MINNEAPOLIS, Jan. 27, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Clearfield, Inc. (Nasdaq:CLFD) today announced results for the first fiscal quarter of 2011 which ended December 31, 2010. Revenue for the first quarter of fiscal 2011 was $7,247,000 in comparison to $4,943,000 for the comparable first quarter of fiscal 2010, an increase of 47%. Gross profit was $2,966,000 for the first quarter of fiscal year 2011 in comparison to $1,702,000 for the prior year first quarter, an increase of 74%. Gross margin for the first quarter of fiscal year 2011 was 40.9%, up 6.5% for the comparable quarter of fiscal 2010 and up nearly 2% from the quarter ending September 30, 2010. Net income was $501,000 for the quarter ended December 31, 2010, compared to a net loss of $160,000 for the quarter ended December 31, 2009. Operating expenses were $2.5 million for the first quarter of fiscal year 2011, an increase of 30% from $1.9 million in the same quarter of fiscal year 2010. The Company continues to invest in revenue growth, with the hiring of field sales personnel along with product and market managers. Orders in backlog as of December 31, 2010 totaled $2,388,000 in comparison to $755,000 as of December 31, 2009, an increase of $1,633,000, or 216%. Comments on Operations "Clearfield remains committed to continuous improvement. The significant gain in gross margin percentage is evidence of our strong partnership with our supplier community, the commitment of our production workforce, as well as the market's increasing acceptance of value-added solutions within Clearfield's product line," commented Cheri Beranek, president and CEO of Clearfield.