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HARMAN INTERNATIONAL REVISES FISCAL YEAR 2008 EARNINGS GUIDANCE
WASHINGTON, D.C. January 14, 2008 – Harman International Industries, Incorporated
(NYSE: HAR) today revised its previously announced guidance for the current fiscal year ending June 30, 2008. The Company now expects non-GAAP diluted EPS for the 2008 fiscal year to be between $3.00 and $3.10, before after-tax merger related costs of $8.0 million, or $0.13 per diluted share but including the impact of the Company’s ongoing accelerated share repurchase (ASR). Because the accounting impact of previously announced restructuring charges has not been determined, it is not included in the current estimate and, therefore, no GAAP diluted EPS for the fiscal 2008 year is provided.
The change in guidance was prompted primarily by a major shift in the market for Portable Navigation Devices (PNDs). In recent months this sector has experienced significant pricing pressure which is affecting the entire industry. “While the growth fundamentals of our core business remain sound, the difficult PND environment presents a challenge. As we have indicated previously, we will be launching a record number of automotive infotainment platforms in 2008. Although, we are not happy with the higher than planned R&D engineering and material costs, the additional investment is necessary to deliver the new platforms to our valued customers,” said Dinesh Paliwal, Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “Harman continues to have excellent business prospects, and we are confident that we will capitalize on these opportunities as we position our Company to achieve its full potential.”
The Company is implementing a series of strategic initiatives to optimize its global footprint in manufacturing, engineering and sourcing, to drive profitable growth and to enhance shareholder value. The Company will provide further details on these initiatives during its quarterly earnings conference call on February 5, 2008.
Harman International designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of products for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. Its brands include Harman Kardon®, JBL®, Revel®, Mark Levinson®, Infinity®, Lexicon®, Soundcraft-Studer®, AKG®, Becker® and QNX®. The Company maintains a strong presence in the Americas, Europe and Asia and employs more than 12,000 people. Harman International (www.harman.com) is a leading manufacturer of high-quality, high-fidelity audio products and electronic systems for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. The Company’s stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the Symbol: HAR.
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