updated 2/1/2011 4:17:26 PM ET 2011-02-01T21:17:26

SAN RAMON, Calif., Feb. 1, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Giga-tronics Incorporated (Nasdaq:GIGA) reported today a net loss of $11,000 or $0.00 per fully diluted share for the quarter ended December 25, 2010. This compares with a net profit of $309,000 or $0.06 per fully diluted share for the same period a year ago. Net sales decreased 3% to $4,640,000 in the third quarter of fiscal 2011 compared to $4,784,000 in the third quarter of fiscal 2010.  Gross margin of $2,066,000 increased by $12,000 over the same quarter last year. Gross margin as a percentage of net sales increased by 1.6% to 44.5% in the third quarter of fiscal 2011 as compared to 42.9% in the third quarter of fiscal 2010 due to a more favorable product mix on new switching business. Operating expenses increased 18% or $315,000 in the third quarter of fiscal 2011 over the third quarter of fiscal 2010 primarily due to an increase of $246,000 in product development expenses. The increase in product development expenses is due to lower customer funded projects. Orders decreased 19% in the third quarter of fiscal 2011 to $6,221,000 from $7,715,000 for the third quarter of fiscal 2010.

Net profit for the nine month period ended December 25, 2010 was $13,536,000 or $2.70 per fully diluted share. This compares with a net profit of $1,015,000 or $0.21 per fully diluted share for the same period a year ago. It should be noted that in the first quarter of FY 2011 the Company reversed the valuation allowance against the deferred tax asset, resulting in an income tax benefit of $13,569,000. Net sales increased 2% to $14,090,000 in the nine month period ended December 25, 2010 compared to $13,876,000 for the same period a year ago. Gross margin of $5,909,000 decreased by $372,000 over the same nine month period last year. Gross margin as a percentage of net sales decreased by 3.3% to 42.0% in the first nine months of fiscal 2011 as compared to 45.3% in the first nine months of fiscal 2010. Operating expenses increased by 15% or $768,000 in the first nine months of fiscal 2011 due to an increase of $551,000 in product development expenses and an increase of $217,000 in selling, general and administrative expenses. Orders decreased 14% for the nine months ended December 25, 2010 to $12,910,000 compared to $15,098,000 for the same period last year.

Non-GAAP net income, which excludes the after-tax effect of share based compensation, for the three month period ended December 25, 2010 would have been $86,000 higher or $75,000. Non-GAAP basic and diluted earnings per share would have been $0.02 compared to a loss of $0.00 as reported. For the same period last year, the Company's non-GAAP net income 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.   

Non-GAAP net income, which excludes the after-tax effect of share based compensation, for the nine month period ended December 25, 2010 would have been $199,000 higher or $13,735,000. Non-GAAP basic earnings per share would have been $2.79 compared to $2.75 as reported. Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share would have been $2.74 compared to $2.70 as reported. For the same period last year, the Company's non-GAAP net income 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.

Management has included this information as this expense is a non-cash item with no net equity impact.

Backlog for the quarter ended December 25, 2010 was $7.3 million (approximately $6.6 million shippable within one year) as compared to $10.3 million (approximately $8.6 million shippable within one year) for the quarter ended December 26, 2009.

Cash and cash equivalents at December 25, 2010 were $2,786,000 compared to $3,529,000 as of September 25, 2010.

Giga-tronics will host a conference call today at 4:30 p.m. ET to discuss the third quarter results. To participate in the call, dial (866) 551-3680 domestically or (212) 401-6760 for international, and enter PIN Code 6480790#. 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 February 1, 2011 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.

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, the ability to collect receivables and general market conditions. For further discussion, see Giga-tronics' most recent annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended March 27, 2010, 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)
 (In thousands except share data)   December 25, 2010   March 27, 2010 
Assets    
Current assets    
Cash and cash-equivalents $2,786 $3,074
Trade accounts receivable, net of allowance of $207 and $95, respectively 3,318 4,332
Inventories, net 5,686 5,803
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 195 383
Deferred income tax 2,017  -- 
Total current assets 14,002 13,592
     
Property and equipment, net 566 311
Deferred income tax - long term 11,620  -- 
Other assets 16 16
Total assets $26,204 $13,919
     
Liabilities and shareholders' equity    
Current liabilities    
Accounts payable 904 881
Accrued commission 99 227
Accrued payroll and benefits 565 698
Accrued warranty 154 139
Deferred revenue 1,037 2,682
Deferred rent 144  -- 
Capital lease obligation 107 57
Other current liabilities 147 225
Total current liabilities 3,157 4,909
Long term obligations - deferred rent 170 31
Long term obligations - capital lease 24 36
Total liabilities 3,351 4,976
Commitments    
Shareholders' equity    
Preferred stock of no par value;    
Authorized 1,000,000 shares; no shares outstanding at December 25, 2010 and March 27, 2010  --   -- 
Common stock of no par value;    
Authorized 40,000,000 shares; 4,966,682 shares at December 25, 2010 and 4,891,394 shares at March 27, 2010 issued and outstanding 14,353 13,979
Retained earnings (accumulated deficit) 8,500 (5,036)
Total shareholders' equity 22,853 8,943
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $26,204 $13,919
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (UNAUDITED)
    Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
 (In thousands except per-share data)     December 25,

2010
 December 26,

2009
 December 25,

2010
 December 26,

2009
Net sales   $4,640 $4,784 $14,090 $13,876
Cost of sales   2,574 2,730 8,181 7,595
Gross margin   2,066 2,054 5,909 6,281
           
Engineering   559 313 1,608 1,057
Selling, general and administrative   1,493 1,424 4,406 4,189
Total operating expenses   2,052 1,737 6,014 5,246
           
Operating income (loss)   14 317 (105) 1,035
           
Other expense, net    --   --   --  (1)
Interest income (expense), net   4 (7) 4 (16)
Income (loss) before income taxes   18 310 (101) 1,018
Provision (benefit) for income taxes   29 1 (13,637) 3
Net (loss) income    $ (11)  $ 309  $ 13,536  $ 1,015
           
(Loss) earnings per share - basic   $ (0.00)  $ 0.06  $ 2.75  $ 0.21
(Loss) earnings per share - diluted   $ (0.00)  $ 0.06  $ 2.70  $ 0.21
           
Shares used in per share calculation:          
Basic   4,946 4,846 4,920 4,833
Diluted   4,946 4,940 5,014 4,865
CONTACT:  Pat Lawlor
          Vice President, Finance/Chief Financial Officer
          (925) 328-4656

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