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Ultralife Corporation
Aug 02, 2012
Ultralife Corporation Reports Second Quarter Results
Ultralife Corporation Reports Second Quarter ResultsNEWARK, N.Y., Aug. 2, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ultralife Corporation (Nasdaq:ULBI) reported an operating loss from continuing operations of $2.9 million on revenue of $18.7 million for the quarter ended July 1, 2012. For the second quarter of 2011, the company reported operating income from continuing operations of $3.0 million on revenue of $43.1 million.

"Although we anticipated a tough year-over-year comparison, delays in closing a number of Communications Systems orders caused, in large part, second quarter revenue to fall below our forecast. In addition, budget tightening by our government/defense customers continued to slow down order flow for our Battery & Energy Products," said Michael D. Popielec, Ultralife's president and chief executive officer. "In view of the soft battery demand we have seen this year, we took actions in the first quarter to align capacity with demand which produced a 460 basis point sequential improvement in gross margin for Battery & Energy Products for the quarter just ended. And despite lower earnings, thanks to assiduous working capital management, we ended the quarter with cash on hand of $4.2 million.

"Our highest priority is to remain financially healthy while demand remains soft. To that end, we have continued to make the tough decisions, aggressively reducing overhead costs and building more efficiencies into our operations, without compromising our new product development plans," added Popielec. "The gestation cycles for all of our new products are on track. Field tests are underway for our GenSet Eliminator™ demonstration units and we are building additional units in the third quarter to keep up with the testing demands. In addition to building an opportunity funnel for these new products, we continue to advance highly attractive funded opportunities, both domestic and international, in our Communications Systems business."

Second Quarter 2012 Financial Results

As previously announced, Ultralife intends to divest its RedBlack Communications business. As a result, RedBlack's results, which had been reported in the Communications Systems segment, and related divestiture costs have been reclassified as a discontinued operation. In addition, during the second quarter of 2011, Ultralife completed the exit of the Energy Services business. Prior year results for the Energy Services segment are also included in discontinued operations. All revenue, gross margin and operating expense figures presented below represent results from continuing operations.

Revenue was $18.7 million, compared to $43.1 million for the second quarter of 2011, a 57% decline. 2011 revenue included sales, totaling $16.1 million, which did not recur in 2012. Battery & Energy Products sales declined by $15.7 million to $15.5 million, primarily due to the absence of shipments to Defense Logistics Agency, which accounted for $4.6 million in the year-earlier period, the completion of the non-US portion of a large telematics order in 2011 for $4.0 million and a slower government and defense order rate for rechargeable and non-rechargeable batteries. Communications Systems sales were $3.2 million, compared to $11.9 for the same period last year, a decrease of $8.7 million, reflecting primarily last year's shipment of SATCOM systems in the amount of $7.5 million and delays in closing amplifier orders.   

Gross profit was $4.5 million, or 23.9% of revenue, compared to $11.6 million, or 26.8% of revenue, for the same quarter a year ago, a decrease of 290 basis points. Battery & Energy Products' gross margin was 24.2%, a 100 basis point improvement over the 23.2% reported last year and a 460 basis point improvement over the 19.6% reported in the first quarter reflecting the aggressive realignment of our manufacturing operations. Communications Systems' gross margin was 22.1%, versus 36.3% last year. This decline was a result of sales mix, which included a higher concentration of radio accessories and legacy products versus higher volumes of amplifiers and SATCOM systems in the year-earlier period, and the recording of a reserve related to the request by a strategically important customer to rework and upgrade certain McDowell products it purchased in 2008.   

Operating expenses were $7.4 million, a decrease of $1.1 million from $8.5 million a year ago, primarily due to a 19% reduction in general & administrative expenses that reflects discretionary spending cuts and overhead reductions. In addition, ongoing disciplined spending on new product development caused research & development expenses to decrease by 7%. Selling expenses were 8% lower as a result of reduced sales. As a percent of revenue, operating expenses were 39.6%, compared to 19.8% a year ago. 

Operating loss was $2.9 million for the second quarter of 2012, compared to operating income of $3.0 million for the same period in 2011, reflecting the impact of lower sales on gross margin, offset in part by the above-mentioned actions taken by management to reduce operating expenses.

Net loss from continuing operations was $3.2 million, or $0.18 per share, compared to net income of $2.8 million, or $0.16 per share, for the second quarter of 2011. Net income from discontinued operations was $0.0 million, or $0.00 per share, compared to a net loss of $2.3 million, or $0.13 per share, for the same quarter last year. 


For 2012, management continues to expect high-single to low-double digit year-over-year revenue growth for its Communication Systems segment and China operations. However, given the continued softness in the Battery & Energy Products segment, the company's largest segment, management expects year-over-year total sales to decline by between 20% and 30%. Having taken actions to reduce spending and align capacity, management believes that a return to operating profitability for the second half of 2012 is achievable with operating margin in the low- to mid-single digits. The magnitude of the first half operating loss is expected to result in a total year operating loss.

Management cautions that the timing of orders and shipments may cause variability in quarterly results. 

About Ultralife Corporation

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

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: uncertain global economic conditions, increased competitive environment and pricing pressures, disruptions related to restructuring actions and delays. 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'sSecurities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filings, including the latest Annual Report on Form 10-K.

Conference Call Information

Ultralife will hold its second quarter earnings conference call today at 10:00 AM ET. To participate, please call (800) 915-4836, identify yourself and ask for the Ultralife call. The conference call will also be broadcast live over the Internet at To listen to the 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  Six-Month Periods Ended
  July 1, July 3, July 1, July 3,
  2012 2011 2012 2011
Battery & energy products  $ 15,523  $ 31,239  $ 35,605  $ 55,487
Communications systems  3,183  11,873  10,602  15,540
Total revenues 18,706 43,112 46,207 71,027
Cost of products sold:        
Battery & energy products  11,760  23,986  27,899  45,193
Communications systems  2,479  7,566  7,248  9,860
Total cost of products sold  14,239  31,552  35,147  55,053
Gross profit  4,467  11,560  11,060  15,974
Operating expenses:        
Research and development  1,970  2,114  4,109  4,619
Selling, general, and administrative  5,429  6,409  11,172  12,254
Total operating expenses  7,399  8,523  15,281  16,873
Operating income (loss)  (2,932)  3,037  (4,221)  (899)
Other income (expense):        
Interest income  2  1  3  2
Interest expense  (115)  (162)  (219)  (318)
Miscellaneous  (20)  (9)  32  290
Income (loss) from continuing operations before income taxes (3,065) 2,867 (4,405) (925)
Income tax provision-current  188  63  267  67
Income tax provision (benefit)-deferred  (17)  55  (5)  109
Total income taxes  171  118  262  176
Net income (loss) from continuing operations  (3,236)  2,749  (4,667)  (1,101)
Discontinued operations:        
Income (loss) from discontinued operations, net of tax  49  (2,325)  (22)  (4,178)
Net income (loss)  (3,187)  424  (4,689)  (5,279)
Net (income) loss attributable to noncontrolling interest  20  15  20  28
Net income (loss) attributable to Ultralife  $ (3,167)  $ 439  $ (4,669)  $ (5,251)
Other comprehensive income (loss):        
Foreign currency translation adjustments  (25)  60  123  287
Comprehensive income (loss) attributable to Ultralife  $ (3,192)  $ 499  $ (4,546)  $ (4,964)
Net income (loss) attributable to Ultralife common shareholders - basic        
Continuing operations  $ (0.18)  $ 0.16  $ (0.27)  $ (0.06)
Discontinued operations  $ 0.00  $ (0.13)  $ (0.00)  $ (0.24)
Total  $ (0.18)  $ 0.03  $ (0.27)  $ (0.30)
Net income (loss) attributable to Ultralife common shareholders - diluted        
Continuing operations  $ (0.18)  $ 0.16  $ (0.27)  $ (0.06)
Discontinued operations  $ 0.00  $ (0.13)  $ (0.00)  $ (0.24)
Total  $ (0.18)  $ 0.03  $ (0.27)  $ (0.30)
Weighted average shares outstanding - basic  17,396  17,296  17,376  17,286
Weighted average shares outstanding - diluted  17,396  17,308  17,376  17,286

(In Thousands, Except Per Share Amounts)
  July 1, December 31,
ASSETS 2012 2011
Current assets:    
Cash and cash equivalents  $ 4,178  $ 5,486
Trade accounts receivable, net  15,611  19,903
Inventories   33,692  34,967
Prepaid expenses and other current assets  3,025  3,877
Total current assets 56,506 64,233
Property and equipment  12,714  12,588
Other assets:    
Goodwill, intangible and other assets 23,771 23,994
Total Assets  $ 92,991  $ 100,815
Current liabilities:    
Short-term debt and current portion of long-term debt   $ 357  $ -- 
Accounts payable  10,748  13,766
Other current liabilities  7,924  9,392
Total current liabilities 19,029 23,158
Long-term liabilities:    
Other long-term liabilities  4,517  4,431
Shareholders' equity:    
Ultralife equity:    
Common stock, par value $0.10 per share 1,881 1,874
Capital in excess of par value 173,087 172,309
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (862) (985)
Accumulated deficit (96,949) (92,280)
  77,157 80,918
Less -- Treasury stock, at cost 7,658 7,658
Total Ultralife equity 69,499 73,260
Noncontrolling interest  (54)  (34)
Total shareholders' equity 69,445 73,226
Total Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity  $ 92,991  $ 100,815
CONTACT: Company Contact:
         Ultralife CorporationPhilip Fain
         (315) 332-7100

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