ADVA Optical Networking SE

ots Ad hoc-Service: ADVA AG ADVA Optical Networking Reports Record 1999 Results, 2000 Forecasts and 5-for-1 Stock Split
1999 Sales up 106%, Operating Income up 201%, Net Profit up 316%

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    Martinsried/Munich, Germany; Ramsey, New Jersey (ots Ad
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Financial Highlights

                                      1999          1998            1999         1998
                                  (Euro)        (Euro)          (USD)        (USD)
Sales                          23,558        11,441         22,908      11,125
Operating income          1,925            639          1,872          621
(EBIT)

Profit before tax         2,184            596          2,124          580
(EBT)

Net profit                    2,165            521          2,105          507
Diluted earnings            0.42          0.10            0.41         0.10
per share (EPS)
Number of                         132              75              132            75
employees

Total assets                40,351         5,435         39,237        5,285
Total                          33,412            725         32,490          705
shareholders'

equity

    *audited according to U.S. GAAP for years ending December 31 *thousands of Euro and USD, except per share amounts and number of employees

    ADVA's complete financial statements and annual report for 1999 can be found on its website at www.advaoptical.com. The annual shareholder's meeting will take place on May 24, 2000 at the Hilton Park Hotel in Munich, Germany.

    About ADVA Optical Networking ADVA Optical Networking is a global leader in optical networking. Since its foundation in 1994, ADVA has specialized in the design, development and delivery of cost-effective optical networking solutions. Its products are implemented in both private and public networks, including Data Centers, Storage Area Networks (SAN), and Metropolitan Area Networks (MAN) for fiber-based data services to the enterprise. Products and services are distributed via a global network of strategic business partners. The company currently has an installed base of more than 200 service providers and private enterprise customers. ADVA is headquartered in Munich, Germany, with a production and R&D facility in Meiningen and sales offices in Bristol, United Kingdom; Paris, France; Ramsey, New Jersey, USA; and Tokyo, Japan. Visit www.advaoptical.com for more information about ADVA Optical Networking.

    The statements contained in this press release that are not purely historical are forward-looking statements. Such forward- looking statements include, but are not limited to, the statements regarding the likelihood of the closing of the acquisition of Storage Area Networks Ltd. and Cellware GmbH, and the accuracy of ADVA's, SAN's, and Cellware's forecasted 2000 and 2001 financial results. Such forward-looking statements involve risks that could cause actual results to differ significantly from anticipated results. Risks that could cause actual results to differ significantly from such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, those contained in ADVA's 1999 annual report.

    Published by: ADVA Optical Networking AG, Martinsried/Munich and Meiningen, Germany ADVA Optical Networking Inc., Ramsey, New Jersey, USA

    For Investors: For U.S. Media and Industry Analysts: ADVA AG Optical Networking Interprose PR Alexa M. Schmidt Kristin Duskin-Gadd Tel.: +49 / 89 / 89 577 577 Tel.: +1 / 703 / 359 0305 Email: investor-relations@advaoptical.de Email: kduskin-gadd@interprosepr.com

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