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PRESS RELEASE: Fairchild Holders Get Extra Day For

Dow Jones Newswires

(BW)(VA-FAIRCHILD)(FA) The Fairchild Corporation Shareholders Will Have an Additional Day
Before Its Stock Will Trade Ex-dividend

Business/Aerospace Editors

DULLES, Virginia--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 17, 2000--The Fairchild Corporation (NYSE: FA)
announced today that its shares will enjoy an additional day during which they could be sold with Due
Bills evidencing a right to obtain 0.0475 shares of Global Sources Limited (NASDAQ: GSOL) for
each share of The Fairchild Corporation. This extension, which is expected to apply only today, April
17, 2000, became necessary to accommodate the New York Stock Exchange rule that a Due Bill
must be priced before the NYSE would permit a stock to trade "ex-dividend". A Due Bill is priced
based on its closing price on the first day of trading. There was no trade in GSOL stock during its
first day of trade. The Fairchild Corporation and Global Sources Limited had expected trading to
open and the Due Bill pricing to occur on Friday, April 14, 2000, but extreme market volatility
prevented its Market Makers from determining an appropriate Bid/Ask pricing and spread.

The Fairchild Corporation is the leading worldwide manufacturer and supplier of precision fastening
systems used in the construction and maintenance of commercial and military aircraft, and a
distributor of aerospace parts. Fairchild Fasteners has manufacturing facilities as well as sales/design
customer teams in the United States, Germany, France, Portugal, Hungary, Australia and the United
Kingdom. Banner Aerospace, the company's aerospace distribution division, provides aircraft parts
and services. Additional information is available on The Fairchild Corporation Website

This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27-A of the
Securities Act of 1933, as amended and Section 21-E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as
amended. The Company's actual results could differ materially from those set forth in the
forward-looking statements as a result of the risks associated with the Company's business, changes
in general economic conditions, and changes in the assumptions used in making such forward-looking


CONTACT: Colin M. Cohen

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