Finisar Corporation announces $200 million offering of convertible subordinated notes

Sept. 13, 2001--Finisar Corporation, a technology provider of gigabit fiber optic solutions for high-speed data networks, announced that it intends to offer $200 million of convertible subordinated notes due 2008 in a private placement.

Finisar Corporation (Nasdaq:FNSR), a technology provider of gigabit fiber optic solutions for high-speed data networks, announced that it intends to offer, subject to market and other conditions, $200 million of convertible subordinated notes due 2008 in a private placement. The notes will have a term of seven years and will be convertible into the Company's common stock at the option of the holder, at a price to be determined.

The Company may also issue up to an additional $30 million of notes to cover over-allotments in connection with the offering. The Company intends to use the net proceeds of the offering for general corporate purposes, including working capital. The notes and the common stock issuable upon conversion have not been registered under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or applicable state securities laws, and are being offered only to qualified institutional buyers in reliance on Rule 144A under the Securities Act. Unless so registered, the notes and common stock issued upon conversion of the notes may not be offered or sold in the United States except pursuant to an exemption from the registration requirements of the Securities Act and applicable state securities laws.

The private offering is expected to close in September 2001.

About Finisar:

Finisar Corporation (Nasdaq: FNSR) is a developer of fiber optic subsystems and network performance test systems which enable high-speed data communications over Gigabit Ethernet local area networks (LANs), Fibre Channel storage area networks (SANs) and metropolitan networks (MANs). For more information, visit www.finisar.com.

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