Sumitomo Buys a Piece of Emcore

Emcore announces $17 million sale of assets for its VCSEL-based product lines

March 28, 2012

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- EMCORE Corporation (Nasdaq:EMKR), a leading provider of compound semiconductor-based components and subsystems for the fiber optics and solar power markets, announced today that it had entered into a definitive agreement, subject to closing conditions, to sell certain assets and transfer certain obligations of its Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Lasers (VCSEL)-based product lines to Sumitomo Electric Device Innovations USA, Inc. (SEDU). The consideration for this sale will be $17 million in cash, subject to closing adjustments.

The assets to be sold include fixed assets, inventory and intellectual property for the VCSEL-based product lines within EMCORE's fiber optics business unit. These product lines include VCSEL and photodiode components, parallel optical transceiver modules, and active optical cables. EMCORE will retain its Telecom and Broadband fiber optics products that include its market leading tunable lasers, tunable XFPs, Cable TV modules and transmitters, FTTx transceivers, Indium Phosphide (InP)-based lasers, photodiodes, and modulators, video transport and specialty photonics products. The sale of the VCSEL product line allows EMCORE to focus its fiber optics product portfolio in areas of strong product differentiation. In fiscal year 2011, the VCSEL-based product lines contributed approximately 5% of EMCORE's overall revenue.

Furthermore, this sale of the VCSEL-based product lines is expected to simplify EMCORE's operating structure, reduce fixed costs, and improve market focus. EMCORE's core competencies in compound semiconductor-based products and performance capabilities remain the cornerstones of its Fiber Optics business, addressing high-speed fiber optic transmission for telecom, broadband, and military and defense applications.

Emcore Corp. (Nasdaq: EMKR)

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