SAN JOSE, Calif. June 9, 1997 Cisco Systems, Inc. today announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire privately-held Skystone Systems Corp. of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Skystone is an innovator of high-speed Synchronous Optical Networking/Synchronous Digital Hierarchy (SONET/SDH) technology.
Under the terms of the acquisition, 1 million shares of Cisco common stock worth approximately $66.5 million (based upon Ciscos June 9 closing price of $66.50) and $22.6 million cash will be exchanged for all outstanding shares, warrants and options of Skystone. In connection with the acquisition, Cisco expects a one-time charge against after-tax earnings of between 8 and 13 cents per share in the fourth fiscal quarter of 1997. The acquisition has been approved by the Board of Directors of each company and is expected to be completed by mid-July subject to various closing conditions including Skystone shareholder approval.
Commitment to Developing New MarketNetwork transport of multiple types of information is rapidly becoming commonplace worldwide, for two reasons. First, the traditionally disparate communication channels of voice, video, and data are converging. And second, these channels are being integrated using the standard Internet protocol (IP). The acquisition of Skystone underscores Ciscos commitment to this new market with the ability to offer users a cost-effective SONET/SDH capability. SONET/SDH is the emerging transport technology used for carrying information in very-high-capacity backbone networks, such as those operated by telecommunications carriers and large InternetService Providers. Cisco intends to leverage Skystone development efforts on new SONET/SDH transport technologies for integration within next-generation Cisco products.
The approximately 40 employees and managers of Skystone will remain in Ottawa, and will become part of Ciscos Service Provider line of business.
About Skystone SystemsSkystone Systems, founded in 1994, develops a family of semiconductor products for integrating several telecommunications functions for use in advanced fiber-optic networks. News and information areavailable at http://www.skystone.com.
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