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KBR, Inc is an engineering & construction business based in the US. KBR shares (KBR) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. KBR employs 37,000 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$5.8 billion.

How to buy shares in KBR

  1. Compare share trading platforms. If you're a beginner, look for a platform with low commissions, expert ratings and investment tools to track your portfolio. Narrow down top brands with our comparison table.
  2. Open and fund your brokerage account. Complete an application with your personal and financial details, like your ID and bank information. Fund your account with a bank transfer, credit card or debit card.
  3. Search for KBR. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: KBR. Research its history to confirm it's a solid investment against your financial goals.
  4. Purchase now or later. Buy today with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until KBR reaches your desired price. To spread out your purchase, look into dollar-cost averaging, which smooths out buying at consistent intervals and amounts.
  5. Decide on how many to buy. At last close price of USD$24.92, weigh your budget against a diversified portfolio that can minimize risk through the market's ups and downs. You may be able to buy a fractional share of KBR, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of KBR. Optimize your portfolio by tracking how your stock — and even the business — performs with an eye on the long term. You may be eligible for dividends and shareholder voting rights on directors and management that can affect your stock.

How has coronavirus impacted KBR's share price?

Since the stock market crash in March caused by coronavirus, KBR's share price has had significant negative movement.

Its last market close was USD$24.92, which is 19.87% down on its pre-crash value of USD$31.1 and 107.67% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the shares fell as low as USD$12.

If you had bought USD$1,000 worth of KBR shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth USD$545.18 at the bottom of the March crash, and if you held on to them, then as of the last market close they'd be worth USD$885.66.

KBR share price

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KBR shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-10-20.
Latest market closeUSD$24.92
52-week rangeUSD$12 - USD$31.92
50-day moving average USD$23.9317
200-day moving average USD$22.6446
Wall St. target priceUSD$30.22
PE ratio 55.975
Dividend yield USD$0.4 (1.61%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$0.401

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Is it a good time to buy KBR stock?

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KBR price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $24.92 from 2020-10-16

1 week (2020-10-15) 1.76%
1 month (2020-09-22) 6.36%
3 months (2020-07-22) 9.39%
6 months (2020-04-22) 29.32%
1 year (2019-10-22) 24.92
2 years (2018-10-22) 26.56%
3 years (2017-10-20) 30.75%
5 years (2015-10-22) 36.55%

Is KBR under- or over-valued?

Valuing KBR stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of KBR's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.

KBR's P/E ratio

KBR's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 56x. In other words, KBR shares trade at around 56x recent earnings.

That's relatively high compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The high P/E ratio could mean that investors are optimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're over-valued.

KBR's PEG ratio

KBR's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 0.8831. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into KBR's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.


KBR's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$390 million.

The EBITDA is a measure of a KBR's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

KBR financials

Revenue TTM USD$5.8 billion
Operating margin TTM 5.57%
Gross profit TTM USD$653 million
Return on assets TTM 3.91%
Return on equity TTM -0.35%
Profit margin -0.5%
Book value $11.345
Market capitalisation USD$3.5 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting KBR shares

There are currently 5.3 million KBR shares held short by investors – that's known as KBR's "short interest". This figure is 7.7% down from 5.7 million last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting KBR shares can be evaluated.

KBR's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

KBR's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of KBR shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of KBR shares traded daily (recently around 1.6 million). KBR's SIR currently stands at 3.31. In other words for every 100,000 KBR shares traded daily on the market, roughly 3310 shares are currently held short.

However KBR's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of KBR shares, or, against the total number of tradable KBR shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case KBR's short interest could be expressed as 0.04% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 KBR shares in existence, roughly 40 shares are currently held short) or 0.0422% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable KBR shares, roughly 42 shares are currently held short).

Such a low SIR usually points to an optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against KBR.

Find out more about how you can short KBR stock.

KBR share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 22.49% of net profits

Recently KBR has paid out, on average, around 22.49% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.61% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), KBR shareholders could enjoy a 1.61% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In KBR's case, that would currently equate to about $0.4 per share.

While KBR's payout ratio might seem low, this can signify that KBR is investing more in its future growth.

KBR's most recent dividend payout was on 15 October 2020. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 14 December 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

KBR share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, KBR's shares have ranged in value from as little as $12 up to $31.92. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

KBR.US volatility(beta: 1.32)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while KBR's is 1.3243. This would suggest that KBR's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

KBR overview

KBR, Inc. provides professional services and technologies across the asset and program life-cycle within the government services and hydrocarbons industries worldwide. The company operates through three segments: Government Solutions, Technology Solutions, and Energy Solutions. The Government Solutions segment offers life-cycle support solutions to defense, space, aviation, and other programs and missions for military and other government agencies in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia. This segment's services cover from research and development, through systems engineering, test and evaluation, systems integration and program management, to operations support, maintenance, and field logistics. The Technology Solutions segment provides proprietary technologies, equipment and catalyst supply, digital solutions and associated knowledge-based services into a global business for refining, petrochemicals, inorganic, and specialty chemicals, as well as gasification, syngas, ammonia, nitric acid and fertilizers. The Energy Solutions segment offers life-cycle support solutions across the upstream, midstream, and downstream hydrocarbons markets; comprehensive project and program delivery solutions, as well as engineering services, front-end consulting and feasibility studies, sustaining capital construction, turnarounds, maintenance services, and others. This segment provides EPC, and consulting and engineering services for onshore oil and gas; LNG/GTL; oil refining; petrochemicals; chemicals; fertilizers; offshore oil and gas; and floating solutions. KBR, Inc. was founded in 1901 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

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