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CHICAGO, Feb 18, 2004 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ -- Piper Jaffray & Co. today released its latest report on the packaging industry: Mergers and Acquisitions Value Drivers for Companies in the Packaging Industry, written by Doug Lawson, vice president in Piper Jaffray's Middle Market Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) group.

In the report, Lawson examines characteristics of packaging companies that drive high value in M&A transactions. He has categorized these characteristics, also known as value drivers, into two groups: fundamental value drivers and exceptional value drivers. These value drivers influence the ability of acquirers to continue their growth and enhance their profitability.

"The presence of fundamental value drivers has the potential to drive strong interest and strong valuations; however, without some combination of the exceptional value drivers, they alone will generally not result in exceptional valuations," said Lawson. "The absence of these value drivers is likely to result in low interest and low valuations."

According to Lawson, valuations among M&A transactions in the packaging industry can vary significantly, but generally fall between five to seven times enterprise value/earnings-before-interest-taxes-depreciation and amortization (EBITDA).

The report is the latest in a series of reports by Piper Jaffray's Middle Market M&A group that explore M&A in the packaging industry. Other recent reports published by Doug Lawson include:

     -- Packaging Industry Valuation Considerations: Capital Expenditures
        (December, 2003)
     -- Caps and Closures: A Mergers and Acquisitions Review (August, 2003)
     -- Valuations in the Packaging Industry (May, 2003).
     -- Packaging Industry Public Acquirers - Earnings per Share
        Accretion/Dilution Considerations (March, 2003).
     -- Mergers and Acquisitions Activity in the Packaging Industry - 2002
        Year in Review (February, 2003).
In addition, Piper Jaffray publishes a monthly packaging M&A newsletter.

To subscribe to the newsletter or to request a copy of Mergers and Acquisitions Value Drivers for Companies in the Packaging Industry, or any of the aforementioned reports, please contact Doug Lawson at or 312-920-2139.

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