SAN DIEGO, March 5, 2004 (PRIMEZONE) -- Sagient Research Systems (OTC BB:PCSR.OB - News), a leading publisher of independent research for the financial services and institutional investment communities, today reported on the robust activity in the PIPE market through the first two months of 2004.
Through its PlacementTracker service, Sagient Research reported that 209 PIPE transactions totaling $2.7 billion in proceeds for U.S. public companies have closed during the period of January 1, 2004 to February 29, 2004. This represents a 200% increase in transactions and a 150% increase in proceeds as compared to the similar period in 2003. During that time, Sagient Research reported 69 PIPE transactions totaling $1.25 billion in proceeds for U.S. public companies. For both periods, Sagient Research excluded equity line financings, transactions under $1 million in proceeds, and transactions placed by non-U.S. issuers.
Commenting on the high activity rate during the first two months of the year, Robert F. Kyle, executive vice president of Sagient Research said, ``We are encouraged to see that the high activity rate in the PIPE market that began in the second half of the year is continuing into 2004. Should we continue at this pace, 2004 will likely end up being the most active year for U.S. PIPE issuances since we started tracking this market in 1995.'' He added, ``We believe that a combination of events is causing this high level of activity, including a recovering market for capital dependent companies in the technology and biotechnology sectors, increased liquidity in the micro, small and mid-cap markets, and institutional efficiency of PIPE market pricing and closing procedures that make completing a PIPE transaction faster, cheaper, and easier than current alternatives.''
PlacementTracker is the leading source of information on the PIPE and 144-A markets. Sagient Research sells PlacementTracker on a subscription basis to the active investment banks and institutional investors in the PIPE market.
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