Gross profit was $6.4 million, or 30.3% of revenue, compared to $6.6 million, or 24.0% of revenue, for the same quarter a year ago. The 630 basis point increase reflected productivity gains in both businesses and a higher mix of Communications Systems sales. Battery & Energy Products' gross margin was 23.7%, compared to 19.6% last year, an increase of 410 basis points due to productivity improvements resulting from our lean processes and improved 9-volt margins which partially offset lower overhead absorption on volume declines. Communications Systems' gross margin was 41.2%, an increase of 550 basis points over the 35.7% gross margin reported last year, which resulted from higher volumes and productivity improvements.Operating expenses decreased by 24% to $6.0 million, compared to $7.9 million a year ago, reflecting across-the-board actions taken to align spending with revenue. As a result, operating expenses were 28.6% of revenue, compared to 28.7% for the year earlier period.
Ultralife Corporation Reports First Quarter Results
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