CALAMOS Asset Management, Inc. Files Registration Statement for Initial Public Offering

NAPERVILLE, Ill., Aug. 2, 2004 (PRIMEZONE) -- Calamos Asset Management, Inc. announced today that it has filed a registration statement on Form S-1 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for the initial public offering of its Class A common stock.

The joint book-running managers of the offering will be Citigroup and Merrill Lynch & Co., with Goldman, Sachs & Co. and UBS Investment Bank serving as co-lead managers.

A registration statement relating to these securities has been filed with the SEC but has not yet become effective. These securities may not be sold nor may offers to buy be accepted prior to the time the registration statement becomes effective. This announcement shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of such state.

A copy of the preliminary prospectus relating to this offering, when available, may be obtained from Citigroup, c/o Prospectus Department, Brooklyn Army Terminal, 140 58th Street, 8th Floor, Brooklyn, New York, NY 11220 (tel: 718.765.6732) or Merrill Lynch & Co., c/o Prospectus Department, 4 World Financial Center, New York, NY 10080 (tel: 212.449.1000).

About Calamos Investments

CALAMOS INVESTMENTS provides investment advisory services to institutions and individuals, principally in the United States, managing $32.3 billion in client assets at June 30, 2004.


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