January 28, 2010

Giga-tronics Reports Fifth Straight Quarterly Profit

SAN RAMON, Calif., Jan. 28, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Giga-tronics Incorporated (Nasdaq:GIGA) reported today its fifth consecutive quarterly net profit of $309,000 or $0.06 per fully diluted share for the quarter ended December 26, 2009. This compares with a net profit of $349,000 or $0.07 per fully diluted share for the same period a year ago. Net sales decreased 6% to $4,784,000 in the third quarter of fiscal 2010 compared to $5,099,000 in the third quarter of fiscal 2009. Gross margin of $2,054,000 decreased by $366,000 over the same quarter last year. Gross margin as a percentage of net sales decreased by 4.6% to 42.9% in the third quarter of fiscal 2010 as compared to 47.5% in the third quarter of fiscal 2009. Operating expenses improved by 16% or $332,000 in the third quarter of fiscal 2010 due to a reduction in product development expenses of $166,000 and a reduction in selling, general and administrative expenses of $166,000. The reduction in product development expenses was primarily due to $184,000 of customer funded development. Orders decreased 18% in the third quarter of fiscal 2010 to $7,715,000 from $9,461,000 for the third quarter of fiscal 2009.

Net profit for the nine months ended December 26, 2009 was $1,015,000 or $0.21 per fully diluted share compared with a net loss of $713,000 or $0.15 per fully diluted share for the same period last year. Net sales improved by 13% to $13,876,000 in the nine month period ended December 26, 2009 compared to $12,276,000 for the same period a year ago. Gross margin of $6,281,000 improved by $1,126,000 over the same nine month period last year. Gross margin as a percentage of net sales improved by 3.3% to 45.3% in the first nine months of fiscal 2010 as compared to 42.0% in the first nine months of fiscal 2009. Operating expenses improved by 12% or $702,000 in the first nine months of fiscal 2010 due to a reduction in product development expenses of $500,000 and a reduction in selling, general and administrative expenses of $202,000. The reduction in product development expenses was primarily due to $407,000 of customer funded development. Orders decreased for the nine months ended December 26, 2009 to $15,098,000 compared to $16,774,000 for the same period of fiscal 2009

Non-GAAP net income, which excludes share based compensation, for the three month period ended December 26, 2009 would have been $50,000 higher, or $359,000. Non-GAAP basic and diluted earnings per share would have been $0.07 compared to $0.06 as reported. For the same period last year, the Company’s non-GAAP net income would have been $55,000 higher or $404,000 and the basic and diluted earnings per share would have been $0.08 compared to $0.07 as reported.

Non-GAAP net income for the nine month period ended December 26, 2009 would have been $130,000 higher, or $1,145,000. Non-GAAP basic and diluted earnings per share would have been $0.24 compared to $0.21 as reported. For the same period last year, the Company’s non-GAAP net loss would have been $173,000 lower or $540,000 and the basic and diluted share loss would have been $0.11 compared to $0.15 as reported.

Backlog at December 26, 2009 was $10.3 million (approximately $8.6 million is shippable within one year) as compared to $12.0 million (approximately $8.9 million was shippable within one year) at December 27, 2008.

Cash and cash equivalents at December 26, 2009 were $2,457,000 compared to $1,345,000 as of September 26, 2009. The Company continues to utilize $500,000 of its line of credit in the current quarter.

Giga-tronics will host a conference call today at 4:30 p.m. ET to discuss the third quarter results. To participate in this call, dial (877) 407-8035 domestically or (201) 689-8035 for international. The call will also be broadcast over the internet at www.gigatronics.com under “Investor Relations”. The conference call discussion reflects management’s views as of January 28, 2010 only.

Giga-tronics is a publicly held company, traded on the NASDAQ Capital Market under the symbol “GIGA”. Giga-tronics produces instruments, subsystems and sophisticated microwave components that have broad applications in defense electronics, aeronautics and wireless telecommunications.

This press release contains forward-looking statements concerning profitability, backlog and shipments. Actual results may differ significantly due to risks and uncertainties, such as future orders, cancellations or deferrals, disputes over performance and the ability to collect receivables. For further discussion, see Giga-tronics’ most recent annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended March 28, 2009, Part I, under the heading “Certain Factors Which May Adversely Affect Future Operations or an Investment in Giga-tronics” and Part II, under the heading “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations”.

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CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (Unaudited)
December 26, March 28,
(In thousands except share data)2009 2009
Assets
Current assets
Cash and cash-equivalents$2,457

$1,518
Trade accounts receivable, net of allowance of $146 and $102, respectively4,187 3,110
Inventories, net6,229 5,409


Prepaid expenses and other current assets
234 430
Total current assets13,107 10,467
Property and equipment, net264

306
Other assets16 16
Total assets$13,387 $10,789
Liabilities and shareholders' equity
Current liabilities


Line of credit
$500 $--
Accounts payable569 1,219
Accrued commission193

144
Accrued payroll and benefits688 397
Accrued warranty169 177


Deferred revenue
2,276 959
Deferred rent32 118
Capital lease obligation16

16
Other current liabilities274 306
Total current liabilities4,717 3,336


Long term obligations - Deferred rent
65 96
Long term obligations - Capital lease13 25
Total liabilities4,795 3,457


Commitments and contingencies
-- --
Shareholders' equity
Preferred stock of no par value;
Authorized 1,000,000 shares; no shares outstanding
at December 26, 2009 and March 28, 2009--

--
Common stock of no par value;
Authorized 40,000,000 shares; 4,885,271 shares at December 26, 2009
and 4,824,021 at March 28, 2009 issued and outstanding13,913 13,668
Accumulated deficit(5,321)

(6,336)
Total shareholders' equity8,592 7,332
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity$13,387 $10,789

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (UNAUDITED)
Three Months EndedNine Months Ended
December 26, December 27, December 26, December 27,


(In thousands except per-share data)
2009 2008 2009 2008
Net sales$4,784 $5,099$13,876 $12,276
Cost of sales2,730

2,679
7,595 7,121
Gross profit2,054 2,4206,281 5,155
Engineering313

479
1,057 1,557
Selling, general and administrative1,424 1,5904,189 4,391


Total operating expenses
1,737 2,0695,246 5,948
Operating income (loss) from
continuing operations317 3511,035

(793)
Other expense-- --(1) --
Interest (expense) income, net(7)

(2)
(16) 7
Income (loss) from continuing
operations before income taxes310 3491,018 (786)


Provision for income taxes
1 --3 2
Income (loss) from continuing operations309 3491,015

(788)
Income on discontinued operations,
net of income taxes-- ---- 75
Net income (loss)$309

$349
$1,015 $(713)
Basic and diluted earnings (loss) per share
From continuing operations$0.06 $0.07$0.21

$(0.16)
On discontinued operations-- ---- 0.01
Basic and diluted earnings (loss) per share$0.06

$0.07
$0.21 $(0.15)
Shares used in per share calculation:
Basic4,846 4,8244,833 4,824


Diluted
4,940 4,8244,865 4,824

CONTACT: Giga-tronics Incorporated 
         Pat Lawlor, Vice President, Finance/Chief Financial Officer 
         (925) 328-4656


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