|LSI Industries Inc. Releases Preliminary Outlook for the Second Quarter Ended December 31, 2007 and Guidance for Fiscal 2008|
CINCINNATI, Jan. 9, 2008 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- LSI Industries Inc. (Nasdaq:LYTS) today stated that, based upon preliminary information, it expects to report net sales of approximately $84 million and diluted earnings per share between $0.22 and $0.23 for the second quarter ended December 31, 2007. Current analysts' "street" estimates range between $0.24 and $0.31 per share, with a consensus of $0.28 per share. Fiscal 2007 second quarter net sales were $81.6 million and diluted per share earnings were $0.23.
Bob Ready, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "Our sales for the quarter and particularly December were lower than anticipated thereby affecting earnings. The Lighting business remains competitive and schedule delays by two large national retailers affected not only our second quarter but will have implications in the next few quarters as well. Sales of the new Crossover(r) LED canopy light fixture, just beginning in the third quarter, are expected to replace some of the sales delayed by these national retailers. We have enjoyed several quarters of growth in the Graphics business, in part resulting from the Dairy Queen menu board program and the 7-Eleven branding program. Both of these programs were completed late in the second quarter, and while we have some additional program business with these customers, it will be at a much lower sales level. We are experiencing increased volume from an ongoing reimaging program with a petroleum company, which is helping to add to the Graphics business. Additionally, in December we recorded sales of three LED digital advertising/entertainment screens for the Perkins Rowe retail and office complex in Baton Rouge. Our Graphics sales team is aggressively seeking additional orders of LED digital advertising, billboards and sports screens as we enter into those markets with what we believe to be superior quality products.
"We are now entering into our seasonally lowest quarter with the potential of winter weather affecting our shipments. Our overall business strategies remain in place and will be executed in an aggressive manner.
"Although the second quarter just completed is likely to be the one of the best in the Company's history, we now believe the inherent lumpiness in our business will adversely affect second half operating results for fiscal 2008. More specifically, our guidance for fiscal 2008 now calls for net sales between $352 and $362 million, and diluted earnings per share between $0.75 and $0.81. In making this guidance, we believe the sales and earnings are conservative since we have not included certain substantial prospective new business that may move to the order stage during the current quarter."
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About the Company
LSI Industries is an Image Solutions company, combining integrated design, manufacturing, and technology to supply its own high quality lighting fixtures and graphics elements for applications in the retail, specialty niche, and commercial markets. The Company's Lighting Segment produces high performance products dedicated to the outdoor, architectural outdoor, indoor, architectural indoor and accent/downlight markets. The Graphics Segment provides a vast array of products and services including signage, menu board systems, active digital signage, decorative fixturing, design support, engineering and project management for custom programs for today's retail environment. The Company's Technology Segment develops and designs high performance light engines, digital signage and other products using LED lighting technology, including large format LED video screens for the entertainment and sports markets. LSI's major markets are the petroleum/convenience store, multi-site retail (including automobile dealerships, restaurants and national retail accounts) and the commercial/industrial lighting markets. LSI employs approximately 1,900 people in fifteen facilities located in Ohio, California, New York, North Carolina, Kansas, Kentucky, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas and Montreal, Canada. The Company's common shares are traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol LYTS.
Additional note: Today's news release, along with past releases from LSI Industries, is available on the Company's Internet site at www.lsi-industries.com, or by email or fax, by calling the Investor Relations Department at (513) 793-3200.
|"Safe Harbor" Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: Statements in this press release regarding LSI Industries Inc.'s business which are not historical facts are "forward-looking statements" that involve risks and uncertainties. For a discussion of such risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements, see "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Report or Form 10-K for the most recently ended fiscal year.|