KBR inc. (KBR – Free Report) came out with quarterly earnings of $0.69 per share, beating Zacks consensus estimate of $0.65 per share. That compares to earnings of $0.51 per share a year ago. These figures are adjusted for non-recurring items.
This quarterly report represents a profit surprise of 6.15%. A quarter ago, this engineering and construction company was expected to post a profit of $0.57 per share when it actually produced a profit of $0.64, offering a surprise of 12.28%.
In the past four quarters, the company has exceeded consensus EPS estimates four times.
The sustainability of the immediate stock price movement based on recently released numbers and future earnings forecasts will primarily depend on management’s comments on the earnings call.
KBR stock has lost around 9% since the start of the year compared to a decline of -8.8% for the S&P 500.
What’s next for KBR?
While KBR has underperformed the market so far this year, the question on investors’ minds is: what’s next for the stock?
There are no easy answers to this key question, but one reliable metric that can help investors answer it is the company’s earnings outlook. This includes not only current consensus earnings expectations for the upcoming quarter(s), but also how those expectations have changed recently.
Empirical research shows a strong correlation between short-term stock movements and trends in earnings estimate revisions. Investors can track these revisions on their own or rely on a proven scoring tool like Zacks Rank, which has an impressive track record of harnessing the power of earnings estimate revisions.
Prior to this release of results, the trend of estimate revisions for KBR is mixed. While the magnitude and direction of estimate revisions may change following the release of the company’s earnings report, the current situation translates into a Zacks No. 3 (hold) ranking for the stock. Thus, the shares should move in line with the market in the near future. You can see the full list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.
It will be interesting to see how the estimates for the next few quarters and the current fiscal year change in the days ahead. The current consensus EPS estimate is $0.52 on $1.83 billion in revenue for the upcoming quarter and $2.46 on $6.68 billion in revenue for the current fiscal year.
Investors should be aware that the outlook for the sector can also have a significant impact on stock performance. In terms of Zacks industry rankings, Engineering – R&D Services is currently in the bottom 24% of Zacks 250+ industries. Our research shows that the top 50% of industries ranked by Zacks outperform the bottom 50% by a factor of more than 2 to 1.
Altair Engineering (ALTR – Free Report), another stock in the same sector, has not yet released its results for the quarter ended December 2021. The results are expected to be released on February 24.
This company is expected to post quarterly earnings of $0.09 per share in its next report, representing a year-over-year change of -47.1%. The consensus EPS estimate for the quarter remained unchanged for the past 30 days.
Altair Engineering’s revenue is expected to be $125.72 million, down 5.8% from the year-ago quarter.