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This excerpt taken from the DAKT 8-K filed Nov 14, 2007.
Net income up 9% year to date


Brookings, S.D. – Nov. 14, 2007 - Daktronics, Inc. (Nasdaq - DAKT) today reported fiscal 2008 second quarter net sales of $131.4 million and net income of $8.0 million, or $0.19 per diluted share, compared with second quarter net sales of $123.5 million and net income of $8.9 million, or $0.22 per diluted share for fiscal 2007. Backlog at the end of the second quarter was approximately $119 million, compared with a backlog of approximately $121 million at the end of the second quarter of fiscal 2007 and $142 million at the end of the first quarter of fiscal 2008.


Net sales, net income and earnings per share for the six months ending October 27, 2007 were $252.4 million, $15.1 million and $0.37 per diluted share, respectively, compared to $215.7 million, $13.9 million and $0.34 per diluted share, respectively, for the same period in fiscal 2007.


“We are pleased to report year-over-year net sales and net income growth through the first six months of fiscal 2008. However, net sales in the quarter were slightly below our expectations for a couple of reasons,” said Jim Morgan, president and chief executive officer. “First, shipments and lead times of our Galaxy® products were stretched out as a result of supply chain issues at our Redwood Falls plant. We have addressed the issues causing this, and as we enter the third quarter, we are running much better. We have also streamlined the product mix in that plant to allow better focus and increased production. We conclude that sales were impacted by more than $3 million due to these production issues, and this revenue should be partially recovered in the third quarter. Second, some contracts in our live events business have been delayed. We anticipate that, for the most part, these will fall into the 2008 fiscal third quarter. It is also important to keep in mind that the second quarter one year ago included exceptionally strong results.”


Morgan continued, “We have received verbal commitments or non-binding letters of intent for three large sports projects which we expect to book in the fiscal 2008 third quarter. These orders include major league baseball facilities and in total should exceed $35 million. We are very pleased about these projects and our position on a few additional large projects that are currently being worked on by our sales and engineering people.”


“Our commercial business unit continued to perform well with sales for the quarter up 25 percent as compared to the fiscal 2007 second quarter. We continue to see strong demand for our digital billboards, and our Valo® product line continues to be well received,” said Morgan.


“In our international business, we are continuing to see more momentum in Europe, while Asia Pacific performance has been slightly less than expectations through the first half of fiscal 2008. We remain optimistic that our international business is an opportunity for significant long-term growth, and we are pleased with our progress to date in both Europe and Asia, keeping in mind we have been in China for only about two years,” said Morgan.


Morgan added, “Our schools and theatres business unit is having a solid year, with sales up more than 37 percent year-to-date. Our acquisition of the Vortek® automated rigging systems as well as sales of more sophisticated systems for elementary and high schools is causing this expansion in sales. Performance of that unit through the summer rush season was the direct result of process improvements from our lean



manufacturing initiatives. We held deliveries extremely well throughout the summer, a significant improvement over last year. Finally, net sales in our transportation business are up over 40 percent year to date as we were able to better meet demand.”


“Our gross margin percent was a little less than expected due to a couple of projects that incurred extra costs,” said Bill Retterath, chief financial officer. “Headed into the third quarter, subject to the effects of the holiday and our order bookings, we should see margins equal to or greater than the fiscal 2008 second quarter. We also gained another percentage point on our operating expenses for the quarter despite hitting the low end of our sales range. We continue to make progress at controlling operating expenses.“


Retterath added, “During the first week of our fiscal 2008 third quarter, we sold approximately 90 percent of our ownership interest in Arena Media Networks for a book gain in excess of $2.5 million, which will be recognized in the third quarter. We will maintain a minority interest in the company and continue to provide technology solutions and network operating center services to it. This also provides for a substantial decline in debt levels for the third quarter,” concluded Retterath.


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