KBR Announces Fourth Quarter and Fiscal 2023 Financial Results; Issues Fiscal 2024 Guidance

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Delivered Strong Fiscal 2023 Results

Settled Convertible Notes & Warrants without Dilution

Annual Dividend Increase of 11%

HOUSTON, Feb. 20, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — KBR, Inc. (NYSE:KBR) today announced its fourth quarter and fiscal 2023 financial results and issued its fiscal 2024 financial guidance.

“The KBR team has shown their unwavering commitment and exceptional skills, leading to a remarkable performance this fiscal year,” said Stuart Bradie, KBR president and CEO. “We achieved an industry leading safety record, met or exceeded our key financial metrics and delivered a 10% increase in backlog and options in 2023, a testament to our Team of Teams’ ability to deliver results while ensuring the well-being of all involved.”

“Furthermore, we successfully settled the remaining convertible notes and related warrants in cash, avoiding dilution. We more recently extended the maturity of our term loans and revolving credit facility, fortifying our balance sheet and fueling capital deployment optionality for 2024 and beyond.”

“Lastly, we have a more defined path forward on HomeSafe and together with our customer remain unwavering in our commitment to harness our collective expertise and focus on innovation, with the aim of providing an unparalleled and more sustainable moving experience for military personnel and their families.”

New Business Awards
Backlog and options as of December 29, 2023 totaled $21.7 billion. Delivered 1.1x trailing-twelve-months (TTM) book-to-bill1 as of December 29, 2023. Awarded $1.7 billion of bookings and options in the quarter, bringing fiscal 2023 bookings and options to $10.5 billion.

Sustainable Technology Solutions (STS) delivered 1.1x TTM book-to-bill1 as of December 29, 2023, including awards and achievements in the quarter as follows:

Awarded a Front-End Engineering Design contract by Fidelis New Energy for Project Fyrkat, one of the first onshore liquid carbon dioxide sequestration facilities, located at a receiving terminal at the Port of Aalborg, Denmark.
KBR’s Purifier™ ammonia technology selected by PT Pupuk Sriwidjaja Palembang, a subsidiary of PT Pupuk Indonesia, for a planned ammonia plant to be built in South Sumatera Province, Indonesia. This will be KBR’s 12th ammonia plant licensed to Pupuk Indonesia.
KBR’s K-GreeN® technology selected by a consortium consisting of Lotte Chemical, Korea National Oil Corp and Samsung Engineering for Lotte Chemical’s H2biscus green ammonia project that will produce 800 KTA of green ammonia from hydropower in Sarawak, Malaysia.
KBR’s market-leading low-carbon blue ammonia technology selected by Tokyo-based INPEX Corporation and Oklahoma City-based LSB Industries for a 1.1 million tonnes per annum ammonia production and export project in the US Gulf Coast.
Extended collaboration with ISU Chemical through a memorandum of understanding. Under the terms, KBR will provide licensing, proprietary engineering design, proprietary equipment and catalyst for the planned 10 MTPD hydrogen production unit, employing KBR’s innovative technology, H2ACT℠, which has rapidly emerged as the industry’s leading ammonia cracking technology.

Government Solutions (GS) delivered 1.2x TTM book-to-bill1 as of December 29, 2023, including awards and achievements in the quarter as follows:

Awarded two additional DEM-Shorad vehicle prototypes, on top of the four delivered to the Army earlier this year, underscoring the growing significance of directed energy capabilities.
Awarded additional scope to support the development of new energy technologies, systems, and processes as part of the UK government’s drive to net zero carbon emissions by 2050. Frazer-Nash Consultancy, a KBR company, supports the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero to develop its programs and to assess and monitor the projects being delivered within its net zero innovation portfolio.
Awarded all three one-year options on the Preservation of the Force and Family (POTFF) program for the continued support of the physical, mental, social and spiritual readiness of the Special Operations Forces and their families.
Awarded a two-year contract extension with the Australian Defence Force to help modernize, integrate and optimize Australia’s military capability. KBR supports the modernization, integration and optimization of Australia’s military capability through its unique expertise, particularly in Command and Control and bespoke information and communication technology systems.
Awarded 2023 Large Business Prime Contractor of the Year at both NASA Johnson Space Center and NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, marking a two-year winning streak at Goddard.
Joined forces with The Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine on an important contract to support neuroscience research for service members. This new award focuses on those affected by traumatic brain injuries, and research will be done in collaboration with the Uniformed Services University (nation’s only federal health sciences university) and the University of California San Francisco.

Summarized Fourth Quarter and Fiscal 2023 Financial Results

Three Months Ended

Year Ended

December 29,

December 31,

December 29,

December 31,

Dollars in millions, except share data

2023

2022

2023

2022

Revenues

$          1,730

$          1,608

$          6,956

$          6,564

Operating income

147

122

448

343

Net income (loss) attributable to KBR

21

93

(265)

190

Adjusted EBITDA2

188

157

747

668

Operating income margin %

8.5 %

7.6 %

6.4 %

5.2 %

Adjusted EBITDA2 margin %

10.9 %

9.8 %

10.7 %

10.2 %

Earnings per share:

  Diluted earnings per share

0.15

0.62

(1.96)

1.26

  Adjusted earnings per share2

0.69

0.69

2.91

2.71

Cash flows:

  Operating cash flows

83

60

331

396

  Adjusted operating cash flows2

83

88

463

424

  Adjusted free cash flows2

63

56

383

353

Financial Highlights for the Three Months Ended December 29, 2023

Revenue of $1.7 billion, up 8% (organic) on a year-over-year-basis
Net income attributable to KBR of $21 million; Adjusted EBITDA2 of $188 million (10.9% Adjusted EBITDA2 margin)
Diluted EPS of $0.15; Adjusted EPS2 of $0.69
Operating cash flows of $83 million
Bookings and options of $1.7 billion during the quarter with 1.1x TTM book-to-bill1

Financial Highlights for the Year Ended December 29, 2023

Revenue of $7.0 billion, up 6% (organic) on a year-over-year basis and 11% on an (organic) ex-OAW2 year-over-year-basis
Net income attributable to KBR of $(265) million; Adjusted EBITDA2 of $747 million (10.7% Adjusted EBITDA2 margin)
Diluted EPS of $(1.96); Adjusted EPS2 of $2.91
Operating cash flows of $331 million; Adjusted operating cash flows2 of $463 million
Bookings and options of $10.5 billion during the year to date period with 1.1x TTM book-to-bill1

Commentary on the Three Months Ended December 29, 2023
Revenues were $1.7 billion, up 8% (organic) compared to 4Q’22, primarily due to new and on-contract growth across Defense & Intel, Science & Space, and International within Government Solutions and growing demand broadly across Sustainable Technology Solutions.

Net income attributable to KBR was $21 million, down $72 million compared to 4Q’22, primarily due to a non-cash charge of $40 million recorded in connection with the convertible notes settlement method election made in 2Q’23 and a charge of $26 million recorded in connection with the settlement of warrants (discussed below).

Net income attributable to KBR ex-Nonrecurring Charges2 was $87 million, down $6 million compared to 4Q’22, primarily due to increases in gross profit offset by higher interest expense, foreign exchange gains that did not recur in 2023, and higher provision for income taxes due to credits that did not recur in 2023.

Adjusted EBITDA2 was $188 million, up 20% compared to 4Q’22, with Adjusted EBITDA2 margins of 10.9%, up 110 bps over 4Q’22.

Diluted earnings per share were in line with the decrease in Net income attributable to KBR. Adjusted earnings per share2 remained flat primarily because the decrease in Net income attributable to KBR ex-Nonrecurring Charges2 was offset by the reduction in Adjusted weighted average common shares outstanding due to repurchases and the cash settlement of warrants.

Operating cash flows were $83 million, up 38% compared to 4Q’22. Adjusted operating cash flows were $83 million, down 6% compared to 4Q’22.

Commentary on the Year Ended December 29, 2023
Revenues were $7.0 billion, up 6% (organic) compared to FY22. Revenue ex-OAW2 (organic) increased $705 million, or 11%, due to new and on-contract growth across all Government Solutions business units and growing demand across Sustainable Technology Solutions.

Net income attributable to KBR was $(265) million, down $455 million compared to FY22, primarily due to a current year charge of $494 million recorded in connection with the convertible notes settlement method election made in 2Q’23 and repurchase and termination of the convertible notes, note hedge and warrants (discussed below) and after-tax cash charge of $132 million in connection with the settlement of a legacy legal matter, partially offset by non-cash charge of $137 million in equity in earnings related to the resolution of a subcontractor dispute that did not recur in FY23.

Net income attributable to KBR ex-Nonrecurring Charges2 was $361 million, up $34 million compared to FY22, primarily due to increases in gross profit and equity in earnings from unconsolidated affiliates partially offset by increases in selling, general and administrative expenses, interest expense, higher provision for income taxes due to credits that did not recur in FY23, as well as prior year gains on sale of non-core assets and unrealized gain on other investment that did not recur in FY23.

Adjusted EBITDA2 was $747 million, up 12% compared to FY22, with Adjusted EBITDA2 margins of 10.7%, up 56 bps.

Diluted earnings per share were in line with the decrease in Net income attributable to KBR and the reduction in Diluted weighted average common shares outstanding. Adjusted earnings per share2 increased in line with Net income attributable to KBR ex-Nonrecurring Charges2 and the reduction in Adjusted weighted average common shares outstanding due to repurchases and the cash settlement of warrants.

Operating cash flows were $331 million, down 16% compared to FY22 due to the after-tax cash charge of $132 million in connection with the settlement of a legacy legal matter. Adjusted operating cash flows2 were $463 million, up 9% compared to FY22, primarily due to increased Net income attributable to KBR ex-Nonrecurring Charges2.

Capital returned to shareholders totaled $210 million during the year to date period, consisting of $138 million in share repurchases, inclusive of $125 million of open market repurchases and $13 million of repurchases to satisfy requirements of equity compensation plans, and $72 million in regular dividends.

On February 19, 2024, the Board of Directors approved an increase of our quarterly regular dividend from $0.135 per share to $0.15 per share effective for the record date and payment date of the next scheduled distribution on March 15, 2024 and April 15, 2024, respectively. This represents the fifth successive year of dividend increases, representing an 11% increase from the previous regular dividend amount.

Additionally, on February 19, 2024, the Board of Directors authorized replenishment of our share repurchase authorization to $500 million.

Cash Settlement Method Election and Repurchase of Convertible Notes
During 4Q’23, KBR settled the remaining convertible notes in cash, settled the corresponding note hedge and also entered into agreements with the option counterparties to settle the remaining warrants in cash. These agreements resulted in the warrants no longer qualifying for the equity scope exception under ASC 815 Derivatives and Hedging, and as a result, the warrants required fair value measurement between the initial recognition date (agreement date) and settlement date for each counterparty.

Due to the cash settlement method election, the repurchase and settlement of the convertible notes, and the termination of the corresponding portions of the note hedge and warrants in FY23, we recorded a loss of $494 million, of which $40 million was recorded in the current quarter, in relation to the accretion of convertible notes debt discount and $26 million was recorded in the current quarter in connection with the cash settlement of warrants. These amounts are not tax deductible and have been added back to Adjusted EBITDA2 and Adjusted EPS2. No warrants were outstanding as of December 29, 2023.

Refer to Note 22 “Cash Election and Repurchase of Convertible Notes and Warrant Unwind Agreements” in our Form 10-K for the year ended December 29, 2023 for further details.

Subsequent Event
In connection with the cash settlement of warrants in 4Q’23, the company remitted $33 million to the final option counterparty in January 2024. In total, the company paid $600 million (net) to retire the $350 million principal value of convertible notes, note hedge and corresponding warrants.

Fiscal 2024 Guidance
The table below summarizes FY24 guidance and represents our views as of February 20, 2024.

Fiscal 2024 Guidance

Revenue

$7.4B – $7.7B

Adjusted EBITDA

$810M – $850M

Diluted EPS*

$2.89 – $3.09

Adjusted EPS*

$3.10 – $3.30

Operating cash flows

$450M – $480M

*

Fiscal 2024 Diluted and Adjusted EPS guidance is calculated using a share count of approximately 135 million.

The company does not provide a reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to the most comparable GAAP financial measure on a forward-looking basis because the company is unable to predict with reasonable certainty the ultimate outcome of legal proceedings, unusual gains and losses, and acquisition-related expenses without unreasonable effort, which could be material to the company’s results computed in accordance with GAAP.

Conference Call Details
The company will host a conference call to discuss its fourth quarter financial results on Tuesday, February 20, 2024, at 7:30 a.m. Central Time. The conference call will be webcast simultaneously through the Investor Relations section of KBR’s website at investors.kbr.com. A replay of the webcast will be available shortly after the call on KBR’s website or by telephone at +1.866.813.9403, passcode: 497348.

About KBR
We deliver science, technology and engineering solutions to governments and companies around the world. KBR employs approximately 34,000 people worldwide with customers in more than 80 countries and operations in over 30 countries. KBR is proud to work with its customers across the globe to provide technology, value-added services, and long-term operations and maintenance services to ensure consistent delivery with predictable results. At KBR, We Deliver.

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Forward-Looking Statements
The statements in this press release that are not historical statements, including statements regarding our expectations for our future financial performance, effective tax rate, operating cash flows, contract revenues, award activity, our business strategy, interest expense, and our plans for raising and deploying capital and paying dividends, are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws. These statements are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the company’s control that could cause actual results to differ materially from the results expressed or implied by the statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: uncertainty, delays or reductions in government funding, appropriations and payments, including as a result of continuing resolution funding mechanisms, government shutdowns or changing budget priorities; developments and changes in government laws, regulations and policies that may require us to pause, delay or abandon existing project; the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine and in the Middle East and the related impacts on our business; potential adverse economic and market conditions, such as interest rate and currency exchange rate fluctuations, the company’s ability to manage its liquidity; the outcome of and the publicity surrounding audits and investigations by domestic and foreign government agencies and legislative bodies; potential adverse proceedings by such agencies and potential adverse results and consequences from such proceedings; changes in capital spending by the company’s customers; the company’s ability to obtain contracts from existing and new customers and perform under those contracts; structural changes in the industries in which the company operates; escalating costs associated with and the performance of fixed-fee projects and the company’s ability to control its cost under its contracts; claims negotiations and contract disputes with the company’s customers; changes in the demand for or price of oil and/or natural gas; protection of intellectual property rights; compliance with environmental laws; changes in government regulations and regulatory requirements; compliance with laws related to income taxes; unsettled political conditions, war and the effects of terrorism; foreign operations and foreign exchange rates and controls; the development and installation of financial systems; the possibility of cyber and malware attacks; increased competition for employees; the ability to successfully complete and integrate acquisitions; and operations of joint ventures, including joint ventures that are not controlled by the company.

The company’s most recently filed Annual Report on Form 10-K, any subsequent Form 10-Qs and 8-Ks, and other U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filings discuss some of the important risk factors that the company has identified that may affect its business, results of operations and financial condition. Except as required by law, the company undertakes no obligation to revise or update publicly any forward-looking statements for any reason.

1

As used throughout this release and consistent with our practice, book-to-bill excludes long-term UK PFIs 

2

As used throughout this earnings release, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA margin, Adjusted earnings per share, Adjusted operating cash flows, Adjusted free cash flows, Revenue excluding OAW, and Net income attributable to KBR ex-Nonrecurring Charges are non-GAAP financial measures.  See additional information at the end of this release regarding non-GAAP financial information, including reconciliations to the nearest GAAP measures.

 

KBR, Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Operations
(In millions, except for per share data)
(Unaudited)

Three Months Ended

Year Ended

December 29,

December 31,

December 29,

December 31,

2023

2022

2023

2022

Revenues:

Government Solutions

$            1,328

$            1,256

$          5,353

$          5,320

Sustainable Technology Solutions

402

352

1,603

1,244

Total revenues

1,730

1,608

6,956

6,564

Gross profit

237

206

977

828

Equity in earnings (losses) of unconsolidated affiliates

36

23

114

(80)

Selling, general and administrative expenses

(118)

(105)

(488)

(420)

Legal settlement of legacy matter

(144)

Gain (loss) on disposition of assets and investments

(7)

(3)

(7)

19

Other

(1)

1

(4)

(4)

Operating income (loss):

Government Solutions

103

90

285

441

Sustainable Technology Solutions

81

65

324

47

Other

(37)

(33)

(161)

(145)

Total operating income (loss)

147

122

448

343

Interest expense

(30)

(23)

(115)

(87)

Unrealized gain on other investment

16

Charges associated with Convertible Notes

(66)

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