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January 11, 2013
10:23 EDTJEC, FLR, KBRFluor, Jacobs decline after competitor cuts guidance
Shares of engineering and construction companies Fluor (FLR) and Jacobs Engineering Group (JEC) are falling after one of their competitors, KBR (KBR), lowered its fiscal 2012 earnings per share guidance. KBR now expects its fiscal 2012 EPS to be $1.95-$2.10 excluding a goodwill charge for the third quarter, down from its previous forecast of $2.60-$2.80. The company also forecast that its fiscal 2013 EPS will be $2.45-$2.90, below analysts' consensus estimate of $2.96. KBR blamed the reduction in its 2012 guidance on project charges it expects to take for its Minerals and U.S. Construction businesses, along with higher than expected labor costs. The company expects its business to strengthen in the second half of 2013 as existing projects continue to advance. In mid-morning trading, Fluor dropped 1.44% to $61.73, Jacobs Engineering slid 1.15% to $44.67, and KBR tumbled 8.13% to $29.40.
News For FLR;JEC;KBR From The Last 14 Days
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October 6, 2015
07:46 EDTJECJacobs wins $390M EPCM contract from Nippon Shokubai Europe
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07:45 EDTJECJacobs Engineering awarded lean contract for Network Rail in U.K.
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September 30, 2015
17:26 EDTJECJacobs Engineering awarded contract from IKEA centers in Italy
Jacobs Engineering was selected by IKEA Centers to perform project and construction management services for a new shopping center in Roncadelle, Italy. The project consists of the construction of a two-level shopping center, fully integrated with the existing IKEA store. The new shopping center is scheduled to open in 2016.
September 28, 2015
09:07 EDTFLRFluor signs three year agreement with Sasol
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September 24, 2015
11:18 EDTFLRFluor management to meet with Sterne Agee CRT
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10:39 EDTFLR, KBRAxiom says sell Caterpillar before company cuts guidance, jobs
The shares of heavy machinery maker Caterpillar (CAT) are tumbling after the company reduced its revenue guidance and announced that it would lay off 4,000-5,000 of its employees between now and the end of 2016. The company said it could lay off up to 10,000 employees by 2018. Before the news was announced, research firm Axiom initiated coverage of Caterpillar with a Sell rating, saying that the company will probably face "operating income headwinds." WHAT'S NEW: Caterpillar reduced its fiscal 2015 revenue guidance to $48B from $49B. Analysts' consensus estimate was $48.8B. Additionally, the company expects its revenue to drop 5% in fiscal 2016 versus fiscal 2015. Caterpillar expects to reduce its annual total costs by $1.5B, the heavy machinery maker said, noting that it anticipates that it will pay about $2B in pre-tax charges related to the layoffs. ANALYST CALL: Axiom analyst Gordon Johnson II initiated Caterpillar with a Sell rating, saying that the company appears to carry "Russian roulette risk." The company's Resources and Energy and Transportation units generate the highest margins for Caterpillar but are currently struggling, Johnson said. Consequently, the company will probably "face operating income headwinds" as its revenue mix deteriorates, the analyst stated. In 2016, Caterpillar's earnings per share is likely to drop to $2.79, Johnson warned, versus analysts' consensus estimate of $4.53 prior to today's announcement. Moreover, after analyzing the SEC filings of Caterpillar's subsidiary, CAT Financial, Johnson believes that "the company is using debt to fund sales (where revenue is recognized) between itself and wholly-owned foreign (subsidiaries)." Citing a May 2013 letter between Caterpillar and the SEC, Johnson says that the agency has noticed this phenomenon, limiting Caterpillar's ability to employ similar methods during the current downturn. He set a $28 price target on the stock. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other heavy machinery makers include Komatsu (KMTUY), Deere (DE) and AGCO (AGCO). Like Caterpillar, Joy Global (JOY) makes mining equipment. Fluor (FLR) and KBR (KBR) build major infrastructure projects. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Caterpillar sank 6.7% to $65.53, while Joy Global and Deere each dropped about 4%.
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