Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (JEC - Free Report) reported better-than-expected results in third-quarter fiscal 2019 (ended Jun 28, 2019). Notably, the company lifted its earnings and adjusted EBITDA guidance for fiscal 2019, given continuous innovation, solid project execution and diversification into new high-margin growth opportunities. Consequently, the stock gained more than 3% in the pre-market trading session post the earnings release.
The company reported adjusted earnings per share (EPS) of $1.40, surpassing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.25 by 12%. The upsurge was driven by accelerated CH2M cost savings and prudent strategy execution.
Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise
Segmental Performance Drives Revenues
During the reported quarter, Jacobs’ revenues came in at $3.17 billion, surpassing the consensus mark of $3.15 billion by 0.7%. The improvement was driven by healthy segmental businesses and the KeyW acquisition. Backlog as of Jun 28, 2019 totaled $22.5 billion, up 8% from $19.8 billion reported in the comparable year-ago period.
Jacobs reports revenues under two segments — Aerospace, Technology and Nuclear (ATN); and Buildings, Infrastructure and Advanced Facilities (BIAF).
Revenues from the Aerospace, Technology and Nuclear segment of $1,156.5 million (representing 36.5% of total revenues) increased 13.2% year over year. Backlog at the end of the quarter was roughly $8.5 billion, up 18.3% year over year.
Revenues from the Buildings, Infrastructure and Advanced Facilities segment totaled $2,013.1 million, increasing 5.3% year over year and accounting for 63.5% of revenues in the quarter under review. Backlog at the end of the quarter was roughly $14 billion, up 10.4% year over year.
In the quarter under review, adjusted gross profit increased 2.9% year over year to $628.6 million. Adjusted selling, general and administrative expenses — which grew 2% from the prior-year quarter to $395.8 million — represented 12.5% of its total revenues. Adjusted operating margin contracted 70 basis points to 8.8% in the quarter.
Balance Sheet and Cash Flow
At the end of the fiscal third quarter, Jacobs had cash and cash equivalents of $998.2 million, up from $634.9 million at fiscal 2018-end. Long-term debt balance decreased to $1.25 billion at the end of the quarter from $2.14 billion at fiscal 2018-end.
In the fiscal third quarter, the company used cash in operating activities of $165.1 million compared with cash provided by operations of $214.7 million a year ago.
2019 View Up
Jacobs now expects fiscal 2019 pro-forma EPS in the range of $4.75-$5.00, up from prior expectation of $4.45-$4.85. Jacobs also increased the lower end of its adjusted EBITDA guided range to $0.965-$1 billion from $0.92-$1 billion expected earlier.
Zacks Rank & Peer Releases
Currently, Jacobs 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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