Sector Share Prices

MSFI Index 12Oct14
Free Published 12th Oct 2014, 10:26

Shares in marketing companies had a blooded month to 12 October, with the sector’s MSFI Index falling by 4.64% and only three companies registering any upward price movement at all.   However,... Read more

The Private Plums

Published 18th Oct 2014, 10:30

Coming soon: the privately-owned agencies with the best and worst financial credentials

Every year we assess the financial credentials of over 70 privately-owned marketing agencies and award them up to eight “Private Plums”, depending on their quality.   Agencies with the biggest... Read more

Special Reports

Out now…The Global Greats 2014

Published 1st Aug 2014, 16:36

In the year when the Publicis-Omnicom merger plans were made, only to fall apart a few months later, who were the other major players on the global marketing stage?   The answer is revealed in this... Read more

Balance sheets of publicly listed UK marketing groups looking less vulnerable

Published 31st Oct 2013, 19:58

With few exceptions, the latest balance sheets of publicly listed UK marketing groups suggest they are less vulnerable than at the same time in 2012, according to a report published by Marketing... 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 29th Oct 2014, 23:54

Loss-making MDC faces $83m deferred acquisition payments in next year

Anyone who wondered why MDC announced a renegotiation of its borrowing facilities last week (see MDC increases credit facility and answers SEC questions) will find the answer in today’s financial... Read more
Published 27th Oct 2014, 13:32

Chime buys US sports marketing agency

Chime Communications has acquired the SJX sports and entertainment marketing business in the United States for what appears to have been a realistic initial price of £5.3 million. SJX is a... Read more
Published 24th Oct 2014, 17:28

Elgie reduces his Creston shareholding

Don Elgie has sold 500,000 shares in Creston from his previous holding of 2,116,113 shares, reducing his stake to about 2.74% of the issued ordinary share capital. The sale, which took place in... Read more
Published 24th Oct 2014, 07:59

MDC increases credit facility and answers SEC questions

MDC Partners, the loss-laden Canadian publicly listed marketing group, has renegotiated its revolving credit facility to a maximum amount of $325 million from the previous $225 million and extended... Read more
Published 23rd Oct 2014, 19:06

Omnicom raising $750m in loan note issue

Omnicom is to raise $750 million by the issue of unsecured loan notes with an interest coupon of 3.65%.  The notes will mature in November 2024. According to Omnicom the intention is to use... Read more
Published 23rd Oct 2014, 15:35

Client losses and adverse currency movements hold back Publicis

Publicis Groupe revenues in the quarter to 30 September were hit by a “temporary setback” at its Razorfish digital agency and by the loss of business from Motorola and Blackberry. The... Read more
Published 23rd Oct 2014, 00:50

Interpublic profit improvement continues, but margins disappoint

The Interpublic Group of Companies has reported a further improvement in profit in the latest quarter to 30 September, thanks to savings in finance costs, an 8.3% increase in revenue and a modest... Read more
Published 21st Oct 2014, 13:43

Omnicom benefits from lower interest costs as revenue grows

Lower interest costs and a 7.4% increase in revenue enabled Omnicom Group to report a 25.3% increase in post-tax profit available to ordinary stockholders for the quarter to 30 September and a 13%... Read more
Published 20th Oct 2014, 18:15

Consolidated PR in £2.3m goodwill write-off

Consolidated PR has written off a further £2.3 million from the amount attributed to the goodwill of the consultancy when it was acquired by a management buyout in 2001, resulting in a loss of £2.4... Read more
Published 17th Oct 2014, 22:24

Bolloré values Havas at €2.8bn in bid for 100%

Groupe Bolloré is seeking to acquire 100% control of Havas, the French marketing group, by means of a share exchange that values the company at €2.8 billion (£2.2 million). Bolloré already... Read more