Astro-Med Reports Fiscal 2010 First Quarter Financial Results; Directors Declare Quarterly Cash Dividend

05/19/2009

WEST WARWICK, RI, May 19, 2009 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- Astro-Med, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALOT) reports sales of $14,677,000 and a net loss of $231,000 equal to $0.03 per diluted share for the First Quarter ended May 2, 2009. During the comparable period of the prior year, the Company reported sales of $18,688,000 and net income of $897,000, equal to $0.12 per diluted share. Unfavorable foreign currency exchange rates reduced First Quarter sales by approximately $743,000 or 5.1% when compared to the prior year.

Commenting on the results, Albert W. Ondis, Chief Executive Officer, stated: "We are disappointed but not surprised with the First Quarter results. As was evident during the second half of our previous fiscal year, we are experiencing the adverse effects of this global recession in all of our markets and in all of our product lines. Although customer interest in our advanced products is extremely high, companies are reluctant to make capital equipment purchases. Additionally, they are purchasing consumable products such as label supplies in order to satisfy immediate needs only, with no provision to stock a supply for future use. We believe these purchasing patterns will continue until there are clear signs that the global recession is abating. Meanwhile, we are maintaining a very high level of marketing and sales activity, customer support, new product development, and are poised for a fast recovery.

"The Company's balance sheet at the end of the Quarter is quite healthy. Our cash and investment balances are $22,475,000, reflecting an increase of $370,000 from the prior year end; we improved the current ratio from 6.1:1 to 6.4:1; we remain free of any debt obligation; and we retain a book value of $7.19 per share."

On May 19, 2009, the Directors of Astro-Med declared the regular quarterly cash dividend of 6 cents per share, payable on July 1, 2009 to shareholders of record on June 12, 2009.

First Quarter Conference Call to be Held Wednesday, May 20th

The First Quarter conference call will be held on Wednesday, May 20, 2009, at 11:00 AM EDT. It will be broadcast in real time on the Internet through the investing section of our website. We invite you to log on and listen in real time on May 20th, or to participate in the conference call by dialing 877-941-1466 and referencing ID number 4063299. Following the live broadcast, an audio webcast of the call will be available for ten days at www.Astro-Medinc.com. A conference call replay will also be available for ten days by dialing 800-406-7325 reference ID number 4063299.

About Astro-Med, Inc.

Astro-Med, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of specialty high tech printing systems, electronic medical instrumentation, and test and measurement instruments. Astro-Med, Inc. products are sold under the brand names Astro-Med(R), Grass(R) Technologies and QuickLabel(R) Systems and are employed around the world in a wide range of aerospace, medical, military, industrial, and packaging applications. Astro-Med, Inc. is a member of the Russell Microcap(R) Index. Additional information is available by visiting www.Astro-MedInc.com.

                            ASTRO-MED, INC.
               Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
                  in Thousands Except for Per Share Data
                              (Unaudited)
                                                Three Months  Three Months
                                                    Ended        Ended
                                                 May 2, 2009   May 3, 2008
                                                ------------  ------------
Net Sales                                       $     14,677  $     18,688
Gross Profit                                           5,813         8,188
                                                        39.6%         43.8%
Operating Expenses:
   Selling and Marketing                               3,883         4,421
   Research & Development                              1,228         1,226
   General and Administrative                          1,162         1,246
                                                ------------  ------------
                                                       6,273         6,893
Operating Income (Loss)                                 (460)        1,295
                                                       (3.1%)          6.9%
Other, Net                                               105           176
                                                ------------  ------------
Income (Loss) Before Taxes                              (355)        1,471
Income Tax Provision (Credit)                           (124)          574
                                                ------------  ------------
Net Income (Loss)                               ($       231) $        897
                                                ------------  ------------
Net Income (Loss) Per Share - Basic             ($       .03) $       0.13
                                                ------------  ------------
Net Income (Loss) Per Share - Diluted           ($       .03) $       0.12
                                                ------------  ------------
Weighted Average Number of Common Shares -
 Basic                                                 7,087         6,936
Weighted Average Number of Common Shares -
 Diluted                                               7,087         7,444
Dividends Declared Per Common Share             $       0.06  $       0.06
                        Selected Balance Sheet Data
                              in Thousands
                                                    As of        As of
                                                    May 2,     January 31,
                                                     2009         2009
                                                ------------- -------------
                                                 (Unaudited)
Cash & Marketable Securities (1)                $      22,475 $      22,104
Current Assets                                  $      47,818 $      48,023
Total Assets                                    $      61,689 $      62,155
Current Liabilities                             $       7,494 $       7,904
Shareholders' Equity                            $      51,404 $      51,471
(1) Including long term investments

Safe Harbor Statement

This news release contains forward-looking statements, and actual results may vary from those expressed or implied herein. Factors that could affect these results include those mentioned in Astro-Med's FY2009 annual report and its annual and quarterly filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Contact:
Albert W. Ondis
CEO
Joseph P. O'Connell
CFO
Astro-Med, Inc.
Tel: 800-343-4039

SOURCE: Astro-Med, Inc.

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