Sector Share Prices

MSFI Index 12Aug15
Free Published 13th Aug 2015, 12:22

While world stock markets worry about China’s economy and global tensions, publicly listed UK marketing companies seem less perturbed.   In the month to 12 August the sector’s MSFI Index rose... 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 28th Aug 2015, 11:26

Huntsworth loses another £43m: Citigate and Grayling hit

The price of Lord Chadlington’s global ambitions grew by another £38 million in the first half of this year as Huntsworth decided to make a further write-down of the amount spent on building the... Read more
Published 28th Aug 2015, 10:41

Four Communications buys Broadgate Mainland with BGF funds

The privately owned public relations company Four Communications Group has bought the financial public relations consultancy Broadgate Mainland using funds provided earlier this month by the Business... Read more
Published 27th Aug 2015, 20:07

Havas profit up 28.8% but still dwarfed by peers

Havas achieved a 28.8% increase in post-tax profit on a 19.3% rise in revenue in the six months to 30 June. These growth rates were highly respectable by comparison with its French arch-rival... Read more
Published 26th Aug 2015, 16:11

WPP’s half year profit gets boost from revaluations and disposals

Asset disposals and revaluation gains of £232 million helped the world's biggest marketing group WPP to boost its post-tax profit by 55% for the half year to 30 June. The company reported a... Read more
Published 24th Aug 2015, 16:51

Omnicom strengthens TBWA’s Toronto resources

In what looks like an attempt to improve the performance of TBWA’s Toronto office, Omnicom has merged it with the recently acquired Toronto agency Juniper Park and handed over management of the... Read more
Published 24th Aug 2015, 16:07

Chime private equity bid to be part funded by debt

As is commonly the case with private equity backed acquisitions, the funding of the £370 million acquisition of Chime Communications by Providence Equity Partners will include an unspecified amount... Read more
Published 18th Aug 2015, 11:52

Chime hit by sports injuries: £1.5m loss

Chime Communications' much publicised transformation into a predominantly sport and entertainment marketing group has suffered from further injury. Having been obliged to issue two profit warnings... Read more
Published 17th Aug 2015, 20:46

The continuity challenge for Chime

The recent offer by the US private equity investor Providence Equity Partners to acquire the UK publicly listed sport and entertainment marketing group Chime Communications has highlighted an... Read more
Published 13th Aug 2015, 09:02

Andy Law leaves Parity board amid sweeping changes

Andy Law, the advertising executive who was instrumental in creating the St Lukes agency and the failed Boy Meets Girl partnership, is relinquishing his board position at AIM listed Parity Group but... Read more
Published 12th Aug 2015, 08:59

Dentsu reports £57m profit for idiosyncratic quarter

In an idiosyncratic presentation of its financial results for the first quarter of its financial year from 1 April 2015, Dentsu has combined its domestic results for the three months to 30 June with... Read more