Sector Share Prices

MSFI Index 12Oct15
Free Published 12th Oct 2015, 17:38

There was a little more enthusiasm for shares in the marketing sector during the month ended 12 October, reflected in a 2.7% rise in the sector’s MSFI Index that surpassed any previous rise since... Read more

The Private Plums

Published 11th Dec 2014, 08:11

Three privately-owned agencies score full marks in this year’s awards

Three privately owned marketing agencies have won the highest accolade for their financial credentials in this year’s survey of privately owned UK marketing agencies - the "Private Plums" -... Read more

Special Reports

MDC: Why didn’t the dogs bark?

Published 23rd Aug 2015, 16:23

Miles Nadal built up the Canadian based marketing empire MDC Partners over 35 years to achieve annual revenues of $1.2 billion and accumulated losses of $492 million, until the board decided it was... Read more

Global groups had better margins and lower finance costs last year, but 40% saw profits fall

Published 6th Aug 2015, 16:28

Revenue earned by the world’s largest publicly listed marketing groups continued the previous year’s gentle rate of growth, and in a number of cases profits also benefited from improved margins... Read more

Financial FactFinder

This is our unique database — available to subscribers only — of UK marcoms companies listed on the stock exchange. It summarises profits, balance sheet strength and key financial performance indicators for the latest five years. Read more

Latest News

Published 13th Oct 2015, 16:34

Next Fifteen bounces back with £2.8m half-year profit

As predicted, Next Fifteen Communications Group has rebounded into profit with an impressive 18% rise in revenue (gross income) and an improving operating profit margin. The group’s post-tax... Read more
Published 8th Oct 2015, 12:37

Billington Cartmell owners wrote off £29m interest last year

The private equity owners of direct marketing agency Billington Cartmell have had to concede that the funding terms they agreed for buying out the original owners in 2007 were undeliverable, by... Read more
Published 7th Oct 2015, 13:55

Four Communications adds FBA to acquisition list

The expansionist privately-owned Four Communications Group has acquired the modest sized Welsh multi-disciplined marketing agency Francis Balsom Associates (FBA) for an undisclosed amount. FBA is... Read more
Published 7th Oct 2015, 11:57

Independent Bell Pottinger makes £1.1m profit

Bell Pottinger Private, the public relations company run by Piers Pottinger and Lord Bell that was divested from Chime Communications in 2012, made a post-tax profit of £1.1 million in 2014 on... Read more
Published 7th Oct 2015, 10:01

Private equity backed bid for Chime approved by High Court

The High Court has approved the scheme of arrangement whereby Bell Bidder will acquire the sports marketing and public relations group Chime Communications. It is expected that the scheme will... Read more
Published 7th Oct 2015, 09:47

Ten Alps finance chief resigns

The chief financial officer at AIM listed Ten Alps, Nitil Patel, has resigned and the company has commenced a search for a replacement has commenced.  “Nitil will work his notice period and will... Read more
Published 2nd Oct 2015, 16:36

Oliver Marketing buys Dare

At first sight the privately owned Oliver Marketing seems an unlikely buyer of Dare Digital in the deal announced today.  Despite generating an impressive turnover of £27.5 million and making a... Read more
Published 1st Oct 2015, 19:43

Razorfish boss to succeed Greenlees at Ebiquity

Michael Karg is to succeed Mike Greenlees as chief executive officer of Ebiquity with effect from 1 January 2016. Karg has spent the last 15 years with Razorfish and Digitas, now subsidiaries of... Read more
Published 1st Oct 2015, 19:33

Chime takeover gets anti-trust clearances

Bell Bidder confirmed today that it has now obtained all the anti-trust clearances which were conditions to its private equity backed takeover of Chime Communications (see Chime directors recommend... Read more
Published 30th Sep 2015, 18:06

Porta hires group MD from Finsbury

Porta Communications has appointed Steffan Williams as group managing director, reporting to chief executive David Wright. Until now Williams has been a partner in the WPP owned financial public... Read more