Fluor Corporation (FLR - Free Report) reported earnings of 81 cents per share in second-quarter 2018, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 69 cents by 17.4%. The reported earnings also improved from 72 cents per share recorded in the year-ago period.
Second-quarter revenues came in at $4,883.8 million, surpassing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $4,510 million and were also up 3.6% year over year. The upsurge in revenues from Mining, Industrial, Infrastructure & Power, as well as Government and Diversified Services more than offset the revenue decline at Energy & Chemicals segments.
Revenues from the Energy & Chemicals segment were down 6.3% year over year to $2,014.5 million. In the reported quarter, the segment booked new awards of $493 million. Backlog at the end of quarter amounted to 12.4 billion compared with $18 billion a year ago.
Mining, Industrial, Infrastructure & Power segment's revenues recorded growth of 13.5% year over year to $1,339.5 million. New awards came in at $3.6 billion, including the South Flank iron ore replacement mine for BHP in Australia and Los Angeles International Airport Automated People Mover project. Backlog for the segment at the end of the quarter was $12.4 billion compared with $12.6 billion a year ago.
Revenues at the Government segment soared 16% year over year to $863.4 million. The business received new awards of $742 million in the quarter, including task orders for LOGCAP IV in Afghanistan. Quarter-end backlog was $2.3 billion compared with $4.1 billion a year ago.
Diversified Services revenues increased 3.9% to $666.4 million on a year-over-year basis. The segment’s new awards came in at $513 million. Quarter-end backlog was $2.2 billion compared with $2.9 billion a year ago.
New Awards & Backlog
In the reported quarter, Fluor's total new awards recorded an increase of 68.5% to $5.4 billion on a year-over-year basis.
At the end of the reported quarter, consolidated backlog was $29.3 billion, down from $37.6 billion in the year-ago quarter. That said, the reported backlog was up from $29.1 billion in the preceding quarter. Notably, the company registered an increase in backlog in the second quarter for the first time since 2016. The company expects the improved momentum to continue through the remaining of 2018.
Liquidity & Share Repurchases
As of Jun 30, 2018, Fluor had cash and marketable securities (including non-current) of $1,783.1 million, down from $2,078.8 million on Dec 31, 2017. Long-term debt at the end of second-quarter 2018 decreased to $1,575.4 million from $1,591.6 million as of Dec 31, 2017.
2018 Guidance Reaffirmed
For 2018, it currently expects earnings per share in the range of $2.10-$2.50.
Fluor’s leading position in nuclear remediation at the government facilities bodes well for future growth. The company anticipates an increase in front-end engineering awards moving ahead, which is also expected to boost growth. Moreover, its investment projects, particularly the LNG projects in North America, including the LNG Canada project for Shell, chemical facilities as well as pipeline projects in the United States, are encouraging.
The company enjoys a solid track record of receiving awards and management remains optimistic about continuation of this trend in the future as well, which is expected to drive growth.
Currently, Fluor carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.
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