Escala Group Recognized for Creating Shareholder Value and Achieving Operating Performance

13 Mar, 2006, 14:00 GMT de Escala Group

NEW YORK, March 13 /PRNewswire/ --

Escala Group (Nasdaq: ESCL) today announced that investment consultant DeMarche Associates, Inc. has named Escala Group as one of America's 100 Most-Improved Companies for Shareholder Value for 2005, a distinction placing the Company in the top three percent of all major U.S. corporations for operating performance during the three-year period ending December 31, 2005.

"We are very honored to be a part of such a select group," commented Jose Miguel Herrero, chief executive officer of Escala. "Escala Group has a well-defined corporate strategy founded on organic growth as well as growth through acquisitions. We continually look at ways to broaden our geographic and collectibles operating platform, and we pursue this objective by maintaining recognized names in the auction, merchant/dealer and trading markets that reinforce Escala Group's global brand. With this focus, we believe we can deliver value to shareholders."

To compile the annual list of 100 most-improved companies, DeMarche utilizes proprietary metrics that identify those U.S. companies achieving financial performance within the top three percent of all companies for the prior three-year calendar period. As part of the evaluation process, these metrics analyze a company's success in managing both growth and risk factors and consistently improving corporate operating performance. The complete list with the description of the evaluation metrics is located at

About Escala Group, Inc.

Escala Group is a global network of leading companies in the collectibles market with operations in North America, Europe and Asia as well as on the Internet. The company operates through a number of subsidiaries that specialize in various sectors of the collectibles markets, and is comprised of three business areas: auctions, merchant/dealer operations and trading.

Escala Group's North American auction operations include Greg Manning Auctions division, Ivy & Manning Philatelic Auctions, Greg Manning Galleries, Greg Martin Auctions, Teletrade, Nutmeg Stamp Sales, Superior Sports, Bowers and Merena Auctions, and H.R. Harmer. In Europe, the leading auction houses affiliated with the network are Auctentia Subastas (Afinsa Auctions) of Madrid, Spain; Corinphila Auktionen of Zurich, Switzerland; and the Koehler group of auction companies of Berlin and Wiesbaden, Germany. In Asia, Escala Group's auction operations are conducted through John Bull Stamp Auctions, Ltd, the oldest philatelic auction house in Hong Kong.

Merchant/dealer activities are conducted through Greg Manning Auctions and Central de Compras Coleccionables, S.L. of Madrid, which act as exclusive suppliers of collectibles -- primarily stamps and coins -- on a worldwide basis to Afinsa Bienes Tangibles, S.A. of Madrid, Spain, and through Spectrum Numismatics International, one of the largest wholesalers of rare coins in the U.S. Afinsa is Escala Group's majority shareholder.

The trading activities of Escala Group are conducted through A-Mark Precious Metals, one of the largest private sellers of bullion coins and bullion gold, silver and platinum to the wholesale marketplace.


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