SOURCE: The Hartcourt Companies, Inc.

October 17, 2005 09:41 ET

Hartcourt Announces First Quarter 2006 Results

SHANGHAI -- (MARKET WIRE) -- October 17, 2005 -- The Hartcourt Companies, Inc. (OTC BB: HRCT) (Frankfurt: 900009), today announced its first quarter 2006 results as of August 31, 2005.

Revenue was nearly $11 million for the first quarter, up 25% compared to a year ago same period, excluding the Zhejiang market which we exited at the beginning of 2005. Samsung notebook sales were the driving force behind the revenue increase. Notebook sales accounted for 20% of overall revenue, a tremendous growth since we entered this market in late December 2004. "We made a strategic move last year and time has proofed it was a wise one," commented Ms. Hartwick, CEO of Hartcourt, "notebook is the fastest growing segment of the Chinese consumer electronic market and we are participating in this exciting phenomenon."

First quarter gross margin improved to 3.46%, up from 3.03% a year ago, resulted from better product mix. Operating expenses lowered to $488K, or 16% reduction compared to a year ago, a result of tight expenditure control. Net income was $32K, compared to a loss of $2,848K a year ago. "We have consistently stayed on the course of generating net income since the beginning of 2005," Ms. Hartwick said, "overcome many hurdles during the year. We will continue to drive cost reductions to make ourselves competitive in the market place."

Details of this financial report can be found in our 10Q filing on www.sec.gov.

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