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Primoris (PRIM) Wins Heavy Civil Deals, Aids Renewables Unit

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Primoris Services Corporation’s (PRIM - Free Report) Energy/Renewables unit has secured two heavy civil contracts from the Texas Department of Transportation. The two contracts, on a combined basis, are worth $32 million.

Shares of this specialty contractor company have gained 1.87% during the trading session on Dec 7, 2021.

The first contract enables Primoris to construct a section of highway SL 121 in Bell County, TX. The project is scheduled to start in first-quarter 2022 and is slated for completion in second-quarter 2024.

With the second contract, Primoris will replace a bridge in Harris County, TX. The work is scheduled to start in first-quarter 2022, with completion expected in second-quarter 2023.

Energy/Renewables’ Continuous Contract Win: A Boon

Recently, Primoris received two heavy civil contracts from the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development for a combined value of $520 million. These Gulf Coast projects will aid the Energy/Renewables segment’s backlog. Per the first contract, Primoris will construct a section of highway on LA 3241 for more than $60 million. The second contract, valued at $460 million, is related to constructing a section of elevated highway on LA 1. While work on the LA 3241 is expected to commence in fourth-quarter 2021 and be completed in second-quarter 2023, the same on LA 1 is likely to begin in first-quarter 2022 and end in fourth-quarter 2027.

Also, it received two solar contracts for engineering, procurement, and construction of a utility-scale solar facility in Southwest and Midwest for more than $120 million. Again, PRIM received a contract for engineering, procurement and construction of a thermal power project worth $100 million. The segment secured this contract to offer the above-mentioned services to a 200-MW thermal power in two different locations in the Southwest.

Although shares of this Zacks Rank #5 (Strong Sell) company have underperformed the Zacks Building Products - Heavy Construction industry year to date (YTD), the company has been benefiting from solid performance across the two segments — Utility and Energy/Renewables.

Biden administration’s renewable energy drive is expected to boost the growth of companies like Primoris. It is to be noted that solar projects continue to drive the Energy/Renewables segment. This segment’s revenues increased 11% and gross margin increased 150 basis points year over year owing to greater renewable energy activity during third-quarter 2021.

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