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KBR could unlock value by separating STS and GS businesses, Citi says

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In a note to clients Wednesday, following meetings with KBR's (NYSE:KBR) management, Citi analysts highlighted they see potential optionality from the company separating its Sustainable Technology Solutions (STS) and Government Solutions (GS) businesses.

"... while the company highlighted potential synergies from keeping its two businesses (GS and STS) together, we see potential optionality given KBR could eventually separate these businesses, which we think could potentially create incremental value for KBR’s shareholders," the analysts commented.

The analysts said they see STS being potentially ascribed a higher valuation multiple over time as a stand-alone company. This would be especially true if demand momentum across STS's end markets continues to pick up and KBR continues to deliver/execute on its high growth/margin targets, they noted.

While the analysts are bullish on the prospects of a separation, they don't see one as imminent as they view STS still as a relatively small business with an estimated $1.25 billion in sales and $224M in adj. EBITDA in 2022.

"All that being said, while we don’t think a separation is imminent, we do think a potential separation over time, could unlock additional value for KBR’s shareholder as both “pure-play” businesses could trade at higher multiples over time given their premium growth characteristics," the analysts added.

KBR could unlock value by separating STS and GS businesses, Citi says
 

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