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Monday, October 23, 2006

Oracle Buys MetaSolv for $4.10 Per Share

Oracle announced that it has agreed to acquire MetaSolv Software, Inc. (MSLV), a leading provider of service fulfillment operations support system solutions for the communications and media industry, through a cash merger for $4.10 per share, or approximately $219.2 million.

MetaSolv offers communications service providers a comprehensive product set for OSS service fulfillment -- including provisioning, network inventory and activation. MetaSolv's standards-based solutions support all types of services including next-generation IMS, VoIP, IPTV, IP VPN, broadband and mobile services, as well as traditional voice and data services. This will help Oracle offer end-to-end productized solution that will help service providers streamline the 'campaign to cash' process, optimize asset lifecycles and accelerate time-to-market of new products and services.

The deal is subject to approval, but since the 52-week trading range on MSLV is $2.50 to $3.50 the $4.10 premium should suffice. It closed at $3.32 on Friday.

Jon C. Ogg
October 23, 2006

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