Foster Wheeler AG
reported earnings per share (excluding the impact of one-time
items) of 52 cents in the third quarter of 2013. Earnings were
23.8% above the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 42 cents. However,
the quarter's results were down 8.8% from the prior-year quarter,
primarily due to the weak performance of the Global Power Group,
which was partially offset by strong performance of the Global
Engineering and Construction group.
Consolidated operating revenues in the quarter were $801
million, down 0.6% year over year. Strong growth in the
Global Engineering and Construction group was fully offset by a
steep decline in the Global Power group. Revenues were well below
the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $879 million.
Global Engineering and Construction
(E&C) group's operating revenues (FW scope) were $441
million, up 16.1% from $380 million in the prior-year period.
Revenue growth was driven by increased volume of work. The
segment reported a 69.6% surge in new orders during the quarter.
The orders were driven by the booking of a large EPC contract for
a grassroots petrochemical plant in Texas.
Global Power Group
(GPG) operating revenues (FW Scope) were $185 million, down 17.7%
from $217 million in the year-ago quarter. New orders in the
segment were down 4.3% year over year to $176 million from $184
million. The decline was attributable to slippage of award dates
for committed key prospects, which resulted in a lack of boiler
Income & Expenses
Contract profit in the quarter was $153.4 million, down 0.5%
from the prior-year quarter, primarily due to lower operating
revenues. SG&A expense was $85.5 million, up 10.4% from $77.5
million in the year-ago quarter.
E&C EBITDA margin was 13.6% in the quarter, down from
13.7% in the prior-year quarter. GPG EBITDA margin was 24.6%,
down from 29.7% in the prior-year quarter.
Cash and cash equivalents as of Sep 30, 2013, were $497
million, down from $582 million at the end of Dec 31, 2012.
Long-term debt was $117.1 million, down from $124.0 million at
the end of Dec 31, 2012. Shareholders' equity was $717.6 million,
down from $713.9 million at the end of Dec 31, 2011.
Following the earnings release, Foster reiterated its
full-year earnings guidance to be marginally above $1.54 a
In the Global E&C Group, Foster Wheeler modestly increased
its margin guidance. The company now expects full-year EBITDA
margin on scope revenues to be in the range of 11% to 13%
compared with the previous guidance of 10% to 12%. Scope revenues
for the segment in 2013 are expected to be up materially as
compared with 2012.
In the Global Power Group, the company maintained its previous
guidance. Full-year EBITDA margin on scope revenues is expected
to be in the range of 17% to 19% on a material decline in
sequential-year scope revenues.
Foster currently has a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell). Other companies
in the same industry and worth considering at the moment are
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