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VeriSign to Acquire LightSurf

January 11, 2005; 06:12 AM

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA — January 11, 2005 — (DomainInformer) - VeriSign, Inc. (Nasdaq: VRSN), the leading provider of intelligent infrastructure services for the Internet and telecommunications networks, today announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Santa Cruz, California-based LightSurf for $270 million in VeriSign stock.

LightSurf is a global leader in multimedia messaging and interoperability solutions for the wireless market. The company's industry-leading technology platform enables mobile subscribers to exchange pictures, video, and other forms of multimedia content. LightSurf supports a broad range of mobile devices and wireless networks, and its services are currently being used by millions of subscribers worldwide. Operators and service providers offering the LightSurf solution today include Sprint, Bell Mobility, Kodak, mm02, Rogers Wireless, Microcell, Telecom New Zealand, Iusacell, and Qwest. Additionally, the company works closely with leading handset manufacturers such as Samsung Electronics, Motorola, Sanyo, LG International Corp, and Toshiba to develop and deploy easy to use multimedia messaging services.

"We are very excited about the strategic value and cutting edge capabilities that LightSurf adds to VeriSign's Intelligent Communications, Commerce and Content (IC3) platform," said Stratton Sclavos, Chairman and CEO of VeriSign. "LightSurf's innovative managed services and their strong record of success with carriers make them a natural fit with VeriSign."

By adding LightSurf's capabilities into its existing communication services platforms, VeriSign expects to offer carriers a comprehensive wireless data utility that covers all aspects of the mobile content value chain. Functionality will include picture messaging, multimedia messaging services, and Inter-carrier messaging and interoperability.

"LightSurf's vision and leadership with Picture/Video-Messaging and MMS end-to-end-solutions can be leveraged by VeriSign to benefit both organizations," said Philippe Kahn, Chairman of LightSurf. "LightSurf will continue to offer an unparalleled range of wireless data and mobile content services to our customers -- with the security, interoperability, and global availability that people have come to associate with the VeriSign name."

The acquisition will be accounted for as a purchase transaction and has been approved by both companies' boards of directors. The acquisition is anticipated to close by the end of the first quarter of 2005, and is subject to standard regulatory and other approvals. Depending on the date of closing and other factors, VeriSign expects the acquisition to generate at least $30 million in incremental revenues for the remaining period of 2005, to be neutral to 2005 earnings per share and to be modestly accretive to 2006 earnings per share. VeriSign will gain approximately 250 full-time LightSurf employees in Santa Cruz, California and Bangalore, India.

VeriSign will hold a teleconference call today at 2:30 PM PDT/5:30 PM EDT to discuss the transaction. The call will be accessible by direct dial at (800) 810-0924 (US) and (913) 981-4900 (International). A listen-only live webcast will also be available on the company's website at under the Investor Relations tab. A replay of the teleconference will be available by calling (888) 203-1112 (passcode: 709468) and international replay at (719) 457-0820 (passcode: 709468) until January 17th.

About VeriSign
VeriSign, Inc. (Nasdaq: VRSN), operates intelligent infrastructure services that enable businesses and individuals to find, connect, secure, and transact across today's complex global networks. Additional news and information about the company is available at

About LightSurf
LightSurf is the global leader in Open Standards MMS, Picture and Video Messaging, and Interoperability solutions supporting all mobile devices and wireless networks. LightSurf's open-standards-based services are currently deployed worldwide with partners including Bell Canada, Eastman Kodak, Iusacell, LG International Corp., mmO2 plc, Motorola, Rogers Wireless, Samsung Electronics, Sanyo, Sprint, Telecom New Zealand and Toshiba. Founded in 1998 by Philippe Kahn, LightSurf is a privately-held company headquartered in Santa Cruz, California.

For more information, contact:
VeriSign Media Relations: Leslie Rubin, [email protected], 650-426-5363
VeriSign Investor Relations: Tom McCallum, [email protected], 650-426-3477
LightSurf Media Relations:
Samantha Chin, [email protected], 650-429-2772
Lisa Grantham, [email protected], 650-429-2758

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