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Allied Healthcare's Net Suffers on Flat Sales, Performance Issues

ST. LOUIS, Feb. 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Allied Healthcare Products, Inc. (Nasdaq: AHPI) reported today that its net income in the second quarter ending December 31 fell almost 98 percent from $293,000 last year, or 4 cents per share, to about $6,500 in the current quarter, or zero cents per share.

For the first half of the 2008 fiscal year ending December 31, net income fell about 81 percent, from about $495,000 last year, or six cents per share, to about $93,500, or one cent per share, in the current fiscal year.

Customer orders for the first two quarters of fiscal 2008 were consistent with those of the prior year, declining only about $235,000. Sales, however, which depend on customer purchase order releases, declined about $1,000,000 or 3.6 percent, for the first two quarters of this fiscal year. Customer release rates are expected to return to more normal levels in the second half of the year, Allied said.

The sharp decline in net income resulted from gross margins that fell by about $960,000 compared to last year. Low production levels, caused by lower sales, combined with decreases in inventory to result in lower absorption of fixed costs. Also, cost reduction programs to offset higher labor and material costs did not take effect as planned in the first two quarters.

Material costs increased by 2.2 percent and labor costs by 4.5 percent compared to the previous year, Allied said. "Those increases should have been offset by cost reduction efforts, but we failed to execute in the first two quarters," said Earl Refsland, Allied president and chief executive officer. Difficulties in introducing a new product contributed to production delays, Refsland said.

"We know what we have to do to correct problems we encountered," Refsland said. "We just have to focus on the basics and execute."

Despite difficulties, Allied once again improved its cash position, Refsland said. The company had a cash balance of about $4.7 million at the end of the first half of the fiscal year, an increase of more than 17 percent over the previous quarter and 30 percent over the previous year end.

Allied Healthcare Products, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of respiratory care products, medical gas equipment and emergency medical products used in a wide range of alternate care settings.

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Three months ended, Six months ended,

December 31, December 31,

2007 2006 2007 2006

Net sales $13,626,016 $14,273,950 $27,727,634 $28,751,392

Cost of sales 10,714,172 10,757,222 21,648,777 21,715,111

Gross profit 2,911,844 3,516,728 6,078,857 7,036,281

Selling General and


expenses 2,932,428 3,091,418 5,975,398 6,282,415

Income (loss) from

operations (20,584) 425,310 103,459 753,866

Interest income (38,177) (28,059) (78,946) (56,228)

Other, net 11,113 (53,182) 26,263 (43,878)

(27,064) (81,241) (52,683) (100,106)

Income before provision

for income taxes 6,480 506,551 156,142 853,972

Provision for income

taxes - 213,395 62,597 359,183

Net income $6,480 $293,156 $93,545 $494,789

Net income per share

- Basic and diluted $0.00 $0.04 $0.01 $0.06

Weighted average common


Outstanding -

Basic 7,883,577 7,877,120 7,883,577 7,868,512

Weighted average common


Outstanding -

Diluted 8,130,901 8,059,573 8,122,607 8,064,650




December 31, 2007 June 30, 2007


Current assets:

Cash and cash equivalents $4,732,692 $3,638,870

Accounts receivable, net of

allowances of $325,000 and

$460,000, respectively 6,190,756 7,251,767

Inventories, net 11,810,149 12,999,472

Other current assets 523,486 275,254

Total current assets 23,257,083 24,165,363

Property, plant and equipment, net 10,267,716 10,677,000

Goodwill 15,979,830 15,979,830

Other assets, net 562,161 496,127

Total assets $50,066,790 $51,318,320


Current liabilities:

Accounts payable $2,719,389 $3,040,313

Other accrued liabilities 1,945,603 2,508,820

Deferred income taxes 726,861 882,001

Deferred revenue 465,000 465,000

Total current liabilities 5,856,853 6,896,134

Deferred revenue 1,705,000 1,937,500

Commitments and contingencies

Stockholders' equity:

Preferred stock; $0.01 par value;

1,500,000 shares authorized; no

shares issued and outstanding - -

Series A preferred stock; $0.01 par

value; 200,000 shares authorized; no

shares issued and outstanding - -

Common stock; $0.01 par value; 30,000,000

shares authorized; 10,187,069 shares

issued at December 31, 2007 and June 30,

2007; 7,883,577 shares outstanding at

December 31, 2007 and June 30, 2007 101,871 101,871

Additional paid-in capital 47,479,012 47,441,163

Retained earnings 15,655,482 15,673,080

Less treasury stock, at cost;

2,303,492 shares at December 31, 2007

and June 30, 2007, respectively (20,731,428) (20,731,428)

Total stockholders' equity 42,504,937 42,484,686

Total liabilities and

stockholders' equity $50,066,790 $51,318,320

SOURCE Allied Healthcare Products, Inc.
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