could be significantly increased by new or stricter regulatory standards imposed by environmental agencies or other governmental authorities;
our international sales and operations, including our operations in China, may present additional risks, including, but not limited to, changes to trade protection measures, taxation policies or other laws and regulations, disruptions in our global supply chain, currency exchange rate fluctuations, restrictions on currency repatriation, safety and security considerations, labor disturbances and political instability;
our inability to adequately protect our intellectual property from third‑party infringement, or claims that we are infringing on a third party’s intellectual property rights, may result in competitive harm, the expenditure of significant time and resources enforcing our rights or defending against such claims, or restrictions on our sale of products or services;
our substantial indebtedness could adversely affect our financial condition and limit our ability to raise additional capital to fund our operations;
we require a significant amount of cash to service our indebtedness, and if we do not generate sufficient cash flow from operations to service our debt, we may have to refinance or restructure our debt, sell assets or seek to raise additional capital, which depends on many factors beyond our control;
because AEA holds a significant percentage of our common stock, it may influence major corporate decisions, and the interests of AEA and its affiliates, including certain of our directors, may conflict with the interests of the Company and our shareholders; and
general global economic conditions and our inability to compete successfully in our markets may materially and adversely affect demand for our products, services and solutions.
Risks Related to the COVID-19 Pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic and other future public health crises or pandemics could materially and adversely affect our business, results of operations and financial condition.
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a global economic slowdown, as efforts to control the spread of the virus have resulted in mandatory closures of certain businesses, “shelter in place” and “stay at home” orders forcing employees to work remotely, significant travel restrictions and global supply chain disruptions. Given the evolving nature of this unprecedented pandemic, the ultimate impact on our operations cannot be reasonably estimated at this time. The pandemic and the measures implemented to control its spread have impacted and will likely continue to impact certain of our customers’ and suppliers’ operations, some of whom may face extended financial hardships. Depending on the extent of the impact, this could decrease customer demand for our products and services, limit our access to our customers’ sites and put at risk our ability to collect from customers amounts due for products and services provided to them. Similarly, it could limit our suppliers’ ability to provide to us the materials that we need to manufacture and deliver certain products to our customers, in which case we may need to seek alternate suppliers, which could result in cost increases and delays in shipments. These impacts on our customers and suppliers could negatively affect our liquidity, sales and profitability and have a material adverse effect on our overall business and financial condition.
The COVID-19 pandemic has also heightened risks associated with our internal operations. Our service technicians enter high-risk areas such as hospitals and testing laboratories. Although we are closely monitoring and following guidance from public health officials related to personal safety, preventative measures and personal protective equipment, these service technicians are at greater risk of exposure to the virus. An outbreak among our service technician population or an

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outbreak among employees at any of our manufacturing facilities, which may require us to suspend or reduce operations at that facility, could have a material adverse effect on our overall business and financial condition. We may also experience decreased productivity due to fear among our employees to return to work at our service branches, manufacturing facilities and office locations as a result of the pandemic. Additionally, a large number of our employees are working remotely as a result of restrictions imposed to control the spread of the virus. This could result in decreased employee efficiency and increased cyber-security risk, each of which could have a material adverse effect on our overall business and financial condition.
The equity markets in the United States have experienced volatility due to the COVID-19 pandemic and as a result, the market price of our common stock may decline. Additionally, any increased uncertainty may result in a sustained global recession and may impact our ability to access the capital markets and our usual sources of liquidity on reasonable terms, or at all.
The future impact of this pandemic is highly uncertain and cannot be predicted. If COVID-19 continues to spread, or if the duration of the disruption is prolonged, our business, financial condition, results of operations or prospects could be materially adversely affected. Even after the COVID-19 outbreak has subsided, we may continue to experience impacts to our business and our financial results in subsequent periods due to the pandemic’s impact on the global economy and on certain markets that we serve. Because this pandemic is unprecedented and continuously evolving, COVID-19 may also affect our operating and financial results in a manner that is not presently known to us or not presently considered to be a significant risk to our operations.
Risks Related to our Business and Operations
Our financial results depend on successful project execution and may be adversely affected by cost overruns, failure to meet customer schedules or other execution issues.
A significant portion of our revenue is derived from large projects that are technically complex and may occur over multiple years. These projects are subject to a number of significant risks, including project delays, cost overruns, changes in scope, unanticipated site conditions, design and engineering issues, incorrect cost assumptions, increases in the cost of materials and labor, safety hazards, third party performance issues, weather issues and changes in laws or permitting requirements. If we are unable to manage these risks, we may incur higher costs, liquidated damages and other liabilities to our customers, which may decrease our profitability and harm our reputation. Our continued growth will depend in part on executing a higher volume of large projects, which will require us to expand and retain our project management and execution personnel and resources.
We may incur liabilities to customers as a result of warranty claims or failure to meet performance guarantees, which could reduce our profitability.
Our customers typically require product warranties as to the proper operation and conformance to specifications of the products we manufacture or install and performance guarantees as to any effluent produced by our equipment and services. Failure of our products to operate properly or to meet specifications of our customers or our failure to meet our performance guarantees may increase costs by requiring additional engineering resources and services, replacement of parts and equipment and frequent replacement of consumables or monetary reimbursement to a customer or could otherwise result in liability to our customers. We have in the past received warranty claims, and we expect to continue to receive them in the future. There are significant uncertainties and judgments involved in estimating warranty and performance guarantee obligations, including changing product designs, differences in customer installation processes and failure to identify or disclaim certain variables in a customer’s influent. To the extent that we incur substantial warranty or performance guarantee claims in any period, our reputation, earnings and ability to obtain future business could be materially adversely affected.

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Our inability to meet our customers’ safety standards or adverse publicity affecting our reputation as a result of incidents such as workplace accidents, mechanical failures, spills, uncontrolled discharges, damage to customer or third‑party property or the transmission of contaminants or diseases could have a material adverse effect on our sales and profitability.
Maintaining a strong and reliable reputation for safety is critical to our business. Many of our customers actively monitor and review our company‑wide safety record. Further, reports and media coverage of incidents, such as those involving workplace accidents, mechanical failures, spills, uncontrolled discharges, damage to customer or third‑party property, the transmission of contaminants or diseases and other adverse events can result in negative publicity, and considerable expansion in the use of social media over recent years has increased the ways in which our reputation can be impacted, and the speed with which such an impact can occur. Such incidents, or reports thereof, could lead to a negative perception among our customers, prospective customers and the general public regarding the safety or quality of our products, services and solutions, and anything that damages our reputation or our customers’ perception of our safety record, whether or not justified, could have a materially adverse impact on demand for our products and services, result in additional costs to our business or the loss of customers, result in litigation against us or increase government or regulatory oversight over us.
Our products and facilities are subject to risks involving workplace accidents, mechanical failures spills, uncontrolled discharges and damage to customer or third‑party property, including, among other things, personal injury or death caused by our products or occurring in our facilities, the destruction of customer or third‑party property during the execution of a service arrangement or due to the malfunction of our products, delays in or suspension of service or the failure to timely deliver our products. A workplace accident, mechanical failure, spill, uncontrolled discharge or any problem involving any one or more of our products or facilities, or any perceived insufficiency in our response to any such deficiency or problem, could materially adversely affect our reputation. Although we take precautions to prevent workplace accidents and mechanical failures, such incidents are difficult to predict and may be outside of our control. If we are unable to meet our customers’ stringent workplace safety standards or, if our customers perceive us to have a poor safety record, it could materially impact our ability to retain their business or attract new business.
Water may be subject to contaminants, including PFAS, PFOA, selenium, micro-plastics, hazardous chemicals, or pathogens that cause a number of illnesses, including cholera, typhoid fever, giardiasis, cryptosporidiosis, amoebiasis and free living amoebic infections. Such contaminants or pathogens may be found in the environment, and, as a result, there is a risk that they could become present in water treated using our systems or products. In applications where treated water enters the human body, illness and death may result if such contaminants or pathogens are not eliminated during the treatment process. In particular, such contamination could result from failing to properly treat reusable products before they are distributed to our customers, or from actions taken by our customers or other third parties using our products, which could result in material liability. Further, any pandemic or other public health crisis, including those involving non‑waterborne illnesses, might adversely impact our business by diminishing the public trust in water and wastewater treatment facilities or by causing customers to seek sources of water other than those processed using our systems or products. The potential impact of a contamination of water treated using our products, services or solutions is difficult to predict and could lead to an increased risk of exposure to product liability claims, increased scrutiny by federal and state regulatory agencies and negative publicity. Further, an outbreak of disease in any one of the municipal markets we serve could result in a widespread loss of customers across other such markets.
Our future growth is dependent upon our ability to continue to develop or acquire new products, services and solutions and adapt our businesses to meet the demands of our customers, comply with changes to government regulations and achieve market acceptance with acceptable margins.
Our future success depends upon a number of factors, including our ability to adapt our products, services and solutions to fit localities throughout our end markets, particularly in high growth emerging markets, such as China; identify emerging technological and other trends in our target end markets; and develop or acquire competitive products and services and bring them to market quickly and cost‑effectively. If we are unable to continue to differentiate our products, services and solutions, or if we are forced to cut prices or hold prices in an otherwise inflationary market in order to remain competitive, our business, financial condition, results of operations or prospects could be materially and adversely affected.

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We are also impacted by changing technology, competitively imposed process and safety standards and regulatory requirements, particularly under environmental regulations, each of which influences the demand for our products, services and solutions. Advances in technology and changes in industrial specifications or in legislative, regulatory and environmental requirements, including the availability of intellectual property protections in various jurisdictions, may render certain of our products, services and solutions obsolete.
In addition, our industrial and municipal customers have made considerable fixed‑cost investments in the installation of their water and wastewater treatment products and systems, and our municipal customers are often subject to stringent appropriation requirements and extensive procurement processes. The replacement of our customers’ installed products and systems with the new technologies that we develop could entail significant costs to such customers. Further, many of our potential customers engage and rely on engineering firms to recommend and select products and systems for their facilities, and many of our products are sold to OEMs as components of larger systems. Our inability to persuade our customers or other parties to adopt the technologies we develop could have an adverse effect on our business, financial condition, results of operations or prospects.
Our growth strategy includes growth through acquisitions, and we may not be able to identify suitable acquisition targets or otherwise successfully implement our growth strategy.
Acquisitions have historically been a significant part of our growth strategy, and we expect to continue to grow through acquisitions in the future. We expect to continue evaluating potential strategic acquisitions of businesses, assets and product lines. We may not be able to identify suitable candidates, negotiate appropriate or favorable acquisition terms, obtain financing that may be needed to consummate such transactions or complete proposed acquisitions. There is significant competition for acquisition and expansion opportunities in our businesses.
In addition, acquisitions involve numerous risks, including (i) incurring the time and expense associated with identifying and evaluating potential acquisitions and negotiating potential transactions, resulting in management’s attention being diverted from the operation of our existing business; (ii) using inaccurate estimates and judgments to evaluate credit, operations, funding, liquidity, business, management and market risks with respect to the target institution or assets; (iii) litigation relating to an acquisition, particularly in the context of a publicly held acquisition target, that could require us to incur significant expenses, result in management’s attention being diverted from the operation of our existing business or delay or enjoin the transaction; (iv) failing to properly identify an acquisition candidate’s liabilities, potential liabilities or risks; (v) not receiving required regulatory approvals or such approvals being delayed or restrictively conditional; (vi) potentially insufficient internal controls over financial activities or financial reporting at an acquired entity that could impact our existing business on a combined basis; and (vii) an adverse impact on our existing business resulting from an acquired business that historically had a higher risk tolerance or whose personnel fail to comply with our existing policies. In connection with any acquisitions, we must comply with various antitrust requirements. It is possible that perceived or actual violations of these requirements could give rise to regulatory enforcement action or result in us not receiving the necessary approvals to complete a desired acquisition.
We routinely evaluate potential acquisition candidates and engage in discussions and negotiations regarding potential acquisitions; however, even if we execute a definitive agreement for an acquisition, there can be no assurance that we will consummate the transaction within the anticipated closing timeframe, or at all. Further, acquisitions typically involve the payment of a premium over book and market values and, therefore, some dilution of our tangible book value and earnings per common share may occur in connection with any future transaction.
We may have difficulty operating or integrating any acquired businesses, assets or product lines profitably, or in successfully implementing our growth strategy.
The anticipated benefits from any potential acquisitions may not be achieved unless the operations of the acquired business assets or product lines are successfully integrated in an efficient, effective and timely manner. The integration of our acquisitions will require substantial attention from management and operating personnel to ensure that the acquisition does not disrupt any existing operations or affect our customers’ opinions and perceptions of our services, products or customer support.

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In addition, the integration of any acquisition includes numerous risks, including an acquired business not performing to our expectations, our failure to integrate it appropriately, our failure to realize anticipated synergies and cost savings, our failure to preserve the customer relationships and retain key employees of an acquired business and difficulties, inefficiencies or cost overruns in integrating and assimilating the organizational cultures, operations, technologies, data, services and products of the acquired business with ours.
The process of integrating acquired businesses, assets and product lines could cause the interruption of, or delays in, the operation of our existing business, which could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, results of operations or prospects. Acquisitions also place a burden on our information, financial and operating systems and our employees and management. Our ability to manage our growth effectively and integrate the operations of acquired businesses, assets or product lines, will require us to continue to attract, train, motivate, manage and retain key employees and to expand our information technology, operational and financial systems. If we are unable to manage our growth effectively, we may spend time and resources on such acquisitions that do not ultimately increase our profitability or that cause loss of, or harm to, relationships with employees and customers.
We may not achieve some or all of the expected benefits of our restructuring actions, including restructuring our business into two segments, which may materially adversely affect us.
Effective October 1, 2018, we restructured our business into two reportable operating segments, the Integrated Solutions and Services segment and the Applied Product Technologies segment, in an effort to better serve the needs of our customers worldwide and position ourselves for improved long-term growth and profitability. We have also taken certain restructuring actions following our divestiture of the Memcor product line, which closed on December 31, 2019. These restructuring actions have included consolidation of certain facilities. We expect these actions to result in efficiencies and cost savings, however, achieving these cost savings will be subject to significant economic, competitive and other uncertainties, some of which are beyond our control, and we may not be able to obtain the cost savings and benefits that we currently anticipate in connection with these restructuring actions. Our assumptions may not be accurate and we may not be able to operate in accordance with our plans. In that case, we may determine that we must incur additional restructuring charges. These types of initiatives could yield unintended consequences such as distraction of our management and employees, business disruption, attrition beyond any planned reduction in workforce, inability to attract or retain key personnel and reduced employee productivity, which could materially adversely affect our business, financial condition and results of operations.
The successful implementation and execution of our restructuring actions are critical to achieving our expected cost savings as well as effectively competing in the marketplace and positioning us for future growth. If our restructuring actions are not executed successfully, it could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition and results of operations.
Our business could be adversely affected by inflation and other manufacturing and operating cost increases and commodity availability constraints.
Our operating costs are subject to fluctuations, particularly due to changes in commodity prices, raw materials, energy and related utilities, freight and cost of labor. In order to remain competitive, we may not be able to recover all or a portion of these higher costs from our customers through product price increases. In addition, many of our contracts are long‑term in nature, and our failure to accurately project operating costs or negotiate or enforce price escalation provisions in our long‑term contracts could, in the event of an inflationary or otherwise cost‑increasing environment, have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, results of operations or prospects. Further, in a declining price environment, our operating margins may contract because we account for inventory costs on the basis of an average or first‑in, first‑out method. Actions we take to mitigate volatility in manufacturing and operating costs may not be successful and, as a result, our business, financial condition, results of operations or prospects could be materially and adversely affected.
We have significant exposures to certain commodities, including, but not limited to, steel, caustic, carbon, calcium nitrate and iridium, and volatility in the market price and availability of these commodity input materials has a direct impact on our costs and our business. For example, the U.S. government has recently imposed greater restrictions on international

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trade, including tariffs and other trade restraints on certain imports. These restrictions have increased and could further increase the cost of our products and have restricted and could further restrict availability of certain commodities, which may result in delays in our execution of projects. If we are unable to manage commodity fluctuations through pricing actions, cost savings projects and sourcing decisions as well as through consistent productivity improvements, it may adversely impact our gross profit and gross margin.
Delays in enactment or repeals of environmental laws and regulations may make our products, services and solutions unnecessary or less economically beneficial to our customers, adversely affecting demand for our products, services and solutions.
Certain of our products, services and solutions assist various industries and municipalities in meeting stringent environmental and safety requirements enacted for the purpose of making water cleaner and safer. Our future growth is dependent in part on the impact and timing of potential new water laws and regulations, as well as potential changes to existing laws and regulations. If stricter laws or regulations are delayed or are not enacted, or repealed or amended to be less strict, or enacted with prolonged phase‑in periods, or not enforced, demand for our products and services may be reduced. We are currently unable to predict whether changes to statutes and rules which occur will affect demand for our products and services. To the extent that such changes have a negative impact on us, including as a result of related uncertainty, these changes may materially and adversely impact our business, financial condition, results of operations or prospects.
If we become subject to claims relating to handling, storage, release or disposal of hazardous materials, we could incur significant cost and time to comply.
Our business activities, including our manufacturing processes and waste recycling and treatment processes, currently involve the use, treatment, storage, transfer, handling and/or disposal of hazardous materials, chemicals and wastes. These activities create a risk of significant environmental liabilities and reputational damage. Under applicable environmental laws and regulations, we could be strictly, jointly and severally liable for releases of regulated substances by us at our current or former properties or the properties of others or by other businesses that previously owned or used our current or former properties, including if such releases result in contamination of air, water or soil, or cause harm to individuals. We could also be liable or incur reputational damage if we merely generate hazardous materials or wastes, or arrange for their transportation, disposal or treatment, or we transport such materials, and they are subsequently released or cause harm, or if some other entity conducted such activities and by virtue of an acquisition, under applicable law we are a successor to that entity.
Our business activities also create a risk of contamination or injury to our employees, customers or third parties, from the use, treatment, storage, transfer, handling and/or disposal of these materials, and these activities could result in accidental contamination or injury to the general public, as end‑users of our industrial and municipal customers’ products and services.
In the event that our business activities result in environmental liabilities, such as those described above, we could incur significant costs or reputational damage in connection with the investigation and remediation of environmental contamination, and we could be liable for any resulting damages including natural resource damages. Such liabilities could exceed our available cash or any applicable insurance coverage we may have. Additionally, we are subject to, on an ongoing basis, federal, state and local laws and regulations governing the use, storage, handling and disposal of these materials and specified waste products. The cost of compliance with these laws and regulations may become significant and could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, results of operations or prospects.
Further, we may incur costs to defend our position even if we are not liable for consequences arising out of a release of or exposure to a hazardous substance or waste, or other environmental damage. Our insurance policies may not be sufficient to cover the costs of such claims.

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Failure to retain our existing senior management, skilled technical, engineering, sales and other key personnel or the inability to attract and retain new qualified personnel could materially and adversely impact our ability to operate or grow our business.
Our success depends to a significant extent on our ability to retain or attract a significant number of employees in senior management, skilled technical, engineering, sales, project management and other key personnel. We have focused on creating a high performance culture, in which our employees are highly enabled, empowered and accountable. Our inability to continue to develop and maintain our culture by empowering our senior management, other leaders and employees and promoting an entrepreneurial spirit, could result in our loss of key leaders and employees and have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, results of operations or prospects.
Our experienced sales team has also developed a number of meaningful customer relationships that would be difficult to replace. Therefore, competition for qualified technical personnel and for sales personnel with established customer relationships is intense, both in retaining our existing employees and in replacing or finding additional suitable employees. This is especially true when unemployment rates in the United States are low, as they currently are. There can be no assurance that the labor pool from which we hire our personnel will increase or remain stable, and any failure to retain our existing technical and sales personnel and other employees or to attract additional skilled personnel could have a material adverse effect our business, financial condition, results of operations or prospects.
Our products, services and solutions, or our participation in large‑scale projects, could expose us to litigation, regulatory or enforcement actions and reputational risk.
We are subject to various laws, ordinances, regulations and other requirements of government authorities in foreign countries and in the U.S., any violation of which could potentially create substantial liability for us. Changes in laws, ordinances, regulations or other government policies, the nature, timing and effect of which are uncertain, may significantly increase our expenses and liabilities.
From time to time, we are involved in lawsuits that arise from our business. Litigation may, for example, relate to product liability claims, personal injury, property damage, accidents, regulatory issues, contract disputes or employment matters. We may face claims that are broader than the scope of our involvement on a project, including claims that seek to impose liability on us for an entire solution or system for which we provided only limited components.
The occurrence of any of these matters could also create possible damage to our reputation. The defense and ultimate outcome of lawsuits against us may result in higher operating expenses. Higher operating expenses or reputational damage could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, results of operations or prospects.
It is not possible to predict with certainty the outcome of claims, investigations and lawsuits, and we could in the future incur judgments, fines or penalties or enter into settlements of lawsuits and claims that could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, results of operations or prospects in any particular period. Additionally, we may be required to change or cease operations at one or more facilities if a regulatory agency determines that we have failed to comply with laws, regulations or orders applicable to our business.
A number of factors may prevent or delay us in building new plants, expanding our existing plants or installing equipment at our customers’ facilities, including our dependence on third‑party suppliers and construction companies.
A number of factors may prevent or delay construction, expansion or use of our facilities or installation of our equipment at our customers’ facilities, including our dependence on third‑party suppliers of equipment and materials, our dependence on third‑party construction companies and the timing of equipment purchases.
Further, we enter into contracts with customers regarding long‑term engineering, procurement and construction projects. If a construction company we have commissioned to build a new project defaults or fails to fulfill its contractual obligations, we could face significant delays and cost overruns. Any construction delays could have a material adverse impact on us.

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The timing of equipment purchases can pose financial risks to us. We attempt to make purchases of equipment and/or material as needed. However, from time to time, there may be excess demand for certain types of equipment with substantial delays between the time we place orders and receive delivery. In those instances, to avoid construction delays, service disruptions or liquidated damages associated with the inability to own and place such equipment or materials into service when needed, we may place orders well in advance of deployment or when actual damage to the equipment or materials occurs. Thus, there is a risk that at the time of delivery of such equipment or materials, there may not yet be a need to use them; however, we are still required to accept delivery and make payment. In addition, due to the customization of some of our equipment or materials, there may be a limited market for resale of such equipment or material. This can result in our incurrence of material equipment and/or material costs, with no use for or ability to resell such equipment.
Wastewater operations entail significant risks that may impose significant costs.
Wastewater treatment involves various unique risks. If our treatment systems fail or do not operate properly, or if there is a spill, untreated or partially treated wastewater could discharge onto property or into nearby streams and rivers, causing various damages and injuries, including environmental damage. These risks are most acute during periods of substantial rainfall or flooding, which are the main causes of sewer overflow and system failure. Liabilities resulting from such damages and injuries could materially adversely affect our business, financial condition, results of operations or prospects.
These risks could be increased by the potential physical impacts of climate change on our operations. The physical impacts of climate change are highly uncertain and would vary depending on geographical location, but could include changing temperatures, water shortages, changes in weather and rainfall patterns and changing storm patterns and intensities. Many climate change predictions, if true, present several potential challenges to water and wastewater service providers, such as increased precipitation and flooding, potential degradation of water quality and changes in demand for water services.
Our business, results of operations and financial condition may be materially adversely affected by risks associated with international sales and operations.
Our international sales and operations are subject, in varying degrees, to risks inherent to doing business outside the U.S. These risks include the following:
changes in trade protection measures, including tariff and trade barriers and import and export licensing requirements;
potential negative consequences from changes to taxation policies;
unanticipated changes in other laws, governmental policies and regulations, or in how such provisions are interpreted or administered;
risks associated with the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union, commonly known as “Brexit,” including volatility in worldwide and European financial markets, potential restrictions on the free movement of goods and labor between the United Kingdom and the European Union and other impediments to our ability to transact within and between each of the United Kingdom and the European Union;
potential disruptions in our global supply chain;
possibility of unfavorable circumstances arising from host country laws or regulations;
restrictions on, or taxation of, dividends on repatriation of earnings under applicable local law, monetary transfer restrictions and foreign currency exchange regulations in the jurisdictions in which our subsidiaries operate;
currency exchange rate fluctuations and restrictions on currency repatriation;

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labor disturbances;
safety and security considerations;
increased costs and risks of developing and managing global operations, including our potential failure to implement global best practices, experiences of employee dissatisfaction and the improper allocation of resources, as a result of distance as well as language and cultural differences; and
political instability insurrection, armed conflict, terrorism or war.
In addition to the general risks that we face outside the U.S., our operations in emerging markets could involve additional uncertainties for us, including risks that governments may impose limitations on our ability to repatriate funds; governments may impose withholding or other taxes on remittances and other payments to us, or the amount of any such taxes may increase; an outbreak or escalation of any insurrection or armed conflict may occur; governments may seek to nationalize our assets; or governments may impose or increase investment barriers or other restrictions affecting our business. The emerging markets in which we are active, including China, pose other uncertainties, including the difficulty of enforcing agreements, collecting receivables, protecting of our intellectual property and other assets and pricing of our products appropriately, as well as higher business conduct risks, less qualified talent and risks of political instability. We cannot predict the impact such events might have on our business, financial condition, results of operations or prospects.
Our operations in China expose us to risks inherent in doing business there.
We currently have operations and source and manufacture certain of our materials and products for global distribution from third‑party suppliers and manufacturers in China. Operating in China exposes us to political, legal and economic risks, as well as risks resulting from disease or public health crises. Our ability to operate in China may be adversely affected by changes in U.S. and Chinese laws and regulations such as those related to, among other things, taxation, import and export tariffs, environmental regulations, land use rights, intellectual property, currency controls, network security, employee benefits and other matters, and we may not obtain or retain the requisite legal permits to continue to operate in China or we may become subject to costs or operational limitations imposed in connection with obtaining and complying with such permits. While we believe that we have adequate controls and processes established in our China operations, we may experience difficulty in maintaining management, legal and financial controls, collecting financial data and preparing financial statements, books of account and corporate records and instituting business practices that meet U.S. and international standards. We may also experience difficulty in managing relations with our employees, distributors, suppliers or customers, with whom disagreements or conflicts of interest could materially adversely affect our operations or our ability to source and manufacture certain of our materials and products in China. Further, the third parties we rely on in China may disclose our confidential information or intellectual property to competitors or third parties, which could result in the illegal distribution and sale of counterfeit versions of our products. Any of these factors could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, results of operations or prospects.
Additionally, the rapid development of the Chinese economy has led to increased labor costs, and the cost of labor in China may continue to increase in the future. Our results of operations will be materially and adversely affected if our labor costs, or the labor costs of our suppliers and manufacturers, increase significantly. We and our manufacturers and suppliers may be unable to find a sufficient number of qualified workers due to the intensely competitive and fluid market for skilled labor in China. Furthermore, pursuant to Chinese labor laws, employers in China are subject to various requirements when signing labor contracts, paying remuneration, determining the term of employees’ probation and unilaterally terminating labor contracts. These labor laws and related regulations impose liabilities on employers and may significantly increase the costs of workforce reductions. If we decide to change or reduce our workforce, these labor laws could limit or restrict our ability to make such changes in a timely, favorable and effective manner. Any of these events could have a material adverse effect our business, financial condition, results of operations or prospects.
Disruptions in the global oil markets could have a material adverse effect on demand for our products and services from customers in the oil and gas industry.
Global oil markets have recently experienced significant volatility and dramatic decreases in spot prices due to

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decreased demand resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and increased supply resulting from aggressive increases in production of oil by Saudi Arabia and Russia. As a result of this volatility in global oil markets, certain of our customers have delayed orders and we have experienced decreased demand for our products and services from customers in the oil and gas industry. Although these delays and decreases in demand did not have a material effect on our results of operations in the fiscal year ended September 30, 2020, if such volatility continues, it could have a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations, financial condition and prospects.
If we do not or cannot adequately protect our intellectual property, if third parties infringe our intellectual property rights, or if third parties claim that we are infringing or misappropriating their intellectual property rights, we may suffer competitive injury, expend significant resources enforcing our rights or defending against such claims, or be prevented from selling products or services.
We own numerous patents, trademarks, service marks, copyrights, trade secrets and other intellectual property and hold licenses to intellectual property owned by others, which in aggregate are important to our business. The intellectual property rights that we have and may obtain, however, may not provide our products and services with a significant competitive advantage because our rights may not be sufficiently broad or may be challenged, invalidated, or subject to government march‑in or sovereign rights or compulsory licensing, sunshine laws, or be subject to freedom of information requests, or court‑ordered public disclosure, or be subject to open‑source software licensing, or be circumvented, independently developed or designed‑around, misappropriated, disparaged, diluted, or stolen, particularly in countries where intellectual property rights laws are not highly developed, protected or enforced. Our failure to obtain or maintain intellectual property rights that convey competitive advantage, adequately protect our intellectual property or detect or prevent circumvention or unauthorized use of such property and the cost of enforcing our intellectual property rights could materially adversely impact our business, financial condition, results of operations or prospects.
From time to time, we, or on occasion our suppliers, contractors or indemnified parties in our supply chain including end‑users, receive notices from third parties alleging or warning of potential intellectual property infringement or misappropriation. Any dispute or litigation regarding intellectual property could be costly and time‑consuming due to the complexity and the uncertainty of intellectual property litigation. Our intellectual property portfolio may not be useful in asserting a counterclaim, or negotiating a license, in response to a claim of infringement or misappropriation. We may incur significant costs and diversion of management attention and resources as a result of such claims of infringement or misappropriation, and we or our suppliers or sub‑contractors could lose rights to critical technology, be unable to license critical technology, provide or sell critical products or services, or be required to pay substantial damages or license fees with respect to the infringed rights or be required to redesign, rework, re‑program, or replace our or our customers’ products, sub‑components, software, or systems, or re‑cast our valuable brands at substantial cost, any of which could materially adversely impact our competitive position, financial condition and results of operations even if we successfully defend against such claims of infringement or misappropriation.
Our industry is highly fragmented and localized.
We operate in markets that are characterized by customer demand that is often broad in scope but localized in delivery. We compete with companies that may be better positioned to capitalize on highly localized relationships and knowledge that are difficult for us to replicate. Our potential customers may prefer local suppliers, in some cases because of existing relationships and in other cases because of local legal restrictions or incentives that favor local businesses. Smaller regional suppliers may also have lower cost structures. As a result, efforts to expand or support our service network may not improve our ability to penetrate new local markets or expand our footprint in existing markets.
We may be unable to bid on or enter into significant long‑term agreements if we are not able to obtain letters of credit, bank guarantees or surety bonds, and our liquidity may be adversely affected by bonding requirements.
A portion of our business, including our water treatment projects and solutions, requires us to provide letters of credit, bank guarantees or surety bonds in support of our commitments and as part of the terms and conditions on water treatment projects. In addition, we are required to provide letters of credit or surety bonds to the department of environmental protection or equivalent in some states in order to maintain our licenses to handle hazardous waste at certain of our regeneration facilities. We have in the past been, and may in the future be, required to provide bid bonds or performance

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bonds to secure our performance under these construction‑type customer arrangements or, in some cases, as a pre‑requisite to submit a bid on a potential project.
Current or future market conditions, as well as changes in surety companies’ assessment of our operating and financial risk, could cause our surety providers and lenders to decline to issue or renew, or substantially reduce the amount of, bid or performance bonds for our work, and could increase our costs associated with collateral. These actions could be taken on short notice. Our inability to obtain adequate bonding or letters of credit to meet bid requirements or enter into significant long‑term agreements could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, results of operations or prospects.
Further, surety companies may require that we collateralize a percentage of the bond with cash or another form of credit enhancement. Some of our customers also require collateral guarantees in the form of letters of credit to secure performance or to fund possible damages as the result of an event of default under our contracts with them. If we enter into significant long‑term agreements that require the issuance of letters of credit, our liquidity could be negatively impacted.
Our operations are subject to various hazards that may cause personal injury or property damage and increase our operating costs, and which may exceed the coverage of our insurance or for which we are not insured.
There are inherent risks to our operations. We are exposed to risks posed by severe weather and other natural disasters, such as hurricanes and earthquakes. In addition to natural risks, hazards (such as fire, explosion, collapse or machinery failure) are inherent risks in our operations which may occur as a result of inadequate internal processes, technological flaws, human error or certain events beyond our control. We further utilize approximately 740 vehicles in connection with our offsite services and distribution operations and, from time to time, these drivers are involved in accidents which may cause injuries, spills or uncontrolled discharges and in which goods carried by these drivers may be lost or damaged. The hazards described above can cause significant personal injury or loss of life, severe damage to or destruction of property, plants and equipment, including customer or third‑party property, contamination of, or damage to, the environment and suspension of operations. The occurrence of any of these events may result in our being subject to investigation, required to perform remediation or named as a defendant in lawsuits asserting claims for substantial damages, environmental cleanup costs, personal injury, natural resource damages and fines or penalties. As a result, we may from time to time become exposed to significant liabilities for which we may not have adequate insurance coverage. We may also become exposed to certain claims that are excluded from our insurance coverage, such as claims of fraud or for punitive damages. Although we have liability insurance, we cannot be certain that this insurance coverage will continue to be available to us at a reasonable cost or will be adequate to cover any product liability claims. In addition, such events may affect the availability of personnel, proper functioning of our information technology infrastructure and availability of third parties on whom we rely, any of which consequences could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, results of operations or prospects.
We are a holding company with no operations of our own, and we depend on our subsidiaries for cash.
We are a holding company and do not have any material assets or operations other than ownership of equity interests of our subsidiaries. Our operations are conducted almost entirely through our subsidiaries, and our ability to generate cash to meet our obligations or to pay dividends, if any, is highly dependent on the earnings of, and receipt of funds from, our subsidiaries through dividends or intercompany loans. The ability of our subsidiaries to generate sufficient cash flow from operations to allow us and them to make scheduled payments on our debt obligations will depend on their future financial performance, which will be affected by a range of economic, competitive and business factors, many of which are outside of our control. We cannot provide any assurance that the cash flow and earnings of our operating subsidiaries will be adequate for our subsidiaries to service their debt obligations. Additionally, under the terms of the agreement governing our senior secured credit facilities, our operating subsidiaries are currently limited in their ability to pay cash dividends to us, and we expect these limitations to continue in the future under the terms of any future credit agreement or any future debt or preferred equity securities of ours or of our subsidiaries. If our subsidiaries do not generate sufficient cash flow from operations to satisfy corporate obligations, we may have to undertake alternative financing plans (such as refinancing), restructure debt, sell assets, reduce or delay capital investments or seek to raise additional capital. We cannot provide any assurance that any such alternative refinancing would be possible, that any assets could be sold, or, if sold, of the timing of the sales and the amount of proceeds realized from those sales, that additional financing could be obtained on acceptable terms, if at all, or

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that additional financing would be permitted under the terms of our various debt instruments then in effect. Our inability to generate sufficient cash flow to satisfy our obligations, or to refinance our obligations on commercially reasonable terms, could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, results of operations or prospects.
Furthermore, we and our subsidiaries may incur substantial additional indebtedness in the future that may severely restrict or prohibit our subsidiaries from making distributions, paying dividends, if any, or making loans to us.
Risks Related to Financial or Operating Results
Our financial results may fluctuate from period to period and can be difficult to predict.
Our financial results may be impacted by large projects, which often have lower margins and greater risk from both a timing and execution standpoint than standard product sales. The timing of these project awards is often unpredictable and outside of our control. If we fail to accurately estimate our operating costs to complete these projects or if we fail to execute these projects efficiently and timely, our margins on these projects will be further eroded. The timing of these project awards is often unpredictable and can change based upon customer requirements due to a number of factors affecting the project that are outside of our control, such as funding, readiness of the project and regulatory approvals. If any of these large projects get delayed or canceled, our results during the periods in which these projects were scheduled to occur could be adversely affected and the delay or failure could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition and results of operations or prospects. In addition, our contracts for large capital water treatment projects, systems and solutions for municipal and industrial applications are generally fixed‑price contracts with milestone billings. Additionally, competitive‑bid processes impose significant uncertainty with respect to our prospects for success, and our failure to properly predict our win rate could reduce our margins. Accordingly, our financial results for any given period may fluctuate and can be difficult to predict.
Further, our capital expenditures for any given fiscal year may exceed our initial forecasts and may vary substantially if we are required to undertake certain actions to comply with new regulatory requirements or compete with new technologies. We may not have the capital to undertake the capital investments. If we are unable to do so, we may not be able to effectively compete.
Seasonality of sales and weather conditions may adversely affect, or cause volatility in, our financial results.
We experience seasonal demand in a number of our markets, as demand for infrastructure and municipal products and projects follows warm weather trends. Seasonal effects may vary from year to year and are impacted by weather patterns, particularly by temperatures, heavy flooding and droughts.
Additionally, our operating results and financial condition could be materially and adversely affected by severe weather, natural disasters, environmental factors, terrorist or other deliberate attacks or hazards (such as fire, explosion or mechanical failure) resulting from inadequate internal processes, technical flaws, human error or other circumstances. Repercussions of these catastrophic events may include shutting down operations, a need to obtain additional equipment or supplies on an emergency basis, evacuation of or injury to personnel, damage to equipment or property, loss of productivity and harm to our reputation, any of which may result in a decrease in our revenue or decreased profitability.
We may incur impairment charges for our goodwill and other indefinite‑lived intangible assets which would negatively impact our operating results.
We have a significant amount of goodwill and purchased intangible assets on our balance sheet as a result of the Acquisition in 2014 and subsequent acquisitions we have completed. As of September 30, 2020, the net carrying value of our goodwill and other indefinite‑lived intangible assets totaled approximately $431.4 million. The carrying value of goodwill represents the fair value of an acquired business in excess of identifiable assets and liabilities as of the acquisition date. The carrying value of indefinite‑lived intangible assets represents the federal hazardous waste treatment management permits obtained for locations operated by the Company. We do not amortize goodwill and indefinite‑lived intangible assets that we expect to contribute indefinitely to our cash flows, but instead we evaluate these assets for impairment at least annually, or more frequently if changes in circumstances indicate that a potential impairment could exist. Significant negative industry

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or economic trends, disruptions to our business, inability to effectively integrate acquired businesses, unexpected significant changes or planned changes in use of the assets, divestitures and market capitalization declines may impair our goodwill and other indefinite‑lived intangible assets. Any charges relating to such impairments could materially adversely affect our financial condition and results of operations.
Risks Related to Information Technology and Cybersecurity
We are increasingly dependent on the continuous and reliable operation of our information technology systems, and a disruption of these systems could materially and adversely affect our business.
We rely on our information technology systems in connection with the operation of our business, including with respect to customer service and billing, accounting and, in some cases, the monitoring and operation of our installations. Many of our products, services and solutions depend on the integrity of our information technology systems, including our remote monitoring and data analytics features and our automated control solutions.
Our WaterOne® services are provided using remote monitoring technology that is connected to the “Internet of Things” (IoT), which is inherently susceptible to cyber-attacks. A successful attack may result in inappropriate access to our or our customers’ information or systems or cause our products to function improperly. Additionally, the systems through which we provide our WaterOne® services use electronic software embedded into a control board and water meter. This software or the control board could malfunction for a variety of reasons including, without limitation, exposure to software bugs, extreme heat or cold, corrosive water or simple wear and tear. A malfunction could result in our inability to operate the system effectively or to collect revenue for the services in a timely fashion. Finally, our IoT systems rely on third party cellular providers for data transport services. A disruption in service by a cellular provider could adversely affect our ability to monitor our assets, which could result in a loss of revenue, failure to fulfill contractual obligations and additional costs to repair damages.
In addition, we rely on our systems to manage maintenance and construction projects, materials and supplies and our human resource functions. A loss of these systems, major problems with the operation of these systems, the failure to properly implement these systems, including in customer installations, or the failure to identify market trends and continuously update our information technology systems could materially adversely affect our operations, sales and reputation and have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, results of operations or prospects.
Specifically, our information technology systems may be vulnerable to damage or interruption from, among other things:
power loss, computer systems failures and internet, telecommunications or data network failures;
operator negligence or improper operation by, or supervision of, employees;
physical and electronic loss of data;
computer viruses;
intentional security breaches, hacking, denial of service actions, misappropriation of data and similar events; and
hurricanes, fires, floods, earthquakes and other natural disasters.
Such incidents may result in the loss or compromise of customer, financial or operational data, disruption of billing, collections or normal field service activities, disruption of data analytics and electronic monitoring and control of operational systems and delays in financial reporting and other normal management functions. Possible impacts associated with a cybersecurity incident may include loss of revenue, remediation costs related to lost, stolen, or compromised data, repairs to infrastructure, physical systems or data processing systems, increased cybersecurity protection costs, or adverse effects

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on our compliance with regulatory and environmental laws and regulations, including standards for drinking water, which may result in litigation and reputational damage.
We, and some of our third party vendors, have experienced cybersecurity attacks in the past and may experience them in the future, potentially with more frequency. To date, most of these attacks have been unsuccessful, and none have resulted in any material adverse impact to our business or operations. We have adopted measures to mitigate potential risks associated with information technology disruptions and cybersecurity threats; however, given the unpredictability of the timing, nature and scope of such disruptions and the evolving nature of cybersecurity threats, which vary in technique and sources, we could potentially be subject to production downtimes, operational delays, other detrimental impacts on our operations or ability to provide products and services to our customers, the compromising of confidential or otherwise protected information, destruction or corruption of data, security breaches, other manipulation or improper use of our systems or networks, financial losses from remedial actions, loss of business or potential liability, regulatory enforcement actions and/or damage to our reputation, any of which could have a material adverse effect on our competitive position, results of operations, cash flows or financial condition. We also have a concentration of operations on certain sites, such as production and shared services centers, where business interruptions could cause material damage and costs. Transport of goods from suppliers, and to customers, could also be hampered for the reasons stated above. Although we continue to assess these risks, implement controls and perform business continuity and disaster recovery planning, we cannot be sure that interruptions with material adverse effects will not occur.
If we experience a significant data security breach or fail to detect and appropriately respond to a significant data security breach, our business and reputation could suffer.
The nature of our business involves the receipt and storage of information about our customers, suppliers and employees. Further, we rely on various information technology systems to capture, process, store and report data in connection with the products, services and solutions that we provide to our customers, such as our WaterOne® services. We have procedures in place to detect and respond to data security incidents. However, because the techniques used to obtain unauthorized access, disable or degrade service, or sabotage systems change frequently and may be difficult to detect for long periods of time, we may be unable to anticipate these techniques or implement adequate preventive measures. In addition, hardware, software or applications we develop or procure from third parties may contain defects in design or manufacture or other problems that could unexpectedly compromise information security. We outsource administration of certain functions to vendors that could be targets of cyber attacks. Any theft, loss and/or fraudulent use of customer, employee or proprietary data as a result of a cyber attack targeting us or one of our third-party service providers could subject us to significant litigation, liability and costs, as well as adversely impact our reputation with customers and regulators, among others. Unauthorized parties may also attempt to gain access to our systems or facilities and to our proprietary business information. If our efforts to protect the security of information about our customers, suppliers and employees are unsuccessful, a significant data security breach may result in costly government enforcement actions, private litigation and negative publicity resulting in reputation or brand damage with customers, and our business, financial condition, results of operations or prospects could suffer. While we maintain insurance coverage that is designed to address certain aspects of cyber risks, such insurance coverage may be insufficient to cover all losses or all types of claims that may arise in the event we experience a cybersecurity incident, data breach or disruption, unauthorized access or failure of systems.
We are subject to laws, rules and regulations in the United States (such as the California Consumer Protection Act (“CCPA”)), and other countries relating to the collection, use and security of employee and other data. Our ability to execute transactions and to possess and use personal information and data in conducting our business subjects us to legislative and regulatory burdens that may require us to notify regulators and customers, employees and other individuals of a data security breach, including in the European Union under the EU General Data Protection Regulation, or the GDPR. Evolving compliance and operational requirements under the GDPR, the CCPA, and the privacy laws of other jurisdictions in which we operate impose significant costs that are likely to increase over time.

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Risks Related to Regulatory and Tax Compliance
The cost of complying with complex governmental regulations applicable to our business, sanctions resulting from non‑compliance or reduced demand resulting from certain changes in regulations could increase our operating costs and reduce our profit.
Our operations are subject to various licensing, permitting, approval and reporting requirements imposed by federal, state, local and foreign laws. Our operations are subject to inspection and regulation by various governmental agencies, including the U.S. EPA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and equivalent state and local agencies, as well as their counterparts in various states and foreign countries. A major risk inherent in our operations is the need to obtain and renew permits from federal, state and local authorities. Delays in obtaining permits, the failure to obtain a permit or a renewal permit for a project, challenges to our permits by local communities, citizen groups, landowners or others opposed to their issuance or the issuance of a permit with unreasonable conditions or costs could limit our ability to effectively provide our services. We are also required to secure and maintain licenses required by several states which can take a significant amount of time and result in our inability or delays in our ability to bid on and execute certain projects. If we fail to secure or maintain any such licenses or if states place burdensome restrictions or limitations on our ability to obtain or maintain such licenses, we may not be able to operate in such states and our business, financial condition, results of operations or prospects may be materially adversely affected as a result.
Our business may be further impacted by changes in federal, state and local requirements that set forth air and wastewater discharge parameters, constrain water availability and set quality and treatment standards. Our failure or inability to comply with the stringent standards set forth by regulating entities or to provide cost‑effective and compliant design and construction solutions could result in fines or other penalties, and could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, results of operations or prospects.
Foreign, federal, state and local environmental, health and safety laws and regulations impose substantial compliance requirements on our operations. Our operating costs could be significantly increased in order to comply with new or stricter regulatory standards imposed by foreign, federal and state environmental agencies.
Our operations, products and services are governed by various foreign, federal, state and local environmental protection and health and safety laws and regulations, including, without limitation, the federal Safe Drinking Water Act, the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, the Occupational Safety and Health Act, the Toxic Substances Control Act and the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act in the U.S., the Registration, Evaluation and Authorization of Chemicals, or REACH, directive in Europe, and similar foreign, federal, state and local laws and regulations and permits issued under these laws by the foreign, federal, state and local environmental and health and safety regulatory agencies. These laws and regulations establish, among other things, criteria and standards for drinking water and for discharges into the waters of the U.S. and its states, for the proper management of hazardous and non‑hazardous solid waste and for protection of public and worker health and safety. Pursuant to these laws, we are required to obtain various environmental permits from environmental regulatory agencies for our operations. We cannot provide any assurance that our operations, products or services will be at all times in total compliance with these laws, regulations and permits or that we will be able to obtain or renew all required permits. If we violate or fail to comply with these laws, regulations or permits, we could be fined or otherwise sanctioned by regulators and be subject to lawsuits, civil or criminal, seeking enforcement and/or injunctive relief. We may also be subject to civil claims by citizens groups seeking to enforce environmental laws. In the event of an accident or if we otherwise fail to comply with applicable regulations, we could lose our permits or approvals and/or be held liable for damages and monetary penalties.
Environmental laws and regulations are complex and change frequently. These laws, and the enforcement thereof, have tended to become more stringent over time. It is possible that new standards could be imposed, either stricter or more lenient, that could result in the obsolescence of our products or lead to an interruption or suspension of our operations and have a material adverse effect on the productivity and profitability of a particular manufacturing facility, service or product or on us as a whole.

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Failure to comply with applicable anti‑corruption and trade laws, regulations and policies, including the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, could result in fines and criminal penalties, causing a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, results of operations or prospects.
Due to our global operations, we are subject to regulation under a wide variety of U.S. federal and state and non‑U.S. laws, regulations and policies related to anti‑corruption and trade, including those related to export and import compliance, anti‑trust and money laundering. The U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the U.K. Bribery Act of 2010 and similar anti‑bribery laws in other jurisdictions generally prohibit companies and their intermediaries from making improper payments to government officials or other persons for the purpose of obtaining or retaining business. We operate in parts of the world that are recognized as high-risk regions for corruption. Our operations in these regions include sales to government and non-government customers and may include the use of third-party intermediaries. In certain circumstances, strict compliance with anti-bribery and trade laws, regulations and policies may conflict with local customs and practices in these regions.
The International Traffic in Arms Regulations generally require export licenses from the U.S. Department of State for goods, technical data and services sent outside the U.S. that have military or strategic applications. The Export Administration Regulations regulate the export of certain “dual use” goods, software and technologies, and in some cases requires export licenses from the U.S. Department of Commerce. Office of Foreign Asset Control regulations implement various sanctions programs that include prohibitions of restrictions on dealings with certain sanctioned countries, governments, entities and individuals. Our policies mandate compliance with these trade laws, regulations and policies, and we have established procedures designed to assist us and our personnel in compliance with applicable U.S. and international laws and regulations. However, we cannot provide any assurance that our internal control policies and procedures will always protect us from improper conduct of our employees or business partners.
In the event that we believe or have reason to believe that our employees or agents have or may have violated applicable laws, including anti‑corruption and trade laws, regulations and policies, we may be required to investigate or engage outside counsel to investigate the relevant facts and circumstances, which can be expensive and require significant time and attention from senior management. Any such violation could result in substantial fines, sanctions, civil and/or criminal penalties, imprisonment, disgorgement of profits, debarment from government contracts and curtailment of operations in certain jurisdictions, and might materially adversely affect our business, financial condition, results of operations or prospects. In addition, actual or alleged violations could damage our reputation and diminish our ability to do business. Furthermore, detecting, investigating and resolving actual or alleged violations is expensive and can consume significant time and attention of our senior management.

Changes to tax laws may have a material adverse impact on our business.
We are subject to income taxes and non-income taxes in the United States by federal, state and local tax authorities. Changes to tax laws and regulations in any of the jurisdictions in which we operate, or in the interpretation of such laws, could significantly increase our effective tax rate and have a material adverse impact on our business, financial condition, cash flows and results of operations. For example, the U.S. Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (the “Tax Act”), enacted on December 22, 2017, significantly changed how corporations are taxed in the U.S., which has an ongoing impact on our provision for income taxes. Certain aspects of the Tax Act have been modified by subsequent legislation, such as the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). We cannot predict when or to what extent any U.S. federal tax laws, regulations, interpretations, or rulings clarifying the Tax Act or the CARES Act will be issued or the impact of any such guidance on the Company. The Tax Act and other changes in tax laws or regulations in the jurisdictions in which we do business, including the United States or various states and local jurisdictions, could have a material adverse impact on our business, financial condition, cash flows and results of operations.
Our ability to use our net operating loss carryforwards may be limited.
As of September 30, 2020, we had approximately $172.0 million of U.S. federal and state net operating loss carryforwards (“NOLs”). Our federal NOLs begin to expire in 2035 while certain state NOLs began to expire in 2019. Utilization of these NOLs depends on many factors, including our future income, which cannot be assured. We have a full valuation allowance against the NOLs. In addition, U.S. tax reform imposes certain limitations on a corporation’s ability

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to offset its future income with its NOLs. The legislation reduces the U.S. corporate tax rate, which would result in a reduction of the expected cash tax benefit that would arise from any future utilization of our NOLs. Finally, Section 382 of the IRC (“Section 382”), generally imposes an annual limitation on the amount of taxable income that may be offset by NOLs when a corporation has undergone an “ownership change” (as determined under Section 382). Generally, a corporation experiences such an ownership change if the percentage of its stock owned by its “5‑percent stockholders,” as defined in Section 382, increases by more than 50 percentage points (by value) over a three‑year period. Any unused annual limitation may, subject to certain limitations, be carried over to later years. We may undergo an ownership change in the future, including an ownership change as a result of the combined effect of our initial public offering and future equity offerings, which could result in an annual limitation under Section 382 determined by multiplying the value of our stock at the time of the ownership change by the applicable long‑term tax‑exempt rate as defined in Section 382, increased or decreased under certain circumstances as a result of built‑in gains or losses in our assets existing at the time of the ownership change. A limitation arising from an ownership change could prevent the Company from utilizing our NOLs prior to their expiration. Future ownership changes or regulatory changes could further limit our ability to utilize our NOLs. To the extent we are not able to offset our future income with our NOLs, this could adversely affect our operating results and cash flows.
Changes in our effective tax rates may adversely affect our financial results.
Our overall effective tax rate is computed by dividing total tax expense by our total earnings before tax. Tax expense is provided on a jurisdictional or legal entity basis. We offer our products, services and solutions in more than 100 countries. Given the global nature of our business, a number of factors may increase our future effective tax rates, including:
the jurisdictions in which profits are determined to be earned and taxed;
the realizability of tax losses and other deferred tax assets and the change in any related tax valuation allowances provided or reversed;
sustainability of historical income tax rates in the jurisdictions in which we conduct business; and
the resolution of issues arising from tax audits with various tax authorities.
Any significant increase in our future effective tax rates could reduce net income for future periods.
Risks Related to our Channels to Market
The loss of, or disruption in, our ability to efficiently operate our distribution network could have a material adverse impact on our business.
We rely on the orderly operation of our receiving and distribution process, which depends on our distribution system, adherence to shipping schedules and effective management of our distribution network. If complications arise with our distribution system or if our shipping or storage facilities (or a significant portion of inventory located there) is severely damaged or destroyed, our ability to receive and deliver our products on a timely basis will be significantly impaired. There can be no assurance that disruptions in operations due to natural or man‑made disasters, fire, flooding, terrorism or other catastrophic events, system failure, labor disagreements or shipping problems will not result in delays in the delivery of our products to our customers. Such delays could materially adversely impact our business, financial condition, results of operations or prospects. In addition, we could incur significantly higher costs and longer lead times associated with distributing our products to our customers during the time it takes for us to reopen or replace our facilities. Moreover, our business interruption insurance may not be adequate to cover or compensate us for any losses that may occur.
We rely upon various means of transportation through third parties, including shipments by air, sea, rail and truck, to deliver products to our facilities from vendors and from our facilities to our customers, as well as for direct shipments from vendors to customers. Labor shortages or capacity constraints in the transportation industry, disruptions to the national and international transportation infrastructure, fuel shortages or transportation cost increases (such as increases in fuel costs or port fees) could materially adversely affect our business and operating results.

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We rely, in part, on third‑party sales representatives to assist in selling our products, services and solutions and the failure of these representatives to perform as expected could reduce our future sales.
Sales of our products, services and solutions to some of our customers are accomplished, in part, through the efforts of third‑party sales representatives. We are unable to predict the extent to which these third‑party sales representatives will be successful in marketing and selling our products. Moreover, many of these third‑party sales representatives also market and sell competing products and may more aggressively pursue sales of our competitors’ products. Our third‑party sales representatives may terminate their relationships with us at any time on short or no notice. Our future performance may also depend, in part, on our ability to attract, incentivize and retain additional third‑party sales representatives that will be able to market and support our products effectively, especially in markets in which we have not previously sold our products. If we cannot retain our current third‑party sales representatives or recruit additional or replacement third‑party sales representatives or if these sales representatives are not effective, it could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, results of operations or prospects.
Risks Related to Government Contracts
Government customers involve unique policy‑, contract‑ and performance‑related risks, and we may face challenges to our government contracts or our eligibility to serve government customers, any of which could materially adversely impact our business, financial condition, results of operations or prospects.
We derive, and expect to continue to derive in the future, a substantial portion of our revenues from government customers, including municipalities. Sales to governments and related entities present risks in addition to those involved in sales to industrial and other customers, including policy‑related risks such as potential disruption due to appropriation and spending patterns, delays in the adoption of new technologies due to political, fiscal or bureaucratic processes, delays in approving budgets and the government’s right to cancel contracts and purchase orders for its convenience. General political and economic conditions, which we cannot accurately predict, also directly and indirectly affect policies relating to the quantity and allocation of expenditures by government customers. In addition, government contracts may involve long purchase and payment cycles, competitive bidding requirements, qualification requirements, delays or changes in agreed‑to funding, budgetary constraints, political agendas, extensive specification development and price negotiations, milestone requirements and the potential unenforceability of limitations on liability or other contractual provisions, any of which may create price pressure and reduce our margins. Because our water treatment projects and solutions for municipal customers often include fixed‑price contracts with milestone billings and liquidated damages for our delay, our performance under such contracts involves risks such as not receiving payments, not receiving payments in a timely manner or incurring significant damages if certain milestones are not met or not met on schedule. As a result, we could experience a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, results of operations or prospects.
Each government entity also maintains its own rules and regulations with which we must comply and which can vary significantly among customers. We face risks associated with the failure to comply with such rules and regulations. These risks include bid protests, in which our competitors could challenge the contracts we have obtained, or suspension, debarment or similar ineligibility from serving government customers. Challenges to our current or future government contracts or to our eligibility to serve government customers could result in a loss of government sales and have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, results of operations or prospects.
Our contracts with federal, state and local governments may be terminated or adversely modified prior to completion, which could adversely affect our business.
Government contracts generally contain provisions, and are subject to laws and regulations, that give the government rights and remedies not typically found in commercial contracts, including provisions permitting the government to terminate our existing contracts, reduce scope and potential future revenues, modify certain terms and conditions of existing contracts, suspend performance or our ability to do business with the government, impose fines or penalties, subject us to criminal prosecution or debarment, subject awarded contracts to protests or challenges by competitors or claim rights in technologies developed by us.

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The government may terminate a contract with us either for convenience (for instance, due to a change in its perceived needs or its desire to consolidate work under another contract) or if we default by failing to perform under the contract. Upon a termination for convenience, we are generally able to recover the purchase price for delivered items and reimbursement of allowable work‑in‑process costs. If the government terminates a contract with us based upon our default, we generally would be denied any recovery for undelivered work, and instead may be liable for excess costs incurred by the government in procuring undelivered items from an alternative source and other damages as authorized by law. We may in the future receive show‑cause or cure notices under contracts that, if not addressed to the government’s satisfaction, could give the government the right to terminate those contracts for default or to cease procuring our services under those contracts.
Risks Relating to Our Indebtedness
Our substantial indebtedness could adversely affect our financial condition and limit our ability to raise additional capital to fund our operations.
We have a significant amount of indebtedness. As of September 30, 2020, we had total indebtedness of $885.5 million, including $819.3 million of borrowings under our term loan facility, no borrowings under our revolving credit facility, $63.9 million in borrowings related to equipment financings, $0.6 million of notes payable related to certain equipment related contracts and $1.7 million in borrowings related to financing our purchase of our facility in Schiedam, Netherlands. We also had $13.0 million of letters of credit issued under our $125.0 million revolving credit facility and an additional $52 thousand of letters of credit issued under a separate uncommitted facility as of September 30, 2020.
Our high level of indebtedness could have important consequences to us, including:
making it more difficult for us to satisfy our obligations with respect to our debt;
limiting our ability to obtain additional financing to fund future working capital, capital expenditures, investments or acquisitions or other general corporate requirements;
requiring a substantial portion of our cash flows to be dedicated to debt service payments and/or debt repayment instead of other purposes, thereby reducing the amount of cash flows available for working capital, capital expenditures, investments or acquisitions or other general corporate purposes;
increasing our vulnerability to adverse changes in general economic, industry and competitive conditions;
exposing us to the risk of increased interest rates as borrowings under our senior secured credit facilities (to the extent not hedged) bear interest at variable rates, which could further adversely impact our cash flows;
limiting our flexibility in planning for and reacting to changes in our business and the industry in which we compete;
restricting us from making strategic acquisitions or causing us to make non‑strategic divestitures;
impairing our ability to obtain additional financing in the future;
placing us at a disadvantage compared to other, less leveraged competitors; and
increasing our cost of borrowing.
Any one of these limitations could have a material effect on our business, financial condition, results of operations, prospects and our ability to satisfy our obligations in respect of our outstanding debt.
Despite our current debt levels, we may incur substantially more indebtedness, which could further exacerbate the risks associated with our substantial leverage.

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We and our subsidiaries may be able to incur additional indebtedness in the future, which may be secured. While the agreement governing our senior secured credit facilities limits our ability and the ability of our subsidiaries to incur additional indebtedness, these restrictions are subject to a number of qualifications and exceptions and thus, notwithstanding these restrictions, we may still be able to incur substantially more debt. In addition, provided that no default or event of default (as defined in the agreement governing our senior secured credit facilities) has occurred and is continuing, we have the option to add one or more incremental term loan or revolving credit facilities or increase commitments under our revolving credit facility by an aggregate amount which does not cause our total first lien net leverage ratio, on a pro forma basis (in each case, as defined in the agreement governing our senior secured credit facilities), to exceed 4.50 to 1.00, plus up to an additional $100.0 million (excluding incremental revolving credit facilities or increases under our revolving credit facility in an aggregate principal amount not to exceed $30.0 million) (all of which remains available as of September 30, 2020). To the extent that we incur additional indebtedness, the risks that we now face related to our substantial indebtedness could increase.
To service our indebtedness, we require a significant amount of cash, which depends on many factors beyond our control.
We cannot provide any assurance that our business will generate sufficient cash flow from operations, or that future borrowings will be available to us under our senior secured credit facilities in amounts sufficient to enable us to fund our liquidity needs. If we do not generate sufficient cash flow from operations to satisfy our debt obligations, we may have to undertake alternative financing plans, such as refinancing or restructuring our debt, selling assets or seeking to raise additional capital. We cannot provide any assurance that we would be able to enter into these alternative financing plans on commercially reasonable terms or at all. Moreover, any alternative financing plans that we may be required to undertake would still not guarantee that we would be able to meet our debt obligations. Our inability to generate sufficient cash flow to satisfy our debt obligations, or to obtain alternative financing, could materially adversely affect our business, financial condition, results of operations or prospects. See Item 7, “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations-Liquidity and Capital Resources.”
We will need to repay or refinance borrowings under our senior secured credit facilities.
Our revolving credit facility and term loan facility are scheduled to mature in December 2022 and December 2024, respectively. We will need to repay, refinance, replace or otherwise extend the maturity of our senior secured credit facilities. Our ability to repay, refinance, replace or extend these facilities by their maturity dates will be dependent on, among other things, business conditions, our financial performance and the general condition of the financial markets. If a financial disruption were to occur at the time that we are required to repay indebtedness outstanding under our senior secured credit facilities, we could be forced to undertake alternate financings, including a sale of additional common stock, negotiate for an extension of the maturity of our senior secured credit facilities or sell assets and delay capital expenditures in order to generate proceeds that could be used to repay indebtedness under our senior secured credit facilities. We cannot provide any assurance that we will be able to consummate any such transaction on terms that are commercially reasonable, on terms acceptable to us or at all.
Our variable rate indebtedness subjects us to interest rate risk, which could cause our debt service obligations to increase significantly.
Borrowings under our senior secured credit facilities are at variable rates of interest and expose us to interest rate risk. Interest rates are still near historically low levels and are projected to rise in the future. If interest rates rise, our debt service obligations on the variable rate indebtedness will increase even though the amount borrowed may remain the same, and our net income and cash flows will correspondingly decrease. Assuming no prepayments of the term loan facility (which had $819.3 million outstanding as of September 30, 2020) and that our revolving credit facility was fully drawn, each 0.125% change in interest rates would result in an approximate change of $1.2 million in annual interest expense on the indebtedness under our senior secured credit facilities. We entered into an interest rate swap during the third quarter of fiscal 2020 to mitigate risks associated with variable rate debt. The interest rate swap became effective June 30, 2020, has a term of five years to hedge the variability of interest payments on the first $500.0 million of the Company’s senior secured debt and provides for a fixed rate of 0.55%.

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In addition, in the third quarter of fiscal 2020, the Company terminated the interest rate cap it had entered effective November 28, 2018. The LIBOR interest rate cap covered a notional amount of $600.0 million of the Company’s senior secured debt, was effective for a period of three years and had a strike rate of 3.5%.
The covenants in our senior secured credit facilities impose restrictions that may limit our operating and financial flexibility.
Our senior secured credit facilities contain a number of significant restrictions and covenants that limit our ability, among other things, to:
incur additional indebtedness;
pay dividends or distributions on our capital stock or repurchase or redeem our capital stock;
prepay, redeem or repurchase specified indebtedness;
create certain liens;
sell, transfer or otherwise convey certain assets;
make certain investments;
create dividend or other payment restrictions affecting subsidiaries;
engage in transactions with affiliates;
create unrestricted subsidiaries;
consolidate, merge or transfer all or substantially all of our assets or the assets of our subsidiaries;
enter into agreements containing certain prohibitions affecting us or our subsidiaries; and
enter into new lines of business.
In addition, our senior secured credit facilities contain a financial covenant requiring us to comply with a 5.55 to 1.00 first lien net leverage ratio test. This financial covenant is solely for the benefit of the lenders under our revolving credit facility and is tested as of the last day of a quarter on which the aggregate amount of revolving loans and letters of credit outstanding under the revolving credit facility (net of cash collateralized letters of credit and undrawn outstanding letters of credit in an amount of up to 50% of the revolving credit facility) exceeds 25% of the total commitments thereunder.
These covenants could materially adversely affect our ability to finance our future operations or capital needs. Furthermore, they may restrict our ability to expand and pursue our business strategies and otherwise conduct our business. Our ability to comply with these covenants may be affected by circumstances and events beyond our control, such as prevailing economic conditions and changes in regulations, and we cannot provide any assurance that we will be able to comply with such covenants. These restrictions also limit our ability to obtain future financings to withstand a future downturn in our business or the economy in general. In addition, complying with these covenants may also cause us to take actions that may make it more difficult for us to successfully execute our business strategy and compete against companies that are not subject to such restrictions.
A breach of any covenant in our senior secured credit facilities or the agreements and indentures governing any other indebtedness that we may have outstanding from time to time would result in a default under that agreement or indenture after any applicable grace periods. A default, if not waived, could result in acceleration of the debt outstanding under the agreement and in a default with respect to, and an acceleration of, the debt outstanding under other debt agreements. If that occurs, we may not be able to make all of the required payments or borrow sufficient funds to refinance such debt.

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Even if new financing were available at that time, it may not be on terms that are acceptable to us or terms as favorable as our current agreements. If our debt is in default for any reason, our business, results of operations and financial condition could be materially and adversely affected.
The phase-out, replacement or unavailability of the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) could affect interest rates under our existing credit facility agreements, as well as our ability to seek future debt financing.
LIBOR is the basic rate of interest used in lending between banks on the London interbank market and is widely used as a reference for setting the interest rates on loans globally. We use LIBOR as a reference rate to calculate interest rates under our revolving credit facility and our term loan facility, which are scheduled to mature in December 2022 and December 2024, respectively. In 2017, the United Kingdom’s Financial Conduct Authority, which regulates LIBOR, announced that it intends to phase out LIBOR by the end of 2021. It is unclear if LIBOR will cease to exist at that time or if new methods of calculating LIBOR will be established such that it continues to exist after 2021. The U.S. Federal Reserve, in conjunction with the Alternative Reference Rates Committee, a steering committee comprised of large U.S. financial institutions, is considering replacing U.S. dollar LIBOR with a new index, the Secured Overnight Financing Rate (“SOFR”), calculated using short-term repurchase agreements backed by Treasury securities, and has proposed a paced market transition plan to SOFR. Our senior secured credit facilities do not include specific references to SOFR as a replacement for LIBOR, and whether or not SOFR or another alternative reference rate attains market traction as a LIBOR replacement tool remains in question. Additionally, it is uncertain if LIBOR will cease to exist after calendar year 2021, or whether additional reforms to LIBOR may be enacted, or whether alternative reference rates will gain market acceptance as a replacement for LIBOR. If LIBOR ceases to exist, we will need to agree upon a replacement index with banks under our senior secured credit facilities, and certain of the interest rates under such agreements may change. The new rates may not be as favorable to us as those in effect prior to any LIBOR phase-out.
In addition, the transition process may involve, among other things, increased volatility or illiquidity in markets for instruments that currently rely on LIBOR. The transition may also result in reductions in the value of certain instruments or the effectiveness of related transactions such as hedges, increased borrowing costs, uncertainty under applicable documentation, or difficult and costly consent processes. Any such effects of the transition away from LIBOR, as well as other unforeseen effects, may result in expenses, difficulties, complications or delays in connection with future financing efforts, which could have a material adverse impact on our business, financial condition and results of operations.
Risks Relating to Ownership of our Common Stock
The market price of our common stock may be highly volatile, and our shareholders may not be able to resell their shares at or above the price they paid for them.
The trading price of our common stock could be volatile, and our shareholders could lose all or part of their investment. We cannot provide any assurance that an active public market for our common stock will be sustained. Volatility or a lack of positive performance in our stock price may adversely affect our ability to retain key employees, many of whom have been granted stock incentive awards. The following factors, in addition to other factors described in this “Risk Factors” section and elsewhere in this Annual Report, may have a significant impact on the market price of our common stock:
negative trends in global economic conditions or activity levels in our industry;
changes in our relationship with our customers or in customer needs, expectations or trends;
announcements concerning our competitors or our industry in general;
our ability to implement our business strategy;
our ability to complete and integrate acquisitions;
actual or anticipated fluctuations in our quarterly or annual operating results;

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trading volume of our common stock;
the failure of securities analysts to cover the Company or changes in analysts’ financial estimates;
severe weather, natural disasters, acts of war or terrorism or other external events;
economic, legal and regulatory factors unrelated to our performance;
changes in accounting principles;
the loss of any of our management or key personnel;
sales of our common stock by us, our executive officers and directors or our shareholders (including certain affiliates of AEA) in the future; and
general economic and market conditions and overall fluctuations in the U.S. equity markets.
In addition, broad market and industry factors may negatively affect the market price of our common stock, regardless of our actual operating performance, and factors beyond our control may cause our stock price to decline rapidly and unexpectedly.
Because AEA holds a significant percentage of our common stock, it may influence major corporate decisions, and the interests of AEA and its affiliates, including certain of our directors, may conflict with the interests of owners of our common stock and those of the Company.
AEA currently owns approximately 16.6% of our common stock. As a result, although we are no longer a controlled company, AEA will continue to be able to influence matters requiring approval by our shareholders and/or our board of directors, including the election of directors and the approval of business combinations or dispositions and other extraordinary transactions. See Item 13, “Certain Relationships and Related Party Transactions.”
AEA may have interests that are different from our other shareholders and may vote in a way with which our other shareholders disagree and which may be adverse to our other shareholders’ interests. Further, AEA’s concentration of ownership could have the effect of delaying or preventing a change in control or otherwise discouraging a potential acquirer from attempting to obtain control of us, which could cause the market price of our common stock to decline or prevent our shareholders from realizing a premium over the market price for their common stock. Additionally, AEA and its affiliates are in the business of making investments in companies and may from time to time acquire and hold interests in businesses that compete directly or indirectly with us or supply us with goods and services. Shareholders should consider that the interests of AEA may differ from their interests in material respects.
Two of our ten directors are currently affiliated with AEA. These persons have fiduciary duties to both us and AEA. As a result, they may have real or apparent conflicts of interest on matters affecting both us and AEA, which in some circumstances may have interests adverse to ours. In addition, our amended and restated certificate of incorporation provides that the doctrine of “corporate opportunity” will not apply with respect to us, to AEA or certain related parties or any of our directors who are employees of AEA or its affiliates in a manner that would prohibit them from investing in competing businesses or doing business with our customers. AEA or its affiliates may also pursue acquisition opportunities that may be complementary to our business and, as a result, those acquisition opportunities may not be available to us. To the extent they invest in such other businesses, AEA and its affiliates, including affiliates of AEA who serve on our board of directors, may have interests that differ from those of our other shareholders.
Sales, or the potential for sales, of a substantial number of shares of our common stock in the public market by us or our existing shareholders could cause our stock price to fall.
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sale of additional equity securities. Additionally, future exercises and the vesting of equity awards may result in dilution of the value of our common stock and could also depress the market price of our common stock. Sales of stock by these shareholders could have a material adverse effect on the trading price of our common stock.
Holders of an aggregate of approximately 34,420,498 shares of our common stock have rights, subject to certain conditions, to require us to file registration statements covering their shares or to include their shares in registration statements that we may file for ourselves or other shareholders. Registration of these shares under the Securities Act, would result in the shares becoming freely tradable without restriction under the Securities Act, except for shares held by our affiliates as defined in Rule 144 under the Securities Act. Any sales of securities by these shareholders could have a material adverse effect on the trading price of our common stock.
We are exposed to risks relating to evaluations of controls required by Section 404 of the SarbanesOxley Act of 2002.
We are required to comply with the management certification requirement of Section 404 of the Sarbanes Oxley Act of 2002 (the “Sarbanes Oxley Act”). As we perform the system and process evaluation and testing, we may identify control deficiencies of varying degrees of severity under applicable SEC and Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (“PCAOB”) rules and regulations that remain unremediated. As a public company, we are required to report, among other things, control deficiencies that constitute a “material weakness” or changes in internal controls that, or that are reasonably likely to, materially affect internal controls over financial reporting. A “material weakness” is a deficiency, or a combination of deficiencies, in internal control over financial reporting, such that there is a reasonable possibility that a material misstatement of our annual or interim financial statements will not be prevented or detected on a timely basis.
If we fail to comply with the requirements of Section 404, regulatory authorities such as the SEC or the PCAOB might subject us to sanctions or investigation. If we do not implement improvements to our disclosure controls and procedures or to our internal controls in a timely manner, our independent registered public accounting firm may not be able to certify as to the effectiveness of our internal controls over financial reporting pursuant to an audit of our controls. This may subject us to adverse regulatory consequences or a loss of confidence in the reliability of our financial statements. We could also suffer a loss of confidence in the reliability of our financial statements if our independent registered public accounting firm reports a material weakness in our internal controls, if we do not develop and maintain effective controls and procedures or if we are otherwise unable to deliver timely and reliable financial information.
Additionally, effective internal controls are necessary for us to provide reliable financial reports and prevent fraud. Any failure to implement required new or improved controls, or difficulties encountered in their implementation, could harm our operating results or cause us to fail to meet our reporting obligations. Inadequate internal controls could also cause investors to lose confidence in our reported financial information. Any loss of confidence in the reliability of our financial statements or other negative reaction to our failure to develop timely or adequate disclosure controls and procedures or internal controls could result in a decline in the price of our common stock. In addition, if we fail to remedy any material weakness, our financial statements may be inaccurate, we may face restricted access to the capital markets and our stock price may be adversely affected.
If securities or industry analysts cease publishing research or reports about us, our business or our markets, or if they adversely change their recommendations or publish negative reports regarding our business or our stock, our stock price and trading volume could materially decline.
The trading market for our common stock is influenced by the research and reports that industry or securities analysts may publish about us, our business, our markets or our competitors. We do not have any control over these analysts and we cannot provide any assurance that analysts will cover us or provide favorable coverage. If any of the analysts who may cover us adversely change their recommendation regarding our stock, or provide more favorable relative recommendations about our competitors, our stock price could materially decline. If any analyst who may cover us were to cease coverage of our Company or fail to regularly publish reports on us, we could lose visibility in the financial markets, which in turn could cause our stock price or trading volume to materially decline.

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Some provisions of our charter documents and Delaware law may have anti‑takeover effects that could discourage an acquisition of us by others, even if an acquisition would be beneficial to our shareholders, and may prevent attempts by our shareholders to replace or remove our current management.
Provisions in our amended and restated certificate of incorporation and our amended and restated bylaws, as well as provisions of the Delaware General Corporation Law (the “DGCL”), could make it more difficult for a third party to acquire us or increase the cost of acquiring us, even if doing so would benefit our shareholders, including transactions in which shareholders might otherwise receive a premium for their shares. These provisions include:
establishing a classified board of directors such that not all members of the board of directors are elected at one time;
allowing the authorized number of our directors to be determined exclusively by resolution of our board of directors and granting to our board of directors the sole power to fill any vacancy on the board of directors;
limiting the ability of shareholders to remove directors without cause;
providing that our board of directors is expressly authorized to adopt, or to alter or repeal, our amended and restated bylaws;
authorizing the issuance of “blank check” preferred stock by our board of directors, without further shareholders approval, to thwart a takeover attempt;
prohibiting shareholders action by written consent (and, thus, requiring that all shareholder actions be taken at a meeting of our shareholders);
eliminating the ability of shareholders to call a special meeting of shareholders;
establishing advance notice requirements for nominations for election to the board of directors or for proposing matters that can be acted upon at annual shareholder meetings; and
requiring the approval of the holders of at least two‑thirds of the voting power of all outstanding stock entitled to vote thereon, voting together as a single class, to amend or repeal our amended and restated certificate of incorporation or amended and restated bylaws.
In addition, while we have opted out of Section 203 of the DGCL, our amended and restated certificate of incorporation contains similar provisions providing that we may not engage in certain “business combinations” with any “interested shareholder” for a three‑year period following the time that the shareholder became an interested shareholder, unless:
prior to such time, our board of directors approved either the business combination or the transaction that resulted in the shareholder becoming an interested shareholder;
upon consummation of the transaction that resulted in the shareholder becoming an interested shareholder, the interested shareholder owned at least 85% of our voting stock outstanding at the time the transaction commenced, excluding certain shares; or
at or subsequent to that time, the business combination is approved by our board of directors and by the affirmative vote of holders of at least two‑thirds of our outstanding voting stock that is not owned by the interested shareholder.
These anti‑takeover defenses could discourage, delay or prevent a transaction involving a change in control of our Company. These provisions could also discourage proxy contests and make it more difficult for shareholders to elect directors of their choosing and cause us to take corporate actions other than those that certain shareholders desire.

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Our amended and restated certificate of incorporation designates the Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware as the exclusive forum for certain litigation that may be initiated by our shareholders, which could limit our shareholders’ ability to obtain a favorable judicial forum for disputes with us.
Our amended and restated certificate of incorporation provides that the Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware will be the sole and exclusive forum for (i) any derivative action or proceeding brought on our behalf, (ii) any action asserting a claim of breach of a fiduciary duty owed to us or our shareholders by any of our directors, officers, employees or agents, (iii) any action asserting a claim against us arising under the DGCL or (iv) any action asserting a claim against us that is governed by the internal affairs doctrine. Shareholders in our Company will be deemed to have notice of and have consented to the provisions of our amended and restated certificate of incorporation related to choice of forum. The choice of forum provision in our amended and restated certificate of incorporation may limit our shareholders’ ability to obtain a favorable judicial forum for disputes with us.
We do not currently expect to pay any cash dividends.
We currently anticipate that we will retain future earnings for the development, operation and expansion of our business, and the continued operation and expansion of our business will require substantial funding. Accordingly, we do not currently anticipate declaring or paying any cash dividends on shares of our common stock in the foreseeable future. Any determination to pay dividends in the future will be at the discretion of our board of directors and will depend upon results of operations, financial condition, contractual restrictions, restrictions imposed by applicable law and other factors that our board of directors deems relevant. We are a holding company, and substantially all of our operations are carried out by our operating subsidiaries. Under our senior secured credit facilities, our operating subsidiaries are currently limited in their ability to pay cash dividends, and we expect these limitations to continue in the future. Our ability to pay dividends may also be limited by the terms of any future credit agreement or any future debt or preferred equity securities of ours or of our subsidiaries. Accordingly, realization of a gain on any investment in shares of our common stock will depend on the appreciation of the price of our common stock, which may never occur.
The requirements of being a public company, including compliance with the reporting requirements of the Exchange Act and the requirements of the Sarbanes‑Oxley Act and the NYSE, may strain our resources, increase our costs and divert management’s attention, and we may be unable to comply with these requirements in a timely or cost‑effective manner.
As a public company, we are subject to the reporting requirements of the Exchange Act, and the corporate governance standards of the Sarbanes‑Oxley Act and the NYSE. These requirements place a strain on our management, systems and resources and we will continue to incur significant legal, accounting, insurance and other expenses. The Exchange Act, requires us to file annual, quarterly and current reports with respect to our business and financial condition within specified time periods and to prepare a proxy statement with respect to our annual meeting of shareholders. The Sarbanes‑Oxley Act requires that we maintain effective disclosure controls and procedures and internal controls over financial reporting. The NYSE requires that we comply with various corporate governance requirements. To maintain and improve the effectiveness of our disclosure controls and procedures and internal controls over financial reporting and comply with the Exchange Act and NYSE requirements, significant resources and management oversight will be required. This may divert management’s attention from other business concerns and lead to significant costs associated with compliance, which could have a material adverse effect on us and the price of our common stock. Furthermore, as we grow our business both organically and through acquisitions, our disclosure controls and procedures and internal control over financial reporting will become more complex, and we may require significantly more resources to ensure that these controls and procedures remain effective.
These laws and regulations could also make it more difficult or costly for us to obtain certain types of insurance, including director and officer liability insurance, and we may be forced to accept reduced policy limits and coverage or incur substantially higher costs to obtain the same or similar coverage. These laws and regulations could also make it more difficult for us to attract and retain qualified persons to serve on our board of directors or its committees or as our executive officers. Advocacy efforts by shareholders and third parties may also prompt even more changes in governance and reporting requirements. We cannot predict or estimate the amount of additional costs we may incur or the timing of these costs. Furthermore, if we are unable to satisfy our obligations as a public company, we could be subject to delisting of our common stock, fines, sanctions and other regulatory action and potentially civil litigation.

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We may be subject to securities litigation, which is expensive and could divert management attention.
Our share price has been volatile and, in the past, companies that have experienced volatility in the market price of their stock have been subject to securities class action litigation. We may be the target of this type of litigation in the future. Litigation of this type could result in substantial costs and diversion of management’s attention and resources, which could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, results of operations or prospects. Any adverse determination in litigation could also subject us to significant liabilities. See Item 3, “Legal Proceedings” for a discussion of the status of certain securities litigation related to our share price volatility.
General Risk Factors

General global economic and business conditions may materially adversely affect demand for our products, services and solutions.
We compete in various end markets and geographic regions around the world. Among these, the most significant are global industrial, commercial and municipal markets. In fiscal 2020, 86% and 14% of our revenue was generated in North America and the rest of world, respectively. We have experienced, and expect to continue to experience, fluctuations in revenues and operating results due to economic and business cycles. Important factors for our businesses and the businesses of our customers, both in the U.S. and abroad, include local and global macroeconomic conditions, commodity prices, energy prices, the timing of projects, the overall strength of and our customers’ confidence in the economy, industrial and governmental capital spending, governmental fiscal and trading policies, global environmental and regulatory policies, the strength of the residential and commercial real estate markets, unemployment rates, consumer spending, availability of financing, interest rates, tax rates, changes in tax laws and political conditions. The businesses of many of our industrial customers are, to varying degrees, cyclical, and have experienced periodic downturns. While we attempt to minimize our exposure to economic or market fluctuations by serving a balanced mix of end markets and geographic regions, any of the above factors, individually or in the aggregate, or a significant or sustained downturn in a specific end market or geographic region, could materially reduce demand for our products, services and solutions.
Levels of municipal spending may particularly impact our business, financial condition, results of operations or prospects. Reduced tax revenue in certain regions, or inability to access traditional sources of credit, may limit spending and new development by municipalities or local governmental agencies, which in turn may materially adversely affect the demand for our solutions and reduce our revenue.
Failure to compete successfully in our markets could materially adversely affect our business, financial condition, results of operations or prospects.
We offer our products, services and solutions in highly competitive markets. We believe the principal points of competition in our markets are product performance, reliability and innovation of our solutions, application expertise and process knowledge, brand reputation, energy and water efficiency, product compliance with environmental and regulatory requirements, product lifecycle cost, scalability, timeliness of delivery, proximity of service centers to our customers, effectiveness of our distribution channels and price. Maintaining and improving our competitive position will require successful management of these factors, including continued investment by us in research and development (including acquisition of technology through transactions), engineering, marketing, customer service and support and our distribution networks. Our future growth rate depends upon our ability to compete successfully, which is impacted by a number of factors, including our ability to (i) identify emerging technological trends in our target end markets, (ii) develop and maintain a wide range of competitive and appropriately priced products, services and solutions, (iii) enhance and differentiate our products from those of our competitors, (iv) develop and drive commercial acceptance of compelling new products quickly and cost‑effectively, (v) ensure that our products, services and solutions remain cost‑competitive, even when faced with rising commodity costs, (vi) attract, develop and retain individuals with the requisite technical expertise and understanding of customers’ needs to develop and sell new technologies and products and (vii) execute projects in a cost-effective manner according to the schedules required by our customers.Further, many of our customers actively monitor and review our company‑wide safety record, and apply rigorous safety standards to us and our competitors. Although we take precautions to prevent workplace accidents and mechanical failures, such incidents are difficult to predict and may be outside of our

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control. If we are unable to meet our customers’ stringent workplace safety standards, or if our customers perceive us to have a poor safety record, it could materially impact our ability to retain their business or attract new business.
We may not be successful in maintaining our competitive position for a number of reasons. We may fail to identify optimal vertical or geographic markets, focus our attention in suboptimal vertical or geographic markets or fail to execute an appropriate business model in certain vertical or geographic markets. Our competitors may develop disruptive technologies or products that are superior to our products, develop more efficient or effective methods of providing products and services, operate with lower cost structures allowing them to price products and services more competitively or adapt more quickly than we do to new technologies or evolving customer requirements. The failure of our technologies or products to gain market acceptance due to more attractive offerings by our competitors could significantly reduce our revenues and materially adversely affect our competitive standing or prospects. Pricing pressures also could cause us to adjust the prices of certain products to stay competitive, which could materially adversely affect our margins and overall financial performance. Failure to continue competing successfully or to win business with our existing customers could materially adversely affect our business, financial condition, results of operations or prospects.
Product defects and unanticipated or improper use of our products could adversely affect our business, reputation and financial statements.
Manufacturing or design defects in (including in products or components that we source from third parties), unanticipated or improper use of, or inadequate disclosure of risks relating to the use of our products, services and solutions by our customers or third parties could create product safety, regulatory or other risks, including personal injury, death or property damage. These events could lead to recalls or safety alerts relating to our products, result in the removal of a product from the market and result in product liability claims being brought against us. Recalls, removals and product liability claims can result in significant costs, as well as negative publicity and damage to our reputation that could reduce demand for our products and have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, results of operations or prospects.
Further, it is generally our responsibility to service the equipment we provide our customers throughout the duration of our contract with such customers, and our customers may be required to maintain insurance covering loss, damage or injury caused by our equipment. However, we are not able to monitor our customers’ use or maintenance of their water systems or their compliance with our contracts or usage instructions. Customers’ failure to properly use, maintain or safeguard their equipment or customers’ noncompliance with insurance requirements may reflect poorly on us as the provider of such equipment and, as a result, damage our reputation.

Significant or prolonged disruptions in the supply of goods or services from third parties could materially adversely affect our business, financial condition, results of operations or prospects.
We are dependent on a continuing flow of goods and services from suppliers to provide our products, services and solutions to our customers. A disruption or prolonged delays in obtaining supplies or services, including, for example, chemicals, electricity or other materials, could materially adversely affect our ability to provide our products, services and solutions to our customers, and our ability to operate in compliance with all regulatory requirements, which could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, results of operations or prospects. In certain circumstances, we rely on third parties to provide certain important services and a disruption in these services could materially adversely affect our business, financial condition, results of operations or prospects. Some possible reasons for a delay or disruption in the supply of important goods and services include:
our suppliers may not provide materials that meet our specifications in sufficient quantities;
our suppliers may face production delays due to natural disasters, strikes, lock‑outs or other such events;
one or more suppliers could make strategic changes in the lines of products and services they offer; and
some of our suppliers, such as small companies, may be more likely to experience financial and operational difficulties than larger, well‑established companies, because of their limited financial and other resources.

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As a result of any of these, or other, factors, we may be required to find alternative suppliers for the materials and services on which we rely. Accordingly, we may experience delays in obtaining appropriate materials and services on a timely basis and in sufficient quantities from such alternative suppliers at a reasonable price, which could interrupt services to our customers and materially adversely affect our business, financial condition, results of operations or prospects.
Item 1B. Unresolved Staff Comments
None.
Item 2. Properties
As of September 30, 2020, we operate 160 locations located in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Germany, Australia, China, Singapore, India and Korea, including 13 manufacturing facilities, 7 research and development facilities and 92 service branches. We own 20 of these properties and lease the remaining 140 properties. The manufacturing and research and development facilities support both our ISS and APT segments globally.  The service branches primarily support our ISS segment.  Our North American presence includes 11 resin regeneration plants, 3 carbon reactivation plants and 1 wastewater ion exchange facility. As of September 30, 2020, the aggregate covered square footage of our facilities is equal to approximately 3.4 million square feet.

Item 3. Legal Proceedings
From time to time, we are subject to various claims, charges and litigation matters that arise in the ordinary course of business. We believe these actions are a normal incident of the nature and kind of business in which we are engaged. While it is not feasible to predict the outcome of these matters with certainty, we do not believe that any asserted or unasserted legal claims or proceedings, individually or in the aggregate, will have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, results of operations or prospects.

In November 2018, a purported shareholder of the Company filed a class action lawsuit, captioned McWilliams v. Evoqua Water Technologies Corp., Case No. 1:18-CV-10320, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York alleging that the Company and senior management violated federal securities laws by issuing false, misleading, and/or omissive disclosures in the period leading up to the Company’s October 30, 2018 announcement of, among other things, (a) preliminary results for the full-year fiscal 2018 that were below previous expectations and (b) a transition from a three-segment structure to a two-segment operating model.  In January 2019, the court appointed lead plaintiffs and lead counsel and re-captioned the action as In re Evoqua Water Technologies Corp. Securities Litigation (the “Securities Litigation”). In March 2019, lead plaintiffs filed an amended complaint, which asserts claims pursuant to the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and the Securities Act of 1933 against the Company, members of the Company’s board of directors, senior management, a former executive, AEA, and the underwriters of the Company’s IPO and secondary public offering. The amended complaint alleges that the defendants violated federal securities laws by issuing false, misleading, and/or omissive disclosures concerning the Company’s integration of acquired companies, the Company’s reduction-in-force, and the Company’s financial results of operations. The lawsuit seeks compensatory damages in an unspecified amount and an award of costs and expenses to the plaintiff and class counsel.  In March 2020, the Court granted the defendants’ motion to dismiss a portion of the claims, dismissing all claims predicated on supposedly intentional misstatements or omissions, which were brought under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. The claims that remain are those brought under the Securities Act of 1933. The Company has filed an answer denying the material allegations of the complaint, and discovery is now underway. The Company believes that this lawsuit is without merit and intends to vigorously defend itself against the allegations.

In April 2019, another purported shareholder of the Company filed a derivative lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, captioned Dallas Torgersen v. Ronald C. Keating, Case No. 2:19-CV-410. The complaint names as defendants the Company’s CEO & CFO, as well as members of the Company’s board of directors, and it names the Company as a nominal defendant. The complaint alleges, among other things, that the individual defendants violated federal securities laws by issuing false, misleading, and/or omissive disclosures in the period leading up to the

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Company’s October 30, 2018 disclosures, and that they breached their fiduciary duties to the Company. The lawsuit seeks compensatory damages in an unspecified amount, an award of costs and expenses, restitution from the individual defendants, and an order directing the Company and the individual defendants to take unspecified actions to reform and improve the Company’s corporate governance and internal procedures. The Company believes that this lawsuit is without merit and intends to vigorously defend itself against the allegations. In June 2019, the Court entered an order staying the lawsuit pending resolution of the Securities Litigation.

In July 2020, a different purported shareholder of the Company filed a second shareholder derivative lawsuit ostensibly on behalf of the Company in the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, captioned Robert Hyams v. Ronald C. Keating, Case No. 2:20-CV-1112. The complaint is similar to the one in Torgersen but also names as defendants AEA and a number of its affiliated entities. In September 2020, the court issued an order consolidating the Torgersen and Hyams cases under the caption In re Evoqua Water Technologies Corp. Derivative Litigation (the “Derivative Litigation”), and staying the consolidated lawsuit pending resolution of the Securities Litigation.

In February 2020, yet another purported shareholder of the Company sent a letter to the board of directors demanding that it investigate and bring claims against various directors and officers for the same matters that were already the subject of the Securities Litigation and the Torgersen derivative litigation. Although no lawsuit has yet been filed by this purported shareholder, the shareholder agreed to stay matters on terms similar to what was agreed in the Derivative Litigation.

In October 2020, the Company learned that the SEC and the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts are investigating whether financial misstatements were made in the Company’s public filings and earnings announcements prior to October 2018, similar to what is alleged in the Securities Litigation. The Company is cooperating with those investigations. Although the Company is unable to predict the outcome or reasonably estimate any potential loss, we currently believe that this matter will not have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, results of operations or prospects.

Item 4.    Mine Safety Disclosures
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Part II

Item 5.    Market for Registrant’s Common Equity, Related Stockholder Matters and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities
Market Information
        The Company’s common stock began trading on the NYSE under the symbol “AQUA” on November 2, 2017. Before then, there was no public market for the Company’s common stock.
        After underwriting discounts and commissions and expenses, we received net proceeds from our initial public offering of approximately $137.6 million. We used a portion of the net proceeds from our initial public offering to repay approximately $104.9 million of indebtedness (including accrued and unpaid interest) under our senior secured first lien term loan facility and we used the remainder for general corporate purposes.
        As of October 31, 2020, there were 59 holders of record of the Company’s common stock, which does not reflect those shares held beneficially or those shares held in “street” name. Accordingly, the number of beneficial owners of our common stock exceeds this number.
Dividend Policy
        No dividends were paid to shareholders during the years ended September 30, 2020, 2019 or 2018. The Company currently intends to retain all of its future earnings, if any, to finance operations, development and growth of its business and repay indebtedness. Most of the Company’s indebtedness contains restrictions on the Company’s activities, including paying dividends on its capital stock. See Note 11, “Debt” in Part II, Item 8 of this Annual Report on Form 10-K. Any future determination relating to our dividend policy will be made at the discretion of the Company’s board of directors and will depend on a number of factors, including future earnings, capital requirements, financial conditions, future prospects, contractual restrictions and covenants and other factors that the board of directors may deem relevant.
Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds
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Stock Performance Graph
The following graph shows a comparison of cumulative total return to holders of shares of Evoqua’s common stock against the cumulative total return of S&P Small Cap 600 Index and S&P Small Cap 600 / Utilities Index from market close on November 2, 2017 (the first day of trading of our common stock) through September 30, 2020. The comparison of the cumulative total returns for each investment assumes that $100 was invested in Evoqua common stock and the respective indices on November 2, 2017 through September 30, 2020, including reinvestment of any dividends (although no dividends have been declared on our common stock to date). Historical share price performance should not be relied upon as an indication of future share price performance, and we do not make or endorse any predications as to future shareholder returns.
This performance graph and related information shall not be deemed “soliciting material”or to be “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Exchange Act or otherwise subject to the liabilities under that Section, and shall not be deemed to be incorporated by reference into any future filing under the Securities Act or Exchange Act, except to the extent that we specifically incorporate it by reference into such filing.
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11/2/2017
 
9/30/2018
 
9/30/2019
 
12/31/2019
 
3/31/2020
 
6/30/2020
 
9/30/2020
AQUA
$
100

 
$
85

 
$
82

 
$
88

 
$
52

 
$
86

 
$
98

S&P Small Cap 600
$
100

 
$
117

 
$
105

 
$
108

 
$
73

 
$
88

 
$
91

S&P Small Cap 600 / Utilities
$
100

 
$
100

 
$
113

 
$
109

 
$
98

 
$
92

 
$
82


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Item 6.    Selected Financial Data
Our selected historical Consolidated Balance Sheet data presented below as of September 30, 2020 and 2019 and our selected historical Consolidated Statements of Operations and cash flow data presented below for each of the years ended September 30, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017 and 2016 has been derived from our audited Consolidated Financial Statements. Our selected historical Consolidated Balance Sheet data presented below as of September 30, 2016, 2017 and 2018 has been derived from our audited Consolidated Financial Statements not included in this Annual Report.
The historical results presented below are not necessarily indicative of the results to be expected for any future period. The selected historical consolidated financial data presented below should be read in conjunction with Item 7, “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations,” and our Consolidated Financial Statements and related notes thereto contained in Item 8, “Financial Statements and Supplementary Data,” of this Annual Report.
(In millions, except per share amounts)
Year Ended September 30,
 
2020
 
2019
 
2018
 
2017
 
2016
Statement of Operations Data:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Revenue from product sales and services
$
1,429.5

 
$
1,444.4

 
$
1,339.5

 
$
1,247.4

 
$
1,137.2

Gross profit
449.8

 
426.0

 
404.7

 
399.7

 
333.1

Total operating expenses
(342.0
)
 
(371.3
)
 
(345.7
)
 
(332.0
)
 
(302.9
)
Net income (loss)
114.4

 
(8.5
)
 
7.9

 
6.4

 
13.0

Net income (loss) attributable to the Company
$
113.6

 
$
(9.5
)
 
$
6.1

 
$
2.2

 
$
11.6

Income (loss) per share
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Basic
$
0.97

 
$
(0.08
)
 
$
0.05

 
$
0.02

 
$
0.11

Diluted
$
0.94

 
$
(0.08
)
 
$
0.05

 
$
0.02

 
$
0.11

Cash Flow Data:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net cash provided by operating activities
$
158.4

 
$
125.2

 
$
81.0

 
$
28.5

 
$
31.9

Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities
$
12.0

 
$
(94.5
)
 
$
(207.0
)
 
$
(134.9
)
 
$
(344.6
)
Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities
$
(89.5
)
 
$
5.7

 
$
150.6

 
$
114.5

 
$
191.4

Balance Sheet Data (as of end of period):
Cash and cash equivalents
$
193.0

 
$
109.9

 
$
82.4

 
$
59.3

 
$
50.4

Total assets
$
1,844.5

 
$
1,737.8

 
$
1,663.6

 
$
1,473.3

 
$
1,296.2

Total debt (including current portion)
$
876.0

 
$
965.0

 
$
939.6

 
$
889.8

 
$
758.2


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Item 7. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations
The following discussion and analysis of our financial condition and results of our operations should be read in conjunction with Item 6, “Selected Financial and Operating Data” and Item 8, “Financial Statements and Supplementary Data,” of this Annual Report. This discussion contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. Our actual results could differ materially from such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause or contribute to those differences include, but are not limited to, those identified below and those discussed in the section titled “Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements” and in Item 1A, “Risk Factors” in this Annual Report. Unless otherwise indicated or the context otherwise requires, all references to the “Company,” “Evoqua,” “Evoqua Water Technologies Corp.,” “EWT Holdings I Corp,” “we,” “us,” “our” and similar terms refer to Evoqua Water Technologies Corp., together with its consolidated subsidiaries. Unless otherwise specified, all dollar amounts in this section are referred to in millions. Our fiscal year ends on September 30 of each year and references in this section to a year refer to our fiscal year. As such, references to: 2020 relates to the fiscal year ended September 30, 2020, 2019 relates to the fiscal year ended September 30, 2019 and 2018 relates to the fiscal year ended September 30, 2018.
Overview and Background
We are a leading provider of mission critical water treatment solutions, offering services, systems and technologies to support our customers’ full water lifecycle needs. With over 200,000 installations worldwide, we hold leading positions in the industrial, commercial and municipal water treatment markets in North America. We offer a comprehensive portfolio of differentiated, proprietary technology solutions sold under several market-leading and well-established brands to our global customer base. We have worked to protect water, the environment and our employees for over 100 years. As a result, we have earned a reputation for quality, safety and reliability and are sought out by our customers to solve the full range of their water treatment needs, and maintaining our reputation is critical to the success of our business.
Our solutions are designed to ensure that our customers have the quantity and quality of water that meets their unique specifications. We enable our customers to achieve lower costs through greater uptime, throughput and efficiency in their operations and support their regulatory compliance and environmental sustainability. We deliver and maintain these mission critical solutions through the largest service network in North America, assuring our customers continuous uptime with 92 service branches as of September 30, 2020. We have an extensive service and support network, and as a result, we have certified Evoqua Service Technicians within approximately a two-hour drive from more than 90% of our industrial North American customers’ sites.
Our vision “to be the world’s first choice for water solutions” and our values of “integrity, customers, performance and sustainable” foster a corporate culture that is focused on establishing a workforce that is enabled, empowered and accountable, which creates a highly entrepreneurial and dynamic work environment. Our purpose is “Transforming water. Enriching life.” We draw from a long legacy of water treatment innovations and industry firsts, supported by more than 1,300 granted or pending patents, which in aggregate are imperative to our business. Our core technologies are primarily focused on removing impurities from water, rather than neutralizing them through the addition of chemicals, and we are able to achieve purification levels which are 1,000 times greater than typical drinking water.
Business Segments
For the year ended September 30, 2020, we served our customers through two segments: Integrated Solutions and Services, a group entirely focused on engaging directly with end users, and Applied Product Technologies, a group focused on developing product platforms to be sold primarily through third party channels. Our segments draw from the same reservoir of leading technologies, shared manufacturing infrastructure, common business processes and corporate philosophies. The key factors used to identify our reportable segments are the organization and alignment of our internal operations, the nature of the products and services and customer type.

Within the Integrated Solutions and Services segment, we primarily provide tailored solutions in collaboration with our customers backed by life‑cycle services including on‑demand water, outsourced water (formerly

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known as build-own-operated), recycle and reuse and emergency response service alternatives to improve operational reliability, performance and environmental compliance.
Within the Applied Product Technologies segment, we provide a highly differentiated and scalable range of products and technologies specified by global water treatment designers, OEMs, engineering firms and integrators.
We evaluate our business segments’ operating results based on income from operations and net income (loss) before interest expense, income tax benefit (expense) and depreciation and amortization (“EBITDA”) on a segment basis. Corporate activities include general corporate expenses, elimination of inter-segment transactions, interest income and expense and other unallocated charges, which have not been allocated to business segments. As such, the segment results provided herein may not be comparable to other companies. In addition, our chief operating decision maker uses Adjusted EBITDA of each reportable segment to evaluate the operating performance of such segments. Adjusted EBITDA of the reportable segments does not include certain unallocated charges that are presented within Corporate activities. These unallocated charges include certain restructuring and other business transformation charges that have been incurred to align and reposition the Company to the current reporting structure, acquisition related costs (including transaction costs, integration costs and recognition of backlog intangible assets recorded in purchase accounting) and share-based compensation charges.
For the years ended September 30, 2020, 2019 and 2018, our segments accounted for the following percentage of our revenues:
 
2020
 
2019
 
2018
Integrated Solutions and Services segment
66.1
%
 
63.1
%
 
62.4
%
Applied Product Technologies segment
33.9
%
 
36.9
%
 
37.6
%
Organic Growth Drivers
Market Growth
We maintain a leading position among customers in growing industries that utilize water as a critical part of their operations or production processes, including pharmaceuticals and health sciences, microelectronics, food and beverage, hydrocarbon and chemical processing, power, general manufacturing, municipal drinking and wastewater, marine and aquatics. Water treatment is an essential, non‑discretionary market that is growing in importance as access to clean water has become an international priority. Underpinning this growth are a number of global, long‑term trends that have resulted in increasingly stringent effluent regulations, along with a growing demand for cleaner and sustainable waste streams for reuse. These trends include the growing global population, increasing levels of urbanization and continued global economic growth, and we have seen these trends manifest themselves within our various end markets creating multiple avenues of growth. For example, within the industrial market, water is an integral and meaningful component in the production of a wide‑range of goods spanning from consumer electronics to automobiles.
Our Existing Customer Base
We believe our strong brands, leading position in highly fragmented markets, scalable and global offerings, leading installed base and unique ability to provide complete treatment solutions will enable us to capture a larger share of our existing customers’ water treatment spend while expanding with existing and new customers into adjacent end‑markets and under-penetrated regions, including by investing in our sales force and cross‑selling to existing customers. We believe we are uniquely positioned to further penetrate our core markets, with over 200,000 installations across over 38,000 global customers. We maintain a customer‑intimate business model with strong brand value and provide solutions‑focused offerings capable of serving a customer’s full lifecycle water treatment needs, both in current and new geographic regions.

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Our Service Model
We selectively target high value projects with opportunities for recurring business through service, parts and other aftermarket opportunities over the lifecycle of the process or capital equipment. In particular, we have developed internet‑connected monitoring technologies through the deployment of our WaterOne® service platform, which enables customers to outsource their water treatment systems and focus on their core business, offering customers system optimization, predictive and proactive service, and simplified billing and pricing. Our WaterOne® platform also enables us to transition our customers to pricing models based on usage, which otherwise would not have been possible without technological advancement. Our technology solutions provide customers with increased stability and predictability in water‑related costs, while enabling us to optimize our service route network and on demand offerings through predictive analytics, which we believe will result in market share gains, improved service levels, increased barriers to entry and reduced costs.
Product and Technology Development
We develop our technologies through in‑house research, development and engineering and targeted tuck‑in, vertical market and geography‑expanding, technology-enhancing acquisitions. We have a reservoir of recently launched technologies and a strong pipeline of new offerings designed to provide customers with innovative, value‑enhancing solutions. Furthermore, since April 2016, we have successfully completed fourteen acquisitions and the acquisition of a 60% interest in Frontier Water Systems LLC, expanding our vertical markets and geographic reach and enhancing our technologies, strengthening our existing capabilities and adding new capabilities and cross selling opportunities in areas such as mobile wastewater treatment, soil and air treatment, regenerative media filtration, anodes, UV and ozone disinfection, aerobic and anaerobic biological treatment technologies and electrochemical and electrochlorination cells. We are able to rapidly scale new technologies using our leading direct and third‑party sales channels and our relationships with key influencers, including municipal representatives, engineering firms, designers and other system specifiers. We believe our continued investment in driving penetration of our recently launched technologies, robust pipeline of new capabilities and best‑in‑class channels to market will allow us to continue to address our customer needs across the water lifecycle.
Operational Excellence
We believe that continuous improvement of our operations, processes and organizational structure is a key driver of our earnings growth. We have identified and are pursuing several discrete initiatives that, if successful, we expect could result in additional cost savings over the next two years. These initiatives include our supply chain improvement program to consolidate and manage global spending, our improved logistics and transportation management program, capturing benefits of our WaterOne® platform and further optimizing our engineering cost structure, our global shared services organization and our sales, inventory and operations planning, including footprint rationalization. These improvements focus on creating value for customers through reduced leadtimes, improved quality and superior customer support, while also creating value for shareholders through enhanced earnings growth. Furthermore, as a result of significant investments we have made in our footprint and facilities, we believe we have the capacity to support our planned growth without commensurate increase in fixed costs.
Acquisitions
We believe that capex-like, tuck‑in acquisitions present a key opportunity within our overall growth strategy, which we will continue to evaluate strategically. These strategic acquisitions will enable us to accelerate our growth by extending the critical mass in existing markets as well as expand in new geographies and new end market verticals. Our existing customer relationships, best‑in‑class channels to market and ability to rapidly commercialize technologies provide a strong platform to drive rapid growth in the businesses we acquire. To capitalize on these opportunities, we have built an experienced team dedicated to mergers and acquisitions that has, since April 2016, successfully completed fourteen acquisitions and the acquisition of a 60% interest in Frontier Water Systems LLC, expanding our vertical markets and geographic reach and enhancing our technologies, with purchase prices ranging from approximately $2.0 million to approximately $283.7 million, and pre‑acquisition revenues ranging from approximately $2.1 million to approximately $55.7 million.

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During the year ended September 30, 2020, we acquired a 60% investment position in San Diego-based Frontier Water Systems, LLC (“Frontier”), completed the sale of the Memcor product line to DuPont de Nemours, Inc. (“DuPont”), and acquired the assets of privately held Aquapure Technologies (“Aquapure”). The aggregate purchase price paid by DuPont for the Memcor product line was $110.0 million in cash, subject to certain adjustments. Following adjustments for cash and net working capital, gross proceeds paid by DuPont were $131.0 million. The Company recognized a $57.7 million net pre-tax benefit on the sale of the Memcor product line, net of $8.3 million of discretionary compensation payments to employees in connection with the transaction and $2.1 million in transaction costs incurred. The Company and DuPont have a history of collaboration, and following the sale, DuPont continues to supply the Company with Memcor products. During the year ended September 30, 2019, we acquired all of the issued and outstanding equity securities of ATG UV Technology Limited (“ATG UV”). See Note 3, “Acquisitions and Divestitures, in Item 8 in this Annual Report for a complete discussion.
We will continue to actively evaluate acquisition opportunities that are consistent with our business strategy. We maintain a robust pipeline of potential acquisition targets, developed by our management team as well as various outside industry experts and consultants.
Key Factors and Trends Affecting Our Business and Financial Statements
Various trends and other factors affect or have affected our operating results, including:
Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our business has been considered essential under federal and local standards, and we have maintained business continuity at our critical service branches and manufacturing facilities to date. We have taken measures to protect our employees, including implementation of remote working practices where possible and managing our supply chain to ensure that necessary personal protective equipment is available to our personnel. We have also taken certain cost reduction actions, some of which are temporary in nature, such as reduction of marketing travel activity as well as deferment of headcount additions to preserve liquidity and reallocated existing resources to maintain productivity levels where feasible.
We continue to evaluate the impact of the pandemic on our business and how the economic downturn resulting from the pandemic might affect our customers’ willingness to make capital expenditures and our ability to collect from our customers.
For more information regarding factors and events that may impact our business, results of operations and financial condition from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, see Item 1A. “Risk Factors-The COVID-19 pandemic and other future public health crises or pandemics could materially and adversely affect our business, results of operations and financial condition.”
Overall economic trends. The overall economic environment and related changes in industrial, commercial and municipal spending impact our business. In general, positive conditions in the broader economy promote industrial, commercial and municipal customer spending, while economic weakness results in a reduction of new industrial, commercial and municipal project activity. Macroeconomic factors that can affect customer spending patterns, and thereby our results of operations, include population growth, total water consumption, municipal budgets, employment rates, business conditions, the availability of credit or capital, interest rates, tax rates, imposition of tariffs and regulatory changes. Since the businesses of our customers vary in cyclicality, periodic downturns in any specific sector typically have modest impacts on our overall business. For example, the recent weakness in global oil markets has created, and may continue to create, some weakness in demand from customers that we serve in the oil and gas industry. Additionally, the COVID-19 pandemic has increased economic uncertainty and has caused an economic slowdown that is likely to continue and may result in a sustained global recession.
Changes in costs and availability. We have significant exposures to certain commodities, including steel, caustic, carbon, calcium nitrate and iridium, and volatility in the market price and availability of these commodity input materials has a direct impact on our costs and our business. For example, restrictions on international trade, including tariffs imposed by the U.S. government and other governments, as well as supply chain disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, have increased and could further increase the cost of certain materials and have restricted and could further restrict availability of certain commodities, which may result in delays in our execution of projects. Although we have offset a portion of these

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cost increases through price increases, there can be no assurance that we will be able to continue to recuperate additional cost increases from our customers through product price increases. If we are unable to manage commodity fluctuations through pricing actions, cost savings projects and sourcing decisions as well as through consistent productivity improvements, it may adversely impact our gross profit and gross margin. Further, additional potential acquisitions and international expansion will place increased demands on our operational, managerial, administrative and other resources. Managing our growth effectively will require us to continue to enhance our management systems, financial and management controls and information systems. We will also be required to hire, train and retain operational and sales personnel, which affects our operating margins.
Inflation and deflation trends. Our financial results can be expected to be directly impacted by substantial increases in costs due to commodity cost increases or general inflation which could lead to a reduction in our revenues as well as greater margin pressure as increased costs may not be able to be passed on to customers.
Fluctuation in quarterly results. Our quarterly results have historically varied depending upon a variety of factors, including funding, readiness of projects, regulatory approvals and significant weather events. In addition, our contracts for large capital water treatment projects, systems and solutions for industrial, commercial and municipal applications are generally fixed‑price contracts with milestone billings. As a result of these factors, our working capital requirements and demands on our distribution and delivery network may fluctuate during the year.
New products and technologies. Our ability to maintain our appeal to existing customers and attract new customers depends on our ability to originate, develop and offer a compelling array of products, services and solutions responsive to evolving customer innovations, preferences and specifications. We expect that increased use of water in industrial and commercial processes will drive increased customer demand in the future, and our ability to grow will depend in part on effectively responding to innovation in our customers’ processes and systems. Further, our ability to provide products that comply with evolving government regulations will also be a driver of the appeal of our products, services and solutions to industrial and commercial customers.
Government policies. Decaying water systems in the United States (“U.S.”) will require critical drinking water and wastewater repairs, often led by municipal governments. Further, as U.S. states increase regulation on existing and emerging contaminants, we expect that our customers will increasingly require sustainable solutions to their water‑related needs. In general, increased infrastructure investment and more stringent municipal, state and federal regulations promote increased spending on our products, services and solutions, while a slowdown in investment in public infrastructure or the elimination of key environmental regulations could result in lower industrial and municipal spending on water systems and products.
Availability of water. In general, we expect demand for our products and services to increase as the availability of clean water from public sources decreases. Secular trends that will drive demand for water across a multitude of industrial, commercial and municipal applications include global population growth, urbanization, industrialization and overall economic growth. In addition, the supply of clean water could be adversely impacted by factors including an aging water infrastructure within North America and increased levels of water stress from seasonal rainfall, inadequate water storage options or treatment technologies. Because water is a critical component and byproduct of many processes, including in manufacturing and product development, we expect that, as global consumption patterns evolve and water shortages persist, demand for our equipment and services will continue to increase.
Operational investment. Our historical operating results reflect the impact of our ongoing investments to support our growth. We have made significant investments in our business that we believe have laid the foundation for continued profitable growth. Activities related to operational investments include employee training and development, integrating acquired businesses, implementing enhanced information systems, research, development and engineering investments and other activities to enable us to support our operating model.
Our ability to source and distribute products effectively. Our revenues are affected by our ability to purchase our inputs in sufficient quantities at competitive prices. While we believe our suppliers have adequate capacity to meet our current and anticipated demand, our level of revenues could be adversely affected in the event of constraints in our supply chain, including the inability of our suppliers to produce sufficient quantities of raw materials in a manner that is able to match demand from our customers.

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Contractual relationships with customers. Due to our large installed base and the nature of our contractual relationships with our customers, we have high visibility into a large portion of our revenue. The one‑ to twenty‑year terms of many of our service contracts and the regular delivery and replacement of many of our products help to insulate us from the negative impact of any economic decline.
Exchange rates. The reporting currency for our Consolidated Financial Statements is the U.S. dollar. We operate in numerous countries around the world and therefore, certain of our assets, liabilities, revenues and expenses are denominated in functional currencies other than the U.S. dollar, primarily in the euro, U.K. sterling, Chinese renminbi, Canadian dollar, Australian dollar and Singapore dollar. To prepare our Consolidated Financial Statements we must translate those assets, liabilities, revenues and expenses into U.S. dollars at the applicable exchange rate. As a result, increases or decreases in the value of the U.S. dollar against these other currencies will affect the amount of these items recorded in our Consolidated Financial Statements, even if their value has not changed in the functional currency. While we believe we are not susceptible to any material impact on our results of operations caused by fluctuations in exchange rates because our operations are primarily conducted in the U.S., if we expand our foreign operations in the future, substantial increases or decreases in the value of the U.S. dollar relative to these other currencies could have a significant impact on our results of operations.
How We Assess the Performance of Our Business
In assessing the performance of our business, we consider a variety of performance and financial measures. The key indicators of the financial condition and operating performance of our business are revenue, gross profit, gross margin, operating expenses, net income (loss) and Adjusted EBITDA (which is a non-GAAP financial measure, as described more fully and reconciled to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure below).
Revenue
Our sales are a function of sales volumes and selling prices, each of which is a function of the mix of product and service sales, and consist primarily of:
sales of tailored light industry technologies, heavy industry technologies and environmental products, services and solutions in collaboration with our industrial customers, backed by lifecycle services including emergency response services and outsourced water alternatives, to a broad group of industrial customers in our U.S., Canada and Singapore markets;
sales of products, services and solutions to engineering firms and municipalities to purify drinking water and treat wastewater globally; and
sales of a wide variety of differentiated products and technologies, to an array of OEM, distributor, end‑user, engineering firm and integrator customers in all of our geographic markets and aftermarket channels.
Cost of Sales, Gross Profit and Gross Margin
Gross profit is determined by subtracting cost of product sales and cost of services from our product and services revenue. Gross margin measures gross profit as a percentage of our combined product and services revenue.
Cost of product sales consists of all manufacturing costs required to bring a product to a ready for sale condition, including direct and indirect materials, direct and indirect labor costs including benefits, freight, depreciation, information technology, rental and insurance, repair and maintenance, utilities, other manufacturing costs, warranties and third party commissions.
Cost of services primarily consists of the cost of personnel and travel for our field service, supply chain and technicians, depreciation of equipment and field service vehicles and freight costs.
Operating Expenses
Operating expenses consist primarily of the following:

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General and Administrative. General and administrative expenses (“G&A expense”) consist of fixed overhead personnel expenses associated with our corporate functions and our service organization (including district and branch managers, customer service, contract renewals and regeneration plant management). We expect our general and administrative expenses to increase due to the anticipated growth of our business and related infrastructure as well as legal, accounting, insurance, investor relations and other costs associated with being a public company.
Sales and Marketing. Sales and marketing expenses (“S&M expense”) consist primarily of advertising and marketing promotions of our products, services and solutions and related personnel expenses (including all Evoqua sales and application employees’ base compensation and incentives), as well as sponsorship costs, consulting and contractor expenses, travel, display expenses and related amortization. We expect our sales and marketing expenses to increase as we continue to actively promote our products, services and solutions.
Research and Development. Research and development expenses (“R&D expense”) consist primarily of personnel expenses related to research and development, patents, sustaining engineering, consulting and contractor expenses, tooling and prototype materials and overhead costs allocated to such expenses. Substantially all of our research and development expenses are related to developing new products and services and improving our existing products and services. To date, research and development expenses have been expensed as incurred, because the period between achieving technological feasibility and the release of products and services for sale has been short and development costs qualifying for capitalization have been insignificant.

R&D expense can fluctuate depending on our determination to invest in developing new products, services and solutions and enhancing our existing products, services and solutions versus adding these capabilities through a mergers and acquisitions strategy. R&D expenditures are concentrated in our products businesses.
Net Income (Loss)
Net income (loss) is determined by subtracting operating expenses and interest expense from, and adding other operating income (expense), equity income from our partnership interest in Treated Water Outsourcing and income tax benefit (expense) to gross profit. For more information on how we determine gross profit, see “Gross Profit.”
Adjusted EBITDA
Adjusted EBITDA, which is a non-GAAP financial measure, is one of the metrics used by management to evaluate the financial performance of our business. Adjusted EBITDA is defined as net income (loss) before interest expense, income tax benefit (expense) and depreciation and amortization, adjusted for the impact of certain other items, including restructuring and related business transformation costs, purchase accounting adjustment costs, non-cash share-based compensation, sponsor fees, transaction costs and other gains, losses and expenses. We present Adjusted EBITDA, which is not a recognized financial measure under accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (“GAAP”), because we believe it is frequently used by analysts, investors and other interested parties to evaluate companies in our industry. Further, we believe it is helpful in highlighting trends in our operating results and provides greater clarity to management and our investors regarding the operational impact of long‑term strategic decisions regarding capital structure, the tax jurisdictions in which we operate and capital investments. Management uses Adjusted EBITDA to supplement GAAP measures of performance as follows:
to assist investors and analysts in comparing our operating performance across reporting periods on a consistent basis by excluding items that we do not believe are indicative of our core operating performance;
in our management incentive compensation which is based in part on components of Adjusted EBITDA;
in certain calculations under our senior secured credit facilities, which use components of Adjusted EBITDA.
to evaluate the effectiveness of our business strategies;
to make budgeting decisions; and

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to compare our performance against that of other peer companies using similar measures.
In addition to the above, our chief operating decision maker uses EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA of each reportable operating segment to evaluate the operating performance of such segments. EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA of the reportable operating segments does not include certain charges that are presented within Corporate activities. These charges include certain restructuring and other business transformation charges that have been incurred to align and reposition the Company to the current reporting structure, acquisition related costs (including transaction costs, integration costs and recognition of backlog intangible assets recorded in purchase accounting) and share-based compensation charges.
You are encouraged to evaluate each adjustment and the reasons we consider it appropriate for supplemental analysis. In addition, in evaluating Adjusted EBITDA, you should be aware that in the future, we may incur expenses similar to the adjustments in the presentation of Adjusted EBITDA. Our presentation of Adjusted EBITDA should not be construed as an inference that our future results will be unaffected by unusual or non‑recurring items. In addition, Adjusted EBITDA may not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by other companies in our industry or across different industries.
The following is a reconciliation of our Net income (loss) to Adjusted EBITDA:
 
Year Ended September 30,
(In millions)
2020
 
2019
 
2018
Net income (loss)
$
114.4

 
$
(8.5
)
 
$
7.9

Income tax expense
7.4

 
9.6

 
1.4

Interest expense
46.6

 
58.6

 
57.5

Operating profit
$
168.4

 
$
59.7

 
$
66.8

Depreciation and amortization
107.3

 
98.2

 
85.9

EBITDA
$
275.7

 
$
157.9

 
$
152.7

Restructuring and related business transformation costs (a)
17.4

 
24.2

 
34.4

Share-based compensation (b)
10.5

 
20.0

 
15.8

Transaction costs (c)
1.9

 
11.6

 
7.6

Sponsor fees (d)

 

 
0.3

Other (gains) losses and expenses (e)
(65.9
)
 
21.3

 
6.1

Adjusted EBITDA
$
239.6

 
$
235.0

 
$
216.9

(a)
Restructuring and related business transformation costs
Adjusted EBITDA is calculated prior to considering certain restructuring or business transformation events. These events may occur over extended periods of time and in some cases it is reasonably possible that they could reoccur in future periods based on reorganizations of the business, cost reduction or productivity improvement needs, or in response to economic conditions. For the periods presented such events include the following:
(i)
Certain costs and expenses in connection with various restructuring initiatives, including severance costs, relocation costs, recruiting expenses, and third-party consultant costs to assist with these initiatives. This includes:
(A) 
costs related to our voluntary separation plan pursuant to which approximately 220 employees accepted separation packages;
(B)
amounts related to the Company’s restructuring initiatives to reduce the cost structure and rationalize location footprint following the sale of the Memcor product line;

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(C)
amounts related to the Company’s transition from a three-segment structure to a two-segment operating model designed to better serve the needs of customers worldwide; and
(D)
amounts related to various other initiatives implemented to restructure and reorganize our business with the appropriate management team and cost structure.
 
Year Ended September 30,
 
2020
 
2019
 
2018
Voluntary separation plan(1)
$

 
$

 
$
0.3

Post Memcor divestiture restructuring(2)
$
9.1

 
$

 
$

Cost of product sales and services ("Cost of sales")
6.6

 

 

S&M expense
0.2

 

 

G&A expense
1.9

 

 

Other operating (income) expense
0.4

 

 

Two-segment restructuring(3)
$
2.1

 
$
11.9

 
$

Cost of sales
1.0

 
5.2

 

R&D expense

 
0.1

 

S&M expense

 
1.1

 

G&A expense
1.1

 
5.5

 

Various other initiatives(4)
$
1.0

 
$
1.4

 
$
9.0

Cost of sales
0.7

 
0.8

 
2.8

R&D expense

 

 
0.6

S&M expense
0.1

 

 
0.7

G&A expense
0.2

 
0.6

 
4.7

Other operating (income) expense

 

 
0.2

Total
$
12.2

 
$
13.3

 
$
9.3

(1)
all of which is reflected as a component of Restructuring charges in Note 14, “Restructuring and Related Charges” in Part II, Item 8 of this Annual Report (the “Restructuring Footnote”).
(2) 
of which $8.3 million is reflected in the Restructuring Footnote in 2020.
(3) 
of which $2.1 million and $11.1 million is reflected in the Restructuring Footnote in 2020 and 2019, respectively.
(4) 
all of which is reflected in the Restructuring Footnote in 2020, 2019 and 2018.
(ii)
legal settlement costs and intellectual property related fees associated with legacy matters prior to the AEA Acquisition, including fees and settlement costs related to product warranty litigation on MEMCOR® products and certain discontinued products. This includes:
 
Year Ended September 30,
 
2020
 
2019
 
2018
Cost of sales
$
1.5

 
$
0.8

 
$
3.0

G&A expense
0.7

 
0.8

 
1.3

Total
$
2.2

 
$
1.6

 
$
4.3

(iii)
expenses associated with our information technology and functional infrastructure transformation subsequent to the AEA Acquisition, including activities to optimize information technology systems and functional infrastructure processes. This includes:

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Year Ended September 30,
 
2020
 
2019
 
2018
Cost of sales
$
0.1

 
$
0.7

 
$
4.2

G&A expense
0.9

 
8.4

 
10.5

Other operating (income) expense

 

 
0.3

Total
$
1.0

 
$
9.1

 
$
15.0

(iv)
costs associated with our secondary public offering of common stock held by certain shareholders of the Company, as well as costs incurred by us in connection with our establishment of our public company compliance structure and processes, including consultant costs. This includes:
 
Year Ended September 30,
 
2020
 
2019
 
2018
G&A expense
$
2.0

 
$
0.2

 
$
5.8

Total
$
2.0

 
$
0.2

 
$
5.8

(b)
Share-based compensation
Adjusted EBITDA is calculated prior to considering non‑cash share‑based compensation expenses related to equity awards. See Note 17, “Share-Based Compensation” in Part II, Item 8 of this Annual Report for further detail.
(c)
Transaction related costs    
Adjusted EBITDA is calculated prior to considering transaction, integration and restructuring costs associated with business combinations because these costs are unique to each transaction and represent costs that were incurred as a result of the transaction decision. Such costs may include, without limitation, consulting and legal costs associated with due diligence and closing a transaction, restructuring and integration costs such as severance, facility consolidation costs, product rationalization or inventory obsolescence charges, system integration or conversion costs, fair value changes associated with contingent consideration, and costs associated with any litigation matters that arise subsequent to our acquisition of a business for which the matter in question preceded the transaction, but was not known, not probable or unresolved at the date of acquisition. We believe that viewing earnings prior to considering these charges provides investors with useful additional perspective because the significant costs incurred in connection with business combinations result primarily from the need to eliminate duplicate assets, activities or employees - a natural result of acquiring or disposing a fully integrated set of activities. Integration and restructuring costs associated with a business combination may occur over several years. This includes:
 
Year Ended September 30,
 
2020
 
2019
 
2018
Cost of sales
$
0.1

 
$
3.2

 
$
0.5

G&A expense
1.8

 
8.4

 
7.1

Total
$
1.9

 
$
11.6

 
$
7.6

(d)
Sponsor fees
Adjusted EBITDA is calculated prior to considering management fees paid to AEA pursuant to a management agreement. Prior to our IPO, AEA provided advisory and consulting services to us, including investment banking, due diligence, financial advisory and valuation services. AEA also provided ongoing advisory and consulting services to us pursuant to the management agreement. In connection with our IPO, the management agreement was terminated. See Note 20, “Related-Party Transactions” in Part II, Item 8 of this Annual Report for further detail.

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(e)
Other (gains), losses and expenses
Adjusted EBITDA is calculated prior to considering certain other significant (gains), losses and expenses. Such significant items represent substantive and/or unusual items that are evaluated on an individual basis. Such evaluation considers both the quantitative and qualitative aspects of their nature and they may be highly variable and difficult to predict. Unusual items may represent items that are not part of our ongoing business, items that, either as a result of their nature or size, we would not expect to occur as part of our normal business on a regular basis, items that would be non-recurring, or items related to products we no longer sell. While not all-inclusive, examples of items that could be included as other (gains), losses and expenses would be amounts related to non-cash foreign currency exchange gains and losses on intercompany loans, significant warranty events, and certain disposals of businesses, products or facilities that do not qualify as discontinued operations under GAAP. For the periods presented such events include the following:
(i)
impact of foreign exchange gains and losses;
(ii)
foreign exchange impact related to headquarter allocations;
(iii)
expenses on disposal related to maintaining non‑operational business locations, net of gain on sale;
(iv)
expenses incurred by the Company related to the remediation of manufacturing defects caused by a third-party vendor for which partial restitution was received;
(v)
charges incurred by the Company related to product rationalization in its electro-chlorination business;
(vi)
net pre-tax benefit on the sale of the Memcor product line, which is net of $8.3 million of discretionary compensation payments to employees in connection with the transaction and $2.1 million in transaction costs incurred in 2020, a gain on the sale of property at a location in our German operations in 2019 and a gain on the sale of assets related to the disposition of land at our Windsor, Australia location in 2018; and
(vii)
expenses incurred by the Company related to the write-off of inventory associated with product rationalization and facility consolidation.
(viii)
expenses incurred by the Company as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, including additional charges for personal protective equipment, increased costs for facility sanitization and one-time payments to certain employees.
Other (gains), losses and expenses include the following for the periods presented below:
Year Ended September 30, 2020
 
Other Adjustments
 
(i)
 
(ii)
 
(iii)
 
(iv)
 
(v)
 
(vi)
 
(vii)
 
(viii)
 
Total
Cost of sales
$
(0.2
)
 
$

 
$

 
$

 
$
0.7

 
$
0.1

 
$

 
$
0.8

 
$
1.4

G&A expense
(8.5
)
 

 

 

 

 
0.3

 

 
0.5

 
(7.7
)
Other operating (income) expense

 

 

 
(1.5
)
 

 
(58.1
)
 

 

 
(59.6
)
Total
$
(8.7
)
 
$

 
$

 
$
(1.5
)
 
$
0.7

 
$
(57.7
)
 
$

 
$
1.3

 
$
(65.9
)

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Year Ended September 30, 2019
 
Other Adjustments
 
(i)
 
(ii)
 
(iii)
 
(iv)
 
(v)
 
(vi)
 
(vii)
 
(viii)
 
Total
Cost of sales
$
0.4

 
$

 
$
0.3

 
$
2.1

 
$
4.1

 
$

 
$
5.0

 
$

 
$
11.9

G&A expense
10.1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
10.1

Other operating (income) expense

 

 
(0.3
)
 

 

 
(0.4
)
 

 

 
(0.7
)
Total
$
10.5

 
$

 
$

 
$
2.1

 
$
4.1

 
$
(0.4
)
 
$
5.0

 
$

 
$
21.3

Year Ended September 30, 2018
 
Other Adjustments
 
(i)
 
(ii)
 
(iii)
 
(iv)
 
(v)
 
(vi)
 
(vii)
 
(viii)
 
Total
Cost of sales
$
0.7

 
$

 
$
1.0

 
$
3.9

 
$

 
$
0.1

 
$
2.1

 
$

 
$
7.8

G&A expense
7.3

 
(0.5
)
 

 

 

 

 
0.5

 

 
7.3

Other operating (income) expense
(2.1
)
 

 

 

 

 
(6.9
)
 

 

 
(9.0
)
Total
$
5.9

 
$
(0.5
)
 
$
1.0

 
$
3.9

 
$

 
$
(6.8
)
 
$
2.6

 
$

 
$
6.1


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Results of Operations
The following tables summarize key components of our results of operations for the periods indicated:
 
Year Ended September 30,
% Variance
 
2020
 
2019
 
2020
vs. 2019
(In millions, except per share amounts)
 
 
% of Revenue
 
 
 
% of Revenue
 
Revenue from product sales and services
$
1,429.5

 
100.0
 %
 
$
1,444.4

 
100.0
 %
 
(1.0
)%
Cost of product sales and services
(979.7)

 
(68.5
)%
 
(1,018.4)

 
(70.5
)%
 
(3.8
)%
Gross profit
$
449.8

 
31.5
 %
 
$
426.0

 
29.5
 %
 
5.6
 %
General and administrative expense
(192.6)

 
(13.5
)%
 
(217.1)

 
(15.0
)%
 
(11.3
)%
Sales and marketing expense
(136.2)

 
(9.5
)%
 
(138.9)

 
(9.6
)%
 
(1.9
)%
Research and development expense
(13.2)

 
(0.9
)%
 
(15.3)

 
(1.1
)%
 
(13.7
)%
Total operating expenses
$
(342.0
)
 
(23.9
)%
 
$
(371.3
)
 
(25.7
)%
 
(7.9
)%
Other operating income, net
60.6

 
4.2
 %
 
5.0

 
0.3
 %
 
1,112.0
 %
Interest expense
(46.6)

 
(3.3
)%
 
(58.6)

 
(4.1
)%
 
(20.5
)%
Income before income taxes
$
121.8

 
8.5
 %
 
$
1.1

 
0.1
 %
 
(10,972.7
)%
Income tax expense
(7.4)

 
(0.5
)%
 
(9.6)

 
(0.7
)%
 
(22.9
)%
Net income (loss)
$
114.4

 
8.0
 %
 
$
(8.5
)
 
(0.6
)%
 
1,445.9
 %
Net income attributable to non‑controlling interest
0.8

 
0.1
 %
 
1.0

 
0.1
 %
 
(20.0
)%
Net income (loss) attributable to Evoqua Water Technologies Corp.
$
113.6

 
7.9
 %
 
$
(9.5
)
 
(0.7
)%
 
1,295.8
 %
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Weighted average shares outstanding
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Basic
116.7

 
 
 
114.7

 
 
 
 
Diluted
121.1

 
 
 
114.7

 
 
 
 
Earnings (loss) per share
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Basic
$
0.97

 
 
 
$
(0.08
)
 
 
 
 
Diluted
$
0.94

 
 
 
$
(0.08
)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other financial data:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Adjusted EBITDA (1)
$
239.6

 
16.8%
 
$
235.0

 
16.3
 %
 
2.0
 %
(1)
For the definition of Adjusted EBITDA and a reconciliation to net income (loss), its most directly comparable financial measure presented in accordance with GAAP, see “How We Assess the Performance of Our Business-Adjusted EBITDA.”

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Years Ended September 30, 2020 and September 30, 2019
Consolidated Results
Revenues-Revenues decreased $14.9 million, or 1.0%, to $1,429.5 million in the year ended September 30, 2020 from $1,444.4 million in the prior year. The following table provides the change in revenues from product sales and revenues from services, respectively:
 
Year Ended September 30,
 
 
 
2020
 
2019
 
% Variance
 
 
 
% of
Revenue
 
 
 
% of
Revenue
 
 
Revenue from product sales
$
839.9

 
58.8
%
 
$
851.1

 
58.9
%
 
(1.3
)%
Revenue from services
589.6

 
41.2
%
 
593.3

 
41.1
%
 
(0.6
)%
 
$
1,429.5

 
100.0
%
 
$
1,444.4

 
100.0
%
 
(1.0
)%
Revenues from product sales decreased $11.2 million, or 1.3% from the prior year. This decrease in product sales was primarily due to the divestiture of the Memcor product line of $44.4 million in the current year. Aftermarket product revenues declined $40.7 million in the current year and was related to the divestiture of the Memcor product line as well as site closures and delays due to COVID-19. The aftermarket revenue decrease was offset by an increase in capital revenues of $29.5 million. This increase was primarily related to projects in the microelectronics end market as well as $15.7 million related to the acquisitions of ATG UV and Frontier.
Revenues from services decreased $3.7 million, or 0.6% from the prior year.  This decrease was driven by the impact of COVID-19 shut-downs and delays, primarily in refining and oil and gas end markets, as well as the timing of completion of certain large projects in the prior year. This decrease was partially offset by price realization related to established service contracts.
Cost of Sales and Gross Margin-Total gross margin increased to 31.5% in the year ended September 30, 2020 from 29.5% in the prior year. The following table provides the change in cost of product sales and cost of services, respectively, along with related gross margins:
 
Year Ended September 30,
 
2020
 
2019
 
 
 
Gross
Margin %
 
 
 
Gross
Margin %
Cost of product sales
$
(588.3
)
 
30.0
%
 
$
(615.1
)
 
27.7
%
Cost of services
(391.4
)
 
33.6
%
 
(403.3
)
 
32.0
%
 
$
(979.7
)
 
31.5
%
 
$
(1,018.4
)
 
29.5
%
The gross margin for product sales increased 2.3% from the prior year. The increase in gross margin was primarily driven by costs incurred in the prior year of $8.2 million related to restructuring and product rationalization, that did not reoccur in the current year.
Gross margin from services increased 1.6% from the prior year. This increase is mainly driven by price realization recognized in revenue as well as continued focus on labor productivity even as previous increases in revenue volumes were offset in the current period.

Operating Expenses-Operating expenses decreased $29.3 million, or 7.9%, to $342.0 million in year ended September 30, 2020 from $371.3 million in the prior year. The decrease is mainly due to favorable change in foreign currency

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translation on intercompany loans of $20.1 million along with a decrease in share-based compensation expense of $9.5 million. In addition, the divestiture of the Memcor product line resulted in a decrease of $7.5 million of operating expenses in the current year. This decrease was partially offset by increased costs of $10.2 million of employment and benefit expenses and increased costs of $7.6 million related to the addition of operating expenses as a result of the ATG UV and Frontier acquisitions, mainly due to amortization expense on purchased intangibles. The remaining decrease is due to various efforts taken by the Company to reduce costs across various areas in response to COVID-19 uncertainties, such as reduced travel and consulting costs.
A discussion of operating expenses by category is as follows:
Research and Development Expense-Research and development expense decreased $2.1 million, or 13.7%, to $13.2 million in the year ended September 30, 2020 from $15.3 million in the prior year due to the Company’s continued efforts to reduce spending, offset partially by increased expenses by the addition of the Frontier acquisition.
Sales and Marketing Expense-Sales and marketing expense decreased $2.7 million, or 1.9%, to $136.2 million in the year ended September 30, 2020 from $138.9 million in the prior year mainly due to a reduction in sales and marketing expenses related to the divestiture of the Memcor product line in the current year, as well as a reduction in certain marketing initiatives and travel related expenses, offset by increased costs for salaries and incentive compensation and the addition of the Frontier acquisition.
General and Administrative Expense-General and administrative expense decreased $24.5 million, or 11.3%, to $192.6 million in the year ended September 30, 2020 from $217.1 million in the prior year. This decrease is primarily due to:
favorable change in foreign currency translation on the intercompany loans of $19.6 million
reduction in share-based compensation expense of $9.2 million
reduction in consulting fees of $4.4 million
reduction in travel expenses of $4.3 million
reduction in benefits of $3.7 million
The above factors were partially offset by:
increased employee related costs of $8.8 million
increased costs of $4.3 million related to the Frontier acquisition
costs of $1.8 million incurred related to the secondary public offering of shares of common stock held by certain shareholders of the Company
restructuring costs of $1.9 million following the sale of the Memcor product line
Other Operating Income, Net-Other operating income, net increased $55.6 million, to income of $60.6 million in the year ended September 30, 2020 from income of $5.0 million in the prior year. The increase is mainly due to the net pre-tax benefit of $57.7 million on sale of the Memcor product line net of $8.3 million of discretionary compensation payments to employees in connection with the transaction and $2.1 million in transaction costs incurred in the current year.
Interest Expense-Interest expense decreased $12.0 million, or 20.5%, to $46.6 million in the year ended September 30, 2020 from $58.6 million in the prior year. The decrease in interest expense was primarily driven by a reduction in LIBOR year over year in addition to a $100.0 million debt repayment that occurred in the current year, partially offset by a write-off of deferred financing fees related to the debt paydown and interest expense associated with additional equipment financings.

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Income Tax Expense-Income tax expense was $7.4 million for the year ended September 30, 2020, compared to expense of $9.6 million in the prior year. The decrease in expense was primarily the result of the favorable impact on deferred tax liabilities related to indefinite lived intangibles, a portion of which were reversed in relation to the sale of the Memcor product line.
Net Income (loss) -Net income increased by $122.9 million, or 1,445.9%, to net income of $114.4 million for the year ended September 30, 2020 from a net loss of $8.5 million in the prior year. This increase was primarily due to the sale of the Memcor product line, which resulted in a gain on sale of $68.1 million, less amounts paid for discretionary bonuses of $8.3 million and transaction costs of $2.1 million. The resulting net pre-tax benefit was $57.7 million. In addition to the net benefit of the sale, we saw operational efficiencies and a favorable change in foreign currency translation resulting in a net gain of $20.8 million. Finally, interest expense and income tax expense decreased by $12.0 million and $2.2 million, respectively.
Adjusted EBITDA-Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure. Adjusted EBITDA increased $4.6 million, or 2.0%, to $239.6 million for the year ended September 30, 2020 from $235.0 million for the prior year. The increase in Adjusted EBITDA as compared to the prior year period was primarily driven by operational efficiencies.

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Segment Results
 
Year Ended September 30,
 
 
 
2020
 
2019
 
% Variance
 
 
 
% of Revenue
 
 
 
% of Revenue
 
Revenues
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Integrated Solutions and Services
$
944.2

 
66.1
 %
 
$
910.8

 
63.1
 %
 
3.7
 %
Applied Product Technologies
485.3

 
33.9
 %
 
533.6

 
36.9
 %
 
(9.1
)%
Total Consolidated
$
1,429.5

 
100.0
 %
 
$
1,444.4

 
100.0
 %
 
(1.0
)%
Operating Profit
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Integrated Solutions and Services
$
145.7

 
10.2
%
 
$
148.6

 
10.3
%
 
(2.0
)%
Applied Product Technologies
134.3

 
9.4
 %
 
69.4

 
4.8
 %
 
93.5
 %
Corporate
(111.6
)
 
(7.8
)%
 
(158.3
)
 
(11.0
)%
 
(29.5
)%
Total Consolidated
$
168.4

 
11.8
%
 
$
59.7

 
4.1
%
 
182.1
 %
EBITDA
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Integrated Solutions and Services
$
213.1

 
14.9
 %
 
$
205.8

 
14.2
 %
 
3.5
 %
Applied Product Technologies
148.5

 
10.4
 %
 
87.1

 
6.0
 %
 
70.5
 %
Corporate and unallocated costs
(85.9
)
 
(6.0
)%
 
(135.0
)
 
(9.3
)%
 
(36.4
)%
Total Consolidated
$
275.7

 
19.3
 %
 
$
157.9

 
10.9
 %
 
74.6
 %
Adjusted EBITDA on a segment basis is defined as earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization adjusted for the impact of certain other items that have been reflected at the segment level. The following is a reconciliation of our segment operating profit to Adjusted EBITDA:
 
Year Ended September 30,
 
2020
 
2019
 
Integrated Solutions and Services
 
Applied Product Technologies
 
Integrated Solutions and Services
 
Applied Product Technologies
Operating Profit
$
145.7

 
$
134.3

 
$
148.6

 
$
69.4

Depreciation and amortization
67.4

 
14.2

 
57.2

 
17.7

EBITDA
213.1

 
148.5

 
205.8

 
87.1

Restructuring and related business transformation costs (a)
0.6

 
9.7

 
0.5

 
1.1

Transaction costs (b)

 
(0.5
)
 
0.5

 
0.7

Legal fees (c)

 

 

 
0.6

Other (gains) losses and expenses (d)

 
(58.5
)
 
0.1

 
10.4

Segment Adjusted EBITDA (e)
$
213.7

 
$
99.2

 
$
206.9

 
$
99.9


(a)
Represents costs and expenses in connection with restructuring initiatives distinct to our Integrated Solutions and Services and Applied Product Technologies segments, respectively, incurred in 2020 and 2019. Such expenses are primarily composed of severance and relocation costs.
(b)
Represents costs associated with a change in the current estimate of certain acquisitions achieving their earn-out targets, which resulted in a (decrease) increase to the fair valued amount of the earn-out recorded upon acquisition in 2020 and 2019, distinct to our Integrated Solutions and Services and Applied Product Technologies segments.

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(c)
Represents warranty costs associated with the settlement of a legacy warranty claim in 2019, distinct to our Applied Product Technologies segment.
(d)
Other (gains) and losses and expenses as discussed above in “How We Assess the Performance of Our Business-Adjusted EBITDA” distinct to our Integrated Solutions and Services and Applied Product Technologies segments include the following:
 
Year Ended September 30,
 
2020
 
2019
(In millions)
Integrated Solutions and Services
 
Applied Product Technologies
 
Integrated Solutions and Services
 
Applied Product Technologies
Net pre-tax benefit on sale of the Memcor product line
$

 
$
(57.7
)
 
$

 
$

Gain on sale of property

 

 

 
(0.4
)
Remediation of manufacturing defects

 
(1.5
)
 

 
2.1

Product rationalization in electro-chlorination business

 
0.7

 

 
3.7

Expenses related to maintaining non-operational business locations

 

 
0.1

 

Write-off of inventory

 

 

 
5.0

Total
$

 
$
(58.5
)
 
$
0.1

 
$
10.4

(e)
For the definition of Adjusted EBITDA and a reconciliation to net income (loss), its most directly comparable financial measure presented in accordance with GAAP, see “How We Assess the Performance of Our Business-Adjusted EBITDA.” Immaterial rounding differences may be present in the tables above.
Integrated Solutions and Services
Revenues in the Integrated Solutions and Services segment increased $33.4 million, or 3.7%, to $944.2 million in the year ended September 30, 2020 from $910.8 million in the prior year, driven primarily by stronger capital growth of $38.3 million, inclusive of acquisitions, primarily related to projects in the microelectronics end market. Our recent investment in Frontier resulted in an increase of $4.9 million of revenue. These increases were offset by a reduction in aftermarket revenue of $3.7 million and a reduction in service revenue of $1.2 million. The segment also saw an unfavorable foreign currency translation impact of $0.7 million.
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Operating profit in the Integrated Solutions and Services segment decreased $2.9 million, or 2.0%, to $145.7 million in the year ended September 30, 2020 from $148.6 million in the prior year. Segment profitability improved $20.9 million in the period primarily driven by higher organic revenue volume, augmented by improved pricing, which was

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partially offset by $6.0 million of operational variances in the year related to lower service volumes and productivity due to customer shutdowns and enhanced safety protocols. The current period negative impacts were partially mitigated by $2.9 million of cost containment measures implemented in response to the uncertainties of COVID-19. Profitability in the current year was also favorably impacted by the non-recurrence of $0.5 million of charges related to the achievement of earn-out targets associated with the Pure Water acquisition. Profitability was also impacted by increased employment and benefit expenses of $11.0 million. Additional negative drivers to profitability included $10.2 million from higher depreciation and amortization.
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EBITDA in the Integrated Solutions and Services segment increased $7.3 million, or 3.5%, to $213.1 million in the year ended September 30, 2020 from $205.8 million in the prior year.
Applied Product Technologies
Revenues in the Applied Product Technologies segment decreased by $48.3 million, or 9.1%, to $485.3 million in the year ended September 30, 2020 from $533.6 million in the prior year. The divestiture of the Memcor product line resulted in a reduction in revenue of $51.2 million in the current period. This reduction was partially offset by increased revenues from the acquisition of ATG UV of $10.8 million. Additionally, revenues were down by $11.5 million in the Americas predominantly due to COVID-19 slowdown and delays. The segment also saw an unfavorable foreign currency translation impact of $1.1 million. These declines were partially offset by revenue growth of $3.2 million and $1.5 million in the Asia Pacific and EMEA regions respectively.
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Operating profit in the Applied Product Technologies segment increased $64.9 million, or 93.5%, to $134.3 million in the year ended September 30, 2020 from $69.4 million in the prior year. The increase was mainly due to the net pre-tax benefit on the sale of the Memcor product line of $57.7 million, net of $8.3 million of discretionary compensation payments to employees in connection with the transaction and $2.1 million in transaction costs incurred. In addition, revenue volume and operational variances increased operating profit by $2.1 million, which is comprised of favorable operational variances of $7.1 million, as well as product mix augmented by improved pricing, partially offset by volume, netting to $2.1 million. These increases were partially offset by a net reduction in operating profit of $5.5 million related to the divestiture of the Memcor product line and the acquisition of ATG UV as well as increased inflation and employee related costs of $1.6 million. The increase in operating profit was also due to lower depreciation of $3.5 million. Further increases were due to net reduction in nonrecurring costs of $1.7 million related to:
Reduction in costs incurred by the Company of $4.9 million related to the write-off of inventory in the prior year associated with product rationalization and facility consolidation;
A $3.6 million reduction in costs incurred by the Company from a settlement with a third-party vendor associated with remediation of manufacturing defects caused by the vendor;
Reductions in costs of $1.4 million related to the achievement of earn-out targets associated with certain acquisitions;
Reductions in product rationalization costs of $3.0 million related to charges incurred by the Company in its electro-chlorination business;
A gain on sale recorded in the prior year of $0.4 million which did not reoccur in the current year;
Increases in restructuring charges of $8.0 million primarily due to costs incurred following the sale of the Memcor product line; and
Release of an acquisition related contingency due to the passage of time in the prior year for $2.8 million.
Operating profit was also reduced by foreign currency of $0.1 million.

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EBITDA in the Applied Product Technologies segment increased $61.4 million, or 70.5%, to $148.5 million in the year ended September 30, 2020 from $87.1 million in the prior year.

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For a discussion of the results of operations for the years ended September 30, 2019 and September 30, 2018 refer to the Results of Operations included in Item 7. in the Company’s 10-K filed with the SEC on November 25, 2019.
Liquidity and Capital Resources
Liquidity describes the ability of a company to generate sufficient cash flows to meet the cash requirements of its business operations, including working capital needs, debt service, acquisitions, other commitments and contractual obligations. We consider liquidity in terms of cash flows from operations and their sufficiency to fund our operating and investing activities.
Our principal sources of liquidity are our cash generated by operating activities and borrowings under our $125.0 million Revolving Credit Facility. Historically, we have financed our operations primarily from cash generated from operations and increased equipment financings. Our primary cash needs are for day to day operations, to pay interest and principal on our indebtedness, to fund working capital requirements and to make capital expenditures.
As part of our ongoing efforts to improve our cash flow and related liquidity, we work with suppliers to optimize our terms and conditions, including occasional extensions of payment terms. We also facilitate a voluntary supply chain finance program (the “Finance Program”) to provide certain of our suppliers with the opportunity to sell receivables due from us to participating financial institutions at the sole discretion of both the suppliers and the financial institutions. A third party administers the Finance Program; our responsibility is limited to making payment on the terms originally negotiated with our supplier, regardless of whether the supplier sells its receivable to a financial institution. We do not enter into agreements with any of the participating financial institutions in connection with the Finance Program. The range of payment terms we negotiate with our suppliers is consistent, irrespective of whether a supplier participates in the Finance Program. The September 30 year to date amounts settled through the Finance Program and paid to participating financial institutions were $38.9 million, and $8.6 million in fiscal 2020, and fiscal 2019, respectively. A downgrade in our credit rating or changes in the financial markets could limit the financial institutions’ willingness to commit to participation in the Finance Program.
We expect to continue to finance our liquidity requirements through internally generated funds and borrowings under our Revolving Credit Facility. We believe that our projected cash flows generated from operations, together with borrowings under our Revolving Credit Facility are sufficient to fund our principal debt payments, interest expense, our working capital needs and our expected capital expenditures for the next twelve months. Our capital expenditures for the years ended September 30, 2020 and 2019 were $88.5 million and $88.9 million, respectively. However, our budgeted capital expenditures can vary from period to period based on the nature of capital intensive project awards. We may draw on our Revolving Credit Facility from time to time to fund or partially fund an acquisition.
As of September 30, 2020, we had total indebtedness of $885.5 million, including $819.3 million of borrowings under the Term Loan Facility, no borrowings under our Revolving Credit Facility, $63.9 million in borrowings related to equipment financings, $0.6 million of notes payable related to certain equipment related contracts and $1.7 million related to a mortgage. We also had $13.0 million of letters of credit issued under our Revolving Credit Facility and an additional $52 thousand of letters of credit issued under a separate uncommitted facility as of September 30, 2020.
Our senior secured credit facilities contain a number of covenants imposing certain restrictions on our business. These restrictions may affect our ability to operate our business and may limit our ability to take advantage of potential business opportunities as they arise. The restrictions these covenants place on our business operations, include limitations on our or our subsidiaries’ ability to:
incur or guarantee additional indebtedness;
make certain investments;
pay dividends or make distributions on our capital stock;
sell assets, including capital stock of restricted subsidiaries;
agree to payment restrictions affecting our restricted subsidiaries;

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consolidate, merge, sell or otherwise dispose of all or substantially all of our assets;
enter into transactions with our affiliates;
incur liens; or
designate any of our subsidiaries as unrestricted subsidiaries.
We are a holding company and do not conduct any business operations of our own. As a result, our ability to pay cash dividends on our common stock, if any, is dependent upon cash dividends and distributions and other transfers from our operating subsidiaries. Under the terms of our senior secured credit facilities, our operating subsidiaries are currently limited in their ability to pay cash dividends to us, and we expect these limitations to continue in the future under the terms of any future credit agreement or any future debt or preferred equity securities of ours or of our subsidiaries.
In addition, our Revolving Credit Facility, but not the First Lien Term Loan, contains a financial covenant which requires us to comply with the maximum first lien net leverage ratio of 5.55 to 1.00 as of the last day of any quarter on which the aggregate amount of revolving loans and letters of credit outstanding under the Revolving Credit Facility (net of cash collateralized letters of credit and undrawn outstanding letters of credit in an amount of up to 50% of the Revolving Credit Facility) exceeds 25% of the total commitments thereunder.
As of September 30, 2020 and 2019, we were in compliance with the covenants contained in the senior secured credit facilities.
Our indebtedness could adversely affect our ability to raise additional capital, limit our ability to react to changes in the economy or our industry, expose us to interest rate risk and prevent us from meeting our obligations. See Item 1A, “Risk Factors-Our substantial indebtedness could adversely affect our financial condition and limit our ability to raise additional capital to fund our operations.”
Cash Flows
The following table summarizes the changes to our cash flows for the periods presented:
 
Year Ended September 30,
(In millions)
2020
 
2019
 
2018
Statement of Cash Flows Data
 
 
 
 
 
Net cash provided by operating activities
$
158.4

 
$
125.2

 
$
81.0

Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities
12.0

 
(94.5
)
 
(207.0
)
Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities
(89.5
)
 
5.7

 
150.6

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash
2.2

 
(1.6
)
 
(1.5
)
Cash and cash equivalents classified as held for sale

 
(7.3
)
 

Change in cash and cash equivalents
$
83.1

 
$
27.5

 
$
23.1

Operating Activities
Cash flows from operating activities can fluctuate significantly from period‑to‑period as working capital needs and the timing of payments for restructuring activities and other items impact reported cash flows.
Net cash provided by operating activities increased to $158.4 million in the year ended September 30, 2020 from $125.2 million in the year ended September 30, 2019.

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Operating cash flows in the year ended September 30, 2020 reflect an increase in net income of $122.9 million from the year ended September 30, 2019, primarily driven by the sale of the Memcor product line.
The add back of non‑cash charges increased operating cash flows by $45.3 million for the year ended September 30, 2020 as compared to an increase to operating cash flows of $132.5 million for the year ended September 30, 2019, resulting in an overall reduction of $87.2 million. This reduction in the current year was primarily driven by the adjustment for gain on sale of business, as well as decreased share-based compensation expenses and foreign currency gains, offset by an increase in depreciation and amortization expense.
The aggregate of receivables, inventories, contract assets, accounts payable and contract billings provided $23.1 million in operating cash flows in the year ended September 30, 2020 compared to $7.8 million in the prior year. The amount of cash flow generated from or used by the above mentioned accounts depends upon how effectively we manage our cash conversion cycle, which is a representation of the number of days that elapse from the date of purchase of raw materials and components to the collection of cash from customers. Our cash conversion cycle can be significantly impacted by the timing of collections and payments in a period.
Income taxes provided $0.6 million for the year end September 30, 2020, as compared to using $3.6 million during the year ended September 30, 2019, resulting in an increase to cash flows of $4.2 million.
The aggregate of prepaid expense and other assets and other non current assets and liabilities provided $17.8 million in operating cash flows in the year ended September 30, 2020 compared to the providing of $21.8 million in operating cash flows in the prior year.
Accrued expenses and other liabilities provided $3.4 million in operating cash flows in the year ended September 30, 2020 compared to a use of $9.2 million in the prior year.
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Investing Activities
Net cash provided by investing activities increased $106.5 million to $12.0 million in the year ended September 30, 2020 from net cash used in investing activities of $94.5 million in the year ended September 30, 2019. This increase was largely driven by proceeds from the sale of the Memcor product line in fiscal 2020, partially offset by higher cash outflow associated with the Frontier and Aquapure acquisitions that occurred in fiscal 2020. Other activity related to purchase of capital or intangible assets remained relatively consistent with the prior fiscal year.

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Financing Activities
Net cash used in financing activities increased $95.2 million to $89.5 million in the year ended September 30, 2020 from net cash provided by financing activities of $5.7 million in the year ended September 30, 2019. This additional amount of cash used in financing activities for year ended September 30, 2020 was primarily due to the $100 million debt payment, which was offset by cash received from the issuance of common stock in connection with the exercise of stock options. In addition, there was an increase in the issuance of debt and higher borrowings under the credit facility and other financing arrangements that occurred in 2019.
Seasonality
Our business may exhibit seasonality resulting from our customers’ increasing demand for our products and services during the spring and summer months as compared to the fall and winter months. For example, our business servicing municipal customers experiences increased demand for our odor control product lines and services in the warmer months which, together with other factors, typically results in improved performance in the second half of our fiscal year. Inclement weather, such as hurricanes, droughts and floods, can also drive increased demand for our products and services. As a result, our results from operations may vary from period to period.

Seasonal trends historically displayed by our business could be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and past performance should not be considered indicative of future results.  For example, decreased customer demand resulting from the economic slowdown caused by the pandemic and the measures taken to control its spread could negate the seasonal factors that have historically resulted in improved performance in the second half of our fiscal year.
Off‑Balance Sheet Arrangements
As of September 30, 2020 and 2019, we had letters of credit totaling $13.0 million outstanding under our credit arrangements. In addition, as of September 30, 2020 and 2019, we had surety bonds totaling $153.0 million and $144.7 million, respectively, outstanding under our credit arrangements. The longest maturity date of the letters of credit and surety bonds in effect as of September 30, 2020 was March 20, 2030.
Contractual Obligations
We enter into long‑term obligations and commitments in the normal course of business, primarily debt obligations and non‑cancelable operating leases. As of September 30, 2020, our contractual cash obligations over the next several periods were as follows:
(In millions)
Total
 
Less than
1 year
 
1 to
3 years
 
3 to
5 years
 
More than
5 years
Long‑term debt obligations (a)
$
885.5

 
$
16.5

 
$
33.8

 
$
804.3

 
$
30.9

Interest payments on long‑term debt obligations
117.5

 
27.4

 
53.1

 
32.9

 
4.1

Operating lease commitments (b)
56.7

 
14.6

 
21.5

 
12.9

 
7.7

Finance lease commitments (c)
41.3

 
12.9

 
18.6

 
8.7

 
1.1

Total
$
1,101.0

 
$
71.4

 
$
127.0

 
$
858.8

 
$
43.8


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(a)
The amounts shown in this table do not include any net reductions for deferred financing fees. The amounts for current and long-term debt shown on the Consolidated Balance Sheets are net of deferred financing fees.
(b)
We occupy certain facilities and operate certain equipment and vehicles under non‑cancelable lease arrangements. Lease agreements may contain lease escalation clauses and purchase and renewal options. We recognize scheduled lease escalation clauses over the course of the applicable lease term on a straight‑line basis.
(c)
We lease certain equipment classified as finance leases. The leased equipment is depreciated on a straight line basis over the life of the lease and is included in depreciation expense.
Critical Accounting Policies and Estimates
The preparation of financial statements in accordance with GAAP requires management to make estimates and assumptions about future events that affect amounts reported in our Consolidated Financial Statements and related notes, as well as the related disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements. Management evaluates its accounting policies, estimates and judgments on an on‑going basis. Management bases its estimates and judgments on historical experience, current trends and various other factors that are believed to be relevant at the time Consolidated Financial Statements are prepared. Actual results may differ from these estimates under different assumptions and conditions.
Management evaluated the development and selection of its critical accounting policies and estimates and believes that the following involve a higher degree of judgment, complexity or uncertainty and are most significant to reporting our results of operations and financial position, and are therefore discussed as critical. The following critical accounting policies reflect the significant estimates and judgments used in the preparation of our Consolidated Financial Statements. Other than the adoption of ASU No. 2016-02, Leases (Topic 842), in the first quarter of fiscal 2020, we have not made any material changes to our accounting policies or methodologies during the current year. More information on all of our significant accounting policies can be found in Note 2, “Summary of Significant Accounting Policies in Part II, Item 8 of this Annual Report.
Acquisitions and Purchase Price Allocation
We record acquisitions using the purchase method of accounting in accordance with ASC 805, Business Combinations, which requires that the assets acquired and liabilities assumed, including contingent consideration, be recorded at their respective fair values at the acquisition date. The excess of the purchase price over the estimated fair values of the net tangible and intangible assets acquired is recorded as goodwill. The application of the purchase method of accounting requires management to make significant estimates and assumptions in the determination of the fair value of assets acquired and liabilities assumed, in order to properly allocate purchase price consideration. These assumptions and estimates include a market participant’s use of the asset and the appropriate discount rates for a market participant. Our estimates are based on historical experience, information obtained from the management of the acquired companies and with the assistance of independent third-party appraisal firms. Significant assumptions and estimates include quoted market prices, carrying values, and expected future cash flows, which includes consideration of future growth rates and margins, attrition rates, future changes in technology and brand awareness, loyalty, and the appropriate weighted-average cost of capital and the cost savings expected to be derived from acquiring an asset. These estimates are inherently uncertain and unanticipated events and circumstances may occur which could affect the accuracy or validity of estimates used in purchase accounting. The purchase price allocation recorded in a business combination may change during the measurement period, which is a period not to exceed one year from the date of acquisition, as additional information about conditions existing at the acquisition date becomes available.
We record contingent consideration arrangements at fair value on a recurring basis as earn-outs related to acquisitions. The fair value of earn-outs related to acquisitions is based on significant unobservable inputs including the achievement of certain performance metrics. Significant changes in these inputs would result in corresponding increases or decreases in the fair value of the earn-out each period until the related contingency has been resolved. Changes in the fair value of the contingent consideration obligations can result from adjustments in the probability of achieving future

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development steps, sales targets and profitability and are recorded in General and administrative expenses in the Consolidated Statements of Operations.
Goodwill Impairment Review
We review goodwill to determine potential impairment annually during the fourth quarter of our fiscal year, or more frequently if events and circumstances indicate that the asset might be impaired. Impairment testing for goodwill is performed at a reporting unit level. A reporting unit is defined as an operating segment or one level below the operating segment. We have determined that we have three reporting units.
The fair values of reporting units are determined using a combination of two methods, one utilizing market revenue and earnings multiples derived from stocks of companies that are engaged in the same or similar lines of business and that are actively traded on a free and open market applied to the corresponding measure of our reporting unit’s financial performance (the market approach - guideline public company (“GPC”) method), and the other derived from discounted cash flow models with estimated cash flows based on internal forecasts of revenues and expenses over a specified period plus a terminal value (the income approach discounted cash flows (“DCF”) method). In estimating the fair value of the reporting unit utilizing a DCF valuation technique, we incorporate our judgment and estimates of future cash flows, future revenue and gross profit growth rates, terminal value amount, capital expenditures and applicable weighted‑average cost of capital used to discount these estimated cash flows. The estimates and projections used in the estimate of fair value are consistent with our current budget and long‑range plans, including anticipated change in market conditions, industry trends, growth rates and planned capital expenditures, among other considerations.
We believe these two approaches are appropriate valuation techniques and we generally weight the two resulting values equally as an estimate of a reporting unit's fair value for the purposes of our impairment testing. However, we may weigh one value more heavily than the other when conditions merit doing so. If market conditions change compared to those used in our market approach, or if actual future results of operations fall below the projections used in the DCF method, our goodwill could become impaired in the future. As a result of our goodwill impairment assessment, we have concluded that none of our goodwill was impaired as of September 30, 2020, and we do not believe the risk of impairment is significant at this time.
Impairment of Long‑Lived Assets
Long‑lived assets, such as property, plant and equipment, and purchased intangibles subject to amortization, are reviewed for impairment whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that the carrying amount of an asset or asset group may not be recoverable. Conditions that may indicate impairment include, but are not limited to, a significant adverse change in customer demand or business climate that could affect the value of an asset based on indicators of reduced profits or losses generated by the asset or asset group, a product recall or an adverse action by a regulator, such as a successful challenge of patent rights.
When necessary, we record charges for impairments of long-lived assets for the amount by which the fair value is less than the carrying value of the asset or asset group. Fair value of long-lived assets are determined using an appraised value (obtained with the assistance of independent third-party appraisal firms) or using an income approach, specifically the discounted cash flow method. Starting with a forecast of the expected future net cash flows associated with an asset or group of assets, we then apply an asset-specific discount rate to arrive at a net present value amount. There were no material impairments of long-lived assets recorded in the current year.
We amortize long-lived assets with finite lives over their estimated useful lives on a straight‑line basis. This amortization methodology best matches the pattern of economic benefit that is expected from definite‑lived assets.
Revenue Recognition
For sales of aftermarket parts or products with a low level of customization and engineering time, the Company recognizes revenues at the time risks and rewards of ownership pass, which is generally when products are shipped or delivered to the customer as the Company has no obligation for installation. The Company considers shipping and handling

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services to be fulfillment activities and as such they do not represent separate performance obligations for revenue recognition. Sales of service arrangements are recognized as the services are performed.
For certain arrangements where there is significant customization to the product and for long-term construction-type sales contracts, revenue may be recognized over time as performance is completed. In these instances, revenue is recognized using a measure of progress that applies an input method based on costs incurred in relation to total estimated costs at completion (the percentage-of-completion method). These arrangements include large water treatment projects, systems and solutions for municipal and industrial applications. The nature of the contracts is generally fixed price with milestone billings. In order for revenue to be recognized over a period of time, the product must have no alternative use and the Company must have an enforceable right to payment for the performance completed to date, including a normal profit margin, in the event of termination for convenience. If these two criteria are not met, revenues from these contracts will not be recognized until construction is complete. Contract costs include all direct materials, labor, subcontractors costs and indirect costs related to contract performance. We believe this is the most accurate measure of contract performance because it directly measures the value of the goods and services transferred to the customer.
The percentage-of-completion method of revenue recognition requires us to prepare estimates of cost to complete for contracts in progress. Due to the nature of the work performed on many of our performance obligations, the estimates of total revenue and cost at completion is complex, subject to many variables and may require significant judgment. In making such estimates, judgments are required to evaluate contingencies such as weather, potential variances in schedule and the cost of materials, labor cost and productivity, the impact of change orders, liability claims, contract disputes and achievement of contractual performance standards. As a significant change in one or more of these estimates could affect the profitability of our contracts, we routinely review and update our significant contract estimates through a disciplined project review process in which management reviews the progress and execution of our performance obligations and estimates at completion. Contract revenues and cost estimates are reviewed and revised monthly and the cumulative effect of such adjustments are recognized in current operations. Such changes in contract estimates can result in the recognition of revenue in a current period for performance obligations which were satisfied or partially satisfied in a prior period. Changes in contract estimates may also result in the reversal of previously recognized revenue if the current estimate differs from the previous estimate. The amount of such adjustments have not been material.
For contracts with multiple performance obligations, we allocate the transaction price to each performance obligation using our best estimate of the standalone selling price of each distinct good or service in the contract. In cases where we do not provide the distinct good or service on a standalone basis, the primary method used to estimate standalone selling price is the expected cost plus a margin approach, under which we forecast our expected costs of satisfying a performance obligation and then add an appropriate margin for that distinct good or service. Our contracts are sometimes modified for changes in contract specifications and requirements. Judgment is required to determine if such modifications result in goods or services that are distinct from the existing contract. For customized products and long-term construction type contracts, most contract modifications are for goods and services that are not distinct due to the significant integration provided in the context of the contract and are accounted for as if they were part of the original contract on a cumulative catch-up basis. We account for contract modifications prospectively when it results in the promise to deliver additional goods and services that are distinct and the increase in price of the contract is for the same amount as the stand-alone selling price of the additional goods or services included in the modification.

Our contracts sometimes contain variable consideration in the form of incentive fees, performance bonuses, award fees, liquidated damages or penalties. Other contract provisions also give rise to variable consideration such as claims and unpriced change orders that may either increase or decrease the transaction price. We estimate the amount of variable consideration at the most likely amount we expect to be entitled. Variable consideration is included in the transaction price when it is probable that a significant reversal of cumulative revenue recognized will not occur or when the uncertainty associated with the variable consideration is resolved. Our estimates of variable consideration and determination of whether to include such amounts in the transaction price are based largely on our assessment of legal enforceability, anticipated performance, and any other information (historical, current or forecasted) that is reasonably available to us. Variable consideration associated with claims and unapproved change orders is included in the transaction price only to the extent of costs incurred.

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Product Warranties
Accruals for estimated expenses related to warranties are made at the time products are sold and are recorded as a component of cost of product sales in the Consolidated Statements of Operations in our Consolidated Financial Statements included elsewhere in this Annual Report. The estimated warranty obligation is based on product warranty terms offered to customers, ongoing product failure rates, material usage and service delivery costs expected to be incurred in correcting a product failure, as well as specific obligations for known failures and other currently available evidence. We assess the adequacy of the recorded warranty liabilities on a regular basis and adjust amounts as necessary.
Deferred Taxes, Valuation Allowances, and Tax Contingencies
Deferred tax assets and liabilities are recognized for the expected future tax consequences of events that have been recognized in our Consolidated Financial Statements or tax returns. Deferred tax assets and liabilities are measured using enacted tax rates expected to apply to taxable income in the years in which those temporary differences are expected to be recovered or settled. The effect on deferred tax assets and liabilities of a change in tax rates is recognized in income in the period that included the enactment date. We record a valuation allowance to reduce certain deferred tax assets to amounts that are more-likely-than-not to be realized within a reasonable period of time. The factors used to assess the likelihood of realization include our forecast of future taxable income exclusive of reversing temporary differences and carryforwards, future reversals of existing taxable temporary differences and available tax planning strategies that could be implemented to realize the net deferred tax assets.

We consider both positive and negative evidence when evaluating the need for a valuation allowance on our deferred tax assets in accordance with ASC 740, Income Taxes. Available evidence includes historical financial information supplemented by currently available information about future years. Generally, historical financial information is more objectively verifiable than projections of future income and is therefore given more weight in our assessment. We consider cumulative losses in the most recent twelve quarters to be significant negative evidence that is difficult to overcome in considering whether a valuation allowance is required. Conversely, we consider a cumulative income position over the most recent twelve quarters, to be significant positive evidence that a valuation allowance may not be required.

Income tax positions must meet a more-likely-than-not recognition threshold to be recognized. Income tax positions that previously failed to meet the more-likely-than-not threshold are recognized in the first subsequent financial reporting period in which that threshold is met. Previously recognized tax positions that no longer meet the more-likely-than-not threshold are derecognized in the first subsequent financial reporting period in which that threshold is no longer met. Uncertain tax positions are reviewed each balance sheet date. We recognize potential interest and penalties related to unrecognized tax benefits in income tax expense.
Recent Accounting Pronouncements
See Note 2, “Summary of Significant Accounting Policies in Item 8, included in this Annual Report for a complete discussion of recently adopted accounting pronouncements and recently issued accounting pronouncements not yet adopted.

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Item 7A. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures about Market Risk
Interest Rate Risk
We have market risk exposure arising from changes in interest rates on our senior secured credit facilities, which bear interest at rates that are benchmarked against LIBOR. Based on our overall interest rate exposure to variable rate debt outstanding as of September 30, 2020, a 1% increase or decrease in interest rates would decrease or increase income (loss) before income taxes by approximately $8.2 million. By comparison, a 1% increase or decrease in interest rates would have decreased or increased income (loss) before income taxes by approximately $9.3 million as of September 30, 2019 based on our overall interest rate exposure to variable rate debt outstanding as of that date.
In May 2020, the Company entered into an interest rate swap to mitigate risks associated with variable rate debt. The interest rate swap has a five year term to hedge the variability of interest payments on the first $500 million of the Company’s senior secured debt and fixes the LIBOR rate on this portion of the senior secured debt at 0.55%.    

Impact of Inflation and Tariffs
Our results of operations and financial condition are presented based on historical cost. Our financial results can be expected to be directly impacted by substantial increases in costs due to commodity cost increases, general inflation and tariffs, which could lead to a reduction in our revenues as well as decreased margins, as increased costs may not be able to be passed on to customers. We cannot provide any assurance that our results of operations and financial condition will not be materially impacted by inflation in the future. The Company engages in activities to adjust pricing practices with customers to attempt to mitigate the inflationary cost impact incurred. Additionally, while we believe that we have experienced supply chain disruptions that were influenced by tariffs, we have managed restrictions in supply from domestic suppliers, delays in shipments or disruptions associated with finding and qualifying alternate suppliers in order to maintain our ability to fulfill customer requirements.
Foreign Currency Risk
We have global operations and therefore enter into transactions denominated in various foreign currencies. While we believe we are not susceptible to any material cash impact on our results of operations caused by fluctuations in exchange rates because our operations are primarily conducted in the United States (“U.S.”), if we expand our foreign operations in the future, substantial increases or decreases in the value of the U.S. dollar relative to these other currencies could have a significant impact on our results of operations.
To mitigate cross-currency transaction risk, we analyze significant exposures where we have receipts or payments in a currency other than the functional currency of our operations, and from time to time we may strategically enter into short-term foreign currency forward contracts to lock in some or all of the cash flows associated with these transactions. We also are subject to currency translation risk associated with converting our foreign operations’ financial statements into U.S. dollars. We use short-term foreign currency forward contracts and swaps to mitigate the impact of foreign exchange fluctuations on consolidated earnings. We use foreign currency derivative contracts in order to manage the effect of exchange fluctuations on forecasted sales, purchases, acquisitions, inventory, capital expenditures and certain intercompany transactions that are denominated in foreign currencies. We do not use derivative financial instruments for trading or speculative purposes.
Additionally, we are subject to foreign exchange translation risk due to changes in the value of foreign currencies in relation to our reporting currency, the U.S. Dollar. At this time the Company’s translation risk is primarily concentrated in the exchange rate between the U.S. Dollar and the Euro due to intercompany loans denominated in Euro used to facilitate the capital requirements of our non-U.S. subsidiaries. As the U.S. Dollar strengthens against the Euro, income will generally be negatively impacted, and as the U.S. Dollar weakens, income will generally be positively impacted. At this time these are non-cash impacts. We manage our worldwide cash requirements in accordance with availability in multiple jurisdictions and effectiveness with which those funds can be accessed. As a result, we may access cash from among international subsidiaries and the U.S. when it is cost effective to do so. We continually review our domestic and foreign cash profile, expected future cash generation and investment opportunities and reassess whether there is a need to repatriate funds held

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internationally to support our U.S. operations. Accordingly, we do not expect translation risk to have a material economic impact on our financial positions or results of operations.

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Item 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data
INDEX TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND
SUPPLEMENTARY FINANCIAL INFORMATION
Evoqua Water Technologies Corp.
 
Audited Consolidated Financial Statements
 


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Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

The Board of Directors and Shareholders of
Evoqua Water Technologies Corp.
Opinion on the Financial Statements
We have audited the accompanying consolidated balance sheets of Evoqua Water Technologies Corp. (the Company) as of September 30, 2020 and 2019, the related consolidated statements of operations, comprehensive income (loss), changes in equity and changes in cash flows for each of the three years in the period ended September 30, 2020, and the related notes and the financial statement schedule listed in the Index at Item 15(a)1 to the consolidated financial statements (collectively referred to as the “consolidated financial statements”). In our opinion, the consolidated financial statements present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of the Company at September 30, 2020 and 2019, and the results of its operations and its cash flows for each of the three years in the period ended September 30, 2020, in conformity with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles.  
We also have audited, in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States) (PCAOB), the Company’s internal control over financial reporting as of September 30, 2020, based on criteria established in Internal Control-Integrated Framework issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (2013 framework) and our report dated November 20, 2020 expressed an unqualified opinion thereon.
Adoption of ASU No. 2016-02
As discussed in the paragraph under the caption “Accounting Pronouncements Recently Adopted” described in Note 2 to the consolidated financial statements, effective October 1, 2019, the Company changed its method of accounting for leases due to the adoption of Accounting Standards Update No. 2016-02, Leases (Topic 842).
Basis for Opinion
These financial statements are the responsibility of the Company’s management. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on the Company’s financial statements based on our audits. We are a public accounting firm registered with the PCAOB and are required to be independent with respect to the Company in accordance with the U.S. federal securities laws and the applicable rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission and the PCAOB.
We conducted our audits in accordance with the standards of the PCAOB. Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement, whether due to error or fraud. Our audits included performing procedures to assess the risks of material misstatement of the financial statements, whether due to error or fraud, and performing procedures that respond to those risks. Such procedures included examining, on a test basis, evidence regarding the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements. Our audits also included evaluating the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall presentation of the financial statements. We believe that our audits provide a reasonable basis for our opinion.
Critical Audit Matter
The critical audit matter communicated below is a matter arising from the current period audit of the financial statements that was communicated or required to be communicated to the audit committee and that: (1) relates to accounts or disclosures that are material to the financial statements and (2) involved our especially challenging, subjective or complex judgments. The communication of the critical audit matter does not alter in any way our opinion on the consolidated financial statements, taken as a whole, and we are not, by communicating the critical audit matter below, providing a separate opinion on the critical audit matter or on the accounts or disclosures to which it relates.

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Revenue recognition - contract cost estimates
Description of
the Matter
As explained in Notes 2 and 4 to the consolidated financial statements, when there is significant customization to the products associated with large water treatment projects for municipal and industrial applications, the Company recognizes revenue as performance is completed, using a measure of progress based on costs incurred in relation to estimated costs at completion. Because these estimates are subject to change during the performance of the contract, significant changes in estimates could have a material effect on the Company’s results of operations.
Auditing the total cost estimates for projects where there is significant customization requires complex auditor judgment because of the significant management judgment necessary to develop the estimated total materials and labor costs at completion due to the size, uniqueness of and identified risks for each contract.

How We
Addressed the
Matter in Our
Audit
We obtained an understanding, evaluated the design and tested the operating effectiveness of relevant internal controls over the Company’s process relating to the determination of cost estimates for projects involving significant customer customization. For example, we evaluated the design and tested the operating effectiveness of controls over management’s review of the assumptions and data utilized to estimate costs to complete and the accumulation of actual costs incurred.
To test the total cost estimation for projects, our audit procedures included, among others, obtaining an understanding of the contract, assessing management’s initial total cost estimate, including the materials and labor inputs for a sample of projects, as well as testing the detail of updates made to cost estimates. We involved our specialists with engineering, construction management and project controls experience to assist with analyzing cost estimates, including management’s evaluation of contract clauses and inputs used in cost calculations and to assess the measurement of project completion by performing a virtual site inspection for an in-progress contract to assess estimates of project progress. Further, we tested cost accumulation for a sample of projects through performing virtual site inspections to assess estimates of project progress, which included performing inquiries of project managers and controllers, as well as through agreement to contract summary data and testing of a sample of costs incurred by comparing amounts recorded to source documents and contracts. We also performed a retrospective review of management’s cost estimates for a sample of completed contracts by comparing initial estimates with the actual historical data to assess management’s ability to estimate.


/s/ Ernst & Young LLP
We have served as the Company’s auditor since 2013.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
November 20, 2020

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Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

The Board of Directors and Shareholders of
Evoqua Water Technologies Corp.
Opinion on Internal Control over Financial Reporting
We have audited Evoqua Water Technologies Corp.’s internal control over financial reporting as of September 30, 2020, based on criteria established in Internal Control-Integrated Framework issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (2013 framework) (the COSO criteria). In our opinion, Evoqua Water Technologies Corp. (the Company) maintained, in all material respects, effective internal control over financial reporting as of September 30, 2020, based on the COSO criteria.
As indicated in the accompanying Management’s Annual Report on Internal Control Over Financial Reporting, management’s assessment of and conclusion on the effectiveness of internal control over financial reporting did not include the internal controls of Frontier and Aquapure, which are included in the 2020 consolidated financial statements of the Company and constituted 1.2% and 3.7% of total and net assets, respectively, as of September 30, 2020 and 0.4% and (2.5%) of revenues and net income, respectively, for the year then ended. Our audit of internal control over financial reporting of the Company also did not include an evaluation of the internal control over financial reporting of Frontier and Aquapure.
We also have audited, in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States) (PCAOB), the consolidated balance sheets of the Company as of September 30, 2020 and 2019, the related consolidated statements of operations, comprehensive income (loss), changes in equity and changes in cash flows for each of the three years in the period ended September 30, 2020, and the related notes and the financial statement schedule listed in the Index at Item 15(a)1 to the consolidated financial statements and our report dated November 20, 2020 expressed an unqualified opinion thereon.
Basis for Opinion
The Company’s management is responsible for maintaining effective internal control over financial reporting and for its assessment of the effectiveness of internal control over financial reporting included in the accompanying Management’s Report on Internal Control Over Financial Reporting. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on the Company’s internal control over financial reporting based on our audit. We are a public accounting firm registered with the PCAOB and are required to be independent with respect to the Company in accordance with the U.S. federal securities laws and the applicable rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission and the PCAOB.
We conducted our audit in accordance with the standards of the PCAOB. Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether effective internal control over financial reporting was maintained in all material respects.  
Our audit included obtaining an understanding of internal control over financial reporting, assessing the risk that a material weakness exists, testing and evaluating the design and operating effectiveness of internal control based on the assessed risk, and performing such other procedures as we considered necessary in the circumstances. We believe that our audit provides a reasonable basis for our opinion.
Definition and Limitations of Internal Control Over Financial Reporting
A company’s internal control over financial reporting is a process designed to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. A company’s internal control over financial reporting includes those policies and procedures that (1) pertain to the maintenance of records that, in reasonable detail, accurately and fairly reflect the transactions and dispositions of the assets of the company; (2) provide reasonable assurance that transactions are recorded as necessary to permit preparation of financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, and that receipts and expenditures of the company are being made only in accordance with authorizations of management and directors of the company; and (3) provide reasonable assurance regarding prevention or timely detection of unauthorized acquisition, use, or disposition of the company’s assets that could have a material effect on the financial statements.

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Because of its inherent limitations, internal control over financial reporting may not prevent or detect misstatements. Also, projections of any evaluation of effectiveness to future periods are subject to the risk that controls may become inadequate because of changes in conditions, or that the degree of compliance with the policies or procedures may deteriorate.

/s/ Ernst & Young LLP
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
November 20, 2020



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Evoqua Water Technologies Corp.
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In thousands)
 
September 30, 2020
 
September 30, 2019
ASSETS
 
 
 
Current assets
$
695,712

 
$
637,293

Cash and cash equivalents
193,001

 
109,881

Receivables, net
260,479

 
257,585

Inventories, net
142,379

 
137,164

Contract assets
80,759

 
73,467

Prepaid and other current assets
18,715

 
21,940

Income tax receivable
379

 

Assets held for sale

 
37,256

Property, plant, and equipment, net
364,461

 
333,584

Goodwill
397,205

 
392,890

Intangible assets, net
309,967

 
314,767

Deferred income taxes, net of valuation allowance
3,639

 
2,790

Operating lease right-of-use assets, net
45,965

 

Other non‑current assets
27,509

 
25,715

Non-current assets held for sale

 
30,809

Total assets
$
1,844,458

 
$
1,737,848

LIABILITIES AND EQUITY
 
 
 
Current liabilities
$
349,555

 
$
322,221

Accounts payable
153,890

 
144,247

Current portion of debt, net of deferred financing fees
14,339

 
13,418

Contract liabilities
26,259

 
39,051

Product warranties
6,115

 
4,922

Accrued expenses and other liabilities
143,389

 
101,839

Income tax payable
5,563

 
4,536

Liabilities held for sale

 
14,208

Non‑current liabilities
$
1,012,840

 
$
1,049,805

Long‑term debt, net of deferred financing fees
861,695

 
951,599

Product warranties
1,724

 
2,332

Obligation under operating leases
37,796

 

Other non‑current liabilities
98,456

 
78,661

Deferred income taxes
13,169

 
13,548

Non-current liabilities held for sale

 
3,665

Total liabilities
$
1,362,395

 
$
1,372,026

Commitments and Contingent Liabilities (Note 22)


 


Shareholders’ equity
 
 
 
Common stock, par value $0.01: authorized 1,000,000 shares; issued 119,486 shares, outstanding 117,291 at September 30, 2020; issued 116,008, outstanding 114,344 shares at September 30, 2019
1,189

 
1,154

Treasury stock: 2,195 shares at September 30, 2020 and 1,664 shares at September 30, 2019
(2,837
)
 
(2,837
)
Additional paid‑in capital
564,928

 
552,422

Retained deficit
(62,664
)
 
(174,976
)
Accumulated other comprehensive loss, net of tax
(20,472
)
 
(13,004
)
Total Evoqua Water Technologies Corp. equity
$
480,144

 
$
362,759

Non‑controlling interest
1,919

 
3,063

Total shareholders’ equity
$
482,063

 
$
365,822

Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity
$
1,844,458

 
$
1,737,848

See accompanying notes to these Consolidated Financial Statements

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Evoqua Water Technologies Corp.
Consolidated Statements of Operations
(In thousands except per share data)
 
Year Ended September 30,
 
2020
 
2019
 
2018
Revenue from product sales
$
839,857

 
$
851,161

 
$
802,302

Revenue from services
589,599

 
593,280

 
537,239

Revenue from product sales and services
$
1,429,456

 
$
1,444,441

 
$
1,339,541

Cost of product sales
(588,264
)
 
(615,171
)
 
(582,606
)
Cost of services
(391,389
)
 
(403,308
)