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DigitalGlobe Rejects Unsolicited Acquisition Proposal by GeoEye

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DigitalGlobe (NYSE: DGI) commented Sunday on the unsolicited proposal announced by GeoEye (NASDAQ: GEOY) to acquire the Company for $17.00 per share in a combination of cash and stock.

Consistent with its fiduciary duties and in consultation with its independent financial and legal advisors, the DigitalGlobe Board of Directors reviewed GeoEye's unsolicited acquisition proposal and unanimously determined that it substantially undervalues the Company in relation to DigitalGlobe's standalone business and financial prospects, and is not in the best interests of the Company's stockholders. In addition, the Board determined that GeoEye's proposal does not adequately recognize DigitalGlobe's superior track record of financial and operating performance as well as its constellation's greater capabilities.

DigitalGlobe noted that GeoEye made previous private unsolicited proposals, beginning on February 7, 2012, which the Company believes were motivated by GeoEye's concerns with the disproportionate risks of government budgets cuts affecting its business. DigitalGlobe rejected those proposals, but was willing to discuss DigitalGlobe acquiring GeoEye, and proposed a transaction under which DigitalGlobe's stockholders would own approximately 60% and GeoEye stockholders would own approximately 40% of the combined company, with DigitalGlobe's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer continuing in their respective leadership roles. DigitalGlobe terminated those discussions because the Company believed that the U.S. Government process would be favorable to DigitalGlobe, and that protracted discussions would be disruptive to the U.S. government in its decision-making process as well as create needless distraction to ongoing mission performance.

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