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LSI Industries Inc. Announces Preliminary Operating Results for the Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 2015

CINCINNATI, Aug. 11, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- LSI Industries Inc. (NASDAQ:LYTS) today announced that it expects fiscal 2015 net sales will be between $307 million and $308 million, net income will be between $4.9 and $5.2 million, and diluted earnings per share will be between $0.20 and $0.21. For the prior fiscal year net sales were $299 million, net income was $0.93 million, and diluted earnings per share was $0.04.

For the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015, LSI Industries expects that net sales will be between $75.3 million and $76.3 million, net income between $1.4 million and $1.7 million, and diluted earnings per share between $0.06 and $0.07. For fourth quarter of the prior fiscal year, net sales were $73.9 million, the net loss was $(0.8) million, and the diluted loss per share was $(0.03).

LSI Industries expects to announce fiscal fourth quarter and full year 2015 operating results before the market opens on August 20, 2015.

Dennis W. Wells, Chief Executive Officer and President, said, "On behalf of the new management team and all of the LSI employees, I am very pleased to say that the turnaround actions and hard work to improve the profitability of the business have been very effective. Depending upon actual fiscal 2015 results, on a full year basis, the gross profit margin improved approximately 240 basis points from fiscal 2014 to fiscal 2015. The fourth quarter, in particular, improved from 21.3% during fiscal 2014 to approximately 25% during fiscal 2015 (depending upon actual fiscal 2015 results), an increase of about 370 basis points." Mr. Wells went on to say, "There remains the opportunity to further increase LSI's gross margin very substantially as we move forward. With the LSI Business System of management in place and functioning, our goal is to deliver continuous improvement in sales and profitability over the next several years."

LSI industries will be presenting at the Canaccord Genuity 2015 Growth Conference on Thursday, August 13th in Boston.

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About the Company

Leadership. Strength. Innovation. These are the key values upon which LSI Industries Inc. was founded in 1976. Today LSI demonstrates these values in our dedication to advancing technology throughout all aspects of our business. From product solutions to production techniques, we are committed to American innovation through technology. The fundamental core strategy of LSI Industries is "Lighting + Graphics + Technology = Complete Image Solution."

We are a vertically integrated manufacturer which combines technology, design and manufacturing to produce efficient, high quality lighting and graphics products. We are dedicated to advancing solid-state LED technology to make affordable, high performance, energy efficient lighting and custom graphic products that provide value to our customers. We offer design support, engineering, installation and project management for custom lighting and graphics rollout programs.

Our major markets include commercial / industrial lighting, petroleum / convenience store and multi-site retail (including automobile dealerships, restaurants and national retail accounts).

For further information, contact Dennis Wells, Chief Executive Officer and President at (513) 793-3200.

Additional note: Today’s news release, along with past releases from LSI Industries, are available on the Company’s internet site at www.lsi-industries.com or by email or fax, by calling the Investor Relations Department at (513) 793-3200.

CONTACT: DENNIS WELLS (513) 793-3200

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