MRV Closes Sale of Tecnonet S.p.A.

Focuses on Network Equipment Business

CHATSWORTH, Calif.--()--MRV Communications (NASDAQ: MRVC), a global provider of packet and optical networking solutions, closed the sale of Tecnonet S.p.A., its Network Integration subsidiary based in Rome, Italy, to Maticmind S.p.A. based in Milan, Italy for the initial total consideration of €19.7 million or approximately $21.5 million. The consideration included a cash payment by Maticmind to MRV of €15.6 million received at closing plus cash payments made by Tecnonet to MRV, prior to closing that totaled €4.1 million to repay an intercompany obligation. The repayment was facilitated by third party debt acquired by Tecnonet and assumed at closing by Maticmind. Within 60 days of closing, a post-closing adjustment will commence, based on changes in cash and debt of Tecnonet, as provided for in the purchase agreement.

“Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations”

“We are pleased to have achieved the sale of the Network Integration business both for the value received and as it allows us to focus all of our energy on the Network Equipment business and support of our vision as an end-to-end packet and optical networking solutions provider,” stated MRV President and Chief Executive Officer Mark Bonney. “The Network Equipment business has higher gross margins and greater potential than the Network Integration business had.” Bonney continued, “While we have experienced and continue to see challenging conditions in the equipment market, we are confident that with a stronger balance sheet, an enhanced product line and our differentiated end-to-end packet and optical solutions, we are better positioned to serve our customers and make a more significant impact on this dynamic market.”

Norton Rose Fulbright LLP in New York and Italy served as legal advisors for MRV.

About MRV Communications

MRV Communications is a global supplier of packet and optical solutions that power the world’s largest networks. MRV products combine innovative hardware with intelligent software to make networks smarter, faster and more efficient. Dedicated to the continued success of our customers, MRV enables service providers, data center operators and large enterprises to cost-effectively evolve their networks to address mission-critical applications, such as high-capacity cloud and data center connectivity, business services, mobile backhaul and the migration to virtualized and programmable networks. Founded in 1988, MRV is headquartered in Southern California with additional marketing, research and development facilities outside of Boston and in Israel. For more information please visit www.mrv.com.

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