SYRACUSE, N.Y., Feb. 14, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Anaren, Inc. (Nasdaq:ANEN) and AML Communications, Inc. (OTCBB:AMLJ) today jointly announced the signing of a definitive merger agreement whereby Anaren, through a subsidiary, has agreed to acquire all of AML's outstanding shares of common stock for $2.15 per share in an all-cash transaction, representing an equity value of approximately $29.3 million and an enterprise value of approximately $22.6 million. AML is based in California and is a leading provider of microwave amplifiers and integrated assemblies for defense electronics applications. Upon completion of the acquisition, AML will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Anaren and will be reported within Anaren's Space & Defense Group. C. K. Cooper & Company served as financial advisor to AML Communications, Inc. on this transaction. The transaction has been unanimously approved by the Board of Directors of each company. The acquisition is subject to various closing conditions, including, among other things, the approval of AML's stockholders. The transaction will be funded by Anaren's current cash and investments and is expected to close during Anaren's fiscal 2011 fourth quarter ending June 30, 2011. Anaren anticipates that the acquisition will be accretive to Anaren within the first year of the transaction's completion. Lawrence A. Sala, Chairman, President and CEO of Anaren said, "We are very pleased to have reached this agreement with AML and believe the acquisition is consistent with Anaren's growth, profitability, and innovation strategies. AML's leading microwave amplifier technology is an excellent fit for the Space & Defense Group's strategy to expand its technology base in order to capture a broader array of subsystem opportunities at our defense OEM customers." Jacob Inbar, Chairman, President and CEO of AML said, "We are excited about joining the Anaren team and the many new business and technology opportunities we can jointly pursue as a result. Moreover, the transaction provides our shareholders a significant premium to the recent trading price of their common stock. Being part of a larger organization will offer new and exciting opportunities for our employees; and we are confident AML's current customers will benefit from our combined broader technology portfolio and manufacturing capabilities made possible by the acquisition." About Anaren: Anaren designs, manufactures and sells complex microwave components and subsystems for the wireless communications, satellite communications and defense electronics markets. For more information on Anaren's products, visit www.anaren.com . The Anaren, Inc. logo is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=5360 About AML: AML is a designer, manufacturer, and marketer of microelectronic assemblies for the defense industry. AML's extensive range of microwave products can be found in leading defense projects. For more information on AML's products, visit www.amlj.com . Forward-Looking Statements The statements contained in this news release which are not historical information are "forward-looking statements." These, and other forward-looking statements, are subject to business and economic risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those discussed. The risks and uncertainties described below are not the only risks and uncertainties facing Anaren and AML. Additional risks and uncertainties not presently known to us or that are currently deemed immaterial may also impair our business operations. If any of the following risks actually occur, our business could be adversely affected, and the trading price of our common stock could decline, and you may lose all or part of your investment.