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Publicis Groupe S.A. -- Moody's affirms Publicis ratings; changes outlook to negative following Epsilon acquisition

Moody's Investors Service ("Moody's") has today changed to negative from stable the outlook on the ratings of Publicis Groupe S.A. ("Publicis" or "the company"). Concurrently, Moody's has affirmed the Baa2 issuer and instrument ratings on the senior unsecured notes issued by Publicis. Today's rating action follows the announcement by Publicis of the proposed acquisition of Epsilon, a division of Alliance Data Systems, for a gross purchase price of $4.4 billion, equivalent to an Adjusted EBITDA multiple of around 10.0x (8.2x stated by Publicis after $450 million net present value of tax assets).