Essilor Acquires FGX International, Becoming a Major Player in a New Fast-Growing Market

By Essilor, PRNE
Sunday, March 14, 2010

CHARENTON-LE-PONT, France, March 15, 2010 - Essilor International has acquired FGX International Holdings
Limited, the North American market leader in the design and sale of
non-prescription reading glasses. The transaction was completed following
approval by FGX shareholders.

FGX, which will continue to be led by its current management
team, generated 2009 revenue of $259 million. The acquisition enables Essilor
to establish a foothold in a new, fast-growing market segment and to reach
new customers.

"We are excited to be a part of Essilor and look forward to
doing great things together," said Alec Taylor, Chief Executive Officer of
FGX International.

"The acquisition of FGX represents a major step forward as we
pursue our growth strategy and expand into new markets," said Hubert
, Chief Executive Officer of Essilor. "FGX adds a new dimension to
our global organization."

The all-cash transaction is valued at approximately $575
, including the assumption of FGX's debt, which amounts to around $115
. FGX's shares have been delisted from Nasdaq, the U.S. stock market.

The world leader in ophthalmic optical products, Essilor International
researches, develops, manufactures and markets around the world a wide range
of lenses to correct myopia, hyperopia, presbyopia and astigmatism. Its
flagship brands are Varilux(R), Crizal(R), Essilor(R), Definity(R) and
Xperio(TM). Based in France, the company reported consolidated revenue of
EUR3.2 billion in 2009, with 34,700 employees and operations in 100

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The Essilor share trades on the NYSE Euronext Paris market and
is included in the CAC 40 index. Codes and symbols: ISIN: FR FR0000121667;
Reuters: ESSI.PA; Bloomberg: EI:FP.

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