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Ultralife Corporation
Feb 18, 2010
Ultralife Corporation Reports Fourth Quarter Results
Ultralife Corporation Reports Fourth Quarter ResultsNEWARK, N.Y., Feb 18, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Ultralife Corporation (NASDAQ: ULBI)reported operating income of $1.6 million on revenue of $50.4 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2009. For the fourth quarter of 2008, the company reported an operating loss of $0.3 million on revenue of $49.2 million.

The increase in revenue reflects a $13.7 million increase in Communications Systems revenue offset by lower Non-rechargeable and Rechargeable Product revenues. Revenue for Design and Installation Services was $4.8 million compared to $4.4 million for the same quarter last year.

Gross margin for the fourth quarter of 2009 was $11.9 million, or 23.7% of revenue, compared to $9.8 million, or 19.8% of revenue, for the same quarter a year ago, reflecting an increased weight of high-margin communications systems revenue and higher non-rechargeable product gross margin partially offset by lower rechargeable product gross margin. Included in gross margin for the fourth quarter of 2009 was a $0.6 million provision for slow moving inventory in the Communications Systems segment. Operating expenses for the fourth quarter of 2009 totaled $10.3 million compared to $10.0 million a year ago. Net income for the fourth quarter of 2009 was $0.8 million, or $0.05 per share, compared to $0.2 million, or $0.01 per share, for the same quarter in 2008.

For the full year ended December 31, 2009 revenue totaled $172.1 million compared to $254.7 million for 2008. The company reported an operating loss of $7.4 million compared to operating income of $17.3 million for 2008. Net loss for 2009 was $9.2 million, or $0.54 per share, compared to net income of $13.7 million, or $0.78 per share, for the prior year.

"We restored profitability in the fourth quarter on improved revenue mix of higher-margin products and ongoing control over operating expenses," said John D. Kavazanjian, Ultralife's president and chief executive officer. "The actions we have taken this year to hone our organizational structure, improve manufacturing efficiencies and lower the cost basis of the business culminated in improved returns in the fourth quarter. In addition, we have significantly strengthened the balance sheet: we reduced inventory from a high of $51.2 million as of the end of the second quarter to $35.5 million as of the end of the year, and the opening balance on our new revolving credit facility with RBS Business Capital is $10 million, down from the $26.6 million we had outstanding on the previous credit facility as of the end of the third quarter."

Kavazanjian added, "Our priority in 2010 is to deliver profitability at a level of $177 million in revenue. Additional revenue is expected to come from selling products with higher engineered content such as our SATCOM-on-the-Move systems and tactical repeater products, further penetrating international markets for battery and energy products and communications systems, and realizing our opportunities in the fast growing energy storage market.

"Above all, we remain keenly focused on driving earnings growth through continued improvements in gross margin on our existing business, increasing the mix of new higher-margin products and services and holding quarterly operating expenses between $10 million and $11 million," Kavazanjian concluded. "Our diverse portfolio of battery and energy products, communication systems and energy services positions us to move deeper into power-centric applications, enabling our customers to migrate to next-generation power solutions."


The company's 2010 operating plan calls for the company to generate revenue of $177 million and operating income of approximately $4.6 million on the base business. Management cautions that the timing of orders and shipments may cause some variability in quarterly results.

Segment Reporting

Beginning with the first quarter of fiscal 2010, management intends to realign its reporting segments. The Non-rechargeable Products and Rechargeable Products segments will be combined into a segment called Battery & Energy Products. The Communications Systems segment will include the company's RedBlack Communications business, which currently is included in the Design & Installation Services segment. The Design & Installation Services segment, to be renamed Energy Services, will continue to encompass the company's standby power business.

About Ultralife Corporation

Ultralife Corporation, which began as a battery company, serves its markets with products and services ranging from portable and standby power solutions to communications and electronics systems. Through its engineering and collaborative approach to problem solving, Ultralife serves government, defense and commercial customers across the globe.

Ultralife's family of brands includes: Ultralife Batteries, Stationary Power Services, RPS Power Systems, ABLE, McDowell Research, RedBlack Communications and AMTI. Ultralife's operations are in North America, Europe and Asia. For more information, visit www.ultralifecorp.com.

This press release may contain forward-looking statements based on current expectations that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. The potential risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially include: worsening global economic conditions, increased competitive environment and pricing pressures, and the possibility of intangible asset impairment charges that may be taken should management decide to retire one or more of the brands of acquired companies. The Company cautions investors not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which reflect the Company's analysis only as of today's date. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances. Further information on these factors and other factors that could affect Ultralife's financial results is included in Ultralife's Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filings, including the latest Annual Report on Form 10-K.

Conference Call Information

Investors are invited to listen to a live webcast of the conference call at 10:00 a.m. ET on February 18, 2010 at http://investor.ultralifecorp.com. To listen to the live call, please go to the web site at least fifteen minutes early to download and install any necessary audio software. For those who cannot listen to the live webcast, a replay of the webcast will be available shortly after the call at the same location.

(In Thousands, Except Per Share Amounts)
Three-Month Periods Ended Twelve-Month Periods Ended
December 31, December 31, December 31, December 31,





Non-rechargeable products $ 12,842 $ 20,020 $ 65,697 $ 68,076
Rechargeable products 9,650 15,443 42,295 34,691
Communications systems 23,046 9,397 43,448 136,072
Design and installation services 4,812 4,362 20,669 15,861
Total revenues 50,350 49,222 172,109 254,700
Cost of products sold:
Non-rechargeable products 9,974 16,442 53,293 57,285
Rechargeable products 7,959 12,385 33,178 27,873
Communications systems 15,949 6,825 30,391 99,267
Design and installation services 4,533 3,816 18,387 13,332
Total cost of products sold 38,415 39,468 135,249 197,757
Gross margin 11,935 9,754 36,860 56,943
Operating expenses:
Research and development 2,298 2,231 9,540 8,138
Selling, general, and administrative 8,013 7,816 34,682 31,500
Total operating expenses 10,311 10,047 44,222 39,638
Operating income (loss) 1,624 (293 ) (7,362 ) 17,305
Other income (expense):
Interest income 7 19 27 37
Interest expense (490 ) (150 ) (1,492 ) (967 )
Gain on insurance settlement - - - 39
Gain on debt conversion - - - 313
Miscellaneous (165 ) 843 (13 ) 777
Income (loss) before income taxes 976 419 (8,840 ) 17,504
Income tax provision-current 12 113 31 582
Income tax provision-deferred 88 149 360 3,297
Total income taxes 100 262 391 3,879
Net income (loss) 876 157 (9,231 ) 13,625
Net (income) loss attributable to noncontrolling interest (36 ) 20 (10 ) 38
Net income (loss) attributable to Ultralife $ 840 $ 177 $ (9,241 ) $ 13,663
Net income (loss) attributable to Ultralife common shareholders - basic $ 0.05 $ 0.01 $ (0.54 ) $ 0.79
Net income (loss) attributable to Ultralife common shareholders - diluted $ 0.05 $ 0.01 $ (0.54 ) $ 0.78
Weighted average shares outstanding - basic 16,960 17,293 16,989 17,230
Weighted average shares outstanding - diluted 16,963 17,353 16,989 17,681
(In Thousands, Except Per Share Amounts)
December 31, December 31,



Current assets:
Cash and investments $ 6,094 $ 1,878
Trade accounts receivable, net 32,449 30,588
Inventories 35,503 40,465
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 1,912 2,242
Total current assets 75,958 75,173
Property and equipment 16,648 18,465
Other assets
Goodwill, intangible and other assets 38,560 35,949
Total Assets $ 131,166 $ 129,587
Current liabilities:
Short-term debt and current portion of long-term debt $ 19,082 $ 1,425
Accounts payable 19,177 20,255
Other current liabilities 9,875 10,556
Total current liabilities 48,134 32,236
Long-term liabilities:
Long-term debt and capital lease obligations 267 4,670
Other long-term liabilities 4,651 4,528
Total long-term liabilities 4,918 9,198
Shareholders' equity:
Ultralife equity:
Common stock, par value $0.10 per share 1,831 1,815
Capital in excess of par value 169,064 167,259
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (1,256 ) (1,930 )
Accumulated deficit (84,021 ) (74,780 )
85,618 92,364
Less -- Treasury stock, at cost 7,558 4,232
Total Ultralife equity 78,060 88,132
Noncontrolling interest 54 21
Total shareholders' equity 78,114 88,153
Total Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity $ 131,166 $ 129,587

SOURCE: Ultralife Corporation

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