Sector Share Prices

Free Published 17th Sep 2018, 21:39

Shares in the marketing sector outperformed the FTSE All-Share Index for the third successive month in the period to 12 September.   The sector’s MSFI Index improved by 3.71% to 82.4 (Jan 2001:... Read more

The Private Plums

Published 19th Nov 2017, 16:33

Designer, media buyer and ad agency win top award for financial credentials

Three privately-owned UK marketing agencies won the full complement of eight “plums” for their financial credentials in this year’s Private Plums awards, but there was a slight decline in the... Read more

Special Reports

Marketing groups need shareholders to balance acquisition funding

Published 1st Aug 2017, 13:46

A new survey of UK publicly listed marketing groups by Marketing Services Financial Intelligence shows that their recent expansion has continued to rely on borrowings to a greater extent than... Read more

Special Reports Index

Published 1st Jan 2012, 08:35

The Special Reports listed below are available in full only to paid-up subscribers.  They include annual surveys as well as in-depth analysis of companies that have been in the news. Follow... 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 25th Sep 2018, 16:48

Revenue growth and better margins double Next 15’s profit

Next Fifteen Communications Group, the AIM listed communications business, lifted its post-tax profit by 100% to £7.8 million in the half year to 31 July.   Proving convincingly that the... Read more
Published 22nd Sep 2018, 22:08

Healthy margins help Writtle increase half-year profit by 36%

Writtle Holdings, the privately owned marketing group with a strong commitment to employee share participation, increased its post-tax profit from £2.4 million to £4.1 million in the half year to... Read more
Published 21st Sep 2018, 23:25

Interpublic raises $2bn for Acxiom Marketing Solutions purchase

The Interpublic Group of Companies has successfully raised the $2 billion required to fund the acquisition of the marketing solutions division from Acxiom Corporation. The prospective purchase... Read more
Published 21st Sep 2018, 21:25

Engine still losing money after unexplained impairment charge

Engine Acquisition, the company set up to acquire Engine Group in 2014 on behalf of the US private equity fund Lake Capital Partners II, incurred a group loss of £5.5 million in 2017. Revenue and... Read more
Published 21st Sep 2018, 20:22

Accounting rules for share options continue to muddy M&C Saatchi’s results

The accounting treatment of share options granted to employees continues to play havoc with any meaningful presentation of M&C Saatchi’s results. Reporting a modest 5.1% increase in gross... Read more
Published 21st Sep 2018, 10:54

M&C Saatchi’s CFO Jamie Hewitt to leave the group

M&C Saatchi’s long serving group finance director is to leave the company after almost 15 years in the role.   Hewitt has a 12 month notice period and the company said he will remain in his... Read more
Published 21st Sep 2018, 10:17

MDC Partners put up for sale

MDC Partners, the Canada based marketing group that has slipped back into heavy losses after brief signs of a potential recovery, announced last night that it had decided “to explore and evaluate... Read more
Published 20th Sep 2018, 15:38

Chime in £122m loss: £93m slashed off past acquisition costs

Chime Group Holdings, the former public company acquired for £370 million by private equity investor Providence Equity Partners in September 2015, has taken an axe to its balance sheet and written... Read more
Published 20th Sep 2018, 09:10

Cheil lops another £5m off BMB book value

Cheil Worldwide, the Korean based marketing group, has written off another £5 million from the £25 million paid to acquire the London advertising agency BMB (better known as Beattie McGuinness... Read more
Published 19th Sep 2018, 19:21

Low operating margins at Signal slow Cello growth

Cello Health, the AIM listed health marketing group, increased its operating profit by 24.3% in the first half of 2018, despite static revenue, but its operating profit margin remained comparatively... Read more