Fluor Corporation Stock Downgraded (FLR)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Fluor Corporation (NYSE: FLR) has been downgraded by TheStreet Ratings from buy to hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, weak operating cash flow and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • FLR's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 7.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 12.3%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share.
  • FLR's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.16 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels.
  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Construction & Engineering industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 102.9% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $153.16 million to -$4.40 million.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to $118.10 million or 33.87% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing the cash generation rate to the industry average, the firm's growth is significantly lower.
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Fluor Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides engineering, procurement, construction, maintenance, and project management services worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Fluor has a market cap of $11.04 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector and materials & construction industry. Shares are up 12.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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-- Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff

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