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Ciena to buy telecom company ONI

February 19, 2002

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— Optical networking equipment maker Ciena Corp. said Monday it would acquire telecommunications company ONI Systems in a deal valued at $900 million.

The sale would give Ciena access to San Jose, Calif.-based ONI's metropolitan networks, the system of optical equipment that connects individual and corporate clients to long-distance networks.

"With this acquisition, Ciena dramatically expands its metropolitan presence,'' said Gary Smith, Ciena's CEO.

Individual shares of ONI will be exchanged for 0.7104 shares of Ciena stock under the agreement. It would give ONI shareholders a 24 percent stake in the new company. Ciena expects to save $55 to $65 million annually from the merger.

Ciena has suffered from deep cutbacks in telecommunications spending and announced recently that it would cut 12 percent of its work force.

Markets were closed Monday. Ciena last traded at $8.73 per share on Nasdaq.

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