Frequency Electronics Declines to Pursue Merger with Datum Inc.

Business Editors 
MITCHEL FIELD, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 17, 1999--Frequency
Electronics, Inc. (AMEX:FEI), today announced that it has no present
intention of pursuing its previously announced proposal to merge with
Datum Inc. 
In a letter to Datum, Frequency said that it continues to believe
that a merger of the two companies is in the best interest of the
stockholders, customers and employees of both companies. The letter
noted, however, that shortly after receiving Frequency's proposal to
merge, Datum's board of directors adopted a rights plan and amended
the Datum bylaws, actions which Frequency believes were intended to
prevent Datum's stockholders from having the ability to consider and
vote on Frequency's proposal. As a result of the Datum board's
opposition and the measures it has adopted, Frequency has determined
to move forward with its business and is considering selling its
shares in Datum. 
Frequency's letter to Datum has been included as an exhibit to
its amended Schedule 13D filing with the Securities and Exchange
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