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UL Solutions Inc. (NYSE: ULS) reported strong results for Q1 2024 ending March 31st. Revenue grew by 6.5% to $670 million, with 7.5% organic growth. Net income rose to $60 million, translating to $0.28 per diluted share. Adjusted net income increased by 13% to $61 million, and adjusted EBITDA grew by 18% to $131 million, expanding the margin to 19.6%. The company completed an upsized IPO on April 12th, 2024. Despite a decrease in operating cash flow to $141 million and free cash flow to $84 million, UL Solutions maintained strong cash generation and ended the quarter with $344 million in cash and equivalents. Each business segment, especially Industrial and Consumer, showed robust growth, with significant gains in revenue and EBITDA. However, the Software and Advisory segment reported a small operating loss. The company forecasts mid-single-digit organic revenue growth for 2024, driven by trends like electrification and digitalization.

Positive
  • Revenue increased by 6.5% to $670 million.
  • Organic growth reached 7.5%.
  • Net income rose by 3.4% to $60 million.
  • Adjusted net income increased 13% to $61 million.
  • Adjusted EBITDA grew by 18% to $131 million.
  • Adjusted EBITDA margin expanded by 200 basis points to 19.6%.
  • Net cash provided by operating activities was $141 million.
  • Free cash flow was $84 million.
  • Ended Q1 2024 with $344 million in cash and equivalents.
  • Industrial segment revenue grew by 9.3% to $295 million.
  • Consumer segment revenue increased by 4% to $286 million.
  • Consumer segment Adjusted EBITDA rose by 66.7% to $35 million.
  • Completed an upsized initial public offering in April 2024.
Negative
  • Net income margin decreased by 20 basis points to 9.0%.
  • Operating cash flow decreased from $161 million to $141 million.
  • Free cash flow declined from $98 million to $84 million.
  • Total debt was $885 million as of March 31, 2024.
  • Software and Advisory segment reported an operating loss of $1 million.
  • Operating income margin for the Industrial segment decreased by 1.3%.

UL Solutions Inc.'s first quarter results for 2024 show significant financial growth and stability. The company reported a 6.5% increase in revenue to $670 million, with an even stronger 7.5% organic growth. This growth is particularly notable given the varied macroeconomic conditions. Net income of $60 million represents a modest increase of 3.4%, reflecting steady profitability. The adjusted figures reveal a more pronounced improvement with Adjusted Net Income up by 13.0% and Adjusted EBITDA up by 18.0%.

From a retail investor's viewpoint, these metrics indicate a robust underlying business that is navigating market demands effectively. The expansion of the Adjusted EBITDA margin by 200 basis points to 19.6% suggests that the company's cost management and operational efficiencies are yielding positive results. The decrease in net income margin by 20 basis points could be seen as a minor area of concern but is outweighed by the overall financial health and growth metrics.

Additionally, the company’s Free Cash Flow of $84 million and strong balance sheet, with net cash provided by operating activities at $141 million, highlight its good cash management practices. This financial strength positions UL Solutions well for future growth and potential acquisitions, in line with their capital allocation strategy.

The recent initial public offering (IPO) also stands out as a major milestone. Pricing at the higher end of the range and listing on April 12, 2024, could indicate strong market confidence and demand for the company's shares.

Rating: 1

UL Solutions Inc. operates in the safety science sector, providing testing, inspection, certification services and related software and advisory offerings. The company's diverse portfolio across different segments has contributed to balanced revenue growth. The Industrial segment's revenue growth of 9.3% and operating income margin of 25.4% indicate strong demand in electrical product, renewable energy and component certification testing.

In the Consumer segment, a significant increase in Adjusted EBITDA margin from 7.6% to 12.2% shows improved operational efficiency and expense management. This segment's revenue was driven by electromagnetic compatibility testing and improved retail demand, which are likely trends continuing into the foreseeable future.

The Software and Advisory segment presents a mixed picture. While revenue increased by 6.0%, the operating loss of $1 million raises questions about cost management and pricing strategies in this division. However, this is somewhat mitigated by the flat Adjusted EBITDA, indicating stable underlying operations.

The company's focus on megatrends such as the “Electrification of Everything,” digitalization and sustainability is strategic. These are key growth drivers in the current market landscape. The planned divestiture of the industrial payments testing business and continued pursuit of tuck-in acquisitions are strategic moves to streamline operations and enhance core competencies.

Rating: 1

UL Solutions Inc. is capitalizing on several emerging technology trends, positioning its business to address evolving market demands. The company's growth is partly fueled by advancements in technology and market trends like energy transition and connected technologies. This is evident in the 7.5% organic growth of their revenue, driven by sectors such as renewable energy and electrical product certification.

The emphasis on megatrends like the “Electrification of Everything” and digitalization reflects UL Solutions' strategic alignment with significant industrial shifts. These trends necessitate rigorous testing and certification services, for which UL Solutions is well-positioned due to its extensive expertise and infrastructure.

The company's commitment to continuous investment in technology and processes highlights a proactive approach to maintaining and enhancing its service capabilities. This includes expanding laboratory capacity and improving operational efficiencies.

Investors can view UL Solutions as a forward-thinking entity that is not just keeping pace with technological advances but is actively leveraging them to drive growth. This strategic focus on technological alignment with market needs supports sustained long-term growth prospects.

Rating: 1

First Quarter 2024 (Comparisons to First Quarter 20231)

  • Strong revenue growth of 6.5% to $670 million, including 7.5% organic growth
  • Net income of $60 million, or $0.28 per diluted share
  • Adjusted Net Income of $61 million increased 13.0%
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $131 million increased 18.0%, Adjusted EBITDA margin of 19.6% expanded 200 basis points
  • Net cash provided by operating activities of $141 million and Free Cash Flow of $84 million
  • Completed upsized initial public offering at the higher end of the price range and listed on April 12th, 2024

NORTHBROOK, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- UL Solutions Inc. (“UL Solutions” or the “Company”) (NYSE: ULS), a global safety science leader in independent third-party testing, inspection and certification services and related software and advisory offerings, today reported results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2024.

“UL Solutions is a trusted provider of science-based solutions that help our customers ensure their products meet important safety standards worldwide, and our first quarter results reflect continued strong demand for our market-leading services,” said President and CEO Jennifer Scanlon. “All three segments across all regions provided balanced contributions, highlighting how our strategy and diverse portfolio produce steady and predictable growth in our business.”

Scanlon continued, “We are continuously investing in our people, technology and processes to enhance our capabilities in our constantly evolving markets. The world is complex and demanding, and as the product testing, inspection and certification industry’s role continues to grow, we will look to expand our leadership position.”

Chief Financial Officer Ryan Robinson added, “Technology advancements and market trends such as energy transition and connected technologies are driving change across the end markets we serve, as we achieved organic revenue growth of 7.5%, Adjusted EBITDA of $131 million and Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share of $0.28 in the first quarter. Our strong balance sheet is supported by robust cash generation, as demonstrated by net cash provided by operating activities of $141 million and Free Cash Flow of $84 million for the first three months of the year, positioning us to execute disciplined capital allocation and deliver accretive growth to build long-term value for all of our stakeholders.”

First Quarter 2024 Financial Results

Revenue of $670 million compared to $629 million in the first quarter of 2023, an increase of 6.5%. Organic growth of 7.5% across all segments, led by Industrial.

Net income of $60 million compared to $58 million in the first quarter of 2023, an increase of 3.4%. Net income margin of 9.0% compared to 9.2% in the first quarter of 2023, a decrease of 20 basis points.

Adjusted Net Income of $61 million compared to $54 million in the first quarter of 2023, an increase of 13.0%. Adjusted Net Income margin of 9.1% compared to 8.6% in the first quarter of 2023, an increase of 50 basis points, as revenue gains were partially offset by higher costs from professional fees, interest expense and increased depreciation and amortization.

Adjusted EBITDA of $131 million compared to $111 million in the first quarter of 2023, an increase of 18.0%. Adjusted EBITDA margin of 19.6% compared to 17.6% in the first quarter of 2023, an increase of 200 basis points. The margin expansion resulted from lower long-term incentive expenses and headcount reduction actions taken in 2023, primarily in the Consumer segment.

1This press release includes references to non-GAAP financial measures. Please refer to “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” later in this release for the definitions of each non-GAAP financial measures presented, as well as reconciliations of these measures to their most directly comparable GAAP measures.

First Quarter 2024 Segment Performance

Industrial Segment Results

Industrial revenue of $295 million compared to $270 million in the first quarter of 2023, an increase of 9.3%, or 10.0% on an organic basis. Operating income of $75 million compared to $72 million in the first quarter of 2023, an increase of 4.2%. Operating income margin of 25.4% compared to 26.7% in the first quarter of 2023. Adjusted EBITDA of $86 million compared to $80 million in the first quarter of 2023, an increase of 7.5%. Adjusted EBITDA margin of 29.2% compared to 29.6% in the first quarter of 2023. Revenue and Adjusted EBITDA gains were driven by strong demand related to electrical product, renewable energy and component certification testing, as well as increased laboratory capacity. The change in margin was primarily driven by increases in compensation expenses and professional fees.

Consumer Segment Results

Consumer revenue of $286 million compared to $275 million in the first quarter of 2023, an increase of 4.0%, or 5.8% on an organic basis. Operating income of $17 million compared to $3 million in the first quarter of 2023. Operating income margin of 5.9% compared to 1.1% in the first quarter of 2023. Adjusted EBITDA of $35 million compared to $21 million in the first quarter of 2023, an increase of 66.7%. Adjusted EBITDA margin of 12.2% compared to 7.6% in the first quarter of 2023. Revenue and Adjusted EBITDA gains were driven by electromagnetic compatibility testing and improved retail demand. Margin improvement was primarily driven by higher revenue, expense management, severance costs in the first quarter of 2023, and a reduction in incentive expenses.

Software and Advisory Segment Results

Software and Advisory revenue of $89 million compared to $84 million in the first quarter of 2023, an increase of 6.0%, or 4.8% on an organic basis. Operating loss of $1 million compared to $0 in the first quarter of 2023. Operating loss margin of 1.1% compared to 0.0% in the first quarter of 2023. Adjusted EBITDA remained flat at $10 million compared to the first quarter of 2023. Adjusted EBITDA margin of 11.2% compared to 11.9% in the first quarter of 2023. Revenue gains were driven by increased advisory revenue in renewable energy generation. The change in margin was primarily driven by increases in compensation expenses.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

For the first three months of 2024, the Company generated $141 million of net cash provided by operating activities, a decrease from $161 million for the same period in 2023. Net cash provided by operating activities in the first quarter was impacted by the timing of Performance Cash incentive payments, which were settled earlier in 2024 compared to 2023.

The Company continues to make strategic capital investments in energy transition opportunities to meet increased demand, and for the first three months of 2024 capital expenditures totaled $57 million, compared to $63 million in 2023. Free Cash Flow for the first three months was $84 million, compared to $98 million in the first quarter of 2023, primarily related to the timing of incentive payments.

As of March 31, 2024, total debt was $885 million, prior to unamortized debt issuance costs, a decrease from December 31, 2023 due to $25 million of net repayments on the Company's revolving credit facility.

The Company ended the quarter with cash and cash-equivalents of $344 million compared to $315 million at December 31, 2023.

In April 2024, the Company completed its upsized initial public offering of Class A common stock consisting entirely of secondary shares sold by the selling stockholder. UL Solutions did not sell any shares in the offering and did not receive any proceeds from the sale of the shares. At the time of the initial public offering, the Company had 200,000,000 and 200,022,486 basic and diluted shares outstanding, respectively.

Full-Year 2024 Outlook

Our key points on 2024 outlook include:

  • Mid-single digit steady constant currency, organic revenue growth is expected to continue
    • “Electrification of Everything” along with Digitalization and Sustainability megatrends are fueling growth in all segments
    • Divestiture of Industrial payments testing business will reduce revenue by approximately $40 million annually
  • Adjusted EBITDA margin improvement expected from increased productivity
  • Capital expenditures expected to remain at approximately 7-8% of revenue
  • Tuck-in acquisition opportunities continue to be pursued

The Company’s 2024 outlook is based on a number of assumptions that are subject to change and many of which are outside the control of the Company. If actual results vary from these assumptions, the Company’s expectations may change. There can be no assurance that the Company will achieve the results expressed by this outlook.

Conference Call and Webcast

UL Solutions will host a conference call today at 8:30 am ET to discuss the Company’s financial results. The live webcast of the conference call and accompanying presentation materials can be accessed through the UL Solutions Investor Relations website at ir.ul.com. For those unable to access the webcast, the conference call can be accessed by dialing 877-269-7751 or 201-389-0908. An archive of the webcast will be available on the Company’s website for 30 days.

About UL Solutions

A global leader in applied safety science, UL Solutions Inc. transforms safety, security and sustainability challenges into opportunities for customers in more than 100 countries. UL Solutions Inc. delivers testing, inspection and certification services, together with software products and advisory offerings, that support our customers’ product innovation and business growth. The UL Mark serves as a recognized symbol of trust in our customers’ products and reflects an unwavering commitment to advancing our safety mission. We help our customers innovate, launch new products and services, navigate global markets and complex supply chains, and grow sustainably and responsibly into the future. Our science is your advantage.

Investors and others should note that UL Solutions intends to routinely announce material information to investors and the marketplace using SEC filings, press releases, public conference calls, webcasts and the UL Solutions Investor Relations website. We also intend to use certain social media channels as a means of disclosing information about us and our products to consumers, our customers, investors and the public on our X account (@UL_Solutions) and our LinkedIn account (@ULSolutions). The information posted on social media channels is not incorporated by reference in this press release or in any other report or document we file with the SEC. While not all of the information that the Company posts to the UL Solutions Investor Relations website or to social media accounts is of a material nature, some information could be deemed to be material. Accordingly, the Company encourages investors, the media, and others interested in UL Solutions to review the information shared on our Investor Relations website at ir.ul.com and to regularly follow our social media accounts. Users can automatically receive email alerts and information about the Company by subscribing to “Investor Email Alerts” at the bottom of the UL Solutions Investor Relations website at ir.ul.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements in this press release, which are not historical facts, are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These include statements regarding management’s objectives and the Company’s plans, strategy, outlook and future financial performance. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by the use of words such as “may,” “could,” “seek,” “guidance,” “predict,” “potential,” “likely,” “believe,” “will,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “plan,” “intend,” “forecast,” “aim,” “objectives,” “target,” “outlook,” “guidance” and variations, or the negative, of these terms and similar expressions. Such forward-looking statements are necessarily based upon estimates and assumptions that, while management considers reasonable, are inherently uncertain.

There are many risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements made in this press release, including, but not limited to, the following: falsification of or tampering with our reports or certificates; increases in self-certification of products in industries in which we provide services or corresponding decreases in third-party certifications; any conflict of interest or perceived conflict of interest between our testing, inspection and certification services and our enterprise and advisory services; increased competition in industries in which we participate; ineffectiveness of our portfolio management techniques and strategies; adverse market conditions or adverse changes in the political, social or legal condition in the markets in which we operate; failure to effectively implement our growth strategies and initiatives; increased government regulation of industries in which we operate; adverse government actions in respect of our operations, including enforcement actions related to environmental, health and safety matters; failure to retain and increase capacity at our existing facilities or build new facilities in a timely and cost-effective manner; failure to comply with applicable laws and regulations in each jurisdiction in which we operate, including environmental laws and regulations; fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates; imposition of or increases in customs duties and other tariffs; deterioration of relations between the United States and countries in which we operate, including China; changes in labor regulations in jurisdictions in which we operate; changes in labor relations and unionization efforts by our employees; failure to recruit, attract and retain key employees, including through the implementation of diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives, and the succession of senior management; failure to recruit, attract and retain sufficient qualified personnel to meet our customers’ needs; past and future acquisitions, joint ventures, investments and other strategic initiatives; increases in raw material prices, fuel prices and other operating costs; changes in services we deliver or products we use; inability to develop new solutions or the occurrence of defects, failures or delay with new and existing solutions; increase in uninsured losses; ineffectiveness of deficiencies in our enterprise risk management program; volatility in credit markets or changes in our credit rating; actions of our employees, agents, subcontractors, vendors and other business partners; failure to maintain relationships with our customers, vendors and business partners; consolidation of our customers and vendors; disruptions in our global supply chain; changes in access to data from external sources; pending and future litigation, including in respect of our testing, inspection and certification services; allegations concerning our failure to properly perform our offered services; changes in the regulatory environment for our industry or the industries of our customers; delays in obtaining, failure to obtain or the withdrawal or revocation of our licenses, approvals or other authorizations; changes in our accreditations, approvals, permits or delegations of authority; issues with the integrity of our data or the databases upon which we rely; failure to manage our SaaS hosting network infrastructure capacity or disruptions in such infrastructure; cybersecurity incidents and other technology disruptions; risks associated with intellectual property, including potential infringement; compliance with agreements and instruments governing our indebtedness and the incurrence of new indebtedness; interest rate increases; volatility in the price of our Class A common stock; actions taken by, and control exercised by, ULSE Inc., our parent and controlling stockholder; ineffectiveness in, or failure to maintain, our internal control over financial reporting; negative publicity or changes in industry reputation; changes in tax laws and regulations, resolution of tax disputes or imposition of audit examinations; failure to generate sufficient cash to service our indebtedness; constraints imposed on our ability to operate our business or make necessary capital investments due to our outstanding indebtedness; natural disasters and other catastrophic events, including pandemics and the rapid spread of contagious illnesses; and other risks discussed in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), including our Registration Statement on Form S-1, as amended (File No. 333-275468) and our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2024, as well as other factors described from time to time in our filings with the SEC.

All forward-looking statements attributable to us or persons acting on our behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by the cautionary statements set forth above. We caution you not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements, which are made only as of the date of this press release. We do not undertake or assume any obligation to update publicly any of these forward-looking statements to reflect actual results, new information or future events, changes in assumptions or changes in other factors affecting such forward-looking statements, except to the extent required by law. If we update one or more forward-looking statements, no inference should be drawn that we will make additional updates with respect to those or other forward-looking statements.

Non-GAAP Measures

In addition to financial measures based on accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“GAAP”), this presentation includes supplemental non-GAAP financial information, including the presentation of Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA margin, Adjusted Net Income, Adjusted Net Income margin, Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share and Free Cash Flow. Management uses non-GAAP measures in addition to GAAP measures to understand and compare operating results across periods and for forecasting and other purposes. Management believes these non-GAAP measures reflect results in a manner that enables, in some instances, more meaningful analysis of trends and facilitates comparison of results across periods. These non-GAAP financial measures have no standardized meaning presented in U.S. GAAP and may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures used by other companies due to potential differences between the companies in calculations. The use of these non-GAAP measures has limitations, and they should not be considered as substitutes for measures of financial performance and financial position as prepared in accordance with GAAP. See “Non- GAAP Financial Measures” below for definitions of these non-GAAP measures, and reconciliations to their most directly comparable GAAP measures.

UL Solutions Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

(Unaudited)

 

Three Months Ended

March 31,

(in millions, except per share data)

2024

2023

Revenue

$

670

 

$

629

 

Cost of revenue

 

351

 

 

335

 

Selling, general and administrative expenses

 

228

 

 

219

 

Operating income

 

91

 

 

75

 

Interest expense

 

(15

)

 

(8

)

Other (expense) income, net

 

(3

)

 

5

 

Income before income taxes

 

73

 

 

72

 

Income tax expense

 

13

 

 

14

 

Net income

 

60

 

 

58

 

Less: net income attributable to non-controlling interests

 

4

 

 

3

 

Net income attributable to stockholder of UL Solutions

$

56

 

$

55

 

 

 

 

Earnings per common share:

 

 

Basic

$

0.28

 

$

0.28

 

Diluted

$

0.28

 

$

0.28

 

 

 

 

Weighted average common shares outstanding:

 

 

Basic

 

200

 

 

200

 

Diluted

 

200

 

 

200

 

 

UL Solutions Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(Unaudited)

 

(in millions, except per share data)

March 31, 2024

December 31, 2023

Assets

 

 

Current assets:

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

$

344

$

315

Accounts receivable, net

 

429

 

362

Contract assets, net

 

193

 

179

Other current assets

 

85

 

97

Total current assets

 

1,051

 

953

Property, plant and equipment, net

 

555

 

555

Goodwill

 

618

 

623

Intangible assets, net

 

66

 

72

Operating lease right-of-use assets

 

147

 

151

Deferred income taxes

 

112

 

110

Capitalized software, net

 

136

 

139

Other assets

 

134

 

133

Total Assets

$

2,819

$

2,736

Liabilities and Stockholder’s Equity

 

 

Current liabilities:

 

 

 

 

Accounts payable

$

156

$

169

Accrued compensation and benefits

 

170

 

281

Operating lease liabilities - current

 

37

 

39

Contract liabilities

 

385

 

162

Other current liabilities

 

81

 

58

Total current liabilities

 

829

 

709

Long-term debt

 

867

 

904

Pension and postretirement benefit plans

 

227

 

232

Operating lease liabilities

 

116

 

120

Other liabilities

 

97

 

93

Total Liabilities

 

2,136

 

2,058

Total Stockholder’s Equity

 

683

 

678

Total Liabilities and Stockholder’s Equity

$

2,819

$

2,736

 

UL Solutions Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(Unaudited)

 

Three Months Ended March 31,

(in millions)

2024

2023

Operating activities

 

 

Net cash flows provided by operating activities

$

141

 

$

161

 

 

 

 

Investing activities

 

 

Capital expenditures

 

(57

)

 

(63

)

Other investing activities, net

 

 

 

(12

)

Net cash flows used in investing activities

 

(57

)

 

(75

)

 

 

 

Financing activities

 

 

(Repayments of) proceeds from long-term debt, net

 

(25

)

 

30

 

Dividend to stockholder of UL Solutions

 

(25

)

 

(20

)

Other financing activities, net

 

1

 

 

 

Net cash flows (used in) provided by financing activities

 

(49

)

 

10

 

 

 

 

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents

 

(6

)

 

 

 

 

 

Net increase in cash and cash equivalents

 

29

 

 

96

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

 

Beginning of period

 

315

 

 

322

 

End of period

$

344

 

$

418

 

 

UL Solutions Inc.

Supplemental Financial Information

Revenue by Major Service Category and Revenue Growth Components

(Unaudited)

 

Revenue by Major Service Category

Three Months Ended

March 31,

(in millions)

2024

2023

Certification Testing

$

176

$

161

Ongoing Certification Services

 

233

 

219

Non-certification Testing and Other Services1

 

194

 

182

Software1

 

67

 

67

Total

$

670

$

629

__________

1.

The Company has reclassified revenue transactions related to advisory services that were previously included within the Software and Advisory service category (now known as Software) to the Non-certification Testing and Other Services category (previously known as Non-certification Testing, Inspections and Audit) for the three months ended March 31, 2023 to conform to the current period's presentation.

Revenue Change Components

Three Months Ended March 31, 2024

 

(in millions)

 

Organic1

 

Acquisition2

 

FX3

 

Total

Organic %

Change

Total %

Change

Revenue change

 

 

 

 

 

 

Industrial

$

27

$

1

 

$

(3

)

$

25

10.0

%

9.3

%

Consumer

 

16

 

(1

)

 

(4

)

 

11

5.8

%

4.0

%

Software and Advisory

 

4

 

1

 

 

 

 

5

4.8

%

6.0

%

Total

$

47

$

1

 

$

(7

)

$

41

7.5

%

6.5

%

__________

1.

Organic reflects revenue change in a given period excluding Acquisition and FX in that same period, expressed in dollars or as a percentage of revenue in the prior period.

2.

Acquisition is calculated as revenue change in a given period related to acquisitions or disposals of businesses using prior period exchange rates, expressed in dollars or as a percentage of revenue in the prior period. Revenues from an acquisition or disposal are measured as Acquisition for the initial twelve month period following the acquisition or disposal date. Subsequently, the revenue impact from the acquired or disposed business is measured as Organic.

3.

FX reflects the impact that foreign currency exchange rates have on revenue in a given period, expressed in dollars or as a percentage of revenue in the prior period. The Company uses constant currency to calculate the FX impact on revenue in a given period by translating current period revenues at prior period exchange rates, expressed as a percentage of revenue in the prior period.

UL Solutions Inc.
Supplemental Financial Information
Non-GAAP Measures
(Unaudited)

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In addition to financial measures determined in accordance with GAAP, the Company considers a variety of financial and operating measures in assessing the performance of its business. The key non-GAAP measures the Company uses are Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA margin, Adjusted Net Income, Adjusted Net Income margin, Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share and Free Cash Flow, which management believes provide useful information to investors. These measures are not financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP and should not be considered as a substitute for net income, operating income, diluted earnings per share, net cash provided by operating activities or any other measure calculated in accordance with GAAP, and may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies.

The Company uses Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA margin, Adjusted Net Income, Adjusted Net Income margin and Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share to measure the operational strength and performance of its business and believes these measures provide additional information to investors about certain non-cash items and unusual items that the Company does not expect to continue at the same level in the future. Further, management believes these non-GAAP financial measures provide a meaningful measure of business performance and provide a basis for comparing the Company’s performance to that of other peer companies using similar measures. The Company uses Free Cash Flow as an additional liquidity measure and believes it provides useful information to investors about the cash generated from the Company’s core operations that may be available to repay debt, make other investments and return cash to stockholders.

There are material limitations to using these non-GAAP financial measures. Adjusted EBITDA does not take into account certain significant items, including depreciation and amortization, interest expense, other expense (income), income tax expense, stock-based compensation expense for equity-settled awards, material asset impairment charges and restructuring expenses which directly affect the Company’s net income, as applicable. Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share do not take into account certain significant items, including other expense (income), stock-based compensation expense for equity-settled awards, material asset impairment charges and restructuring expenses which directly affect the Company’s net income and diluted earnings per share, as applicable. Free Cash Flow adjusts for cash items that are ultimately within management’s discretion to direct and therefore may imply that there is less or more cash that is available than the most comparable GAAP measure. Free Cash Flow is not intended to represent residual cash flow for discretionary expenditures since debt repayment requirements and other non-discretionary expenditures are not deducted. These limitations are best addressed by considering the economic effects of the excluded items independently, and by considering these non- GAAP financial measures in conjunction with net income, operating income, diluted earnings per share and net cash provided by operating activities as calculated in accordance with GAAP.

See additional information below regarding the definitions of these non-GAAP financial measures and reconciliations of each non-GAAP financial measure to its most directly comparable GAAP measure.

The table below reconciles net income to Adjusted EBITDA for the periods presented.

Three Months Ended

March 31,

(in millions, unless otherwise stated)

2024

2023

Net income

$

60

 

$

58

 

Depreciation and amortization expense

 

41

 

 

36

 

Interest expense

 

15

 

 

8

 

Other expense (income), net

 

3

 

 

(5

)

Income tax expense

 

13

 

 

14

 

Restructuring

 

(1

)

 

 

Adjusted EBITDA1

$

131

$

111

Revenue

$

670

 

$

629

 

Net income margin

 

9.0

%

 

9.2

%

Adjusted EBITDA margin2

 

19.6

%

 

17.6

%

__________

1.

The Company defines Adjusted EBITDA as net income adjusted for depreciation and amortization expense, interest expense, other expense (income), income tax expense, as well as stock-based compensation expense for equity-settled awards, material asset impairment charges and restructuring expenses, as applicable. The Company believes that the presentation of Adjusted EBITDA provides additional information to investors about certain non-cash items and unusual items that are not expected to continue at the same level in the future. Further, the Company believes Adjusted EBITDA provides a meaningful measure of business performance and provides a basis for comparing its performance to that of other peer companies using similar measures. There are material limitations to using Adjusted EBITDA. Adjusted EBITDA does not take into account certain significant items, including depreciation and amortization, interest expense, income tax expense, stock-based compensation expense for equity-settled awards, material asset impairment charges and restructuring expenses which directly affects the Company's net income, as applicable. These limitations are best addressed by considering the economic effects of the excluded items independently, and by considering Adjusted EBITDA in conjunction with net income as calculated in accordance with GAAP.

2.

Adjusted EBITDA margin is calculated as Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of revenue

The table below reconciles segment operating income to segment Adjusted EBITDA for the periods presented.

Three Months Ended

March 31,

(in millions, unless otherwise stated)

2024

2023

Industrial

 

 

Segment operating income

$

75

 

$

72

 

Depreciation and amortization expense

 

11

 

 

8

 

Adjusted EBITDA1

$

86

 

$

80

 

Revenue

$

295

 

$

270

 

Operating income margin

 

25.4

%

 

26.7

%

Adjusted EBITDA margin2

 

29.2

%

 

29.6

%

Consumer

 

 

Segment operating income

$

17

 

$

3

 

Depreciation and amortization expense

 

19

 

 

18

 

Restructuring

 

(1

)

 

 

Adjusted EBITDA1

$

35

 

$

21

 

Revenue

$

286

 

$

275

 

Operating income margin

 

5.9

%

 

1.1

%

Adjusted EBITDA margin2

 

12.2

%

 

7.6

%

Software and Advisory

 

 

Segment operating loss

$

(1

)

$

 

Depreciation and amortization expense

 

11

 

 

10

 

Adjusted EBITDA1

$

10

 

$

10

 

Revenue

$

89

 

$

84

 

Operating loss margin

 

(1.1

)%

 

%

Adjusted EBITDA margin2

 

11.2

%

 

11.9

%

 

 

 

Adjusted EBITDA1

$

131

 

$

111

 

__________

1.

See definition on previous page.

2.

See definition on previous page.

The table below reconciles net income to Adjusted Net Income.

Three Months Ended

March 31,

(in millions, unless otherwise stated)

2024

2023

Net income

$

60

 

$

58

 

Other expense (income), net

 

3

 

 

(5

)

Restructuring

 

(1

)

 

 

Tax effect of adjustments2

 

(1

)

 

1

 

Adjusted Net Income1

$

61

 

$

54

 

Revenue

$

670

 

$

629

 

Net income margin

 

9.0

%

 

9.2

%

Adjusted Net Income margin3

 

9.1

%

 

8.6

%

__________

1.

The Company defines Adjusted Net Income as net income adjusted for other expense (income), stock-based compensation expense for equity-settled awards, material asset impairment charges and restructuring expenses, as applicable, each net of tax. The Company believes that the presentation of Adjusted Net Income provides additional information to investors about certain non-cash items and unusual items that are expected to continue at the same level in the future. Further, the Company believes Adjusted Net Income provides a meaningful measure of business performance and provides a basis for comparing its performance to that of other peer companies using similar measures. There are material limitations to using Adjusted Net Income. Adjusted Net Income does not take into account certain significant items, including other expense (income), stock-based compensation expense for equity-settled awards, material asset impairment charges and restructuring expenses which directly affect the Company's net income, as applicable. These limitations are best addressed by considering the economic effects of the excluded items independently, and by considering Adjusted Net Income in conjunction with net income as calculated in accordance with GAAP.

2.

The Company computed the tax effect of adjustments to net earnings by applying the statutory tax rate in the relevant jurisdictions to the income or expense items that are adjusted in the period presented. If a valuation allowance exists, the rate applied is zero.

3.

Adjusted Net Income margin is calculated as Adjusted Net Income as a percentage of revenue

The table below reconciles diluted earnings per share to Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share.

Three Months Ended

March 31,

 

2024

2023

Diluted earnings per share2

$

0.28

 

$

0.28

 

Other expense (income), net

 

0.02

 

 

(0.03

)

Restructuring

 

(0.01

)

 

 

Tax effect of adjustments3

 

(0.01

)

 

0.01

 

Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share1 2

$

0.28

 

$

0.26

 

__________

1.

The Company defines Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share as diluted earnings per share attributable to stockholder of UL Solutions adjusted for other expense (income), stock-based compensation expense for equity-settled awards, material asset impairment charges and restructuring expenses, as applicable. The Company believes that the presentation of Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share provides additional information to investors about certain non-cash items and unusual items that are expected to continue at the same level in the future. Further, the Company believes Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share provides a meaningful measure of business performance and provides a basis for comparing its performance to that of other peer companies using similar measures. There are material limitations to using Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share. Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share does not take into account certain significant items, including other expense (income), stock-based compensation expense for equity-settled awards, material asset impairment charges and restructuring expenses which directly affect the Company's diluted earnings per share, as applicable. These limitations are best addressed by considering the economic effects of the excluded items independently, and by considering Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share in conjunction with diluted earnings per share as calculated in accordance with GAAP.

2.

Diluted earnings per share and Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share have been adjusted for the period ended March 31, 2023 to reflect a 2-for-1 forward split of the Company's Class A common stock effected on November 20, 2023.

3.

See definition on previous page

The table below reconciles net cash provided by operating activities to Free Cash Flow for the periods presented.

Three Months Ended

March 31,

(in millions)

2024

2023

Net cash provided by operating activities

$

141

 

$

161

 

Capital expenditures

 

(57

)

 

(63

)

Free Cash Flow1

$

84

 

$

98

 

__________

1.

The Company defines Free Cash Flow as cash from operating activities less cash outlays related to capital expenditures. The Company defines capital expenditures to include purchases of property, plant and equipment and capitalized software. These items are subtracted from cash from operating activities because they represent long-term investments that are required for normal business activities. The Company uses Free Cash Flow as an additional liquidity measure and believes it provides useful information to investors about the cash generated from its core operations that may be available to repay debt, make other investments and return cash to stockholders. There are material limitations to using Free Cash Flow. Free Cash Flow adjusts for cash items that are ultimately within management’s discretion to direct, and therefore, may imply that there is less or more cash that is available than the most comparable GAAP measure. Free Cash Flow is not intended to represent residual cash flow for discretionary expenditures since debt repayment requirements and other non-discretionary expenditures are not deducted. These limitations are best addressed by considering the economic effects of the excluded items independently, and by considering Free Cash Flow in conjunction with net cash provided by operating activities as calculated in accordance with GAAP.

 

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FAQ

What were UL Solutions' Q1 2024 revenue results?

UL Solutions reported a revenue of $670 million for Q1 2024, a 6.5% increase compared to Q1 2023.

How much did UL Solutions' net income increase in Q1 2024?

Net income for UL Solutions increased by 3.4% to $60 million in Q1 2024.

What was UL Solutions' adjusted EBITDA for Q1 2024?

UL Solutions' adjusted EBITDA for Q1 2024 was $131 million, an increase of 18%.

How did UL Solutions' Consumer segment perform in Q1 2024?

The Consumer segment's revenue increased by 4% to $286 million, with adjusted EBITDA growing by 66.7% to $35 million.

What was UL Solutions' free cash flow in Q1 2024?

Free cash flow for UL Solutions in Q1 2024 was $84 million.

What is UL Solutions' 2024 revenue growth outlook?

UL Solutions expects mid-single-digit steady constant currency organic revenue growth for 2024.

When did UL Solutions complete its IPO?

UL Solutions completed its upsized initial public offering on April 12th, 2024.

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