Although revenue was flat year-over-year for the fourth quarter, operating income increased 32% to $2.4 million from $1.8 million on the strength of gross margin gains. Likewise, operating margin was 8.0%, compared to 6.0% for the year-earlier period, an increase of 200 basis points.
Net income from continuing operations was $2.1 million, or $0.12 per share, compared to net income of $1.3 million, or $0.08 per share, for the fourth quarter of 2011. Net loss from discontinued operations was $0.7 million, or $0.04 per share, compared to a net income of $0.4 million, or $0.02 per share, for the same quarter last year.
For 2013, management expects low- to mid-single digit organic revenue growth reflecting strong growth in Communications Systems sales and modest gains in the Battery & Energy Products business, despite continued constraints on U.S. government spending. Based on this outlook for revenue growth, ongoing productivity improvements and plans to continue prudently investing in new product development, management expects to increase operating profitability for the year and to generate a mid-single digit operating margin.
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
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