Fluor Corporation (FLR - Free Report) announced that the U.S. Department of Energy or DOE will extend its contract of the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve (“SPR”) through March 2024. Fluor initiated management and operation work on the SPR in April 2014 and will book the $2-billion contract extension value in the third quarter of 2018.
In 2013, Fluor Federal Petroleum Operations was selected by the U.S. Department of Energy to manage and operate the SPR. Now, the latest contract extension entails Fluor to continue supporting DOE in the execution of the SPR’s life extension engineering and construction initiatives.
Established after the 1973-74 oil embargo, the SPR is the world's prime supply of emergency crude oil situated along the Gulf of Mexico. The federally-owned oil stocks are stored in 63 underground salt caverns in four locations in Louisiana and Texas. Notably, the U.S. President can only decide to withdraw crude oil from the SPR.
Streak of Deal Wins Back Government Business
In July, Fluor’s marine propulsion business, Fluor Marine Propulsion LLC, secured a contract from the U.S. Navy for naval nuclear propulsion work at the Naval Nuclear Laboratory. The contract is worth $1.22 billion and incorporates options, which if exercised, would bring the cumulative estimated value of this contract to $13.1 billion.
The company’s Government segment, accounting for almost 18% of total revenues, has been performing well courtesy of a solid track record of contracts. Over the past few quarters, major wins in the government business have allowed Fluor to expand its long-term recurring revenue opportunities.
Revenues at the Government segment soared 16% year over year to $863.4 million in the second quarter of 2018. The business received new awards of $742 million in the quarter, including task orders for LOGCAP IV in Afghanistan. The company’s quarter-end backlog was $2.3 billion.
Share Price Performance
Shares of Fluor, a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold) stock, have gained 11.6% year to date, while its industry has lost 6.1%. The company has been able to maintain consistent performance banking on its market diversity, a key strength that helps it mitigate the cyclicality of markets wherein it operates. The company’s strategy of maintaining a good business portfolio mix permits it to focus on more stable business markets and capitalize on developing the cyclical markets at suitable times.
Stocks to Consider
Some better-ranked stocks in the construction sector are Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (JEC - Free Report) , KBR, Inc. (KBR - Free Report) and Gates Industrial Corporation plc (GTES - Free Report) , each carrying a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.
Jacobs surpassed earnings estimates in each of the trailing four quarters, delivering an average positive surprise of 15.4%.
KBR has a three-five year expected earnings per share growth rate of 8.8%.
Gates Industrial’s 2018 earnings are expected to increase 42.2%.
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