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PATTERSON DENTAL COMPANY REPORTS EARNINGS FOR THIRD QUARTER AND NINE MONTHS ENDED JAN. 23, 1993

 MINNEAPOLIS, Feb. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Patterson Dental Company (NASDAQ-NMS: PDCO) today announced unaudited results for the third quarter and nine months ended Jan. 23, 1993.
 Net sales for the third quarter ended Jan. 23, 1993 were $85,055,000, a 23 percent increase over the $68,978,000 reported in the third quarter a year earlier. Net income for the quarter was $3,152,000 or $.21 per share compared to $2,011,000 or $.13 per share earned in the third quarter of the prior year, an increase of 62 percent in per share earnings.
 Net sales for the nine months ended Jan. 23, 1993, were $253,580,000, up 25 percent from last year's same period net sales of $202,091,000. Income before extraordinary item was $9,575,000 or $.70 per share compared to $6,195,000 or $.41 per share earned in the nine months ended Jan. 25, 1992, an increase of 71 percent in per share earnings. Net income for the period was $9,122,000 or $.66 per share, compared to $6,195,000 or $.41 per share for the similar prior year nine month period.
 Net income for the nine months ended Jan. 23, 1993 included an extraordinary charge of $453,000 or $.04 per share relating to costs and expenses associated with the retirement of its bank debt out of the proceeds of the company's initial public stock offering completed in November 1992.
 Peter L. Frechette, president of Patterson Dental Company, said that "While sales of asepsis-related products (i.e. handpieces, sterilizers and sterilization products) continued to experience significant increases in the third quarter over the prior year third quarter due to the increased demand for these products, we were particularly pleased with the increased sales of other dental products."
 Based in Minneapolis, Patterson is a distributor of dental supplies and equipment to dentists and other customers in the United States. Its stock is traded on the NASDAQ National Market System under the symbol PDCO.
 PATTERSON DENTAL COMPANY
 CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF INCOME
 (Unaudited)
 (In thousands, except per share amounts)
 Third Quarter Ended Nine Months Ended
 1/23/93 1/25/92 1/23/93 1/25/92
 Net sales $85,055 $68,978 $253,580 $202,091
 Income before extraordinary
 item 3,152 2,011 9,575 6,195
 Extraordinary item (less
 applicable income taxes
 of $281) -- -- (453) --
 Net income $3,152 $2,011 $9,122 $6,195
 Earnings per share:
 Earnings per common and
 common equivalent share
 before extraordinary item $.21 $.13 $.70 $.41
 Earnings (loss) per commmon
 and common equivalent
 share-extraordinary item -- -- (.04) --
 Earnings per common and
 common equivalent share $.21 $.13 $.66 $.41
 Weighted average common and
 common equivalent shares
 outstanding 14,088 12,315 12,865 12,315
 -0- 2/17/93
 /CONTACT: Ronald E. Ezerski of Patterson Dental Company, 612-854-2881/
 (PDCO)


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