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Great Lakes Wins Multiple Dredging Contracts Worth $117.8M

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Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation (GLDD - Free Report) has won multiple dredging contracts valued at $117.8 million in a bid to protect and maintain the United States’ environment, coastlines, as well as infrastructure.

The Mississippi River, Baton Rouge to Gulf Head of Passes project (worth $44.9 million) work includes disposal of material excavated from the Hopper Dredge Disposal Area, which will be used for marsh creation at the West Bay site. The contract work will begin this December and is likely to be completed in fourth-quarter 2021.

The Brigantine Inlet to Great Egg Harbor Inlet, Absecon Island, and Atlantic County Beach Renourishment project — worth $24 million — involves the placement of sand at Atlantic City, Ventnor, Margate and Northport beach locations within New Jersey. The project work is expected to begin in third-quarter 2020 and likely to be completed next January.

The third project named South Ponte Vedra and Vilano Beach Coastal Storm Risk Management is based in Florida and is expected to be completed in the spring of 2021. The work includes dredging of sand from the St. Augustine Inlet Flood Shoal and placing them over three miles of beach, which will be used as a shield against future storms, beach erosion and sea level rise.

The Wilmington Harbor Inner Ocean Bar Maintenance Dredging is the fourth contract and is estimated to be completed in first-quarter 2021. The work includes dredging of the Inner Ocean Bar segment of the shipping channel, and placement of material for coastal protection and beach renourishment on Bald Head Island.

The fifth contract — which is projected to be completed by 2020 — is a Sabine-Neches Waterway, Texas Maintenance Dredging project. The scope of work involves maintenance dredging from the Sabine Pass Channel, Sabine Jetty Channel Outer Bar and Outer Bank Channels with material disposal within four Offshore Material Disposal Sites.

The Delaware River to Chesapeake Bay Inland Waterway Maintenance project is the last award that involves maintenance dredging from the Inland Waterway C&D Canal in Upper Chesapeake Bay. Work on this project is anticipated to be completed in fourth-quarter 2020.

U.S. Dredging Operation Bodes Well

Great Lakes — which shares space with MasTec, Inc. (MTZ - Free Report) , North American Construction Group Ltd. (NOA - Free Report) and EMCOR Group, Inc. (EME - Free Report) in the same industry — is the largest provider of dredging services in the United States. The company mainly banks on strong domestic dredging operations, high equipment utilization, solid project execution and savings from restructuring.

However, planned dry dockings of certain vessels impacted the business in the last reported quarter. Its second-quarter revenues declined 9.1% year over year due to lower foreign, coastal protection, and rivers and lakes contribution. Shares of this Zacks Rank #3 (Hold) company have underperformed the industry in the past three months.

Nonetheless, the domestic bid market remained strong in the second quarter with $428.6 million in total project bids, of which Great Lakes won $92.5 million comprising capital, maintenance and coastal protection projects. Also, it won $63.4 million in project work and an additional $32 million in low bids pending award.

We believe the company’s strong bidding ability and project execution will boost its future performance. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2020 earnings is currently pegged at $1.06, indicating a 23.3% year-over-year improvement.

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