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Publicis Groupe: 2019 Annual Results

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2019 Full Year Results

Solid results in a transformation year


February 6, 2020


  • Reported net revenue up 9.3% for the full year, with Epsilon contributing in H2
  • Organic growth at -2.3%, in line with update provided in October
  • Operating margin rate up, at 17.3% (1) (+30 basis points), including c.€100m additional investment in talents
  • Headline diluted EPS of €5.02 (+8.2%) (2) and Free Cash Flow (3) of nearly €1.3 billion (+8.2%)
  • Number 1 in New Business for the 2nd year in a row (4)
  • Confirmation of 2020 outlook

2019 Results

§  (EUR million) 2019 2019 vs 2018
§  Revenue 11,001 +10.6%
§  Net revenue 9,800 +9.3%
§  Organic growth     -2.3%
§  Operating margin (1) 1,699 +11.6%
§  Operating margin rate (1) 17.3% +30bps
§  Headline Groupe net income 1,188 +9.8%
§  Headline diluted EPS (euro) 5.02 +8.2%(2)
§  Free Cash Flow (3) 1,253 +8.2%

Q4 2019 Revenue

§  Net revenue € 2,871 M
§  Reported growth +15.2%
§  Organic growth -4.5%


  1. Excluding €40m transaction costs related to the acquisition of Epsilon
  2. At constant exchange rates, excluding BEAT Tax. Reported basis: +8.9%
  3. Before change in working capital requirements
  4. Source: Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan

Arthur Sadoun, Chairman and CEO of Publicis Groupe:


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 « 2019 was a transition year when we completed our model.

We acquired and integrated Epsilon. We changed Publicis Sapient's management and repositioned its operations around business transformation through industry verticals. We put in place a country model to foster cross-fertilization across our expertise in creativity, media, data and technology. And while we were implementing our model, we continued to promote a new generation of leaders in strategic positions, in our most iconic brands, our biggest countries and for our top clients.

 All of these necessary changes, combined with the effects of our transition, had a negative impact on our organic growth in 2019. But our model is already delivering concrete results that make us confident for the future. Our reported growth of +9.3% with Epsilon reflects the shift in our revenue profile. We are posting strong financials, increasing our operating margin (1) by +11.6% and Headline diluted EPS (2) by +8.2%, while investing an additional c.100 million euros in our talents. Our model and our go-to-market demonstrate their attractiveness, as illustrated by the new business ranking: for the second year in a row, we are number one in the new business league tables.

Now that we have completed our transformation in terms of assets and organization, we are in position to deliver what our clients really need to thrive in a world increasingly dominated by the platforms, as we demonstrated in our recent wins with Disney and Novartis. 

In 2020 our priority is to deliver our organic growth recovery plan by progressively returning to growth in our traditional activities; preparing our future revenue streams with Epsilon and Publicis Sapient, and of course continuing to invest in talents and learning & development to strengthen our offer.

We have taken great steps forward in our transformation journey. We are clear on the steps ahead of us and focused on execution. I would like to thank everyone at Publicis Groupe for their efforts and all of our clients for their trust. »

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  1. Excluding €40m transaction costs related to the acquisition of Epsilon
  2. At constant exchange rates, excluding BEAT Tax. Reported basis: +8.9%

Publicis Groupe’s Supervisory Board met on February 5, 2020, under the chairmanship of Maurice Lévy, to examine the annual accounts for 2019 presented by Arthur Sadoun, CEO and Chairman of the Management Board.


EUR million, except per-share data and percentages 2019   2018 2019
vs 2018
Data from the Income and Cash flow Statement      
Net revenue 9,800 8,969 +9.3%
Pass-through revenue 1,201 982 +22.3%
Revenue 11,001 9,951 +10.6%
Operating margin before Depreciation & Amortization 2,245 2,049 +9.6%
% of Net revenue 22.9% 22.8%  10 bps
Operating margin 1,659 1,523 +8.9%
% of Net revenue 16.9% 17.0% -10 bps
Operating margin excluding transaction costs (1) 1,699 1,523 +11.6%
% of Net revenue 17.3% 17.0% +30 bps
Operating income 1,267 1,303 -2.8%
Net income attributable to the Groupe 841 919 -8.5%
Earnings Per Share (EPS) 3.59 4.01 -10.5%
Headline diluted EPS (2) 5.02 4.61 +8.9%
Dividend per share (3) 2.30 2.12 +8.5%
Free Cash Flow before change in working capital requirements 1,253 1,158 +8.2%
EUR million
Data from the Balance Sheet
Dec. 31, 2019 Dec. 31, 2018

Total assets 32,659 27,080 +20.6%
Groupe share of Shareholders’ equity 7,401 6,853 +8.0%
Net debt (net cash) 2,713 (288) -

(1)  Transaction costs related to the acquisition of Epsilon totaled 40 million euros in 2019

(2)  Net income attributable to the Groupe, after elimination of impairment charges, real estate transformation expenses, amortization of intangibles arising on 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 costs and Epsilon transaction costs, divided by the average number of shares on a diluted basis

(3)  To be proposed to the shareholders at the AGM of May 27, 2020


Publicis Groupe’s net revenue for the full year 2019 was 9,800 million euros, compared with 8,969 million euros in 2018, i.e. a 9.3% increase. At constant exchange rates, growth was 5.9% and the actual impact of exchange rate variations was positive at 3.1% or 282 million euro. Acquisitions (net of disposals) contributed 760 million euros to net revenue in 2019, reflecting the contribution of Epsilon from July 2019, and of other acquisitions such as Xebia, Soft Computing and Rauxa, partially offset by the disposals of PHS at the end of January 2019 and of Proximedia at the end of April 2019.

Organic growth is -2.3% in 2019. This performance is in line with the expectations shared in October. It reflects three well-identified negative factors. Firstly, an impact of attrition of around 200 basis points; secondly, the effect of contract losses in media in 2018; and thirdly, the repositioning of Publicis Sapient in the United States. These negative effects were partially offset by the continued very good performance of Strategic Game Changers, which saw its net revenue grow by 18%, and by the positive effect of budget gains in 2019.

Breakdown of 2019 Net revenue by sector

Based on 3,769 clients representing 88% of the Groupe’s total revenue.

Breakdown of 2019 Net revenue by region

EUR Net revenue Reported Organic
million 2019 2018 growth growth
Europe 2,630 2,622  +0.3% -2.0%
North America 5,516 4,795  +15.0% -3.5%
Asia Pacific 1,006 924 +8.9% +0.8%
Latin America 326 347 -6.1% -4.9%
Middle East & Africa 322 281  +14.6% +10.0%
Total 9,800 8,969  +9.3% -2.3%

Europe reported a growth of 0.3%. Excluding the impact of acquisitions and exchange rates, organic growth was -2.0%. The performance compares to high bases, particularly in the second half of the year, in the three main countries of the region. France and the United Kingdom posted slightly negative organic growth of -0.8% and -0.2% respectively. Net revenue in Germany declined -10.0% organically, primarily impacted by media losses in 2018.

Net revenue in North America is up 15.0% from 2018, including the positive impact of the Epsilon acquisition in the last six months of the year. On an organic basis, the region posted a decline in net revenue of -3.5% in 2019. The negative factors explained above apply particularly to the United States, which saw negative growth of -4.1% over the year. Canada posted organic net revenue growth of 8.3%.

Asia Pacific net revenue were up 8.9% on a reported basis and 0.8% on an organic basis. Australia recorded a decline of -7.0% in net revenue on an organic basis, China was down -1.8%, while Singapore and India recorded double-digit growth (16.5% and 10.4% respectively).

Net revenue in Latin America was down -6.1%, on a reported basis. On an organic basis, net revenue was down -4.9% for the year, despite a positive fourth quarter. This is primarily impacted by high comparables and the economic situation in some countries. Business in Brazil was down -10.7% organically over the year. Mexico saw its net revenue fall -6.1% over the year on an organic basis.

Net revenue in the Middle East and Africa region rose by 14.6% thanks to the impact of the rise in the euro and to an increase in organic growth of 10.0%, driven by the United Arab Emirates (16.6%).


Publicis Groupe's net revenue in Q4 2019 was 2,871 million euros compared to 2,492 million euros in Q4 2018, up by 15.2%. Growth at constant exchange rate was 12.9%. Exchange rate variations had a positive impact of 52 million euros (+2.1%). The acquisitions (net of disposals) contributed 441 million euros to net revenue in Q4 2019, reflecting the contribution of Epsilon from July 2019, and other acquisitions such as Xebia, Soft Computing and Rauxa, partially offset by the disposals of PHS at the end of January 2019 and of Proximedia at the end of April 2019.

Organic growth was -4.5% in Q4 2019. This performance is in line with the indications shared in October. It highlights the impact of three well-identified negative factors. Firstly, attrition, i.e. budget cuts by some clients in traditional advertising, continued. Second, the performance of our media business reflected, as expected, the fact that our budget gains have not fully offset the losses incurred since the third quarter of 2018. Finally, the repositioning of Publicis Sapient in the United States, initiated by the Groupe in 2019, is having a negative impact on short-term growth. As announced at the beginning of the year, Publicis Sapient in the United States is repositioning around business transformation through industry verticals. This reflects the structure already in place for Publicis Sapient's international activities. To do this, several projects have been carried out simultaneously: part of the digital marketing activity is being transferred to our communication activities; Publicis Sapient in the United States is evolving from digital project-based assignments to longer-term digital transformation ones; the business is thus gradually refocusing on activities generating long-term growth.

Breakdown of Q4 2019 Net revenue by region

EUR Net revenue Reported Organic
million Q4 2019 Q4 2018 growth growth
Europe 728 753  -3.3% -7.0%
North America 1,639 1,260  +30.1% -4.2%
Asia Pacific 302 277  +9.0% -2.3%
Latin America 107 110 -2.7% +0.9%
Middle East & Africa 95 92  +3.3% -1.2%
Total 2,871 2,492 +15.2% -4.5%


Income Statement

Operating margin before depreciation and amortization amounted to 2,245 million euros in 2019, compared to 2,049 million euros in 2018, up by 9.6%, including the contribution of Epsilon in H2 2019. This translates into a margin rate of 22.9% of net revenue (22.8% in 2018). Excluding transaction costs related to the acquisition of Epsilon, the operating margin before depreciation and amortization reached 2,285 million euros in 2019, representing a margin rate of 23.3%.

  • Personnel costs totaled 6,073 million euros at December 31, 2019, up by 5.7% from 5,747 million euro in 2018. This evolution reflects several factors: the integration of Epsilon in the second half of the year, investments in talents amounting to c.100 million euros for both our Game Changers and our media and creative activities, only partly offset by the adjustment in variable compensation reflecting the fact that organic growth target has not been met. As a percentage of net revenue, personnel expenses were 62.0%, compared to 64.1% in 2018, partly reflecting the structure of Epsilon Income Statement, in which personnel costs are less significant as a percentage of revenue. Fixed personnel costs of 5,353 million euros represented 54.6% of net revenue versus 55.4% in 2018. The cost of freelancers was 348 million euros in 2019, compared to 367 million euros in 2018. Restructuring costs reached 116 million euros in 2019 (104 million euros in 2018) and are part of the Groupe's ongoing reorganization, "The Power of One", which results in increased integration of structures and activities at country level.
  • Other operating expenses (excluding depreciation & amortization) amounted to 2,683 million euros, up from 2,155 million euros in 2018. These costs represent 27.4% of net revenue compared to 24.0% in 2018. Excluding Epsilon-related transaction costs of 40 million euros, operating expenses in 2019 amounted to 2,643 million euros, or 27.0% of net revenue. The cost structure of Epsilon explains the increase in this ratio.

Depreciation and amortization charge was 586 million euros in 2019, up by 11.4% compared to 2018. The increase is largely due to the consolidation of Epsilon on the second half of the year.

The operating margin amounted to 1,659 million euros, up by 8.9% compared to the 2018 margin of 1,523 million euros. Excluding transaction costs related to the acquisition of Epsilon, the operating margin was 1,699 million euros, i.e. a margin rate of 17.3%, up by 30 basis points compared to 2018. This improvement is mainly due to the decrease in personnel costs as a percentage of net revenue, the sale of PHS, as well as favorable currency impacts, partially offset by the increase in other operating expenses. These elements made it possible to generate the necessary resources to finance investment in talents, for both our Game Changers and our creative and media activities.

Excluding transaction costs related to the acquisition of Epsilon, operating margin rates by major geographic area were 13.7% for Europe, 19.6% for North America, 17.7% for Asia-Pacific, 13.8% for Latin America and 10.9% for the Africa / Middle East region.

Amortization of intangibles arising from acquisitions totaled 204 million euro in 2019, up from 69 million euro in 2018. This increase is mainly due to the new intangible items arising from the consolidation of Epsilon, as well as the implementation of our country-model organization that leads to a change in accounting approach regarding tradenames arising from acquisitions. Tradenames started to be amortized from 1st July 2019. Impairment losses amounted to 209 million euros, out of which 82 million euros mainly on intangibles. It also includes 127 million euros linked to the real estate consolidation "All in One", which leads to a reduction in the number of sites, while allowing better collaboration between the teams. In 2018, impairment losses were 131 million euros (of which 114 million euros related to real estate plan “All in One”). In addition, net non-current income is positive of 21 million euros 2019, resulting from disposals, compared to a charge of 20 million euros in 2018.

Operating income totaled 1,267 million euro in 2019, after 1,303 million euro in 2018.

The financial result, comprising the cost of net financial debt and other financial charges and income, is an expense of 91 million euros in 2019 compared to an expense of 71 million euros in 2018. The net expense on net financial debt was 25 million euros in 2019, including a 58 million euros interest charge related to Epsilon’s acquisition debt. Net expense on net financial debt was 11 million euros in 2018. Other financial income and expenses were a charge of 66 million euros, notably composed of 70 million euros interest on lease liabilities. Other financial income and expenses were a charge of 60 million euros in 2018, including 58 million euros of interest on lease obligations.

The revaluation of earn-out payments amounted to an expense of 22 million euros at year-end, after an expense of 13 million in 2018.

The tax charge is 305 million euros, corresponding to an effective tax rate of 25.0% in 2019, compared to 285 million euros in 2018, corresponding to an effective tax rate of 24.0%.

The share in the profit of associates is a loss of 5 million euros, compared to a loss of 4 million euros the previous year. Minority interests were 3 million euros in 2019 compared to 11 million in 2018.

Overall, Net income attributable to the Groupe was 841 million euros at December 31, 2019, compared to 919 million euro at December 31, 2018.

Free Cash Flow

EUR million 2019 2018
Operating margin before Depreciation & Amortization 2,245 2,049
Financial interest paid (net) 11 (3)
Refunding of lease commitments and associated interest (480) (432)
Income tax paid (349)   (328)
Other 51 68
Cash Flow from operations before change in WCR 1,478 1,354
Investments in fixed assets (net) (225) (196)
Free Cash Flow before changes in WCR 1,253 1,158
Variation in working capital requirements 394 153
Free cash-flow 1,647 1,311

The Groupe’s free cash flow, excluding change in working capital requirements, was up by 8.2% compared to 2018, at 1,253 million euros. This upswing is mainly due to the increase in the operating margin before depreciation and amortization. The increase in net investments in fixed assets is mainly due to the consolidation of Epsilon’s activity in the second half of the year. Tax paid increased from 328 million euros in 2018 to 349 million euros in 2019.
The change in working capital requirements is 394 million euros in 2019, compared to 153 million euro in 2018. This increase is related to the continued cash management policy, particularly on overdue recovery. It also benefits from the positive contribution of Epsilon’s change in working capital requirements.
The Groupe’s free cash flow including variations in working capital requirements was 1,647 million euros up by 25.6% from the previous year.

Net debt

Net financial debt amounted to 2,713 million euros as of December 31, 2019 compared to net cash of 288 million euros as of December 31, 2018. The Groupe's average net debt in 2019 amounted to 2,375 million euros compared to 1,323 million euros in 2018. The increase in the Groupe's debt reflects the financing linked to the acquisition of Epsilon, largely funded by the issue of bonds amounting to 2.25 billion euros in three tranches.


In 2019, for the second year in a row, Publicis was ranked first across the industry in new business league tables1

Publicis offer demonstrated its attractiveness, in every dimension, with both new and existing clients. New clients have elected the Groupe for their marketing transformation, like Disney globally, LVMH in Europe and British Telecom in the UK. The Groupe has successfully extended its scope with existing clients and won new assignments, with Mondelez or NBC Universal, both in the US. In addition, only one year after the Groupe won the media and digital assignment of GSK, it has been awarded the Pfizer Consumer Healthcare media business. Finally, Publicis Groupe has leveraged its existing relationship with Novartis and Axa and increased its market share in consolidation pitches.

This momentum is continuing in 2020. Bank of America decided early February to consolidate its creative business with Leo Burnett to accelerate their data driven creative approach with the Groupe.

[1] Source: Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan


On April 14, 2019, Publicis Groupe announced that it had entered into an agreement with Alliance Data Systems Corporation (NYSE: ADS) to acquire Epsilon for a net acquisition price of $3.95 billion after taking into account the favorable tax impacts related to the transaction (and a total cash amount of $ 4.45 billion). At the same time, Publicis Groupe and Alliance Data Systems have decided to forge a strategic partnership. This acquisition accelerates the implementation of Publicis Groupe's strategy of becoming the preferred partner of its customers in their transformation. The closing, which took place on July 1, 2019, was announced on July 2.
At the end of 2019, the integration was largely completed. Epsilon was positioned as the Groupe core expertise in building, enriching, and activating first party data to irrigate all activities. Epsilon’s advertising activities were folded into Leo Burnett while CJ Affiliate has been placed under strategic review, to explore different ways to unlock value.


On January 31, 2019, Publicis Groupe announced the definitive signing of the sale of Publicis Health Solutions (PHS) to Altamont Capital Partners (Altamont). PHS, which belonged to the Publicis Health solution pole, is an organization of medical and marketing representatives for pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device and diagnostic companies. Its brands, including Touchpoint, PDI, Tardis Medical, PHrequency and CustomPoint Recruiting, offer a full range of services to customers.

On February 7, 2019, Publicis Groupe confirmed that it had finalized on February 6, 2019 the acquisition of 82.99% of the capital of Soft Computing, French leader in Data Marketing, at a price of 25 euros per share, i.e. a total amount of approximately 43.4 million euros. This acquisition was carried out with the founding shareholders and their families and follows the lifting of all the suspensory conditions relating to the agreements signed on December 19, 2018. The proposed price shows a premium of 66.67% compared to the closing price on December 19, 2018. Founded in 1984 by Eric Fischmeister and Gilles Venturi, Soft Computing is a company specializing in data and its exploitation for digital marketing and the transformation of the customer experience. This leading structure, with more than 400 talents, supports most of the large companies in the distribution, services and finance sectors. In April 2019, the Groupe acquired the remaining minority interests in Soft Computing, on which it now has a 100% control.

On February 14, 2019, Publicis Groupe announced that following a competitive sales process, conducted with the help of a large local bank, the group entities holding the companies of Proximedia group entered in exclusive negotiations with the company Ycor with a view to selling the entire Proximedia group. Present in France, Belgium, Holland and Spain, Proximedia provides digital services to VSEs, SMEs, traders and artisans for their presence on the Web and their promotion. The sale was completed during the first half of 2019.

On August 19, 2019, Publicis Groupe announced its acquisition of Rauxa, an independent, full-service marketing agency. Rauxa has become part of Publicis Media, the media solution hub of Publicis Groupe.  Founded in 1999, the agency has averaged double-digit growth every year, with a net revenue of around 70M$ in 2018, and more than 300 employees spanning New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Orange County and Dallas. Rauxa’s clients include Verizon, Samsung, Alaska Airlines, Vans, Celgene and 20 other leading client brands. Rauxa operates as a Publicis Media agency brand in the United States, and continues to be led by its founder Jill Gwaltney, and its President and Chief Executive Officer Gina Smith, reporting to David Penski, COO Publicis Media U.S and Chairman of PMX and Tim Jones, CEO of Publicis Media Americas. Rauxa will work closely alongside Publicis Media’s digital agencies (Moxie, MRY and Digitas) driving deeper communications touchpoints across strategy, CRM and personalized creative.


In 2019, the Groupe continued to promote a new generation of leaders in strategic positions, in its most iconic brands, its biggest countries and its top clients. The Groupe invested an additional 100 million euros in talents, promoted 100 leaders internally, and hired 150 top executives.

Publicis Sapient, the digital business transformation hub of Publicis Groupe, announced the appointment of John Maeda as Chief Experience Officer. The selection of Maeda 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, illustrating the 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 US ComEx will be accountable for advancing the Groupe's strategy and steering overall performance and growth for the Group and its clients, in the company’s largest market. Publicis Groupe U.S. ComEx is chaired by Arthur Sadoun, Chairman and CEO, Publicis Groupe, and comprises 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, Nigel Vaz, CEO, Publicis Sapient; and Dave Penski, COO Publicis Media U.S and Chairman of PMX.

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.

Publicis Groupe has appointed Ian Wharton as Executive Creative Director at Publicis Sapient, the Groupe's digital transformation hub. Ian Wharton joins the Publicis Groupe UK creative teams, led by Ben Mooge, Chief Creative Officer of Publicis Groupe UK, and is part of the Publicis Sapient Global Experience team, where he is responsible for designing projects of excellence.

Publicis Groupe has formed the North Asia zone, made up of China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea and Japan, to drive synergy on digital practices, content, production and digital business transformation across these markets to further enhance the Power of One offering for our clients. Jane Lin-Baden took up the position of General Manager of the North Asia region, in parallel with her position of Managing Partner of Publicis Groupe APAC. In order to strengthen its positioning in these countries, the Group has made several appointments. Katie Xie has been appointed Chief Talent Officer of the North Asia region to lead the HR and Talent organization of five markets in the region; she previously held the position of HR Executive Director for Disney North Asia region across all its lines of business. Andy Ho joins the Groupe as Global Client Partner of Publicis Groupe China, he brings 22 years of experience in the automotive, FMCG and technology sectors, through leadership positions in various agencies, including Group Strategist, Integration & Innovation of Dentsu Aegis China, Key Client President of Beijing Dentsu, as well as MD of McGarryBowen China. Irene Chang has also been promoted to Managing Director of Publicis Media Taiwan.

Publicis Groupe has appointed Margaret Key Chief Executive Officer, MSL, Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa. She is in charge of driving MSL's strategy across the region while overseeing all MSL's global clients and key strategic initiatives across talents and capabilities, with a view to continue strengthening MSL's presence across the markets and within the region.

Publicis Groupe announced the appointment of Anupriya Acharya as Chief Executive Officer, South Asia. In this newly created role, Acharya will be leading Publicis Groupe's country agenda across India and Sri Lanka. Her primary responsibilities will include driving greater integration across the Groupe’s operations to deliver end to end marketing transformation to existing clients while winning the trust of new ones, as well as cultivating and attracting the best talent across Agencies and Practices. She will be supported by the India leadership team, comprising all the agencies’ CEOs, including creative, media, digital, influence, data and technology.

Publicis Groupe has appointed industry veteran leader Cary Huang Chief Executive Officer of Media, Digital of Publicis Groupe in China. He will oversee all Media, Digital and Commerce brands in China, including Starcom, Zenith, Spark, Performics, Digitas, Publicis Commerce.


The transformation of Publicis Groupe is now finalized in terms of assets and structures. The teams’ priority in 2020 is to focus on the execution of the strategy and on returning to organic growth.

The Groupe is well-positioned and now has the assets and the talents that its clients need. The Groupe has taken the necessary actions to lay the foundations for profitable and sustainable growth, which should enable it to return to positive growth over time. A sequential improvement will be visible fairly rapidly. However, half-year performance should remain negative, most notably in the 1st quarter.

The Groupe is confirming the outlook communicated in October 2019, with organic growth between -2% and +1%. The Groupe also confirms its ambition of an operating margin rate at around 17%, supported by the simplification of its structures and its new sources of revenue.

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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 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 to carefully consider the risk factors that may affect its business, as set out in the Registration Document filed with the French Autorité des Marchés Financiers (AMF) and which is available on the website of Publicis Groupe (, 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, 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.

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Net revenue: organic growth calculation

(million euro) Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 12 months   Impact of currency
at end December 2019

(million euro)
2018 net revenue 2,082 2,198 2,197 2,492 8,969   GBP (2) 8
Currency impact (2) 93 72 65 52 282   USD (2) 252
2018 net revenue at 2019 exchange rates (a) 2,175 2,270 2,262 2,544 9,251   Others 22
2019 net revenue before acquisition impact (1) (b) 2,136 2,273 2,201 2,430 9,040   Total 282
Net revenue from acquisitions (1) (18) (39) 376 441 760    
2019 net revenue (1) 2,118 2,234 2,577 2,871 9,800    
Organic growth (b/a) -1.8% +0.1% -2.7% -4.5% -2.3%    

(1)   Acquisitions (Optix, Independent Ideas, Ecosys, Domaines Publics, Payer Science, One Digital, The Shed, Kindred, Xebia, IDC Creation, Brilliant, Soft Computing, E2 Media, Epsilon, Rauxa, DigitasAffinity ID, McCready Bale Media, RDL, SearchForce) net of disposals.

(2) EUR = USD 1.119 on average in 2019 vs. USD 1.180 on average in 2018
     EUR = GBP 0.877 on average in 2019 vs. GBP 0.885 on average in 2018

New Business: Main wins in 2019

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