Fluor Reports First Quarter Results
By Business Wire News
By Business Wire News
Fluor Corporation (NYSE: FLR) today announced financial results for its first quarter ended March 31, 2015. Net earnings attributable to Fluor for the first quarter were $144 million, or $0.96 per diluted share, compared to $149 million, or $0.92 per diluted share a year ago. Consolidated segment profit for the quarter was $276 million, compared to $268 million in the first quarter of 2014. Segment profit results reflect continued improvement in Oil & Gas as well as Government, partly offset by declines in the Industrial & Infrastructure segment’s mining and metals business line. Revenue for the first quarter was $4.5 billion, down from $5.4 billion last year, primarily due to continued reductions in the mining and metals business line.
New awards for the quarter were $4.4 billion, including $2.9 billion in Oil & Gas and $1.4 billion in Industrial & Infrastructure. Consolidated backlog at the end of the quarter was $41.2 billion, up from $40.2 billion a year ago.
“Our ability to provide clients with capital efficient project execution through our integrated solutions model continues to gain traction, as evidenced this quarter by strong Oil & Gas performance,” said Chairman and Chief Executive Officer David Seaton. “While bookings may be slower over the near term, we continue to see a number of high quality world scale opportunities.”
Corporate G&A expense for the first quarter of 2015 was $41 million, compared with $38 million a year ago. During the quarter, the Company repurchased approximately $112 million worth of Fluor shares, and paid out $32 million in dividends to shareholders. Fluor’s cash and marketable securities balance remains strong at $2.2 billion.
Ending backlog was reduced by approximately $1.6 billion as a result of the strong dollar. Foreign exchange rates did not have a significant impact on earnings for the first quarter.
Overall, the first quarter was consistent with the Company’s prior guidance for a slow start in 2015. As a result, the company is maintaining its 2015 guidance range of $4.40 to $5.00 per diluted share. This guidance excludes the effects of the previously announced termination and settlement of Fluor’s U.S. defined benefit pension plan which is expected in the latter part of 2015.
Fluor’s Oil & Gas business reported segment profit of $183 million, an increase from $139 million in the first quarter of 2014. Revenue of $2.5 billion declined from $2.8 billion a year ago primarily due to certain large projects progressing towards completion. Strong segment profit performance reflects increased contributions from refining projects awarded in 2014. New awards for the segment totaled $2.9 billion, including a pipeline project in the United States. Ending backlog for the Oil & Gas segment rose 8 percent, from $25.8 billion a year ago, to end the quarter at $27.8 billion.
The Industrial & Infrastructure group reported segment profit of $71 million, a 27 percent decline from $97 million in the first quarter of 2014. Revenue for the quarter was $1.1 billion, down from $1.6 billion a year ago. Revenue and segment profit results reflect a decline in contributions from the mining and metals business line. New awards for the first quarter were $1.4 billion, primarily for mining and metals and industrial services customers. Backlog at quarter end was $7.3 billion, down from $9.8 billion a year ago, mainly due to project execution outpacing new award activity in the mining and metals and infrastructure business lines.
Segment profit for the Government group was $15 million, up modestly from $13 million a year ago. Revenue for the quarter improved 9 percent to $646 million, due to the increased execution activities on projects awarded in 2014. New awards totaled $74 million for the quarter, and ending backlog was $4.2 billion, up from $2.6 billion a year ago.
Segment profit for the Global Services segment was $15 million in the first quarter which compares to $21 million a year ago. Revenue was $130 million, down from $142 million last year. Results in the quarter were driven by reductions in the equipment business line’s activities in Afghanistan and Latin America.
Fluor’s Power group reported a segment loss of $9 million, compared to a loss of $1 million a year ago. Excluding NuScale expenses of $17 million in the first quarter and $13 million a year ago, segment profit was $8 million and $12 million respectively. Segment revenue for the quarter decreased 12 percent to $221 million, compared with $251 million a year ago, due to the completion of two major projects in 2014. New awards for the quarter were $114 million compared with $166 million in the first quarter of 2014. Ending backlog was $1.9 billion, which was comparable with a year ago.
First Quarter Conference Call
Fluor will host a conference call at 5:30 p.m. Eastern time on Thursday, April 30, which will be webcast live on the Internet and can be accessed by logging onto http://investor.fluor.com. A supplemental slide presentation will be available shortly before the call begins. The webcast and presentation will be archived for 30 days following the call. Certain non-GAAP financial measures, as defined under SEC rules, are included in this press release and may be discussed during the conference call. A reconciliation of these measures is included in this press release which will be posted in the investor relations section of the Company’s website.
About Fluor Corporation
Fluor Corporation (NYSE: FLR) is a global engineering and construction firm that designs and builds some of the world’s most complex projects. The company creates and delivers innovative solutions for its clients in engineering, procurement, fabrication, construction, maintenance and project management on a global basis. For more than a century, Fluor has served clients in the energy, chemicals, government, industrial, infrastructure, mining and power market sectors. Headquartered in Irving, Texas, Fluor ranks 109 on the FORTUNE 500 list. With 40,000 employees worldwide, the company’s revenue for 2014 was $21.5 billion. Visit Fluor at www.fluor.com and follow on Twitter @FluorCorp.
Forward-Looking Statements: This release may contain forward-looking statements (including without limitation statements to the effect that the Company or its management “believes,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “plans” or other similar expressions).These forward-looking statements, including statements relating to future backlog, revenue and earnings, expected performance of the Company’s business and the outlook of the markets which the Company serves are based on current management expectations and involve risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially as a result of a number of factors, including, among other things, the cyclical nature of many of the markets the Company serves, including the Company’s commodity-based business lines, and the Company’s vulnerability to downturns; the Company’s failure to receive anticipated new contract awards and the related impacts on revenues, earnings, staffing levels and costs; difficulties or delays incurred in the execution of contracts, resulting in cost overruns or liabilities, including those caused by the performance of the Company’s clients, subcontractors, suppliers and joint venture or teaming partners; client cancellations of, or scope adjustments to, existing contracts, and the related impacts on staffing levels and cost; intense competition in the global engineering, procurement and construction industry, which can place downward pressure on the Company’s contract prices and profit margins; current economic conditions affecting our clients, partners, subcontractors and suppliers, which may result in decreased capital investment or expenditures by the Company’s clients or may increase costs or delay project schedules; foreign economic and political uncertainties that could lead to project disruptions, increased costs and potential losses; failure to obtain favorable results in existing or future litigation or dispute resolution proceedings; delays or defaults in client payments; failure to meet timely completion or performance standards that could result in higher costs, reduced profits or, in some cases, losses on projects; liabilities arising from faulty services; risks or uncertainties associated with events outside of our control, such as the effects of severe weather, which may result in project delays, increased costs, liabilities or losses on projects; the Company’s failure, or the failure of our agents or partners, to comply with laws, including anti-bribery laws, international trade laws or environmental, health and safety laws or regulations; the potential impact of certain tax matters including, but not limited to, those from foreign operations and ongoing audits by tax authorities; possible information technology interruptions, security breaches or inability to protect intellectual property; foreign exchange risks; the inability to hire and retain qualified personnel; failure to maintain safe worksites and international security risks; the availability of credit and restrictions imposed by credit facilities, both for the Company and our clients, suppliers, subcontractors or other partners; possible limitations on bonding or letter of credit capacity; risks or uncertainties associated with acquisitions, dispositions and investments; and the Company’s ability to secure appropriate insurance.Caution must be exercised in relying on these and other forward-looking statements.Due to known and unknown risks, the Company’s results may differ materially from its expectations and projections.
Additional information concerning these and other factors can be found in press releases as well as the Company’s public periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the discussion under the heading “Item 1A. Risk Factors” in the Company’s Form 10-K filed on February 18, 2015. Such filings are available either publicly or upon request from Fluor’s Investor Relations Department: (469) 398-7070. The Company disclaims any intent or obligation other than as required by law to update its forward-looking statements in light of new information or future events.
|CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL RESULTS|
|(in millions, except per share amounts)|
|CONSOLIDATED OPERATING RESULTS|
|THREE MONTHS ENDED MARCH 31||2015||2014|
|Cost and expenses:|
|Cost of revenue||4,251.2||5,072.3|
|Corporate general and administrative expense||41.1||37.8|
|Interest expense, net||7.4||3.0|
|Total cost and expenses||4,299.7||5,113.1|
|Earnings before taxes||248.9||271.5|
|Income tax expense||83.3||78.2|
|Less: Net earnings attributable to noncontrolling interests||21.5||44.2|
|Net earnings attributable to Fluor Corporation||$||144.1||$||149.1|
|Basic earnings per share|
|Weighted average shares||147.7||160.2|
|Diluted earnings per share|
|Weighted average shares||149.9||162.4|
|BUSINESS SEGMENT FINANCIAL REVIEW|
|($ in millions)|
|THREE MONTHS ENDED MARCH 31|
|Oil & Gas||$||2,471.6||$||2,782.8|
|Industrial & Infrastructure||1,080.2||1,615.7|
|Segment profit (loss) $ and margin %|
|Oil & Gas||$||183.3||7.4||%||$||139.1||5.0||%|
|Industrial & Infrastructure||71.1||6.6||%||97.2||6.0||%|
|Total segment profit $ and margin %||$||275.9||6.1||%||$||268.1||5.0||%|
|Corporate general and administrative expense||(41.1||)||(37.8||)|
|Interest expense, net||(7.4||)||(3.0||)|
|Earnings attributable to noncontrolling interests||21.5||44.2|
|Earnings before taxes||$||248.9||$||271.5|
(1) Effective January 1, 2015, the company implemented certain organizational changes that impacted the composition of its reportable segments. Revenue and segment profit for the Oil & Gas, Industrial & Infrastructure and Global Services segments in 2014 have been recast to reflect these changes.
(2) Includes research and development expenses associated with NuScale totaling $17 million and $13 million for the three months ended March 31, 2015 and 2014, respectively.
|SELECTED BALANCE SHEET ITEMS|
|($ in millions, except per share amounts)|
|MARCH 31,||DECEMBER 31,|
|Cash and marketable securities, including noncurrent||$||2,211.6||$||2,441.9|
|Total current assets||5,379.3||5,758.0|
|Total short-term debt||27.7||28.7|
|Total current liabilities||2,819.7||3,330.9|
|Total debt to capitalization % (based on shareholders’ equity)||24.9||%||24.7||%|
|Shareholders’ equity per share||$||20.88||$||20.93|
|SELECTED CASH FLOW ITEMS|
|($ in millions)|
|THREE MONTHS ENDED MARCH 31||2015||2014|
|Cash provided by operating activities||$||39.3||$||186.7|
|Net (purchases) sales and maturities of marketable securities||47.6||(45.6||)|
|Proceeds from disposal of property, plant and equipment||29.9||24.6|
|Investments in partnerships and joint ventures||(21.5||)||(5.0||)|
|Cash utilized by investing activities||(18.1||)||(93.7||)|
|Repurchase of common stock||(111.7||)||(192.3||)|
|Distributions paid to noncontrolling interests, net of capital contributions||(2.8||)||(15.9||)|
|Stock options exercised||0.9||14.1|
|Cash utilized by financing activities||(154.0||)||(225.0||)|
|Effect of exchange rate changes on cash||(49.0||)||(9.5||)|
|Decrease in cash and cash equivalents||$||(181.8||)||$||(141.5||)|
|Supplemental Fact Sheet|
|($ in millions)|
|THREE MONTHS ENDED MARCH 31|
|Oil & Gas||$||2,903||65||%||$||8,850||83||%||(67||)%|
|Industrial & Infrastructure||1,357||30||%||904||8||%||50||%|
|Total new awards||$||4,448||100||%||$||10,668||100||%||(58||)%|
|($ in millions)|
|AS OF MARCH 31|
|Oil & Gas||$||27,818||67||%||$||25,795||64||%||8||%|
|Industrial & Infrastructure||7,263||18||%||9,796||24||%||(26||)%|
|The Americas (excluding the United States)||11,426||28||%||13,703||34||%||(17||)%|
|Europe, Africa and the Middle East||11,559||28||%||11,226||28||%||3||%|
|Asia Pacific (including Australia)||2,965||7||%||2,332||6||%||27||%|
(1) Effective January 1, 2015, the company implemented certain organizational changes that impacted the composition of its reportable segments. New awards and backlog for the Oil & Gas and Industrial & Infrastructure segments in 2014 have been recast to reflect these changes.
(2) Backlog as of March 31, 2015 was reduced by approximately $1.6 billion due to a strengthening U.S. dollar compared to most major foreign currencies, of which $1.5 billion related to the Oil & Gas segment.
Brian Mershon, 469-398-7621
Geoff Telfer, 469-398-7070
Jason Landkamer, 469-398-7222