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PROFESSIONAL DENTAL TECHNOLOGIES ANNOUNCES 74 PERCENT RISE IN EARNINGS ON 27 PERCENT SALES GAIN FOR FIRST QUARTER

 PROFESSIONAL DENTAL TECHNOLOGIES ANNOUNCES 74 PERCENT RISE
 IN EARNINGS ON 27 PERCENT SALES GAIN FOR FIRST QUARTER
 BATESVILLE, Ark., March 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Professional Dental Technologies, Inc., the producer of dental instruments and fluoride products for in-office and at-home use, today announced significant improvements in net income and revenues for its first quarter ended Jan. 31, 1992.
 The company also announced it will be one of the founding members on the American Stock Exchange Emerging Company Marketplace (ECM/SM/). Pro-Dentec's shares will be listed under the symbol "PRO.EC" when the ECM begins trading on Wednesday, March 18, 1992.
 Broader Product Line, Increased Marketing Efforts,
 International Expansion
 "During fiscal 1991, we talked about how Pro-Dentec was laying the foundation for its five-year annual growth goals: 30 percent increases in revenues, 15 percent increases in net income and 50 percent increases in return on equity," said President J. Robert Lemon.
 "In addition to our primary product, the Rota-dent(TM) home plaque removal system, we added a disposable constant pressure probe; an ultrasonic precision scaler; and a voice-activated periodontal examination system that records, organizes and analyzes information from dental exams and reduces exposure to malpractice claims due to inadequate record-keeping," Lemon explained. "We also began to distribute a line of fluoride products to control tooth decay, sensitivity and plaque for professional and home use. We intensified our marketing program: doubling the outside sales force and investing in additional advertising and promotion. The groundwork was laid for international distribution of our Rota-dents in select European and South American countries.
 "In the first quarter of fiscal 1992, we began to reap the benefits of these actions, and are well on the way to meet our annual growth goals," said Lemon.
 Dramatic Improvements in Revenues, Earnings
 Sales for the three months increased 24.0 percent to $4.1 million from $3.3 million for last year's first quarter. In addition to higher Rota-dent sales, Pro-Dentec's other products helped boost revenues. Net income for the latest quarter was $467,000, or 3 cents per share, a 73.5 percent increase above last year's $269,000, or 2 cents per share.
 Advances Made in Financial Position
 The company's financial condition also improved during the first quarter. Total assets increased 12.0 percent, to $4.3 million, since the end of fiscal 1991, while total liabilities were flat at $2.5 million. As a result, Pro-Dentec's current ratio improved to 1.74:1 from 1.46:1 at fiscal year end.
 Long-term debt was further reduced during the quarter, by 23 percent to $350,000. Shareholders' equity climbed an additional 33.7 percent in the first quarter, reaching $1.8 million. These factors combined for a debt-to-equity ratio of .18:1, compared with 31:1 at the end of fiscal 1991.
 February Results Reflect Continued Growth
 Commenting on activity since the close of the quarter, Lemon said, "Sales continued strong in February, reaching $1.9 million for the month, increasing 81 percent over February 1991. On Feb. 29, 1992, shareholders' equity had risen again, to $2.3 million."
 ECM Listing Brings Many Benefits
 "We are very excited about being one of the first companies on the AMEX ECM," Lemon continued. "The listing brings a number of benefits to Pro-Dentec and its shareholders. We now will appear in the stock tables of major financial publications, increasing the company's visibility. Narrow quotation spreads will decrease the cost of trading for shareholders. All ECM stocks report the last sale and volume, so investors will know exactly what they are paying, not just what they are being quoted. Exchange specialists have an obligation to provide a continuous marketing in their stocks, which will enhance shareholder liquidity. We believe the ECM will provide Pro-Dentec with the ability to raise capital and the critical support we need to continue our pattern of growth."
 Professional Dental Technologies produces instruments for in-office diagnosis and treatment and at-home prevention of periodontitis, markets liquid and gel fluorides, and provides educational services for dental professionals and patients. Its products and activities underscore the negative effects of gum disease, which the American Dental Association claims affects about 75 percent of the U.S. population.
 For information on Professional Dental Technologies by FAX, 1-800-PRO-INFO, ext. 125.
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 /CONTACT: Bob Lemon or Ernie Swisher of Professional Dental Technologies, 501-698-2300; or Lynne Franklin, 312-266-7800, or Scott Snyderman, 212-661-8030, both of The Financial Relations Board for Professional Dental Technologies/ CO: Professional Dental Technologies Inc. ST: Arkansas IN: HEA SU: ERN


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