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PlacementTracker Publishes 2005 PIPE Market League Tables

SAN DIEGO, Jan. 24, 2006 (PRIMEZONE) -- Sagient Research Systems, a leading publisher of independent research for the financial services and institutional investment communities, today announced that Rodman & Renshaw, LLC ranked as the No. 1 investment bank in the PIPE market in 2005 for total number of transactions, and that Banc of America Securities, LLC ranked as the No. 1 investment bank in the PIPE market for total dollars raised. Nite Capital Management, LLC topped the list of most active institutional investors during 2005.

 

For the fourth quarter of 2005, Roth Capital Partners, LLC ranked as the No. 1 investment bank in the PIPE market for total number of transactions, and Nite Capital Management, LLC topped the list of most active institutional investors.

PlacementTracker, a flagship product of Sagient Research Systems, is well recognized as the leading provider of research, data, and analytics covering the PIPE market.

Commenting on the League Tables, Robert F. Kyle, executive vice president of Sagient Research said, "2005 was another banner year in the PIPE market. During 2005, we recorded 1,298 PIPE transactions totaling $19.93 billion in equity and equity-linked capital raised (excluding Structured Equity Lines and Canadian domiciled issuers). The total transaction count nominally exceeded the 2004 total, but the total capital raised amount increased by 27% (to the highest total since 2000). As always, we congratulate all of the active agents and investors in the PIPE market for a tremendous 2005, especially those leaders who topped the League Tables. Many of these firms are long-time clients of PlacementTracker, and we look forward to continuing to provide them with industry leading data, research, and analytics to help keep them on top of this market."

PlacementTracker's dynamically updating League Tables are available online at: http://www.sagientresearch.com/pt/leaguetables.cfm .

The 2005 PIPE Market Investment Banking League Table By Number of Transactions:

                                 Transaction 
 Placement Agent Name               Count        Total Amount Raised
 --------------------            ------------    -------------------
 Rodman & Renshaw, LLC                29          $  461,073,233.00
 Roth Capital Partners, LLC           26          $  427,737,565.00
 SG Cowen & Co., LLC                  20          $  500,421,735.00
 H.C. Wainwright & Co., Inc.          15          $   75,519,014.00
 HPC Capital Management Corp.         13          $   66,168,890.00
 Merriman Curhan Ford & Co.           12          $  201,817,505.00
 C.E. Unterberg, Towbin               12          $  167,537,407.00
 Banc of America Securities, LLC      11          $  901,969,140.00
 Stonegate Securities, Inc.           11          $   91,385,002.00
 Lehman Brothers, Inc.                10          $  559,801,895.00
 RBC Capital Markets, Inc.            10          $  271,517,429.00
 Laidlaw & Company Ltd.               10          $   45,249,659.00
 Ascendiant Securities, LLC           10          $   29,345,515.00
 Leerink Swann & Co.                   9          $  379,497,210.00
 Piper Jaffray & Co.                   9          $  195,211,918.00
 Griffin Securities, Inc.              9          $   74,556,496.00
 The Shemano Group, Inc.               9          $   50,940,002.00
 Midtown Partners & Co., LLC           9          $   50,867,778.00
 Olympus Securities, LLC               8          $   87,000,538.00
 Westminster Securities Corp.          8          $   82,366,263.00
 Duncan Capital LLC                    8          $   39,500,504.00
 Jefferies & Co., Inc.                 7          $  202,544,600.00
 Needham & Co., Inc.                   7          $  177,381,272.00
 Maxim Group LLC                       7          $   44,634,067.00
 UBS Investment Bank                   6          $  530,738,999.00

Investment Banking rankings exclude all Equity Line of Credit private placements and all private placements conducted by Canadian domiciled issuers. On private placements where an investment banking firm has acted solely as Financial Advisor, that transaction has been excluded from that firm's ranking. Co-agented transactions award full transaction credit to all agents participating (regardless of status of lead agent or co-agent). Data is reported as of 1/20/06.

The 2005 PIPE Market Investment Banking League Table By Dollar Amount Raised:

                                       Transaction         Total
 Placement Agent Name                     Count        Amount Raised
 --------------------                  -----------    ----------------
 Banc of America Securities, LLC           11         $ 901,969,140.00
 Goldman, Sachs & Co.                       2         $ 628,000,000.00
 Lehman Brothers, Inc.                     10         $ 559,801,895.00
 UBS Investment Bank                        6         $ 530,738,999.00
 Deutsche Bank Securities, Inc.             4         $ 528,660,034.00
 SG Cowen & Co., LLC                       20         $ 500,421,735.00
 Credit Suisse First Boston Corp.           3         $ 496,852,400.00
 Rodman & Renshaw, LLC                     29         $ 461,073,233.00
 Citigroup Global Markets, Inc.             3         $ 440,612,400.00
 Tejas Securities Group, Inc.               3         $ 436,500,000.00
 Roth Capital Partners, LLC                26         $ 427,737,565.00
 Leerink Swann & Co.                        9         $ 379,497,210.00
 Friedman, Billings, Ramsey & Co.           3         $ 338,904,720.00
 J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.                    5         $ 335,387,732.00
 RBC Capital Markets, Inc.                 10         $ 271,517,429.00
 Jefferies & Co., Inc.                      7         $ 202,544,600.00
 Merriman Curhan Ford & Co.                12         $ 201,817,505.00
 Piper Jaffray & Co.                        9         $ 195,211,918.00
 Needham & Company, Inc.                    7         $ 177,381,272.00
 Wachovia Securities, Inc.                  1         $ 175,000,132.00
 A.G. Edwards & Sons, Inc.                  6         $ 172,327,069.00
 C.E. Unterberg, Towbin                    12         $ 167,537,407.00
 Hibernia Southcoast Capital                3         $ 163,779,000.00
 Cohen & Steers Capital Advisors            4         $ 156,396,750.00
 Robert W. Baird & Co.                      4         $ 154,800,000.00

Investment Banking rankings exclude all Equity Line of Credit private placements and all private placements conducted by Canadian domiciled issuers. On private placements where an investment banking firm has acted solely as Financial Advisor, that transaction has been excluded from that firm's ranking. Co-agented transactions award full transaction credit to all agents participating (regardless of status of lead agent or co-agent). Data is reported as of 1/20/06.

The 2005 PIPE Market Institutional Investor League Table By Number of Transactions:

                                     Transaction           Total 
 Investor Name                          Count         Amount Invested
 -------------                       ------------    ----------------
 Nite Capital Management, LLC             97         $  27,837,013.00
 Iroquois Capital, L.P.                   85         $  82,593,329.00
 Omicron Capital, L.P.                    72         $  81,428,644.00
 LH Financial Services Corp.              72         $  32,897,251.00
 Highbridge International, LLC            64         $ 218,462,215.00
 Enable Capital Management                59         $  35,632,730.00
 Laurus Family of Funds                   53         $ 222,000,000.00
 Downsview Capital, Inc.                  49         $  33,764,235.00
 NIR Group, LLC                           48         $  97,727,500.00
 Whalehaven Fund, Ltd.                    42         $  16,315,265.00
 Crestview Capital Partners, LLC          39         $  78,760,282.00
 Cornell Capital Partners, L.P.           38         $ 152,762,672.00
 SF Capital Partners, Inc.                37         $  77,972,253.00
 Ramius Capital Group, LLC                34         $  51,428,579.00
 DKR Management Company, Inc.             34         $  41,898,260.00
 Heights Capital Management, Inc.         33         $  40,823,055.00
 Atoll Asset Management, LLC              32         $  33,960,518.00
 Bristol Capital Advisors, LLC            32         $  19,977,421.00
 Cantara (Switzerland) SA                 31         $  12,053,483.00
 Gryphon Partners, L.P.                   29         $  45,775,401.00
 Bushido Capital Partners, Ltd.           27         $  16,548,936.00
 Double U Master Fund, L.P.               26         $  22,476,680.00
 MGP Advisors, LLC                        25         $ 106,432,575.00
 SRB Greenway Capital, L.P.               25         $  24,655,514.00
 Titan Capital Management                 24         $   3,904,305.00

Investor rankings exclude all Equity Line of Credit private placements and all PIPE transactions conducted by Canadian domiciled issuers. Investors classified as Corporate Investors and Insurance Companies have been excluded from this private placement ranking. Data is reported as of 1/20/06.

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