LJ International Inc. Special Committee Appoints Houlihan Lokey as Independent Financial Advisor

Aug 29, 2012, 07:00 ET from LJ International Inc.

HONG KONG, Aug. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- LJ International Inc. ("LJI" or the "Company," NASDAQ: JADE), a leading colored gemstone and diamond jeweler with retail and wholesale businesses, today announced that the special committee of the Company's Board of Directors (the "Special Committee") has appointed Houlihan Lokey as its independent financial advisor. 

As previously announced, the Company's Board of Directors formed the Special Committee to review and evaluate the August 13, 2012 non-binding proposal from Mr. Yu Chuan Yih, Chairman of the Board of Directors, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company, and Urban Prosperity Holding Limited, an affiliate of FountainVest Partners, to acquire all of the outstanding ordinary shares of the Company not currently owned by Mr. Yih at a proposed price of $2.00 per ordinary share, in cash, subject to certain conditions (the "Proposal").

The Special Committee is considering the Proposal, as well as the Company's other strategic alternatives. No decisions have been made by the Special Committee with respect to the Company's response to the Proposal. The Special Committee has not set a definitive timetable for the completion of its evaluation of the Proposal or any other alternative and does not currently intend to announce developments unless and until an agreement has been reached. There can be no assurance that any definitive offer will be made, that any agreement will be executed, or that the Proposal or any other transaction will be approved or consummated.

About LJ International Inc.

LJ International Inc. (LJI) (NASDAQ: JADE) is engaged in the designing, branding, marketing and distribution of its full range of jewelry. It has built its global business on a vertical integration strategy, and an unwavering commitment to quality and service. Through its China-based ENZO retail chain stores, LJI is now a major presence in China's fast-growing retail jewelry market. As a wholesaler, it distributes to fine jewelers, department stores, national jewelry chains and electronic and specialty retailers throughout North America and Western Europe. Its product lines incorporate all major categories, including earrings, necklaces, pendants, rings and bracelets. For more information about the Company, visit the Company's website at www.ljintl.com.

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Investor Relations contact:

LJ International Inc. Ringo Ng Chief Financial Officer E : ir@ljintl.com

Fleishman-Hillard Inc. E : ir@ljintl.com T : 852-2530 0228 

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