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What kind of buyers and sellers made the greatest strides in deal-making for 2004?

Year Total Number of Deals Total Value of Deals
($ millions)
Number of LBOs Total Value of Deals
($ millions)
1994 7,706 $342,957 189 $11,077
1995 9,240 520,976 232 11,956
1996 10,450 3.1% 2.4% 2.3%
1997 11,471 911,653 220 20,440
1998 12,485 1,622,312 187 16,689
1999 11,162 1,544,456 223 31,829
2000 11,127 1,717,516 345 39,493
2001 7,699 764,813 181 11,498
2002 7,024 440,382 186 23,825
2003 7,697 558,977 169 23,569
2004* 7,304 $663,700 270 $63,500
*As of 12/1/04
Source: Thomson Financial
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The 10 largest public acquisitions of 2004.*

Date Effective Target Acquirer Value of Deal

($ millions)

7/1 Bank One JPMorgan Chase $58,761
10/26 AT&T Wireless Services Cingular Wireless 47,100
11/1 SouthTrust Wachovia 14,156
11/17** Sears, Roebuck Kmart Holding 13,846
11/12 Rouse General Growth Properties 11,895
8/31 Charter One Financial Citizens Financial Group 10,530
7/15** Caesars Entertainment Harrah’s Entertainment 10,224
6/4** Mandalay Resort Group MGM Mirage 7,644
10/1 National Commerce Financial SunTrust Banks 7,025
10/1 GreenPoint Financial North Fork Bancorp 6,270
*As of 12/1/04
**Date Announced
Source: Thomson Financial

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