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(Bloomberg) -- WPP Plc made an unexpected return to organic sales growth in the third quarter as it won more business in the United Kingdom and Western Europe, giving Chief Executive Officer Mark Read more cushion to meet annual targets.The London-based advertising group posted a 0.7% gain in like-for-like revenue less pass-through costs, including the Kantar unit in which it’s selling a majority stake. Analysts in a company-compiled survey had forecast a 0.6% decline. It was the first sales gain since the second quarter of 2018.Key InsightsThe surprise sales boost, even while small, and reiteration of WPP’s guidance comes as a relief to investors who watched French rival Publicis Groupe SA cut its 2019 revenue forecast for the second time in three months on Oct. 10, citing a squeeze on traditional advertising by U.S. consumer-goods companies.In contrast, WPP said it’s seen a “significant improvement” in North America, even while business is still down there, as well as in China. It saw improvement in all markets in the third quarter, as it won new business from clients including Mondelez International Inc. and EBay Inc.In an interview, Read said that while the third quarter was encouraging, the comparatives for the fourth quarter are tougher and he doesn’t want to “get in the business of micro-adjusting the guidance.” With the Kantar stake sale moving ahead and other internal mergers complete, much of his bigger changes to streamline WPP have been made, he said.“We’ll continue to see some sort of tidying up of the way we operate and organize, but the bigger moves have been made,” Read said. Read took over from company founder Martin Sorrell over a year ago, and has been trying to simplify the company and pay down debt. Market ReactionWPP shares rose as much as 6.3% on Friday and were up 5% as of 8:30 a.m. in London, bringing the year-to-date gain to 14%.Get MoreSee the numbers here(Updates with shares, CEO comment; an earlier version of the story corrected WPP’s 12-month share decline in the Market Context section)To contact the reporter on this story: Thomas Seal in London at firstname.lastname@example.orgTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Rebecca Penty at email@example.comFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
WPP reported a return to quarterly organic sales growth for the first time in over a year on Friday, with a new strategy from boss Mark Read helping the world's biggest advertising company to attract talent and win more work. The British company, which has been hit in recent years by major client losses in North America, said despite the improving trajectory it maintained its cautious 2019 outlook because there would be twists and turns ahead. Read, a company veteran who took over from founder Martin Sorrell last year, has merged agencies and changed incentive schemes to provide a more streamlined service after clients complained that the owner of Ogilvy, Grey and Finsbury had become too unwieldy.
Hopes for progress in trade talks between the U.S. and China as well as the U.K. and the European Union gave a lift to European stocks on Friday.
European shares were on a tear on Friday as a surprise breakthrough in Brexit negotiations drove UK-focused London-listed companies and the Irish index about 4% higher, while German shares logged their best day in nine months. JP Morgan's UK domestic plays index, which was created in 2017 and tracks about 30 UK stocks that make all or most of their revenue at home, ended 7.7% higher, its best performance on record.
Shares of Publicis Groupe plunged 11% as the French advertising group said organic sales fell 2.7% during the third quarter, worse than consensus forecasts which were around flat. The full-year organic revenue growth forecast for a 2.5% drop also was worse than consensus expectations. Rival WPP also lost ground, falling 4%.
Shares in Publicis tumbled on Friday to their lowest level in more than seven years after the world's third-biggest advertising company cut its full-year sales target again. Publicis was down 13% in early trading on Friday, also dragging down the shares of British rival WPP . Publicis was at its lowest level since July 2012.
Publicis' chief executive Arthur Sadoun appeared under pressure on Thursday following a second cut to the full-year sales target of the world's third-biggest advertising group. The change in company guidance reflected yet again the hardships that traditional ad groups face, with revenues being squeezed by competition from Facebook and Google as well as tightening budgets by major clients. Sadoun, who succeeded company veteran and current chairman Maurice Levy in 2017, has promised to offset the decline in ad spending by steering the business closer to consulting groups and offering clients technological tools on top of traditional creative marketing campaigns.
(Bloomberg Opinion) -- In the glossary of business jargon there’s a term beloved by financial analysts but that journalists find especially grating: the “equity story.”It’s the sort of non-speak that can be explained far more simply: Why should you invest in a given company? That’s something that WPP Plc Chief Executive Officer Mark Read, an operations guy, has yet to answer adequately when it comes to the firm he took over a year ago from Martin Sorrell, something of a finance wonk.The task should sit at the top of priorities for John Rogers, the retail executive appointed as WPP’s new finance chief on Tuesday. That’s not to say that Read hasn’t been busy since taking the helm of the world’s largest advertising holding company. He’s clinched deals to sell assets worth 3.6 billion pounds ($4.4 billion), merged divisions to cut costs and improve efficiency, and stanched some of the revenue declines in North America. The share price has recovered to outperform archrival Publicis Groupe SA since Read announced 2021 growth targets in December.But the London-based company’s shares are still trailing its other major peers — Omnicom Group, Interpublic Group and Dentsu Inc. — when compared to expectations for earnings a year out. Investors are hungry to understand just how WPP’s new guard will translate all of that action into solid, durable growth.Read’s predecessor Sorrell had a seemingly straightforward formula to deliver just that. He promised investors annual earnings per share growth of between 5% and 10%, a pledge he tended to keep until recent years. He did so with a personal recipe of strict targets for organic revenue growth, profitability improvements, stock buybacks and acquisitions and a little sugar on top, a 50% dividend payout ratio. The approach kept shareholders happy and the stock steadily ticking upwards for years.Echoing that formula isn’t realistic in the current era. A shift toward digital marketing on platforms such as Google and Facebook and the incursion of consultancies into the advertising market means dependable revenue growth is far harder to realize. And knuckling down on costs can make it yet harder still. In an attempt to keep the focus clear, Read changed WPP’s bonus policy to place greater emphasis on sales growth than profitability improvements.Rogers, who will join from U.K. grocer J Sainsbury Plc where he had been CFO for 6 years, has a difficult act to follow at WPP. Paul Richardson had a lower public profile than Sorrell, but he led WPP’s finance operations for 23 years. The firm generated an average return of 10% a year in that period.Rogers’s more recent background running Sainsbury’s Argos general-merchandise retail division, which it acquired in 2016, should serve him well, according to media consultant Alex DeGroote. It’s given him valuable experience integrating businesses and managing a vast property portfolio. But a lack of experience in the advertising industry and in North America mean he’s unlikely to be tasked with fixing WPP’s operations in the U.S. and Canada, where revenue declines have dragged down the rest of WPP.His main role will therefore be to help Read crystallize a realistic vision for the company that can reinvigorate investors. Optimism is currently muted: analysts’ average 12-month target price is just 8% above the level at which WPP is currently trading. If Read is making the necessary operational improvements, Rogers needs to help turn that into a better story.To contact the author of this story: Alex Webb at firstname.lastname@example.orgTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Melissa Pozsgay at email@example.comThis column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the editorial board or Bloomberg LP and its owners.Alex Webb is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist covering Europe's technology, media and communications industries. He previously covered Apple and other technology companies for Bloomberg News in San Francisco.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com/opinion©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
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* Suffers from weaker ad spending in U.S. PARIS, July 18 (Reuters) - Publicis, the world's third-biggest advertising group, cut its 2019 revenue growth guidance on Thursday after reporting a weaker-than-expected performance in the second quarter as it struggles to revive sluggish sales in the United States. Publicis, whose revenue is being squeezed by competition from Facebook and Google as well as tightening ad budgets by major clients, now expects a "broadly stable net revenue" in 2019, excluding the impact of acquisitions and foreign exchange.
Publicis, the world's third-biggest advertising group, cut its 2019 revenue growth guidance on Thursday after reporting a weaker-than-expected performance in the second quarter as it struggles to revive sluggish sales in the United States. Publicis, whose revenue is being squeezed by competition from Facebook and Google as well as tightening ad budgets by major clients, now expects a "broadly stable net revenue" in 2019, excluding the impact of acquisitions and foreign exchange. Publicis had previously forecast higher organic revenue growth in 2019 than in 2018, but gave no precise figure.
Publicis, the world's third-biggest advertising group, cut its 2019 growth guidance on Thursday after reporting a weaker-than-expected performance in the second quarter as it struggles to revive sluggish sales in the United States. Publicis, whose revenue is being squeezed by competition from Facebook and Google as well as tightening ad budgets by major clients, now expects a "broadly stable net revenue" in 2019, excluding the impact of acquisitions and foreign exchange. Publicis previously had forecast a higher growth of its revenue on an organic basis in 2019 than in 2018, but gave no precise figure.
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