Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. First Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

S&P 500 (NYSE:SPY) component Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc. (NYSE:JEC) will unveil its latest earnings on Wednesday, January 25, 2012. Jacobs Engineering Group offers its customers technical and construction services including engineering, design, construction management and operations and maintenance services.

Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc. Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet.

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for net income of 69 cents per share, a rise of 23.2% from the company’s actual earnings for the same quarter a year ago. The average estimate is the same as three months ago. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate was unchanged. It also has not changed during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 14% versus last year to $3.02.

Past Earnings Performance: The company is looking to beat analyst estimates for the third quarter in a row. Last quarter, it beat estimates with profit of 74 cents per share against the mean estimate of 72 cents. In the prior quarter, the company reported net income of 71 cents.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: Analysts are projecting a rise of 14.4% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $2.7 billion.

Analyst Ratings: Analysts are bullish on this stock with 13 analysts rating it as a buy, none rating it as a sell and six rating it as a hold.

A Look Back: In the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year, profit rose 22.5% to $94.3 million (74 cents a share) from $77 million (61 cents a share) the year earlier, exceeding analyst expectations. Revenue rose 16.2% to $2.72 billion from $2.34 billion.

Key Stats:

The company has seen net income rise in three straight quarters. Net income rose more than fourfold in the third quarter of the last fiscal year and 3.5% in the second quarter of the last fiscal year.

The company’s revenue has risen for two straight quarters. In the third quarter of the last fiscal year, the figure rose 9.4%.

Competitors to Watch: Fluor Corporation (NYSE:FLR), URS Corporation (NYSE:URS), The Shaw Group Inc. (NYSE:SHAW), Tetra Tech, Inc. (NASDAQ:TTEK), KBR, Inc. (NYSE:KBR), Michael Baker Corporation (AMEX:BKR), AECOM Technology Corp. (NYSE:ACM), Granite Construction Inc. (NYSE:GVA), Willdan Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:WLDN), and Quanta Services, Inc. (NYSE:PWR).

Stock Price Performance: During October 21, 2011 to January 19, 2012, the stock price had risen $7.20 (19%) from $37.96 to $45.16. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between March 28, 2011 and April 6, 2011 when shares rose for eight-straight days, rising 7.7% (+$3.73) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between July 25, 2011 and August 2, 2011 when shares fell for seven-straight days, falling 12.3% (-$5.28) over that span.

(Company fundamentals by Xignite Financials. Earnings estimates provided by Zacks)

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