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Sagient Research Systems, Inc.

January 19, 2009 19:00 ET

PlacementTracker Publishes 2008 Australian Private Placement Market League Tables

SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwire - January 19, 2009) - Sagient Research Systems, a leading publisher of independent research for the financial services and institutional investment communities, today announced that Euroz Securities, Bell Potter Securities, and BBY Limited ranked as the three most active investment banks for private placements by public issuers in Australia during 2008.

Sagient Research also announced that the 2008 Australian private placement market totaled AUD$19.47 billion (USD$14.51 billion at the time of closing) raised through 354 transactions. Included in this total were all equity and equity-linked private placement transactions conducted by public companies with a primary listing on the Australian Securities Exchange (and no concurrent listing on a major U.S. exchange).

PlacementTracker, a flagship product of Sagient Research Systems, is well recognized as the leading provider of research, data, and analytics covering the U.S. private placement (PIPE) market. In November 2008, PlacementTracker announced the launch of global private placement coverage for publicly traded companies worldwide.

Commenting on the League Tables, Robert F. Kyle, executive vice president of Sagient Research, said, "We are very pleased to be launching our inaugural League Table rankings for the Australian market. As one of the most active arenas for private placements by public companies outside the U.S., Australia is a benchmark for the strength of the global private placement market. The worldwide private placement market remained one of the only new issue markets open for business in 2008, despite the unprecedented market volatility and instability. We congratulate all of the active investment banks in the private placement market for a tremendous year, especially those leaders who topped the League Tables."

Parties interested in learning more about PlacementTracker's global private placement market coverage should call 001-858-200-2395 or visit us online at

   The 2008 Australian Private Placement Market Investment Banking League
                     Table By Number of Transactions:

                                              Transaction    Total Amount
Investment Banking Firm                         Count        Placed (AUD)
                                              -----------   ---------------
Euroz Securities Limited                          14        $   452,018,933
Bell Potter Securities Limited                    13        $   137,429,521
BBY Limited                                       12        $   305,750,927
Patersons Securities Limited                      11        $   261,710,967
Hartleys Limited                                   8        $   174,495,000
ABN AMRO Equity Capital Markets Australia
 Limited                                           7        $   783,921,600
UBS Securities Australia Limited                   6        $ 5,537,000,000
Merrill Lynch (Australia) Pty Limited              5        $ 4,890,360,557
Goldman Sachs JBWere Pty Limited                   5        $ 3,496,800,000
Lodge Partners Pty Limited                         5        $    57,255,675
Southern Cross Equities Limited                    5        $    46,167,186
J.P. Morgan Australia Limited                      4        $   917,500,011
Wilson HTM Corporate Finance Limited               3        $    84,890,001
Dixon Advisory & Superannuation Services Pty
 Ltd                                               3        $    79,041,827
Tricom Equities Limited                            3        $    18,462,000
Martin Place Securities Pty Limited                3        $     7,884,693
Cunningham Securities Pty Limited                  3        $     5,980,001
Macquarie Capital Securities Limited               2        $   106,836,000
RBC Capital Markets                                2        $    36,200,000
Stripe Capital Pty Limited                         2        $    34,300,000
Cormark Securities, Inc.                           2        $    27,868,748
Mirabaud Securities Limited                        2        $    21,036,450
Taylor Collison Limited                            2        $    19,500,000
BGF Capital Group                                  2        $    16,960,000
Helmsec Global Capital Limited                     2        $    16,430,000

Investment Banking rankings include all equity and equity-linked private placement transactions conducted by public companies with a primary listing on the Australian Securities Exchange. On transactions 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 for closed transactions reported as of January 16, 2009.

A primary listing outside the U.S. is designated by PlacementTracker when the issuer has no U.S. listing or when the issuer has a U.S. dual-listing on the Pink Sheets. An issuer with a U.S. dual listing on the NYSE, AMEX, NASDAQ, or OTC-BB is classified as a U.S. issuer by PlacementTracker.

About Sagient Research Systems

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