August 4, 2009

Giga-tronics Reports Third Straight Quarterly Profit

SAN RAMON, Calif., Aug. 4, 2009 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Giga-tronics Incorporated (Nasdaq:GIGA) reported today a net profit of $333,000 or $0.07 per fully diluted share for the quarter ended June 27, 2009. This compares with a net loss of $522,000 or $0.11 per fully diluted share for the same period a year ago. Net sales increased 28% to $4,469,000 in the first quarter of fiscal 2010 compared to $3,488,000 in the first quarter of fiscal 2009. Gross margin of $2,114,000 improved by $717,000 over the same quarter last year. As a percentage of net sales, it improved by 7.3% to 47.3% in the first quarter of fiscal 2010 as compared to 40.0% in the first quarter of fiscal 2009 even though the cost of sales for the first quarter of fiscal 2010 included $112,000 of engineering labor expenses from product development. The engineering labor expense for the first quarter of fiscal 2009 was not material. Operating expenses decreased $145,000 in the first quarter of fiscal 2010 due to a decrease of $175,000 in product development expenses offset by an increase of $30,000 in selling, general and administrative expenses. Orders declined in the first quarter of fiscal 2010 to $2,533,000 from $4,224,000 for the first quarter of fiscal 2009.

Non-GAAP net income, which excludes share based compensation, for the three month period ended June 27, 2009 would have been $37,000 higher or $370,000. Non-GAAP basic and diluted earnings per share would have been $0.08 compared to $0.07 as reported. For the same period last year, the Company's non-GAAP net loss would have been $64,000 lower or $458,000 and the basic and diluted share loss would have been $0.10 compared to $0.11 as reported.

Backlog for the quarter ended June 27, 2009 was $7.1 million (approximately $5.7 million shippable within one year) as compared to $8.3 million (approximately $5.8 million shippable within one year) for the quarter ended June 28, 2008.

Cash and cash equivalents at June 27, 2009 were $1,551,000 compared to $1,518,000 as of March 28, 2009. The Company borrowed $500,000 under its line of credit during the period ended June 27, 2009.

Giga-tronics will host a conference call today at 4:30 p.m. ET to discuss the first quarter results. To participate in the call, dial (877) 407-8133 domestically or (201) 689-8040 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 August 4, 2009 only.

Giga-tronics produces instruments, subsystems and sophisticated microwave components that have broad applications in both defense electronics and wireless telecommunications.

Giga-tronics is a publicly held company, traded on the NASDAQ Capital Market under the symbol "GIGA".

The Giga-tronics Incorporated logo is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=6087

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".


            CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (Unaudited)
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                                                   June 27,  March 28,
(In thousands except share data)                     2009      2009
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 Assets
 Current assets
   Cash and cash equivalents                       $  1,551  $  1,518
   Trade accounts receivable, net of
    allowance of $65 and $102,
    respectively                                      3,280     3,110
   Inventories, net                                   6,142     5,409
   Prepaid expenses and other current assets            366       430
                                                   ------------------
 Total current assets                                11,339    10,467

 Property and equipment, net                            267       306
 Other assets                                            16        16
                                                   ------------------
 Total assets                                      $ 11,622  $ 10,789
                                                   ==================

 Liabilities and shareholders' equity
 Current liabilities
   Line of credit                                  $    500  $     --
   Accounts payable                                     988     1,219
   Accrued commissions                                  127       144
   Accrued payroll and benefits                         530       397
   Accrued warranty                                     178       177
   Deferred revenue                                   1,151       959
   Deferred rent                                         53       118
   Capital lease obligations                             16        16
   Income taxes payable                                   2        --
   Other current liabilities                            268       306
                                                   ------------------
 Total current liabilities                            3,813     3,336

 Long term obligation - Deferred rent                    86        96
 Long-term obligation - Capital lease                    21        25
                                                   ------------------
 Total liabilities                                    3,920     3,457
                                                   ------------------

 Shareholders' equity
 Preferred stock of no par value;
   Authorized 1,000,000 shares; no shares
    outstanding at June 27, 2009 and
    March 28, 2009                                       --        --
 Common stock of no par value;
   Authorized 40,000,000 shares; 4,824,021 shares
    at June 27, 2009 and March 28, 2009 issued
    and outstanding                                  13,705    13,668
 Accumulated deficit                                 (6,003)   (6,336)
                                                   ------------------
 Total shareholders' equity                           7,702     7,332
                                                   ------------------
 Total liabilities and shareholders' equity        $ 11,622  $ 10,789
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      CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (Unaudited)
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                                                   Three Months Ended
                                                   June 27,  June 28,
 (In thousands except per share data)                2009      2008
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 Net sales                                         $  4,469  $  3,488
 Cost of sales                                        2,355     2,091
                                                   ------------------
 Gross profit                                         2,114     1,397
                                                   ------------------

 Engineering                                            381       556
 Selling, general and administrative                  1,394     1,364
                                                   ------------------
   Total operating expenses                           1,775     1,920
                                                   ------------------

 Operating income (loss)                                339      (523)

 Other (expense) income, net                             (1)       --
 Interest (expense) income, net                          (3)        3
                                                   ------------------
 Income (loss) before income taxes                      335      (520)
 Provision for income taxes                               2         2
                                                   ------------------
 Net income (loss)                                 $    333  $   (522)
                                                   ==================

 Basic and diluted earnings (loss) per share       $   0.07  $  (0.11)

 Shares used in per share calculation:
   Basic                                              4,824     4,824
                                                   ==================
   Diluted                                            4,826     4,824
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CONTACT:  Giga-tronics Incorporated
          Pat Lawlor, Vice President, Finance/Chief Financial Officer 
          (925) 328-4656


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