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DIANON SYSTEMS REPORTS FOURTH QUARTER SALES AND EARNINGS

 DIANON SYSTEMS REPORTS FOURTH QUARTER SALES AND EARNINGS
 STRATFORD, Conn., March 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Dianon Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: DIAN) today reported record sales for the quarter ended Dec. 31, 1991. For the fourth quarter of 1991, sales were $7,991,000, up $2,176,000 or 37 percent over the fourth quarter of 1990. Domestic operating income was $1,018,000, up $182,000 or 22 percent. Pretax income was $782,000, up $265,000 or 51 percent. Net income was $535,000, up $30,000 or 6 percent. Earnings per share were $.10.
 For the year ending 1991, sales were $27,358,000, up $6,558,000 or 32 percent over 1990. Domestic operating income was $2,714,000, up $824,000 or 44 percent. Pretax income was $1,732,000, up $700,000 or 68 percent. Net income was $1,332,000, up $324,000 or 32 percent. Earnings per share were $.29, up $.04 or 16 percent. These results are preliminary and subject to final audit.
 In reviewing the company's financial results, Richard Sandberg, chief executive officer, commented, "The increase in this quarter's sales represents our 33rd consecutive quarter-to-quarter increase in revenues. The increase of over $1 million compared to the third quarter of 1991 is the largest dollar increase in the company's history and one of the largest percentage increases since the company's founding."
 Dianon Systems is a leading provider of oncology testing services and diagnostic information to a focused audience of 12,500 cancer treating physicians in the United States. The company is headquartered in Stratford, Conn., and has recently opened a European laboratory in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
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 /CONTACT: Richard A. Sandberg, chairman and chief executive officer of Dianon Systems, 203-381-4022/
 (DIAN) CO: Dianon Systems, Inc. ST: Connecticut IN: MTC SU: ERN


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