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SED Reports Net Loss, Higher Sales

Lawrenceville, Ga.
– SED International Holdings reported a net loss and higher net sales for its
fiscal first quarter, ended Sept. 30.

Net sales were
$155.8 million up from the prior year’s $141.7 million. Net loss was $830,000
compared with net income of $738,000 in the prior year.

“We achieved sales
growth in the first quarter, but faced a number of challenges that resulted in
a net loss for the period,” said Jonathan Elster, president/CEO. “Our product
mix was weighted more heavily toward lower margin products, including hard
drives, and our higher margin consumer electronics sales were down 13.5 percent,
reflecting continued weak demand for televisions.”

Elster noted, “This
softness translated to our bottom line, which was further effected by
approximately $1.0 million of unfavorable foreign currency transaction losses
in Latin America and one-time severance and relocation fees.”

He noted, “Overall,
our business fundamentals remain healthy, as evidenced by our 10 percent sales
growth year-over-year. We are increasing sales of recently added new brands and
have added talented professionals to help drive sales of SED’s product lines.”

The distributor’s
investment in Lehrhoff “also adds higher-margin small appliances, housewares
and personal care product items to our product mix, as well as provides SED
with a Northeast U.S. hub for distribution of all SED products, thereby
reducing delivery times and shipping costs to this important geographic region.”