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June 4, 2014
04:55 EDTPRIM, PRIM, DY, DY, HIL, HIL, BWC, BWC, TPC, TPC, UNTK, UNTK, FLR, FLR, WG, WG, JEC, JEC, MDR, MDR, KBR, KBRCredit Suisse to hold a conference
2014 Engineering and Construction Conference to be held in New York on June 4-5.
News For KBR;MDR;JEC;WG;FLR;UNTK;TPC;BWC;HIL;DY;PRIM From The Last 14 Days
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July 7, 2015
09:16 EDTMDRMcDermott signs long term EPCI agreement with Saudi Aramco
McDermott announced it has been selected by Saudi Aramco as one of the winners of a global competition for a new Long Term Agreement for future brownfield work in various fields in offshore Saudi Arabia. The LTA, which was signed on June 10, 2015, at Saudi Aramco headquarters in Saudi Arabia, establishes the terms and conditions by which McDermott can bid on future engineering, procurement, construction and installation, or EPCI, opportunities in various fields in offshore Saudi Arabia. The signing is the second LTA between McDermott and Saudi Aramco. Currently, McDermott executes work under an existing LTA with Saudi Aramco, which has been in place since June 28, 2007.
07:32 EDTPRIMPrimoris announced underground award valued at over $10M
Primoris Services announced a new underground award valued in excess of $10M for a midstream customer. The contract was secured by Primoris’ Rockford Corporation, part of the West Construction Services segment. The award is for a new natural gas pipeline in Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania. The project consists of 6.8 miles of 16” diameter natural gas pipeline in the Marcellus shale region. Construction is scheduled to start in the third quarter of 2015 and is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2015.
July 6, 2015
11:20 EDTHILHill International receives $8M contract from Maryland Aviation Administration
Hill International announced that it has received an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity, ID/IQ, contract from the Maryland Aviation Administration to provide construction management and inspection services on various projects at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport and Martin State Airport. The six-year contract has an estimated value to Hill of approximately $8M.
08:12 EDTKBRKBR announces two new strategic business agreements with BCP
KBR announced that it has agreed to enter into two new partnerships with Bernhard Capital Partners, or BCP. The first agreement will establish a new, equally owned and managed company, Brown & Root Industrial Services. KBR's Industrial Services Americas, part of the Engineering & Construction Business Group, will become part of the company and will continue to offer maintenance services, turnarounds and small capital expenditure projects. The company will also comprise of WINK Engineering, a BCP portfolio company specializing in maintenance engineering design services to the refining, chemical/petrochemical, and bulk storage terminal industries. Brown & Root Industrial Services will be headquartered in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. In addition to this partnership, EPIC Piping, a BCP portfolio company, plans to acquire KBR's Canadian pipe fabrication facility. KBR will become a minority limited partner in EPIC Piping and will enter into an alliance agreement that will give KBR access to EPIC's world class pipe fabrication facilities in Louisiana & Texas. KBR expects to receive approximately $32M in net cash proceeds from the two transactions which are expected to close prior to year end.
July 1, 2015
17:40 EDTFLRFluor selected for six-year position on AFCAP IV
Fluor announced today that the Air Force Installation Contracting Agency awarded the company and its joint venture partner, AMEC Foster Wheeler, a position on the Air Force Contract Augmentation Program IV, or AFCAP IV, for six years beginning October 1. As one of eight companies selected for a position on the AFCAP IV indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract, Fluor-AMEC II, LLC, is now eligible to compete for specific task orders with a combined value not to exceed $5 billion during the contract period of performance. AFCAP IV task orders are intended to provide base life support services, engineering and logistics support worldwide to the Air Force and other Department of Defense and U.S. federal agencies.
15:07 EDTDYDycom upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson
13:05 EDTDYOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street remain higher at midday but off their best levels, which were achieved shortly after the open. The strength is being largely attributed to hopes for a resolution to the Greek crisis, but the move was also supported by better than expected domestic data on employment, construction and manufacturing. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., ADP reported the addition of 237,000 private sector jobs in June, versus expectations for 218,000 job additions. Markit's manufacturing purchasing managers' index for June came in at 53.6, narrowly topping the 53.4 forecast. ISM's manufacturing index rose to 53.5 in June, topping May's 52.8 reading and the 53.2 consensus forecast. Construction spending rose 0.8% in May, versus the expected growth of 0.5%. In China, manufacturing PMI's came in short of expectations. The HSBC/Markit PMI slipped to a final 49.4 in June from the flash reading of 49.6 reading, while the official manufacturing PMI fell to 50.1 in June from 50.9 in May. In Europe, Greece officially missed its $1.7B payment to the International Monetary Fund, becoming the first developed country to do so. The Financial Times then reported the Greek government was indicating it was willing to make concessions that get it much closer to creditor demands. The new proposal for budget cuts and policy overhauls from Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras was dismissed by European officials, however, and uncertainty remains high surrounding the next steps in Europe. COMPANY NEWS: In a blockbuster deal in the insurance industry, ACE Limited (ACE) agreed to acquire Chubb (CB) in a transaction valued in excess of $28B in cash and stock. ACE said it expects that the deal will be immediately accretive to EPS and book value, and by year three, the transaction will be accretive to EPS on a double-digit basis and will be accretive to ROE. The combined company is expected to be the number one global Property and Casualty insurance company by P&C underwriting income and the number two U.S. public P&C insurer by market cap. ACE shares advance 2% following the deal announcement, while Chubb surged 29%... General Motors (GM) reported its U.S. sales fell 3% in June compared to the same month of last year, while Ford (F) said its sales grew 1.6% last month compared to last year. FCA US, the parent of the Chrysler and Jeep brands, reported U.S. sales increased 8% compared with sales in June 2014. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Schnitzer Steel (SCHN), which rose 14% after BofA Merrill Lynch upgraded the shares two notches to Buy from Underperform and raised its price target to $21, saying it believes scrap pricing should be nearing a trough with stability expected ahead. Also higher were shares of Dycom (DY), which gained 7% after the company raised its fourth quarter guidance for both earnings and revenue and announced a $40M stock repurchase program. Among the noteworthy losers was Chambers Street Properties (CSG), which fell 8% after announcing a merger agreement with Gramercy Property Trust (GPT), whose shares also slipped 3% following the announcement of the stock-for-stock transaction. Also lower were shares of Peabody Energy (BTU), which dropped 24% after cutting its second quarter guidance on Tuesday night. The company sees its adjusted EPS below its original target due to multiple factors, including flash flood events in June and price drops in Australian metallurgical coal. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 88.42, or 0.5%, to 17,707.93, the Nasdaq was up 13.01, or 0.26%, to 4,999.88, and the S&P 500 was up 8.62, or 0.42%, to 2,071.73.
08:01 EDTDYDycom authorizes additional $40M stock repurchase program
Dycom has authorized an additional $40Mto repurchase shares of Dycom's outstanding common stock. The stock repurchases are authorized to be made over the next 18 months. The company has substantially completed its previously authorized share repurchases having bought $39.3M of shares out of the previously authorized $40M. As of June 30, the company had approximately 33.8M shares of common stock outstanding.
07:58 EDTDYDycom raises Q4 EPS to 79c-87c from 74c-82c, consensus 78c
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June 30, 2015
09:14 EDTFLRFluor selected as preferred bidder to manage, operate Canadian Nuclear Labs
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08:02 EDTJECJacobs Engineering in Joint Venture for Melbourne metro rail project contract
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June 29, 2015
10:09 EDTBWCOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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08:03 EDTBWCBabcock & Wilcox initiated with an Overweight at KeyBanc
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07:22 EDTBWCBWX Technologies would be M&A fit for Huntington Ingalls, says Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank noted that the planned spin-off of BWX Technologies (BWXT) from Babcock & Wilcox (BWC) is scheduled to be completed this week on July 1, stating that it believes the spun off company is likely to attract the attention of strategic players such as Huntington Ingalls (HII) and General Dynamics (GD). The firm thinks the potential M&A fit looks "most striking" for Huntington and estimates that a deal multiple could reach 10-11X the about $300M in EBITDA at BWX Technologies, which would likely be "worth the stretch" for the shipbuilder.

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