URS Corp’s Upcoming Third Quarter Earnings Release

URS Corp (NYSE:URS) will unveil its latest earnings on Tuesday, November 8, 2011. URS is an international provider of engineering, construction and technical services.

URS Corp Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for profit of 99 cents per share, a rise of 13.8% from the company’s actual earnings for the same quarter a year ago. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved up from 98 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate was unchanged. It has risen during the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting net income of $3.62 per share, a decline of 1.9% from last year.

Past Earnings Performance: For the past three quarters, the company’s quarterly results have come in below analyst’s expectations. Last quarter, the company reported profit of 86 cents per share versus a mean estimate of net income of 92 cents per share.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: Analysts are projecting a rise of 9.8% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $2.57 billion.

Analyst Ratings: Analysts seem relatively indifferent about URS with seven of 13 analysts surveyed maintaining a hold rating.

A Look Back: In the second quarter, profit rose 7.9% to $66.8 million (86 cents a share) from $61.9 million (76 cents a share) the year earlier, but fell short analyst expectations. Revenue rose 4.9% to $2.36 billion from $2.25 billion.

Key Stats:

Revenue has risen the past four quarters. Revenue rose 5.1% in the first quarter from the year earlier, climbed 12.7% in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year from the year-ago quarter and 0.9% in the third quarter of the last fiscal year.

The increase in profit in the second quarter came after net income fell in the previous quarter. In the first quarter, net income fell 35.1%.

Competitors to Watch: Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (NYSE:JEC), Fluor Corporation (NYSE:FLR), KBR, Inc. (NYSE:KBR), Michael Baker Corporation (AMEX:BKR), Tetra Tech, Inc. (NASDAQ:TTEK), The Shaw Group Inc. (NYSE:SHAW), Tutor Perini Corporation (NYSE:TPC), AECOM Technology Corp. (NYSE:ACM), Quanta Services, Inc. (NYSE:PWR), and Willdan Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:WLDN).

Stock Price Performance: During October 5, 2011 to November 2, 2011, the stock price had risen $3.37 (10.6%) from $31.70 to $35.07. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between June 24, 2011 and July 7, 2011 when shares rose for nine-straight days, rising 7.2% (+$3.09) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between July 22, 2011 and August 2, 2011 when shares fell for eight-straight days, falling 12% (-$5.33) over that span. Shares are down $6.54 (-15.7%) year to date.

(Source: Xignite Financials)

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