Trimble's Fourth Quarter Revenue Up 4 Percent and Non-GAAP Operating Income Up 18 Percent as Compared to the Fourth Quarter 2008

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Feb. 2 — (PRNewswire) — Trimble (Nasdaq: TRMB) today announced revenue of $277.5 million for its fourth quarter ended January 1, 2010, up approximately 4 percent from revenue of $268.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2008.

Operating income for the fourth quarter of 2009 was $12.7 million, up approximately 21 percent as compared to the fourth quarter of 2008. Operating margin in the fourth quarter of 2009 was 4.6 percent, as compared to an operating margin of 3.9 percent in the fourth quarter of 2008.

Amortization of intangibles was $13.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2009, as compared to $12.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2008. The impact of stock-based compensation expense was $5.3 million, as compared to $4.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2008. There was also $1.6 million in restructuring expense, no acquisition-related inventory step-up charges, and $0.8 million in non-recurring acquisition costs in the fourth quarter of 2009.  This compares to $0.8 million in restructuring expense, $0.8 million in acquisition-related inventory step-up charges, and no non-recurring acquisition costs in the fourth quarter of 2008.

Excluding these items, non-GAAP operating income of $33.8 million was up 18 percent, as compared to the fourth quarter of 2008. Non-GAAP operating margin was 12.2 percent in the fourth quarter of 2009, as compared to 10.7 percent in the fourth quarter of 2008.

Fourth quarter 2009 net income was $9.5 million, down 31 percent, as compared to the fourth quarter of 2008. Diluted earnings per share for the fourth quarter of 2009 was $0.08, as compared to diluted earnings per share of $0.11 for the fourth quarter of 2008.

Adjusting for the items noted above, non-GAAP net income of $25.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2009 was down 13 percent, as compared to the fourth quarter of 2008. Non-GAAP earnings per share for the fourth quarter of 2009 was $0.21, as compared to non-GAAP earnings per share of $0.24 in the fourth quarter of 2008.  The tax rate for the fourth quarter of 2009 was 27 percent, compared to a tax benefit of 48 percent in the fourth quarter of 2008.  

For the full year 2009, Trimble's revenue was $1.13 billion, down approximately 15 percent from revenue of $1.33 billion in 2008.

Operating income for the full year 2009 was $85.8 million, down approximately 54 percent from 2008. Operating margin in 2009 was 7.6 percent, as compared to operating margin of 14.0 percent in 2008.

Amortization of intangibles was $52.5 million in 2009, as compared to $44.9 million in 2008. The impact of stock-based compensation expense was $18.7 million, as compared to $16.2 million in 2008. There was also $10.8 million in restructuring expense, $0.5 million in acquisition-related inventory step-up charges, and $3.8 million in non-recurring acquisition costs in 2009.  This compares to $4.6 million in restructuring expense, $1.4 million in acquisition-related inventory step-up charges, and no non-recurring acquisition costs in 2008.

Excluding these items, full year non-GAAP operating income of $172.1 million was down 32 percent, as compared to 2008. Full year 2009 non-GAAP operating margin was 15.3 percent in 2009, as compared to 19.0 percent in 2008.

Net income for the full year 2009 was $63.4 million, down 55 percent as compared to 2008. Diluted earnings per share for 2009 was $0.52, as compared to diluted earnings per share of $1.14 in 2008.

Adjusting for the items noted above, non-GAAP net income of $126.5 million for the full year 2009 was down 34 percent, as compared to 2008. Non-GAAP earnings per share for 2009 was $1.04, as compared to non-GAAP earnings per share of $1.54 in 2008.  The tax rate for the full year 2009 was 27 percent, as compared to 26 percent for the full year 2008.  

Cash flow from operations for the full year 2009 was $194.6 million, as compared to $176.1 million in 2008.

"The macroeconomic environment represented a significant challenge for Trimble throughout 2009.  Although difficult, we saw improving stability in the second half of the year which provided us with the opportunity to demonstrate year-over-year progression in the fourth quarter," said Steven W. Berglund, Trimble's president and chief executive officer. "This reinforces our anticipation of meaningful revenue growth in 2010, with strong operating leverage providing the potential to grow earnings significantly faster than revenue.  Trimble employees have distinguished themselves in a historically unprecedented period by confronting the needs of the short term while continuing to develop the platform for future growth.  As a result, our fundamental long-term strategy and financial model remain intact and have not been impaired by the cost reductions taken during the recession," concluded Berglund.  

Trimble Results by Business Segment

Segment operating income is revenue less cost of goods sold and operating expenses, excluding general corporate expenses, restructuring expenses, amortization of intangibles, amortization of acquisition-related inventory step-up charges, non-recurring acquisition costs, and the impact of stock-based compensation expense.

Engineering and Construction (E&C)

Fourth quarter 2009 E&C revenue was $154.3 million, up approximately 8 percent as compared to the fourth quarter of 2008, largely due to stronger sales of both survey instruments and machine control products.  

E&C revenue for the full year 2009 was $578.6 million, down approximately 22 percent as compared to 2008 due to recessionary conditions, concentrated in the U.S. and Europe.

Operating income in E&C for the fourth quarter 2009 was $15.5 million, or 10.0 percent of revenue, as compared to $2.3 million, or 1.6 percent of revenue, in the fourth quarter of 2008.  Non-GAAP operating income was $17.5 million, or 11.3 percent of revenue, as compared to $3.9 million, or 2.7 percent of revenue, in the fourth quarter of 2008. The improvement in non-GAAP operating margin was primarily due to year-over-year cost reductions as a result of restructuring in the segment, as well as increased revenue.  

Operating income in E&C for the full year 2009 was $58.3 million, or 10.1 percent of revenue, as compared to $126.0 million, or 17.0 percent of revenue, in 2008.  Non-GAAP operating income was $64.6 million, or 11.2 percent of revenue, as compared to $130.7 million, or 17.6 percent of revenue, in 2008. The decline in non-GAAP operating margin was primarily due to lower revenue.

Field Solutions

Fourth quarter 2009 Field Solutions revenue was $57.2 million, down approximately 2 percent as compared to the fourth quarter of 2008.  

Field Solutions full year 2009 revenue was $291.8 million, down approximately 3 percent as compared to 2008.    

Operating income in Field Solutions for the fourth quarter 2009 was $15.9 million, or 27.8 percent of revenue, as compared to $17.5 million, or 30.1 percent of revenue, in the fourth quarter of 2008.  Non-GAAP operating income was $16.2 million, or 28.3 percent of revenue, as compared to $17.7 million, or 30.5 percent of revenue, in the fourth quarter of 2008.  The decrease in non-GAAP operating margin was due to slightly lower revenue.  

Operating income in Field Solutions for the full year 2009 was $104.5 million, or 35.8 percent of revenue, as compared to $109.5 million , or 36.4 percent of revenue, in 2008.  Non-GAAP operating income was $105.6 million , or 36.2 percent of revenue, as compared to $110.3 million , or 36.7 percent of revenue, in 2008.  

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