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ALBARA CORPORATION REPORTS FIRST QUARTER RESULTS

 CONROE, Texas, May 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Albara Corporation (NASDAQ- Small Cap: ALAB) reported gross revenues for the first quarter of 1993 of $3,318,000, representing a 42 percent decrease compared to the same period of 1992. Sales of the RealTech printers in the first quarter of 1993, decreased from $3,079,000 to $590,000, and accounts for all of the overall revenue decrease. This decrease was caused by premature end-of- life for these products and was further accentuated by an accumulated back-order of the RealTech Laser 400 generated in 1991 but fulfilled in the first quarter of 1992 which totaled more than $1,800,000.
 General and administrative expenses for the first quarter increased from $1,013,000 to $1,943,000, a 92 percent increase compared to the same period in 1992. About 77 percent of the increase relates to the $1,201,000 of consolidated marketing costs incurred by the company in the first quarter of 1993 compared to $416,000 in 1992. In addition, 9 percent of the increase is related to increased personnel costs. The company expects to realign marketing costs in the near future as the company adjusts for reduced RealTech printer sales.
 The company posted a net loss for the quarter of $1,256,000 ($1.04 per share) as compared to $212,000 ($0.26 per share) in net profits earned during the first quarter of 1992. Mr. Real Provencher, president, said, "A decrease in sales of the RealTech Laser contributed substantially to the decrease in revenues and profitability for the quarter."
 Albara, through its two operating subsidiaries, "Hardware That Fits" and "Helix Technologies," develops, publishes and markets computer hardware, software and peripherals for the Apple Maintosh micro computer. Marketing of its product is accomplished via direct response marketing, authorized dealers and value added resellers. Hardware That Fits sells computer hardware peripherals and mass storage products for the Macintosh micro computer via the direct response market. In addition, the company markets its own line of hardware products that includes laser printers, a color printer, a color scanner and both gray scale and color monitors under the "RealTech" tradename. Helix technologies is a software publisher and currently markets several software products as well as the company's flagship product "Helix Express," a relational database for use on the Apple Macintosh computer. Helix Technology sells software through authorized dealers, distributors and direct to its client base.
 The common stock of Albara is traded under the symbol ALAB on the National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc., NASDAQ small capital market.
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 /CONTACT: Holly Arbuckle, investor relations of Albara Corporation, 409-539-2992/
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