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Finisar to Buy u2t Photonics

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SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- Finisar Corporation (NASDAQ: FNSR), and u2t Photonics AG announced today that they have entered into an agreement under which Finisar will acquire 100% of the equity interests in u2t Photonics AG, located in Berlin, Germany for approximately $20 million in cash, subject to certain adjustments. Finisar will also assume net debt of approximately $7 million. The transaction is expected to close during the month of January, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions. With this transaction, Finisar will add u2t's Indium-Phosphide (InP)-based 100G high speed receivers and photodetectors to its existing portfolio of high speed optics technologies. In addition, this acquisition will consolidate Finisar's previously announced partnership with u2t on InP-based IQ Mach-Zehnder modulators for 100G coherent applications. These receiver, photodiode and modulator technologies and products, when combined with Finisar's narrow-line width tunable lasers, will provide a full suite of optical components and enable Finisar to offer its customers vertically integrated modules for the 100G coherent metro and long haul markets. In calendar year 2013, u2t had total revenues of approximately $33 million.

"We are pleased with the acquisition by Finisar. During our collaboration to acquire the assets of COGO Optronics GmbH and develop the InP modulator technology from the Fraunhofer Heinrich-Hertz-Institute (HHI), we realized that Finisar's technical strength, ability to cost effectively commercialize technology and global access to customers and markets would combine extremely well with our industry leading technology and design capabilities. Furthermore, the acquisition provides a one-of-a-kind opportunity for our employees and innovative technologies to make a greater impact on the optical communication markets," said Andreas Umbach, CEO and Co-Founder of ut2.

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1/9/2014 | 2:02:43 PM
Congrats to Finisar
The deal has been on a horizon for about a year. Finisar is getting a fine German BMW engine for the price of Yugo.

I feel sorry for u2t. A very strong and well-known technical team, which will be cut with a typical Finisar axe, IMO. Everything will move to China, cost will outplay performance, people will be on the streets. More and more consolidation and fewer players capable of competing in this very difficult and aggressive market.

Good luck to both teams.
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