Archive for 2006

Bids and Deals: 2006

Publicis Groupe has acquired the Vietnamese public relations agency Venus Communications to become part of its MSLGROUP network… Omnicom Group has bought a majority interest in Unisono... Read more

Draft-FCB merger plan follows Interpublic’s first quarter loss of $170m and resurging debt

The woes being suffered by The Interpublic Group of Companies seemed set to continue as its $170 million first quarter loss was followed swiftly by steps to merge two of its networks and to replace... Read more

Acquisitions help Creston’s 69% profit rise, but return on capital remains low

Creston, one of the biggest publicly listed marketing services "aggregators", achieved an impressive 69% rise in post-tax profits in the year ended 31 March 2006, helped by last year's acquisition of... Read more

Currency gains cushion Havas revenue drop

Favourable currency movements saved Havas from reporting an embarrassing revenue decline for the first quarter of 2006. Revenues were $405 million (€339 million) in the latest quarter,... Read more

Digital commands the best acquisition prices

Digital marketing agencies are commanding a higher sale value than more traditional marketing agencies, according to our review of profit multiples paid in acquisitions during the last 18 months.... Read more

NWD refinances debt

AIM-listed NWD Group has completed the refinancing of its £750,000 bank debt that was previously repayable on demand. The new deal is a two-year facility that will be “less expensive and more... Read more

US intelligence firm offloaded by Huntsworth

Huntsworth has sold the US business nxtMOVE, acquired as part of the Incepta Group when it was known as Citigate Global Intelligence. It has been bought for $1.55 million by Optimisa. The price... Read more

Cello pays 15 times post-tax profit for Chiaros consultancy

AIM-listed Cello Group has paid £3.1 million to acquire Chiaros Holdings, the company that owns the organisational consultancy TMI UK and which incurred a loss in three of its last four... Read more

Interpublic lost nearly $1 billion in 10 years

The $289 million loss for 2005 just reported by The Interpublic Group of Companies brings the total cumulative losses for the past decade to nearly $1 billion. Interpublic expects the gloom to... Read more