Giga-tronics Reports Fourth Quarter and FY 2009 Results

Dublin, California, UNITED STATES


SAN RAMON, Calif., May 1, 2009 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Giga-tronics, Incorporated (Nasdaq:GIGA) reported today a net profit of $383,000 or $0.08 per fully diluted share for the fourth quarter ended March 28, 2009. This compares with a net loss of $545,000 or $0.11 per fully diluted share for the same period a year ago. Profit from continuing operations for the fourth quarter was $383,000 or $0.08 per fully diluted share compared to a loss from continuing operations of $480,000 or $0.10 per fully diluted share for the same period a year ago. Net sales increased 26% to $5,145,000 in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2009 compared to $4,099,000 in the same quarter for the prior year. Operating expenses decreased 8% or $179,000 in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2009 over fiscal 2008. Orders booked in the fourth quarter were $2,224,000 compared to $3,784,000 last year.

Net loss for the year ended March 28, 2009 was $330,000 or $0.07 per fully diluted share versus a net loss of $234,000 or $0.05 per fully diluted share for the same period a year ago. Net loss from continuing operations for fiscal 2009 was $405,000 or $0.08 per fully diluted share versus a net loss from continuing operations of $203,000 or $0.04 per fully diluted share for fiscal 2008. Income from discontinued operations for fiscal 2009 was $75,000 as compared to a loss on discontinued operations of $31,000 for the prior year. Net sales for fiscal year 2009 decreased 5% to $17,421,000 from $18,331,000 a year ago. Operating expenses decreased $25,000 in fiscal 2009 over fiscal 2008. Included in the operating expenses for fiscal year 2008 was a one-time restructuring charge of $73,000 to reserve our remaining lease obligation on our Fremont facility and $80,000 in severance costs, for a total of $153,000 or $0.03 per fully diluted share. Orders improved 9% for the 2009 fiscal year to $18,998,000 compared to $17,420,000 a year ago.

Our book-to-bill ratio for fiscal 2009 was 1.09 compared to .95 for fiscal 2008. Backlog at March 28, 2009 was $9.1 million (approximately $6.8 million shippable within one year) as compared to $7.5 million (approximately $4.6 million shippable within one year) at the end of the prior year.

Cash and cash equivalents at March 28, 2009 were $1,518,000 compared to $1,845,000 as of March 29, 2008.

Giga-tronics will host a conference call today at 4:30 p.m. ET to discuss the fourth quarter results. To participate in the call, dial (866) 439-4712, and enter Access Code 235168#. 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 May 1, 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 29, 2008 and the annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended March 28, 2009 (to be filed shortly) 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."



                CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (Unaudited)

(In thousands except share data)

                                                   -------------------
                                                   March 28, March 29,
                                                     2009      2008
                                                   --------- ---------
 Assets

 Current Assets

  Cash and cash equivalents                        $  1,518  $  1,845
  Trade accounts receivable, net of allowance of
   $102 and $93, respectively                         3,110     2,693
  Inventories, net                                    5,409     5,008
  Prepaid expenses and other current assets             430       383
                                                   --------- ---------
 Total current assets                                10,467     9,929
                                                   --------- ---------

 Property and equipment

  Leasehold improvements                                373       373
  Machinery and equipment                            15,462    15,468
  Office furniture and fixtures                         788       723
                                                   --------- ---------
    Total property and equipment                     16,623    16,564
    Less accumulated depreciation and amortization   16,317    16,164
                                                   --------- ---------
 Property and equipment, net                            306       400
 Other assets                                            16        32
                                                   --------- ---------
 Total assets                                      $ 10,789  $ 10,361
                                                   ========= =========

 Liabilities and shareholders' equity

 Current liabilities

   Accounts payable                                $  1,219  $    649
   Accrued commission                                   144       181
   Accrued payroll and benefits                         397       526
   Accrued warranty                                     177       190
  Deferred revenue                                      959       646
   Deferred rent                                        118       286
  Capital lease obligations                              16        --
   Other current liabilities                            306       220
                                                   --------- ---------
 Total current liabilities                            3,336     2,698

 Long term obligation - Deferred rent                    96       271
 Long term obligation - Capital lease                    25        --
                                                   --------- ---------
 Total liabilities                                    3,457     2,969
                                                   --------- ---------


 Commitments and contingencies                           --        --

 Shareholders' equity

 Preferred stock of no par value;
  Authorized 1,000,000 shares;
   No shares outstanding at March 28, 2009 and
    March 29, 2008                                       --        --
 Common stock of no par value;
  Authorized 40,000,000 shares;
   4,824,021 shares at March 28, 2009 and
    March 29, 2008, issued and outstanding           13,668    13,398
 Accumulated deficit                                 (6,336)   (6,006)
                                                   --------- ---------
 Total shareholders' equity                           7,332     7,392
                                                   --------- ---------
 Total liabilities and shareholders' equity        $ 10,789  $ 10,361
                                                   ========= =========


           CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (Unaudited)

 (In thousands except share and per share data)

                                     Three Months
                                         Ended          Year Ended
                                   ----------------- -----------------
                                    March    March    March    March
                                     28,       29,     28,       29,
                                    2009      2008    2009      2008
                                   -------- -------- -------- --------

 Net sales                         $ 5,145  $ 4,099  $17,421  $18,331
 Cost of sales                       2,796    2,425    9,917   10,583
                                   -------- -------- -------- --------
 Gross profit                        2,349    1,674    7,504    7,748
                                   -------- -------- -------- --------


 Engineering                           418      628    1,975    2,248
 Selling, general and
  administrative                     1,548    1,444    5,939    5,538
 Restructuring                          --       73       --      153
                                   -------- -------- -------- --------
    Total operating expenses         1,966    2,145    7,914    7,939
                                   -------- -------- -------- --------

 Operating income (loss) from
  continuing operations                383     (471)    (410)    (191)

 Other expense                          --       16       --       46
 Interest income, net                   --        7        7       36
                                   -------- -------- -------- --------
 Income (loss) from continuing
  operations before income taxes       383     (480)    (403)    (201)
                                   -------- -------- -------- --------
 Provision for income taxes             --       --        2        2
 Income (loss) from continuing
  operations                           383     (480)    (405)    (203)
 (Loss) income on discontinued
  operations, net of income taxes
  of nil for 2009 and 2008              --      (65)      75      (31)
                                   -------- -------- -------- --------
 Net income (loss)                 $   383  $  (545) $  (330) $  (234)
                                   ======== ======== ======== ========

 Basic and diluted earnings (loss)
  per share:

    From continuing operations     $  0.08  $ (0.10) $ (0.08) $ (0.04)
    On discontinued operations          --    (0.01)    0.01    (0.01)
                                   -------- -------- -------- --------
  Basic and diluted earnings
   (loss) per share                $  0.08  $ (0.11) $ (0.07) $ (0.05)
                                   ======== ======== ======== ========


 Shares used in per share
  calculation:

   Basic                             4,824    4,818    4,824    4,813
   Diluted                           4,824    4,818    4,824    4,813


        

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