Komet releases its 2008 financial results



    Despite the economic slowdown and a significant initiative to pay down
    its long-term debt, the Company posts a profit

    MONTREAL, Feb. 16 /CNW Telbec/ - Komet Manufacturers Inc., "Komet"
(TSX-V: AQD), today disclosed its financial results for the 2008 fiscal year,
ended September 30, 2008.
    During this period, the Company recorded revenues of $7,435,233 from
current business activities. By means of comparison, during the nine-month
period ended September 30, 2007, Komet recorded revenues of $6,859,275. A
product of the slowdown being felt throughout the manufacturing sector, this
decrease is in particular due to a marked decline in sales and stock being
retained in inventory by the Company's clientele as well as to a significant
drop in the exchange rate during most of the fiscal period, which led certain
major clients to import products directly from Asia.
    Before-tax profits on earnings totalled $19,568, compared to $221,360
recorded during the nine-month period ended September 30, 2007. This profit
reflects the sound management of the Company's operations during difficult
economic times. These results also reflect a loss on exchange of $22,483 in
2008, compared to a gain on exchange of $55,401 in 2007. This loss on exchange
was recorded late in fiscal 2008, a period that saw a rapid drop in the
Canadian dollar.
    The Company's cash flow stands at $292,212, compared to $479,688 during
the previous period. It should also be noted that Komet paid down $270,935 of
its long-term debt while directing $15,935 towards the acquisition of fixed
assets.
    During the 2008 fiscal period, the Company increased its cash position by
$303,745, while at the same time paying $540,000 towards its line of credit.

    Perspective

    "The future looks promising for Komet, with the company expecting to
benefit from a number of strategic and operational initiatives begun in 2008,"
stated François Nadeau, the Company's Chief Executive Officer, upon the
tabling of the annual financial results. "In addition to continuing our
excellent business relationships with major clients such as Rona, Reno-Depot
and Home Depot, the creation of a new kitchen division will both diversify our
product offering and increase our sources of revenue. In short, Komet
currently finds itself in a strategically advantageous position with respect
to its growth and development, and we believe that our shareholders will be
pleased with our results as head into the future."

    Forward looking statements

    This document may contain certain forward-looking statements that reflect
the current expectations of management regarding future events. These
forward-looking statements depend on a certain number of factors involving
risks and uncertainties. The actual results could differ from those
anticipated. Management disclaims any obligation to update or revise any
forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information or future
events.

    About Komet

    Komet, a Quebec corporation headquartered in Blainville, has been listed
on the TSX Venture Exchange since June 2007. The Company specializes in
designing and manufacturing bathroom furniture products, which are marketed
under the Aquadis brand name. Since the Company's launch, Komet has enjoyed
outstanding success in the home improvement market due to the quality,
affordability and ease-of-assembly of its wide range of bathroom furniture
products. In Canada, Komet's market presence is assured by the distribution of
its products in multiple superstore outlets across the country, notably Rona,
Reno-Depot and Home Depot. Komet's furniture selection includes vanities,
medicine cabinets, linen cabinets and mirrors. These are all available in
several colours and models to which porcelain sinks and accompanying faucets
can be added to provide a complete kit. Thanks to its preferred access to
numerous Asian suppliers, the Company is able to offer its complete product
line at competitive pricing.

    
    (*) The TSX Venture Exchange does not accept responsibility for the
        adequacy or accuracy of this release.
    




For further information:

For further information: Frédéric Bérard, Special Advisor, Financial and
Corporate Affairs, HKDP Communications and public affairs, (514) 917-1040;
Source: Komet Manufacturers Inc.

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