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 ALPHARETTA, Ga., Feb. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Digital Communications Associates Inc. (DCA) (NYSE: DCA) today said its printer products subsidiary, Pacific Data Products Inc. (PDP), is expected to have an operating loss for its third fiscal quarter ending March 31, 1993, because of a larger-than-expected decline in sales of its products during the quarter. DCA currently expects PDP revenues to be $5 million to $6 million lower than the prior quarter -- which is a faster rate of decline than the company had previously anticipated in its last quarterly report to shareholders.
 DCA said that after the January close of business, it became apparent that expected sales increases from new PDP products -- especially its plotter/printer line -- would not be enough to offset the faster rate of decline of its printer emulation and font sales.
 DCA reported in its July 9, 1992, Sept. 3, 1992, and Oct. 7, 1992, quarterly earnings news releases that PDP's printer emulation and font products were experiencing a slowdown in sales as customers moved to the Microsoft's Windows 3.1 operating environment which contains similar printing capabilities as PDP's products. In addition, after its January close of business, DCA said it became apparent that the sales potential for PDP's laser printer memory products for Hewlett-Packard's new Series 4 printer would be lower than had been anticipated.
 DCA said as a consequence of these changes in the laser printer peripherals market, it has begun a restructuring of PDP that will include a reduction of its workforce and a write-off of certain assets resulting in a one-time charge of approximately $3.2 million or 29 cents per share to DCA's earnings for its third fiscal quarter ending March 31, 1993.
 DCA will also write-off the remaining "goodwill" associated with its 1990 acquisition of PDP resulting in a one-time charge of approximately $59.9 million or $5.39 per share to DCA's earnings for the third fiscal quarter.
 In addition, DCA will write-off other assets of approximately $4.6 million or 41 cents per share resulting in a one-time charge to earnings for the same fiscal period.
 "We have been evaluating the situation during the last six months and we are reacting swiftly to technological changes in the marketplace," said Charles G. "Garry" Betty, DCA's president and chief executive officer. "We believe these actions will help PDP get back on an even keel as it moves through a difficult period of product transition. We will do everything we can to assist those PDP employees whose jobs have been affected."
 In addition to the sales decline at PDP, DCA said its communications product lines experienced some slowness in January. DCA said that preliminary indications are that stronger sales in February and March may allow the company to meet revenue expectations for its communications business for the fiscal quarter ending March 31, 1993, although no assurances can be given.
 DCA said PDP employees affected by the restructuring will receive a comprehensive separation package consisting of severance pay, outplacement services including resume preparation, career counseling and contact with potential employers in the San Diego area.
 PDP, based in San Diego, Calif., manufactures printers and printer- related products including printer, font, printer emulation and memory accessories for personal computer printers.
 Based 30 miles north of Atlanta, DCA designs, manufactures, markets and supports products worldwide that enhance the productivity of users of personal computers.
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