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It's a wired world, and that's just the way CommScope likes it. The maker of high-performance cable products scored last year by wiring up data, voice, and video networks for some serious corporate giants. Cable company Comcast and tech maven Sun Microsystems signed up for the company's high-bandwidth coaxial and fiber-optic products, some of which can carry cable TV, phone, and Internet service through one pipe. Buoyed by such deals -- plus the $263 million acquisition of Avaya's connectivity business -- profits at the Hickory, N.C. company returned to the black last year, after a $70.6 million loss the year before. But CommScope faces stiff competition from sturdy rivals such as Corning. The challenge now for Chief Executive Frank Drendel is to keep those big-ticket clients rolling in.

Company Info

Revenues* $1.2 BILLION
Revenue Growth 80.7%
Return on Equity 21.5%
Total Return-1.9%
Profits* $97.7 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

CommScope Inc. engages in the design, manufacture, and marketing of cable and connectivity solutions for communications networks worldwide. The company provides structured cabling systems for business enterprise applications under the SYSTIMAX Solutions and Uniprise Solutions brand names. A structured cabling system consists of various components, including transmission media (cable), circuit administration hardware, connectors, jacks, plugs, adapters, transmission electronics, electrical protection devices, wireless access devices, and support hardware. It manufacture and markets broadband coaxial cables, and other electronic and fiber optic cable products for cable television, telephony, Internet access, wireless communications, and other broadband services. In addition, CommScope also manufacture other broadband coaxial cables, fiber optic cables, and twisted pair cables that are used for various wireless applications, including Third Generation Wireless, Personal Communications Systems, Global System for Mobile Communications, Universal Mobile Telecommunications Systems, Cellular, Multichannel Multipoint Distribution Service, Local Multipoint Distribution System, land mobile radio, paging, automotive, and in-building wireless applications. The company distributes its products directly and through distributors to end users and original equipment manufacturers. CommScope was incorporated in 1997 and is headquartered in Hickory, N.C.

No. of Employees


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Frank M. Drendel

Frank M. Drendel

AGE: 60


Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

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Total Compensation*


Total Value of Options**


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

Frank M. Drendel, Brian D. Garrett, Jearld L. Leonhardt, Randall W. Crenshaw, Marvin S. Edwards, Jr., William R. Gooden, Edward A. Hally, James R. Hughes, Christopher A. Story, Frank B. Wyatt, II

Board Members

Frank M. Drendel, Duncan M. Faircloth, Boyd L. George, George N. Hutton, Jr., Katsuhiko Okubo, Richard C. Smith, June E. Travis, James N. Whitson

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