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Revenue
(in billions)

bar chart showing WM’s revenue from 2020 to 2021.

Revenue exceeded $17 billion.

Adjusted Income from Operations1
(in billions)

bar chart showing WM’s Adjusted Income from Operations from 2020 to 2021.

We experienced another year of strong and consistent adjusted income from operations.

Adjusted Operating Margin1, 2
(percent)

bar chart showing WM’s Adjusted Operating Margin from 2020 to 2021.

Cost management efforts contributed to solid adjusted operating margin result.

Adjusted EPS1

bar chart showing WM’s Adjusted EPS from 2020 to 2021.

Adjusted earnings per share topped $4.

Free Cash Flow1
(in billions)

bar chart showing WM’s Free Cash Flow from 2020 to 2021.

Free cash flow remained strong.

Adjusted Operating EBITDA1, 3
(in billions)

bar chart showing WM’s Adjusted Operating EBITDA from 2020 to 2021.

Adjusted operating EBITDA increased 16.4%

Adjusted Operating EBITDA Margin1, 3
(percent)

bar chart showing WM’s Adjusted Operating EBITDA Margin from 2020 to 2021.

Maintained strong adjusted operating EBITDA margin performance.

Cash Dividends
(In millions)

bar chart showing WM’s Cash Dividends from 2020 to 2021.

Cash dividends paid to shareholders increased 4.6%.

Share Repurchases
(In millions)

bar chart showing WM’s Share Repurchases from 2020 to 2021.
  • 1 Non-GAAP measures. See below for additional information and a link to reconciliations of these measures.
  • 2 Adjusted Operating Margin is calculated by dividing Adjusted Income from Operations by Revenue, before rounding.
  • 3 Operating EBITDA is defined as income from operations before depreciation and amortization.

Non-GAAP Measures

Adjusted Income from Operations, Adjusted Operating Margin, Adjusted Operating EBITDA, Adjusted Operating EBITDA Margin, and Adjusted Earnings Per Diluted Share (Adjusted EPS) exclude certain items affecting comparability of our results and are not defined by generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). We believe that non-GAAP measures provide useful information to investors by excluding items the company does not believe reflect our fundamental business performance and/or are not representative or indicative of our results of operations.

Free Cash Flow is also a non-GAAP measure. We discuss Free Cash Flow because we believe it is indicative of the company’s ability to pay its quarterly dividends, repurchase common stock, fund acquisitions and other investments and, in the absence of refinancing, repay its debt obligations. However, the use of Free Cash Flow as a liquidity measure has material limitations because it excludes certain expenditures that are required or that the company has committed to, such as declared dividend payments and debt service requirements. The company defines Free Cash Flow as net cash provided by operating activities, less capital expenditures, plus proceeds from divestitures of businesses and other assets (net of cash divested).

Non-GAAP measures should not be considered a substitute for financial measures presented in accordance with GAAP. Operating EBITDA and Free Cash Flow may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies. For quantitative reconciliations of non-GAAP measures to the most comparable measure calculated in accordance with GAAP, please see the financial tables accompanying WM’s press release dated February 1, 2022, announcing full-year 2021 earnings and comparisons to 2020.

Revenue
(in Billions)
2020 $15.2
2021 $17.9

Revenue exceeded $17 billion.

Adjusted Income from Operations1
(in billions)
2020 $2.65
2021 $3.03

We experienced another year of strong and consistent adjusted income from operations.

1 Non-GAAP measures. See below for additional information and a link to reconciliations of these measures.

Adjusted Operating Margin1, 2
(percent)
2020 17.4%
2021 16.9%

Cost management efforts contributed to solid adjusted operating margin result.

1 Non-GAAP measures. See below for additional information and a link to reconciliations of these measures.

2 Adjusted Operating Margin is calculated by dividing Adjusted Income from Operations by Revenue, before rounding.

Adjusted EPS1
2020 $4.03
2021 $4.84

Adjusted earnings per share topped $4.

1 Non-GAAP measures. See below for additional information and a link to reconciliations of these measures.

Free Cash Flow1
(in billions)
2020 $2.66
2021 $2.53

Free cash flow remained strong.

1 Non-GAAP measures. See below for additional information and a link to reconciliations of these measures.

Adjusted Operating EBITDA1, 3
(in billions)
2020 $4.32
2021 $5.03

Adjusted operating EBITDA increased 16.4%

1 Non-GAAP measures. See below for additional information and a link to reconciliations of these measures.

3 Operating EBITDA is defined as income from operations before depreciation and amortization.

Adjusted Operating EBITDA Margin1, 3
(percent)
2020 28.4%
2021 28.1%

Maintained strong adjusted operating EBITDA margin performance.

1 Non-GAAP measures. See below for additional information and a link to reconciliations of these measures.

3 Operating EBITDA is defined as income from operations before depreciation and amortization.

Cash Dividends
(in millions)
2020 $927
2021 $970

Cash dividends paid to shareholders increased 4.6%.

Share Repurchases
(in millions)
2020 $402
2021 $1,350