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For a software company, surviving more than 20 years is a feat unto itself. But computer-aided design stalwart Autodesk isn't just surviving -- it's thriving. Last year, Autodesk's profits almost doubled, to $222 million, while sales rose 30%, to $1.2 billion. In an era when most software companies are struggling to regain Wall Street's confidence, Autodesk's torrid growth helped triple its stock price to $38, though it has cooled this year.

What's behind the company’s growth spurt? Five years ago, with its sizable lead in architecture and engineering design software in place, Autodesk began diversifying with new divisions that crafted programs for specific industries such as manufacturing, infrastructure, and entertainment. Last year, those divisions accounted for about half of sales. Not bad for a 23-year-old software company.

Company Info

Revenues* $1.3 BILLION
Revenue Growth 24.3%
Return on Equity 35.9%
Total Return121.2%
Profits* $255.1 MILLION
All figures are for the most recent available 12 months.

* Latest available data for the 12-month period ended Dec. 31, Jan. 31, Feb. 29, Mar. 31, or Apr. 30. For companies that do not report quarterly, the most recent annual data were used.

Data provided by Standard & Poor's Compustat, BusinessWeek

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Company Snapshot

Autodesk, Inc. operates as a software and digital content company worldwide. The company provides business solutions through technology products and services, including integrated and interoperable design software, Internet services, wireless development platforms, and point-of-location applications. Its activities are segregated into Design Solutions and Discreet Segments. Design Solutions segment engages in the sale of design products and services for professionals and consumers who design, build, manage, and own building projects or manufactures goods, as well as the sale of mapping and geographic information systems technology to public and private users. The principal product portfolio of the segment includes AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT products. This segment also offers consulting, support, and training services. Discreet segment develops, integrates, markets, sells, and supports film and television compositing systems; high definition and standard definition broadcast editorial and finishing systems; digital cinema production systems for color grading and film finishing; and animation, visualization, and streaming media products. This segment primarily sells its products to post production facilities, film studios, broadcasters, and creative professionals for various applications, including feature films, television programs, commercials, music and corporate videos, interactive game production, design visualization, Web design, and interactive Web streaming. The company also offers a technology platform designed to deliver location-based applications to wired, mobile, and wireless users. It markets its product, LocationLogic, primarily to wireless carriers and network operators. The company’s major customers include companies in the building, manufacturing, infrastructure, and digital media sectors. The company sells its software products in approximately 160 countries directly to customers, and indirectly through a network of resellers and distributors. The company has a strategic alliance with UGS PLM Solutions. Autodesk was incorporated in 1982 and is based in San Rafael, California.

No. of Employees


Data provided by Capital IQ
Carol A. Bartz

Carol A. Bartz

AGE: 56


Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President

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Total Compensation*


Total Value of Options**


Degrees Held

University of Wisconsin - Madison (BS)

* Latest available fiscal year
** The sum of the net value of options exercised and held in the latest available fiscal year

Key Executives

Carol A. Bartz (Board), Alfred J. Castino, Carl Bass, Marcia K. Sterling, Jan Becker, Jack Q. Gao

Board Members

Carol A. Bartz, Crawford W. Beveridge, J. Hallam Dawson, Per-Kristian Halvorsen, Mary Alice Taylor, Larry W. Wangberg, Mark Bertelsen, Steven L. Scheid, Michael J. Fister

Data provided by Capital IQ
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