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Zenith Reduces Loss During Q3

12/04/2000 02:00:00 AM Eastern

GLENVIEW, ILL. -Zenith Electronics Corp. substantially reduced its loss for the third quarter in 2000, to $2.8 million from $13 million in same quarter of 1999. The net quarterly results in 2000 include a $5.9 million gain on the sale of Zenith's Network Systems division.

Net loss from continuing operations during the current third quarter was $7.8 million, compared with $9.8 million in the third quarter of 1999. The operating loss in the third quarter was $1.2 million, compared with $1.6 million in the year-ago quarter. Zenith said this figure reflects cost reductions that offset lower gross margins.

Zenith's sales in the third quarter ending Sept. 30 came in at $145 million, nearly a 30 percent drop from the $210 million recorded in the same three months last year. The company said the decline was primarily due to planned reductions in lower-profit consumer electronics products and customers.

For the first nine months, Zenith reported a net loss from continuing operations of $37.5 million, compared with a net loss from continuing operations of $59 million for the first nine months of 1999. Including a gain on the Network Systems sale, the total nine-month net loss was $31.1 million, compared to $59 million in the year-ago period.

Sales for the nine months were $339 million, a 35 percent decrease from the $521 million reported in the year-ago nine months.

Interest expense for the third quarter was $6.8 million, compared with $9.1 million in the year-earlier period. This lower figure resulted primarily from completion of Zenith's financial restructuring in the fourth quarter of 1999.