Astro-Med, Inc. Reports Record Sales and Strong Earnings in the Second Quarter; Directors Declare Regular Cash Dividend

August 23, 2011


Astro-Med, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALOT) reports Net Income of $1,046,000, equal to 14 cents per diluted share, on record sales of $20,336,000 for the Second Quarter ended July 30, 2011.

The Company reported Net Income of $323,000, equal to 4 cents per diluted share, on sales of $17,753,000 for the comparable period of the prior year. Favorable foreign exchange currency rates increased this year's Second Quarter sales by approximately $450,000, or 2.5%, when compared to the previous year. Net Income in the Second Quarter includes income of $300,000 equal to 4 cents per diluted share related to the disposition on an insurance policy.

For the six months ended July 30, 2011, Astro-Med reported Net Income of $1,477,000, equal to 20 cents per diluted share, on sales of $39,196,000. During the comparable six-month period of the prior year, Net Income was $753,000, equal to 10 cents per diluted share, on sales of $34,830,000.

Commenting on the results, Everett V. Pizzuti, President and CEO stated, "We are very pleased to have achieved record-breaking sales in the Second Quarter. Beating $20 million is a milestone for us. We are especially encouraged to see the sales growth experienced across all three Product Groups. The Test & Measurement, QuickLabel(R) Systems, and Grass(R) Technologies Product Groups all reported double digit sales growth ranging from 23.7% for T&M, including sales of Ruggedized products, 14.6% for Grass, including sales of the TREA ambulatory EEG system, and 11.2% for QuickLabel, including sales of the new Vivo! Touch digital color label printer.

"Our success was equally evident among the Company's multiple channels of distribution. Specifically, sales through our domestic markets rose 13.3% from the prior year, while international shipments grew 17.6% from the previous year.

"We are also pleased with the Company's improved profitability in the Second Quarter, with operating margins nearly doubling to 6.0% of sales from the prior year's operating margins of 3.1% of sales.

"Our Balance Sheet remains strong with cash and marketable securities at $20,229,000; a solid Working Capital position reflecting Accounts Receivable turnover at 53 days; inventories turns at 3.6 times or 101 days on hand; and an improved current ratio of 6.8:1.

"Notwithstanding the current uncertainty in the global economies, we are cautiously optimistic that Astro-Med will continue its growth and profitability path during the second half of FY 2012. Hence, we are affirming guidance for the full year to have annual sales be $78.0 million to $79.5 million and earnings per share to be 35 cents to 38 cents per diluted share." Earnings Per Share forecast excludes the one time benefit of 4 cents per diluted share related to the life insurance proceeds recognized in the Second Quarter.

Astro-Med, Inc. Directors Declare Regular Cash Dividend

On August 22, 2011, the Directors of Astro-Med, Inc. declared the regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.07 per share, payable on October 3, 2011 to shareholders of record as of September 16, 2011.

Second Quarter Conference Call on Wednesday, August 24, 2011 at 11:00 am EDT

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                               Astro-Med, Inc
                   Consolidated Statements of Operations
                   In Thousands Except for Per Share Data

                               Three-Months Ended       Six-Months Ended
                              July 30,    July 31,    July 30,    July 31,
                                2011        2010        2011        2010
                             ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
Net Sales                    $   20,336  $   17,753  $   39,196  $   34,830
Gross Profit                      7,901       7,024      15,402      13,889
                                   38.9%       39.6%       39.3%       39.9%
Operating Expenses:
  Selling & Marketing             4,526       4,277       9,092       8,117
  Research & Development          1,187       1,135       2,655       2,354
  General & Administrative          965       1,064       1,875       2,248
                             ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
                                  6,678       6,476      13,622      12,719

Operating Income                  1,223         548       1,780       1,170
                                    6.0%        3.1%        4.5%        3.4%

Other Income (Expense), Net         297          (1)        448         106
                             ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------

Income Before Taxes               1,520         547       2,228       1,276

Income Tax Provision                474         224         751         523
                             ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------

Net Income                   $    1,046  $      323  $    1,477  $      753
                             ==========  ==========  ==========  ==========

Net Income Per Share - Basic $     0.14  $     0.04  $     0.20  $     0.10
                             ==========  ==========  ==========  ==========
Net Income Per Share -
 Diluted                     $     0.14  $     0.04  $     0.20  $     0.10
                             ==========  ==========  ==========  ==========

Weighted Average Number of
 Common Shares - Basic            7,293       7,301       7,280       7,248
Weighted Average Number of
 Common Shares - Diluted          7,446       7,505       7,424       7,488

Dividends Declared Per
 Common Share                     $0.07      $ 0.07       $0.14      $ 0.14

                         Selected Balance Sheet Data
                                In Thousands

                                               As of             As of
                                           July 30, 2011    January 31, 2011

Cash & Marketable Securities              $        20,229  $          20,630
Current Assets                            $        50,472  $          49,700
Total Assets                              $        65,659  $          64,999
Current Liabilities                       $         7,414  $           7,503
Shareholders' Equity                      $        55,023  $          54,289

About Astro-Med, Inc.

Astro-Med, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of specialty high tech printing systems, electronic medical instrumentation, and test and measurement data acquisition systems. 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

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 FY2011 Annual Report and its annual and quarterly filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Everett V. Pizzuti
Joseph P. O'Connell
Tel: 800-343-4039

SOURCE: Astro-Med, Inc.

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