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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549

FORM 10-Q
 
QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the Quarterly Period Ended March 31, 2021
OR 
TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
Commission file number: 001-11625
Pentair plc
(Exact name of Registrant as specified in its charter)
Ireland98-1141328
(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation or organization)(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)
Regal House, 70 London Road, Twickenham,London, TW13QSUnited Kingdom
(Address of principal executive offices)
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: 44-74-9421-6154

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
Title of each classTrading Symbol(s)Name of each exchange on which registered
Ordinary Shares, nominal value $0.01 per sharePNRNew York Stock Exchange
Indicate by check mark whether the Registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the Registrant was required to file such reports) and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.  Yes No
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§223.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit such files).  Yes No
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, smaller reporting company or an emerging growth company. See definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer,” “smaller reporting company” and “emerging growth company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act. 
Large accelerated filerAccelerated filerNon-accelerated filerSmaller reporting
company
Emerging growth
company
If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act.
Indicate by check mark whether the Registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act). Yes No

On March 31, 2021, 166,201,692 shares of Registrant’s common stock were outstanding.


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PART I FINANCIAL INFORMATION
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PART II OTHER INFORMATION
ITEM 1.
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PART I FINANCIAL INFORMATION

ITEM 1.    FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
Pentair plc and Subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Income (Unaudited)
Three months ended
In millions, except per-share dataMarch 31,
2021
March 31,
2020
Net sales$865.9 $710.0 
Cost of goods sold550.7 458.4 
Gross profit315.2 251.6 
Selling, general and administrative expenses136.6 131.9 
Research and development expenses21.5 19.0 
Operating income157.1 100.7 
Other expense:
Net interest expense5.1 6.9 
Other expense0.4 1.2 
Income from continuing operations before income taxes 151.6 92.6 
Provision for income taxes20.5 19.9 
Net income from continuing operations 131.1 72.7 
Loss from discontinued operations, net of tax(2.5) 
Net income$128.6 $72.7 
Comprehensive income, net of tax
Net income$128.6 $72.7 
Changes in cumulative translation adjustment(20.7)(37.8)
Changes in market value of derivative financial instruments, net of tax 17.0 39.1 
Comprehensive income$124.9 $74.0 
Earnings (loss) per ordinary share
Basic
Continuing operations$0.79 $0.43 
Discontinued operations(0.02) 
Basic earnings per ordinary share $0.77 $0.43 
Diluted
Continuing operations$0.78 $0.43 
Discontinued operations(0.01) 
Diluted earnings per ordinary share $0.77 $0.43 
Weighted average ordinary shares outstanding
Basic166.2 167.8 
Diluted167.7 168.7 
See accompanying notes to condensed consolidated financial statements.
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Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets (Unaudited)
 March 31,
2021
December 31,
2020
In millions, except per-share data
Assets
Current assets
Cash and cash equivalents$95.0 $82.1 
Accounts receivable, net of allowances of $8.0 and $8.4, respectively
566.4 367.5 
Inventories429.1 420.0 
Other current assets118.0 105.5 
Total current assets1,208.5 975.1 
Property, plant and equipment, net293.4 301.2 
Other assets
Goodwill2,367.2 2,392.2 
Intangibles, net315.5 325.9 
Other non-current assets199.5 202.8 
Total other assets2,882.2 2,920.9 
Total assets$4,384.1 $4,197.2 
Liabilities and Equity
Current liabilities
Accounts payable$297.1 $245.1 
Employee compensation and benefits101.0 117.0 
Other current liabilities425.8 410.4 
Total current liabilities823.9 772.5 
Other liabilities
Long-term debt932.4 839.6 
Pension and other post-retirement compensation and benefits101.2 102.0 
Deferred tax liabilities101.4 107.4 
Other non-current liabilities231.4 269.4 
Total liabilities2,190.3 2,090.9 
Commitments and contingencies (Note 16)
Equity
Ordinary shares $0.01 par value, 426.0 authorized, 166.2 and 166.1 issued at March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively
1.7 1.7 
Additional paid-in capital1,676.6 1,680.7 
Retained earnings726.5 631.2 
Accumulated other comprehensive loss(211.0)(207.3)
Total equity 2,193.8 2,106.3 
Total liabilities and equity$4,384.1 $4,197.2 
See accompanying notes to condensed consolidated financial statements.
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Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (Unaudited)
 Three months ended
In millionsMarch 31,
2021
March 31,
2020
Operating activities
Net income $128.6 $72.7 
Loss from discontinued operations, net of tax2.5  
Adjustments to reconcile net income from continuing operations to net cash provided by (used for) operating activities of continuing operations
Equity (income) loss of unconsolidated subsidiaries(0.2)0.5 
Depreciation12.7 11.6 
Amortization7.1 7.6 
Deferred income taxes(2.8)14.0 
Share-based compensation5.6 6.2 
Changes in assets and liabilities, net of effects of business acquisitions
Accounts receivable(202.4)(167.1)
Inventories(12.5)(20.1)
Other current assets(16.6)(13.4)
Accounts payable54.8 (49.9)
Employee compensation and benefits(14.8)(0.8)
Other current liabilities17.7 (22.3)
Other non-current assets and liabilities1.5 (1.4)
Net cash used for operating activities of continuing operations(18.8)(162.4)
Net cash used for operating activities of discontinued operations(0.2) 
Net cash used for operating activities(19.0)(162.4)
Investing activities
Capital expenditures(13.2)(18.7)
Proceeds from sale of property and equipment3.4 0.1 
Acquisitions, net of cash acquired (7.2)
Net cash used for investing activities(9.8)(25.8)
Financing activities
Net borrowings of commercial paper and revolving long-term debt92.4 420.9 
Shares issued to employees, net of shares withheld(0.2)5.2 
Repurchases of ordinary shares(9.6)(115.2)
Dividends paid(33.3)(32.1)
Payments upon the maturity of cross currency swaps(14.7) 
Net cash provided by financing activities34.6 278.8 
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents7.1 (3.8)
Change in cash and cash equivalents12.9 86.8 
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period82.1 82.5 
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period$95.0 $169.3 
See accompanying notes to condensed consolidated financial statements.
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Condensed Consolidated Statements of Changes in Equity (Unaudited)
In millionsOrdinary sharesAdditional paid-in capitalRetained earningsAccumulated
other
comprehensive loss
 Total
NumberAmount
Balance - December 31, 2020166.1 $1.7 $1,680.7 $631.2 $(207.3)$2,106.3 
Net income — — — 128.6 — 128.6 
Other comprehensive loss, net of tax— — — — (3.7)(3.7)
Dividends declared, $0.20 per share
— — — (33.3)— (33.3)
Share repurchases(0.2)— (9.6)— — (9.6)
Exercise of options, net of shares tendered for payment0.1 — 5.2 — — 5.2 
Issuance of restricted shares, net of cancellations0.2 — — — —  
Shares surrendered by employees to pay taxes — (5.3)— — (5.3)
Share-based compensation— — 5.6 — — 5.6 
Balance - March 31, 2021166.2 $1.7 $1,676.6 $726.5 $(211.0)$2,193.8 
In millionsOrdinary sharesAdditional paid-in capitalRetained earningsAccumulated
other
comprehensive loss
 Total
NumberAmount
Balance - December 31, 2019168.3 $1.7 $1,777.7 $401.0 $(226.5)$1,953.9 
Net income— — — 72.7 — 72.7 
Other comprehensive income, net of tax— — — — 1.3 1.3 
Dividends declared, $0.19 per share
— — — (31.6)— (31.6)
Share repurchases(3.0)— (115.2)— — (115.2)
Exercise of options, net of shares tendered for payment0.3 — 8.8 — — 8.8 
Issuance of restricted shares, net of cancellations0.2 — — — —  
Shares surrendered by employees to pay taxes(0.1)— (3.6)— — (3.6)
Share-based compensation— — 6.2 — — 6.2 
Balance - March 31, 2020165.7 $1.7 $1,673.9 $442.1 $(225.2)$1,892.5 
See accompanying notes to condensed consolidated financial statements.
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Notes to condensed consolidated financial statements (unaudited)

1.    Basis of Presentation and Responsibility for Interim Financial Statements
The accompanying unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements of Pentair plc and its subsidiaries (“we,” “us,” “our,” “Pentair,” or the “Company”) have been prepared following the requirements of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) for interim reporting. As permitted under those rules, certain footnotes or other financial information that are normally required by accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“GAAP”) can be condensed or omitted.
We are responsible for the unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements included in this document. The financial statements include all normal recurring adjustments that are considered necessary for the fair presentation of our financial position and operating results. As these are condensed financial statements, one should also read our consolidated financial statements and notes thereto, which are included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020.
Revenues, expenses, cash flows, assets and liabilities can and do vary during each quarter of the year. Therefore, the results and trends in these interim financial statements may not be indicative of those for a full year.

In March 2020, the World Health Organization declared the novel coronavirus 2019 (“COVID-19”) a global pandemic. The COVID-19 pandemic has had and may continue to have an unfavorable impact on certain parts of our business. The broader implications of the COVID-19 pandemic on our business, financial condition and results of operations remain uncertain and will depend on certain developments, including the duration and severity of the COVID-19 pandemic, the impact of virus variants, the rate of vaccinations, the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on our customers and suppliers and the range of governmental and community reactions to the pandemic. We may continue to experience reduced customer demand in certain parts of our business or constrained supply that could materially adversely impact our business, financial condition, results of operations, liquidity and cash flows in future periods.
Our fiscal year ends on December 31. We report our interim quarterly periods on a calendar quarter basis.

2.     Revenue
We disaggregate our revenue from contracts with customers by segment, geographic location and vertical, as we believe these best depict how the nature, amount, timing and uncertainty of our revenue and cash flows are affected by economic factors. Refer to Note 15 for revenue disaggregated by segment.

Geographic net sales information, based on geographic destination of the sale, was as follows:
Three months ended
In millionsMarch 31,
2021
March 31,
2020
U.S.$586.6 $464.0 
Western Europe115.3 103.8 
Developing (1)
105.4 94.5 
Other Developed (2)
58.6 47.7 
Consolidated net sales$865.9 $710.0 
(1) Developing includes China, Eastern Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and Southeast Asia.
(2) Other Developed includes Australia, Canada and Japan.
Vertical net sales information was as follows:
Three months ended
In millionsMarch 31,
2021
March 31,
2020
Residential$571.7 $415.8 
Commercial137.6 141.4 
Industrial156.6 152.8 
Consolidated net sales$865.9 $710.0 
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Notes to condensed consolidated financial statements (unaudited)

Performance obligations
On March 31, 2021, we had $78.4 million of remaining performance obligations on contracts with an original expected duration of one year or more. We expect to recognize the majority of our remaining performance obligations on these contracts within the next 12 to 18 months.

Contract assets and liabilities
Contract assets and liabilities consisted of the following:
In millionsMarch 31,
2021
December 31,
2020
$ Change% Change
Contract assets$53.7 $50.1 $3.6 7.2 %
Contract liabilities29.9 27.5 2.4 8.7 %
Net contract assets$23.8 $22.6 $1.2 5.3 %

The $1.2 million increase in net contract assets from December 31, 2020 to March 31, 2021 was primarily the result of timing of milestone payments and impact of foreign currency fluctuations. Approximately 45% of our contract liabilities at December 31, 2020 were recognized in revenue in the first quarter of 2021. There were no impairment losses recognized on our contract assets for the three months ended March 31, 2021.

3.Acquisitions
On April 19, 2021, as part of our Consumer Solutions reporting segment, we entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the assets of Ken’s Beverage, Inc. for total consideration of approximately $80.0 million in cash, subject to customary adjustments. The transaction is anticipated to be completed in the second quarter of 2021, subject to customary closing conditions.

In 2020, our Consumer Solutions reporting segment completed acquisitions with purchase prices totaling $58.0 million in cash, net of cash acquired.

The pro forma impact of these acquisitions is not material.

4.Share Plans
Total share-based compensation expense for the three months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020 was as follows:
Three months ended
In millionsMarch 31,
2021
March 31,
2020
Restricted stock units$3.4 $3.2 
Stock options0.9 1.0 
Performance share units1.3 2.0 
Total share-based compensation expense$5.6 $6.2 

In the first quarter of 2021, we issued our annual share-based compensation grants under the Pentair plc 2020 Share and Incentive Plan to eligible employees. The total number of awards issued was approximately 0.7 million, of which 0.3 million were restricted stock units (“RSUs”), 0.3 million were stock options and 0.1 million were performance share units (“PSUs”). The weighted-average grant date fair value of the RSUs, stock options and PSUs issued was $55.42, $12.88, and $52.57, respectively.

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Notes to condensed consolidated financial statements (unaudited)
We estimated the fair value of each stock option award issued in the annual share-based compensation grant using a Black-Scholes option pricing model, modified for dividends and using the following assumptions:
 2021
Annual Grant
Risk-free interest rate0.37 %
Expected dividend yield1.56 %
Expected share price volatility29.60 %
Expected term (years)6.5
These estimates require us to make assumptions based on historical results, observance of trends in our share price, changes in option exercise behavior, future expectations and other relevant factors. If other assumptions had been used, share-based compensation expense, as calculated and recorded under the accounting guidance, could have been affected. We based the expected life assumption on historical experience as well as the terms and vesting periods of the options granted. For purposes of determining expected share price volatility, we considered a rolling average of historical volatility measured over a period approximately equal to the expected option term. The risk-free interest rate for periods that coincide with the expected life of the options is based on the United States (“U.S.”) Treasury Department yield curve in effect at the time of grant.

5.Restructuring
During the three months ended March 31, 2021 and the year ended December 31, 2020, we initiated and continued execution of certain business restructuring initiatives aimed at reducing our fixed cost structure and realigning our business, including the reduction in headcount of approximately 25 and 175 employees, respectively.
Restructuring-related costs within Selling, general and administrative expenses in the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Income included the following: 
Three months ended
In millionsMarch 31,
2021
March 31,
2020
Severance and related costs$0.9 $2.7 
Other0.2  
Total restructuring costs$1.1 $2.7 

Other restructuring costs primarily consist of asset impairment and various contract termination costs.

Restructuring costs by reportable segment were as follows:
Three months ended
In millionsMarch 31,
2021
March 31,
2020
Consumer Solutions$0.5 $0.6 
Industrial & Flow Technologies0.5 0.9 
Other0.1 1.2 
Consolidated$1.1 $2.7 

Activity related to accrued severance and related costs recorded in Other current liabilities in the Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets is summarized as follows for the three months ended March 31, 2021: 
In millionsMarch 31,
2021
Beginning balance$15.2 
Costs incurred0.9 
Cash payments and other(3.3)
Ending balance$12.8 
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6.Earnings Per Share
Basic and diluted earnings per share were calculated as follows:
Three months ended
In millions, except per-share dataMarch 31,
2021
March 31,
2020
Net income$128.6 $72.7 
Net income from continuing operations
$131.1 $72.7 
Weighted average ordinary shares outstanding
Basic166.2 167.8 
Dilutive impact of stock options, restricted stock units and performance share units
1.5 0.9 
Diluted167.7 168.7 
Earnings (loss) per ordinary share
Basic
Continuing operations$0.79 $0.43 
Discontinued operations(0.02) 
Basic earnings per ordinary share$0.77 $0.43 
Diluted
Continuing operations$0.78 $0.43 
Discontinued operations(0.01) 
Diluted earnings per ordinary share$0.77 $0.43 
Anti-dilutive stock options excluded from the calculation of diluted earnings per share
0.3 2.0 
7.Accounts Receivable
All trade receivables are reported on our Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets at the outstanding principal amount adjusted for any allowance for credit losses and write-offs, net of recoveries. We record an allowance for credit losses, reducing our receivables balance to an amount we estimate is collectible from our customers. Estimates used in determining the allowance for credit losses are based on current trends, aging of accounts receivable, periodic credit evaluations of our customers’ financial condition, and historical collection experience as well as reasonable and supportable forecasts of future economic conditions. Write-offs are recorded at the time all collection efforts have been exhausted. We generally do not require collateral. We review our allowance for credit losses on a quarterly basis.
In millionsMarch 31,
2021
December 31,
2020
Beginning balance$8.4 $10.3 
Bad debt expense (benefit) (1)
0.1 (0.4)
Write-offs, net of recoveries(0.3)(1.6)
Other (2)
(0.2)0.1 
Ending balance$8.0 $8.4 
(1) The bad debt benefit for the year-ended December 31, 2020 includes the positive impact related to the adoption of ASU No. 2016-13
    “Financial Instruments-Credit Losses.”
(2) Other amounts are primarily the effects of changes in currency translation and the impact of allowance for credits.
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8.    Supplemental Balance Sheet Information
In millionsMarch 31,
2021
December 31,
2020
Inventories
Raw materials and supplies$225.5 $218.7 
Work-in-process66.9 67.2 
Finished goods136.7 134.1 
Total inventories$429.1 $420.0 
Other current assets
Cost in excess of billings$53.7 $50.1 
Prepaid expenses59.6 48.5 
Prepaid income taxes1.7 3.8 
Other current assets3.0 3.1 
Total other current assets$118.0 $105.5 
Property, plant and equipment, net
Land and land improvements$35.4 $35.9 
Buildings and leasehold improvements189.4 195.4 
Machinery and equipment587.1 589.7 
Capitalized software81.9 79.9 
Construction in progress52.2 47.8 
Total property, plant and equipment946.0 948.7 
Accumulated depreciation and amortization652.6 647.5 
Total property, plant and equipment, net$293.4 $301.2 
Other non-current assets
Right-of-use lease assets$81.2 $83.6 
Deferred income taxes27.5 27.4 
Deferred compensation plan assets22.5 22.6 
Other non-current assets68.3 69.2 
Total other non-current assets$199.5 $202.8 
Other current liabilities
Dividends payable$33.2 $33.2 
Accrued warranty41.4 37.0 
Accrued rebates and incentives122.3 122.0 
Billings in excess of cost23.6 22.5 
Current lease liability22.4 22.1 
Income taxes payable29.1 14.6 
Accrued restructuring12.8 15.2 
Other current liabilities141.0 143.8 
Total other current liabilities$425.8 $410.4 
Other non-current liabilities
Long-term lease liability$61.3 $65.1 
Income taxes payable44.9 44.8 
Self-insurance liabilities42.7 42.0 
Deferred compensation plan liabilities22.5 22.6 
Foreign currency contract liabilities32.4 69.6 
Other non-current liabilities27.6 25.3 
Total other non-current liabilities$231.4 $269.4 
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9.Goodwill and Other Identifiable Intangible Assets
The changes in the carrying amount of goodwill by reportable segment were as follows:
In millionsDecember 31,
2020
Purchase Accounting AdjustmentsForeign currency 
translation/other 
March 31,
2021
Consumer Solutions$1,580.5 $1.5 $(5.1)$1,576.9 
Industrial & Flow Technologies811.7  (21.4)790.3 
Total goodwill$2,392.2 $1.5 $(26.5)$2,367.2 
Identifiable intangible assets consisted of the following:
 March 31,
2021
December 31,
2020
In millionsCostAccumulated
amortization
NetCostAccumulated
amortization
Net
Definite-life intangibles
Customer relationships$430.3 $(309.4)$120.9 $435.9 $(308.1)$127.8 
Proprietary technology and patents46.8 (30.0)16.8 46.9 (29.4)17.5 
Total definite-life intangibles477.1 (339.4)137.7 482.8 (337.5)145.3 
Indefinite-life intangibles
Trade names177.8 — 177.8 180.6 — 180.6 
Total intangibles$654.9 $(339.4)$315.5 $663.4 $(337.5)$325.9 
Identifiable intangible asset amortization expense was $7.1 million and $7.6 million for the three months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020, respectively.
Estimated future amortization expense for identifiable intangible assets during the remainder of 2021 and the next five years is as follows:
 Q2 - Q4     
In millions202120222023202420252026
Estimated amortization expense$16.7 $16.0 $13.7 $13.2 $13.2 $11.9 
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10.Debt
Debt and the average interest rates on debt outstanding were as follows: 
In millionsAverage interest rate as of March 31, 2021Maturity
Year
March 31,
2021
December 31,
2020
Revolving credit facilities1.207%2023$128.5 $36.1 
Term loans1.182%2023200.0 200.0 
Senior notes - fixed rate (1)
5.000%2021103.8 103.8 
Senior notes - fixed rate (1)
3.150%202288.3 88.3 
Senior notes - fixed rate (1)
4.650%202519.3 19.3 
Senior notes - fixed rate (1)
4.500%2029400.0 400.0 
Unamortized debt issuance costs and discountsN/AN/A(7.5)(7.9)
Total debt$932.4 $839.6 
(1) Senior notes are guaranteed as to payment by Pentair plc.
Pentair, Pentair Finance S.à r.l (“PFSA“) and Pentair, Inc. are parties to a credit agreement (the “Senior Credit Facility”), with Pentair as guarantor and PFSA and Pentair, Inc. as borrowers, providing for a $900.0 million senior unsecured revolving credit facility. The Senior Credit Facility has a maturity date of April 25, 2023. Borrowings under the Senior Credit Facility bear interest at a rate equal to an adjusted base rate or the London Interbank Offered Rate, plus, in each case, an applicable margin. The applicable margin is based on, at PFSA’s election, Pentair’s leverage level or PFSA’s public credit rating.
The Senior Credit Facility provides for the extension of term loans in an aggregate amount of $200.0 million (the “Term Loans”). The Term Loans are in addition to the revolving credit facility commitment. In addition, PFSA has the option to further increase the Senior Credit Facility in an aggregate amount of up to $300.0 million, through a combination of increases to the total commitment amount of the revolving credit facility and/or one or more tranches of term loans in addition to the Term Loans, subject to customary conditions, including the commitment of the participating lenders.
PFSA is authorized to sell short-term commercial paper notes to the extent availability exists under the Senior Credit Facility. PFSA uses the Senior Credit Facility as back-up liquidity to support 100% of commercial paper outstanding. PFSA had no commercial paper outstanding as of March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020.
In 2020, the commercial paper market began to experience high levels of volatility due to uncertainty related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The volatility impacted both market access to and pricing of commercial paper. As a cost mitigation action, we withdrew our credit ratings to access the commercial paper market and continued to use the revolving credit facility, along with cash generated from operations, to fund our general operations. As of March 31, 2021, total availability under the Senior Credit Facility was $771.5 million.
Our debt agreements contain various financial covenants, but the most restrictive covenants are contained in the Senior Credit Facility. The Senior Credit Facility contains covenants requiring us not to permit (i) the ratio of our consolidated debt (net of our consolidated unrestricted cash in excess of $5.0 million but not to exceed $250.0 million) to our consolidated net income (excluding, among other things, non-cash gains and losses) before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization and non-cash share-based compensation expense (“EBITDA”) on the last day of any period of four consecutive fiscal quarters to exceed 3.75 to 1.00 (the “Leverage Ratio”) and (ii) the ratio of our EBITDA to our consolidated interest expense, for the same period to be less than 3.00 to 1.00 as of the end of each fiscal quarter. For purposes of the Leverage Ratio, the Senior Credit Facility provides for the calculation of EBITDA giving pro forma effect to certain acquisitions, divestitures and liquidations during the period to which such calculation relates.
In addition to the Senior Credit Facility, we have various other credit facilities with an aggregate availability of $21.4 million, of which there were no outstanding borrowings at March 31, 2021. Borrowings under these credit facilities bear interest at variable rates.

We have $103.8 million aggregate principal amount of fixed rate senior notes maturing in the next twelve months. We classified this debt as long-term as of March 31, 2021 as we have the intent and ability to refinance such obligation on a long-term basis under the Senior Credit Facility.
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Debt outstanding, excluding unamortized issuance costs and discounts, at March 31, 2021 matures on a calendar year basis as follows:
 Q2 - Q4       
In millions202120222023202420252026ThereafterTotal
Contractual debt obligation maturities
$103.8 $88.3 $328.5 $ $19.3 $ $400.0 $939.9 
11.Derivatives and Financial Instruments
Derivative financial instruments
We are exposed to market risk related to changes in foreign currency exchange rates. To manage the volatility related to this exposure, we periodically enter into a variety of derivative financial instruments. Our objective is to reduce, where it is deemed appropriate to do so, fluctuations in earnings and cash flows associated with changes in foreign currency exchange rates. The derivative contracts contain credit risk to the extent that our bank counterparties may be unable to meet the terms of the agreements. The amount of such credit risk is generally limited to the unrealized gains, if any, in such contracts. Such risk is minimized by limiting those counterparties to major financial institutions of high credit quality.
Foreign currency contracts
We conduct business in various locations throughout the world and are subject to market risk due to changes in the value of foreign currencies in relation to our reporting currency, the U.S. dollar. We manage our economic and transaction exposure to certain market-based risks through the use of foreign currency derivative financial instruments. Our objective in holding these derivatives is to reduce the volatility of net earnings and cash flows associated with changes in foreign currency exchange rates. The majority of our foreign currency contracts have an original maturity date of less than one year.

At March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020, we had outstanding foreign currency derivative contracts with gross notional U.S. dollar equivalent amounts of $11.7 million and $12.4 million, respectively. The impact of these contracts on the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Income was not material for any period presented.

Cross Currency Swaps
At March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020, we had outstanding cross currency swap agreements with a combined notional amount of $823.6 million and $855.1 million, respectively. The agreements are accounted for as either cash flow hedges, to hedge foreign currency fluctuations on certain intercompany debt, or as net investment hedges to manage our exposure to fluctuations in the Euro-U.S. Dollar exchange rate. We had deferred foreign currency losses of $16.0 million and $32.8 million at March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively, in Accumulated other comprehensive loss associated with our cross currency swap activity. The periodic interest settlements related to our cross currency swap agreements are classified as operating activities. The cash flows that relate to principal balances are classified as financing activities for the cash flow hedges on intercompany debt and investing activities for the net investment hedges.

In January 2021, one of our cross currency swap agreements which was accounted for as a cash flow hedge matured, resulting in a net cash payment of $14.7 million. The net cash payment is included within financing activities on the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows.
Fair value measurements
Fair value is defined as the price that would be received to sell an asset or paid to transfer a liability in an orderly transaction between market participants at the measurement date. Assets and liabilities measured at fair value are classified using the following hierarchy, which is based upon the transparency of inputs to the valuation as of the measurement date:
Level 1:  Valuation is based on observable inputs such as quoted market prices (unadjusted) for identical assets or liabilities in active markets.
Level 2:  Valuation is based on inputs such as quoted market prices for similar assets or liabilities in active markets or other inputs that are observable for the asset or liability, either directly or indirectly, for substantially the full term of the financial instrument.
Level 3:  Valuation is based upon other unobservable inputs that are significant to the fair value measurement.
In making fair value measurements, observable market data must be used when available. When inputs used to measure fair value fall within different levels of the hierarchy, the level within which the fair value measurement is categorized is based on the lowest level input that is significant to the fair value measurement.
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Fair value of financial instruments
The following methods were used to estimate the fair values of each class of financial instruments: 
short-term financial instruments (cash and cash equivalents, accounts and notes receivable, accounts and notes payable and variable-rate debt) — recorded amount approximates fair value because of the short maturity period;
long-term fixed-rate debt, including current maturities — fair value is based on market quotes available for issuance of debt with similar terms, which are inputs that are classified as Level 2 in the valuation hierarchy defined by the accounting guidance;
foreign currency contract agreements — fair values are determined through the use of models that consider various assumptions, including time value, yield curves, as well as other relevant economic measures, which are inputs that are classified as Level 2 in the valuation hierarchy defined by the accounting guidance; and
deferred compensation plan assets (mutual funds, common/collective trusts and cash equivalents for payment of certain non-qualified benefits for retired, terminated and active employees) — fair value of mutual funds and cash equivalents are based on quoted market prices in active markets that are classified as Level 1 in the valuation hierarchy defined by the accounting guidance; fair value of common/collective trusts are valued at net asset value (“NAV”), which is based on the fair value of the underlying securities owned by the fund and divided by the number of shares outstanding.
The recorded amounts and estimated fair values of total debt, excluding unamortized issuance costs and discounts, were as follows:
March 31,
2021
December 31,
2020
In millionsRecorded
Amount
Fair
Value
Recorded
Amount
Fair
Value
Variable rate debt$328.5 $328.5 $236.1 $236.1 
Fixed rate debt611.4 673.8 611.4 695.4 
Total debt$939.9 $1,002.3 $847.5 $931.5 
Financial assets and liabilities measured at fair value on a recurring and nonrecurring basis were as follows:
 March 31, 2021
In millionsLevel 1Level 2Level 3NAVTotal
Recurring fair value measurements
Foreign currency contract liabilities$ $(32.4)$ $ $(32.4)
Deferred compensation plan assets12.0   10.5 22.5 
Total recurring fair value measurements$12.0 $(32.4)$ $10.5 $(9.9)
 December 31, 2020
In millionsLevel 1Level 2Level 3NAVTotal
Recurring fair value measurements
Foreign currency contract liabilities$ $(69.6)$ $ $(69.6)
Deferred compensation plan assets 12.2   10.4 22.6 
Total recurring fair value measurements$12.2 $(69.6)$ $10.4 $(47.0)
12.Income Taxes
We manage our affairs so that we are centrally managed and controlled in the United Kingdom (“U.K.”) and therefore have our tax residency in the U.K. The provision for income taxes consists of provisions for the U.K. and international income taxes. We operate in an international environment with operations in various locations outside the U.K. Accordingly, the consolidated income tax rate is a composite rate reflecting the earnings in the various locations and the applicable rates.
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The effective income tax rate for the three months ended March 31, 2021 was 13.5%, compared to 21.5% for the three months ended March 31, 2020. We continue to actively pursue initiatives to reduce our effective tax rate. The tax rate in any quarter can be affected positively or negatively by adjustments that are required to be reported in the specific quarter of resolution.
The liability for uncertain tax positions was $46.7 million and $46.3 million at March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively. We record penalties and interest related to unrecognized tax benefits in Provision for income taxes and Net interest expense, respectively, on the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Income, which is consistent with our past practices.
13.Benefit Plans
Components of net periodic benefit expense for our pension plans for the three months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020 were as follows:
Three months ended
In millionsMarch 31,
2021
March 31,
2020
Service cost$0.7 $0.8 
Interest cost0.5 0.7 
Expected return on plan assets(0.1)(0.2)
Net periodic benefit expense$1.1 $1.3 

Components of net periodic benefit expense for our other post-retirement plans for the three months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020 were not material.

14.Shareholders’ Equity
Share repurchases
In May 2018, the Board of Directors authorized the repurchase of our ordinary shares up to a maximum dollar limit of $750.0 million (the “2018 Authorization”). The 2018 authorization expires on May 31, 2021. In December 2020, the Board of Directors authorized the repurchase of our ordinary shares up to a maximum dollar limit of $750.0 million (the “2020 Authorization”). The 2020 Authorization expires on December 31, 2025. The 2020 Authorization supplements the 2018 Authorization.

During the three months ended March 31, 2021, we repurchased 0.2 million of our ordinary shares for $9.6 million under the 2018 Authorization. As of March 31, 2021, we had $90.1 million and $750.0 million available for share repurchases under the 2018 Authorization and 2020 Authorization, respectively.

Dividends payable
On February 16, 2021, the Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.20, payable on May 7, 2021 to shareholders of record at the close of business on April 23, 2021. As a result, the balance of dividends payable included in Other current liabilities on our Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets was $33.2 million at both March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020.
15.Segment Information
We evaluate performance based on net sales and segment income (loss) and use a variety of ratios to measure performance of our reporting segments. These results are not necessarily indicative of the results of operations that would have occurred had each segment been an independent, stand-alone entity during the periods presented. Segment income (loss) represents equity income of unconsolidated subsidiaries and operating income exclusive of intangible amortization, certain acquisition related expenses, costs of restructuring activities, impairments and other unusual non-operating items.
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Financial information by reportable segment is as follows:
Three months ended
In millionsMarch 31,
2021
March 31,
2020
Net sales
Consumer Solutions$521.4 $388.8 
Industrial & Flow Technologies344.1 320.9 
Other0.4 0.3 
Consolidated$865.9 $710.0 
Segment income (loss)
Consumer Solutions$131.0 $84.8 
Industrial & Flow Technologies50.0 44.7 
Other(16.6)(18.0)
Consolidated$164.4 $111.5 
The following table presents a reconciliation of consolidated segment income to consolidated income from continuing operations before income taxes:
Three months ended
In millionsMarch 31,
2021
March 31,
2020
Segment income$164.4 $111.5 
Deal-related costs and expenses(0.7)(0.4)
Restructuring and other(1.5)(2.4)
Intangible amortization(7.1)(7.6)
COVID-19 related costs and expenses(0.2)(0.9)
Legal accrual adjustments2.4 — 
Net interest expense(5.1)(6.9)
Other expense(0.6)(0.7)
Income from continuing operations before income taxes$151.6 $92.6 
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16.Commitments and Contingencies
Legal proceedings
We have been, and in the future may be, made parties to a number of actions filed or have been, and in the future may be, given notice of potential claims relating to the conduct of our business, including those relating to commercial, regulatory or contractual disputes with suppliers, authorities, customers or parties to acquisitions and divestitures, intellectual property matters, environmental, asbestos, safety and health matters, product liability, the use or installation of our products, consumer matters, and employment and labor matters.
While we believe that a material impact on our consolidated financial position, results of operations or cash flows from any such future claims or potential claims is unlikely, given the inherent uncertainty of litigation, a remote possibility exists that a future adverse ruling or unfavorable development could result in future charges that could have a material adverse impact. We do and will continue to periodically reexamine our estimates of probable liabilities and any associated expenses and receivables and make appropriate adjustments to such estimates based on experience and developments in litigation. As a result, the current estimates of the potential impact on our consolidated financial position, results of operations and cash flows for the proceedings and claims described in the notes to our consolidated financial statements could change in the future.
Environmental matters
We have been named as defendant, target or a potentially responsible party in a number of environmental clean-ups relating to our current or former business units. Accruals for environmental matters are recorded on a site-by-site basis when it is probable that a liability has been incurred and the amount of the liability can be reasonably estimated, based on current law and existing technologies. It can be difficult to estimate reliably the final costs of investigation and remediation due to various factors. In our opinion, the amounts accrued are appropriate based on facts and circumstances as currently known. As of March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020, our recorded reserves for environmental matters were not material.
Product liability claims
We are subject to various product liability lawsuits and personal injury claims. A substantial number of these lawsuits and claims are insured and accrued for by Penwald, our captive insurance subsidiary. Penwald records a liability for these claims based on actuarial projections of ultimate losses. For all other claims, accruals covering the claims are recorded, on an undiscounted basis, when it is probable that a liability has been incurred and the amount of the liability can be reasonably estimated based on existing information. The accruals are adjusted periodically as additional information becomes available. We have not experienced significant unfavorable trends in either the severity or frequency of product liability lawsuits or personal injury claims.
Warranties and guarantees
In connection with our disposition of businesses or product lines, we may agree to indemnify purchasers for various potential liabilities relating to the sold business, such as pre-closing tax, product liability, warranty, environmental, or other obligations. The subject matter, amounts and duration of any such indemnification obligations vary for each type of liability indemnified and may vary widely from transaction to transaction.

Generally, the maximum obligations under such indemnifications are not explicitly stated and as a result, the overall amount of these obligations cannot be reasonably estimated. Historically, we have not made significant payments for these indemnifications. We believe that if we were to incur a loss in any of these matters, the loss would not have a material adverse effect on our financial position, results of operations or cash flows.
We recognize, at the inception of a guarantee, a liability for the fair value of the obligation undertaken in issuing the guarantee. In connection with the disposition of the Valves & Controls business, we agreed to indemnify Emerson Electric Co. for certain pre-closing tax liabilities. We have recorded a liability representing the fair value of our expected future obligation for this matter.
We provide service and warranty policies on our products. Liability under service and warranty policies is based upon a review of historical warranty and service claim experience. Adjustments are made to accruals as claim data and historical experience warrant.
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The changes in the carrying amount of service and product warranties of continuing operations for the three months ended March 31, 2021 were as follows:
In millionsMarch 31,
2021
Beginning balance$37.0 
Service and product warranty provision15.9 
Payments(11.4)
Foreign currency translation(0.1)
Ending balance$41.4 
Stand-by letters of credit, bank guarantees and bonds
In certain situations, Tyco International Ltd., Pentair Ltd.’s former parent company (“Tyco”), guaranteed performance by the flow control business of Pentair Ltd. (“Flow Control”) to third parties or provided financial guarantees for financial commitments of Flow Control. In situations where Flow Control and Tyco were unable to obtain a release from these guarantees in connection with the spin-off of Flow Control from Tyco, we will indemnify Tyco for any losses it suffers as a result of such guarantees.
In the ordinary course of business, we are required to commit to bonds, letters of credit and bank guarantees that require payments to our customers for any non-performance. The outstanding face value of these instruments fluctuates with the value of our projects in process and in our backlog. In addition, we issue financial stand-by letters of credit primarily to secure our performance to third parties under self-insurance programs.
As of March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020, the outstanding value of bonds, letters of credit and bank guarantees totaled $99.0 million and $99.1 million, respectively.
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ITEM 2.    MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS
Forward-looking Statements
This report contains statements that we believe to be “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements, other than statements of historical fact are forward-looking statements. Without limitation, any statements preceded or followed by or that include the words “targets,” “plans,” “believes,” “expects,” “intends,” “will,” “likely,” “may,” “anticipates,” “estimates,” “projects,” “should,” “would,” “could,” “positioned,” “strategy,” “future” or words, phrases or terms of similar substance or the negative thereof, are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other factors, some of which are beyond our control, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These factors include the overall impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our business; the duration and severity of the COVID-19 pandemic, the impact of virus variants and the rate of vaccinations; actions that may be taken by us, other businesses and governments to address or otherwise mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, including those that may impact our ability to operate our facilities, meet production demands, and deliver products to our customers; the negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the global economy, our customers and suppliers, and customer demand; overall global economic and business conditions impacting our business, including the strength of housing and related markets; demand, competition and pricing pressures in the markets we serve; volatility in currency exchange rates; failure of markets to accept new product introductions and enhancements; the ability to successfully identify, finance, complete and integrate acquisitions; the ability to achieve the benefits of our restructuring plans and cost reduction initiatives; risks associated with operating foreign businesses; the impact of material cost and other inflation; the impact of seasonality of sales and weather conditions; our ability to comply with laws and regulations; the impact of changes in laws, regulations and administrative policy, including those that limit U.S. tax benefits or impact trade agreements and tariffs; the outcome of litigation and governmental proceedings; and the ability to achieve our long-term strategic operating goals. Additional information concerning these and other factors is contained in our filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), including this Form 10-Q and our Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020. All forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this report. Pentair assumes no obligation, and disclaims any obligation, to update the information contained in this report.
Overview
The terms “us,” “we,” “our” or “Pentair” refer to Pentair plc and its consolidated subsidiaries. At Pentair, we believe the health of our world depends on reliable access to clean water. We deliver a comprehensive range of smart, sustainable water solutions to homes, business and industry around the world. Our industry leading and proven portfolio of solutions enables our customers to access clean, safe water, reduce water consumption, and recover and reuse it. Whether it’s improving, moving or helping people enjoy water, we help manage the world’s most precious resource. We are comprised of two reporting segments: Consumer Solutions and Industrial & Flow Technologies. For the first three months of 2021, the Consumer Solutions and Industrial & Flow Technologies segments represented approximately 60% and 40% of total revenues, respectively. We classify our operations into business segments based primarily on types of products offered and markets served:
Consumer Solutions — This segment designs, manufactures and sells energy-efficient residential and commercial pool equipment and accessories, and commercial and residential water treatment products and systems. Residential and commercial pool equipment and accessories include pumps, filters, heaters, lights, automatic controls, automatic cleaners, maintenance equipment and pool accessories. Water treatment products and systems include pressure tanks, control valves, activated carbon products, conventional filtration products, and point-of-entry and point-of-use systems. Applications for our pool business’s products include residential and commercial pool maintenance, repair, renovation, service and construction. Our water treatment products and systems are used in residential whole home water filtration, drinking water filtration and water softening solutions in addition to commercial total water management and filtration in foodservice operations. The primary focus of this segment is business-to-consumer.

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Industrial & Flow Technologies — This segment manufactures and sells a variety of fluid treatment and pump products and systems, including pressure vessels, gas recovery solutions, membrane bioreactors, wastewater reuse systems and advanced membrane filtration, separation systems, water disposal pumps, water supply pumps, fluid transfer pumps, turbine pumps, solid handling pumps, and agricultural spray nozzles, while serving the global residential, commercial and industrial markets. These products and systems are used in a range of applications, fluid delivery, ion exchange, desalination, food and beverage, separation technologies for the oil and gas industry, residential and municipal wells, water treatment, wastewater solids handling, pressure boosting, circulation and transfer, fire suppression, flood control, agricultural irrigation and crop spray. The primary focus of this segment is business-to-business.
COVID-19 Pandemic Update
In March 2020, the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to persist throughout the United States (“U.S.”) and the world, with the continued potential for significant impact. The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in governments around the world implementing stringent measures to help control the spread of the virus, including quarantines, “shelter-in-place” and “stay-at-home” orders, travel restrictions, business curtailments, limits on gatherings, and other measures. In addition, governments and central banks in several parts of the world have enacted fiscal and monetary stimulus measures to counteract the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our businesses generally have been and continue to be considered essential under applicable government-mandated orders which has allowed us to maintain business continuity at substantially all of our manufacturing facilities throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. While our facilities have remained operational during the first quarter of 2021, we continue to experience various degrees of manufacturing cost pressures and inefficiencies as a result of supply chain issues and, in certain businesses, increased demand. Although we regularly monitor the financial health and operations of companies in our supply chain, and use alternative suppliers when necessary and available, financial hardship or government restrictions on our suppliers or sub-suppliers caused by the COVID-19 pandemic could cause a disruption in our ability to obtain raw materials or components required to manufacture our products and adversely affect our operations.

Our Consumer Solutions segment delivered significant growth in the first quarter of 2021 led by continued strength in our pool and residential water treatment businesses. The high level of demand in these businesses continued as consumers invested in their homes and backyards. Demand in our commercial filtration business continued to be negatively impacted as the restaurant and hospitality industries remain slow to recover in Europe due to government restrictions.

Our Industrial & Flow Technologies segment also showed signs of strong growth in the first quarter of 2021 mainly driven by increased volume within our residential and irrigation flow businesses due to high demand in the residential vertical. Demand in our commercial and infrastructure flow businesses remained soft in the first quarter of 2021; however, results improved year over year. In our industrial filtration business, demand is mostly driven by customer capital spending, which continued to be slow to resume across most industries served. While we are preparing for this business to remain under pressure in 2021, we expect long-term demand drivers for this business not to be significantly changed.

We maintain our commitment to protect the health and safety of our employees, customers, and suppliers by continuing our enhanced safety protocols for those on-site at our manufacturing facilities and for those who provide manufacturing-support activities. In addition, employees who do not need to be physically present at our facilities and sites to perform their job responsibilities generally continue to work from home and non-essential business travel remains suspended.
The extent of the COVID-19 pandemic’s effect on our operational and financial performance in the future will depend on future developments, including the duration, geographic location and intensity of the pandemic, the impact of virus variants, the rate of vaccinations, our continued ability to manufacture and distribute our products, as well as any future actions that may be taken by governmental authorities or by us relating to the pandemic. For more information regarding factors and events that may impact our business, results of operations and financial condition as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, see “Risk Factors - Risks Related to the COVID-19 Pandemic” included in Item 1A. “Risk Factors” in our 2020 Annual Report on Form 10-K.


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Key Trends and Uncertainties Regarding Our Existing Business
The following trends and uncertainties affected our financial performance in the first three months of 2021 and/or may impact our results in the future:
There are many uncertainties regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, including the anticipated duration and severity of the pandemic, the spread of increasing numbers of virus variants, the extent of worldwide social, political and economic disruption it may continue to cause and the development and distribution of vaccines to address the COVID-19 virus. The broader implications of the COVID-19 pandemic on our business, financial condition, results of operations and cash flows cannot be determined at this time, and ultimately will be affected by a number of evolving factors including the length of time that the pandemic continues and the impact of vaccines on it, the impact of virus variants, the rate of vaccinations, the pandemic’s effect on the demand for our products and services, our supply chain, and our manufacturing capacity, as well as the impact of governmental regulations imposed in response to the pandemic. See further discussion above under “COVID-19 Pandemic Update” for key trends and uncertainties with regard to the COVID-19 pandemic.
During 2020 and the first quarter of 2021, we executed certain business restructuring initiatives unrelated to the COVID-19 pandemic aimed at reducing our fixed cost structure and realigning our business. We expect these actions to continue throughout the remainder of 2021 and to drive margin growth.
In the first quarter of 2021, we created a transformation office in an effort to accelerate growth and drive margin expansion by leveraging our internal capabilities and reducing complexity. We expect transformation initiatives to occur throughout the remainder of 2021 and beyond and to drive future margin growth.
We have identified specific product and geographic market opportunities that we find attractive and continue to pursue, both within and outside the U.S. We are reinforcing that our businesses more effectively address these opportunities through research and development and additional sales and marketing resources. Unless we successfully penetrate these markets, our core sales growth will likely be limited or may decline.
During the first quarter of 2021, we experienced inflationary increases due to high demand and tight supply of raw materials such as metals, resins and electronics, along with increased logistics costs. While we have taken pricing actions and we strive for productivity improvements that could help offset these increases, supply chain pressures and inflationary increases are expected to continue in the second quarter of 2021 and may continue thereafter and could negatively impact our results of operations.
In 2021, our operating objectives remain to focus on delivering our core while continuing to build out our future. We expect to execute these objectives by:
Delivering revenue growth in our core businesses;
Delivering income and cash by managing price/cost inflation, prioritization of growth investments and addressing the cost structures as necessary;