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DATUM ANNOUNCES THIRD QUARTER RESULTS; 15 PERCENT SALES GROWTH FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS

 ANAHEIM, Calif., Oct. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Datum Inc. (NASDAQ: DATM) today announced a strong improvement in earnings for its third quarter ended Sept. 30, 1993.
 Net income for the quarter was $130,000 or $0.05 per share, vs. a net loss of $119,000, or $0.05 per share, last year. Sales for the quarter were $6,455,000 compared with $6,636,000 a year ago.
 For the nine months ended Sept. 30, 1993, net income was $183,000, or $0.07 per share, vs. a net loss of $456,000, or $0.18 per share, last year. Sales for the same period were $18,437,000 compared with $20,772,000 in the corresponding period last year.
 Louis B. Horwitz, chairman and chief executive officer, noted that sales for the quarter from continuing operations rose 15 percent, with both sales and earnings benefiting from a major MCI contract announced Sept. 21, 1993.
 Horwitz stressed that financial results for the quarter and nine month periods last year included the company's now divested Spectrum Technology and Aacom operations.
 "We are continuing our efforts to streamline operations. The rapidly changing technological environment has created tremendous opportunities for sophisticated and advanced products, especially within the telecommunications industry. We believe Datum is well positioned to meet the challenges ahead," Horwitz stated.
 Datum Inc. designs and manufactures precision frequency products and timing instrumentation for demanding applications such as telecommunications networks, NAVSTAR satellites, aircraft test data annotation, computer network synchronization, computer-implemented point-of-sale processing, electronic banking operations and oil exploration.
 DATUM INC.
 Financial Highlights
 (Unaudited)
 Three Months Ended Sept. 30: 1993 1992
 Net Sales $ 6,455,000 $ 6,636,000
 Cost and expenses
 Costs of products sold 3,733,000 4,297,000
 Selling 1,099,000 1,110,000
 Product development 456,000 439,000
 Administrative and general 855,000 879,000
 Postretirement benefits 15,000 ---
 Interest expense 62,000 77,000
 Interest income (2,000) ---
 Income (loss) before taxes 237,000 (166,000)
 Income tax provision (benefit) 107,000 (47,000)
 Net income (loss) $130,000 ($119,000)
 Net income (loss) per share $0.05 ($0.05)
 Common and common equivalent
 shares outstanding 2,556,000 2,497,000
 Nine Months Ended Sept. 30: 1993 1992
 Net Sales $18,437,000 $20,772,000
 Cost and expenses
 Costs of products sold 10,728,000 13,346,000
 Selling 3,238,000 3,449,000
 Product development 1,444,000 1,302,000
 Administrative and general 2,444,000 3,097,000
 Postretirement benefits 92,000 ---
 Interest expense 140,000 234,000
 Interest income (3,000) ---
 Income (loss) before taxes 354,000 (656,000)
 Income tax provision (benefit) 171,000 (200,000)
 Net income (loss) $183,000 ($456,000)
 Net income (loss) per share $0.07 ($0.18)
 Common and common equivalent
 shares outstanding 2,551,000 2,479,000
 DATUM INC.
 Consolidated Balance Sheet
 (Unaudited)
 Sept. 30,
 1993 1992
 Assets
 Current assets
 Cash $45,000 $243,000
 Accounts Receivable 4,075,000 4,488,000
 Accounts Receivable, unbilled 833,000 592,000
 Inventories 6,188,000 6,455,000
 Prepaid expenses 227,000 190,000
 Deferred income taxes 754,000 500,000
 Income tax refund receivable 155,000 296,000
 Net assets held for
 disposition 823,000 ---
 Total current assets 13,100,000 12,764,000
 Land, buildings and equipment net 7,086,000 8,127,000
 Excess purchase price over net
 assets required 2,512,000 3,390,000
 Other assets 92,000 149,000
 Total $22,790,000 $24,430,000
 Liabilities and Stockholders Equity
 Current liabilities
 Accounts payable $1,512,000 $1,103,000
 Accrued expenses 1,136,000 1,470,000
 Income taxes payable 202,000 ---
 Notes payable to bank 2,050,000 2,925,000
 Current portion of long-term
 debt 405,000 524,000
 Reserve for estimated loss on
 net assets held for
 disposition 980,000 ---
 Total current liabilities 6,285,000 6,022,000
 Long-term debt 142,000 493,000
 Deferred income taxes 721,000 889,000
 Stockholders' equity
 Common stock 643,000 626,000
 Additional paid-in capital 9,902,000 9,735,000
 Retained earnings 5,097,000 6,665,000
 Total Stockholders' equity 15,642,000 17,026,000
 Total $22,790,000 $24,430,000
 -0- 10/26/93
 /CONTACT: Louis B. Horwitz of Datum Inc., 714-533-6333; or Roger S. Pondel or Gary S. Maier of Pondel Parsons & Wilkinson, 310-207-9300/
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