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LSI Lighting Solutions Announces Agreement With PNC Equipment Finance, LLC to Provide Financing to Petroleum Market Customers

CINCINNATI, Nov. 18, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- LSI Industries Inc. (NASDAQ:LYTS) today announced a new strategic relationship between LSI Lighting Solutions, LSI's lighting fixture manufacturing division, and PNC Equipment Finance, LLC (PNCEF) to provide financing solutions to LSI's petroleum customers.

Pursuant to this agreement, LSI's current and prospective petroleum customers (gas stations and convenience stores) will have the option to apply for financing from PNCEF in order to upgrade both their lighting and petroleum equipment simultaneously, thus taking advantage of the energy-saving benefits of LED retrofit solutions immediately.

PNCEF is the 4th largest bank-owned leasing company in the U.S. The financing options that PNCEF offers to approved applicants can include not only the cost of the actual upgrades themselves, but also the installation, service and freight. This can translate to little to no money down, result in improved cash flow, be structured on or off balance sheet, and mean lower borrowing costs than approaching the financing of each upgrade separately, based on more favorable rates offered by PNCEF when lighting and equipment upgrades are bundled together.

Shawn Toney, President of LSI Lighting Solutions, commented, "We are excited to announce this strategic relationship between LSI and PNC. It eliminates a barrier for qualified prospects interested in retrofitting to money-saving, energy-efficient LED technology but who may not have capital available upfront. As a result of this relationship, our customers can begin to realize the significant energy savings, as well as utility incentives, that switching to LED technology provides."

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About the Company

We are a customer-centric company that positions itself as a value-added, trusted partner in developing superior image solutions through our world-class lighting, graphics, and technology capabilities. Our core strategy of "Lighting + Graphics + Technology = Complete Image Solutions" differentiates us from our competitors.

We are committed to advancing solid-state LED technology to make affordable, high performance, energy-efficient lighting and custom graphic products that bring value to our customers. We have a vast offering of innovative solutions for virtually any lighting or graphics application. In addition, we provide sophisticated lighting and energy management control solutions to help customers manage their energy performance. Further, we provide a full range of design support, engineering, installation and project management services to our customers.

We are a vertically integrated U.S.-based manufacturer concentrating on serving customers in North America and Latin America. Our major markets include commercial / industrial lighting, petroleum / convenience store and multi-site retail (including automobile dealerships, restaurants and national retail accounts). Headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, LSI has facilities in Ohio, Kansas, Kentucky, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island and Texas. The Company’s common shares are traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol LYTS.

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, is 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 W. WELLS (513) 793-3200

Source:LSI Industries Inc.