Host America Corporation (Nasdaq: Cafe) announced today that the company’s recent acquisition of Lindley Food Service will have a positive effect on the corporate financial performance for fiscal 2001. Lindley provides freshly prepared and frozen unitized meals for large senior food programs, school lunch, and private related programs. They are the single largest provider of fresh unitized meals in Connecticut. Geoffrey Ramsey, Host America President, states, “We saw a well managed, tightly controlled company that demonstrated consistent profitability as a privately held company. Lindley had very good operating results; their recasted financials were $8.4 million in revenues and after normalizing owners compensation had 12% operating profit for year ending March 2000. The Lindley principles, Mark Cerreta and Gilbert Rossomando (as Vice President and President) are focused and committed to achieving long-term sustainable growth and profitability.”
Preliminary figures for the fourth quarter ended June 30, 2000 will show record-breaking revenues for Host America (exclusive of Lindley) with June exhibiting record sales of just under $1.5 million. As Host America’s marketing plan continues to develop new business, it will show that Host America is turning the corner and generating profitability. Even without the acquisition, management is expecting that their basic operation will be profitable for the 2001 fiscal year. Investors are advised to examine the consistent progression of declining losses since going public in the summer of 1998 and look carefully at the recently ended fourth quarter when CAFE’s fiscal year 2000 annual report is released. During this process, the strategy was to invest time and money into developing the infrastructure to accommodate what we have today, a new diverse company poised for dramatic growth.
Finally, as a direct result of the Lindley acquisition, the number of shares outstanding has increased from 1.31 million to 1.5 million, or a total increase of fewer than 200,000 shares. These new shares are restricted until July 2003.
Geoffrey Ramsey, states, “The synergistic benefit of the merged company will produce opportunities that individually were not attainable due to “barriers of entry.” Through shared resources and combined management skills, the company can now penetrate new markets. The new Host America has tremendous opportunities to increase market share resulting in greater profitability.”
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Host America is a contract food service management company specializing in providing employer food court and employee dining, special event catering, vending and office coffee service, home food replacement and management of corporate dining rooms for office complexes.
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