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HQ: Baton Rouge, LA

NYSE Symbol: SGR

No. of employees: 22,000

Revenues: Over $4 billion

Founded: 1987

Chairman & CEO:
J.M. Bernhard, Jr.

T.A. Barfield, Jr.

Executive VP & CFO: Robert L. Belk

News Release

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The Shaw Group Announces Financial Results for Third Quarter Fiscal 2005

BATON ROUGE, La.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–July 8, 2005–The Shaw Group Inc. (NYSE: SGR) today announced financial results for its third fiscal quarter 2005. The Company reported a net loss for the third quarter of fiscal 2005 of $21.7 million, or $0.31 per diluted share, which includes charges of $47.8 million ($31.1 million, after taxes or $0.44 per diluted share) primarily for the retirement of debt and $6.9 million, after taxes or $0.10 per diluted share, for the valuation of a deferred tax asset. Not including the charges, net income would have been $16.2 million, or $0.23 per diluted share. For the three months ended May 31, 2004, Shaw reported restated net income of $7.2 million, or $0.11 per diluted share, which included losses from discontinued operations of $3.6 million, after taxes or $0.06 per diluted share. Income from continuing operations, excluding the charges, for third quarter of fiscal 2005 of $16.2 million was 50% higher than third quarter of fiscal 2004 income from continuing operations of $10.8 million. For the third quarter of fiscal 2005, revenues were $907.2 million compared to $917.8 million in the prior year’s third quarter.

Shaw’s backlog totaled $5.1 billion at May 31, 2005, with approximately $2.4 billion or 46% of the backlog expected to be converted during the next 12 months. Approximately $2.5 billion or 48% of the backlog is in the environmental and infrastructure sector, primarily contracts with Federal government agencies and commercial entities; approximately $2.0 billion or 38% of the backlog is comprised of projects for energy industry customers, primarily fossil fuel and nuclear power plants; and approximately $0.6 billion or 13% is related to projects for chemical process industry facilities.

J.M. Bernhard, Jr., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Shaw, said, “We are pleased to report positive financial and operational results, for the fifth consecutive quarter, with net income of $0.23 per diluted share, excluding the charges for the retirement of our Senior Notes and the valuation of a deferred tax asset, and positive net cash from operations of $32.6 million. Five quarters of solid operating performance is a direct result of our continued focus on project execution and a marked increase in activity related to the recovering energy and chemical markets. Our backlog remains strong and we continue to see strong momentum in preliminary engineering and design work for our energy and chemical industry clients. We are also pleased with the steady growth of our maintenance backlog and our strong position in the federal services marketplace in the environmental and infrastructure sector.”

The Shaw Group Inc. is a leading global provider of technology, engineering, procurement, construction, maintenance, fabrication, manufacturing, consulting, remediation, and facilities management services for government and private sector clients in the energy, chemical, environmental, infrastructure and emergency response markets. The Shaw Group is headquartered in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and employs approximately 20,000 people at its offices and operations in North America, South America, Europe, the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific region. The Company was recently named to Fortune magazine’s annual list of “America’s Most Admired Companies” for the second consecutive year. For further information, please visit Shaw’s website at

Forward-Looking Statements – The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 provides a “safe harbor” for certain forward-looking statements. The statements contained herein that are not historical facts (including without limitation statements to the effect that the Company or its management “believes,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “plans,” or other similar expressions) and statements related to revenues, earnings, backlog, or other financial information or results are forward-looking statements based on the Company’s current expectations and beliefs concerning future developments and their potential effects on the Company. There can be no assurance that future developments affecting the Company will be those anticipated by the Company. These forward-looking statements involve significant risks and uncertainties (some of which are beyond our control) and assumptions and are subject to change based upon various factors. Should one or more of such risks or uncertainties materialize, or should any of our assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary in material respects from those projected in the forward-looking statements. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. A description of some of the risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from such forward-looking statements can be found in the Company’s reports and registration statements filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Form 10-K and Form 10-Q reports, and on the Company’s website under the heading “Forward-Looking Statements”. These documents are also available from the Securities and Exchange Commission or from the Investor Relations department of Shaw. For more information on the company and announcements it makes from time to time on a regional basis visit our website at

                          Revenue by Industry
                  (Third Quarter Ended May 31, 2005)
Environmental & Infrastructure                $  289.4 million     32%
Energy                                           420.9 million     46
Chemicals                                        176.1 million     20
Other Industries                                  20.8 million      2
                                              ----------------- ------
  Total                                       $  907.2 million    100%
                         Revenue by Geography
                  (Third Quarter Ended May 31, 2005)
United States                                 $  788.7 million     87%
Asia/Pacific Rim                                  58.0 million      6
Middle East                                       18.2 million      2
Canada                                            19.9 million      2
Europe                                            15.6 million      2
South America & Mexico                             4.8 million      1
Other                                              2.0 million      -
                                              ----------------- ------
    Total                                     $  907.2 million    100%
                          Backlog by Industry
                          (As of May 31,2005)
Environmental & Infrastructure                $2,481.6 million     48%
  Nuclear Power                                  996.2 million     19
  Fossil Fuel                                    830.4 million     16
  Other Power                                    133.7 million      3
Chemicals                                        645.5 million     13
Other Industries                                  37.4 million      1
                                              ----------------- ------
    Total                                     $5,124.8 million    100%
                         Backlog by Geography
                         (As of May 31, 2005)
Domestic                                      $4,291.1 million     84%
International                                    833.7 million     16
                                              ----------------- ------
    Total                                     $5,124.8 million    100%
           (Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)
                                                  Three Months Ended
                                                         May 31,
                                                  ---------- ---------
                                                    2005       2004
                                                  ---------- ---------
Revenues                                          $ 907,163  $917,772
Cost of revenues                                    826,331   841,977
                                                  ---------- ---------
  Gross profit                                       80,832    75,795
General and administrative expenses                  52,863    47,185
                                                  ---------- ---------
Operating income                                     27,969    28,610
Interest expense                                     (7,358)   (9,588)
Interest income                                       1,346       379
Loss on retirement of debt                          (47,772)      (95)
Foreign currency transaction gain (loss), net         2,579       817
Other income, net                                     1,142     1,944
                                                  ---------- ---------
                                                    (50,063)   (6,543)
(Loss) income before income taxes, minority
 interest, earnings from unconsolidated entities
 and loss from discontinued operations              (22,094)   22,067
(Benefit) provision for income taxes                   (812)    7,361
                                                  ---------- ---------
(Loss) income before minority interest, earnings
 from unconsolidated entities and loss from
 discontinued operations                            (21,282)   14,706
Minority interest, net of income taxes               (1,197)   (4,196)
Earnings from unconsolidated entities, net of
 income taxes                                           714       326
                                                  ---------- ---------
(Loss) income from continuing operations            (21,765)   10,836
(Loss) income from discontinued operations, net          16      (642)
 of income taxes
Impairment of discontinued operations                    --    (2,995)
                                                  ---------- ---------
Net (loss) income                                 $ (21,749) $  7,199
                                                  ========== =========
Net (loss) income per common share:
    Income (loss) from continuing operations      $   (0.31) $   0.18
    Loss from discontinued operations, net of
     income taxes                                        --     (0.06)
                                                  ---------- ---------
    Net (loss) income                             $   (0.31) $   0.12
                                                  ========== =========
    Income (loss) from continuing operations      $   (0.31) $   0.17
    Loss from discontinued operations, net of
     income taxes                                        --     (0.06)
                                                  ---------- ---------
    Net (loss) income                             $   (0.31) $   0.11
                                                  ========== =========

CONTACT: The Shaw Group Inc.
Chris D. Sammons, 225-932-2546

SOURCE: The Shaw Group Inc.

“Safe Harbor” Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: Statements in this press release regarding SHAW GROUP INC’s business which are not historical facts are “forward-looking statements” that involve risks and uncertainties. For a discussion of such risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements, see “Risk Factors” in the Company’s Annual Report or Form 10-K for the most recently ended fiscal year.

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