Finisar/Optium Merge

Finisar and Optium agree to combine in all-stock merger

May 16, 2008

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SUNNYVALE, Calif. and HORSHAM, Pa. -- Finisar Corporation (NASDAQ: FNSR) and Optium Corporation (NASDAQ: OPTM) jointly announced today that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which the two companies will be combined through an all-stock merger, creating the world's largest supplier of optical components, modules and subsystems for the communications industry. The combined company will leverage Finisar's leadership position in the storage and data networking industries and Optium's leadership position in the telecommunications and CATV industries.

Both companies also jointly announced today that they expect to report new record revenues for their most recent quarters.

Overview of Strategic Combination

  • Creates the world's largest supplier of optical components, modules and subsystems to the communications industry with the broadest product portfolio;

  • Generates new growth opportunities in attractive end markets;

  • Broadens core customer relationships with complementary product portfolios;

  • Enhances global manufacturing flexibility combining low cost/high volume and mass customization expertise;

  • Creates unparalleled combined R&D resources with enhanced ability to innovate and bring new products to market;

  • Transaction expected to be accretive to non-GAAP earnings on a run- rate basis one year from closing;

  • Estimated annualized pre-tax cost synergies of approximately $10-$15 million;

  • Jerry Rawls to remain executive Chairman of Finisar's board; Eitan Gertel to become President and CEO.

Based on the twelve months through January 2008 reported by each company, the combined company had revenues of approximately $554 million. Based on revenues expected to be reported for the most recent quarter, annualized revenues for the combined company would total approximately $660 million. The combined company will have approximately 5,000 employees world-wide."This combination leverages the unique strengths of both companies," said Eitan Gertel, Chairman and CEO of Optium Corporation. "In combining with Finisar, we will unleash a powerful opportunity to create added shareholder value through breadth of product, enhanced customer support and manufacturing flexibility. With little product overlap, the proposed combination will complement both companies by providing more choice for customers, best-in-class technologies, focused technology innovation and cost efficiencies to meet our customers' requirements. Customers and employees will be treated with the utmost care in combining our two companies."

Finisar Corp.

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