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Trimble Navigation (TRMB)

Almost 30 years ago, Trimble Navigation helped pioneer the use of Global Positioning Satellite gear, which taps into a network of satellites to determine ground positions down to the centimeter. Now, as GPS receivers have shrunk in size to just a few silicon chips, they're finding their way into cars, construction equipment, and laptop computers -- and Trimble is reaping the benefits. Sales last year hit $744.9 million, up 43% in two years, while net income more than doubled, to $84.9 million. Trimble is keeping up the pace in 2006. First-quarter profits jumped 48%, to $26 million, on a 16% rise in sales, to $226 million. How does Trimble do it? Pushing products into a wider range of markets, such as construction, agriculture, telecommunications, and vehicle fleet management. In recent months, Trimble has made a flurry of acquisitions of software companies to provide more industry-specific location services and bolster its mobile-positioning offerings.

Company Info

2005 Rank


Market Value*
($ Millions)


($ Millions)


Sales Growth
(3-yr. avg. annual)

18.9 %

($ Millions)


Profit Growth
(3-yr. avg. annual)

99.1 %

Return on Inv. Capital (3-yr.)

12.4 %

Share Price
12-Mo. Hi/Lo


Share Price
As of 4/28/06


Return on Equity

15.2 %

P/E Ratio


No. of Employees


Industry Electronic Manufacturing Services


Location Sunnyvale, Calif.
Phone 408 481-8000
*Trailing 12 months
Stock price data as of 4/28/06
DATA: Standard & Poor's Compustat

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Company Snapshot

Trimble Navigation engages in the development, manufacture, marketing, and sale of advanced positioning product solutions to commercial and government users worldwide. The company operates in five segments: Engineering and Construction, Field Solutions, Component Technologies, Mobile Solutions, and Portfolio Technologies. The Engineering and Construction segment offers various global positioning systems (GPS) and robotic optical surveying instruments incorporating GPS, optical, laser, radio, or cellular communication technologies for various construction process applications, including initial survey, planning, design, site preparation, and building processes. The Field Solutions segment provides manual and automated navigation guidance products for tractors and other farm equipment, and positioning solutions for leveling agricultural fields, as well as geographic information system product line, which gathers information comprising features, attributes, and positions of fixed infrastructure and natural resource assets. The Component Technologies segment provides GPS-based components, including modules, boards, custom integrated circuits, and software, or single application IP licenses for the telecommunications and automotive industries. The Mobile Solutions segment provides various solutions, including truck communication service, cellular interface, Software for handling various communications from/to the mobile computer, and electronic ticketing system for fleet management. The Portfolio Technologies segment offers products for combining GPS with inertial sensors; GPS receivers and embedded modules; and GPS-enabled cell phones to provide information for outdoor recreational activities. The company sells its products through dealers, representatives, joint ventures, and other channels. It has joint ventures with Nikon and Caterpillar. Trimble Navigation was founded in 1978 and is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif.

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Steven W. Berglund

Steven W. Berglund, 54

Chief Executive Officer, President and Director

Total Compensation*

$ 2,216,619

Total Options Value*

$ 19,509,194

* Fiscal Year 2005

University of Rochester - MBA, University of Minnesota - BS, Universitetet i Oslo - Other Education

Executive Bio

Steven Berglund has been president and CEO of Trimble Navigation since March, 1999. Prior to Trimble, Berglund was president of Spectra Precision, a pioneer in the development of laser systems. He spent 14 years at Spectra, in a variety of senior leadership positions. In the early 1980s, Berglund spent a number of years at Varian Associates in Palo Alto, Calif., where he held a variety of planning and manufacturing roles. Berglund began his career as a process engineer at Eastman Kodak in Rochester, N.Y. He attended the University of Oslo and the University of Minnesota, where he received a BS in chemical engineering in 1974. He later received his MBA from the University of Rochester in 1977.

Management Team

Key Executives

Steven W. Berglund; Debi Hirshlag; Bryn A. Fosburgh; Mark A. Harrington; Rajat Bahri; Joseph F. Denniston; Anup V. Singh; Irwin L. Kwatek; Dennis L. Workman; Alan R. Townsend

Board Directors

Nickolas W. Vande Steeg; Robert S. Cooper; John B. Goodrich; William J. Hart; Ulf J. Johansson; Bradford W. Parkinson; Steven W. Berglund

Executive Data provided by Capital IQ