Ultralife Corporation (NASDAQ: ULBI) reported operating income of $1.1 million on revenue of $26.8 million for the second quarter ended June 30, 2021. For the second quarter of 2020, the Company reported operating income of $2.3 million on revenue of $28.6 million.

“Ultralife’s end-market diversification strategy continues to serve us well. For the second quarter, sales increased sequentially 3% from the first quarter as our oil & gas revenues rebounded, growing 49% year over year. Medical sales abated from last year’s COVID-related demand spike yet were above pre-pandemic levels, and sales from government/defense customers were soft relative to last year’s strong shipment flows,” said Michael D. Popielec, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Given our solid liquidity position, we increased investments in capex and critical engineering resources to support new contracts and completion of transformational new products. Although these investments weighed on operating and net income year-over-year comparisons, sequential EPS grew 20% on the strength of gains in commercial sales.”

Added Mr. Popielec, “Supply chains and logistics continue to be the source of operational challenges, delaying some shipments and increasing freight costs, and clouding our visibility for the second half of the year. Nevertheless, activity in our end markets remains high and our goal is to continue improving our financial performance each quarter. We remain focused on executing near-term growth initiatives and developing long-term growth opportunities while adhering to our proven and profitable business model.”

Second Quarter 2021 Financial Results

Revenue was $26.8 million, a decrease of $1.8 million, or 6.3%, compared to $28.6 million for the second quarter of 2020. Overall, commercial sales decreased 1.0% and government/defense sales decreased 13.2% from the 2020 period. Battery & Energy Products declined 4.8% to $22.9 million, compared to $24.0 million last year, with a 48.6% increase in oil & gas market sales and a 23.2% increase in 9-Volt sales offset by a 27.9% decrease in medical battery sales and a 12.7% decrease in government/defense sales. Communications Systems sales decreased 13.9% to $3.9 million compared to $4.5 million for the same period last year, primarily due to 2020 shipments of vehicle amplifier-adaptor systems to support the U.S. Army’s Network Modernization initiatives completing the delivery orders announced in October 2018. During the 2021 second quarter, increased lead times on components from suppliers and other COVID-19 related logistics matters resulted in delays in our shipments to future periods. We estimate that the delayed shipments adversely impacted revenue for the 2021 second quarter by approximately $1.5 million.

Gross profit was $7.3 million, or 27.1% of revenue, compared to $8.0 million, or 27.9% of revenue, for the same quarter a year ago. Battery & Energy Products’ gross margin was 26.3%, compared to 25.1% last year, as a result of favorable sales product mix and lower scrap and rework on new products transitioning to high volume production. Communications Systems gross margin was 32.1%, compared to 42.8% last year, primarily due to the favorable sales mix in 2020 of the vehicle amplifier-adaptor systems for the U.S. Army.

Operating expenses were $6.2 million compared to $5.7 million last year, representing an increase of 9.0%, primarily relating to our continued investment in engineering resources for new product development, including resources dedicated to the Conformal Wear Battery IDIQ contract awarded in May 2021. Operating expenses were 23.1% of revenue compared to 19.8% of revenue for the year-earlier period.

Operating income was $1.1 million compared to $2.3 million last year, and operating margin was 4.1% compared to 8.0% last year. We estimate that delayed shipments resulting from supply chain and other COVID-19 related logistics matters adversely impacted operating income for the 2021 second quarter by approximately $0.5 million.

Net income was $0.8 million or $0.05 per diluted share using the U.S. statutory tax rate, compared to net income of $1.7 million or $0.10 per diluted share for the second quarter of 2020. Adjusted EPS was $0.06 on a diluted basis for the second quarter of 2021, compared to $0.13 for the 2020 period. Adjusted EPS excludes the provision for deferred taxes which primarily represents non-cash charges of $.2 million for U.S. taxes which will be fully offset by net operating loss carryforwards and other tax credits for the foreseeable future. We estimate that delayed shipments resulting from supply chain and other COVID-19 related logistics matters adversely impacted Adjusted EPS for the 2021 second quarter by approximately $0.03.

During the second quarter of 2021, our cash-on-hand increased by 15.9% to $15.8 million and our debt was reduced by 36.6% to $0.7 million.

See the “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” section of this release for a reconciliation of Adjusted EPS to EPS and Adjusted EBITDA to Net Income Attributable to Ultralife Corporation.

About Ultralife Corporation

Ultralife Corporation serves its markets with products and services ranging from 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 www.ultralifecorporation.com.

Conference Call Information

Ultralife will hold its second quarter earnings conference call today at 8:30 AM ET. To participate in the live call, please dial (800) 915-4836 at least ten minutes before the scheduled start time, identify yourself and ask for the Ultralife call. A live webcast of the conference call will be available to investors in the Events & Presentations section of the Company's website at http://investor.ultralifecorporation.com. For those who cannot listen to the live broadcast, a replay of the webcast will be available shortly after the call at the same location.

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 the impact of COVID-19, potential reductions in revenues from key customers, acceptance of our new products on a global basis and uncertain global economic conditions. 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’s Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filings, including the latest Annual Report on Form 10-K.

ULTRALIFE CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS(Dollars in Thousands)
(Unaudited)
ASSETS
       
  June 30,2021   December 31,2020
Current Assets:      
Cash $15,828   $10,653
Trade Accounts Receivable, Net 18,712   21,054
Inventories, Net 27,414   28,193
Prepaid Expenses and Other Current Assets 2,351   4,596
Total Current Assets 64,305   64,496
       
Property, Plant and Equipment, Net 22,720   22,850
Goodwill 27,115   27,018
Other Intangible Assets, Net 8,936   9,209
Deferred Income Taxes, Net 11,459   11,836
Other Non-Current Assets 1,985   2,292
       
Total Assets $136,520   $137,701
     
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
Current Liabilities:    
Accounts Payable $9,545   $10,839
Current Portion of Long-Term Debt, Net 624   1,361
Accrued Compensation and Related Benefits 1,396   1,748
Accrued Expenses and Other Current Liabilities 3,966   4,758
Total Current Liabilities 15,531   18,706
Deferred Income Taxes 492   515
Other Non-Current Liabilities 1,260   1,557
Total Liabilities 17,283   20,778
       
Shareholders' Equity:      
Common Stock 2,047   2,037
Capital in Excess of Par Value 186,138   185,464
Accumulated Deficit (46,116)   (47,598)
Accumulated Other Comprehensive Loss (1,586)   (1,782)
Treasury Stock (21,388)   (21,321)
Total Ultralife Equity 119,095   116,800
Non-Controlling Interest 142   123
Total Shareholders’ Equity 119,237   116,923
       
Total Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity $136,520   $137,701
ULTRALIFE CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
(In Thousands Except Per Share Amounts)
(Unaudited)
               
  Three-Month Period Ended   Six-Month Period Ended
  June 30,   June 30,   June 30,   June 30,
  2021   2020   2021   2020
Revenues:              
Battery & Energy Products $22,875   $24,036   $44,986   $44,797
Communications Systems 3,895   4,524   7,757   9,577
Total Revenues 26,770   28,560   52,743   54,374
               
Cost of Products Sold:              
Battery & Energy Products 16,859   18,010   33,534   33,455
Communications Systems 2,644   2,587   4,964   5,622
Total Cost of Products Sold 19,503   20,597   38,498   39,077
               
Gross Profit 7,267   7,963   14,245   15,297
               
Operating Expenses:              
Research and Development 1,853   1,275   3,500   2,823
Selling, General and Administrative 4,323   4,394   8,702   8,695
Total Operating Expenses 6,176   5,669   12,202   11,518
               
Operating Income 1,091   2,294   2,043   3,779
               
Other Expense 21   117   77   209
Income Before Income Tax Provision 1,070   2,177   1,966   3,570
               
Income Tax Provision 248   499   465   818
               
Net Income 822   1,678   1,501   2,752
               
Net Income Attributable to Non-Controlling Interest 11   20   19   35
               
Net Income Attributable to Ultralife Corporation $811   $1,658   $1,482   $2,717
               
               
Net Income Per Share Attributable to Ultralife Common Shareholders – Basic $.05   $.10   $.09   $.17
               
Net Income Per Share Attributable to Ultralife Common Shareholders – Diluted $.05   $.10   $.09   $.17
               
Weighted Average Shares Outstanding – Basic 16,019   15,882   15,997   15,880
               
Weighted Average Shares Outstanding – Diluted 16,260   16,133   16,194   16,114

Non-GAAP Financial Measures:

Adjusted Earnings Per Share

In evaluating our business, we consider and use Adjusted EPS, a non-GAAP financial measure, as a supplemental measure of our business performance in addition to GAAP financial measures. We define Adjusted EPS as net income attributable to Ultralife Corporation excluding the provision for deferred taxes divided by our weighted average shares outstanding on both a basic and diluted basis. We believe that this information is useful in providing period-to-period comparisons of our results by reflecting the portion of our tax provision that we expect will be offset by our U.S. net operating loss carryforwards and other tax credits for the foreseeable future. We reconcile Adjusted EPS to EPS, the most comparable financial measure under GAAP. Neither current nor potential investors in our securities should rely on Adjusted EPS as a substitute for any GAAP measures and we encourage investors to review the following reconciliation of Adjusted EPS to EPS and net income attributable to Ultralife Corporation.

ULTRALIFE CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
CALCULATION OF ADJUSTED EPS
(In Thousands Except Per Share Amounts)
(Unaudited)
  Three-Month Period Ended
  June 30, 2021   June 30, 2020
  Amount   Per Basic Share   Per Diluted Share   Amount   Per Basic Share   Per Diluted Share
Net Income $811   $.05   $.05   $1,658   $.10   $.10
Deferred Tax Provision 177   .01   .01   391   .03   .03
Adjusted Net Income $988   $.06   $.06   $2,049   $.13   $.13
                       
Weighted Average Shares Outstanding     16,019   16,260       15,882   16,133
  Six-Month Period Ended
  June 30, 2021   June 30, 2020
  Amount   Per Basic Share   Per Diluted Share   Amount   Per Basic Share   Per Diluted Share
Net Income $1,482   $.09   $.09   $2,717   $.17   $.17
Deferred Tax Provision 345   .02   .02   633   .04   .04
Adjusted Net Income $1,827   $.11   $.11   $3,350   $.21   $.21
                       
Weighted Average Shares Outstanding     15,997   16,194       15,880   16,114

Adjusted EBITDA

In evaluating our business, we consider and use Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP financial measure, as a supplemental measure of our operating performance in addition to GAAP financial measures. We define Adjusted EBITDA as net income attributable to Ultralife Corporation before net interest expense, provision (benefit) for income taxes, depreciation and amortization, and stock-based compensation expense, plus/minus expense/income that we do not consider reflective of our ongoing continuing operations. We reconcile Adjusted EBITDA to net income attributable to Ultralife Corporation, the most comparable financial measure under GAAP. Neither current nor potential investors in our securities should rely on Adjusted EBITDA as a substitute for any GAAP measures and we encourage investors to review the following reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to net income attributable to Ultralife Corporation.

ULTRALIFE CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
CALCULATION OF ADJUSTED EBITDA
(Dollars in Thousands)
(Unaudited)
  Three-Month Period Ended   Six-Month Period Ended
  June 30, 2021   June 30, 2020   June 30, 2021   June 30, 2020
               
Net Income Attributable to Ultralife Corporation $811   $1,658   $1,482   $2,717
Adjustments:              
Interest and Financing Expense, Net 55   106   111   280
Income Tax Provision 248   499   465   818
Depreciation Expense 730   582   1,460   1,161
Amortization Expense 156   158   310   319
Stock-Based Compensation Expense 186   304   370   534
Adjusted EBITDA $2,186   $3,307   $4,198   $5,829
Company Contact: Investor Relations Contact:
Ultralife Corporation LHA
Philip A. Fain Jody Burfening
(315) 210-6110 (212) 838-3777
pfain@ulbi.com jburfening@lhai.com
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