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NEWARK, N.Y., Feb. 14, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ultralife Corporation (Nasdaq:ULBI) reported an operating profit from continuing operations of $2.4 million on revenue of $29.3 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2012. For the fourth quarter of 2011, the company reported operating income from continuing operations of $1.8 million on revenue of $29.5 million.
"Ultralife's fourth quarter results demonstrate the earnings power of our business model. Although revenue was flat year-over-year with a sizeable increase in Communications Systems sales neutralized by ongoing weakness in U.S. government spending for Battery & Energy Products, we generated gross margin above 30% for the second consecutive quarter and operating margin of 8%, a 200 basis point improvement. We achieved these margin gains while continuing to invest in sales and new product development. In addition, we continued to drive working capital efficiency, generating free cash flow and ending the year with cash of $10 million," said Michael D. Popielec, Ultralife's president and chief executive officer.
"During 2013 we intend to further invest in new product development and broadening our sales reach ahead of revenue generation, and funding these investments through continued manufacturing productivity gains and reductions in discretionary spending. With a significantly lower cost infrastructure, an expanding set of global project opportunities for our new products and new sales leadership, we are looking forward to the further operating leverage revenue growth will bring," concluded Popielec.
Fourth Quarter 2012 Financial Results
During the quarter, management elected not to renew the lease for its U.K. manufacturing facility which expires on March 24, 2013, and to relocate its sales and services operations to a smaller facility. As a result of this decision, Ultralife is required to restore the facility back to its original condition per a previous contractual commitment. The estimated costs associated with the restoration total approximately $950,000 of which $200,000 has been recorded in fourth quarter general & administrative expenses and $750,000 has been recorded as discontinued operations. In addition, Ultralife expects to realize net savings of approximately $500,000 on an annualized basis beginning in the second quarter of 2013.