Astronics Corporation to Record Fourth Quarter 2009 Non-Cash Goodwill and Intangible Asset Impairment Charge

EAST AURORA, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Astronics Corporation (NASDAQ: ATRO), a leader in advanced, high performance lighting, electrical power management and automated test systems for the global aerospace and defense industries, today announced that it expects to record a fourth quarter non-cash, pre-tax charge of approximately $19.4 million for impairment of goodwill and other intangible assets related to its Test Systems business. As a result of this charge, the Company expects to report a net loss for the fourth quarter and the year ended December 31, 2009.

The impairment charge reflects lower than previously anticipated revenue and future cash flow from Astronics' Test Systems business, which was acquired as part of the Company's acquisition of DME Corporation in January 2009. Astronics has reduced its revenue outlook for the Test Systems business as compared with its initial assessment as a result of low new order bookings.


Astronics Corporation is a trusted leader in innovative, high performance lighting, power management systems for the global aerospace industry; automated diagnostic test systems, training and simulation devices for the defense industry; and safety and survival equipment for airlines. 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, DME Corporation, Astronics Advanced Electronic Systems Corp. and Luminescent Systems 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 website at

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