Jacobs’ Quarterly Results and Spinoff Details
In the last quarter, Jacobs Solutions experienced a 10.5% increase in revenue year over year, reaching $4.29 billion (7.3% growth at constant currency). Adjusted earnings from continuing operations also rose by 5.6% to $1.90 per share. However, analysts had anticipated higher earnings of $2.02 per share on lower revenue of $4.21 billion.
Taking a closer look at the results, the Critical Missions Solutions segment saw a substantial 26.4% revenue growth to $102.9 million, while the People & Places Solutions segment experienced an 11.7% rise to $256.2 million in sales. Additionally, revenue from the smaller Divergent Solutions segment surged approximately 58% to $24.1 million, and the PA Consulting business showed growth of 20.5%, reaching $59.5 million.
In an effort to streamline its business portfolio and align with key global megatrends, Jacobs announced its intention to spin off and merge its Critical Missions Solutions segment and its Cyber & Intelligence business with Amentum, a prominent global engineering and technology solutions provider. This strategic move will pave the way for a new publicly traded company, focusing on the government services sector.
The Outlook for Jacobs Solutions’ Stock
CEO Bob Pragada expressed confidence in the spinoffs, stating that they will position Jacobs as a more focused, higher-margin company in line with industry trends. However, regulatory approval is still pending for the separation, and although shareholder approval is not required, there may have been a mild backlash from investors contributing to the stock’s decline. The transaction is projected to be finalized in the second half of fiscal year 2024 through a tax-efficient Reverse Morris Trust transaction, including a $1 billion cash dividend payment to Jacobs.
Upon completion, Jacobs and its shareholders will retain ownership of up to 63% of the combined company’s common shares, with Jacobs’ shareholders holding 51% and Jacobs retaining 7.5% to 12%.
Nevertheless, the market seems skeptical in light of the mixed quarter performance and the complexity surrounding the spinoff. Furthermore, the absence of shareholder approval may add to investor uncertainty.