European Compact Report: D & B Sample Co Ltd

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       COPYRIGHT 1999 DUN & BRADSTREET INC. - PROVIDED UNDER CONTRACT
                FOR THE EXCLUSIVE USE OF SUBSCRIBER 034-004303L.

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 D&B EUROPEAN COMPACT
 DATE PRINTED 18 AUG 1999

    IDENTIFICATION

    D & B SAMPLE CO LTD

    ADDRESS:                 11TH FLOOR, CENTRE CITY TOWER
                             7 HILL ST
                             BIRMINGHAM
                             WEST MIDLANDS
                             B5 4UN
                             UK

    TEL:                     0121-631-2323
    FAX:                     0121-631-3268
    REGISTERED OFFICE:       11th Floor, Centre City Tower, 7 Hill St,
                             Birmingham B5 4UN

    DUNS:                    21-456-7885


    CURRENCY: Shown in Pounds Sterling, unless otherwise stated.



    LANGUAGE: In certain circumstances information in this report may be quoted
    in the local language.  In case of difficulty, please contact your D&B
    local Customer Service Department.

    EVALUATION

             D&B RATING:                         2A3
             FORMER RATING:                      O4
             CONDITION:                          FAIR
             MAXIMUM CREDIT:                     120,000
             TREND:                              UP
             ACCOUNTS INCORPORATED IN REPORT:    31-03-1998
             LATEST ACCOUNTS PUBLICLY FILED:     31-03-1998


    The D&B Rating of 2A3 indicates:
         A Financial Strength of 1.5 - 7 million (based on tangible Net Worth)
         and an overall condition which is Fair (slightly greater than average
         risk).

    The D&B 'maximum credit recommendation' for this business is 120,000.

    CORPORATE STRUCTURE

    PARENT COMPANY

             IMMEDIATE PARENT

             NAME:           D & B SAMPLE HOLDING CO LTD
             TOWN:           BIRMINGHAM
             COUNTRY:        UK
             D-U-N-S NUMBER: 23-308-3567
             OWNERSHIP:      99%

    SUMMARY


    STARTED:         1984                 SALES:                    13,545,000
    DATE INC:        1984                 As at 31-03-1998
    LEGAL FORM:      PRIV LTD CO          PROFIT/(LOSS):               114,120
    REG NO:          434567               NET WORTH:                 2,978,191
    EMPLOYS:         203                  As at 31-03-1998
    ISSUED CAPITAL:  432,000

    LINE OF BUSINESS:        COMMERCIAL MACHINERY WHOLESALERS
                             COMPUTER PROGRAMMING & SOFTWARE SERVICES

    SIC CODE(S):             5081     7372

    PUBLIC NOTICE INFORMATION

    Public Notice information is added to the D&B Database and, if present,
    will appear in this section.  This section was last updated from public
    sources on 18 AUGUST 1999.


    COUNTY COURT JUDGMENTS

    Judgments Registered During The Last 12 Months:       0


    SCOTTISH DECREES

    Decrees Registered During The Last 12 Months:         0


    MORTGAGES & CHARGES

    Total Mortgages & Charges Registered:                 5

    All Public Notice information has been obtained in good faith from the
    appropriate public sources.

    SPECIAL EVENTS

    Critical legal notice information filed is investigated by D&B Analysts,
    and where relevant, comment is presented in this section.

    BANKERS

    Barclays Bank PLC, P O Box 65, 56 New St, Birmingham West Midlands B2 4EF.
    BANK SORT CODE: (20-07-71).

    National Westminster Bank PLC, 25 High St, Colchester Essex CO1 1DG. BANK
    SORT CODE: (60-06-06).


    PRINCIPALS


    Mr Jonathan McCready, Chairman
    Mrs Joan Beatrix Culloden, Managing Director
    Mr Paul Shelley, Financial Director
    Mr Guy Jacques-Pierot, Sales Director
    Mr Paul Vert, Marketing Director
    Mr Klaus Preston, Personnel Director
    Miss Julie Whittaker, Director, Company Secretary
    Mr Marcus Voodarini, Non-Executive Director

    There is one additional principal recorded at Companies House.

    KEY FINANCIAL COMPARISONS

                                      Fiscal           Fiscal           Fiscal
                                       Group            Group            Group
                                  31-03-1996       31-03-1997       31-03-1998

 Net Sales                       13,122,000       13,226,149       13,545,000
 Pre-Tax Profit (Loss)            2,710,000          218,422          114,120
 Net worth                        3,375,000        2,508,400        2,978,191
 Working Capital                  1,121,000        1,331,881        1,459,988

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