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KBR-Adarga Partnership to Boost AI Skills in National Security

KBR, Inc. KBR has teamed up with Adarga to integrate the latter’s leading-edge artificial intelligence (AI) software platform for national security.

Being one of the U.K.'s leading developers of AI analytics software, Adarga will help KBR’s Government Solutions unit to use its software platform for the delivery of a number of large-scale programs across the defense and national security sectors. This will eventually help in bringing effective, data-driven decision-making operations.

In this regard, Andrew Barrie, KBR president, Government Solutions EMEA, said, "This partnership is an exciting step to enhance our innovative and highly dependable solutions focused approach across key markets, with a shared ethos to help our customers resolve their most complex challenges.”

This tie-up will further boost KBR's competencies in offering services across key market sectors, and fast-track speed and scale to resolve complex data challenges.

Adarga's U.K.-developed Knowledge Platform is utilized for fast integration with partner programs. This has been providing vital insights for the U.K. Ministry of Defence by driving faster and enhanced decisions.

Innovative Digital Solutions: A Boon

KBR’s focus on more agile, technology-driven, knowledge-based delivery has been driving its performance. In recent times, KBR has strengthened its position as a provider of high-end, digitally-enabled solutions and technologies in attractive end markets. KBR’s best-in-class technologies have been designing and building end-to-end, sophisticated digitization solutions as well as services for clients across the world. Furthermore, the Government Solutions business strength to optimize its growth potential is encouraging.

Government Solutions, which accounted for 68.2% of KBR's 2020 revenues, mainly focuses on long-term service contracts with annuity streams for the U.K., Australian and U.S. governments.

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Coming to share price performance, KBR’s shares have advanced 18.6% over the past six months, outperforming the Zacks Engineering - R and D Services industry’s 9.1% growth. Its solid prospects are backed by continuous contract wins, strong project execution, backlog level, and potential government as well as technology businesses. As of Jun 30, 2021, the total backlog was $19.9 billion compared with $19 billion at 2020-end. Of the total backlog, Government Solutions booked $12.4 billion. The Sustainable Technology Solutions segment accounted for $2.5 billion of the total backlog.

The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) company’s 2021 earnings indicates a 24.9% increase from 2020. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

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Other top-ranked stocks in the same industry include Altair Engineering Inc. ALTR, Gates Industrial Corporation PLC GTES and Quanta Services, Inc. PWR, each carrying a Zacks Rank #2.

Altair, Gates Industrial, and Quanta Services’ earnings for 2021 are expected to rise 64.5%, 94.3%, and 19.9%, respectively.

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