There have been few large contract awards signed so far in 2011, dampening financial results for publicly owned engineering and construction firms. At a June 2 Credit Suisse-sponsored briefing in Manhattan, E&C executives told an audience of Wall Street analysts and investors that, despite disappointing first-half results, they are optimistic the tide will turn later this year.“Investor sentiment remains horrible, and we get why,” said Jamie L. Cook, a Credit Suisse managing director, at the engineering and construction sector briefing. “In addition to broader macro fears, [first-quarter] awards and [earnings per share] disappointed, and no one believes the 2012 consensus
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.