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KBR Nabs $640M Contract for NASA Missions, Lifts Backlog

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KBR, Inc. (KBR - Free Report) has nabbed a Ground Systems and Mission Operations-3 (GSMO-3) contract to support NASA on their critical missions.

This five-year contract, valued at $640 million, entitles KBR to support more than 10 NASA exploration missions. The scope of work for KBR under this indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract includes systems engineering, facility engineering, launch and early orbit support as well as flight operations and dynamics.

In connection with the latest award, Stuart Bradie, KBR president and CEO, said, “This long-term collaboration further enhances our promise to advance the future of spaceflight, and we look forward to working with the incredible people at Goddard to expand our knowledge of Earth and beyond."

KBR secured this contract following its support on NASA's Ground Systems and Mission Operations-2 (GSMO-2) contract. As part of this follow-on contract, KBR will uphold a wide range of concept and operation studies, formulation development, sustainment engineering, and decommissioning.

KBR, one of the world's largest human spaceflight support organizations, operates at 11 NASA centers and facilities.

Solid Backlog: A Boon

KBR’s solid backlog level of $14.97 billion (as of Dec 31, 2021) highlights its underlying strength. This was backed by a solid contract-winning spree, strong project execution, and impressive performance from its government and technology businesses. Nearly 84% of the backlog represents work in Government Solutions. The majority of these are long-term reimbursable service annuity-type contracts with significantly lower risks than some of the other projects.

Government Solutions generated revenues of $6.1 billion in fiscal 2021, reflecting a 52% increase from 2020 (36% organic). The growth is attributable to organic growth delivered across each government business. Government Solutions booked $12.63 billion of backlog at 2021-end, up from $12.66 billion at 2020-end.

Share Price Performance

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KBR’s solid prospects are backed by continuous contract wins, strong project execution, backlog level, and potential government as well as technology businesses. KBR’s shares have gained 11.6% year to date, outperforming the Zacks Engineering - R and D Services industry’s 6% rise.

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