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ESI, Inc., Zygo Corp. agree to merge

Electro Scientific Industries, Inc. (Nasdaq: ESIO) and Zygo Corporation (Nasdaq: ZIGO) have announced a definitive agreement under which the companies will merge in an all stock transaction. This merger combines two photonics-based technology leaders, possessing complementary technologies and strong brand names-ESI is a leading provider of world-class photonic microengineering solutions, while Zygo is a leader in the field of high-precision metrology solutions and optical systems. Revenues for the combined company for calendar year 2007 were approximately $458 million. This combination creates new growth opportunities, increases the scale of the combined companies, and mitigates business cyclicality through market segment diversification.

Under the terms of the merger agreement, Zygo shareholders will receive 1.0233 shares of ESI stock for each share of Zygo stock, in a tax-free transaction. Based on yesterday's closing price of ESI stock, this represents a value of $10.30 per share of Zygo common stock. Upon closing, ESI will issue approximately 18.1 million shares on a diluted basis to complete the transaction, resulting in 40% Zygo shareholder ownership of the combined company.

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