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Anixter International

This wholesaler of communications cables and electrical gear is a global powerhouse. Based in Glenview, Ill., Anixter distributes 275,000 products from 169 warehouses in 45 countries. Such an extensive warehouse network enables Anixter to deliver 99% of orders within 24 to 48 hours around the globe. That reliability gives customers the confidence to buy from one supplier. The result: $3.27 billion in sales in 2004, giving it a commanding 20% of this fragmented market.

And Anixter is only getting bigger. Recent acquisitions have added fasteners to the product mix, leading to breakthroughs in distribution to blue-chip manufacturers. Its new biz helped Anixter up first quarter revenues nearly 15% over a year ago, to $876.5 million. The company plans to cross-sell these new offerings to existing customers, making 2005 a promising year

Company Info

Revenues* $3.4 BILLION
Revenue Growth 24.2%
Return on Equity 10.2%
Total Return24.0%
Profits* $80 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

Anixter International Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the distribution of communications and specialty wire and cable products and fasteners, and other small parts. Its communications products include voice, data, video, and security products used to connect personal computers, peripheral equipment, mainframe equipment, security equipment, and various networks. The company also provides industrial wire and cable products, including electrical and electronic wire and cable, control and instrumentation cable, and coaxial cable that used in various maintenance, repair, and construction-related applications. It also offers electrical and electronic wire and cable products, fasteners, and other small components that are used by original equipment manufacturers in manufacturing various products. In addition, Anixter International provides inventory management services, which include procurement, just-in-time delivery, quality assurance testing, advisory engineering services, component kit production, small component assembly and e-commerce, and electronic data interchange to a broad spectrum of customers. The company distributes its products primarily to international, national, regional, and local companies that cover various industry groups, including manufacturing, telecommunications, Internet service, finance, education, healthcare, transportation, utilities, and government. It also serves contractors, installers, system integrators, value-added resellers, architects, engineers, and wholesale distributors in the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Latin America. The company was founded in 1957 and is based in Glenview, Ill.

No. of Employees


Data provided by Capital IQ
Robert W. Grubbs

Robert W. Grubbs

AGE: 48


President and Chief Executive Officer

CEO Bio >

Total Compensation*


Total Value of Options**

$ 19.3 MILLION

Degrees Held


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

Key Executives

Robert W. Grubbs, Dennis J. Letham, John A. Dul, Terrance A. Faber, Rodney A. Shoemaker

Board Members

Robert W. Grubbs Jr., Lord James Blyth, Robert L. Crandall, F. Philip Handy, Melvyn N. Klein, George Muñoz, Stuart M. Sloan, Thomas C. Theobald, Matthew Zell, Samuel Zell

Data provided by Capital IQ
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