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December 26, 2012
12:16 EDTJDSU, FNSR, OPLKJDS Uniphase up after analyst predicts better 2013 for optical sector
Optical products maker JDS Uniphase (JDSU) and two of its peers are advancing after Piper Jaffray analyst Troy Jensen forecast that the optical sector's demand trends are likely to improve in 2013. In a note to investors earlier today, Jensen wrote that telecom companies' capital spending is at low levels and some of the largest telecom companies plan to increase their capital expenditures in the future. As a result, optical products makers' sales should be higher than expected in the second half of 2013 as telecom companies expand or upgrade their network infrastructure, the analyst believes. JDS Uniphase should also benefit from market share gains, added Jensen, who increased his price target on the stock to $16 from $12. The analyst reiterated his Overweight rating on the shares. In early afternoon trading, JDS Uniphase climbed 24c, or 1.82%, to $13.40, while Finisar (FNSR) advanced 1.66% to $15.93 and Oplink (OPLK) rose 0.89% to $15.23.
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October 1, 2014
10:04 EDTJDSUSandell estimates potential value of JDSU at $19-$26 per share
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September 24, 2014
09:04 EDTOPLKOplink Communications issues statement in response to Engaged Capital, Voce
Oplink Communications issued the following statement in response to a press release issued on September 23 by Engaged Capital and Voce Capital Management: "Oplink is focused on execution and delivering value for shareholders. We delivered strong fiscal fourth quarter results and are confident in the continued performance of our core optical business. In July, the company announced a number of initiatives to further enhance shareholder value, including evaluating strategic alternatives for the Oplink Connected business; the authorization of a $40M increase to its existing share repurchase program; and the initiation of a quarterly dividend to shareholders. We also announced plans to expand our board by up to two members in order to add further industry experience. We have clearly expressed our willingness to consider Engaged and Voce's nominees and invited them to meet with our Special Nominating Committee, as reflected in the letter included below, sent on September 4. They have thus far refused our good faith efforts to have them participate in our process. We continue to be open to constructive conversations and are disappointed that Engaged and Voce have chosen to pursue their agenda in this manner." At this time, no action by Oplink shareholders is required. The company will continue to communicate with its shareholders as appropriate and encourages them to review Oplink's proxy materials when they become available.
September 23, 2014
08:13 EDTOPLKOplink Shareholders for Change files preliminary proxy materials
Oplink Shareholders for Change, a group led by Engaged Capital and Voce Capital Management, who together with the other participants in their solicitation collectively own approximately 6.9% of the outstanding shares of Oplink Communications, has filed preliminary proxy materials with SEC seeking the election of Jeffrey S. McCreary and J. Daniel Plants to Oplink’s Board of Directors at the company’s upcoming annual meeting of shareholders. In addition, OSC released a letter sent to the Board on September 8. In its letter, OSC reiterated its desire to work with the Board to add directors with the skills and expertise necessary to create lasting value for Oplink shareholders. OSC has received no response from the Board to its letter or its previous offers to negotiate. “OSC has repeatedly offered to negotiate in good faith to reconstitute the Board with individuals possessing the expertise and independence necessary to execute upon the strategic review of the Oplink Connected business and determine the best use of Oplink’s excess capital, decisions which have the potential to materially impact the value of Oplink’s shares” said Glenn Welling, Principal and CIO of Engaged Capital. “We are troubled by the fact that the Board has failed to provide OSC with any meaningful response to our invitations. Shareholders cannot afford to leave these important decisions in the hands of conflicted, over-tenured directors. The Board’s negligent oversight of capital allocation and corporate strategy belies a concerning lack of sophistication and independence among the incumbent Board members,” continued Mr. Welling. “OSC’s nominees Jeffrey S. McCreary and J. Daniel Plants each possess the skills and experience to help Oplink set a new strategic course. We call on the Board to cease postponing the inevitable and immediately call the annual meeting of shareholders. It is time this Board allows the independent shareholders a voice in the boardroom.”
September 18, 2014
11:56 EDTFNSRFinisar management to meet with Barrington
Meetings to be held in Portland, OR on September 23 and in Seattle on September 24 hosted by Barrington.

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