SOURCE: Action Products International Inc.

Action Products International Inc.

December 04, 2009 10:00 ET

Action Products Int'l Inc. to Liquidate Toy Business and Seek New Venture

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, FL--(Marketwire - December 4, 2009) - Warren Kaplan, Principal Restructuring Officer of Action Products Int'l Inc. (PINKSHEETS: APII) announced today that the company is going to liquidate its failing toy business and seek a new venture. The company has a tax loss in excess of $11,500,000.

Mr. Kaplan stated, "I returned to the company as Principal Restructuring Officer, in the later part of March, after being nearly four years away. The enormity of the financial problems became unmasked as the financials were delved into for the year-end audit. The CFO/COO, with virtually no 'skin in the game,' had suddenly resigned in late February and the CEO/Chairman, with just 48 hours of notice, resigned at the end of March. Sales were falling precipitously; shippers would not deliver goods nor pick up shipments for the company's customers. Sales representatives had not been paid commissions that were owed for months and no longer wanted to sell for the company, phone bills had not been paid and service was being cut off and even the electric company was threatening to cut off service due to non payment.

"The 10K could not be filed due to the constant revelations of new problems and necessary write downs, including millions of dollars due to vendors and credit lines from suppliers and service company were cut off. Expenses were cut and where possible some legacy debt was settled at cents on the dollar. In addition, the Company was facing the expiration on June 25th of the main credit facility, which was secured by a lien on all of the Company's assets. The Company found a new creditor to purchase the position of the previous finance company and it was hoped the Company could be salvaged."

Mr. Kaplan continued, "The secured creditor had given us time to work out a solution but it turned out to be a 'Humpty Dumpty' situation. Action Products could not be put back together again. Sadly the good name of Action Products Int'l Inc. which operated since 1977, and was a publicly held company on NASDAQ since 1984, had been irreparably damaged.

"In the interest of trying to salvage value for the shareholders, it has been decided to seek a new venture and the company's management has been focused on that course. We do not know if we will be successful but we will try." Mr. Kaplan continued, "We have just filed interim unaudited financial statements at"

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