Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (JEC - Free Report) reported second-quarter fiscal 2019 (ended Mar 29, 2019) results, wherein earnings and revenues missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 2.5% and 1.4%, respectively.
This construction and technical services company’s earnings from continuing operations of $1.19 per share increased 37% year over year. The upsurge was mainly attributable to strong revenues and margins.
Segmental Performance Drives Revenues
In the quarter under review, Jacobs’ revenues totaled $3,091.6 million, reflecting healthy growth of 37% from the year-ago level. The improvement was driven by healthy segmental businesses.
Backlog at the end of the fiscal second quarter was $20.7 billion, increasing 7.5% year over year.
ECR Sale & KeyW Buyout
On Apr 26, Jacobs completed the sale of its Energy, Chemicals and Resources (“ECR”) business unit to Australia’s WorleyParsons Ltd., as it intends to focus more on “highest-margin growth businesses”.
Meanwhile, on Apr 22, Jacobs announced that the company intends to acquire KeyW. This deal is in line with Jacobs' Aerospace, Technology and Nuclear (“ATN”) transformational strategy of delivering innovative and unique, mission-oriented solutions for highly technical and high consequence government priorities. The transaction positions Jacobs as a leader in high-value Government Services.
Jacobs now reports revenues under two segments — Aerospace, Technology, Environmental and Nuclear (ATN); and Buildings, Infrastructure and Advanced Facilities (BIAF).
Revenues from the Aerospace, Technology, Environmental and Nuclear segment of $1,059.5 million increased 14.7% year over year and represented 34.3% of its total revenues in the reported quarter. Backlog at the end of the quarter was roughly $7.3 billion, up 1.5% year over year.
Revenues from the Buildings, Infrastructure and Advanced Facilities segment of $2,032.1 million increased 4.4% year over year and accounted for 65.7% of revenues in the quarter under review. Backlog at the end of the quarter was roughly $13.4 billion, up 11.1% year over year.
In the quarter under review, Jacobs’ adjusted gross profit increased 2% year over year to $613.5 million. Adjusted selling, general and administrative expenses, which declined 8.2% to $391.8 million, represented 12.7% of the total revenues, decreasing from 14.9% recorded a year ago.
Adjusted operating margin expanded 110 basis points to 7.2% in the quarter.
Balance Sheet and Cash Flow
At fiscal second quarter-end, Jacobs’ cash and cash equivalents were $674.5 million, up from $634.9 million at the end of fiscal 2018. Long-term debt balance increased to $2.84 billion at the end of the quarter from $2.14 billion at fiscal 2018-end.
2019 View Up
The company now expects fiscal 2019 pro-forma EPS in the range of $4.45-$4.85 (assuming full-year ECR results), up from prior expectation of $4.40-$4.80. Jacobs continues to expect full-year adjusted EBITDA between $920 million and $1 billion (excluding ECR).
Zacks Rank & Other Stocks to Consider
Jacobs currently carries a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy).
Other top-ranked stocks from the Zacks Construction sector include EMCOR Group, Inc. (EME - Free Report) , AECOM (ACM - Free Report) and Quanta Services, Inc. (PWR - Free Report) . While EMCOR sports a Zacks Rank #1, the other two stocks carry a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). You can the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.
EMCOR’s earnings per share are expected to increase 11% in 2019.
AECOM surpassed estimates in all the trailing four quarters, with the average being 3.7%.
Quanta Services has an expected earnings growth rate of 25.3% for 2019.
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