Finisar and Infineon Modify Terms of Agreement

Oct 11, 2004 | Technology Media

Joint News Release by Infineon and Finisar

Munich/Germany and Sunnyvale, Calif./USA - October 11, 2004 - Infineon Technologies AG, Munich (FSE/NYSE: IFX) and Finisar Corporation (NASDAQ: FNSR) announced today that they have agreed to modify the terms of a previously announced agreement under which Finisar is to acquire Infineon’s Fiber Optics Business Unit based in Berlin, Germany. The terms were modified in part due to the operating results for this business unit during the past six months. Under the terms of the modified agreement, Finisar will issue approximately 110 million shares of Finisar common stock to Infineon compared to approximately 135 million shares that would have been issuable under the original agreement. Following the transaction, Infineon will hold a 33 percent equity interest in Finisar. In addition, Infineon has agreed to provide financial assistance with respect to the costs of restructuring the operations of the Fiber Optics Business Unit and integrating those operations with Finisar’s following the closing.

The transaction is subject to approval by Finisar’s shareholders, applicable regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions. Jerry Rawls, President and CEO of Finisar, and Frank Levinson, Chairman and Chief Technology Officer of Finisar, who own an aggregate of approximately 16% of the outstanding Finisar shares, have entered into agreements with Infineon to vote their shares in favor of the transaction. The companies have already received the required antitrust clearances in the U.S. and Europe.

As previously announced, the acquisition will involve the transfer of Infineon’s fiber optic development, manufacturing, and certain marketing activities and approximately 1,200 employees. The Infineon Fiber Optics Business Unit develops, manufactures and markets a broad range of fiber optic datacom and telecom modules supporting the common MSA standards, BIDI components that allow bi-directional transmission on a single fiber for fiber-to-the-home applications (FTTH), and plastic optical fiber (POF) components that are used in automotive applications, specifically, for entertainment and safety systems.

Pending the approval of Finisar’s shareholders, the transaction is now expected to close in the fourth calendar quarter of this year.

At closing, Mr. Thomas Seifert, CEO of Infineon's Memory Products Group, is expected to join the Finisar Board of Directors.

Deutsche Bank Securities is acting as sole financial advisor to Finisar. Citigroup Global Markets is acting as sole financial advisor to Infineon.

About Finisar

Finisar Corporation (NASDAQ: FNSR) is a technology leader for fiber optic subsystems and network performance test systems. These products enable high-speed data communications for networking and storage applications over Gigabit Ethernet Local Area Networks (LANs), Fibre Channel Storage Area Networks (SANs), and Metropolitan Area Networks (MANs) using IP and SONET/SDH-based protocols. The Company's headquarters is in Sunnyvale, California, USA.

About Infineon

Infineon Technologies AG, Munich, Germany, offers semiconductor and system solutions for the automotive and industrial sectors, for applications in the wired communications markets, secure mobile solutions as well as memory products. With a global presence, Infineon operates in the US from San Jose, CA, in the Asia-Pacific region from Singapore and in Japan from Tokyo. In fiscal year 2003 (ending September), the company achieved sales of Euro 6.15 billion with about 32,300 employees worldwide. Infineon is listed on the DAX index of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and on the New York Stock Exchange (ticker symbol: IFX). Further information is available at


Except for statements of historical fact, the statements contained in this press release are forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, including statements regarding Finisar’s expectations, beliefs, intentions, or strategies regarding the future. All forward-looking statements included in this press release are based upon information available to Finisar as of the date hereof, and Finisar assumes no obligation to update any such forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. These uncertainties include potential problems related to the assimilation and integration of the operations, technologies and products of Infineon’s Fiber Optics Business, as well as risks associated with the rapidly evolving markets for Finisar’s products and uncertainty regarding the development of these markets; Finisar’s historical dependence on sales to a limited number of customers and fluctuations in the mix of customers in any period; ongoing new product development and introduction of new and enhanced products; the challenges of rapid growth followed by periods of contraction; and intensive competition. Other risks relating to Finisar’s business are set forth in Finisar’s Annual Report on Form 10 K and other interim reports as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Media Contacts at Finisar Coperation:

Steve Workman
Senior VP Finance, CFO
Phone: +1 408-542-4102

Shelby Palmer
Investor Relations
Phone: +1 408-542-5050

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