Publicis Groupe: First Half 2019 Results

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PARIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Regulatory News: Publicis Groupe (Paris:PUB): Organic growth at 0.1% in Q2, returning to positive as anticipated, driven by double-digit growth in Game Changers and ramp up of Q4 new business wins Continued attrition in traditional advertising impacting the US. Strong performance in Europe, Asia and Middle East Strong financials in line with expectations with 40bps (1) growth in operating margin rate and growth in headline EPS in H1 2019 Closing of Epsilon acquisition, at a compelling price, completing our transformation in terms of assets 2019 net revenue expected to be broadly stable on an organic basis Q2 2019     Net revenue €2,234 m Reported growth +1.6% Organic growth +0.1% North America -1.7% Europe +2.4% Asia - Pacific +2.7% Latin America -8.7% MEA +12.9%     H1 2019 Results       (EUR million) 2019 2019 vs 2018 Revenue 4,868 +3.0% Net revenue 4,352 +1.7% Organic growth ex. PHS (2) -0.7%   Operating margin 612   Operating margin excluding transaction costs (3) 652 +5.7% Operating margin rate 15.0%   Headline diluted EPS (euro) (4) 1.98 +4.8% Free Cash Flow (4) 491         Arthur Sadoun, Chairman and CEO of Publicis Groupe: “As anticipated, we recorded a sequential improvement in Q2 versus Q1, with organic growth returning to positive territory. This growth is healthy and built on solid foundations, with the ramp-up of our Q4 new business and continued double-digit growth of our strategic game changers (+24% in H1). But our progress has been slowed down by the ongoing fee reduction on traditional advertising that continued to impact our overall US operations by around 300 bps in the quarter. We have taken a major organizational step by accelerating the implementation of our country-model which helps generating growth through cross fertilization. Where it is the most advanced, this model is already working very well. This is the case in the UK and France, with net revenue in H1 growing by 4.8% and 3.1% respectively. For H1, we are posting strong financial results for the Groupe, with an operating margin improvement of 40 bps supported by our ongoing cost savings plan, half of which was reinvested in our talents and expertise. Our headline EPS is up by 2.5% at constant currencies and excluding Beat tax and Epsilon transaction costs, and our free cash flow remains at a high level. Last but not least, we just closed the acquisition of Epsilon in record time at a compelling price. We have a clear integration plan with 25 dedicated teams having worked tirelessly with one very clear objective in mind to accelerate growth. This plan will be executed swiftly. Everyone is familiar with the disruption created by data and technology. The need for transformation has never been so strong in our industry. We have a model allowing us to address those challenges and invest both in the talents (over 150 million Euros over the last 18 months) and expertise of the future, such as Sapient and Epsilon, while delivering strong financials. When it comes to our short-term organic growth, two phenomena explain our situation. On the one hand, our clients are suffering from various pressures leading to budget cuts and fee reductions in sectors where we have a disproportionate share of market. On the other hand, the profound transformation we have been engaged in has penalized us in the short term. But our new model and organization are a clear strength for the longer term, as shown by our track record in new business or the growth posted by our game changers. For the second part of the year, we will deliver sequential improvement versus H1 on organic growth. But, as spending cuts are not gone away, we are taking a conservative approach for the full year, forecasting a broadly stable net revenue on an organic basis. With this in mind, thanks to the robustness of our model, we can already confirm we will deliver, as planned, a 30 to 50 basis points increase in operating margin and a Headline EPS up by 5 to 10 % at constant rates and including Epsilon. In the long term, having the organization, talents and assets our clients need, we are very confident that we will generate strong growth thanks to three levers. First, our unique set of assets in data, creative, media and technology that can deliver personalized experiences at scale to help our clients accelerate their sales while reducing their costs. Second, our country model that is already producing strong results in France and the UK, and we will accelerate its implementation in the US where we have just announced a new organization. Third, our unparalleled way to go to market that will maintain, and for sure accelerate, our New Business momentum. Our focus now is execution in order to create superior value for all our stakeholders.” Publicis Groupe’s Supervisory Board met under the chairmanship of Maurice Lévy, to examine the 2019 first semester accounts presented by Arthur Sadoun, CEO and Chairman of the Management Board. KEY FIGURES In euro million, excl. % 6 months 2019 6 months 2018 (1) 2019 vs. 2018 Data from the Income statement:       Net revenue 4,352 4,280 +1.7% Operating margin before Depreciation & Amortization 885 882   % of Net revenue 20.3% 20.6%   Operating margin 612 617   % of Net revenue 14.1% 14.4%   Operating margin excluding transaction costs (3) 652 617 +5.7% % of Net revenue(4) 15.0% 14.4% +60 pts Operating income 489 458 +6.8% Group net income 345 301 +14.6% Earnings Per Share 1.49 1.33   Headline EPS, diluted (2) 1.98 1.89 +4.8% Free Cash Flow before changes in working capital requirements 491 500   Data from the Balance sheet June 30, 2019 Dec. 31, 2018 (1) Total assets 28,569 27,080   Groupe share of Shareholders’ equity 6,692 6,853   Net debt (net cash) 74 (288)   Data from the income statement and balance sheet are comparable as the financial statements at June 30, 2018 and December 31, 2018 were prepared under IFRS 16, which was adopted early in 2018. Net income attributable to equity holders of the parent company after elimination of impairment losses, amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets, major capital gains or (losses) from disposals, changes in fair value of financial assets, revaluation of earn-outs and Epsilon acquisition expenses, divided by the average number of shares on a diluted basis. Transaction costs related to the acquisition of Epsilon totaled euro 40 million as at June 30, 2019. Improvement from operating margin rate including 20 basis points of technical effect of IFRS 16   NET REVENUE IN Q2 2019 Breakdown of Q2 2019 Net revenue by region EUR Net revenue Reported Organic million Q2 2019 Q2 2018 Growth Growth Europe 663 641 +3.4% +2.4% North America 1,177 1,179 -0.2% -1.7% Asia Pacific 237 224 +5.8% +2.7% Latin America 78 86 -9.3% -8.7% Middle East & Africa 79 68 +16.2% +12.9% Total 2,234 2,198 +1.6% +0.1% Publicis Groupe’s Net revenue in Q2 was euro 2,234 million, a 1.6% increase from euro 2,198 million in 2018. The effects of exchange rate had a positive impact of euro 72 million. Acquisitions (net of disposals) had a negative contribution on net revenue of euro 39 million, reflecting the disposals of PHS at the end of January 2019 and Proximedia at the end of April 2019 and partially offset by the contribution from acquisitions, namely Xebia and Soft Computing in France. Organic growth amounted at 0.1%. As expected, Publicis Groupe recorded a sequential improvement over the first quarter, returning to positive growth. Although at the lower range of our expectations, this growth is based on solid foundations, with the ramp-up of Q4 new business wins and continued double-digit growth in Strategic Game Changers (+21%). However, fee reductions in traditional advertising continued to impact our US operations by almost 300 basis points in the second quarter, thus preventing us from seeing better growth. Europe posted reported growth at +3.4% and +2.4% on an organic basis. France and the United Kingdom continued to perform well with organic growth of 2.1% and 4.6% respectively over the quarter. Conversely, Italy and Germany recorded respective declines of 4.3% and 9.1%. North America posted virtually stable growth but a 1.7% decline on an organic basis. This decline reflects the attrition that continues to affect traditional advertising and some losses in media activity in the third quarter of 2018. Asia Pacific posted reported growth at +5.8% and +2.7% on an organic basis, with Singapore at +21.9% and India at +20.5%. China was slightly negative at -2.4%. Latin America fell by 9.3% as reported and 8.7% on an organic basis. This can be explained by the high comparable and the economic situation in some countries. Brazil was down 20.5%, explaining the decline in that region. Mexico recorded sustained organic growth of 7.1%. The Middle East and Africa were up 16.2% as reported and 12.9% on an organic basis. NET REVENUE IN H1 2019 Publicis Groupe’s Net revenue in H1 was euro 4 352 million, a 1.7% increase from euro 4,280 million in 2018. The effects of exchange rate had a positive impact of euro 165 million. Acquisitions (net of disposals) had a negative contribution on net revenue of euro 57 million, reflecting the disposals of PHS at the end of January 2019 and Proximedia at the end of April 2019 and partially offset by the contribution from acquisitions, namely Xebia and Soft Computing in France. Organic growth stood at -0.8%, and -0.7% excluding PHS. This mainly reflects the attrition associated with a handful of FMCG clients that mainly impacted North America. Strategic Game Changers growth reached 24% for a total net revenue of circa euro 580 million, i.e. 13% of Groupe’s total net revenue. Breakdown of H1 net revenue by region EUR Net revenue Reported Organic Organic million H1 2019 H1 2018 growth growth growth excl. PHS Europe 1,296 1,255 +3.3% +1.6% +1.6% North America 2,316 2,321 -0.2% -3.1% -3.0% Asia Pacific 444 423 +5.0% +2.0% +2.0% Latin America 144 158 -8.9% -7.6% -7.6% Middle East & Africa 152 123 +23.6% +19.1% +19.1% Total 4,352 4,280 +1.7% -0.8% -0.7% Europe posted reported growth at +3.3% and +1.6% on an organic basis. France and the United Kingdom continued to perform well with growth of 3.1% and 4.8% respectively over the semester. Italy recorded double-digit growth of 11.4%, with a strong impact from new customer wins as well as an increase in existing customer spending in the first quarter. Conversely, Germany recorded a decline of 9.6%. North America posted stable growth on a reported basis but a 3.1% decline on an organic basis. This decline reflects the attrition that continues to affect traditional advertising as well as some customer losses in media activities. Asia Pacific posted reported growth at +5.0% and +2.0% on an organic basis, with Singapore and India at +14.8%. China was slightly negative at -1.5%. Latin America fell by 8.9% as reported and 7.6% on an organic basis. This can be explained by the high comparables and the economic situation in some countries of the region. Brazil was down 14.1%, explaining the decline in that region. Mexico was stable on an organic basis. The Middle East and Africa were up 23.6% as reported and 19.1% on an organic basis. ANALYSIS OF THE KEY FIGURES Operating margin & operating income The operating margin before depreciation and amortization was at euro 885 million in the first semester of 2019, compared to euro 882 million for the same period in 2018, generating a margin of 20.3% of net revenue (20.6% in 2018). Excluding transaction costs related to the acquisition of Epsilon, the operating margin before amortization amounted to euro 925 million, for a margin of 21.3%. Personnel costs totaled euro 2,879 million at June 30, 2019, compared to euro 2,834 million in 2018. Fixed personnel costs amounted to 2,510 million euro, i.e. 57.7% of Net revenue versus 58.6% in 2018. Freelance costs were down to euro 174 million in 2019, after euro 187 million in 2018. Restructuring costs totaled euro 61 million in 2019 (up from euro 36 million in 2018) as the Group reorganized around The Power of One, which increasingly integrated structures and activities. Numerous investments (organization by country, development of production platforms, on-going regionalization of the Shared Services Centers, as well as various technological developments) all help improve operational efficiency. Other operating costs (excluding depreciation & amortization) amounted to euro 1,104 million, compared with euro 1,009 million in 2018. These costs made up 25.4% of net revenue (23.6% in 2018). Excluding transaction costs related to the acquisition of Epsilon for an amount of euro 40 million, operating expenses in 2019 amounted to euro 1,064 million, representing 24.4% of net revenue. Depreciation and amortization was euro 273 million at June 30, 2019, slightly up from 2018 (euro 265 million). The operating margin was euro 612 million, compared to euro 617 million at June 30, 2018. The operating margin was 14.1% compared to 14.4% at June 30, 2018. Excluding transaction costs related to the acquisition of Epsilon, the operating margin amounted to euro 652 million, or 15.0%. This 60-basis-point improvement is due to lower personnel expenses, net income from the disposals of PHS and Proximedia, and a favorable foreign exchange impact. Operating margins by major geographical region were 10.3%(1) for Europe, 18.2%(1) for North America, 16.7% for Asia-Pacific, 5.6% for Latin America and 9.2% for the Africa/Middle East region. Operating margin excluding Epsilon transaction costs.   Amortization of intangibles arising from acquisitions in the first half of 2019 totaled euro 27 million in 2019, versus euro 34 million in 2018. Impairment losses, due mainly to the All in One real estate restructuring plan, amounted to euro 113 million in 2019 compared to euro 107 million in 2018, and other non-current income and expenses amounted to an income of euro 17 million in 2019, compared to an expense of euro 18 million in 2018. Operating income totaled euro 489 million for the first six months of 2019, after 458 million in 2018. Financial income (expense), made up of net borrowing costs and other financial income and expenses, amounted to income of euro 1 million at June 30, 2019 compared with an expense of euro 36 million in 2018. The cost of net financial debt was income of euro 15 million in 2019, compared to an expense of euro 9 million in 2018. Other financial income and expenses totaled euro 16 million, consisting of euro 30 million in interest on lease liability euro 19 million in income from the fair value remeasurement of Mutual Funds (remeasurement recorded in equity before 2019). Other financial income and expenses represented an expense of euro 27 million in 2018, including euro 29 million of interest on lease liability. The revaluation cost of earn-outs was euro 1 million in the first half of 2019, compared to an expense of 11 million in 2018. Income tax amounted to euro 136 million, after application of a forecast effective tax rate of 25.8% for 2019, compared to an income tax of euro 109 million in 2018, corresponding to a forecast effective tax rate of 25.9%. The share of profit of equity-accounted entities at June 30, 2019 was a loss of euro 5 million, compared to profit of euro 1 million the previous year. Minority interests in net income were euro 1 million at June 30, 2019 and euro 2 million in 2018. In total, Group net income for the first half of 2019 was a euro 345 million profit, compared with a euro 301 million profit for the corresponding period in the previous year. Free Cash Flow The Group's free cash flow before changes in Working Capital Requirements (WCR) is an indicator used by the Group to measure operating cash flow net of real estate investments, but before the acquisition or disposal of long-term equity investments and before financing activities (including the funding of Working Capital Requirements). The table below shows the calculation of the Group's free cash flow. EUR million 6 months 2019 6 months 2018 Operating margin before Depreciation & Amortization 885 882 Financial interest paid (net) 33 19 Refunding of lease commitments and associated interest (214) (204) Income tax paid (190) (149) Other 42 38 Cash flow from operations before changes in WCR 556 586 Investments in fixed assets (net) (65) (86) Free cash flow before variations in WCR 491 500 The Group’s free cash flow, excluding changes in working capital requirements, decreased by euro 9 million compared with the previous period to stand at euro 491 million for the first six months of 2019, after euro 500 million for the first six months of 2018. Net debt Net debt totaled euro 74 million at June 30, 2019 (i.e. a debt/equity ratio of 0.01), after a positive net cash position of euro 288 million at December 31, 2018. The Group’s average net debt was euro 550 million in H1 2019, down from euro 1,317 million in H1 2018. The acquisition of Epsilon, closed on July 1, 2019, is mainly funded by (i) the issue on June 5, 2019 of a euro 2.25 billion bond in three tranches, the settlement of which took place on June 13, 2019 and (ii) a medium-term loan established on June 28, 2019 (draw-down effective July 1, 2019) in three tranches (one for $900 million and two for euro 150 million each). It is worth mentioning that the net debt between June 13 and 30, 2019 is not affected by the Eurobond issuance as the proceeds of the bonds were immediately deposited until the payment of the acquisition. Acquisitions and disposals On January 31, Publicis Groupe announced the final signature for the disposal of Publicis Health Solutions (PHS) to Altamont Capital Partners (Altamont). PHS, which was part of the Publicis Health solutions hub, is an organization of medical and marketing representatives for pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device and diagnostic companies. Its brands, which include Touchpoint, PDI, Tardis Medical, PHrequency and CustomPoint Recruiting, offer a full range of services to customers. On February 7, Publicis Groupe confirmed that on February 6, 2019, it had acquired 82.99% of the capital of Soft Computing, the French leader in Data Marketing, at a price of euro 25 per share, for a total amount of approximately euro 43.4 million. This acquisition was realized with the founding shareholders and their families and follows the lifting of all conditions precedent for the agreements signed on December 19, 2018. The price offered was 66.67% above the December 19, 2018 closing price. Created in 1984 by Eric Fischmeister and Gilles Venturi, Soft Computing is specialized in data and how it is applied to enhance digital marketing and transform the customer experience. With over 400 experts, this market leading company provides its services to the majority of large corporates in the retail, services and financial sectors. On February 14, Publicis Groupe announced that, following a competitive sale process, conducted with the help of a major bank, the group entities that own Proximedia have entered into exclusive negotiations with Ycor for the sale of all of Proximedia. With operations in France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Spain, Proximedia provides digital services to SMEs, small shops and craftsmen for their online presence and promotion. Publicis Groupe completed the disposal in the first half of 2019. On April 14, 2019 Publicis Groupe announced it has entered into an agreement with Alliance Data Systems Corporation (NYSE: ADS) under which Publicis Groupe will acquire Epsilon for a net purchase price of $3.95 billion after tax step-up (total cash consideration of $4.40bn) and build a strategic partnership with Alliance Data remaining business. This acquisition will accelerate the implementation of Publicis’ strategy to become the preferred transformation partner for its clients. At the core of Publicis Groupe, Epsilon will strengthen its creative, media and technology activities and accelerate its growth. This transaction is positive for shareholders, with accretion of 12.5% in headline net income per share and 18.3% in free cash flow per share, excluding any transaction-related synergies and based on 2018 proforma numbers. The closing took place on July, 1 and was announced on July 2, 2019. NOMINATIONS Publicis Sapient, the digital business transformation hub of Publicis Groupe, announced the appointment of John Maeda as Chief Experience Officer. The selection of Maeda, one of the world’s creative leaders of computational design - the convergence of design and technology - signals Publicis Sapient’s ongoing commitment to pushing the boundaries of how businesses create exponential value for their customers and markets. In this role, John joins the Creative Executive Collective of Publicis Groupe whereby creative leadership is multi-faceted and structured to develop the necessary broad palette of creativity for the modern world – dynamic creativity brought to life through stories, experiences and innovation. Publicis Groupe UK appointed Ben Mooge in the newly-created position of Chief Creative Officer, Publicis Groupe UK. The role reinforces Publicis Groupe’s commitment to putting the creative product at the very heart of the business. It recognises creativity’s value to clients and talent and its true potential when connected with data and technology. Publicis Groupe announced two executive leadership infrastructures (namely, Publicis Groupe U.S. ComEx and Publicis Communications U.S. organized into three Zones) that will drive U.S. governance, accelerate the implementation of the Groupe’s strategy, and further transform the Groupe’s creative offering. Publicis Groupe U.S. ComEx will be accountable for advancing the Groupe’s strategy and driving overall performance and growth for the Groupe and its clients in the company’s largest market. The Publicis Groupe U.S. ComEx will be chaired by Arthur Sadoun, Chairman and CEO, Publicis Groupe, and comprised of Tim Jones, CEO, Publicis Media Americas; Bryan Kennedy, CEO, Epsilon; Ros King, EVP, Global Clients, Publicis Groupe; Steve King, COO, Publicis Groupe & CEO, Publicis Media; Adrian Sayliss, CFO, Publicis Groupe North America; Carla Serrano, CSO, Publicis Groupe; Liz Taylor, CCO, Publicis Communications US & CCO, Leo Burnett Worldwide; and Nigel Vaz, CEO, Publicis Sapient. Publicis Communications U.S. has been organized into three zones to catalyse transformation and cross-fertilization of the Groupe’s creative brand portfolio spanning brands such as Leo Burnett, Saatchi & Saatchi, Publicis, BBH and Fallon. The West zone will be led by Andrew Bruce, CEO, Publicis Communications West; the Center zone will be headed up by Andrew Swinand, CEO, Publicis Communications Center; and the East zone will be under the leadership of Jem Ripley who returns to Publicis Groupe as Publicis Communications CEO East. Additionally, Ripley will also lead Publicis Sapient’s marketing transformation business and clients in the U.S., which will transit to Publicis Communications. The digital business transformation capability remains within the Publicis Sapient hub. OUTLOOK For 2019, we will post a sequential improvement in H2 versus H1 in organic growth. Due to market conditions and continued attrition, we are taking a conservative approach for full year and expect to deliver a broadly stable net revenue on an organic basis. We confirm we will deliver a 30 to 50 basis points increase in our operating margin for the full year, including Epsilon from July and excluding transaction costs. We confirm our objective to grow headline EPS by 5% to 10% in 2019 (excluding BEAT tax and transaction costs, at constant exchange rates). For 2020, the main structural change is the integration of Epsilon, which will be contributing to our organic growth from July 1, 2020. We expect growth and extension of collaboration on data with our current clients, while benefiting from cross-fertilization between our assets and Epsilon’s portfolio of clients. Conversely, we also believe that some of our clients will continue to reduce their spending in traditional areas. We will update our new forecasts taking into account all those moving pieces in the coming months. We will grow our operating margin rate and we can also confirm an increase in headline diluted EPS by 5% to 10% (excluding BEAT tax, at constant exchange rates). * * * Disclaimer Certain information contained in this document, other than historical information, may constitute forward-looking statements or unaudited financial forecasts. These forward-looking statements and forecasts are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. These forward-looking statements and forecasts are presented as at the date of this document and, other than as required by applicable law, Publicis Groupe does not assume any obligation to update them to reflect new information or events or for any other reason. Publicis Groupe urges you carefully to consider the risk factors that may affect its business, as set out in the Registration Documents filed with the French Autorité des Marchés Financiers (AMF) and which is available on the website of Publicis Groupe (www.publicisgroupe.com), including an unfavorable economic climate, an extremely competitive market sector, the possibility that our clients could seek to terminate their contracts with us at short notice, the fact that a substantial part of the Group’s revenue is derived from certain key clients, conflicts of interest between advertisers active in the same sector, the Group’s dependence on its directors and employees, laws and regulations which apply to the Group’s business, legal action brought against the Group based on allegations that certain of the Group’s commercials are deceptive or misleading or that the products of certain clients are defective, the strategy of growing through acquisitions, the depreciation of goodwill and assets listed on the Group’s balance sheet, the Group’s presence in emerging markets, exposure to liquidity risk, a drop in the Group’s credit rating and exposure to the risks of financial markets. About Publicis Groupe - The Power of One Publicis Groupe [Euronext Paris FR0000130577, CAC 40] is a global leader in marketing, communication, and digital transformation, driven through the alchemy of data, creativity, media and technology, uniquely positioned to deliver personalized experience at scale. Publicis Groupe offers its clients a seamless end-to-end service to address all their marketing and transformation challenges. Publicis Groupe is organized across Solutions hubs: Publicis Communications (Publicis Worldwide, Saatchi & Saatchi, Leo Burnett, BBH, Marcel, Fallon, MSL, Prodigious), Publicis Media (Starcom, Zenith, Spark Foundry, Performics, Digitas), Publicis Sapient and Publicis Health. Epsilon, the data-driven marketing and tech company and its platform Conversant, is positioned at the center of the group fueling all the group’s operations. Present in over 100 countries, Publicis Groupe employs nearly 84,000 professionals. www.publicisgroupe.com | Twitter:@PublicisGroupe | Facebook | LinkedIn | YouTube | Viva la Difference! Appendices Net revenue: organic growth calculation (million euro) Q1 Q2 6 months   Impact of currency at end June 2018 (million euro) 2018 net revenue 2,082 2,198 4,280   GBP (3) 3 Currency impact (2) 93 72 165   USD (3) 159 2018 net revenue (1) at 2019 exchange rates (a) 2,175 2,270 4,445   Others 3 2018 net revenue before acquisition impact (b) 2,136 2,273 4,409   Total 165 Net revenue from acquisitions (1) (18) (39) (57)     2019 net revenue 2,118 2,234 4,352     Organic growth (b/a) -1.8% +0.1% -0.8%     Organic growth excl. PHS (3) -1.6% +0.1% -0.7%       Acquisitions (Optix, Independent Ideas, Ecosys, Domaines Publics, Payer Science, One Digital, The Shed, Kindred, Xebia, IDC Creation, Brilliant, Soft Computing, E2 Media), net of disposals 2. EUR = USD 1.130 on average in H1 2019 vs. USD 1.210 on average in H1 2018 EUR = GBP 0.873 on average in H1 2019 vs. GBP 0.880 on average in H1 2018 3. Publicis Groupe made effective the disposal of Publicis Health Services in January 2019 New Business: Main wins 6M 2019 PUBLICIS COMMUNICATIONS Google (USA), Barclays (UK), Samsung (UK & USA), Massage Envy (USA), Cumberland Farms (USA), Nestlé (Australia), RAMS Financial Group (Australia), Health Promotion Board (HPB) (Singapore), Banco Safra (Brazil), Perdigão (Brazil), Distell (South Africa), MillerCoors, Coors Light (USA), Facebook Messenger (USA), Oppo (China), Nesqino (China) PUBLICIS MEDIA Agata Katowice (Poland), Atresmedia (Spain), Credit Agricole (Poland), Driven Brands (USA), E. Wedel (Poland), GreatCall (USA),Grupa Lotos (Poland), Huawei (China), Miele (China), NBC Universal (USA), Purplebricks (USA), Rio Tinto (Australia), Sante A. Kowalski (Poland), Twitter (USA), Buffalo Grill (France),Cancer Council NSW (Australia), Kellogg's (South Africa), Lantmännen Cerealia (Nordics), PKN Orlen (Poland), PPG Coatings (Australia), Ralph Lauren (USA), Varsity College (South Africa) PUBLICIS SAPIENT Goldman Sachs (USA), World Fuel Services Corporation (USA), UBS AG (USA), Heathrow Airport (UK), Citigroup Technology (USA), Bacardi-Martini (USA), Neiman Marcus (USA), Government of Abu Dhabi (UAE), Telefonica (Spain) PUBLICIS HEALTH Abbott (USA & Canada), Abbvie (USA), Amazon (USA), Boehringer Ingelheim (Global), Bristol-Myers Squibb (France), Roche (Global & EMEA), Merck & Co. (USA), Novo Nordisk (USA), Sanofi Genzyme (USA), Sunovion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (USA & Canada), Alfasigma (USA & Canada), Pfizer (Global), Supernus Pharma (USA) 2019 press releases 08-01-2019 Publicis Groupe appoints Michael Rebelo as Chief Executive Officer, Australia & New-Zealand 24-01-2019 Publicis Groupe appoints Bertilla Teo and Michael Lee as co-Chief Executive Officers, Greater China 31-01-2019 Publicis Groupe Launches Innovative Learning Experiences to Speed Transformation to a Platform 31-01-2019 Publicis Groupe Completes Divestiture of Pharmaceutical Contract Commercialization and Sales Unit (PHS) 01-02-2019 Publicis Groupe takes full ownership of Blue 449 in the UK 01-02-2019 Jacco ter Schegget Named CEO Publicis Groupe Belgium and the Netherlands 06-02-2019 Publicis Groupe: 2018 Annual Results 07-02-2019 Publicis Groupe completes acquisition of Soft Computing 11-02-2019 Publicis Groupe Appoints Alessandra Girolami as VP, Investor Relations & Strategic Financial Planning 14-02-2019 Publicis Groupe Enters into Exclusive Negotiations with Ycor for the Sale of Its Digital Services Subsidiary, Proximedia 27-02-2019 Publicis Groupe Malaysia Appoints Abraham Varughese as Chief Creative Officer 07-03-2019 Supervisory Board 26-03-2019 Publicis Groupe Named Adobe’s Digital Experience Partner Of The Year For The Americas 01-04-2019 Press release 03-04-2019 Publicis Groupe Agencies Score High Marks on The Human Rights Campaign’s 2019 Corporate Equality Index 09-04-2019 Publicis Groupe Germany appoints Frank-Peter Lortz as CEO of Publicis Communications Germany 14-04-2019 Publicis Groupe to Acquire Epsilon 14-04-2019 Publicis Groupe: First Quarter 2019 Revenue 17-04-2019 2018 Registration Document available 24-04-2019 Dividend 02-05-2019 Mark Tutssel Leaving Leo Burnett after Illustrious Three-Decade Career 07-05-2019 Maurice Lévy Inducted into the 2019 Advertising Hall of Fame by the American Advertising Federation (AAF) 16-05-2019 Groupe Renault Gives a New Dimension to Its On-Boarded Editorial Content Platform and Enters into a Strategic Agreement with Publicis Groupe 23-05-2019 Publicis Groupe Appoints Delphine Stricker as VP, Director of Communication 28-05-2019 Significant progress on the financing of the Epsilon transaction 29-05-2019 Combined General Shareholders’ Meeting 05-06-2019 Publicis groupe successfully places 2.25 eur billion bonds 17-06-2019 Publicis Groupe UK Bolsters Country Model with Appointment of Ben Mooge as Chief Creative Officer 18-06-2019 Publicis Sapient Announces John Maeda as Chief Experience Officer Definitions Net revenue: Revenue less pass-through costs which comprise amount paid to external suppliers engaged to perform a project and charged directly to clients. Those costs are mainly production & media costs and out of pocket expenses. Organic growth: Change in net revenue excluding the impact of acquisitions, disposals and currencies. EBITDA: Operating margin before depreciation. Operating margin: Revenue after personnel costs, other operating expenses (excl. non-current income and expense) and depreciation (excl. amortization of intangibles arising on acquisitions). Operating margin rate: Operating margin as a percentage of net revenue. Headline Group Net Income: Net income attributable to the Groupe, after elimination of impairment charges, amortization of intangibles arising from acquisitions, the main capital gains (or losses) on disposals, change in the fair value of financial assets, the impact of US tax reform, the revaluation of earn-out debt and Epsilon transaction costs. EPS (Earnings per share): Group net income divided by average number of shares, not diluted. EPS, diluted (Earnings per share, diluted): Group net income divided by average number of shares, diluted. Headline EPS, diluted (Headline Earnings per share, diluted): Headline group net income, divided by average number of shares, diluted. Capex: Net acquisitions of tangible and intangible assets, excluding financial investments and other financial assets. Free Cash Flow before changes in working capital requirements: Net cash flow from operating activities less interests paid & received, repayment of lease liabilities & related interests and changes in WCR linked to operating activities. Free Cash Flow: Net cash flow from operating activities less interests paid & received, repayment of lease liabilities & related interests. Net Debt (or financial net debt): Sum of long and short financial debt and associated derivatives, net of treasury and cash equivalents excluding lease liability since 1st January 2018. Average net debt: Average of monthly net debt at end of each month. Dividend pay-out: Dividend per share / Headline diluted EPS. Consolidated income statement (in millions of euros) Notes June 30, 2019 (6 months) June 30, 2018 (6 months) December 31, 2018 (12 months) Net revenue1   4,352 4,280 8,969 Pass-through Revenue   516 445 982 Revenue   4 ,868 4,725 9,951 Personnel expenses Other operating expenses   3   (2,879) (1,104) (2,834) (1,009) (5,747) (2,155) Operating margin before Depreciation & Amortization   885 882 2,049 Depreciation and amortization expense (excluding intangibles arising from acquisitions)   4 (273) (265) (526) Operating Margin   612 617 1,523 Amortization of intangibles from acquisitions   4   (27)   (34)   (69) Impairment loss 4 (113) (107) (131) Non-current income and expenses   5   17   (18)   (20)   Operating income   489 458 1,303 Financial expenses Financial income Cost of net financial debt Revaluation of earn-out payments on acquisitions Other financial income and expenses       6 6 6 (52) 67 15 (1) (16) (40) 31 (9) (11) (27) (81) 70 (11) (13) (60) Pre-tax income of consolidated companies   487 411 1,219 Income taxes   7 (136) (109) (285) Net income of consolidated companies   351 302 934 Share of profit of associates   10 (5) 1 (4) Net income   346 303 930 Of which: - Net income attributable to non- controlling interests     1 2 11 Net income attributable to equity holders of the parent company   345 301 919   Data per-share (in euros) - Net income attributable to equity holders of the parent company     8         Number of shares   231,745,008 226,898,746 229,231,677   Earnings per share   1.49 1.33 4.01               Number of diluted shares   233,885,720 231,379,546 234,564,382   Diluted earnings per share   1.48 1.30 3.92   1 Net revenue: Revenue less pass-through costs. Those costs are mainly production & media costs and out of pocket expenses. As these items that can be passed on to clients are not included in the scope of analysis of transactions, the net revenue indicator is the most appropriate for measuring the Group’s operational performance.  Consolidated statement of comprehensive income (in millions of euros)   June 30, 2019 (6 months) June 30, 2018 (6 months) December 31, 2018 (12 months) Net income for the period (a)   346 303 930             Comprehensive income that will not be reclassified to income statement           - Actuarial gains (and losses) on defined benefit plans   (45) 14 22 - Deferred taxes on comprehensive income that will not be reclassified to income statement   11 (6) (2)   Comprehensive income that may be reclassified to income statement           - Remeasurement of hedging instruments   (35) 20 6 - Consolidation translation adjustments   48 17 73 Total other comprehensive income (b)   (21) 45 99           Total comprehensive income for the period (a) + (b)   325 348 1,029 Of which:         - Total comprehensive income for the period attributable to non-controlling interests     1 2 10 - Total comprehensive income for the period attributable to equity holders of the parent company     324 346 1,019   Consolidated balance sheet   (in millions of euros) Notes June 30, 2019 December 31, 2018   Assets         Goodwill, net 9 8,857 8,751   Intangible assets, net   1,107 1,125   Right-of-use assets related to leases 15 1,954 1,732   Property, plant and equipment, net   598 611   Deferred tax assets   162 150   Investments in associates 10 31 62   Other financial assets 11 225 215   Non-current assets   12,934 12,646   Inventories and work in progress           421 367   Trade receivables   8,493 9,115   Assets on contracts   1,087 874   Other current receivables and assets   890 689   Cash and cash equivalents   4,744 3,206   Assets held for sale   0 183   Current assets   15,635 14,434             Total assets   28,569 27,080 Equity and Liabilities       Share capital     94 94 Additional paid-in capital and retained earnings, Group share   6,598 6,759 Equity attributable to holders of the parent company 12 6,692 6,853 Non-controlling interests   (9) 0 Total equity   6,683 6,853   Long-term borrowings   14 4,122   2,425 Long-term lease liabilities 15 1,994 1,648 Deferred tax liabilities   443 446 Long-term provisions 13 479 384 Non-current liabilities   7,038 4,903 Trade payables         11,300 12,176 Liabilities on contracts   305 284 Short-term borrowings 14 632 449 Short-term lease liabilities 15 322 393 Income taxes payable   331 365 Short-term provisions 13 113 125 Other creditors and current liabilities   1,845 1,432 Liabilities held for sale   0 100 Current liabilities   14,848 15,324         Total equity and liabilities   28,569 27,080 Consolidated statement of cash flows (in millions of euros) June 30, 2019 (6 months) June 30, 2018 (6 months) December 31, 2018 (12 months)    Cash flow from operating activities         Net income 346 303 930   Neutralization of non-cash income and expenses:         Income taxes 136 109 285   Cost of net financial debt (15) 9 11   Capital losses (gains) on disposal of assets (before tax) (18) 18 20   Depreciation, amortization and impairment loss 413 406 726   Share-based compensation 37 32 63   Other non-cash income and expenses 21 42 76   Share of profit of associates 5 (1) 4   Dividends received from associates 2 2 2   Taxes paid (190) (149) (328)   Change in working capital requirements(1) (826) (890) 153   Net cash flows generated by (used in) operating activities (I) (89) (119) 1,942   Cash flow from investing activities         Purchases of property, plant and equipment and intangible assets (68) (95) (207)   Disposals of property, plant and equipment and intangible assets 3 9 11   Purchases of investments and other financial assets, net 12 (11) (11)   Acquisitions of subsidiaries (117) (91) (260)   Disposals of subsidiaries 87 25 19             Net cash flows generated by (used in) investing activities(II) (83) (163) (448)   Cash flow from financing activities         Dividends paid to holders of the parent company - - (210)   Dividends paid to non-controlling interests (8) (5) (10)   Proceeds from borrowings 2,257 10 11   Repayment of borrowings (324) (178) (159)   Repayment of lease liabilities (184) (175) (374)   Interest paid on lease liabilities (30) (29) (58)   Financial interest paid (45) (13) (69)   Financial interest received 78 32 66   Net purchases of non-controlling interests (35) (17) (21)   Net (purchases)/sales of treasury shares and warrant (2) 22 9   Net cash flows generated by (used in) financing activities (III) 1,707 (353) (815)   Impact of exchange rate fluctuations (IV)   2 35 133   Change in consolidated cash and cash equivalents (I + II + III + IV) 1,537 (600) 812 Cash and cash equivalents on January 1 3,206 2,407 2,407 Bank overdrafts on January 1 (14) (27) (27) Net cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year (V) 3,192 2,380 2,380 Cash and cash equivalents at closing date 4,744 1,812 3,206 Bank overdrafts at closing date (15) (32) (14) Net cash and cash equivalents at end of the period (VI) 4,729 1,780 3,192 Change in consolidated cash and cash equivalents (VI - V) 1,537 (600) 812 Breakdown of change in working capital requirements         Change in inventory and work in progress (51) (14) 42 Change in trade receivables and other receivables 390 545 (274) Change in accounts payable, other payables and provisions (1,165) (1,421) 385 Change in working capital requirements (826) (890) 153             Consolidated statement of changes in equity Number of outstanding shares (in millions of euros) Share capital   Additional paid-in capital Reserves and earnings brought forward Translation reserve   Fair value reserve Equity attributable to equity holders of the parent company Minority interests Total equity   231,240,308 December 31, 2018 94 3,926 2,875 (263) 221 6,853 - 6,853   Net income     345     345 1 346   Other comprehensive income, net of tax       48 (69) (21)   (21)   Total comprehensive income for the year - - 345 48 (69) 324 1 325   Dividends     (490)     (490) (8) (498) 522,277 Share-based compensation, net of tax     37     37   37   Effect of acquisitions and commitments to buy-out non-controlling interests     (30)     (30) (2) (32) 180,574 Equity warrant exercise 0 5       5   5 534,301 (Purchases)/sales of treasury shares     (7)     (7)   (7) 232,477,460 June 30, 2019 94 3,931 2,730 (215) 152 6,692 (9) 6,683 Number of outstanding shares (in millions of euros) Share capital   Additional paid-in capital Reserves and earnings brought forward Translation reserve   Fair value reserve Equity attributable to equity holders of the parent company Minority interests Total equity   226,295,805 December 31, 2017 92 3,680 2,326 (337) 195 5,956 2 5,958   First-time application of IFRS 16     10     10   10 226,295,805 January 1, 2018 92 3,680 2,336 (337) 195 5,966 2 5,968   Net income     301     301 2 303   Other comprehensive income, net of tax       17 28 45   45   Total comprehensive income for the year - - 301 17 28 346 2 348 4,323,480 Dividends 2 243 (455)     (210) (5) (215) 210,612 Share-based compensation, net of tax     32     32   32   Effect of acquisitions and commitments to buy-out non-controlling interests     (1)     (1)   (1) 87,984 Equity warrant exercise 0 3       3   3 498,177 (Purchases)/sales of treasury shares     19     19   19 231,416,058 June 30, 2018 94 3,926 2,232 (320) 223 6,155 (1) 6,154 Earnings per share (basic and diluted) (in millions of euros, except for share data)   June 30, 2019 June 30, 2018   Net income used for the calculation of earnings per share       Group net income A 345 301 Impact of dilutive instruments:       - Savings in financial expenses related to the conversion of debt instruments, net of tax   - - Group net income – diluted B 345 301   Number of shares used to calculate earnings per share       Number of shares at January 1   235,249,801 230,627,725 Shares created over the period   130,156 194,528 Treasury shares to be deducted (average for the period)   (3,634,949) (3,923,507) Average number of shares used for the calculation C 231,745,008 226,898,746 Impact of dilutive instruments:       - Free shares and dilutive stock options(1)   1,728,566 3,936,357 - Equity warrants (1)   412,146 544,443 Number of diluted shares D 233,885,720 231,379,546 (in euros)       Earnings per share A/C 1.49 1.33         Diluted earnings per share B/D 1.48 1.30 Only stock options and warrants with a dilutive impact, i.e. whose strike price is lower than the average strike price, are included in the calculation. As of June 30, 2019 only warrants not yet exercised at the reporting date had a dilutive impact. Headline earnings per share (basic and diluted) (in millions of euros, except for share data)   June 30, 2019 June 30, 2018   Net income used to calculate headline earnings per share(1)       Group net income   345 301 Items excluded:       - Amortization of intangibles from acquisitions, net of tax   20 28 - Impairment loss (2), net of tax   90 81 - Revaluation of earn-out payments   1 11 - Main capital gains (losses) on disposal of assets and fair value adjustment of financial assets, net of tax   (23) 17 - Costs relating to the acquisition of Epsilon, net of taxes   30   Headline Group net income E 463 438 Impact of dilutive instruments:       - Savings in financial expenses related to the conversion of debt instruments, net of tax   - - Headline Group net income, diluted F 463 438         Number of shares used to calculate earnings per share       Number of shares at January 1   235,249,801 230,627,725 Shares created over the period   130,156 194,528 Treasury shares to be deducted (average for the period)   (3,634,949) (3,923,507) Average number of shares used for the calculation C 231,745,008 226,898,746 Impact of dilutive instruments:       - Free shares and dilutive stock options   1,728,566 3,936,357 - Equity warrants   412,146 544,443 Number of diluted shares (in euros) D   233,885,720 231,379,546 Headline earnings per share(1) E/C 2.00 1.93         Headline earnings per share – diluted (1) F/D 1.98 1.89 EPS after elimination of impairment losses, amortization of intangibles from acquisitions, the main capital gains and losses on disposal and fair value adjustment of financial assets, revaluation of earn-out payments and costs relating to the acquisition of Epsilon. At June 30, 2019 and 2018, this item mainly comprises impairment losses on right-of-use assets related to leases.   View source version on businesswire.com: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20190718005609/en/ Publicis Groupe Delphine Stricker Corporate Communications + 33 (0)6 38 81 40 00 delphine.stricker@publicisgroupe.com Alessandra Girolami Investor Relations + 33 (0)1 44 43 77 88 alessandra.girolami@publicisgroupe.com Chi-Chung Lo Investor Relations + 33 (0)1 44 43 66 69 chi-chung.lo@publicisgroupe.com Source: Publicis Groupe

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