KBR Beats Expectations But Takes A Step Back Anyway

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KBR (NYS: KBR) reported earnings on Feb. 20. Here are the numbers you need to know.

The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q4), KBR whiffed on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.

Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue dropped. Non-GAAP earnings per share shrank significantly. GAAP earnings per share contracted significantly.


Gross margins grew, operating margins increased, net margins shrank.

Revenue details
KBR reported revenue of $1.87 billion. The 11 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ wanted to see a top line of $2.10 billion on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were the same as the prior-year quarter's.

Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.

EPS details
EPS came in at $0.20. The 10 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted $0.02 per share. Non-GAAP EPS of $0.20 for Q4 were 67% lower than the prior-year quarter's $0.60 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.21 for Q4 were 65% lower than the prior-year quarter's $0.60 per share.

Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.

Margin details
For the quarter, gross margin was 10.7%, 410 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 7.7%, 350 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 1.5%, 290 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $1.98 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.49.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $8.36 billion. The average EPS estimate is $2.61.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 554 members out of 584 rating the stock outperform, and 30 members rating it underperform. Among 167 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 160 give KBR a green thumbs-up, and seven give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on KBR is outperform, with an average price target of $40.42.

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