DailyFinance  Jul 17  Comment 
The Law Offices of Vincent Wong are investigating potential claims against the Board of Directors of URS Corp.(NYSE:URS) (“URS”) in connection with the sale of the Company to AECOM Technology Corporation. Click here to...
DailyFinance  Jul 14  Comment 
The securities litigation law firm of Brower Piven, A Professional Corporation, has commenced an investigation into possible breaches of fiduciary duty and other violations of state law by the board of directors of URS...
Motley Fool  Jul 14  Comment 
The S&P 500 jumps from the word "Go" as Kandi Technologies, URS, and AECOM Technology all advance by double-digit percentages.
Benzinga  Jul 14  Comment 
In a report released Monday, UBS analyst Steven Fisher upgraded AECOM Technology (NYSE: ACM) from Neutral to Buy and increased the company's price target from $33.00 to $40.00. Fisher favors AECOM Technology's move to URS transaction and cost...
Benzinga  Jul 14  Comment 
URS (NYSE: URS) shares moved up 9.05% to $56.73. The volume of URS shares traded was 2561% higher than normal. Aecom Technology (NYSE: ACM) announced its plans to buy URS for $4 billion in cash and stock. AECOM Technology (NYSE: ACM) shares...
TheStreet.com  Jul 14  Comment 
NEW YORK (The Deal) -- Engineering firm Aecom Technology on Sunday announced plans to acquire rival URS in a cash, stock and assumed debt deal valued at $6 billion. Terms of the deal call for Los Angeles-based Aecom to pay $56.31 in cash and...
Financial Times  Jul 14  Comment 
DailyFinance  Jul 14  Comment 
Andrews & Springer LLC, a boutique securities class action law firm focused on representing shareholders nationwide, is investigating potential breach of fiduciary duty claims against the Board of Directors of URS...
Benzinga  Jul 14  Comment 
Exelixis (NASDAQ: EXEL) shares gained 12.78% to $3.75 in pre-market trading after the company reported that coBRIM has met primary endpoint in phase 3 trial. Progenics Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: PGNX) shares surged 11.08% to $4.71 in pre-market...
TheStreet.com  Jul 13  Comment 
LOS ANGELES -- Engineering design company Aecom Technology said Sunday it is buying URS for $4 billion in cash and stock, or about $56.31 per URS share. The price is 8% above URS' closing stock price of $52.02 on Friday, but 19% above the...
Reuters  Jul 11  Comment 
(Adds URS, Mondelez, Barclays, Grupo, Exact, Direct Line, Toulouse-Blagnac, Royal Mail, Telefonica, Cemex and Karstadt)


The URS Corporation (URS) manages engineering, construction and technical ventures for corporations worldwide; specifically, the company specializes in program management, construction management, operations and maintenance, and decommissioning & closure projects.[1] The company generated $5.383 billion in 2007 revenue (up 27.5% from 2006) from four sources – US Federal Government contracts (41% of revenue), US State and Local Government contracts (21% of revenue), US Private Industry contracts (27% of revenue), and International Government and Corporation contracts (11% of revenue).[2]

Also in 2007, URS’ backlog (unrecognized yet received revenue ie partial prepayment) grew to $18.7 billion from $4.6 billion in 2006. [3] Backlog represents a key metric in the general contracting industry in illustrating the future revenue stream. Partial prepayments to URS Corporation for individual projects foreshadow future payments as these ventures are completed.

Between 2006 and 2007, demand in the electrical and mechanical construction services industry grew due to the desire of businesses to deeply integrate computer operations into their informational infrastructure as well as legal measures requiring corporations to amplify their environmental and energy conservation efforts.[4] In particular, this created opportunities for electrical and mechanical services in the non-residential construction arena.[5] In 2007, total spending in the United States for non-residential construction exceeded $630.0 billion, an increase of 15.6% on such spending in 2006.[6]

Company Overview

Business Clients

URS’ 2007 Revenue By Client[7] [8]

URS Corporation subdivides revenues based upon four types of clientele: US Federal Government, US State and Local Governments, Private Industry, and International clients. Between 2005 and 2007, URS generated an increasing percentage of its total revenue from US Federal Government contracts. While in 2005, US Government revenue supplied only 30% of URS’s gross revenue, by 2006, this client’s revenue contribution had ballooned to 38% of total 2006 revenue. Finally, in 2007, the US Federal Government contributed to 41% of URS’ gross revenue.[9]

  • US Federal Government Contracts (41% of revenue): URS, as a major contractor to the U.S. federal government, serves departments including the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Energy, NASA, and the Treasury Department. The project specifics for these departments remain classified.[10]
  • US State and Local Government (21% of revenue): URS additionally serves state and local government agency clients include local municipalities, community planning boards, state and municipal departments; for these clients, the company primarily constructs infrastructure networks including transportation networks, waste systems, and water systems.[11]
  • US Private Industry (27 % of revenue): Many US Fortune 500 companies, US companies with international operations, and US companies specializing industries including mining, power, and oil and gas contract URS to either build infrastructure networks and facilities or decommission existing sites for them.[12]
  • International Governments and Private Companies (11% of revenue): In the international realm, URS Corp both builds infrastructure and facilities as well as decommissions sites for private industry clients and foreign governmental agencies. [13]

Business Divisions

URS’ 2007 Revenue & Operating Income By Division[14] [15]

URS Corporation additionally subdivides revenues based upon three intrinsic divisions of the organization: URS Division, EG&G Division, and the Washington Division. Between 2006 and 2007, revenue contribution by each division as a percentage of gross revenue remained the same; in 2006, URS contributed to 66.3% of gross revenue while EG&G and at that time the EG&G subsidiary, Washington Division contributed to 33.7% of gross revenue.

  • URS Division (65.3% of revenue): The URS Division competes for contracts in the transportation, power, environmental preservation, and nuclear management sectors. Competitors for the URS division include Fluor Corporation, Jacobs Engineering Group Inc., Parsons Brinckerhoff Inc., the Shaw Group Inc. and Tetra Tech, Inc.
  • EG&G Division (28.4% of revenue): The EG&G Division competes for contracts in the industrial infrastructure, facilities, water treatment, and mining sectors. Competitors for the EG&G division include L-3 Communications Corporation, ManTech International Corporation, Raytheon Corporation and Science Application International Corporation (SAIC).
  • Washington Division (6.3 % of revenue): The Washington Division competes for contracts in the Homeland Security, Defense Systems, and Installation and Logistics sectors. Competitors for the Washington Division include Kiewit Corporation, McDermott International, Inc., Parsons Brinckerhoff Inc., Parsons Corporation and the Shaw Group Inc.


  • Revenue grew at an uncompounded average rate of 23.37% per year between 2002 and 2007. [16]
  • Net income, between 2002 and 2007, grew at uncompounded average rate of 33.88%. Net income growth has grown positively since 2002 as a result of URS’s ability to keep both Cost of Good Sold and Sales, general, and administrative expenses (SG&A) in check.[17]
  • URS’ cost of goods sold (COGS) rose steeply between 2002 and 2007. Between these years, Cost of Good Sold increased at an average uncompounded rate of 49.9% year-over-year, a rate exceeding that of revenue growth.[18] However, due to scaling, URS still produced a positive gross profit throughout this period (ie Revenue still exceeded Cost of Goods Sold).[19]
Annual income data, in millions[20] 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007
Total Revenue$2,428$3,181$3,368$3,890$4,223$5,383
Cost of Services$1,457$2,972$3,159$3660$3,978$5,095
Gross Profit $971 $209 $209 $230 $245$288
Net Income $49 $58 $62 $83 $113$132

Competition and Market Share

URS Corporation competes with other general contracting firms to acquire business in either the federal contracting or private energy sectors.

Company 2007 Revenue (millions USD) Net Margin (%) New Contracts 2007 Backlog (millions USD) Electric Work Market Share (2007)[21]
URS Corporation (URS) $5,383.0[22] 2.5[23] 1,022[24] 18700[25] 33.9%
Emcor Group (EME) $5,927.2[26] 2.1[27] 4,845[28] 4490[29] 37.3%
Quanta Services (PWR) $2,656[30] 5[31] 1,301[32] 4670[33] 16.7%
Integrated Electrical Services (IESC) $892.8[34] 0.1[35] 934[36] 334.3[37] 5.6%
Mastec. Corp $1,037.8[38] 0.6[39] 988[40] 1300[41] 6.5%

  • Quanta Services (PWR) implements and repairs infrastructure for the natural gas, electric, telecommunications, and cable industries. Primarily, the organization installs power lines and power distribution networks for companies that provide power, like gas and electric utilities.[42]
  • Integrated Electrical Services (IESC) is a U.S. provider of electrical contract services. IESC serves commercial, industrial, and residential markets.[43]
  • Mastec. Corp specializes in the installation and maintenance of communications and utility infrastructure in the United States.[44]
  • Emcor Group (EME) undertakes both electrical & mechanical construction ventures as well as facilities maintenance projects for corporations around the world.[45]


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