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Interpublic Announces Third Quarter and First Nine Months 2016 Results

  • Third quarter reported revenue increase of 3.0% and organic revenue increase of 4.3%
  • Third quarter operating margin of 10.8% compared to 10.3% in the prior-year period and operating income growth of 8.0% to $207.2 million
  • Third quarter diluted earnings per share was $0.32, and $0.31 as adjusted for below-the-line items, an increase of 15% from adjusted Q3-15
  • First nine months reported revenue increase of 3.0%, organic revenue increase of 4.8%, and operating profit increase of 9.0%
  • First nine months diluted earnings per share was $0.71, and $0.64 as adjusted for below-the-line items, an increase of 16% from the comparable adjusted prior-year results
  • Company upgrades full-year organic revenue growth target range to 4%-5% and affirms it is on track to deliver operating margin increase of 50 basis points or more for the full-year

Summary

Revenue

  • Third quarter 2016 revenue increased 3.0% to $1.92 billion, compared to $1.87 billion in the third quarter of 2015, with an organic revenue increase of 4.3% compared to the prior-year period. This was comprised of an organic increase of 1.8% in the U.S. and 8.1% internationally.
  • First nine months 2016 revenue increased 3.0% to $5.58 billion, compared to $5.42 billion in the first nine months of 2015, with an organic revenue increase of 4.8% compared to the prior-year period. This was comprised of an organic revenue increase of 4.8% in the U.S. and 4.9% internationally.

Operating Results

  • Operating income in the third quarter of 2016 was $207.2 million, compared to $191.9 million in 2015. Operating margin was 10.8% for the third quarter of 2016, compared to 10.3% in 2015.
  • For the first nine months of 2016, operating income was $452.9 million, compared to $415.5 million in 2015. Operating margin was 8.1% for the first nine months of 2016, compared to 7.7% for the first nine months of 2015.

Net Results

  • Third quarter 2016 net income available to IPG common stockholders was $128.6 million, resulting in basic and diluted earnings per share of $0.32. This compares to net income available to IPG common stockholders a year ago of $74.9 million, resulting in basic and diluted earnings per share of $0.18.
  • As adjusted to primarily exclude a non-operating pre-tax gain of $3.9 million on the sale of businesses, which is chiefly non-cash, in "Other (Expense) Income, net," adjusted net income available to IPG common stockholders would be $124.4 million and adjusted diluted earnings per share would be $0.31 for the third quarter 2016. This compares to adjusted net income available to IPG common stockholders a year ago of $110.2 million, and adjusted diluted earnings per share of $0.27.
  • First nine months 2016 net income available to IPG common stockholders was $290.9 million, resulting in earnings of $0.73 per basic share and $0.71 per diluted share. This compares to net income available to IPG common stockholders a year ago of $194.3 million, resulting in basic and diluted earnings per share of $0.47.
  • First nine months results include a non-operating pre-tax loss of $16.1 million on the sales of businesses, in "Other (Expense) Income, net," which is chiefly non-cash. The income tax provision includes valuation allowance reversals of $12.2 million as a consequence of the disposition of certain businesses, a benefit of $10.5 million related to the adoption of the Financial Accounting Standards Board Accounting Standards Update 2016-09, and a benefit of $23.4 million related to the conclusion and settlement of a tax examination of previous years. Excluding these items, net income available to IPG common stockholders would be $260.5 million, resulting in diluted earnings per share of $0.64. This compares to adjusted net income available to IPG common stockholders a year ago of $229.6 million, and adjusted diluted earnings per share of $0.55.

"The quarter reflected solid revenue and profit increases, with positive momentum from a broad range of our creative, marketing services and media offerings," said Michael I. Roth, Interpublic's Chairman and CEO. "Our digital capabilities also continued to be very significant drivers of growth, which demonstrates that we remain highly relevant in today's complex media and marketing landscape. Operationally, we once again demonstrated the ability to manage expenses effectively, a key priority for us. Going forward, the overall tone of business remains solid and, in light of the strength of our offerings and our organic revenue performance through nine months, we believe it's appropriate to raise our full-year organic growth target to a range of 4 to 5 percent. We also feel that we remain well-positioned to achieve 2016 operating margin expansion of 50 basis points or more. Combined with the strength of our balance sheet and our proven commitment to robust capital return programs, which have been a source of significant value creation, this will allow us to further enhance shareholder value."

Operating Results

Revenue
Revenue of $1.92 billion in the third quarter of 2016 increased 3.0% compared with the same period in 2015. During the quarter, the effect of foreign currency translation was negative 1.7%, the impact of net acquisitions was positive 0.4%, and the resulting organic revenue increase was 4.3%.

Revenue of $5.58 billion in the first nine months of 2016 increased 3.0% compared with the first nine months of 2015. During the first nine months of 2016, the effect of foreign currency translation was negative 2.1%, the impact of net acquisitions was positive 0.3%, and the resulting organic revenue increase was 4.8%.

Operating Expenses
Total operating expenses increased 2.5% in the third quarter of 2016 from a year ago, compared with revenue growth of 3.0%, and increased 2.5% in the first nine months of 2016 from a year ago, compared with revenue growth of 3.0%.

During the third quarter of 2016, salaries and related expenses were $1.23 billion, an increase of 2.2% compared to the same period in 2015. During the first nine months of 2016, salaries and related expenses were $3.73 billion, an increase of 2.9% compared to the same period in 2015.

Staff cost ratio, which is total salaries and related expenses as a percentage of total revenue, was 63.9% in the third quarter of 2016 compared to 64.4% in the same period in 2015, and was 66.8% in the first nine months of 2016 compared to 66.9% in the same period in 2015.

During the third quarter of 2016, office and general expenses were $486.2 million, an increase of 3.1% compared to the same period in 2015. During the first nine months of 2016, office and general expenses were $1,400.5 million, an increase of 1.5% compared to the same period in 2015.

Office and general expenses remained flat at 25.3% of total revenue in the third quarter of 2016 compared to the same period in 2015, and were 25.1% in the first nine months of 2016 compared to 25.5% in the same period in 2015.

Non-Operating Results and Tax
Net interest expense of $17.0 million increased by $1.3 million in the third quarter of 2016 compared to the same period in 2015. For the first nine months of 2016, net interest expense of $52.7 million increased by $8.0 million compared to the same period in 2015.

The income tax provision in the third quarter of 2016 was $63.8 million on income before income taxes of $196.3 million, compared to a provision of $61.1 million on income before income taxes of $139.0 million in the same period in 2015.

The income tax provision in the first nine months of 2016 was $91.9 million on income before income taxes of $389.1 million, compared to a provision of $137.4 million on income before income taxes of $334.4 million in the same period in 2015. The provision includes a $12.2 million benefit from valuation allowance reversals as a consequence of the disposition of certain businesses, a $10.5 million benefit from the early adoption of the Financial Accounting Standards Board Accounting Standards Update (ASU) 2016-09, Stock Compensation, and a $23.4 million benefit related to the conclusion and settlement of a tax examination of previous years.

Balance Sheet
At September 30, 2016, cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities totaled $894.6 million, compared to $1.51 billion at December 31, 2015 and $881.2 million at September 30, 2015. Total debt was $1.74 billion at September 30, 2016, compared to $1.76 billion at December 31, 2015.

Share Repurchase Program and Common Stock Dividend
During the third quarter of 2016, the company repurchased 3.5 million shares of its common stock at an aggregate cost of $80.8 million and an average price of $23.01 per share, including fees. During the first nine months of 2016, the company repurchased 8.5 million shares of its common stock at an aggregate cost of $193.3 million and an average price of $22.69 per share, including fees.

During the third quarter of 2016, the company declared and paid a common stock cash dividend of $0.15 per share, for a total of $59.5 million.

For more information concerning the company's financial results, please refer to the accompanying slide presentation available on our website, www.interpublic.com.

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About Interpublic
Interpublic is one of the world's leading organizations of advertising agencies and marketing services companies. Major global brands include BPN, CRAFT, FCB (Foote, Cone & Belding), FutureBrand, Golin, Huge, Initiative, Jack Morton Worldwide, MAGNA, McCann, Momentum, MRM//McCann, MullenLowe Group, Octagon, R/GA, UM and Weber Shandwick. Other leading brands include Avrett Free Ginsberg, Campbell Ewald, Carmichael Lynch, Deutsch, Hill Holliday, ID Media and The Martin Agency. For more information, please visit www.interpublic.com.

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Contact Information
Tom Cunningham
(Press)
(212) 704-1326

Jerry Leshne
(Analysts, Investors)
(212) 704-1439


Cautionary Statement

This release contains forward-looking statements. Statements in this release that are not historical facts, including statements about management's beliefs and expectations, constitute forward-looking statements. These statements are based on current plans, estimates and projections, and are subject to change based on a number of factors, including those outlined under Item 1A, Risk Factors, in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made, and we undertake no obligation to update publicly any of them in light of new information or future events.

Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties. A number of important factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement. Such factors include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • potential effects of a challenging economy, for example, on the demand for our advertising and marketing services, on our clients' financial condition and on our business or financial condition;
  • our ability to attract new clients and retain existing clients;
  • our ability to retain and attract key employees;
  • risks associated with assumptions we make in connection with our critical accounting estimates, including changes in assumptions associated with any effects of a weakened economy;
  • potential adverse effects if we are required to recognize impairment charges or other adverse accounting-related developments;
  • risks associated with the effects of global, national and regional economic and political conditions, including counterparty risks and fluctuations in economic growth rates, interest rates and currency exchange rates; and
  • developments from changes in the regulatory and legal environment for advertising and marketing and communications services companies around the world.

Investors should carefully consider these factors and the additional risk factors outlined in more detail under Item 1A, Risk Factors, in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K.

THE INTERPUBLIC GROUP OF COMPANIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED SUMMARY OF EARNINGS
THIRD QUARTER REPORT 2016 AND 2015 
(Amounts in Millions except Per Share Data)
(UNAUDITED)
     
    Three months ended September 30,
    2016   2015   Fav. (Unfav.)
% Variance
Revenue:          
  United States $ 1,165.9     $ 1,138.5     2.4 %
  International 756.3     727.0     4.0 %
Total Revenue 1,922.2     1,865.5     3.0 %
             
Operating Expenses:          
  Salaries and Related Expenses 1,228.8     1,202.2     (2.2) %
  Office and General Expenses 486.2     471.4     (3.1) %
Total Operating Expenses 1,715.0     1,673.6     (2.5) %
Operating Income 207.2     191.9     8.0 %
Operating Margin % 10.8 %   10.3 %    
             
Expenses and Other Income:          
  Interest Expense (21.7)     (21.3)      
  Interest Income 4.7     5.6      
  Other Income (Expense), Net 6.1     (37.2)      
Total (Expenses) and Other Income (10.9)     (52.9)      
             
Income Before Income Taxes 196.3     139.0      
Provision for Income Taxes 63.8     61.1      
Income of Consolidated Companies 132.5     77.9      
  Equity in Net Income of Unconsolidated Affiliates 0.2     0.1      
Net Income 132.7     78.0      
  Net Income Attributable to Noncontrolling Interests (4.1)     (3.1)      
Net Income Available to IPG Common Stockholders $ 128.6     $ 74.9      
           
Earnings Per Share Available to IPG Common Stockholders:          
Basic $ 0.32     $ 0.18      
Diluted $ 0.32     $ 0.18      
           
Weighted-Average Number of Common Shares Outstanding:          
Basic 397.7     407.6      
Diluted 407.9     415.5      
           
Dividends Declared Per Common Share $ 0.15     $ 0.12      
           
           

THE INTERPUBLIC GROUP OF COMPANIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED SUMMARY OF EARNINGS
THIRD QUARTER REPORT 2016 AND 2015 
(Amounts in Millions except Per Share Data)
(UNAUDITED)
     
    Nine months ended September 30,
    2016   2015   Fav. (Unfav.)
% Variance
Revenue:          
  United States $ 3,426.2     $ 3,254.4     5.3 %
  International 2,155.9     2,163.2     (0.3) %
Total Revenue 5,582.1     5,417.6     3.0 %
             
Operating Expenses:          
  Salaries and Related Expenses 3,728.7     3,622.6     (2.9) %
  Office and General Expenses 1,400.5     1,379.5     (1.5) %
Total Operating Expenses 5,129.2     5,002.1     (2.5) %
Operating Income 452.9     415.5     9.0 %
Operating Margin % 8.1 %   7.7 %    
             
Expenses and Other Income:          
  Interest Expense (68.8)     (62.5)      
  Interest Income 16.1     17.8      
  Other Expense, Net (11.1)     (36.4)      
Total (Expenses) and Other Income (63.8)     (81.1)      
             
Income Before Income Taxes 389.1     334.4      
Provision for Income Taxes 91.9     137.4      
Income of Consolidated Companies 297.2     197.0      
  Equity in Net (Loss) Income of Unconsolidated Affiliates (1.6)     0.6      
Net Income 295.6     197.6      
  Net Income Attributable to Noncontrolling Interests (4.7)     (3.3)      
Net Income Available to IPG Common Stockholders $ 290.9     $ 194.3      
           
Earnings Per Share Available to IPG Common Stockholders:          
Basic $ 0.73     $ 0.47      
Diluted $ 0.71     $ 0.47      
           
Weighted-Average Number of Common Shares Outstanding:          
Basic 399.5     409.7      
Diluted 408.8     417.0      
           
Dividends Declared Per Common Share $ 0.45     $ 0.36      
           
           

THE INTERPUBLIC GROUP OF COMPANIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
RECONCILIATION OF ADJUSTED RESULTS
(Amounts in Millions except Per Share Data)
(UNAUDITED)
   
  Three Months Ended September 30, 2016
  As Reported   Gain on Sale of Business   Adoption of ASU 2016-09   Adjusted Results
Income Before Income Taxes $ 196.3     $ 3.9         $ 192.4  
Provision for Income Taxes 63.8         $ 0.3     64.1  
  Effective Tax Rate 32.5 %           33.3 %
Equity in Net Income of Unconsolidated Affiliates 0.2             0.2  
Net Income Attributable to Noncontrolling Interests (4.1)             (4.1)  
Net Income Available to IPG Common Stockholders $ 128.6     $ 3.9     $ 0.3     $ 124.4  
               
               
Weighted-Average Number of Common Shares Outstanding - Basic 397.7             397.7  
Add: Effect of Dilutive Securities              
  Restricted Stock, Stock Options and Other Equity Awards 10.2         1.6     8.6  
Weighted-Average Number of Common Shares Outstanding - Diluted 407.9         1.6     406.3  
               
               
Earnings Per Share Available to IPG Common Stockholders:              
  Basic $ 0.32     $ 0.01     $ 0.00     $ 0.31  
  Diluted $ 0.32     $ 0.01     $ 0.00     $ 0.31  
               

THE INTERPUBLIC GROUP OF COMPANIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
RECONCILIATION OF ADJUSTED RESULTS
(Amounts in Millions except Per Share Data)
(UNAUDITED)
   
  Nine Months Ended September 30, 2016
  As Reported   Net Losses on Sales of Businesses   Valuation Allowance Reversals   Adoption of ASU 2016-09   Settlement of Certain Tax Positions   Adjusted Results
Income Before Income Taxes $ 389.1     $ (16.1)                 $ 405.2  
Provision for Income Taxes 91.9     0.4     $ 12.2     $ 10.5     $ 23.4     138.4  
  Effective Tax Rate 23.6 %                   34.2 %
Equity in Net Loss of Unconsolidated Affiliates (1.6)                     (1.6)  
Net Income Attributable to Noncontrolling Interests (4.7)                     (4.7)  
Net Income Available to IPG Common Stockholders $ 290.9     $ (15.7)     $ 12.2     $ 10.5     $ 23.4     $ 260.5  
                       
                       
Weighted-Average Number of Common Shares Outstanding - Basic 399.5                     399.5  
Add: Effect of Dilutive Securities                      
  Restricted Stock, Stock Options and Other Equity Awards 9.3             1.6         7.7  
Weighted-Average Number of Common Shares Outstanding - Diluted 408.8             1.6         407.2  
                       
                       
Earnings Per Share Available to IPG Common Stockholders:                      
  Basic $ 0.73     $ (0.04)     $ 0.03     $ 0.03     $ 0.06     $ 0.65  
  Diluted $ 0.71     $ (0.04)     $ 0.03     $ 0.03     $ 0.06     $ 0.64  
                       

THE INTERPUBLIC GROUP OF COMPANIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
RECONCILIATION OF ADJUSTED RESULTS
(Amounts in Millions except Per Share Data)
(UNAUDITED)

 
   
  Three Months Ended September 30, 2015
  As Reported   Loss on Sales of Businesses1   Ex - Loss on Sales of Businesses
Income Before Income Taxes $ 139.0     $ (38.0)     $ 177.0  
Provision for Income Taxes 61.1     2.7     63.8  
  Effective Tax Rate 44.0 %       36.0 %
Equity in Net Income of Unconsolidated Affiliates 0.1         0.1  
Net Income Attributable to Noncontrolling Interests (3.1)         (3.1)  
Net Income Available to IPG Common Stockholders $ 74.9     $ (35.3)     $ 110.2  
           
           
Weighted-Average Number of Common Shares Outstanding - Basic 407.6         407.6  
Add: Effect of Dilutive Securities          
  Restricted Stock, Stock Options and Other Equity Awards 7.9         7.9  
Weighted-Average Number of Common Shares Outstanding - Diluted 415.5         415.5  
           
           
Earnings Per Share Available to IPG Common Stockholders:          
  Basic $ 0.18     $ (0.09)     $ 0.27  
  Diluted $ 0.18     $ (0.09)     $ 0.27  
           
1   Includes losses on completed dispositions of businesses and the classification of certain assets as held for sale.

THE INTERPUBLIC GROUP OF COMPANIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
RECONCILIATION OF ADJUSTED RESULTS
(Amounts in Millions except Per Share Data)
(UNAUDITED)

 
   
  Nine Months Ended September 30, 2015
  As Reported   Loss on Sales of Businesses1   Ex - Loss on Sales of Businesses
Income Before Income Taxes $ 334.4     $ (38.0)     $ 372.4  
Provision for Income Taxes 137.4     2.7     140.1  
  Effective Tax Rate 41.1 %       37.6 %
Equity in Net Income of Unconsolidated Affiliates 0.6         0.6  
Net Income Attributable to Noncontrolling Interests (3.3)         (3.3)  
Net Income Available to IPG Common Stockholders $ 194.3     $ (35.3)     $ 229.6  
           
           
Weighted-Average Number of Common Shares Outstanding - Basic 409.7         409.7  
Add: Effect of Dilutive Securities          
  Restricted Stock, Stock Options and Other Equity Awards 7.3         7.3  
Weighted-Average Number of Common Shares Outstanding - Diluted 417.0         417.0  
           
           
Earnings Per Share Available to IPG Common Stockholders:          
  Basic $ 0.47     $ (0.09)     $ 0.56  
  Diluted $ 0.47     $ (0.08)     $ 0.55  
           
1  Includes losses on completed dispositions of businesses and the classification of certain assets as held for sale.

Interpublic Schedules Third Quarter 2016 Earnings

New York, NY - October 5, 2016 - Interpublic Group (NYSE: IPG) today announced that it will release earnings for the third quarter ended September 30, 2016 on the morning of October 21, 2016. Following the release, the company will hold a conference call for investors at 8:30 a.m. Eastern time on the same day to review results.

To join the conference call, please call (888) 989-4577. Outside the United States, please call (312) 470-7113. The participant passcode is 5294708. The call will be available live on the company's website, www.interpublic.com.

The conference call will be recorded and available for 30 days by calling (800) 337-5620 followed by the passcode 2104. Outside the United States, please call (203) 369-3253 followed by the passcode 2104. The call will also be archived and available in the investor relations section of the company's website.

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About Interpublic
Interpublic is one of the world's leading organizations of advertising agencies and marketing services companies. Major global brands include BPN, CRAFT, FCB (Foote, Cone & Belding), FutureBrand, Golin, Huge, Initiative, Jack Morton Worldwide, MAGNA, McCann, Momentum, MRM//McCann, MullenLowe Group, Octagon, R/GA, UM and Weber Shandwick. Other leading brands include Avrett Free Ginsberg, Campbell Ewald, Carmichael Lynch, Deutsch, Hill Holliday, ID Media and The Martin Agency. For more information, please visit www.interpublic.com.

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Contact Information
Tom Cunningham
(Press)
(212) 704-1326

Jerry Leshne
(Analysts, Investors)
(212) 704-1439