September 20, 1998
Meade Instruments Corp., Irvine-based telescope and binocular manufacturer, reported record net income for the second fiscal quarter on a 25% gain in sales. The company earned $690,000, or 10 cents a share, up 9% from $633,000, or 9 cents a share, for the year-earlier period. Sales for the quarter ended Aug. 31 rose to $15.4 million from $12.3 million. Net income for the six months rose 96% to $1.
May 6, 2000 |
Meade Instruments Corp., a telescope and binocular maker that has seen its stock surge nearly sixfold in the past year, will split its shares 2-for-1. The split will occur about June 19 for shareholders of record May 22. The Irvine company will have about 16.4 million shares outstanding after the split, its first since it went public in 1997. Meade shares on Friday rose $3.50, or 5.1%, to $72.50 in Nasdaq trading.
April 10, 1997 |
Meade Instruments Corp. shares rose 5% on their first day of trading. Shares in the maker of telescopes and astronomy equipment, which initially had been priced at $7, rose 37.5 cents to $7.375 as 899,100 shares changed hands. Meade said the initial public offering, which was priced below the anticipated range of $8 to $10 per share, is expected to generate $15.6 million, which it will use to repay debt and redeem outstanding preferred stock. The company issued 3.4 million shares.
November 4, 2000 |
Meade Instruments Corp.'s stock tumbled to a 52-week low Friday after the Irvine maker of telescopes and accessories said its fiscal third-quarter profit and sales will fall below forecasts because of lower demand and the weakness of the euro against the dollar. The shares fell to $9.25, the lowest price over the past year, before closing at $10.25, down $4.81, or 32% for the day. Meade said earnings could be as low as 40 cents a share for the three months ending Nov. 30.
January 9, 1987
A Missouri holding company said it has acquired Meade Instruments Corp., a Costa Mesa maker of telescopes, binoculars and other optical instruments. Officials of Harbour Group Ltd., a privately held St. Louis company, would not disclose the terms of the acquisition, but a spokesman said Harbour "plans to pump cash" into Meade Instruments. The Costa Mesa company employs about 100 people and reported 1986 sales of approximately $13 million.
May 9, 2000 |
Meade Instruments Corp., a telescope and binocular maker, is almost doubling the size of its assembly plant in Tijuana and adding 70 workers to help it manufacture two telescopes introduced Monday. The additional workers in Tijuana will bring the total there to about 150. The plant will grow to 50,000 square feet from 26,000. Meade said it also plans to continue adding optical and mechanical manufacturing capacity at its Irvine headquarters.
June 29, 1999 |
Meade Instruments Corp. said that its top two executives will began selling off their stock in the publicly traded company in a series of quarterly transactions beginning next month. John C. Diebel, chairman of the board and chief executive of the Irvine-based Meade, which makes telescopes, intends to sell 25,000 shares each quarter, and Steven G. Murdock, president and chief operating officer, plans to sell 15,000 shares per quarter. Meade's stock hit an all-time high of $17.
November 26, 1998 |
Telescope and binocular maker Meade Instruments Corp. said Wednesday that it will move 40 light-assembly jobs to a factory it is building in Tijuana. Meade said it expects few if any jobs will be lost among permanent employees at its Irvine headquarters, which employs about 350 people. Many current light assembly workers are temporary hires and others will be offered jobs elsewhere in the company, Chief Financial Officer Brent W. Christensen said.
November 3, 2000
Meade Instruments Corp. warned late Thursday that its earnings and revenue for the fiscal third quarter will likely fall short of expectations because of sluggish domestic and European demand for its holiday products. The Irvine company, which designs and manufactures telescopes and accessories, also said the weak euro could depress earnings for the three months ending Nov. 30. Sales in the current quarter could range from flat to falling as much as 15% below a year ago, Meade said.