It seems we've almost officially reached the point where a company can report nearly lights-out quarterly results and still get backhanded by Mr. Market. One of the latest cases of that sort of mistreatment belongs to AECOM Technology
For the period -- the first quarter of its 2009 fiscal year -- the company earned $40.5 million, versus $29.5 million in the same quarter a year ago. On a per-share basis, earnings were $0.38 a share, a 31% improvement over the December 2007 quarter. Revenue for the quarter climbed 35% to $1.5 billion.
As Congress mulls infrastructure-based stimulus spending, AECOM provides a variety of global construction-related technical, management support, architectural, and engineering design services for businesses and governments worldwide. It breaks out its results into two segments, Professional Technical Services (PTS) and Management Support Services (MSS). For the quarter, PTS improved its operating income by 44% year over year, while MSS saw a 194% increase in operating income.
To one degree or another, AECOM competes with the likes of Jacobs Engineering
It also was recently awarded a 10-year contract by Florida's Broward County Aviation Department to upgrade the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. And under yet another new contract, AECOM will be charged with the provision of maintenance at Texas' Corpus Christi Army Depot, the only Army facility where rotary-wing aircraft are repaired and overhauled.
So what we have in AECOM is an entity that is expanding both internationally and domestically. My advice to Fools, however, is to limit yourselves to a moderate position in the company for now. The current topsy-turvy market only heightens my caution.
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