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ABATIX CORP. Reports Operating Results for 2004
DALLAS, March 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- ABATIX CORP. (Nasdaq: ABIX) today announced net sales of $52,892,000 for 2004 increased 8% from net sales of $48,893,000 in 2003 and net earnings of $214,000 or $.13 per share for 2004 increased from net earnings of $61,000 or $.04 per share in 2003. The increase in sales for 2004 is primarily attributable to sales to restoration customers in response to the hurricanes in Florida, the sales to the homeland security market, and the general improvement in the economy, resulting in increased sales to the industrial market. The increase in profitability is primarily attributed to the higher sales volume and lower labor and certain other costs, partially offset by the lower margin homeland security sales and higher legal costs.
Mr. Shaver stated, Florida continued to positively impact our business during the fourth quarter, although the business was declining as commercial jobs were completed. In February, we closed our temporary office in Florida as most of our customers who had mobilized to help with the cleanup had also left. We have seen an increase in sales to the industrial market and remain hopeful that as the economy improves, there will be additional spending in this market and in the other markets we serve. In addition, we will continue working towards improving our costs of operation so they are aligned with our revenues.
Mr. Shaver concluded, The SEC recently extended the time to comply with Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act for small companies, including Abatix, until December 31, 2006. We are reassessing our original plan and project start date based on this extended compliance deadline. We currently estimate the costs, both internal and external, to comply to be approximately $500,000.
This news release contains, among other things, certain statements of a forward-looking nature relating to future events or the future business performance of Abatix Corp. Such statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties including, without limitation, global, national and local economic and political conditions; changes in laws and regulations relating to the Companys products and the import of such products; the outcome of litigation; market acceptance of new products, existence or development of competitive products the Company represents as a distributor that outperform current product lines or are priced more competitively; inability to hire and train quality people or retain current employees; changes in interest rates; the financial status of key customers and vendors; efforts to control and/or reduce costs; or the Companys success in the process of managements assessment and auditor attestation of internal controls, as required by the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. We do not undertake any obligation to publicly update forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date on which the statement is made or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events, except as required by law or regulation.
The following information was filed by Abatix Corp on Tuesday, March 15, 2005 as an 8K 2.02 statement, which is an earnings press release pertaining to results of operations and financial condition. It may be helpful to assess the quality of management by comparing the information in the press release to the information in the accompanying 10-K Annual Report statement of earnings and operation as management may choose to highlight particular information in the press release.
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