Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. ( J Quick Quote J - Free Report) shares inched up 0.29% on Jun 15 after it announced a two-year extension (April 2022 to March 2024) for the existing Stations Services Agreement (SSA). EDF Nuclear Generation, the operator of the U.K.'s nuclear power plants, valued the contract extension at more than $3 million. Per the contract, Jacobs will be the prime contractor to deliver flagship projects. It will support the safe operation and maintenance of the advanced gas-cooled reactor (AGR) stations, which account for approximately 17% of the country's electricity output. Jacobs’ Energy, Security & Technology’s senior vice president, Karen Wiemelt, stated, "We will assist EDF in maximizing emission-free generation from these vital national assets for the remainder of their operating lives, supporting the transition to a net-zero economy, and follow-on transition toward defueling and decommissioning." Solid Project Execution to Drive Growth
Jacobs is witnessing accelerated demand for infrastructure, water, environment, space, broadband, cybersecurity and life sciences consulting services. Efficient project execution has been a primary factor driving Jacobs’ performance over the last few quarters. The company’s solid backlog level is a testimony to this fact.
At fiscal second quarter-end, it reported a backlog of $27.8 billion, up 8.7% year over year. This reflects persistent solid demand for Jacobs' consulting services. Of this backlog, CMS accounted for $10.5 billion, up from $9.78 billion reported a year ago. The upside provided strong visibility into the base business. P&PS backlog at quarter-end was $16.96 billion, up from $15.5 billion a year ago. Image Source: Zacks Investment Research
Although J’s shares have underperformed the Zacks
Engineering - R and D Services industry this year, 2022 earnings estimates have moved up in the past two months, reflecting 13.2% year-over-year growth. The trend is expected to continue in the near term, courtesy of its solid results for the first half of fiscal 2022. Zacks Rank & Key Picks
Currently, Jacobs carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). You can see
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