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Cisco Systems to purchase Scientific-Atlanta

The acquisition completes Cisco's end-to-end triple play solution for networks and the home
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Cisco Systems and Scientific-Atlanta have announced a definitive agreement for Cisco to acquire Scientific-Atlanta. The combined entity creates an end-to-end triple play solution for carrier networks and the digital home. In addition, upon closure, the market opportunities represented by this acquisition will become part of Cisco's Advanced Technology portfolio.

Under the terms of the agreement, Cisco will pay $43 per share in cash in exchange for each share of Scientific-Atlanta, and assume outstanding options, for an aggregate purchase price of approximately $6.9 billion, or approximately $5.3 billion net of Scientific-Atlanta's existing cash balance. The acquisition is expected to close in the third quarter of Cisco's fiscal year 2006.

The acquisition has been approved by the board of directors of each company and is subject to various standard closing conditions, including approval under Hart Scott Rodino and similar laws outside the U.S. and by the shareholders of Scientific-Atlanta.

Following the close of the transaction, Scientific-Atlanta will become a division of the Routing and Service Provider Technology Group under the leadership of Cisco Senior Vice President Mike Volpi. Jim McDonald will report directly to Volpi.

For more information, visit www.cisco.com.

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