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Interpublic Announces Third Quarter and First Nine Months 2017 Results

  • Third quarter reported revenue decrease of 1.0%, organic revenue increase of 0.5%, and organic revenue increase of 1.5% excluding the impact of lower pass-through revenue.
  • In the U.S., third quarter organic revenue increase was 1.3% and was 2.0% excluding the impact of lower pass-through revenue.
  • Third quarter operating income of $219.1 million and operating margin of 11.5%.
  • Third quarter diluted earnings per share of $0.37, and $0.31 as adjusted for below-the-line items, compared with $0.32 and $0.31 as adjusted a year ago.
  • First nine months reported revenue decrease of 0.7%, organic revenue increase of 1.1%, and organic revenue increase of 1.6% excluding the impact of lower pass-through revenue.
  • First nine months diluted earnings per share was $0.66 and $0.63 as adjusted for below-the-line items, compared with $0.71 and $0.66 as adjusted a year ago.
  • Company's revised full-year 2017 operating targets are operating margin expansion of 40 basis points and organic revenue growth of 1-2%.

Summary

Revenue

  • Third quarter 2017 revenue decreased 1.0% to $1.90 billion, compared to $1.92 billion in the third quarter of 2016, with an organic revenue increase of 0.5% compared to the prior-year period. This was comprised of an organic increase of 1.3% in the U.S. and a decrease of 0.7% internationally. Excluding the impact of lower pass-through revenues, the organic revenue increase would have been 2.0% in the U.S. and 0.7% internationally.
  • First nine months 2017 revenue decreased 0.7% to $5.54 billion, compared to $5.58 billion in the first nine months of 2016, with an organic revenue increase of 1.1% compared to the prior-year period. This was comprised of an organic increase of 1.6% in the U.S. and 0.4% internationally. Excluding the impact of lower pass-through revenues, the organic revenue increase would have been 1.9% in the U.S. and 1.2% internationally.
  • Pass-through revenues are offset dollar-for-dollar in operating expenses. As a result, changes in pass-through revenues do not change operating profit.


Operating Results

  • Operating income in the third quarter of 2017 was $219.1 million, compared to $208.0 million in 2016. Operating margin was 11.5% for the third quarter of 2017, compared to 10.8% in 2016.
  • For the first nine months of 2017, operating income of $455.3 million and operating margin of 8.2% remained constant compared to the same period in 2016.


Net Results

  • Income tax provision in the third quarter of 2017 was $42.5 million on income before income taxes of $192.3 million.
  • Third quarter 2017 net income available to IPG common stockholders was $146.2 million, resulting in earnings of $0.38 per basic share and $0.37 per diluted share, and $0.31 per adjusted diluted share. This compares to net income available to IPG common stockholders a year ago of $128.6 million, resulting in earnings of $0.32 per basic share and diluted share, and $0.31 per adjusted diluted share.
  • Income tax provision in the first nine months of 2017 was $115.8 million on income before income taxes of $377.2 million.
  • First nine months 2017 net income available to IPG common stockholders was $262.4 million, resulting in earnings of $0.67 per basic share and $0.66 per diluted share, and $0.63 per adjusted diluted share. This compares to net income available to IPG common stockholders a year ago of $290.9 million, resulting in earnings of $0.73 per basic share and $0.71 per diluted share, and $0.66 per adjusted diluted share.
  • For the three and nine months ended September 30, 2017, net income available to IPG common stockholders included $31.2 million related to foreign tax credits from distributions of unremitted earnings and pre-tax net losses of $8.7 million and $20.9 million, respectively, on sales of businesses in "Other (expense) income, net". Excluding these items, our diluted earnings per share for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2017 would have been $0.31 and $0.63, respectively. Adjusted diluted earnings per share was $0.31 and $0.66 in the respective prior-year periods. Refer to reconciliations in the back for more detail.


"Results in the quarter reflect strong operating margin expansion, although organic revenue was negatively impacted by broader trends that are being felt throughout much of the industry. Our agencies and our talent across the portfolio remain among the best in their respective disciplines, which gives us confidence in the long-term competitiveness of our offerings and our client-centric service model," said Michael I. Roth, Interpublic's Chairman and CEO. "Domestic performance in the quarter also demonstrates that the business is fundamentally sound in our largest geographic market. That said, client caution and the macro environment require that we adjust our outlook for this year, to margin expansion of 40 basis points, with one to two percent organic revenue growth. Combined with the strength of our balance sheet and our proven commitment to capital returns, delivering on these targets will allow us to enhance shareholder value," concluded Michael Roth.


Operating Results

Revenue

Revenue of $1.90 billion in the third quarter of 2017 decreased 1.0% compared with the same period in 2016. During the quarter, the effect of foreign currency translation was positive 0.4%, the impact of net divestitures was negative 1.9%, and the resulting organic revenue increase was 0.5%. Excluding the decrease in organic pass-through revenue in the third quarter of 2017, the organic revenue increase would have been 1.5%.

Revenue of $5.54 billion in the first nine months of 2017 decreased 0.7% compared with the same period in 2016. During the first nine months of 2017, the effect of foreign currency translation was negative 0.5%, the impact of net divestitures was negative 1.3%, and the resulting organic revenue increase was 1.1%. Excluding the decrease in organic pass-through revenue in the first nine months of 2017, the organic revenue increase would have been 1.6%.


Operating Expenses

During the third quarter of 2017, total operating expenses decreased 1.8% compared with revenue decrease of 1.0% from a year ago. For the first nine months of 2017, total operating expenses decreased 0.8% compared with a decrease in revenue of 0.7% from a year ago.

During the third quarter of 2017, salaries and related expenses remained constant at $1.23 billion, compared to the same period in 2016. During the first nine months of 2017, salaries and related expenses were $3.74 billion, an increase of 0.4% compared to the same period in 2016.

Staff cost ratio, which is total salaries and related expenses as a percentage of total revenue, was 64.5% in the third quarter of 2017 compared to 63.9% a year ago, and was 67.5% in the first nine months of 2017 compared to 66.8% in the same period in 2016.

During the third quarter of 2017, office and general expenses were $455.9 million, a decrease of 6.2% compared to the same period in 2016. During the first nine months of 2017, office and general expenses were $1.34 billion, a decrease of 4.0% compared to the same period in 2016.

Office and general expenses decreased to 24.0% of total revenue in the third quarter of 2017 compared to 25.3% a year ago, and also decreased to 24.3% in the first nine months of 2017 compared to 25.1% a year ago.


Non-Operating Results and Tax

Other expense of $9.9 million in the third quarter of 2017 and $24.5 million in the first nine months of 2017 is primarily related to net losses on sales of businesses and the classification of certain assets and liabilities as held for sale.

The income tax provision in the third quarter of 2017 was $42.5 million on income before income taxes of $192.3 million, compared to a provision of $63.8 million on income before income taxes of $196.3 million in the same period in 2016.

The income tax provision in the first nine months of 2017 was $115.8 million on income before taxes of $377.2 million, compared to a provision of $91.9 million on income before income taxes of $389.1 million in the same period in 2016.


Balance Sheet

At September 30, 2017, cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities totaled $705.0 million, compared to $1.10 billion at December 31, 2016 and $894.6 million at September 30, 2016. Total debt was $2.10 billion at September 30, 2017, compared to $1.69 billion at December 31, 2016.


Share Repurchase Program and Common Stock Dividend

During the third quarter of 2017, the company repurchased 4.7 million shares of its common stock at an aggregate cost of $101.0 million and an average price of $21.69 per share, including fees. During the first nine months of 2017, the company repurchased 9.4 million shares of its common stock at an aggregate cost of $216.0 million and an average price of $22.92 per share, including fees.

During the third quarter of 2017, the company declared and paid a common stock cash dividend of $0.18 per share, for a total of $69.8 million.

For further information regarding the company's financial results as well as certain non-GAAP measures and the reconciliation thereof, please refer to pages 18 and 19 of the earnings materials filed on Form 8-K here with and 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 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 2017 AND 2016 
(Amounts in Millions except Per Share Data)
(UNAUDITED)
     
    Three Months Ended September 30,
    2017   2016   Fav. (Unfav.)

% Variance
Revenue:          
  United States $ 1,156.0     $ 1,165.9     (0.8) %
  International 746.6     756.3     (1.3) %
Total Revenue 1,902.6     1,922.2     (1.0) %
             
Operating Expenses:          
  Salaries and Related Expenses 1,227.6     1,228.0     0.0 %
  Office and General Expenses 455.9     486.2     6.2 %
Total Operating Expenses 1,683.5     1,714.2     1.8 %
Operating Income 219.1     208.0     5.3 %
Operating Margin % 11.5 %   10.8 %    
             
Expenses and Other Income:          
  Interest Expense (21.0)     (21.7)      
  Interest Income 4.1     4.7      
  Other (Expense) Income, Net (9.9)     5.3      
Total (Expenses) and Other Income (26.8)     (11.7)      
             
Income Before Income Taxes 192.3     196.3      
Provision for Income Taxes 42.5     63.8      
Income of Consolidated Companies 149.8     132.5      
  Equity in Net (Loss) Income of Unconsolidated Affiliates (1.0)     0.2      
Net Income 148.8     132.7      
  Net Income Attributable to Noncontrolling Interests (2.6)     (4.1)      
Net Income Available to IPG Common Stockholders $ 146.2     $ 128.6      
           
Earnings Per Share Available to IPG Common Stockholders:          
Basic $ 0.38     $ 0.32      
Diluted $ 0.37     $ 0.32      
           
Weighted-Average Number of Common Shares Outstanding:          
Basic 389.5     397.7      
Diluted 397.2     407.9      
           
Dividends Declared Per Common Share $ 0.18     $ 0.15      
           
           

 

 

THE INTERPUBLIC GROUP OF COMPANIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED SUMMARY OF EARNINGS
THIRD QUARTER REPORT 2017 AND 2016 
(Amounts in Millions except Per Share Data)
(UNAUDITED)
     
    Nine Months Ended September 30,
    2017   2016   Fav. (Unfav.)

% Variance
Revenue:          
  United States $ 3,428.3     $ 3,426.2     0.1 %
  International 2,113.1     2,155.9     (2.0) %
Total Revenue 5,541.4     5,582.1     (0.7) %
             
Operating Expenses:          
  Salaries and Related Expenses 3,742.3     3,726.3     (0.4) %
  Office and General Expenses 1,343.8     1,400.5     4.0 %
Total Operating Expenses 5,086.1     5,126.8     0.8 %
Operating Income 455.3     455.3     0.0 %
Operating Margin % 8.2 %   8.2 %    
             
Expenses and Other Income:          
  Interest Expense (67.6)     (68.8)      
  Interest Income 14.0     16.1      
  Other Expense, Net (24.5)     (13.5)      
Total (Expenses) and Other Income (78.1)     (66.2)      
             
Income Before Income Taxes 377.2     389.1      
Provision for Income Taxes 115.8     91.9      
Income of Consolidated Companies 261.4     297.2      
  Equity in Net Income (Loss) of Unconsolidated Affiliates 0.1     (1.6)      
Net Income 261.5     295.6      
  Net Loss (Income) Attributable to Noncontrolling Interests 0.9     (4.7)      
Net Income Available to IPG Common Stockholders $ 262.4     $ 290.9      
           
Earnings Per Share Available to IPG Common Stockholders:          
Basic $ 0.67     $ 0.73      
Diluted $ 0.66     $ 0.71      
           
Weighted-Average Number of Common Shares Outstanding:          
Basic 391.2     399.5      
Diluted 398.6     408.8      
           
Dividends Declared Per Common Share $ 0.54     $ 0.45      
           
           

 

 

THE INTERPUBLIC GROUP OF COMPANIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

RECONCILIATION OF ADJUSTED NON-GAAP RESULTS

(Amounts in Millions except Per Share Data)
(UNAUDITED)
   
  Three Months Ended September 30, 2017
  As Reported   Net Losses on Sales of Businesses 1   U.S. Federal Tax Credits   Adjusted Results
Income Before Income Taxes $ 192.3     $ (8.7)         $ 201.0  
Provision for Income Taxes 42.5     1.7     $ 31.2     75.4  
  Effective Tax Rate 22.1 %           37.5 %
Equity in Net Loss of Unconsolidated Affiliates (1.0)             (1.0)  
Net Income Attributable to Noncontrolling Interests (2.6)             (2.6)  
Net Income Available to IPG Common Stockholders $ 146.2     $ (7.0)     $ 31.2     $ 122.0  
               
               
Weighted-Average Number of Common Shares Outstanding - Basic 389.5             389.5  
Dilutive effect of stock options and restricted shares 7.7             7.7  
Weighted-Average Number of Common Shares Outstanding - Diluted 397.2             397.2  
               
               
Earnings Per Share Available to IPG Common Stockholders:              
  Basic $ 0.38     $ (0.02)     $ 0.08     $ 0.31  
  Diluted $ 0.37     $ (0.02)     $ 0.08     $ 0.31  
               
1 Includes losses on completed dispositions and the classification of certain assets as held for sale.
               
Note:  Management believes the resulting comparisons provide useful supplemental data that, while not a substitute for GAAP measures, allow for greater transparency in the review of our financial and operational performance.

 

 

THE INTERPUBLIC GROUP OF COMPANIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

RECONCILIATION OF ADJUSTED NON-GAAP RESULTS

(Amounts in Millions except Per Share Data)
(UNAUDITED)
   
  Nine Months Ended September 30, 2017
  As Reported   Net Losses on Sales of Businesses 1   U.S. Federal Tax Credits   Adjusted Results
Income Before Income Taxes $ 377.2     $ (20.9)         $ 398.1  
Provision for Income Taxes 115.8     1.7     $ 31.2     148.7  
  Effective Tax Rate 30.7 %           37.4 %
Equity in Net Income of Unconsolidated Affiliates 0.1             0.1  
Net Loss Attributable to Noncontrolling Interests 0.9             0.9  
Net Income Available to IPG Common Stockholders $ 262.4     $ (19.2)     $ 31.2     $ 250.4  
               
               
Weighted-Average Number of Common Shares Outstanding - Basic 391.2             391.2  
Dilutive effect of stock options and restricted shares 7.4             7.4  
Weighted-Average Number of Common Shares Outstanding - Diluted 398.6             398.6  
               
               
Earnings Per Share Available to IPG Common Stockholders:              
  Basic $ 0.67     $ (0.05)     $ 0.08     $ 0.64  
  Diluted $ 0.66     $ (0.05)     $ 0.08     $ 0.63  
               
1 Includes losses on completed dispositions and the classification of certain assets as held for sale.
               
Note:  Management believes the resulting comparisons provide useful supplemental data that, while not a substitute for GAAP measures, allow for greater transparency in the review of our financial and operational performance.

 

 

THE INTERPUBLIC GROUP OF COMPANIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

RECONCILIATION OF ADJUSTED NON-GAAP RESULTS

(Amounts in Millions except Per Share Data)
(UNAUDITED)
   
  Three Months Ended September 30, 2016
  As Reported   Gain on Sale of Business   Adjusted Results 1
Income Before Income Taxes $ 196.3     $ 3.9     $ 192.4  
Provision for Income Taxes 63.8         63.8  
  Effective Tax Rate 32.5 %       33.2 %
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     $ 124.7  
           
           
Weighted-Average Number of Common Shares Outstanding - Basic 397.7         397.7  
Dilutive effect of stock options and restricted shares 10.2         10.2  
Weighted-Average Number of Common Shares Outstanding - Diluted 407.9         407.9  
           
           
Earnings Per Share Available to IPG Common Stockholders:          
  Basic $ 0.32     $ 0.01     $ 0.31  
  Diluted $ 0.32     $ 0.01     $ 0.31  
           
1 The effect of the adoption of the Financial Accounting Standards Board Accounting Standards Update 2016-09, which was previously included in this table in 2016, has now been removed as the effect of the adoption is reflected in both periods.
           
Note:  Management believes the resulting comparisons provide useful supplemental data that, while not a substitute for GAAP measures, allow for greater transparency in the review of our financial and operational performance.

 

 

THE INTERPUBLIC GROUP OF COMPANIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

RECONCILIATION OF ADJUSTED NON-GAAP 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   Settlement of Certain Tax Positions   Adjusted Results 1
Income Before Income Taxes $ 389.1     $ (16.1)             $ 405.2  
Provision for Income Taxes 91.9     0.4     $ 12.2     $ 23.4     127.9  
  Effective Tax Rate 23.6 %               31.6 %
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     $ 23.4     $ 271.0  
                   
                   
Weighted-Average Number of Common Shares Outstanding - Basic 399.5                 399.5  
Dilutive effect of stock options and restricted shares 9.3                 9.3  
Weighted-Average Number of Common Shares Outstanding - Diluted 408.8                 408.8  
                   
                   
Earnings Per Share Available to IPG Common Stockholders:                  
  Basic $ 0.73     $ (0.04)     $ 0.03     $ 0.06     $ 0.68  
  Diluted $ 0.71     $ (0.04)     $ 0.03     $ 0.06     $ 0.66  
                   
1 The effect of the adoption of the Financial Accounting Standards Board Accounting Standards Update 2016-09, which was previously included in this table in 2016, has now been removed as the effect of the adoption is reflected in both periods.
                   
Note:  Management believes the resulting comparisons provide useful supplemental data that, while not a substitute for GAAP measures, allow for greater transparency in the review of our financial and operational performance.

 


Interpublic Schedules Third Quarter 2017 Earnings Release

New York, NY - October 5, 2017 - Interpublic Group (NYSE: IPG) today announced that it will release earnings for the third quarter ended September 30, 2017 on the morning of October 24, 2017. 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 (800) 857-9745. Outside the United States, please call (773) 756-4707. The participant passcode is 6630783. 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 (866) 491-2909 followed by the passcode 9173. Outside the United States, please call (203) 369-1717 followed by the passcode 9173. 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 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