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HOWTEK ESTIMATES 1993 EARNINGS OF ABOUT $1.00 PER SHARE AND FIRST QUARTER EARNINGS OF 11 CENTS PER SHARE VS. LOSS

 HUDSON, N.H., April 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Howtek's Chairman, Robert Howard, in response to financial community inquiries about business in 1993, indicated today that first quarter 1993 earnings should be approximately 11 cents on about $6 million of revenue. In the first quarter of 1992, Howtek lost 4 cents per share on revenues of approximatem?illion. For all of 1992 Howtek earned 49 cents a share on $23 million of revenues.
 Howtek, Inc. (AMEX: HTK) at this juncture is comfortable with 1993 earnings estimates of approximately $1.00 per share. Howard said it is difficult to be more precise currently due to the uncertainty of the European market. In the first quarter the slowness in Europe was the principal reason for lower than expected sales and profits. The estimate of $1.00 per share in 1993 assumes that there is no significant recovery in Europe. In 1992 export sales accounted for 43 percent of total sales. Contributing to the lower first quarter revenues were certain delays for producing software modifications for the new CosMYK 860 color computer in the D4000 scanner. Shipments of the newest generation of equipment started the last half of March. Howtek also disclosed some minor delays closing Colorscan System contracts in the first quarter. Howtek has recently introduced the D4000 scanner in Japan and Asia and hopes to buffer the softness in Europe with growth in the Far East.
 Howtek's product offering includes: SCANMASTER(tm), a series of drum and flatbed scanners and COLORSCAN(R), a complete pre-press color separation and page make-up system for newspapers, publishers and graphics arts markets. Howtek was founded in 1984 by Robert Howard, who also founded Centronics Data Computer Corp. in 1969 and was co-founder and chairman of Presstek, Inc. in 1987.
 Howtek, Inc. is traded in the American Stock Exchange under the symbol HTK.
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 /CONTACT: Connie Webster of Howtek, 603-882-5200/
 (HTK)


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