Digital Ally Reports Higher Sales and Earnings, Net of One-Time Tax Benefit, for Third Quarter and First Nine Months of 2008

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. , Oct. 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Digital Ally, Inc. (Nasdaq: DGLY), which develops, manufactures and markets advanced video surveillance products for law enforcement, homeland security and commercial security applications, today announced substantially higher sales and earnings (excluding tax benefits) for the third quarter and first nine months of 2008. An investor conference call is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. EDT tomorrow , October 30, 2008 (see details below).

For the three months ended September 30, 2008 , revenue increased 66% to approximately $8.5 million, compared with approximately $5.1 million in the quarter ended September 30, 2007 . During the most recent quarter the total number of customers expanded to over 2,500.

Gross profits increased 56% to $5,167,824 (61.1% of revenue) in the most recent quarter, compared with gross profits of $3,310,760 (64.9% of revenue) in the third quarter of 2007. Pretax income rose 70% to $1,391,609 in the quarter ended September 30, 2008 , versus $820,419 in the prior-year period, even though the Company incurred substantial research and development costs and legal expenses related to the resolution of the L-3 Communications Mobile Vision patent litigation, in the most recent quarter. After an income tax provision of $518,000, the Company recorded net income of $873,609 in the third quarter of 2008. This compared with net income of $2,973,563, including a significant, one time, non-cash income tax benefit of $2,153,143, in the quarter ended June 30, 2007 .

Basic and diluted earnings per share totaled $0.06 and $0.05, respectively, in the quarter ended September 30, 2008 , compared with earnings of $0.21 per basic share and $0.18 per diluted share in the prior-year period. The weighted average number of basic shares outstanding increased 13% to 15,736,559 in the quarter ended September 30, 2008 , versus 13,963,820 shares in the third quarter of 2007. The weighted average number of diluted shares outstanding increased 10% to 17,634,577 in the most recent quarter, compared with 16,087,850 in the prior-year quarter.

Non-GAAP adjusted net income (net income before income taxes, depreciation, amortization and stock-based compensation), a non-GAAP financial measure, increased 68% to $2,083,370 ($0.13 per basic share and $0.12 per diluted share) in the most recent quarter, when compared with $1,242,573 ($0.09 per basic share and $0.08 per diluted share) in the quarter ended September 30, 2007 . (Non-GAAP adjusted net income is described in greater detail in a table at the end of this release).

For the nine months ended September 30, 2008 , the Company reported that its revenue increased 110% to approximately $25.9 million, compared with revenue of approximately $12.4 million in the first nine months of 2007. Pretax income increased 348% to $6,215,676, versus $1,386,441 in the corresponding period of 2007. After an income tax provision of $2,253,000, the Company reported net income of $3,962,676 in the first nine months of 2008, compared with $3,539,584 (which included an income tax benefit of $2,153,143) in the nine months ended September 30, 2007 .

Basic and diluted earnings per share totaled $0.26 and $0.22, respectively, in the nine months ended September 30, 2008 , versus $0.26 and $0.23, respectively, in the first nine months of 2007. The weighted average number of basic shares outstanding increased 11% to 15,181,662 in the nine months ended September 30, 2008 , versus 13,637,108 shares in the first nine months of 2007. The weighted average number of diluted shares outstanding increased 16% to 17,625,361 in the first nine months of 2008, compared with 15,141,322 in the prior-year period.

Non-GAAP adjusted net income increased 172% to $7,614,845 ($0.50 per basic and $0.43 per diluted share) in the nine months ended September 30, 2008 , versus $2,806,123 ($0.21 per basic and $0.19 per diluted share) in the corresponding period of the previous year.

"I am pleased to report that the results for the three months ended September 30, 2008 , represented a substantial increase in our sales, pretax income and non-GAAP adjusted net income (excluding depreciation, amortization, income tax benefits and stock-based compensation), when compared with the prior-year period," stated Stanton E. Ross , Chief Executive Officer of Digital Ally, Inc. "We are proud of the 110% increase in sales and 172% rise in non-GAAP adjusted net income achieved during the first nine months of 2008, as we have continued to increase our share of the market for in-car video systems within the domestic and international law enforcement communities. Operating income of $6,144,158 was 340% higher than the $1,398,514 we generated in the first nine months of 2007."

"The U.S. economic recession has worsened in recent months and this, along with the collapse in the housing market, has reduced tax revenues for many state, county and local governments, thus forcing some law enforcement agencies to delay near-term purchases of equipment," continued Ross. "While we are not immune to such macro-economic factors and recognize that caution is required in making any forecasts, we are confident in our ability to expand market share and successfully enter new markets in the coming quarters. International markets have become a significant and consistent source of business for us, representing a trend that we believe will continue in the fourth quarter of 2008 and into 2009. In light of the various complementary products and marketing initiatives we are developing, we believe new records in sales and earnings will be achieved in the fourth quarter of 2008 and in the year 2009. For the year ending December 31, 2008 , we now expect sales to be between $34 and $38 million, compared with $19.4 million in 2007, and our operating margin should range between 22% and 26% of sales. While these expectations are below our previous guidance, we believe Digital Ally will have an outstanding fourth quarter and fiscal year relative to the overall economy, our competitors, and our performance last year."

"We continue to pursue an aggressive research and development program, with projects underway that are focused on (1) new products designed for the school bus, mass transit, taxi cab, military and other markets and (2) upgrades to our existing product lines. During the next twelve months, we expect to begin marketing at least six complementary new products and/or product upgrades to new and existing customers. This should allow Digital Ally to maintain a rate of growth in sales and earnings that substantially exceeds that of our competitors and our industry."

"We ended the third quarter with a very strong balance sheet. After expanding inventories and accounts receivable to support our growth, and repurchasing over 210,000 shares of DGLY common stock in the open market since August 2008 , our cash and cash equivalents at September 30, 2008 exceeded $3.2 million, and we had no short or long-term debt outstanding. Financially, we believe the Company is well-positioned to pursue its near and long-term strategic objectives, despite the uncertainties facing the U.S. and global economies."

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Digital has provided financial information in this release that has not been prepared in accordance with GAAP. This information includes non-GAAP adjusted net income. Digital uses such non-GAAP financial measures internally in analyzing its financial results and believes they are useful to investors, as a supplement to GAAP measures, in evaluating Digital's ongoing operational performance. Digital believes that the use of these non-GAAP financial measures provides an additional tool for investors in evaluating ongoing operating results and trends and in comparing its financial measures with other companies in Digital's industry, many of which present similar non-GAAP financial measures to investors. As noted, the non-GAAP financial measures discussed above exclude certain non-cash expenses/income, including: (1) income tax expense/benefit, (2) depreciation and amortization expenses and (3) share-based compensation expense pursuant to SFAS 123(R).

Non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered in isolation from, or as a substitute for, financial information prepared in accordance with GAAP. Investors are encouraged to review the reconciliation of these non-GAAP measures to their most directly comparable GAAP financial measure as detailed above. As previously mentioned, a reconciliation of GAAP to the non-GAAP financial measures has been provided in the tables included as part of this press release.

Investor Conference Call

The Company will host an investor conference call at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time tomorrow , October 30, 2008 , to discuss its third quarter and nine-month operating results, along with other topics of interest. Shareholders and other interested parties may participate in the conference call by dialing 800-860-2442 (international/local participants dial 412-858-4600) and asking to be connected to the "Digital Ally, Inc. Conference Call" a few minutes before 11:00 a.m. EDT on October 30, 2008 . The call will also be broadcast live on the Internet at http://www.videonewswire.com/event.asp?id=51880. A replay of the conference call will be available one hour after the completion of the conference call from October 30, 2008 until December 29, 2008 by dialing 877-344-7529 (international/local participants dial 412-317-0088) and entering the conference ID 423909.

The call will also be archived on the Internet through November 29, 2008 , at http://www.videonewswire.com/event.asp?id=50129 and on the Company's website at http://www.digitalallyinc.com.

About Digital Ally, Inc.

Digital Ally, Inc. develops, manufactures and markets advanced technology products for law enforcement, homeland security and commercial security applications. The Company's primary focus is digital video imaging and storage. For additional information, visit http://www.digitalallyinc.com

The Company is headquartered in Overland Park, Kansas , and its shares are traded on The Nasdaq Capital Market under the symbol "DGLY".

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Act of 1934. These forward-looking statements are based largely on the expectations or forecasts of future events, can be affected by inaccurate assumptions, and are subject to various business risks and known and unknown uncertainties, a number of which are beyond the control of management. Therefore, actual results could differ materially from the forward-looking statements contained in this press release. A wide variety of factors that may cause actual results to differ from the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the following: the Company's ability to have all of its new product offerings perform as planned or advertised; whether the Company will be able to produce and market six new products or product upgrades in the next 12 months; whether there will be a commercial market, domestically and internationally, for one or more of such new products or product upgrades; its ability to commercialize its products and production processes, including increasing its production capabilities to satisfy orders in a cost-effective manner; its ability to continue to increase revenue and profits, including the achievement of $34 to $38 million in revenues and an operating margin of 22% to 26% in 2008; whether the Company will be able to adapt its technology to new and different uses, including being able to introduce new products; competition from larger, more established companies with far greater economic and human resources; its ability to attract and retain customers and quality employees; its ability to obtain patent protection on any of its products and, if obtained, to defend such intellectual property rights; the effect of changing economic conditions; and changes in government regulations, tax rates and similar matters. These cautionary statements should not be construed as exhaustive or as any admission as to the adequacy of the Company's disclosures. The Company cannot predict or determine after the fact what factors would cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by the forward-looking statements or other statements. The reader should consider statements that include the words "believes", "expects", "anticipates", "intends", "estimates", "plans", "projects", "should", or other expressions that are predictions of or indicate future events or trends, to be uncertain and forward-looking. The Company does not undertake to publicly update or revise forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Additional information respecting factors that could materially affect the Company and its operations are contained in its reports on Form 10-KSB for the year ended December 31, 2007 and Form 10-Q for the nine months ended September 30, 2008 as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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SOURCE Digital Ally, Inc.



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