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Essilor to Acquire 50% of Shamir Optical
Date:10/15/2010

ated mainly in Europe and the United States, and has approximately 1,400 full-time employees.

Amos Netzer, Chief Executive Officer of Shamir Optical commented "This venture places Shamir Optical in a position to accelerate the development of new products and to strengthen its presence in the market place by using Essilor's R&D capabilities, notably in coatings, and its worldwide distribution network. The transaction will create synergies and provide Shamir Optical with additional resources to invest in its development."

Hubert Sagnieres, Essilor's Chief Executive Officer said "This joint venture represents a strategic addition to Essilor's business and will strengthen our offer to the mid-tier segment with additional high-quality products. Shamir Optical's range of products fits closely with Essilor's. Thanks to our existing network, respective expertise and the potential for vertical cost synergies, our partnership will allow us to grow the worldwide optical business with innovative, new value-added products and services and to expand our offer to eyecare professionals around the world. Shamir Optical will continue to produce and promote its brands, products and services as a separate business entity."

Under the planned transaction, Shamir Optical will be delisted from the Nasdaq Global Market and the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange through a merger with a wholly owned subsidiary of Essilor by which all shareholders other than Kibbutz Shamir will receive cash for their shares. Essilor will simultaneously acquire for cash additional shares directly or indirectly from Kibbutz Shamir in order to reach 50% of Shamir Optical. The price offered for each transaction is $14.5 per Shamir Optical share. This price, together with the dividend of $0.804 payable to Shamir Optical shareholders of record on 8th November 2010, represents a total value of $15.3 per share, corresponding to a 57% premium over the last 90 day average closing share price on Nasdaq o
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