SOURCE: The Hartcourt Companies, Inc.

May 19, 2005 06:08 ET

Hartcourt Announces Its First Quarter 2005 Results

SHANGHAI, CHINA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 19, 2005 -- The Hartcourt Companies, Inc. (OTC BB: HRCT) (Frankfurt: 900009) today announced its first quarter results as March 31, 2005.

Revenue was $11 million for the first quarter, representing mostly sales of Samsung products in the Shanghai region. Sales of Samsung products were up 17% in the Shanghai region compared to last year. Samsung revenue in Zhejiang was not a part of Hartcourt sales beginning this year, since we sold the Zhejiang distribution business in 2004. Samsung notebook accounted for $3.4 million of the total revenue, an increase of 42% over last quarter, a healthy growth in view of this being only the second quarter that we began distribution of Samsung notebooks. Interactive/multimedia product sales was consolidated into Hartcourt in March and accounted for 2% of total revenue.

Gross margin for the first quarter was $457K, or 4.08%, up from $181K, or 1.04% a year ago. The significant increase of 153% on gross margin dollars was contributed by our interactive/multimedia business, even though the related revenue was insignificant. This is the result of our strategy to move into profitable segment of the market to improve our operating results.

Operating expenses for the first quarter was $412K, down by 25% compared to a year ago, reflecting our cost-reduction efforts.

Operating income was $46K, compared to a loss of $370K a year ago. Net income after taxes was $30K, compared to $58K a year ago, which included a one-time gain of $492K from discontinued operations.

Operating cash flow improved by $874K compared to a year ago, resulting from better inventory management. Current ratio was 1.3, approximately the same as last year.

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

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    Email: ir@hartcourt.com