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Fluor Reports First Quarter 2020 Results

Source: www.gulfoilandgas.com 10/22/2020, Location: North America

Fluor Corporation announced financial results for its quarter ended March 31, 2020. Revenue for the quarter was $4.1 billion and the net loss from continuing operations was $171 million or $1.22 per diluted share. Consolidated segment profit for the quarter was $52 million, up from $39 million a year ago. Consolidated continuing operations for the first quarter of 2020 included non-cash impairments and charges of approximately $353 million to reflect the impact of weak commodity prices and COVID-19. Results for the quarter also include $52 million in project adjustments for potential COVID-19 schedule delays and an approximately $100 million tax benefit from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

“As we previously disclosed, these impairments reflect the unprecedented impact of COVID-19 and related pressure on commodity prices,” said Carlos Hernandez, Fluor chief executive officer. “Project adjustments during the quarter were primarily related to COVID-19. We continue to have the necessary liquidity to meet all of our obligations and operate our business.”

New awards for the first quarter were $4.2 billion and ending backlog was $31.4 billion. Corporate G&A for the quarter was a benefit of $14 million due to a $44 million foreign currency gain in the quarter.

Outlook
While Fluor has suspended its guidance for 2020, the company expects to report second quarter results in approximately four weeks and third quarter results four weeks after that. The company will hold its next call with the investment community in conjunction with the release of its third quarter results.

Business Segments
The Energy & Chemicals segment reported a segment loss of $6 million in the first quarter of 2020 compared to a profit of $12 million in the first quarter of 2019. Segment results include a $55 million reserve on receivables and contract assets for clients that were directly and materially affected by the impacts of COVID-19 and declining oil prices and $40 million for change in project positions due to COVID-19 schedule delays and associated cost growth. New awards of $1.5 billion included an EPC contract for the Canada Kuwait Petrochemical Corporation propane dehydrogenation facility.

The Mining & Industrial segment reported a segment profit of $39 million in the first quarter of 2020 compared to a profit of $28 million in the first quarter of 2019. New awards of $1.6 billion included a large metals project in North America.

The Infrastructure & Power segment reported a segment profit of $5 million in the first quarter of 2020 compared to a loss of $22 million in the first quarter of 2019. New awards of $7.3 million in the first quarter reflect the company’s disciplined bidding protocols.

The Government segment reported a segment profit of $31 million in the first quarter of 2020 compared to $38 million in the first quarter of 2019. Government is now included as continuing operations in all financial results. Results include $9 million for change in project positions due to COVID-19 schedule delays. New awards of $684 million included an extension to the LOGCAP IV contract as well as a project with the U.S. Air Force.

The Diversified Services segment reported a segment profit of $5 million in the first quarter of 2020 compared to $9 million in the first quarter of 2019. Results include $2 million for change in project positions due to COVID-19 schedule delays. New awards of $357 million in the quarter include a framework agreement awarded to a Stork joint venture for Neptune Energy’s Dutch assets in the North Sea.

The Other segment, which is comprised of NuScale and the Radford and Warren government projects, reported a loss of $22 million in the first quarter of 2020 compared to a loss of $26 million in the first quarter of 2019. NuScale expenses in the first quarter of 2020 were $23 million. Remaining backlog in the segment is $209 million.

Discontinued Operations
Results from discontinued operations, which includes the held-for-sale AMECO equipment business, were a loss of $95 million in the first quarter of 2020 or a loss of $0.68 per share. Due to the impact of COVID-19 and the steep decline in oil prices on the AMECO business during the first quarter of 2020, the company recognized an impairment charge of $100 million, of which $12 million was related to goodwill, to write down the AMECO assets held for sale to fair value less cost to sell.

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