SOURCE: Lakeland Industries, Inc.

August 03, 2005 09:00 ET

Lakeland Industries Announces Closing of Acquisition of Mifflin Valley, Inc.

RONKONKOMA, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- August 3, 2005 -- Lakeland Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ: LAKE), today announced that it has closed on its previously announced contract to acquire the assets and operations and assume certain liabilities of Mifflin Valley, Inc. ("Mifflin") of Shillington, PA, for an initial purchase price of $1.58 million, subject to certain adjustments after an audit. Mifflin did approximately $2.6 million of sales in 2004, and $1.5 million for the six months ended June 30, 2005. Mifflin is a manufacturer of protective clothing specializing in safety and visibility, largely for the Emergency Services market, but also for the entire public safety and traffic control market. Mifflin specializes in customized garments to suit customers' needs, coupled with quality, service, price and delivery. Mifflin's products include Flame Retardant garments for the Fire Industry, Nomex clothing for utilities, and High Visibility Reflective Outerwear for Departments of Transportation. A complete copy of the contact will be filed as an exhibit with Lakeland's Form 10-Q for the second quarter ended July 31.

About Lakeland Industries, Inc.:

We manufacture and sell a comprehensive line of safety garments and accessories for the industrial protective clothing market. Our products are sold by our in-house sales force and independent sales representatives to a network of over 800 safety and mill supply distributors. These distributors in turn supply end user industrial customers such as chemical/petrochemical, automobile, steel, glass, construction, smelting, janitorial, pharmaceutical and high technology electronics manufacturers, as well as hospitals and laboratories. In addition, we supply federal, state and local governmental agencies and departments such as fire and police departments, airport crash rescue units, the Department of Defense, Central Intelligence Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Secret Service and the Centers for Disease Control. In fiscal 2005, we had net sales of $95.3 million and earnings per share of $1.12 (as adjusted for the 10% stock split effective April, 2005). For the first quarter of fiscal 2006, we had sales of $25.7 million, net income of $1.7 million and $.34 per share. Some key metrics for the first quarter of fiscal 2006 include annualized ROI of 12.13%, ROA of 11.03%, and ROE of 12.39% and EBITDA as a percent of sales of 10.74%.

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