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Escalade Reports Double Digit Sales Growth In Sporting Goods And Impairment Loss In Information Security And Print Finishing

November 15, 2012

EVANSVILLE, Ind., Nov. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Escalade, Incorporated (NASDAQ: ESCA) announced that revenues for the third quarter of 2012 were up 19% over the same quarter last year. Year to date revenues increased more than 9% over the same period last year. Sales in the Sporting Goods segment were up 27% for the quarter and up 14.7% year to date, compared to same periods prior year.

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In the third quarter of 2012, the Company recorded a goodwill impairment loss in the Information Security and Print Finishing segment. Due to increased competition and continuing weakness in the European and Asian markets, operating profits and cash flows were lower than expected for the first nine months of 2012. Based on this continuing trend, the earnings forecast for the next five years was revised resulting in a goodwill impairment loss of $13.2 million in the quarter. Along with the goodwill impairment, the Company recorded intangible asset impairment for this segment related to other intangibles of $0.2 million. Year to date revenues from the Information and Print Finishing segment were down 3.4% from last year. Excluding the effects of changes in the currency exchange rates, revenues were flat with last year. Year to date gross margin percentages in this segment were down 9% compared to prior year.

The Company has offered to sell its 50% interest in an equity method investment at a value less than carrying value which resulted in an impairment of $0.4 million ($0.2 million net of tax). This other than temporary impairment is reflected in the third quarter of 2012.

Basic earnings (loss) per share for the three and nine months of fiscal 2012 are $(0.86) and $(0.67) compared with $(0.03) and $.18 for the same periods in 2011. In 2011, the Company accelerated depreciation expense on an Oracle ERP system which resulted in an additional $2.2 million ($1.4 million, net of tax) of expense for the quarter. Without the impact of goodwill and intangible asset impairment and equity method investment impairment losses in 2012 and accelerated depreciation expense in 2011, basic earnings per share would have been $0.16 and $0.36 for the three and nine months of fiscal 2012 compared with $0.08 and $0.29 for the three and nine months of fiscal 2011.

“We are pleased with the overall third quarter revenue growth of 19%, led by strong retail sell-through and expanded product placement in the Sporting Goods segment,” stated Robert J. Keller, President and Chief Executive Officer of Escalade, Inc. “The goodwill impairment in Information Security and Print Finishing was necessary to reflect the challenges that this segment of our business has experienced.”

Escalade is a leading manufacturer and marketer of sporting goods and information security and print finishing products sold worldwide. To obtain more information on the Company and its products, visit our website at: www.EscaladeInc.com or contact Deborah Meinert, Vice President and CFO at 812/467-4449.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This report contains forward-looking statements relating to present or future trends or factors that are subject to risks and uncertainties. These risks include, but are not limited to, the impact of competitive products and pricing, product demand and market acceptance, Escalade’s ability to successfully integrate the operations of acquired assets and businesses, new product development, the continuation and development of key customer and supplier relationships, Escalade’s ability to control costs, general economic conditions, fluctuation in operating results, changes in foreign currency exchange rates, changes in the securities market, Escalade’s ability to obtain financing and to maintain compliance with the terms of such financing, and other risks detailed from time to time in Escalade’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Escalade’s future financial performance could differ materially from the expectations of management contained herein. Escalade undertakes no obligation to release revisions to these forward-looking statements after the date of this report.

                                                      ESCALADE, INCORPORATED AND SUBSIDIARIES
                                                  CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
                                                (Unaudited, In Thousands Except Per Share Amounts)

                                    Three Months Ended           Nine Months Ended          Twelve Months Ended
                                    ------------------           -----------------          -------------------
                                      6 October 2012                 1 October                6 October 2012        1 October 2011        6 October 2012        1 October 2011
                                                                                  2011
                                                                                  ----

    NET SALES                                      $34,206                     $28,734                    $106,800               $97,582              $143,468              $128,767

    OPERATING  EXPENSES
    Cost of goods sold                              23,249                      20,428                      72,943                66,344                99,141                90,005
    Selling and administrative                       7,466                       8,725                      23,729                26,064                33,607                32,370
    Goodwill and intangible asset
    impairment charges                              13,362                          --                      13,362                    --                13,362                    --
                                                                                                                                                        ------
    Amortization                                       516                         436                       1,722                 1,245                 2,073                 1,492
                                                       ---                         ---                       -----                 -----                 -----                 -----

    OPERATING INCOME (LOSS)                        (10,387)                       (855)                     (4,956)                3,929                (4,715)                4,900

    OTHER INCOME (EXPENSE)
    Interest expense                                  (144)                       (117)                       (490)                 (529)                 (654)                 (687)
    Other income                                       919                       1,065                       1,331                 1,700                 3,029                 3,164
    Equity method investment
    impairment                                        (382)                         --                        (382)                   --                  (382)                   --
                                                      ----                         ---                        ----                   ---                  ----                   ---

    INCOME (LOSS) BEFORE
     INCOME TAXES                                   (9,994)                         93                      (4,497)                5,100                (2,722)                7,377

    PROVISION FOR INCOME TAXES                       1,509                         473                       4,343                 2,792                 3,984                 2,847
                                                     -----                         ---                       -----                 -----                 -----                 -----

    NET INCOME (LOSS)                             $(11,503)                      $(380)                    $(8,840)               $2,308               $(6,706)               $4,530
                                                  ========                       =====                     =======                ======               =======                ======

    PER SHARE DATA
    Basic earnings (loss) per share                 $(0.86)                     $(0.03)                     $(0.67)                $0.18                $(0.51)                $0.35
                                                    ======                      ======                      ======                 =====                ======                 =====
    Diluted earnings (loss) per
    share                                           $(0.85)                     $(0.03)                     $(0.66)                $0.17                $(0.51)                $0.34
                                                    ======                      ======                      ======                 =====                ======                 =====

    Cash dividends paid                              $0.08                       $0.25                       $0.23                 $0.25                 $0.30                 $0.35
                                                     =====                       =====                       =====                 =====                 =====                 =====

    Average shares outstanding                      13,391                      12,871                      13,189                12,838                13,115                12,824

                                         CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED BALANCE SHEET
                                              (Unaudited, In Thousands)

                                               6 October 2012           31 December 2011      1 October 2011
                                               --------------           ----------------      --------------
    ASSETS
    Current assets                                        $72,369                     $64,146            $68,090
    Property, plant &equipment -
     net                                                   12,095                      11,915             13,879
    Other assets                                           27,706                      28,769             27,471
    Goodwill                                               12,017                      25,285             25,646
                                                           ------                      ------             ------
    Total                                                $124,187                    $130,115           $135,086
                                                         ========                    ========           ========

    LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
    Current liabilities                                   $40,662                     $34,650            $40,456
    Other liabilities                                       6,223                       7,900              7,708
    Stockholders' equity                                   77,302                      87,565             86,922
                                                           ------                      ------             ------
    Total                                                $124,187                    $130,115           $135,086
                                                         ========                    ========           ========

SOURCE Escalade, Inc.


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