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wpp plc (WPP) Snapshot

Open
1,278 GBp
Previous Close
1,275 GBp
Day High
1,279 GBp
Day Low
1,259 GBp
52 Week High
01/2/14 - 1,391 GBp
52 Week Low
04/29/13 - 1,044 GBp
Market Cap
17.0B
Average Volume 10 Days
4.6M
EPS TTM
0.72 GBp
Shares Outstanding
1.3B
EX-Date
06/4/14
P/E TM
17.6x
Dividend
34.21 GBp
Dividend Yield
2.38%
Current Stock Chart for WPP PLC (WPP)

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wpp plc (WPP) Details

WPP plc provides communications services worldwide. Its Advertising and Media Investment Management segment plans and creates marketing and branding campaigns; and designs and produces advertisements for television, cable, the Internet, radio, magazines, and newspapers, as well as outdoor locations, including billboards. This segment also has media investment management capabilities in the areas of business science, consumer insight, communications and media planning implementation, interactions, content development, and sports and entertainment marketing. The company’s Consumer Insight segment offers custom research services in various sectors, including strategic market studies; brand positioning; equity research; customer satisfaction surveys; product development; international research; advanced modeling; advertising research; pre-testing, tracking, and sales modeling; and trends and futures research and consultancy. Its Public Relations & Public Affairs segment provides advice to clients that seek to communicate with consumers, governments, and/or the business and financial communities. This segment’s activities include corporate, financial, and marketing communications; crisis management; reputation management; public affairs; and government lobbying. The company’s Branding & Identity, Healthcare, and Specialist Communications segment engages in branding and identity; healthcare communications; and direct, digital, promotional, and relationship marketing activities. This segment also offers specialist communications services, such as custom media and multicultural marketing; event, sports, youth, and entertainment marketing; corporate and business-to-business; and media, technology, and production services, as well as digital and measurable interactive marketing, digital marketing strategy, mobile solutions, and platforms services. The company has a strategic partnership with Twitter, Inc. WPP plc was founded in 1971 and is based in London, the United Kingdom.

119,116 Employees
Last Reported Date: 02/27/14
Founded in 1971

wpp plc (WPP) Top Compensated Officers

Group Chief Executive and Executive Director
Total Annual Compensation: 4.4M GBP
Group Finance Director, Executive Director an...
Total Annual Compensation: 2.1M GBP
Director of Strategy, Executive Director and ...
Total Annual Compensation: 995.0K GBP
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2012.

wpp plc (WPP) Key Developments

WPP Eyeing Temple Advertising

WPP plc (LSE:WPP) is planning to acquire Temple Advertising. People close to the matter, the deal which could be valued at over INR 2billion, could be signed as early as April 15, 2014. A senior WPP executive said, “WPP is currently engaged in 18 to 20 different acquisitions across the Asia-Pacific region and Temple Advertising is definitely one of them. Temple will be merged with Bates Chi & Partners in a bid to pull the agency out of the slump.” Accoring to the news report, Martin Sorrell, founder and Chief Executive Officer at WPP, refused comment on the proposed acquisition, saying, “We don't comment on conjectures,” while eE-mails to Varagur Srikanth, Manmohan Anchan and Vidur Vohra, Directors at Temple Advertising were not responded, also a mail to David Mayo, Chief Executive Officer at Bates CHI & Partners Asia, also did not receive an reply. A person added, “If final talks go through on April 15, 2014 or April 16, 2014, the entire process of merger and integration with Bates will be over by July 2014. The integration will be primarily at the creative department level.” The person also mentioned that Sagar Mahabaleshwarkar, national creative Director at Bates, is looking to move on. Mahabaleshwarkar refused to speak on the matter, report stated.

WPP May Acquire 60% Stake In Rediffusion DY&R

WPP plc (LSE:WPP) may acquire a 60% stake in Rediffusion Dentsu Young & Rubicam Private Ltd. (‘Y&R’) from Arun Nanda and Ajit Balakrishnan, two persons with direct knowledge of the development said. Martin Sorrell, Chief Executive Officer of WPP, said, "Queries about a stake purchase were speculative and therefore there are no answers". Arun Nanda, Chief Managing Director of Rediffusion Y&R, said that talks between the two companies were an ongoing process. "There has been no sale of any shares to WPP, nor any agreement to sell concluded".

WPP plc Announces Unaudited Consolidated Earnings Results for Year Ended December 31, 2013; Reports Revenue Results for the Month of January 2014; Provides Earnings Guidance for the Year 2014

WPP plc announced unaudited earnings results for year ended December 31, 2013. For the year, net profits jumped 14% last year on rising revenues, acquisitions, and strong growth in the US and many emerging markets. Profits after taxation climbed to GBP 936.5 million, up from GBP 822.7 million in 2012. Revenue was GBP 11,019 million against GBP 10,373 million a year ago. Constant currency net debt at December 31, 2013 down GBP 634 million on same date in 2012, with average net debt in 2013 down GBP 244 million over 2012. Headline profit before tax was up 10.7% to GBP 1.458 billion from GBP 1.317 billion, or up 11.2% in constant currencies. Reported profit before tax rose by 18.7%, to GBP 1.296 billion from GBP 1.092 billion. Headline diluted earnings per share rose by 10.1% to 80.8 pence from 73.4 pence a year ago. Reported diluted earnings per share rose by 10.8% to 69.6 pence from 62.8 pence and increased 10.6% in constant currencies a year ago. Headline PBIT was GBP 1,662 million against GBP 1,531 million a year ago. Headline EBITDA was GBP 1,896 million against GBP 1,756 million a year ago. capital expenditure was GBP 285 million. Free cash flow was absorbed by GBP 221 million in net cash acquisition payments and investments. Operating profit was GBP 1,410.3 million against GBP 1,241.1 million a year ago. Profit before interest and taxation was GBP 1,478.4 million against GBP 1,310.5 million a year ago. Profit attributable toequity holders of the parent was GBP 936.5 million against GBP 822.7 million a year ago. Net cash inflow from operating activities was GBP 1,374.2 million against GBP 908.3 million a year ago. For the month of January 2014, the company’s like-for-like revenues up 5.7% for the month, with like-for-like gross margin or net sales, a more accurate competitive comparator up 4.1%, ahead of budget and stronger than the final quarter of 2013. For the year 2014, the company's like-for-like revenue and gross margin or net sales growth of over 3% and headline operating margin target improvement for both of 0.3 margin and headline diluted EPS growth of 10% to 15% per annum.

 

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