Wednesday, May 6, 2009

KSW Reports Q1 Earnings

From the company's press release, after today's close ("KSW, Inc. Reports First Quarter 2009 Results"):

LONG ISLAND CITY, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--KSW, Inc. (NASDAQ: KSW - News) today reported financial results for the first quarter of 2009.

Total revenue for the first quarter of 2009 was $19,706,000 as compared to $20,491,000 for the first quarter of 2008. Net income was $287,000 for the first quarter of 2009 as compared to net income of $840,000 for the first quarter of 2008. This represents earnings per share of $.05 per share (basic and diluted), for the first quarter of 2009 as compared to an earnings per share of $0.13 per share (basic and diluted), for the first quarter of 2008.

As of March 31, 2009, the Company’s backlog was approximately $38,300,000, which does not include the Mt. Sinai Center for Science & Medicine Project, which is currently estimated to have a value between $58 and $61 million. KSW has been notified that the Owner has approved the Company as the trade manager for the construction phase of the project. However, the final contract value has yet to be determined and contract documents have not yet been executed. The March 31, 2009 backlog also does not include two upper west side contracts, which were terminated by the Owner in March 2009. The Company, with the help of union concessions, was able to negotiate new agreements for the completion of those two projects[1].

Chairman of the Board, Floyd Warkol, commented: “Our first quarter revenue and income were impacted by the economic recession and credit crunch, which directly resulted in the cancellation of several large projects. However, our cash position remains strong, and we have aggressively begun bidding on public sector work, where opportunities for new work should expand under the Federal Government’s stimulus program.”

I'll be interested in seeing what the company's balance sheet looks like when it files its 10-Q for the first quarter.

[1]The press release doesn't offer a dollar amount for these two UWS projects, but I wonder if this is the $8.5 million in business KSW corporate counsel Jim Oliviero mentioned in our previous conversation, which we noted in a post at the end of March (KSW Update):

$8.5 million of [the backlog] was terminated by a developer. Oliviero explained that the developer was attempting to negotiate lower costs with the unions, and KSW was hopeful about getting the project back on the backlog if that can be done.

I left a voice mail with Oliviero today and will ask him this if I hear back from him tomorrow.


Alex Garcia said...

Do you own shares of KSW? I like PCR better but both are unique in their own little way in terms of markets (new york? vs Las Vegas)

As always good luck with it.

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DaveinHackensack said...

I own them both, but I think Vegas is a liability for PCR now (more so than NYC is for KSW). Fortunately, PCR does have an infrastructure business as well (both domestically and overseas), and it will have to rely more on it over the next few years.

My e-mail's in my profile if you want to send me the URL. Or you can wait until everything is set up if you like. That would be fine too.

DaveinHackensack said...

Speaking of PCR, "Perini Corp's Q1 profit jumps 55 pct". The company also guided for earnings of $2.60 to $2.80 in '09. So as of Thursday's close, PCR was trading at about 7x this year's projected earnings, with about a third of its market cap in cash.