August 11, 2003
The Stovepipe Question
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by Susan Smith - Managing Editor
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Financials


Intergraph Corporation (NASDAQ:
INGR) reported operating results for its second quarter ended June 30, 2003. For the quarter, Intergraph reported operating income of $2.9 million and net income of $0.8 million on revenues of $127.3 million. Net income was $.02 per share (basic and diluted).


(In millions) Q2 2003 Q1 2003 Q2 2002 6 months

2003
6 months

2002
Q3 2003

forecast
Revenue $127.3 $120.6 $122.6 $247.9 $245.7 $126.0
Income from Operations $2.9 $4.2 $2.9 $7.1 $8.0 $3.4
Net income

(a) includes intellectual property settlement
$0.8 $8.1(a) $280.6(a) $8.9(a) $285.0(a)  

In comparison to Q1 2003, revenues increased in all business units and was 6% higher in total. Gross margins improved slightly to just over 48% but income from operations decreased $1.4 million due to higher operating expenses.


Trimble announced results for its second fiscal quarter ended July 4, 2003. The Company reported second quarter revenues of approximately $138.1 million, versus approximately $123.3 million in the second quarter of 2002. Second quarter is traditionally the Company's seasonally strongest quarter due to the buying season in the Engineering and Construction market.


GAAP EPS for the second quarter were $0.25, which were reduced by an approximate $0.11 per share non-recurring/non-cash charge recorded as Interest Expense, related to the Company's debt refinancing announced on June 25, 2003. This charge was not included in the Company's guidance of $0.25 - $0.29 given in its April 29, 2003 earnings release. GAAP EPS were also reduced by approximately $0.05 per share for amortization of purchased intangibles and approximately $0.02 per share for restructuring activities. GAAP EPS were $0.15 for the second quarter of 2002, and were reduced by approximately $0.08 per share for amortization of purchased intangibles and approximately $0.01 per for
restructuring activities. Second quarter 2003 GAAP EPS were calculated on a diluted basis using approximately 33.1 million shares.


Appointments


URISA is pleased to announce that Dianne Haley will become President-Elect of the association beginning in October, at the close of URISA's 41st Annual Conference in Atlanta, and will assume the presidency the following year.


New Products


From Leica Geosystems comes a new firmware release, Version 1.05, for the GS20 professional data mapper (PDM), featuring support for Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) and Hypertrak GPS tracking. Introduced in May 2003, the GS20 is the first GIS/GPS product to combine the accuracy of a sub-meter GIS mapping system, the ease of a handheld GPS receiver and the convenience of Bluetooth wireless connectivity.


WilsonMiller, Inc., a Florida-based planning, design and engineering firm, and Syncline, Inc., a Boston-based e-government solutions provider announced the release of LandExplorer™, a Web-based land evaluation tool for real estate, land development, and lending professionals that allows lenders, underwriters, developers, appraisers, and insurers to search a vast database of property information with simple map-based tools. The initial roll-out involves general data for all of Florida, and parcel level data and ownership attributes for Hillsborough, Manatee and Pasco counties. The application is scalable and can be tailored to cover other regions to meet market demands.


MultiGen-Paradigm, Inc., a provider of realtime 3D visual simulation software solutions, announces availability of SiteBuilder 3D v1.1.1 for ESRI®'s ArcGIS® platform. SiteBuilder 3D, an extension to ESRI's ArcGIS Desktop software products including ArcView®, ArcEditor™, and ArcInfo®, quickly and easily transform 2D map data into realistic and fully interactive three-dimensional scenes.


Haestad Methods announced the commercial availability of Hammer™, a revolutionary hydraulic transient modeling solution for meeting the challenges of water hammer and pressure surge projects. Based on technology acquired from the Environmental Hydraulics Group Inc. (EHG), Canada, Hammer is the easiest-to-use transient software on the market, and it will allow the vast majority of consultants and engineers to perform hydraulic transient modeling.


Going on Around the Web


In a conversation this week with Robert Andrews of Bob Andrews Enterprises, Inc., he told me about
LocationFinder, an online location database used in the entertainment industry. "Our product is basically is just a database tool for location scouts that work in the entertainment industry or commercial industry. With our tool scouts are able to upload their archive of images of their locations and then use that gallery to market or promote the business. For example, if they need a country road for a Nissan car commercial, a scout goes out and finds a windy road and he'll get GPS coordinates so when they decide they want to shoot they will have the exact location that he
mapped out for them." As a location scout, their job is to work for a commercial or production client or in some cases simply go out and approach the owners of properties. The scouts make an agreement with the owners to manage it for them so if they get a production company to use it, the scout collects a fee and no one else can use the location. "Some do include GPS coordinates so the crew can find the location," said Andrews. Not exactly GIS, but an interesting use of location technology all the same.


A built in car system that is part GPS receiver and part cell phone enabled police to recently find a stolen 2002 Mercedes Benz SUV with two children inside that had been carjacked in Maryland, according to a recent article in the
Washington Post. The car and children were found within a few hours, said Gary Wallace, spokesman for ATX, the Dallas company that designed the system. ATX gets several thousand phone calls a month from customers needing roadside assistance, but very few carjacking calls from the police.


In DSpace Ideas are Forever The libraries at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are earnestly bookish (2.6 million volumes and 17,000 journals) but increasingly digital (275 databases and 3,800 electronic journals). And just as e-mail dealt a blow to snail mail, digital archives are retooling scholarly exchange. A number of universities, from the California Institute of Technology to M.I.T., are creating ''institutional repositories'' designed to harness their own intellectual output. M.I.T.'s archive, perhaps the most ambitious, is called DSpace (
www.dspace.org). NY Times, August 3, 2003, by Vivien Marx


Tracking the Trucks by One-Upping GPS by Ellen McCarthy, Washington Post Staff Writer, Washington Post, July 7, 2003


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