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Lucor, Inc. Reports Results for Third Quarter

24 November 1997

Lucor, Inc. Reports Results for Third Quarter

    RALEIGH, N.C., Nov. 24 -- Lucor, Inc. , the
largest Jiffy Lube franchisee in the United States, today announced a net loss
of $199,358, or $0.08 per share, on net sales of $11.0 million in the third
quarter of 1997.
    This compares with a net loss of $190,490, or $0.08 per share, and net
sales of $10.1 million a year earlier.
    Stephen Conway, chairman and chief executive officer, noted that the nine
per cent increase in third quarter 1997 sales compared to a year earlier was
lower than the percentage increase in the number of Lucor service centers in
operation.  This occurred in part because new centers generally have lower
sales during their first two years of operations, Mr. Conway said, and 37 of
the service centers in operation on September 30, 1997 had been open less than
24 months.
    Another factor is that most of the 16 service centers in currently being
operated by Lucor in Sears Auto Service Centers have been significant
contributors to the company's losses in 1997.
    "Though Lucor is under no obligation to continue our Sears operations, we
believe that they have the potential to contribute significantly to our
profitability over the longer term," Mr. Conway said.  "We are improving their
operations in an effort to fulfill that potential, and those improvements are
part of our reason for expecting a return to profitability in 1998."
    Marketing costs declined from the third quarter of 1996 as promotional
spending in support of recently opened service centers leveled off.
    Selling, general and administrative costs were $1.5 million in this year's
third quarter, essentially unchanged  from the comparable period of 1996.
Interest expense was $369,031 in the third quarter of 1997, compared with
$346,352  a year earlier.

    Nine-month results
    In the first nine months of 1997, Lucor had a net loss of $729,336, or
$0.29 cents per share, and net sales of $31.8 million.  This compares with a
net loss of $538,594, or $0.26 per share, and net sales of $27.4 million in
the nine months ended on September 30, 1996.
    Mr. Conway said the company's losses in 1997 and last year are a result of
an expansion that began in 1995.  As part of that expansion, Lucor has grown
from 60 service centers in operation on January 1, 1996 to 100 at the end of
this year's third quarter.
    "We believe that the difficulties associated with such rapid expansion are
now mostly behind us, and that we will return to profitability in 1998," he
said.  "National trends point to continued significant growth in the auto
aftermarket -- oil changes in particular."
    The net loss from operations increased to $99,523 in this year's first
nine months, compared with $84,286 a year earlier.  Though operating costs
rose as a result of the increased number of service centers in operation, a 16
per cent increase in net sales contributed to an overall decline in operating
costs as a per cent of sales.  Selling, general and administrative expense
increased by 10 per cent from the first nine months of 1996 to this year's
comparable period, but SG&A declined both as a percentage of sales and on
per-car-serviced basis.
    Full service sales increased in the first nine months of 1997, up 17.7%
from last year's comparable period.  A full service sale includes a customized
Jiffy Lube oil change and fluid maintenance service.
    Mr. Conway said that Lucor's plans for the future are focused on the
active pursuit of acquisitions, increasing the liquidity of the stock, and
improving earnings.
    "We believe that everything is in place for us to reap the benefits of our
two-year expansion program," he said.  He added that the company's management
and Board of Directors do not believe that the current price of the company's
stock reflects the true value of Lucor, and that possible ways of addressing
that situation are being considered.
    Lucor, Inc., is the first public and the largest franchisee of Jiffy Lube
International.  Under the name Jiffy Lube, Lucor operates a growing chain of
automotive fast oil change, fluid maintenance and lubrication centers.  The
company operates service centers in North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania,
Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee.
    To receive additional information on Lucor, Inc., via fax, at no charge,
dial 1-800-PRO-INFO and enter code LUCR.

                                 LUCOR, INC.
                      Consolidated Statements of Income

                                 Three Months                Nine Months
                                    Ended                      Ended
                                September 30,               September 30,
                             1997          1996          1997          1996

    Net sales            $11,004,719   $10,054,582   $31,800,784   $27,365,035
    Cost of sales          2,564,277     2,352,430     7,405,525     6,469,390
    Gross profit           8,440,442     7,702,152    24,395,259    20,895,645
    Costs and expenses:
      Direct               4,373,477     3,622,898    12,173,403    10,069,171
      Operating            1,996,786     2,057,736     6,329,092     5,755,386
      Depreciation           507,402       431,630     1,633,414     1,185,829
      Selling, general,
        administrative     1,534,034     1,549,031     4,358,873     3,969,545
                           8,411,699     7,661,295    24,494,782    20,979,931
    Income from operations    28,743        40,857       (99,523)     (84,286)
    Interest expense        (369,031)     (346,352)   (1,093,175)    (820,511)
    Other income              23,167        26,638        47,487       124,367
    Income (loss) before
      provision for
      income taxes          (317,121)     (278,857)   (1,145,211)    (780,430)
    Provision for
      income taxes          (117,763)      (88,367)     (415,875)    (241,836)
    Net income (loss)       (199,358)     (190,490)     (729,336)    (538,594)
    Preferred dividend
      paid/accrued           (35,000)      (28,287)     (105,000)     (98,287)
    Net income available
      for common
       shareholders        $(234,358)    $(218,777)    $(834,336)   $(636,881)
    Average number of
      common shares
      outstanding          2,846,888     2,800,888      2,841,888    2,430,676
    Net income (loss)
      per common share
       outstanding            ($0.08)       ($0.08)        ($0.29)     ($0.26)

SOURCE  Lucor, Inc.