Information Today
Volume 19, Issue 4 April 2002
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Thomson Financial Launches Thomson ePIB

Thomson Financial, a provider of information and technology solutions to the worldwide financial community, has announced the launch of Thomson ePIB, a Web-based tool for investment bankers and financial professionals. Thomson ePIB electronically collects documents from the industry's leading financial databases and within minutes assembles a fully customized Public Information Book (PIB) in Adobe PDF. According to the announcement, the new product's robust technologies eliminate the hours of researching and formatting formerly required to produce the PIBs that investment banks use for detailed analysis of a target company or prospective client.

From one central application, Thomson ePIB enables the user to simultaneously search through multiple databases covering over 80,000 global companies and retrieve and tailor a targeted set of company information according to pre-defined criteria. Thomson ePIB integrates Thomson Financial content, third-party sources, and selected proprietary data into one virtual database that includes financials, news articles, merger and acquisition deals, new issues, ownership, earnings estimates, daily pricing, block trading activity, and investment research.

Using one search input, Thomson ePIB automatically sorts through and compiles information from all of these sources, whileits customizable features streamline and standardize the PIB to users' unique specifications and formatting needs. Cross-content searches can be conducted by name, ticker symbol, ISIN, SEDOL, or CUSIP. Unique search and reporting criteria for each content set can be defined by many variables, including date, report type, deal value, or keyword.

Thomson Financial content accessible via Thomson ePIB includes up-to-the minute data from Disclosure, NewsEdge, Worldscope, Securities Data, Investext, MarkIntel, Thomson Ownership Data, I/B/E/S, Datastream, and AutEx BlockDATA. Third-party data is provided by Standard & Poor's, among others yet to be announced.

"Thomson ePIB is formatted to replicate what investment banks generally spend hours creating internally," said Kenneth Read, executive vice president of the Thomson Financial Investment Banking Group. "Thomson ePIB saves them time, manpower, and money, and offers easy access to all relevant content with simple searching generated from a company identifier. In addition, several company-standard PIB templates can be created and stored for future use. We are very pleased with the feedback we have received from our clients who served as beta users and are excited about its potential now that it is ready for general release."

Source: Thomson Financial, New York, 646/822-2000; http://www.thomsonfinancial.com.

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