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Relizon Sells Epsilon To Alliance Data Systems

Press release from the issuing company

DAYTON, Ohio. Oct. 13, 2004 --- The Relizon Company today announced that it has sold Epsilon, a leading provider of value-added marketing, transaction, technology and analytical services to Alliance Data Systems. Total consideration is expected to be approximately $300 million, and the transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2004. Relizon, a portfolio company of the Carlyle Group based in Washington D.C., is a leading North American supplier of business process solutions for document management, billing and marketing fulfillment services. "This transaction is a clear success for all parties involved," said Rodney Hedeen, president and chief executive officer of Relizon. "Relizon will continue to partner with Epsilon to provide the marketing technology services and customer analytics that our customers may require." Marketing services will remain a key part of Relizon's broad offering of business communication solutions, particularly the areas of marketing literature fulfillment and kitting, commercial print management, personalized and customized collateral, and direct mail programs. "Relizon is entering the most exciting and successful time in our history," said Hedeen. "Our extensive portfolio of business process solutions for improving document management, billing and marketing equips us to deliver unparalleled value for our customers." Relizon has achieved a record-setting pace of business this year, with more than 75 contracts for new or expanded business from market-leading companies. As the preferred supplier for three out of five of the nation's top health care group purchasing organizations (GPOs) - Broadlane, Novation and Premier Inc. - Relizon is emerging as the fastest growing brand for document management in the health care marketplace. In addition, Relizon continues to build strength in the financial, manufacturing and services markets with such clients as Mellon Bank, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, Eaton Corporation, and Radisson Hotels & Resorts. Relizon and The Carlyle Group were advised in this transaction by CIBC World Markets Corp.