Astronics Announces Acquisition of PGA Electronic

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  • Leading manufacturer of seat motion and lighting systems for business and first class aircraft seats
  • Europe's leading manufacturer of in-flight entertainment and cabin management systems for VVIP aircraft

EAST AURORA, N.Y., Nov. 4, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Astronics Corporation (Nasdaq:ATRO), a leading provider of advanced technologies for the global aerospace and defense industries, announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire PGA Electronic ("PGA") for approximately $28.5 million. The purchase price will be paid 60% in cash and 40% in Astronics stock. The deal is expected to close before year end, subject to customary closing conditions.

PGA Electronic, located in Châteauroux, France, designs and manufactures seat motion and lighting systems primarily for business and first class aircraft seats and is Europe's leading provider of in-flight entertainment/communication systems as well as cabin management systems for private VVIP aircraft. Its customers are primarily aircraft seat manufacturers and corporate jet completion centers. Approximately 91% of PGA's sales are in Europe. For its fiscal year 2013, which ended August 31, 2013, PGA had sales of approximately $44 million. The business generates margins similar to those of Astronics.

Peter J. Gundermann, CEO of Astronics, commented, "The addition of PGA to Astronics deepens our reach into the European aircraft market while extending our lighting and power technologies. The acquisition complements well our other lighting, cabin electronics and communication capabilities."

PGA was established in 1989 and currently has about 190 employees. Its products can be found on the full range of commercial transport aircraft programs and on many large private and government jets around the world.

ABOUT ASTRONICS CORPORATION

Astronics Corporation is a leader in advanced, high performance lighting, electrical power and automated test systems for the global aerospace and defense industries. Astronics' strategy is to develop and maintain positions of technical leadership in its chosen aerospace and defense markets, to leverage those positions to grow the amount of content and volume of product it sells to those markets and to selectively acquire businesses with similar technical capabilities that could benefit from our leadership position and strategic direction. Astronics Corporation, and its wholly-owned subsidiaries, Astronics Advanced Electronic Systems Corp., Ballard Technology, Inc., DME Corporation, Luminescent Systems Inc., Max-Viz, Inc., AeroSat and PECO, Inc., have a reputation for high-quality designs, exceptional responsiveness, strong brand recognition and best-in-class manufacturing practices. The Company routinely posts news and other important information on its Web site at www.astronics.com.

For more information on Astronics and its products, visit its Web site at: www.Astronics.com.

Safe Harbor Statement
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CONTACT: For more information contact: Company: David C. Burney, Chief Financial Officer (716) 805-1599, ext. 159 Email: david.burney@astronics.com Investor Relations: Deborah K. Pawlowski, Kei Advisors LLC Phone: (716) 843-3908 Email: dpawlowski@keiadvisors.com

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