Leading Brands, Inc. Announces Q1 2005 Financial Results; Net Income of $0.02 US per Share

VANCOUVER, — LEADING BRANDS, INC. (NASDAQ:LBIX), North America’s only fully integrated premium beverage company, announces results for the first quarter of its 2005 fiscal year, ended May 31, 2005.

Net Income was $300,000 US ($371,000 Cdn) or $0.02 US ($0.02 Cdn) per share, versus net income of $396,000 US ($534,000 Cdn) or $0.03 US ($0.04 Cdn) per share in Q1 of 2004. Gross revenue for the quarter was $9,156,000 US ($11,313,000 Cdn) compared to $9,383,000 US ($12,654,000 Cdn) in the same period last year. The comparable decrease in revenue was attributable to lower co-pack revenue in the Company’s plants during April and May 2005. This was caused by cooler and wetter than usual weather in Western Canada this spring and the discontinuance of certain co-pack agreements referenced previously. The Company correspondingly experienced substantial growth in its distribution business with overall double-digit increases in sales of its branded and licensed products.

Leading Brands Chairman and CEO Ralph McRae said: “Q1 is usually dominated by our plants and results in Q2 are normally dictated by our distribution business. So far, that pattern has repeated itself this year. Our co-pack customers sell primarily in Western Canada, where inclement spring weather was a factor in dampening volumes this quarter. On the other hand, our distribution business is spread across North America and consequently local weather conditions usually average out. Although we are seeing significant increases in our branded sales, they were not – partially due to the season – sufficient to overtake the decline in plant volume. We have every indication that will not be an issue in Q2.”

Mr. McRae continued: “We are seeing rather extraordinary growth in the US, with TrueBlue(R) leading the way. Monthly year over year sales growth averaged 250% in the US this past quarter. That increase was driven both by new chain store listings and repeat sales growth.”

Mr. McRae concluded: “When analyzing our financial results it would be an over-simplification to say that our net income fell $100,000 because our promotional expenditures grew by a like amount. Although we have materially increased sales and marketing expenses to support our brand rollouts, the fact is that each dollar of co-pack revenue generates a higher percentage gross profit for us than branded sales because the former carries little in the way of raw materials cost. That impacts us most in Q1. Continuing sales growth should more than make up for that first quarter impact in due course.”

In conjunction with this release, you are invited to listen to the Company’s conference call, which will be held on Monday, June 27, 2005, at 8:00 am, Pacific Time, (11:00 am Eastern Time), with Ralph McRae, Chairman and CEO of Leading Brands, Inc.

TO PARTICIPATE IN THE CONFERENCE CALL PLEASE DIAL-IN:
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LEADING BRANDS, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF INCOME
(UNAUDITED)
  
(EXPRESSED IN UNITED STATES DOLLARS)                  May 31        May 31
                                                        2005          2004

Gross sales                                      $ 9,155,742   $ 9,382,702
Less: Discounts, allowances and rebates            (178,908)      (97,671)
Net sales                                          8,976,834     9,285,031
  
Expenses (Income)cost of sales                     5,892,078     6,302,098
Selling, general & administration expenses         2,260,047     1,912,098
Depreciation and amortization                        228,532       224,065
Interest expense                                      78,696        77,248
Other expense (income)                                 (257)         1,866
Total Expenses                                     8,459,096     8,517,375
  
Net income before taxes                              517,738       767,656
Income tax - provision future income tax           (217,302)     (371,320)
Net Income after income taxes                        300,436       396,336
  
Deficit, beginning of period,
as previously reported                          (17,734,758)  (17,524,051)
  
Adjustment for change in accounting for
stock-based compensation                                   -     (836,350)
  
Accumulated deficit, beginning of period,
as restated                                     (17,734,758)  (18,360,401)
  
Deficit, end of period                          (17,434,322)  (17,964,065)
  
EARNINGS PER SHARE
   Basic                                              $ 0.02        $ 0.03
   Diluted                                            $ 0.02        $ 0.03
  
Weighted average number of shares outstanding     15,045,069    15,040,169
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LEADING BRANDS, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF INCOME
(UNAUDITED)
(EXPRESSED IN CANADIAN DOLLARS)                       May 31        May 31
                                                      2005            2004
Gross sales                                     $ 11,312,835  $ 12,653,512
Less: Discounts, allowances and rebates            (221,058)     (131,719)
Net sales                                         11,091,777    12,521,793
  
Expenses (Income)
Cost of sales                                      7,280,252     8,499,009
Selling, general & administration expenses         2,792,515     2,578,655
Depreciation and amortization                        282,375       302,175
Interest expense                                      97,235       104,176
Other expense (income)                                 (317)         2,517
Total Expenses                                    10,452,060    11,486,532
  
Net income before taxes                              639,717     1,035,261
Income tax - provision future income tax           (268,498)     (500,762)
Net Income after income taxes                        371,219       534,499
  
Deficit, beginning of period, as previously
reported                                        (26,046,765)  (25,735,980)
  
Adjustment for change in accounting for
stock-based compensation                                   -   (1,117,113)
  
Accumulated deficit, beginning of period,
as restated                                     (26,046,765)  (26,853,093)
  
Deficit, end of period                          (25,675,546)  (26,318,594)
  
EARNINGS PER SHARE
   Basic                                              $ 0.02        $ 0.04
   Diluted                                            $ 0.02        $ 0.04
  
Weighted average number of shares outstanding     15,045,069    15,040,169
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About Leading Brands, Inc.
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Leading Brands, Inc. (NASDAQ:LBIX) is North America’s only fully integrated premium beverage company. The Company’s unique Integrated Distribution System (IDS)(TM) offers turnkey, one-stop shopping to food and beverage brand owners, including manufacturing, distribution, sales/marketing and licensing. In addition, Leading Brands produces their own line of beverages such as TrueBlue(R) Blueberry Cocktail, TREK(R), Soy2O(TM), Pez(R) 100% Juices(TM), Country Harvest(R) Juices, Caesar’s(R) Bloody Caesar Cocktails, Brand X Originals(TM), Infinity(TM) Sparkling Mountain Spring Water and Cool Canadian(R) Mountain Spring Water.

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