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Publicis Groupe: First Half 2020 Results

Strong fundamentals to weather the crisis

  • H1 reported net revenue at +9.7%, EBITDA +4.3%
  • H1 organic growth at -8.0%, with Q2 at -13.0% impacted by lockdowns
  • Solid tailwind in the US, leading to a limited organic decline of -3.3% in H1
  • Resilient financials: Operating margin of 13.0%, headline EPS of €1.75, free cash flow of €495 million
  • Continued new business momentum

PARIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jul. 23, 2020--

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Publicis Groupe (Paris:PUB):

H1 2020 Results

(EUR million)

H1 2020

2020 vs 2019

Revenue

5,278

+8.4%

Net revenue

4,774

+9.7%

Organic growth

 

-8.0%

EBITDA

923

+4.3%

Operating margin

622

+1.6%

Operating margin rate

13.0%

-110bps

Headline Groupe net income

417

-9.9%

Headline diluted EPS (euro)

1.75

-11.6%

Free Cash Flow 1

495

+0.8%

Q2 2020 Revenue

Net revenue

€2,293 M

Reported growth

+2.6%

Organic growth

-13.0%

 

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1 Before change in working capital requirements

Arthur Sadoun, Chairman and CEO of Publicis Groupe:

“The results we are publishing today demonstrate that Publicis has strong fundamentals to weather the crisis.

With our transformation almost completed, tailwind in the US and continued new business momentum, we were off to a good 2020.

As anticipated, we have been hit in Q2 by the first economic consequences of the coronavirus crisis. But thanks to our unique offer combining seamlessly creative, media, data and technology, to our unmatched backbone of shared services and our strong balance sheet, we have been able to reduce its impact.

Our reported net revenue was up 9.7% in H1 with the contribution of Epsilon.

Our organic growth in H1 came at -8.0% with Q2 at -13.0%, significantly better than the 23% decline in Global advertising expenditures predicted by Zenith and the 30% mentioned by WFA for Q2.

US organic growth was only down by -3.3% in H1, with Q2 at -6.8%, when ad spend is expected to decline by 18%. Our creative and media activities were still positive at the end of May. Europe posted an organic growth of -23.5% in Q2, as the lockdowns impacted most of the second quarter. In Asia, the performance was at -5.7% in Q2, with China clearly improving from Q1 but remaining negative and volatile.

Thanks to our ability to adapt fast, our country-model and our strong culture in managing costs, the Groupe demonstrated financial resilience in the first half, with an operating margin rate at 13.0%, despite the sudden drop in net revenue since March.

At the same time, we continued to record significant wins in new business across the world, such as Sephora in North America, McDonald’s in China, or Française des Jeux in France, demonstrating our ability to continue to win large pitches with our unique model.

There is no doubt that we will all have to live with the virus and its economic and social consequences for a while, but Publicis is well armed to weather this crisis.

First, we have the products and services that our clients need. Over the last few weeks, we have seen an increased demand for all the capabilities that drove our strategy in the last few years: first-party data, breakthrough creativity, digital-first media and technology. The crisis has clearly accelerated the relevance of our go-to-market. We are uniquely positioned to help our clients take back control over their customer relationship, deliver personalized experiences at scale and reduce their cost while increasing their sales.

Second, in a world where our structure needs to be flatter, agile and remote, we are now truly operating as a platform. Our shared service organization has proven its efficiency and we have finalized the implementation of our country model. This enabled us to react faster and immediately answer all our client needs in a seamless way. With the global roll-out of Marcel, 60,000 of our talents around the world now have a unique way to share their expertise, learn, collaborate, and contribute to client assignments.

Last but not least, we have a very solid financial backbone and a strong liquidity position that will get us through these uncertain times.

As we head into the second half, we are focusing on limiting the impact of the downturn, accelerating our new offering for our clients, while continuing to adapt our cost structure.

I would like to thank all of our clients for their trust as well as the Publicis’ teams around the world. They are our most precious asset and the ones who will drive our clients’ and our own future success. They have demonstrated outstanding commitment, solidarity, dedication and resilience despite the challenges they have endured, professionally and personally, during the lockdown. »

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Publicis Groupe’s Supervisory Board met on July 22, 2020, under the chairmanship of Maurice Lévy, to examine the 2020 first semester accounts presented by Arthur Sadoun, CEO and Chairman of the Management Board.

KEY FIGURES

EUR million, except per-share data and percentages

H1 2020

H1 2019

 

2020

vs 2019

Data from the Income Statement and Cash flow Statement

 

 

 

 

Net revenue

4,774

4,352

 

+9.7%

Pass-through revenue

504

516

 

-2.3%

Revenue

5,278

4,868

 

+8.4%

EBITDA

923

885

 

+4.3%

% of Net revenue

19.3%

20.3%

 

-100 bps

Operating margin excluding transaction costs (1)

622

652

 

-4.6%

% of Net revenue

13.0%

15.0%

 

-200 bps

Operating margin

622

612

 

+1.6%

% of Net revenue

13.0%

14.1%

 

-110 bps

Operating income

254

489

 

-48.1%

Net income attributable to the Groupe

136

345

 

-60.6%

Earnings Per Share (EPS)

0.57

1.49

 

-61.7%

Headline diluted EPS (2)

1.75

1.98

 

-11.6%

Free Cash Flow before change in working capital requirements

495

491

 

+0.8%

Data from the Balance Sheet

June 30, 2020

Dec. 31, 2019

 



Total assets

29,624

32,659

 

 

Groupe share of Shareholders’ equity

7,030

7,401

 

 

Net debt (net cash)

3,221

2,713

 

 

(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, amortization of intangibles arising on acquisitions, the main capital gains (or losses) on disposals, change in the fair value of financial assets, the revaluation of earn-out costs and Epsilon transaction costs, divided by the average number of shares on a diluted basis

NET REVENUE IN H1 2020

Publicis Groupe’s net revenue for the first half 2020 was 4,774 million euros, up by 9.7% compared to 4,352 million euros in H1 2019. Exchange rate variations over the period have a positive impact of 32 million euros. Acquisitions (net of disposals) have a contribution of 743 million euros on net revenue, most of it being related to the acquisition of Epsilon.

Organic growth is -8.0% in H1 2020. The Groupe has been impacted by the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic from March, with a further decline in organic growth in Q2 following the containment measures that were implemented by governments in different geographies. With its transformation almost completed, the Groupe entered well the year 2020 thanks to its strong tailwind in the US and its continued new business momentum.

Breakdown of H1 2020 net revenue by sector

Based on 3,285 clients representing 91% of the Groupe’s net revenue.

Breakdown of H1 2020 net revenue by region

EUR

Net revenue

Reported

Organic

million

H1 2020

H1 2019

growth

growth

Europe

1,088

1,296

-16.0%

-16.5%

North America

3,013

2,316

+30.1%

-3.6%

Asia Pacific

434

444

-2.3%

-3.9%

Latin America

104

144

-27.8%

-15.7%

Middle East & Africa

135

152

-11.2%

-11.8%

Total

4,774

4,352

+9.7%

-8.0%

Europe declined by -16.5% on an organic basis in H1 (-16.0% on a reported basis). Excluding the impact of French activities that were shut down in Q2, like our outdoor media operations and the Drugstore, the organic growth in Europe is -12.9%. The performance varied per country, as it reflects different activity mix and local economic situations. It was also impacted in Q2 by the different containment measures that were decided by governments in the main countries of the region. In H1, organic decline was -14.0% in the UK and -17.1%2 in France. In Germany, organic growth was down -5.3%, also suffering from the lockdown but benefitting from 2019 new business wins in the country.

Net revenue in North America is up by +30.1% in H1, including the positive impact of the Epsilon acquisition. On an organic basis, the region posted a decline in net revenue of -3.6% in H1. The performance was resilient, notably in the US (-3.3%), where the Groupe benefitted from a strong start to the year for all its activities.

Asia Pacific net revenue was down by -2.3% on a reported basis and down by -3.9% on an organic basis. China reported an organic growth of -10.2%, Australia was down by -5.4% on an organic basis, while India and Singapore grew respectively by +3.6% and +1.5% on an organic basis.

Net revenue in Latin America was down by -27.8% on a reported basis, with a significant negative impact from currencies in the region, especially in Brazil. On an organic basis, the decline was -15.7%. This is mostly due to an organic decline of -22.8% in Brazil and of -14.4% in Mexico.

Net revenue in the Middle East and Africa region was down by -11.2% on a reported basis, and -11.8% on an organic basis.

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2 Excluding activities that were shut down during the lockdown, i.e. our outdoor media operations and the Drugstore

NET REVENUE IN Q2 2020

Publicis Groupe's net revenue in Q2 2020 was 2,293 million euros compared to 2,234 million euros in Q2 2019, up by 2.6%. Exchange rate variations had a 1 million euros negative impact. The acquisitions (net of disposals) contributed 350 million euros to net revenue in Q2 2020, mainly reflecting the contribution of Epsilon.

Organic growth was -13.0% in Q2 2020. Excluding the impact of French activities that were shut down during Q2, like outdoor media activities and the Drugstore, organic growth for the Groupe was -11.0%. Most of Groupe’s activities were negatively impacted in Q2, except the Health division which recorded a double-digit growth. Europe was particularly affected as containment measures lasted over the vast majority of the quarter.

Breakdown of Q2 2020 Net revenue by region

EUR

Net revenue

Reported

Organic

million

Q2 2020

Q2 2019

growth

growth

Europe

510

663

-23.1%

-23.5%

North America

1,458

1,177

+23.9%

-7.6%

Asia Pacific

215

237

-9.3%

-5.7%

Latin America

50

78

-35.9%

-20.2%

Middle East & Africa

60

79

-24.1%

-23.5%

Total

2,293

2,234

+2.6%

-13.0%

ANALYSIS OF H1 2020 KEY FIGURES

Income Statement

EBITDA amounted to 923 million euros in H1 2020, compared to 885 million euros in H1 2019, up by 4.3%, including the contribution of Epsilon. The impact of the cost reduction plan announced in April was 286 million euros in H1, on a comparable basis and excluding Epsilon acquisition costs. This translates into a margin rate of 19.3% of net revenue (compared to 20.3% in H1 2019).

  • Personnel costs totaled 3,224 million euros at June 30, 2020, up by 12.0% from 2,879 million euros in H1 2019. This evolution reflects the integration of Epsilon during H1, as well as the continued investment in the Groupe’s transformation. This was partly offset by the impact of the first measures of the cost reduction plan. As a percentage of net revenue, the personnel expenses represented 67.5% in H1 2020, compared to 66.1% in H1 2019. Fixed personnel costs were 2,862 million euros represented 59.9% of net revenue versus 57.7% in H1 2019. On a comparable basis, fixed personnel costs declined by 61 million euros year-on-year, thanks to the actions taken by the Groupe, as hiring freeze, pause in internal promotions, shorter work week or voluntary salary cuts. Moreover, the Groupe decided to limit the use of freelancers. As a result, the cost of freelancers declined by 43 million euros in H1 2020 on a comparable basis, representing 141 million euros. Restructuring costs reached 69 million euros (61 million euros in H1 2019), reflecting additional charges related to the cost reduction plan.
  • Other operating expenses (excluding depreciation & amortization) amounted to 1,131 million euros, compared to 1,104 million euros in H1 2019. This represents 23.7% of net revenue compared to 25.4% in H1 2019, implying that the cost reduction measures more than offset the negative impact of Epsilon cost structure on this ratio. The Groupe was able to make significant savings on other operating expenses in H1 2020, thanks to the actions taken as part of the cost reduction plan, and thanks to some expenses that drastically reduced during the lockdowns. This was notably the case with travel restrictions, which mechanically reduced the travel, recruitment and seminar related expenses.

Depreciation and amortization charge was 301 million euros in H1 2020, up by 10.3% compared to H1 2019. The increase is largely due to the consolidation of Epsilon over the period.

The operating margin amounted to 622 million euros, up by 1.6% compared to H1 2019. This represents a margin rate of 13.0%, down by 110 basis points from 14.1% in H1 201. When compared to the H1 2019 margin excluding Epsilon acquisition costs, the margin declined by 200 basis points. This decrease is due to the decline in organic growth related to the impact of the Covid-19 crisis, partially offset by a 6.4% reduction in the cost base.

Operating margin rates by major geographic areas reflected the various challenges faced by the different regions in H1 2020, in the context of the global pandemic. It was 1.8% in Europe, 16.4% in North America, 22.5% in Asia-Pacific, 5.7% in Latin America and 3.0% in the Africa / Middle East region.

Amortization of intangibles arising from acquisitions totaled 142 million euro in H1 2020, up from 27 million euro in H1 2019. This increase is mainly due to the amortization from July 1st 2019 of new intangibles arising from Epsilon acquisition and the amortization of tradenames arising from acquisition. Starting from July 1st, 2019 tradenames are amortized, following the implementation of our country-model organization. Impairment losses amounted to 231 million euros, and are exclusively related to the real estate consolidation plan "All in One", which leads to a reduction in the number of sites, while allowing better collaboration between the teams. In H1 2019, impairment losses were 113 million euros (of which 90 million euros related to real estate plan “All in One”). In addition, net non-current income is positive at 5 million euros H1 2020, compared to an income of 17 million euros in H1 2019.

Operating income totaled 254 million euro in H1 2020, after 489 million euro in H1 2019.

The financial result, comprising the cost of net financial debt and other financial charges and income, is an expense of 92 million euros in H1 2020 compared to an expense of 1 million euros last year. The net expense on net financial debt was 48 million euros in H1 2020, including a 51 million euros interest charge related to Epsilon’s acquisition debt. Last year, it was a net income of 15 million euros. Other financial income and expenses were a charge of 44 million euros in H1 2020, notably composed by 40 million euros interest on lease liabilities. Other financial income and expenses were a charge of 16 million euros in H1 2019, including 30 million euros of interest on lease obligations and 19 million in income from the fair value remeasurement of Mutual Funds.

The revaluation of earn-out payments amounted to a profit of 2 million euros at end-June, compared to a charge of 1 million in H1 2019.

The tax charge is 39 million euros, corresponding to a forecast effective tax rate of 25.0% in 2020, compared to 136 million euros in H1 2019, corresponding to a forecast effective tax rate of 25.8% in 2019.

The share in the profit of associates is a loss of 2 million euros, compared to a loss of 5 million euros in H1 2019. Minority interests were an income of 13 million euros in Groupe results in H1 2020 compared to a loss of 1 million in the previous year.

Overall, net income attributable to the Groupe was 136 million euros at June 30, 2020, compared to 345 million euro at June 30, 2019.

Free Cash Flow

EUR million

H1 2020

H1 2019

EBITDA

923

885

Financial interest paid (net)

(81)

33

Repayment of lease liabilities and related interests

(234)

(214)

Tax paid

(74)

(190)

Other

34

42

Cash Flow from operations before change in WCR

568

556

Investments in fixed assets (net)

(73)

(65)

Free cash-flow before changes in WCR

495

491

The Groupe’s free cash flow, before change in working capital requirements, is slightly up by 0.8% compared to H1 2019, at 495 million euros. Financial interest paid mostly include interests on the acquisition debt of Epsilon. Tax paid amounted to 74 million euros, down compared to 190 million euros in H1 2019, related to agreed postponements for tax payment in some countries in H1 2020. The increase in net investments in fixed assets is mostly related to Epsilon. The Groupe is very selective regarding its investment policy, favouring IT spending especially to support work from home initiatives that have been implemented in Q2.

Net debt

Net financial debt amounted to 3,221 million euros as of June 30, 2020 compared to 2,713 million euros as of December 31, 2019. The Groupe's average net debt in H1 2020 amounted to 3,684 million euros compared to 550 million euros in H1 2019. The increase in average net debt reflects the financing linked to the acquisition of Epsilon, for 4.5 billion dollars.

NEW BUSINESS

EUROPE

Longchamp (Media), Intersnack (Media), E.ON (Digital), Disney (Media), Vision Express (Creative), McDonald's (Technology), Biotherm (Creative), Sephora (CRM), Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft (Brand), Kingfisher France - Castorama (Creative), Ascensia (Technology), FCA (Creative), Société Générale (CRM), OPPO Mobile Telecommunication (Creative), COS (Digital), TOUS (Technology), Swissbankers (Creative), RATP (Technology), Daimler (Technology), Deutsche Post (DHL) (Technology), Novartis International (Technology), Greystar (Digital), Slimming World (Digital), Expedia (Digital), Premier Inn (Creative), Tesco (Creative), ING Financial Services (Creative), Mugler Parfums (Creative)

NORTH AMERICA

Sephora (Media), Bank of America (Media, Creative), Tailored Brands (Media), Reckitt Benckiser (Media), U.S. Cellular (Media, Creative), H&R Block (Digital Media, Digital Creative and Social), Aldi (Media), AFLAC (Digital), Whirlpool (Media), Bass Pro Shops (Media), Audi of America (Media), Pharma Vite - Nature Made (Creative), New York Life (Media, Digital Media AOR), Edgewell (Media), Abbvie (Creative strategy), Lowe's (Media), FCA (Digital), Blue Apron (Media), Ste Michelle Wine Estates (Creative), T-Mobile (Technology), Academy Sports and Outdoors (Technology), Edward Jones (Technology), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) (Technology), Kellogg Company (Technology), Marriott (Technology), Mercedes-Benz USA (Technology), MGM Resorts (Technology), National Cancer Institute (NCI) (Technology), Nissan Motor Company (Technology), Polaris (Technology), Verizon Wireless Digital (Technology), WL Gore (Technology), AbbVie (Health), Roche (Health), Allergan (Health), Heineken Canada (Creative)

ASIA PACIFIC/MEA

FCA (Creative, Media), McDonald's (Media, Creative, Technology), Foxtel (Creative), Miral Asset Management (Technology), Samsung.com (Creative), Sanofi (Creative), Nestlé (Creative, Technology), Majid Al Futtaim Holding (Technology), Samsung (Creative), Hero (Media), Volvo (Media), Prudential Holdings (Technology), MasterCard International (Technology), SA Tourism (Creative)

LATAM

DIRECTV (Media & Performance AOR), Coca-Cola (Creative), Electrolux (Creative), Mondelez (Creative), GSK Consumer Health (Creative), P&G (Creative, Digital, Technology), CCR (Creative), Ambev (Creative), Claro (Digital), Enel (Creative), Toyota (Creative), L’Oréal (Digital Creative), Bradesco (Creative), Nestlé (Creative), Nutresa (CRM)

GLOBAL

Jollibee (Creative), Enel (Creative), Loblaw Digital (Technology), Unilever (Technology), Tesco (Technology), Marriott International (Technology), General Pension and Social Security Authority (Technology), Farah Experiences (Technology), Nissan International (Technology), Royal Canin (Technology), Worldpay (Technology), Philip Morris Products OC Division (Technology), Carrefour (Technology), Bang & Olufsen (Technology), FWD Group Management Holdings (Technology)

MARCEL

Publicis Groupe accelerated the Marcel rollout globally at the start of the pandemic to provide much needed connectivity and support for talent fighting isolation in the crisis, as well as a way to access the best of the Groupe.

Following the UK launch earlier in the year, Marcel rolled out in the US in April, with 90% of the employees who have adopted the platform in the US in less than a month. Marcel was launched in other markets around the world in the weeks that followed, with 60,000 Publicis Groupe employees now connected through the platform.

All of Publicis’ talents around the world now have a unique way to share their expertise, learn, collaborate, and contribute to client assignments.

Among its features, Marcel is the exclusive destination for available opportunities within the company also offering “gigs”- short-term projects, where employees who want to do more can raise their hand to contribute, matching skills and bandwidth with need, and delivering a true distributed, borderless workforce.

Marcel is becoming central in our ability to allocate resource for clients and new business within the Groupe, train our talent for this new world, communicate and sometimes celebrate. Marcel allowed Publicis to virtually host its Cannes-Do Awards last month, ensuring the company continued to spotlight and celebrate creativity even in a year when most awards shows cancelled. Through Marcel, the company garnered 1,400 award submissions from all parts of the company and world, from which 10 client campaigns and five non-profit campaigns were selected winners via 15,000 employee votes through the platform and a panel of judges, and the ceremony livestreamed exclusively on Marcel.

In addition, Marcel enabled the company to come together in new ways. Pausing for Action, hosted on Marcel June 17, brought together 18,000 employees for a day of listening, learning and ideating how to move forward the Publicis Groupe diversity and inclusion mandate. Through the platform, the company virtually presented six hours of content spanning speakers, three learning tracks, plus “open briefs” in which 7,300 employees engaged to shape the future of the Groupe’s efforts.

DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION

Guided by the input of the company’s US workforce during Pausing for Action, Publicis Groupe committed to seven focused actions for the U.S., with ongoing measurement and accountability to drive diversity and inclusion. These actions include: publishing and monitoring workforce data; cultivating the careers of Black talent; designing a recruitment, interview and onboard experience that champions Black talent; building strong ally-ship culture with mandatory “disrupting everyday bias training;” €45M investment over three years on Diversity, Inclusion and Social Justice; launch Open Apprenticeship on Marcel to serve minority youth who typically do not have access to the industry; and create the Diversity Progress Council, comprised of internal members, key clients and external representation, to measure progress and evaluate actions on an ongoing basis, with the first meeting taking place in September. As part of commitment to publishing U.S. workforce data, the Groupe released its first diversity numbers on July 1, importantly doing so in a way that provided the transparency that the U.S. market requires to drive and measure change.

ACQUISITIONS AND DISPOSALS

There were no significant transaction on the period.

OUTLOOK

The full impact of the current crisis on the economy remains largely unknown. This creates uncertainties which make it difficult to provide any specific guidance for the second half of 2020.

When it comes to net revenue, Q2 could be the low point, but it is premature to say whether the second half will be better or worse than the first half, as some sectors but also some countries will recover faster than others, and clients will react differently.

The operating margin rate will be higher in H2 than in H1, taking into account that several factors will have a negative impact: as countries reopen, some of the operating expenses will resume, and the Groupe will continue to invest in its model.

Heading into the second half, the Groupe is committed to limit the impact of client cuts, accelerate its new offering and continue to adapt its cost base to the evolution of revenue.

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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 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 Universal Registration Document 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, a highly competitive industry, risks associated with the confidentiality of personal data, the Groupe’s business dependence on its management and employees, risks associated with mergers and acquisitions, risks of IT system failures and cybercrime, the possibility that our clients could seek to terminate their contracts with us on short notice, risks associated with the reorganization of the Groupe, risks of litigation, governmental, legal and arbitration proceedings, risks associated with the Groupe’s financial rating and exposure to liquidity risks.

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Appendices

Net revenue: organic growth calculation

(million euro)

Q1

Q2

6 months

 

Impact of currency
at end June 2020
(million euro)

2019 net revenue

2,118

2,234

4,352

 

GBP (2)

0

Currency impact (2)

33

(1)

32

 

USD (2)

57

2019 net revenue at 2020 exchange rates (a)

2,151

2,233

4,384

 

Others

(25)

2020 net revenue before acquisition impact (1) (b)

2,088

1,943

4,031

 

Total

32

Net revenue from acquisitions (1)

393

350

743

 

 

2020 net revenue

2,481

2,293

4,774

 

 

Organic growth (b/a)

-2.9%

-13.0%

-8.0%

 

 

(1) Acquisitions (Digitas AffinityID, Soft Computing, Rauxa, E2 Media, Epsilon, RDL, SearchForce, McCready Bale Media, Sapient i.7, Third Horizon) net of disposals.

(2) EUR = USD 1.101 on average in H1 2020 vs. USD 1.130 on average in H1 2019
EUR = GBP 0.873 on average in H1 2020 vs. GBP 0.873 on average in H1 2019

Definitions

Net revenue or Revenue less pass-through costs: Pass-through costs mainly concern production and media activities, as well as various expenses incumbent on clients. These items that can be re-billed to clients do not come within the scope of assessment of operations, net revenue is a more relevant indicator to measure the operational performance of the Groupe’s activities.

Organic growth: Change in net revenue excluding the impact of acquisitions, disposals and currencies.

EBITDA (Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization): Operating margin before depreciation & amortization.

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 / 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.

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.

Average net debt: Average of monthly net debt at end of month.

Dividend pay-out: Dividend per share / Headline diluted EPS.

Consolidated income statement

(in millions of euros)

 

June 30, 2020

(6 months)

 

June 30, 2019

(6 months)

 

December 31, 2019

(12 months)

 

Net revenue 3

 

4,774

 

4,352

 

9,800

 

Pass-through revenue

 

504

 

516

 

1,201

 

Revenue

 

5,278

 

4,868

 

11,001

 

Personnel costs

Other operating costs

 

 

(3,224)

(1,131)

 

(2,879)

(1,104)

 

(6,073)

(2,683)

 

Operating margin before depreciation & Amortization

 

923

 

885

 

2,245

 

Depreciation

(excluding acquired intangible assets)

 

 

(301)

 

(273)

 

(586)

 

Operating Margin

 

622

 

612

 

1,659

 

Impairment loss

 

(231)

 

(113)

 

(209)

 

Non-current income and expenses

 

 

5

 

 

17

 

 

21

 

 

Operating income

 

254

 

489

 

1,267

 

Financial expense

Financial income

Cost of net financial debt

Other financial income and expenses

Revaluation of earn-out payments

 

 

(95)

47

(48)

(44)

2

 

 

(52)

67

15

(16)

(1)

 

 

(137)

112

(25)

(66)

(22)

 

 

Pre-tax income of consolidated companies

 

164

 

487

 

1,154

 

Income taxes

 

 

(39)

 

(136)

 

(305)

 

Net income of consolidated companies

 

125

 

351

 

849

 

Share of profit of associates

 

 

(2)

 

(5)

 

(5)

 

Net income

 

123

 

346

 

844

 

Of which:

  - Net income attributable to non-controlling interests

 

(13)

 

1

 

3

 

Net income attributable to equity holders of the parent company

 

136

 

345

 

841

 

 

Per-share data (in euros) - Net income attributable to

equity holders of the parent company

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Number of shares

 

237,468,157

 

231,745,008

234,293,034

 

Earnings per share

 

0.57

 

1.49

3.59

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Number of diluted shares

 

238,280,061

 

233,885,720

236,608,597

 

Diluted earnings per share

 

0.57

 

1.48

3.55

 

   

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3 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, 2020

(6 months)

June 30, 2019

(6 months)

December 31, 2019

(12 months)

Net income for the period (a)

123

346

844

 

 

 

 

 

Comprehensive income that will not be reclassified to income statement

 

 

 

 

- Actuarial gains (and losses) on defined benefit plans

(24)

(45)

(29)

- Deferred taxes on comprehensive income that will not be reclassified to income statement

4

11

5

 

Comprehensive income that may be reclassified to income statement

 

 

 

 

- Remeasurement of hedging instruments

(134)

(35)

(84)

- Consolidation translation adjustments

(133)

48

78

Total other comprehensive income (b)

(287)

(21)

(30)

 

 

 

 

Total comprehensive income for the period (a) + (b)

(164)

325

814

Of which:

 

 

 

- Total comprehensive income for the period attributable to non-controlling interests

 

(10)

1

3

- Total comprehensive income for the period attributable to equity holders of the parent company

(154)

324

811

 

Consolidated balance sheet

 

(in millions of euros)

 

June 30, 2020

December 31, 2019

Assets

 

 

 

Goodwill, net

 

11,526

11,629

Intangible assets, net

 

1,852

1,979

Right-of-use assets related to leases

 

1,831

2,122

Property, plant and equipment, net

 

657

720

Deferred tax assets

 

208

143

Investments in associates

 

26

32

Other financial assets

 

220

218

Non-current assets

 

16,320

16,843

 

Inventories and work-in-progress

 

 

 

 

328

411

Trade receivables

 

7,402

10,233

Assets on contracts

 

1,091

1,002

Other current receivables and assets

 

740

757

Cash and cash equivalents

 

3,743

3,413

Current assets

 

13,304

15,816

 

 

 

 

Total assets

 

29,624

32,659

Equity and Liabilities

 

 

 

 

Share capital

 

96

 

96

Additional paid-in capital and retained earnings, Group share

 

6,934

 

7,305

Equity attributable to holders of the parent company

 

7,030

 

7,401

Non-controlling interests

 

(21)

 

(9)

Total equity

 

7,009

 

7,392

 

Long-term borrowings

 

6,274

 

 

 

4,286

Long-term lease liabilities

 

2,061

 

2,196

Deferred tax liabilities

 

314

 

413

Long-term provisions

 

517

 

426

Non-current liabilities

 

9,166

 

7,321

 

Trade payables

 

 

 

 

 

9,914

 

13,411

Liabilities on contracts

 

331

 

353

Short-term borrowings

 

253

 

1,602

Short-term lease liabilities

 

333

 

336

Income taxes payable

 

373

 

351

Short-term provisions

 

177

 

170

Other creditors and current liabilities

 

2,068

 

1,723

Current liabilities

 

13,449

 

17,946

 

 

 

 

 

Total equity and liabilities

 

29,624

 

32,659

Consolidated statement of cash flows

(in millions of euros)

June 30, 2020

(6 months)

June 30, 2019

(6 months)

December 31,

2019

(12 months) 

 

Cash flow from operating activities

 

 

 

 

Net income

123

346

844

 

Neutralization of non-cash income and expenses:

 

 

 

 

Income taxes

39

136

305

 

Cost of net financial debt

48

(15)

25

 

Capital losses (gains) on disposal of assets (before tax)

(5)

(18)

(20)

 

Depreciation, amortization and impairment loss

674

413

999

 

Share-based compensation

28

37

49

 

Other non-cash income and expenses

47

21

88

 

Share of profit of associates

2

5

5

 

Dividends received from associates

2

2

2

 

Taxes paid

(74)

(190)

(349)

 

Change in working capital requirements(1)

(853)

(826)

394

 

Net cash flows generated by (used in) operating activities (I)

31

(89)

2,342

 

Cash flow from investing activities

 

 

 

 

Purchases of property, plant and equipment and intangible assets

(83)

(68)

(232)

 

Disposals of property, plant and equipment and intangible assets

10

3

7

 

Purchases of investments and other financial assets, net

(7)

12

20

 

Acquisitions of subsidiaries

(37)

(117)

(4,143)

 

Disposals of subsidiaries

2

87

88

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net cash flows generated by (used in) investing activities (II)

(115)

(83)

(4,260)

 

Cash flow from financing activities

 

 

 

 

Dividends paid to holders of the parent company

-

-

(285)

 

Dividends paid to non-controlling interests

(4)

(8)

(12)

 

Proceeds from borrowings

2,091

2,257

3,413

 

Repayment of borrowings

(1,436)

(324)

(485)

 

Repayment of lease liabilities

(194)

(184)

(403)

 

Interest paid on lease liabilities

(40)

(30)

(77)

 

Interest paid

(106)

(45)

(96)

 

Interest received

25

78

107

 

Net purchases of non-controlling interests

-

(35)

(40)

 

Net (buybacks)/sales of treasury shares and warrant

3

(2)

7

 

Net cash flows generated by (used in) financing activities (III)

339

1,707

2,129

 

Impact of exchange rate fluctuations (IV)

 

75

2

4

 


Change in consolidated cash and cash equivalents (I + II + III + IV)

330

1,537

215

Cash and cash equivalents on January 1

3,413

3,206

3,206

Bank overdrafts on January 1

(6)

(14)

(14)

Net cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year (V)

3,407

3,192

3,192

Cash and cash equivalents at closing date

3,743

4,744

3,413

Bank overdrafts at closing date

(6)

(15)

(6)

Net cash and cash equivalents at end of the year (VI)

3,737

4,729

3,407

Change in consolidated cash and cash equivalents (VI - V)

330

1,537

215

  1. Breakdown of change in working capital requirements

Change in inventory and work in progress

67

(51)

(14)

Change in trade receivables and other receivables

2, 605

390

(529)

Change in accounts payable, other payables and provisions

(3,525)

(1,165)

937

Change in working capital requirements

(853)

(826)

394 

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

 

236,956,827

 

December 31, 2019

96

4,137

3,240

(185)

113

7,401

(9)

7,392

 

 

Net income

 

 

136

 

 

136

(13)

123

 

 

Other comprehensive income, net of tax

 

 

 

(136)

(154)

(290)

3

(287)

 

 

Total comprehensive income for the period

-

-

136

(136)

(154)

(154)

(10)

(164)

 

 

Dividends

 

 

(273)

 

 

(273)

(4)

(277)

274,325

 

Share-based compensation, net of tax

 

 

28

 

 

28

 

28

 

 

Effect of acquisitions and commitments to buy-out non-controlling interests

 

 

0

 

 

0

2

2

1,602

 

Equity warrant exercise

-

0

0

 

 

0

 

0

1,164,001

 

(Buybacks)/sales of treasury shares

 

 

28

 

 

28

 

28

238,396,755

 

June 30, 2020

96

4,137

3, 159

(321)

(41)

7,030

(21)

7,009

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 period

-

-

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

 

Buybacks/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

Earnings per share (basic and diluted)

(in millions of euros, except for share data)

 

June 30, 2020

June 30, 2019

 

Net income used for the calculation of earnings per share

 

 

Net income attributable to equity holders of the parent company

A

136

345

Impact of dilutive instruments:

 

 

 

- Savings in financial expenses related to the conversion of debt instruments, net of tax

 

-

-

Group net income – diluted

B

136

345

 

Number of shares used to calculate earnings per share

 

 

 

Number of shares at January 1

 

240,437,061

235,249,801

Shares created over the period

 

46,238

130,156

Treasury shares to be deducted (average for the period)

 

(3,015,142)

(3,634,949)

Average number of shares used for the calculation

C

237,468,157

231,745,008

Impact of dilutive instruments:

 

 

 

- Free shares and dilutive stock options

 

714,961

1,728,566

- Equity warrants (BSA)

 

96,943

412,146

Number of diluted shares

D

238,280,061

233,885,720

(in euros)

 

 

 

Earnings per share

A/C

0.57

1.49

 

 

 

 

Diluted earnings per share

B/D

0.57

1.48

Headline earnings per share (basic and diluted)

(in millions of euros, except for share data)

 

June 30, 2020

June 30, 2019

 

Net income used to calculate headline earnings per share(1)

 

 

 

Group net income

 

136

345

Items excluded:

 

 

 

- Amortization of intangibles from acquisitions, net of tax

 

107

20

- Impairment loss, net of tax

 

173

90

- Revaluation of earn-out payments

 

(2)

1

- Main capital gains (losses) on disposal of assets and fair value adjustment of financial assets, net of tax

 

3

(23)

- Costs relating to the acquisition of Epsilon, net of taxes

 

0

30

Headline Group net income

E

417

463

Impact of dilutive instruments:

 

 

 

- Savings in financial expenses related to the conversion of
debt instruments, net of tax

 

-

-

Headline Group net income, diluted

F

417

463

 

 

 

 

Number of shares used to calculate earnings per share

 

 

 

Number of shares at January 1

 

240,437,061

235,249,801

Shares created over the period

 

46,238

130,156

Treasury shares to be deducted (average for the period)

 

(3,015,142)

(3,634,949)

Average number of shares used for the calculation

C

237,468,157

231,745,008

Impact of dilutive instruments:

 

 

 

- Free shares and dilutive stock options

 

714,961

1,728,566

- Equity warrants (BSA)

 

96,943

412,146

Number of diluted shares

(in euros)

D

 

238,280,061

233,885,720

Headline earnings per share(1)

E/C

1.76

2.00

 

 

 

 

Headline earnings per share - diluted (1)

F/D

1.75

1.98

  1. 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.

 

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Investor Relations
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Contacts
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

Brice Paris
Investor Relations
+ 33 (0)1 44 43 79 26
brice.paris@publicisgroupe.com