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B. Riley & Co. 11th Annual Investor Conference Opens May 24 with 125 Presenting Companies, Expert Led Informational Sessions and Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation Fight Night


B. Riley & Co., LLC (B. Riley),, a full service broker dealer providing research, investment banking, sales and trading, announced today that in addition to presentations from 125 public companies, its 11th Annual Investor Conference will include informational sessions on capital raising, debt financing, M&A and corporate governance issues for public companies.

Four sessions have been integrated into this invitation-only conference, scheduled for May 24-26, 2010 at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel, according to Ian Corydon, B. Riley Director of Research.

A session on Registered Direct Offerings (RDOs) is scheduled for Tuesday, May 25 at 7:30 AM. “RDOs have become a widely accepted way for public companies to raise capital quickly with minimal disruption to share price,” said Corydon. “The panelists will discuss recent RDO activity, pricing, as well as how public companies can position themselves for an RDO.”

A session entitled “Corporate Governance: Living With Your Investors – A New Paradigm” is scheduled for May 25th at 12:15 PM. The expert panel will discuss how to interact with investors in both good times and bad and how companies can balance longer term goals with shareholders’ desires. The speakers will discuss dividends, buybacks and capital allocation from a company and shareholder point of view, and what a company can do when it becomes a target of aggressive investors.

Wednesday May 26 will lead off with a 7:00 AM session on Debt Financing. Recent market turmoil has drastically remapped the financing landscape. “Familiar names are gone, new ones have emerged. This is a most timely session that will discuss Senior, Junior, Mezzanine and Bridge Financing. The panel will cover which banks are lending again, loan terms and conditions and the latest changes in accounting rules,” said Corydon.

A session on Mergers & Acquisitions, scheduled for 12:00 PM on May 26, will address the current and future market for M&A and discuss key elements of distressed transactions and restructurings. Due diligence and integration risks, as well as fiduciary duties related to unsolicited offers, also will be covered.

The average market cap of the presenting companies is $280 million, representing such industries as: Technology, Commercial Banks, Apparel & Retail, Energy, Defense, Movies & Entertainment, Business Services, Personal/Leisure Products, Research & Consulting Services, Biotech, and Healthcare. While a majority of the companies are listed on the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ, B. Riley is featuring alternative exchange listed companies, including those on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the OTCQX.

Conference attendees will be treated to a spectacular evening of boxing under the stars at the famed Santa Monica Pier on Tuesday, March 25th. The ProAm fight card, commissioned by the California State Athletic Commission and USA Boxing, will include several professional and amateur bouts. Themed “Big Fighters, Big Cause,” this boxing event will introduce the Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation to the investor community.

Conference sponsors include:

Gold: Pink OTC Markets, Inc./OTCQX; and the Toronto Stock Exchange & TSX Venture Exchange

Silver: Addo Communications and Bingham McCutchen LLP.

Bronze: BDO; Capital IQ; CBIZ Mayer Hoffman McCann, P.C.; Ellenoff Grossman & Schole LLP; Holme Roberts & Owen LLP; Loeb & Loeb LLP; Olshan Grundman Frome Rosenzweig & Wolosky LLP; Rothstein Kass & Co.; RR Donnelly Financial Printers; Squar, Milner, Peterson, Miranda & Williamson, LLP; Vintage Filings, Inc.; and Wells Fargo Foothill.

Business Wire, a Berkshire Hathaway company, is the official news distribution service for this conference.

Media sponsors include DealFlow Media and Equities Magazine.

The Los Angeles Venture Association (LAVA) is an Association Sponsor.

For more information on the conference, the most current list of presenting companies, or registration information, contact your B. Riley & Co. representative or visit

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B. Riley & Co. is a leading independent investment bank which provides a full array of corporate finance, research, sales, trading and OTCQX DAD services to corporate, institutional and high net worth individual clients. Investment banking services include merger and acquisitions advisory to public and private middle market companies, initial and secondary public offerings and institutional private placements. The firm is recognized for its distinguished Equity Research. Its Corporate Governance Advisory Services Group is engaged by both companies and investors to help maximize value for shareholders. Founded in 1997, the firm is headquartered in Los Angeles and maintains offices in Newport Beach, San Francisco, Philadelphia, and New York. It is a member of FINRA and SIPC. For more information, please visit

List of Presenting Companies as of the date of this release (subject to change):

8x8 Inc. (EGHT)
Acacia Research Corporation (ACTG)
Accelrys Inc. (ACCL)
Actuate Corp. (ACTU)
Advanced Cell Technology Inc. (ACTC)
Aethlon Medical Inc. (AEMD)
Aldila, Inc. (ALDA)
Alliance Fiber Optic Products Inc. (AFOP)
American Medical Alert Corp. (AMAC)
American Software, Inc. (AMSWA)
American Vanguard Corp. (AVD)
Amtech Systems (ASYS)
Autobytel Inc. (ABTL)
Bank of the Ozarks, Inc. (OZRK) (BIDZ)
Big 5 Sporting Goods Corp. (BGFV)
BofI Holding Inc. (BOFI)
Cache Inc. (CACH)
CalAmp Corp. (CAMP)
Callidus Software Inc. (CALD)
Casual Male Retail Group, Inc. (CMRG)
Cathay General Bancorp (CATY)
Center Financial Corporation (CLFC)
Churchill Corp. (CUQ)
Collectors Universe Inc. (CLCT)
Computer Task Group Inc. (CTGX)
Conexant Systems (CNXT)
CoStar Group Inc. (CSGP)
CPI Aerostructures Inc. (CVU)
Craftmade International Inc. (CRFT)
Data I/O Corporation (DAIO)
DDI Corp. (DDIC)
Diamond Management & Technology Consultants, Inc. (DTPI)
Digirad Corp. (DRAD)
DIRECTV Group, Inc. (DTV)
Dynamics Research Corp. (DRCO)
EarthLink Inc. (ELNK)
East West Bancorp Inc. (EWBC)
Electro Scientific Industries Inc. (ESIO)
eMagin Corp. (EMAN)
Epicor Software Corporation (EPIC)
Evolving Systems Inc. (EVOL)
Exar Corp. (EXAR)
Exponent Inc. (EXPO)
Flanders Corporation (FLDR)
Flint Energy Services Ltd. (FES)
Global Axcess Corp. (GAXC)
Globe Specialty Metals, Inc. (GSM)
GP Strategies Corp. (GPX)
Great American Group, Inc. (GAMR)
Harmonic, Inc. (HLIT)
Hill International, Inc. (HIL)
Hot Topic Inc. (HOTT)
Integrated Silicon Solution Inc. (ISSI)
Iteris, Inc. (ITI)
Ixia (XXIA)
K-Swiss Inc. (KSWS)
Keynote Systems Inc. (KEYN)
Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. (KTOS)
L & L Energy, Inc. (LLEN)
Landec Corp. (LNDC)
Learning Tree International Inc. (LTRE)
LeCroy Corp. (LCRY)
Lionbridge Technologies Inc. (LIOX) Corp. (LOCM)
LodgeNet Interactive Corporation (LNET)
LoopNet, Inc. (LOOP)
LTX-Credence Corporation (LTXC)
Lydall Inc. (LDL)
Magnetek Inc. (MAG)
Mattson Technology Inc. (MTSN)
MIPS Technologies Inc. (MIPS)
Napco Security Technologies, Inc. (NSSC)
Nara Bancorp. (NARA)
NetScout Systems Inc. (NTCT)
Newport Corp. (NEWP)
North American Energy Partners Inc. (NOA)
Oclaro, Inc. (OCLR)
Oplink Communications Inc. (OPLK)
OPNET Technologies Inc. (OPNT)
PacWest Bancorp (PACW)
Pervasive Software Inc. (PVSW)
Pink OTC Markets Inc. (PINK)
PNI Digital Media Inc. (PNDM.F)
Points International Ltd. (PTSE.F)
Popular Inc. (BPOP)
Rainmaker Systems Inc. (RMKR)
Reis, Inc. (REIS)
RG Barry Corp. (DFZ)
Saba Software Inc. (SABA)
Safeguard Scientifics, Inc. (SFE)
Savanna Energy Services Corp. (SVY)
Schiff Nutrition International Inc. (WNI)
Sierra Bancorp (BSRR)
Silicon Motion Technology Corp. (SIMO)
SRS Labs Inc. (SRSL) Inc. (STMP)
Stantec Inc. (STN)
Steven Madden, Ltd. (SHOO)
Sunrise Telecom Inc. (SRTI)
Symmetricom Inc. (SYMM)
The Bancorp Inc. (TBBK)
The Inventure Group Inc. (SNAK)
Tix Corporation (TIXC)
TranSwitch Corp. (TXCC)
Tyler Technologies, Inc. (TYL)
United Online Inc. (UNTD)
Universal Electronics Inc. (UEIC)
US Home Systems Inc. (USHS)
Versant Corp. (VSNT)
Vertro, Inc. (VTRO)
Virage Logic Corporation (VIRL)
Vitesse Semiconductor Corp. (VTSS)
Volcom Inc. (VLCM)
Wet Seal Inc. (WTSLA)
Wi-Lan Inc. (WIN)
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