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  NEWS RELEASE

 
Trimble Announces Fiscal Fourth Quarter and Year-End Results

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Jan. 30, 2002 - Trimble (NASDAQ:TRMB), Trimble (Nasdaq: TRMB) today announced results for the fiscal fourth quarter and year ended December 28, 2001. The Company reported fourth quarter revenues of $106.4 million, with adjusted earnings per share (EPS) of $0.02. Adjusted EPS excludes any one-time and acquisition related charges, being primarily goodwill and intangible amortization costs from acquisitions, and restructuring charges related to the Company's cost-cutting measures that would be included when reporting on a Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) basis. GAAP EPS for the fourth quarter and entire fiscal 2001 were ($0.26) and ($0.93), respectively.
 
For fiscal year 2001, revenue and adjusted EPS were $475.3 million and $0.36, respectively. This compares to pro-forma (reflecting the acquisition of Spectra Precision Group and Tripod Data Systems, and the sales of the Company's commercial and business airline operations) revenue of $498.2 and adjusted EPS of $1.22 in fiscal 2000.
 
The Company reported earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA), before restructuring charges, of $10.1 million in the fourth fiscal quarter, and $45.2 million for fiscal 2001.
 
"Within a challenging economy, Trimble continued to strengthen its competitive and financial position in 2001," said Steven W. Berglund, president and CEO of Trimble. "Early in 2001, we saw signs of an economic downturn and implemented new cost cutting initiatives in addition to those already in place as part of the Spectra Precision acquisition. These early actions helped bring our fixed cost structure in line with what we believed to be recessionary conditions and allowed us to remain profitable on an adjusted basis, as the economy further declined. We took further actions over the past 6 weeks by raising approximately $46 million in a private equity placement. The proceeds were used to reduce our overall debt level and future interest expense. In addition to paying down debt with the proceeds of the private equity deal, during the fourth quarter, we also paid an additional $29 million using cash from operations. The result of these actions was the lowering of our break-even point."
 
"At the same time we were cutting costs, we selectively invested in initiatives that we believe will create growth including the introduction of new products, the expansion of our distribution channels and new alliances. Of significance was the creation of Trimble Mobile Solutions (TMS). TMS is intended to enable us to build upon our existing fleet management hardware offerings to offer fully bundled solutions to the mobile security, telematics, workforce management and targeted fleet management markets. We are currently adding capabilities in this market and expect to begin to see tangible results in the second half of 2002."
 
Business Segment Detail for Fiscal Fourth Quarter and Year End 2001
 
Engineering and Construction revenues were $69.1 million versus $74.5 million in the year ago quarter. For the year, Engineering and Construction revenues were $303.9 million, or 64 percent of consolidated revenue, versus $310.4 million, or 62 percent of revenue in fiscal 2000, on a pro forma basis.
 
Fleet and Asset Management revenues were $13.7 million as compared to $16.9 million in the year ago quarter. For the year, revenues were $57.7 million, or 12 percent of consolidated revenue, as compared to $65.1 million, or 13 percent of revenue in 2000.
 
Revenues from the Components Technologies segment were $12.7 million as compared to $18.4 million in the year ago quarter. For the year, revenues were $58.1 million, or 12 percent of consolidated revenue versus $60.2 million or 12 percent of revenue in 2000.
 
Agriculture revenues for the fourth quarter were $4.3 million versus $7.9 million in the year ago quarter. For the year, revenues were $24.6 million or 5 percent of consolidated revenue, versus $34.1 million or 7 percent of revenue in 2000, on a pro forma basis.
 
Revenues from Portfolio Technologies were $6.6 million for the fourth quarter versus $6.4m in the year ago quarter. For the year, revenues were $31 million or 7% of consolidated revenue, versus $28.4 million or 6% of revenue in 2000, on a pro forma basis.
 
Looking Ahead
 
Berglund concluded, "We remain cautious and still believe the economy will continue to be a challenge in 2002. However, we continue to build capabilities that will serve our customers and to take strategic actions designed to further strengthen Trimble's market position. These actions include new products, alliances with industry leaders, improved systems and development of our distribution channels. When customer buying behavior and the overall economy improve, we believe that these actions, combined with our cost cutting, will position Trimble to demonstrate improved financial performance."
 
The Company expects revenues for its first fiscal quarter ending March 29, 2002 to be approximately $104 to $106 million, with adjusted EPS in a range from breakeven to $0.03. While the Company has limited visibility into the entire fiscal year 2002, it expects to achieve an increase in revenue and adjusted EPS for the second fiscal quarter due to the normal seasonality of the engineering and construction market.
 
The Company will hold a conference call on Wednesday, January 30, 2002 at 8:00 AM Pacific Time to review its fourth quarter results. The conference call will also be broadcast live on the web at
www.trimble.com, on the Investors Relations page. A replay of the call will be available for 48 hours beginning at 11:00 AM, Pacific Time. The replay number is (800) 642-1687, and the passcode is 2897303.
 
About Trimble
 
Trimble is a leading innovator of Global Positioning System (GPS) technology. In addition to providing advanced GPS components, Trimble augments GPS with other positioning technologies as well as wireless communications and software to create complete customer solutions. Trimble's worldwide presence and unique capabilities position the Company for growth in emerging applications including surveying, automobile navigation, machine guidance, asset tracking, wireless platforms, and telecommunications infrastructure. Founded in 1978 and headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., Trimble has more than 2,000 employees in more than 20 countries worldwide.
 
Certain statements made in this press release are forward looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward looking statements are subject to change, and actual results may differ from those set forth in this press release due to certain risks and uncertainties, including successful development and market acceptance of new product offerings and continued demand for existing products and continued integration of acquired companies. Among other things, these results may not continue beyond the current quarter due to seasonal and economic trends and additional competitive issues that may have an adverse effect on the ongoing positioning and growth of the Company. These and other risks are detailed from time to time in reports filed with the SEC, including its quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and its annual report on Form 10-K.
 
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