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Landec Corporation Reports First Quarter Fiscal Year 2012 Results

Landec Corporation (Nasdaq:LNDC), today reported results for the first quarter of fiscal year 2012 ended August 28, 2011. Revenues for the first quarter of fiscal year 2012 increased 13% to $73.3 million compared to revenues of $65.0 million for the first quarter a year ago. Net income was $1.8 million or $0.07 per share in the first quarter of fiscal year 2012 compared to $2.3 million or $0.09 per share for the first quarter of last year.

Revenues increased $8.3 million during the first quarter of fiscal year 2012 compared to the first quarter of fiscal year 2011 primarily due to a $3.2 million increase in value-added fresh-cut vegetable revenues at Apio Inc., Landec’s food subsidiary, primarily driven by the growth of the overall produce category and new product introductions and a $4.9 million increase in Apio export revenues due to greater availability of fruit to export.

The decrease in net income for the first quarter of fiscal year 2012 compared to the first quarter of fiscal year 2011 was primarily due to (1) a $348,000 decrease in gross profit for Apio Packaging because of lower BreatheWay® packaging sales to Chiquita compared to the initial large orders of BreatheWay for avocados to build inventory for initial product launch that occurred during the first quarter of last year, (2) a $280,000 decrease in gross profit for Lifecore from a product sales mix change resulting from the timing of shipments of aseptically filled products versus fermentation products, which reduced Lifecore’s gross margin to 38% for the quarter, compared to Lifecore’s expected gross margin of approximately 50% for all of fiscal year 2012, and (3) a $493,000 decrease in operating income due to higher operating expenses as a result of increased brokerage and commission sales expenses from higher sales at Apio and from accruing for bonuses at Apio and Corporate which were not accrued during the first quarter of last year. These decreases in operating income were partially offset by $281,000 in accrued dividend income from our preferred stock investment in Windset Farms, and a $242,000 reduction in income tax expense due to lower pre-tax income.

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