Datron Systems reported 50% lower earnings of $271,000, or 10 cents a share, for its third quarter ended Dec. 31, on 10% lower sales of $5.5 million.
In the third quarter a year ago, Datron earned $541,000 on sales of $6.1 million.
Company president David A. Derby said the company had reduced profit margins because of start-up costs from some new government contracts.
For the nine months, Datron earned $940,000, or 35 cents a share, on sales of $15.7 million. A year ago it earned $1.1 million, or 42 cents, on sales of $14.3 million.
Based in Simi Valley, Datron makes defense electronics and communications equipment, including satellite communications terminals and tracking systems.
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