Giga-tronics Announces $500,000 Strategic Investment Sponsored by Active Value Investors, LLC

Giga-tronics Announces $500,000 Strategic Investment Sponsored by Active Value
Investors, LLC

SAN RAMON, Calif., Feb. 20, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Giga-tronics Incorporated
(Nasdaq:GIGA), a leading provider of test and measurement equipment, today
announced the signing of a securities purchase agreement that will yield gross
proceeds of $500,000 to the Company.

Under the terms of the agreement, Alara Capital AVI II, LLC ("AVI SPV"), an
investment vehicle under Active Value Investors, LLC ("AVI"), will purchase
approximately 3,425 shares of a new Class C convertible preferred stock at a
price of $146.00 per share, subject to certain closing conditions that are
expected to be satisfied within two weeks. The preferred shares will be
initially convertible into 342,465 shares or 5.37% (after giving effect to the
issuance) of the Company's common stock. The convertible preferred stock will
be entitled to vote together with the common stock on matters submitted to the
Company's shareholders on an as-converted basis.The parties have agreed that
the number of shares purchasable upon exercise of the existing warrant held by
AVI SPC will be reduced by 342,465 shares,which is equal to the number of
shares that AVI SPV would receive upon full conversion of the new series of
preferred stock, maintaining the number of shares of common stock beneficially
owned by AVI SPV as originally approved by the Company's shareholders.

John Regazzi, Chief Executive Officer of Giga-tronics, said, "This second
strategic investment by AVI helps support our new investment strategy without
further shareholder dilution and demonstrates AVI's continued confidence in
the Company's future."

"About two years ago, Giga-tronics embarked on a road to refocus on growth and
profits," said Dr. Lutz Henckels, Director of the Company and an operating
partner of AVI and managing member of AVI SPV. "To do so, the Company needed
to double its R&D expenses to aggressively develop a new family of products
and to reduce its expense structure by consolidating its Microsource division
in Santa Rosa with its Instrument division in San Ramon. These efforts will
start to pay off in the upcoming fiscal year and we are excited to have been a
major contributor in reinvigorating Giga-tronics' business."

Dr. Joseph Thompson, a Director of the Company and a co-founder and Managing
Partner of AVI and managing member of AVI SPV, added, "Giga-tronics is
representative of the type of companies AVI seeks out for its portfolio – ones
where the firm can assist in being the catalyst for value creation."

Darren C. Wallis, co-founder and Managing Partner of AVI and managing member
of AVI SPV, stated, "We remain excited about Giga-tronics' prospects and
expect to continue supporting the Company in building long-term shareholder
value."

The Company will file the securities purchase agreement, terms of the
preferred stock, and related agreements on a Current Report on Form 8-K to
which investors should refer for additional detail on the terms of the
preferred stock and the investment.

About Giga-tronics Incorporated

Giga-tronics designs, manufactures, and markets various test and measurement
equipment used in the development, test, and maintenance of wireless
communications products and systems, flight navigational equipment, electronic
defense systems, and automatic testing systems worldwide.Its products are
primarily used in the design, production, repair, and maintenance of
commercial telecommunications, radar, and electronic warfare equipment.
Additional information may be found at http://www.gigatronics.com

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

About Active Value Investors, LLC

Active Value Investors, LLC ("AVI") is a private investment firm focused on
acquiring significant ownership stakes in undervalued publicly-traded
companies in the technology, media, and telecommunications sectors. AVI's
investment objective is to maximize value for its investors by investing in
companies whose market valuations are well below their "intrinsic value," and
to unlock value in those companies by encouraging the management to adopt
AVI's proposals.These proposals could include positive corporate actions,
such as privatization by the parent, management buyout, large-scale share
buyback and increased dividends. AVI often partners with management teams and
the board to accelerate their value creation initiatives. Additional
information may be found at http://www.activevalueinvestors.com

This press release contains forward-looking statements, concerning
Giga-tronics products, business prospects and profitability.Actual results
may differ significantly due to risks and uncertainties, such as future
orders, cancellation or deferral of orders, disputes over performance, the
ability to collect receivables and general market conditions.For further
discussion, see the most recent annual report filed by Giga-tronics on Form
10-K for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2012, 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".

CONTACT: Giga-tronics Inquiries:
         Frank Romejko
         Vice President, Finance & Interim Chief Financial Officer
         (925) 302-1014
        
         Active Value Investors, LLC Inquiries:
         Darren C. Wallis, Co-Founder and Managing Partner
         (610) 710-4354
         dwallis@activevalueinvestors.com
        
         Active Value Investors, LLC Media Inquiries:
         Hedge Fund Solutions, LLC
         Damien Park
         (215) 325-0514
         dpark@hedgerelations.com

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