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Profits are Up at Security Companies According to SecurityStockWatch.com Profitability Survey

RYE BROOK, N.Y., Sept. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Profits are up 18.5% in the most recent quarter compared to the prior quarter, according to the 2003-2004 SecurityStockWatch.com Profitability Survey. The just released 261 page eport analyzes the revenue, earnings, and profit margin for 100 security companies in six (6) distinct security groups.

BioDefense earnings were up 34.1% (led by Applera and BioReliance); Environmental Security earnings were up 142.1% (led by Donaldson, Headwaters, and Neogen); Military Defense earnings were up by 64.4% (led by Ceradyne, Integrated Defense Technologies and KVH Industries); Network Security earnings were up 32.3% (led by Netscreen Technologies, RSA Security and Secure Computing); and Physical Security earnings were up 16.9% (led by Checkpoint Systems, Diebold and OSI Systems). The only security group which reported a loss in the most recent quarter vs. the prior quarter was the Fraud Prevention group (the biggest losers in this group were Atmel, Identix and Verisign).

Mr. Ed Johnson, CPA, Financial Analyst and Author of the Report said, "It is not surprising that a large majority of these companies are doing well. We are vulnerable to all sorts of attacks from organized groups and individuals: bio-terrorism, environmental terrorism, cyber-terrorism, "Oklahoma" type explosions, and criminal acts. Spending is on the rise sharply worldwide to safeguard against these threats and the 100 companies profiled in our Profitability Survey are in the best position to safeguard human assets, financial assets and our public infrastructures."

The 2003-2004 SecurityStockWatch.com Profitability Survey includes: charts with comparisons of revenues, earnings, and profit margin for trailing 12 months vs. prior trailing 12 months, and current quarter vs. the prior year quarter and previous quarter; analysis of 3 charts comparing the six (6) Security Groups to one another, and 18 charts that compare the Companies within each Group to one another. Also provided are two-page Company Profiles for all 100 Companies including demographic information; SecurityStockWatch revenues and earnings rankings; August 29, 2003 closing stock prices and 52 week highs and lows; Description of Business; Table of the financial performance numbers for periods mentioned above, and analytical comments on what the performance figures mean and implications for the future.