(Minneapolis, MN, January 5, 2009) - Digi International® Inc. (NASDAQ: DGII, http://www.digi.com) expects to report first fiscal quarter 2009 revenue in a range of $41.0 million to $41.6 million compared to $44.6 million in the first fiscal quarter of 2008, or a decrease of approximately 7% to 8%. Digi previously provided guidance of approximately $47.5 million in revenue for the first fiscal quarter of 2009. The decrease in revenue is a result of lower than anticipated revenue across all regions and product lines attributable to rapidly deteriorating demand conditions during the last half of the first fiscal quarter of 2009. Digi anticipates first fiscal quarter 2009 earnings per diluted share in a range of $0.02 to $0.04, which includes a $0.01 tax benefit due to the extension in the quarter of the income tax credit for increased research and development for the last three quarters of fiscal 2008.
Digi now anticipates fiscal 2009 revenue in a range of $170 million to $200 million, compared to previous guidance of $200 million to $220 million. Earnings per diluted share are expected to be in a range of $0.19 to $0.47, compared to previous guidance of $0.47 to $0.65.
Digi expects to continue repurchasing its stock under its previously announced stock repurchase program.
Conference Call Details
As previously announced, the Company is presenting at the Needham conference tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. EST and immediately thereafter entering into its standard quiet period prior to its actual earnings release and conference call on January 22, 2009. Due to this fact, there will be no question and answer segment following today’s call as it has been prerecorded. Digi invites all those interested in hearing management’s discussion relative to this pre-release on Monday, January 5, 2009 before the market opens at 9:00 a.m. EST ( 8:00 a.m. CST), to join the call by dialing 800-573-4840 and entering passcode 61253177. International participants may access the call by dialing 617-224-4326 and entering passcode 61253177. A replay will be available two hours after completion of the call, and for one week following the call, by dialing 888-286-8010 for domestic participants or 617-801-6888 for international participants and entering access code 12653606 when prompted.
Digi expects to release first quarter results on Thursday, January 22, 2009 and host a conference call later that day. There will be a discussion and management will host its usual question and answer session. Details regarding the conference call will be announced closer to the reporting date.
About Digi International
Digi International, based in Minneapolis, is the leader in device networking for business. Digi develops reliable products and technologies that enable companies to connect and securely manage local or remote electronic devices over the network or via the web.
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S. (Kris) Krishnan
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