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June 19, 2014
10:48 EDTCBI, JEC, KBR, FLRKBR declines after 'disappointing' unexpected quarterly losses
Shares of engineering, construction and services company KBR (KBR) are falling after the firm reported that it will undertake a strategic review of its business following "disappointing" first quarter losses. WHAT'S NEW: KBR reported a Q1 loss per share of (29c), while analysts had forecast earnings per share of 38c. The company's Q1 revenue of $1.6B missed the consensus estimate of $1.77B. KBR's recently appointed CEO, Stuart Bradie, called the overall results for the quarter "disappointing" and said that they were impacted by losses at its Service segment's pipe fabrication and module assembly facility in Canada and on two U.S. construction projects, as well as underperformance in its IGP business. Bradie said its Hydrocarbons, and especially the firm's Gas Monetization segments, continued their strong performance during the quarter. KBR is set to undergo an in-depth strategic review of its businesses to evaluate how the company can best address the markets it serves. Once completed, KBR will provide an update to the market and expects to resume its previous practice of providing earnings guidance. Looking forward, Bradie explained that the firm's market position "remains strong" with a good pipeline of early stage front end engineering design and engineering procurement and construction opportunities throughout the world. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On April 9, KBR appointed Bradie president and CEO of the company effective June 2. Bradie succeeded William Utt, who retired. On May 30, KBR announced that it has completed the previously announced restatement of its financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2013. KBR announced at that time that it was amending its unaudited financial statements as of September 30, 2013, and its unaudited quarterly data for the quarter ended December 31, 2013. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the engineering and construction sector include Chicago Bridge & Iron (CBI), Fluor (FLR), and Jacobs Engineering (JEC). PRICE ACTION: During morning trading, KBR fell $2.63, or 10%, to $23.69.
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March 5, 2015
08:05 EDTCBIChicago Bridge & Iron awarded $60M storage tank contract in Kuwait
CB&I has been awarded a contract valued at approximately $60M by JGSK JV, a joint venture between JGC Corp., GS E&C and SK E&C. The project scope includes the engineering, procurement, fabrication and construction of 39 storage tanks and 2 spheres for the Clean Fuel Project, a major initiative of Kuwait National Petroleum Company to upgrade and expand two existing KNPC refineries.
March 3, 2015
10:01 EDTKBROn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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07:48 EDTJECJacobs Engineering announces $300M in total contracts over past six months
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05:48 EDTKBRKBR downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies
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February 27, 2015
07:08 EDTKBRKBR sees FY15 EPS ex-items $1.07-$1.22, consensus $1.16
2015 is expected to be a transition year for KBR as the company implements its strategy to focus on the global hydrocarbons and international government services markets. KBR will continue its efforts to exit non-strategic businesses and to reduce operating costs. The company also plans to continue efforts to obtain negotiated resolutions of ongoing commercial disputes and will continue to defend against unjustified claims. KBR currently forecasts 2015 legal costs associated with legacy U.S. Government contracts to range from $18M-$25M. Excluding these legacy-related costs, the company expects 2015 fully diluted EPS to be in the range of $1.07-$1.22.
07:07 EDTKBRKBR reports Q4 EPS ($8.57), may not compare to consensus 21c
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February 25, 2015
16:28 EDTFLRFluor wins natural gas development contract in Brazil
Fluor's CFPS Engenharia e Projetos, S.A., consortium with Construcap Engenharia e Comércio was awarded an engineering and design contract by exploration and production company Parnaíba Gás Natural for a natural gas field development project in the Parnaiba Basin in Maranhão state in Brazil. Fluor booked its share of the contract for an undisclosed value in Q1.
11:02 EDTCBIChicago Bridge & Iron gaps up, runs higher, following earnings
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07:12 EDTCBIChicago Bridge & Iron guidance cut less than feared, says Deutsche Bank
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February 24, 2015
18:15 EDTCBIOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:12 EDTCBIChicago Bridge & Iron sees 2015 EPS $5.55-$6.05, consensus $5.63
Sees 2015 revenue $14.4B-$15.2B, consensus $14.35B. The company said, "We project less than 5 percent of our revenue from new bookings could be affected by timing risks associated with lower oil prices. Accordingly, we think it is prudent to marginally adjust our guidance to revenue of $14.4 billion - $15.2 billion and earnings per share of $5.55 - $6.05."
16:11 EDTCBIChicago Bridge & Iron reports Q4 adjusted EPS $1.47, consensus $1.44
Reports Q4 revenue $3.37B, consensus $3.43B.
07:46 EDTJECJacobs Engineering awarded contract from Bristol-Myers
Jacobs Engineering Group (JEC) announced that it received a contract from Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (BMY) to provide architectural and engineering services for a new large-scale biologics manufacturing facility in Cruiserath, County Dublin, Ireland. The facility is being designed to produce multiple therapies for the company’s robust and growing portfolio of approved and investigational biologic medicines, and to increase Bristol-Myers Squibb’s biologics manufacturing capacity. The new facility is expected to include multiple large scale bioreactors, a purification area, as well as office and laboratory space. Bristol-Myers Squibb’s Board of Directors has approved initial funding that will support the first phase of the project, with the full cost of the facility expected to be finalized in the second half of 2015. The facility is estimated to be operational in 2019.
07:25 EDTJECRW Baird to hold a conference
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February 23, 2015
13:50 EDTCBIChicago Bridge & Iron February weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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08:37 EDTCBIChicago Bridge & Iron price target lowered to $57 from $82 at Cowen
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February 20, 2015
09:37 EDTKBRKBR awarded ammonia plant EPC contract
KBR announced that it has executed an EPC contract with Yara International and BASF Group's new joint production company to provide ammonia synthesis licensed technology and engineering, procurement and construction to build a world-scale ammonia plant at BASF's site in Freeport, Texas. Expected revenue from the contract will be included in Q1 backlog for KBR's Engineering and Construction segment.

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