|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.