Why Engility Holdings' Shares Popped
Mar 13th 2013 4:45PM
Updated Mar 13th 2013 4:52PM
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What: Shares of government service provider Engility Holdings jumped 20% today after the company reported earnings.
So what: Fourth-quarter revenue was $396 million, and adjusted earnings per share were $0.77, both ahead of the company's estimates. Analysts had set their earnings target at just $0.50, so the results were much better than Wall Street expected.
Now what: Despite budget cutbacks, the company appears to be doing fairly well. Funded backlog grew to $856 million from $788 million last quarter, a strong indication of future results. Shares traded at just 10 times forward earnings, and if this strong performance continues, I think shares will move higher.
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