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Ultralife Corporation
Feb 07, 2019
Ultralife Corporation Reports Fourth Quarter Results
Net Income of $19.7 Million Includes $18.7 Million Tax Benefit

NEWARK, N.Y., Feb. 07, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ultralife Corporation (NASDAQ: ULBI) reported operating income of $1.1 million on revenue of $20.9 million for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2018 compared to operating income of $2.1 million on revenue of $22.5 million for the fourth quarter of 2017.  For fiscal year 2018, Ultralife produced operating income of $6.6 million on revenue of $87.2 million compared to operating income of $6.5 million on revenue of $85.5 million for 2017.

“During the fourth quarter our Battery and Energy Products revenue grew 8% year-over-year from increases in both our commercial and government defense markets, with medical sales up 14%.  However, at Communications Systems, after four consecutive quarters of double digit revenue growth, fourth quarter sales decreased year-over-year due to modifications to production and initial shipment schedules under the $19 million in delivery contracts received in October 2018 for the U.S. Army.  Shipments are now anticipated to begin in the first quarter of 2019,” said Michael D. Popielec, President and Chief Executive Officer. “The opportunities for growth in 2019 from our commercial diversification strategy and government/defense customers remain strong, and we have started the new fiscal year with over $50 million in backlog, a 30% increase over the beginning of 2018.  As a result of this starting point, other new revenue opportunities, and continued operating expense discipline, we expect to deliver profitable growth in 2019.”

Fourth Quarter 2018 Financial Results

Revenue was $20.9 million, a decrease of $1.6 million, or 7%, compared to $22.5 million for the fourth quarter of 2017.  Battery & Energy Products sales increased 8% to $18.2 million compared to $16.8 million last year due primarily to a 13% increase in commercial sales reflecting higher shipments to medical customers and a 2% increase in government/defense sales.  Communications Systems sales declined 51% from $5.7 million in the 2017 period to $2.8 million due primarily to higher shipments of Vehicle Amplifier-Adaptors to fulfill contracts in the fourth quarter of 2017.

Gross profit was $5.7 million, or 27.3% of revenue, compared to $6.9 million, or 30.5% of revenue, for the same quarter a year ago.  Battery & Energy Products’ gross margin was 27.0% compared to 28.6% last year, and Communications Systems’ gross margin was 28.8% compared to 36.2% last year.  The gross margin decrease was primarily due to sales mix. 

Operating expenses were $4.6 million compared to $4.8 million last year reflecting continued tight control over discretionary spending.  Operating expenses were 22.2% of revenue compared to 21.4% of revenue for the year earlier period.  

Operating income was $1.1 million compared to $2.1 million last year for an operating margin of 5.1% compared to 9.1% last year. 

Net income was $19.7 million, which includes a non-cash tax benefit of $18.7 million upon the release of the valuation allowance on our U.S. deferred tax assets based on management’s assessment of a number of factors including anticipated future sustained profitability of our business, compared to $3.8 million for 2017, which included a non-cash tax benefit of $1.9 million resulting from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.  Reported earnings per share for the fourth quarter of 2018 were $1.24 which includes $0.07 from our operating performance plus $1.17 related to the tax benefit, compared to $0.24 for the fourth quarter of 2017 which included $0.12 from our operating performance plus $0.12 related to the tax benefit.  Earnings per share for the full year of $1.57 include $0.40 per share from our 2018 operating performance compared to $0.49 which included $0.37 per share from our 2017 operating performance. 

Adjusted EBITDA, defined as EBITDA including non-cash, stock-based compensation expense, of $9.9 million for 2018, or 11.4% of sales, grew 3% over the $9.6 million, or 11.2% of sales, reported last year. 

See the “Non-GAAP Financial Measure – Adjusted EBITDA” section of this release for a reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to Net Income Attributable to Ultralife Corporation.

About Ultralife Corporation

Ultralife Corporation serves its markets with products and services ranging from 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.

Headquartered in Newark, New York, the Company's business segments include Battery & Energy Products and Communications Systems. Ultralife has operations in North America, Europe and Asia. For more information, visit www.ultralifecorp.com.

Conference Call Information

Ultralife will hold its fourth quarter earnings conference call today at 10:00 AM ET. To participate in the live call, please dial (800) 915-4836 at least ten minutes before the scheduled start time, identify yourself and ask for the Ultralife call. A live webcast of the conference call will be available to investors in the Events & Presentations section of the Company's website at https://investor.ultralifecorporation.com/. For those who cannot listen to the live broadcast, a replay of the webcast will be available shortly after the call at the same location.

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:  potential reductions in revenues from key customers, uncertain global economic conditions and acceptance of our new products on a global basis. 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.

(Dollars in Thousands)
    December 31,       December 31,  
    2018       2017  
Current Assets:      
  Cash $25,934     $18,330  
  Trade Accounts Receivable, Net   16,015       14,657  
  Inventories   22,843       26,326  
  Prepaid Expenses and Other Current Assets   2,429       2,603  
  Total Current Assets   67,221       61,916  
Property, Equipment and Improvements, Net   10,744       7,570  
Deferred Income Taxes, Net   15,444       32  
Goodwill, Intangibles and Other Assets   26,695       27,668  
  Total Assets $120,104     $97,186  
Current Liabilities:      
  Accounts Payable $9,919     $8,787  
  Accrued Compensation and Related Benefits   1,494       2,413  
  Accrued Expenses and Other Current Liabilities   3,534       3,039  
  Total Current Liabilities   14,947       14,239  
Deferred Income Taxes, Net and Other Non-Current Liabilities   623       3,898  
  Total Liabilities   15,570       18,137  
Shareholders' Equity:      
  Common Stock   2,005       1,966  
  Capital in Excess of Par Value   182,630       180,211  
  Accumulated Deficit   (57,964 )     (82,894 )
  Accumulated Other Comprehensive Loss   (2,786 )     (1,611 )
  Treasury Stock   (19,266 )     (18,469 )
  Total Ultralife Equity   104,619       79,203  
Non-Controlling Interest   (85 )     (154 )
  Total Shareholders’ Equity   104,534       79,049  
  Total Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity $120,104     $97,186  

(Dollars in Thousands, Except Per Share Amounts)
  Three-Month Periods Ended   Year Ended
    December 31,       December 31,       December 31,       December 31,  
    2018       2017       2018       2017  
  Battery & Energy Products $18,153     $16,812     $70,497     $69,789  
  Communications Systems   2,774       5,697       16,693       15,742  
  Total Revenues   20,927       22,509       87,190       85,531  
Cost of Products Sold:              
  Battery & Energy Products   13,243       12,011       50,923       50,130  
  Communications Systems   1,974       3,632       10,684       9,169  
  Total Cost of Products Sold   15,217       15,643       61,607       59,299  
   Gross Profit   5,710       6,866       25,583       26,232  
Operating Expenses:              
  Research and Development   1,092       1,059       4,508       4,737  
  Selling, General and Administrative   3,551       3,757       14,520        15,019   
  Total Operating Expenses   4,643       4,816       19,028       19,756  
Operating Income   1,067       2,050       6,555       6,476  
Other (Income) Expense   (85 )     (19 )     (58 )     181  
Income Before Income Taxes   1,152       2,069       6,613       6,295   
Income Tax (Benefit)   (18,605 )     (1,739 )     (18,386 )     (1,369 )
Net Income   19,757       3,808       24,999       7,664  
Net Income Attributable to Non-Controlling Interest   12       8       69       16  
Net Income Attributable to Ultralife Corporation $19,745     $3,800     $24,930     $7,648  
Other Comprehensive (Loss) Income:              
  Foreign Currency Translation Adjustments   (310 )     716       (1,175 )     1,469  
Comprehensive Income Attributable to Ultralife $19,435     $4,516       23,755     $9,117  
Net Income Per Share Attributable to Ultralife Common Shareholders – Basic $1.24       $.24     $1.57       $.49  
Net Income Per Share Attributable to Ultralife Common Shareholders – Diluted $1.21       $.24     $1.53       $.48  
Weighted Average Shares Outstanding – Basic   15,950       15,657       15,882       15,528  
Weighted Average Shares Outstanding – Diluted   16,292       16,031       16,347       15,858  


Non-GAAP Financial Measure – Adjusted EBITDA

In evaluating our business, we consider and use Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP financial measure, as a supplemental measure of our operating performance. We define Adjusted EBITDA as net income attributable to Ultralife Corporation before net interest expense, provision (benefit) for income taxes, depreciation and amortization, and stock-based compensation expense. We reconcile Adjusted EBITDA to net income attributable to Ultralife Corporation, the most comparable financial measure under U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (“U.S. GAAP”).  Neither current nor potential investors in our securities should rely on Adjusted EBITDA as a substitute for any GAAP measures and we encourage investors to review the following reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to net income attributable to Ultralife.

(Dollars in Thousands)
  Three-Month Periods Ended      Year Ended
    December 31,       December 31,        December 31,       December 31,   
    2018       2017       2018       2017  
Net Income Attributable to Ultralife Corporation $19,745     $3,800     $24,930     $7,648  
  Interest and Financing (Income) Expense, Net   (4 )     36       63       183  
  Income Tax (Benefit)   (18,605 )     (1,739 )     (18,386 )     (1,369 )
  Depreciation Expense   496       494       1,972       2,005  
  Amortization of Intangible Assets and   106       116       433       474  
  Financing Fees              
  Stock-Based Compensation Expense   183       124       890       653  
Adjusted EBITDA $1,921     $2,831     $9,902     $9,594  

Company Contact:
Ultralife Corporation
Philip A. Fain
(315) 210-6110

Investor Relations Contact:
Jody Burfening
(212) 838-3777

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Source: Ultralife Corporation