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 TurboChef Reports Record Results for Third Quarter 2004; Increases 2004 Revenue Estimate; and Announces Listing on American Stock ExchangeRevenue of $30.9 million and net income of $6.3 million for the quarter
   Thursday, October 28, 2004 5:52:03 PM ET

ATLANTA, Oct 28, 2004 /PRNewswire-FirstCall / -- TurboChef Technologies, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: TRBO.OB) today reported record financial results for the third quarter of 2004 and increased its estimate of 2004 revenues. The Company also announced that its common stock is expected to begin trading on the American Stock Exchange on November 2, 2004 under the symbol "TCF," that all of its formerly outstanding shares of convertible preferred stock have been converted into common shares and that it intends to effect a 1-for-3 reverse stock split.

    Financial highlights for Third Quarter 2004 ended September 30, 2004:

     * Consolidated revenue of $30.9 million

     * Net income of $6.3 million

     * Fully diluted earnings per share of $0.08

     * The Company’s results for the three and nine months ended September 30,
       2004 are so dramatic that comparisons of revenue, net income and
       earnings per share to the comparable 2003 periods are not particularly
       meaningful. The substantial increase in total revenue is predominantly
       driven from sales of the Company’s Tornado model oven to Subway
       restaurants under terms of the relationship commenced in March 2004.
       Management believes this relationship validates the Company’s speed
       cook technology and indicates market acceptance.

Financial Review and Increased Revenue Estimate

Revenue - For the three months ended September 30, 2004, total revenue was $30.9 million, and for the nine months ended September 30, 2004, total revenue was $34.2 million. The growth in revenue for the current quarter and 2004 to date is related to the successful roll-out of the Company’s Tornado speed-cook oven to Subway restaurants. The number of ovens rolled out thus far has surpassed management’s previous expectations for the third quarter of 2004. On the basis of the order flow for the balance of 2004 from Subway and other customers, and management’s assessment of the positive results from its sales efforts, management expects that revenue for the quarter ending December 31, 2004 will exceed $30 million, resulting in total revenue in excess of $65 million for the year.

Net income/EPS available to common stockholders - For the three months ended September 30, 2004, net income available to common stockholders was $6.3 million, or $0.08 per diluted share, and for the nine months ended September 30, 2004, net income available to common stockholders was $2.1 million, or $0.03 per diluted share. Selling, general and administrative expenses for the three months ended September 30, 2004 included approximately $600,000 of costs considered non-recurring in nature, including legal costs in connection with arbitration matters, professional fees and services associated with the Company’s Sarbanes/Oxley compliance project and certain severance costs. The net results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2004 also include no provision for income taxes due to the utilization of the Company’s net operating loss carryforwards.

Jim Price, TurboChef’s President and CEO, said, "We are delighted to have reached this level of performance this quickly since we assumed control of TurboChef one year ago. The profit contribution of these revenues demonstrates the operating leverage inherent in our business model as well as the effectiveness of our infrastructure investments. We are also extremely happy with the Subway rollout which we believe demonstrates the ability of this management team to successfully execute an undertaking of such a grand scale. Lastly, all our efforts are beginning to pay off and the Company is seeing serious interest in its products . We intend to continue strong commitment to the commercial business, but, at the same time are dedicating significant resources to our previously announced plans to enter the residential market in the next 12-24 months. Our goal is to continue to build TurboChef’s leadership position in the world of speed cooking technology."

Richard Perlman, TurboChef’s Chairman, said, "In addition to achieving wonderful operating results, we feel we have better positioned the Company in the public markets by resolving a number of housekeeping items. Conversion of the Company’s preferred stock simplifies and makes our capital structure easier to understand. The listing on the American Stock Exchange will provide a platform acceptable to a wider audience and a more timely avenue for information on the Company. Lastly, the reverse stock split will right size the capitalization and share price to a level more appropriate to the Company’s size.

We strongly believe the market is ready to embrace speed cooking. TurboChef is uniquely positioned to take advantage of this trend with its proprietary technology, its people and its focus. This past year has established a strong base from which, we believe, the Company can realize its potential."

While the American Stock Exchange has approved the Company’s common shares for trading under the symbol "TCF" beginning as early as 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, November 2nd, approval is contingent upon the Company being in compliance with all applicable listing standards on the date it begins trading on the Exchange and may be rescinded if the Company is not in compliance with such standards.

Former holders of the Company’s outstanding Series D Convertible Preferred Stock have converted their shares of preferred stock into common shares, bringing the number of outstanding common shares to 72,443,648.

The Company has announced its plan to effect during the fourth quarter a 1-for-3 reverse stock split to bring its trading price range and outstanding shares to a more desirable level. The Company’s majority stockholder has indicated its intent to approve such split by written consent. As a result, the Company will not call a meeting of stockholders to consider the split or solicit proxies. The Company will distribute an information statement containing detailed information about the reverse stock split promptly after required regulatory filings are completed.

Certain statements in this release, and other written or oral statements made by or on behalf of us, are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Statements regarding future events and developments and our future performance, as well as management’s expectations, beliefs, plans, guidance, estimates or projections relating to the future, are forward-looking statements within the meaning of these laws. These forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the following: the uncertainty of market acceptance and demand for the Company’s products, the ability to obtain additional financing necessary to continue or expand operations, the uncertainty of consumer acceptance of new products or technologies that may be offered by TurboChef, the dependence on a limited number of customers, relationships with and dependence on third-party equipment manufacturers and suppliers, impact of competitive products and pricing and other risks detailed in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The words "looking forward," "believe," "expect," "likely" and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only for the date the statement was made. TurboChef Technologies, Inc. undertakes no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of future events, new information or otherwise."

About TurboChef

TurboChef designs, develops, manufactures and markets speed cooking solutions to the food service marketplace. Our speed cooking ovens utilize patented technologies that combine controlled high-speed forced air convection heating with microwave energy to cook food products at remarkable speeds with food quality comparable and superior to conventional methods. Through our subsidiary, Enersyst Development Center, L.L.C., we conduct research, development and licensing of additional patented technologies associated with the application of heat transfer and air impingement, and we provide innovations in culinary development through the research, development and testing of food concepts, menu development and culinary solutions for restaurant chains, food manufacturers and food service operators. Visit TurboChef at .

                          TURBOCHEF TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
                        (IN THOUSANDS, EXCEPT SHARE DATA)

                                                 September 30,    December 31,
                                                     2004             2003

    Current assets:
      Cash and cash equivalents                     $3,470            $8,890
      Accounts receivable, net of allowance of
        $174 and $219, respectively                 16,881               515
      Other receivables, net                           260                 5
      Inventory                                      6,664             1,514
      Prepaid expenses                                 233               311

    Total current assets                            27,508            11,235

    Property and equipment, net                      2,300               101

    Developed technology, net                       10,236               -
    Goodwill                                         2,775               -
    Other assets                                       184                84

    Total assets                                   $43,003           $11,420

    Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity

    Current liabilities:
      Accounts payable                              $7,035              $424
      Other payables                                 1,445             1,445
      Accrued expenses                               4,810               720
      Notes payable                                    -                 380
      Deferred revenue                                 262               295
      Accrued warranty and upgrade costs             2,768               928

    Total current liabilities                       16,320             4,192

    Other liabilities                                   59               -

    Total liabilities                               16,379             4,192

    Commitments and contingencies

    Convertible, redeemable preferred stock            -              12,605

    Stockholders’ equity (deficit):

      Convertible preferred stock                   11,319               -
      Preferred membership units exchangeable
       for TurboChef common stock                    6,351               -
      Common stock, $.01 par value,
       authorized 100,000,000 shares and
       50,000,000 shares, issued 31,063,648
       and 25,474,018 shares at September 30,
       2004 and December 31, 2003, respectively        311               255
      Additional paid-in capital                    67,225            55,460
      Accumulated deficit                          (58,536)          (60,598)
      Notes receivable for stock issuances             (46)              (43)
      Treasury stock-at cost - 0 - shares
       at September 30, 2004 and 32,130 shares
       at December 31, 2003                            -                (451)

    Total stockholders’ equity (deficit)            26,624            (5,377)

    Total liabilities and stockholders’
     equity (deficit)                              $43,003           $11,420

                          TURBOCHEF TECHNOLOGIES, INC.

                                Three Months Ended       Nine Months Ended
                                   September 30,           September 30,
                                 2004        2003        2004        2003
      Product sales              $30,185        $533     $33,240      $3,368
      Royalties and services         671         -           982         -
    Total revenues                30,856         533      34,222       3,368

    Costs and expenses:
      Cost of product sales       19,302         255      20,923       1,776
      Research and
       development expenses          308         194         816         680
      Selling, general and
       administrative expenses     4,527         683       9,743       3,701
      Depreciation and
       amortization                  438           5         699         234
    Total costs and expenses      24,575       1,137      32,181       6,391

    Operating income (loss)        6,281        (604)      2,041      (3,023)

    Other income (expense):
      Interest income                  3          33          43          99
      Other income (expense), net    (15)          3         (22)          7
                                     (12)         36          21         106

    Net income (loss)              6,269        (568)      2,062      (2,917)

    Preferred stock dividends        -           (60)        -          (179)

    Net income (loss)
     applicable to common
     stockholders                 $6,269       $(628)     $2,062     $(3,096)

    Per share data:

      Net income (loss)            $0.21      $(0.03)      $0.07      $(0.15)
      Preferred stock dividends      -           -           -         (0.01)
      Net income (loss)
       applicable to common
       stockholders                $0.21      $(0.03)      $0.07      $(0.16)

      Weighted average number
       of common shares
       outstanding - basic    29,962,821  19,419,240  27,887,593  19,301,645

      Net income (loss)            $0.08      $(0.03)      $0.03      $(0.15)
      Preferred stock dividends      -           -           -         (0.01)
      Net income (loss) applicable
       to common stockholders      $0.08      $(0.03)      $0.03      $(0.16)

      Weighted average number
       of common shares
       outstanding - diluted  80,030,949  19,419,240  76,880,774  19,301,645

                           TURBOCHEF TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
                                  (IN THOUSANDS)

                                               Nine Months Ended September 30,
                                                      2004              2003
    Cash flows from operating activities:
      Net income (loss)                              $2,062           $(2,917)
      Adjustments to reconcile net income
       (loss) to net cash used in
       operating activities:
        Depreciation and amortization                   699               234
        Non-cash interest on notes
         receivable from employees and directors        -                 (99)
        Non-cash compensation expense                   113                19
        Provision for doubtful accounts                  28                51
        Other                                            18               -
        Changes in operating assets and liabilities,
         net of effects of acquisition:
          Accounts receivable                       (15,885)            1,300
          Inventories                                (5,252)              336
          Prepaid expenses and other assets            (179)                3
          Accounts payable                            6,365               588
          Accrued expenses                            5,894              (420)
          Deferred revenue                              (32)              342
        Net cash used in operating activities        (6,169)             (563)

    Cash flows from investing activities:
      Acquisition of business, net of cash acquired  (7,278)              -
      Property and equipment expenditures            (2,363)              -
      Other                                            (100)              -

        Net cash used in investing activities        (9,741)              -

    Cash flows from financing activities:
      Issuance of common stock, net                  10,007               -
      Payment of notes payable                         (380)              -
      Proceeds from the exercise of stock
       options and warrants                             861               -
      Other                                               2               -
        Net cash provided by financing activities    10,490               -

    Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents        (5,420)             (563)
    Cash and cash equivalents at beginning
     of period                                        8,890               629
    Cash and cash equivalents at end of period       $3,470               $66

    Issuance of preferred membership units
     exchangeable for TurboChef common
     stock in connection with Enersyst acquisition   $6,351              $-
    Issuance of common stock for payment
     of preferred stock dividend                       $-                $240

SOURCE TurboChef Technologies, Inc.

CONTACT: Al Cochran, CFO of TurboChef Technologies, Inc., +1-678-987-1700 http://www.prnewswire.comCopyright (C) 2004 PR Newswire. All rights reserved.

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