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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, February 22, 2005
ABLEST REPORTS RECORD FISCAL 2004 AND FOURTH QUARTER REVENUE
CLEARWATER, Fla., Feb. 22 Ablest Inc. today announced record revenue for the fiscal year ended December 26, 2004, of $116.4 million, an increase of 11.8 percent over revenue of $104.0 million in fiscal 2003. Operating income was $1.4 million, a 29.3 percent increase over 2003 operating income of $1.1 million. Net income amounted to $883,000 or $0.30 per diluted share. This compares with 2003 net income of $2.9 million or $1.01 per diluted share, which included a tax benefit related to the reversal of $2.4 million in valuation allowances for deferred taxes.
For the fourth quarter ended December 26, 2004, revenue increased 13.3 percent to $33.8 million from the previous years record fourth quarter level of $29.9 million. During fiscal 2004, quarterly revenue increased sequentially each quarter including a 13.2 percent increase in the fourth quarter compared to the third quarter. Fourth quarter operating income was $767,000 compared to $741,000 for the similar 2003 period.
We are pleased with our 2004 results, said Kurt R. Moore, president and chief executive officer. Our record revenue for the year was driven by a record fourth quarter that saw strong demand from new and existing light industrial clients. In addition, we opened four new branches in 2004 that contributed $5.4 million in revenue.
Mr. Moore added, Higher unemployment insurance costs and workers compensation expenditures have reduced our margins. We have initiatives focused on managing those costs and have aligned our incentive compensation programs with return on revenue. In addition, we continue to closely manage expense levels, and we were able to reduce SG&A expenses as a percentage of revenue.
Ablest Inc. provides its clients with staffing solutions, managed services and vendor-on-premise (VOP) programs. Staffing solutions include clerical, industrial and information technology personnel provided through Ablest Staffing Services and Ablest Technology Services. Ablest supplies more than 30,000 field employees and consultants to more than 3,500 businesses annually through 49 locations in the Eastern and Southwestern United States.
Statements made in this news release, other than those concerning historical information, should be considered forward-looking and subject to certain risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. Readers should carefully review and consider disclosures, including periodic reports on Forms 10-K and 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which attempt to advise interested parties of the factors which affect the Companys business.
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