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Interpublic Announces Second Quarter and First Half 2011 Results
NEW YORK, Jul 28, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE)

  • Second quarter 2011 revenue increase of 8.0% as reported and organic revenue increase of 4.7% – bringing first half organic revenue growth to 6.8%
  • Second quarter 2011 operating income of $174.0 million, an operating margin of 10.0%
  • Second quarter 2011 diluted earnings per share was $0.19, compared with $0.15 per share a year ago
  • Management affirms full year 2011 targets of 4-5% organic growth and at least 9.5% operating margin
  • Shareholder value enhanced through the repurchase of 12.0 million shares of common stock during the first half of 2011

Summary

  • Revenue
    • Second quarter 2011 revenue was $1.74 billion, compared to $1.61 billion in the second quarter of 2010, with an organic revenue increase of 4.7% compared to the prior-year period. Organic revenue growth was 4.2% in the U.S. and 5.5% internationally, with increases in most regions of the world.
    • First half 2011 revenue was $3.22 billion, compared to $2.95 billion in the first half of 2010, with an organic revenue increase of 6.8% compared to the prior-year period. There was organic revenue growth in the U.S. of 6.3%.
  • Operating Results
    • Operating income in the second quarter of 2011 was $174.0 million, compared to operating income of $177.2 million in 2010. Operating margin was 10.0% for the second quarter of 2011, compared to 11.0% in 2010.
    • For the first half of 2011, operating income was $128.7 million, compared to operating income of $117.8 million in 2010. Operating margin was 4.0% for the first half of 2011 and 2010.
  • Net Results
    • Second quarter 2011 net income available to IPG common stockholders was $101.7 million, resulting in earnings of $0.21 per basic and $0.19 per diluted share. This compares to net income available to IPG common stockholders a year ago of $105.3 million, or $0.22 per basic and $0.15 per diluted share.
    • First half 2011 net income available to IPG common stockholders was $53.6 million, resulting in earnings of $0.11 per basic and diluted share. This compares to net income available to IPG common stockholders a year ago of $33.8 million, or $0.07 per basic and $0.02 per diluted share.
    • Basic earnings per share for the second quarter and first half of 2010 were benefitted by $25.7 million from the repurchase of 303,526 shares of Series B Preferred Stock. Diluted earnings per share for the second quarter and first half of 2010 exclude the benefit associated with the repurchase of the preferred shares.

“The strength of our professional offerings is evident in our 6.8% organic revenue growth for the first half of the year, despite very challenging comparisons. For the six months, all geographic world regions and all of our major global networks posted organic growth,” said Michael I. Roth, Interpublic’s Chairman and CEO. “Profitability in the second quarter reflects that our current results compare to a second quarter of 2010 that saw very strong revenue gains, but low expense growth as well as continued investment behind growth areas of our business. Our focus for the balance of this year will be on margin enhancement. We remain confident that we will achieve our full year 2011 target of 4-5% organic growth, deliver at least 9.5% operating margin and further enhance shareholder value.”

Operating Results

Revenue

Revenue of $1.74 billion in the second quarter of 2011 was up 8.0% compared with the same period in 2010. During the quarter, the effect of foreign currency translation was positive 3.6%, the impact of net divestitures was negative 0.3%, and the resulting organic revenue increase was 4.7%.

Revenue of $3.22 billion in the first half of 2011 was up 9.0% compared to the first half of 2010. During the first half of 2011, the effect of foreign currency translation was positive 2.4%, the impact of net divestitures was negative 0.2%, and the resulting organic revenue increase was 6.8%.

Operating Expenses

During the second quarter of 2011, salaries and related expenses were $1.10 billion, up 10.6% compared to the same period in 2010. After adjusting for currency effects and the impact of net divestitures, salaries and related expenses increased 6.9% organically.

During the first half of 2011, salaries and related expenses were $2.18 billion, up 10.4% compared to the same period in 2010. After adjusting for currency effects and the impact of net divestitures, salaries and related expenses increased 8.1% organically.

Staff cost ratio, which is total salaries and related expenses as a percentage of total revenue, increased in the second quarter of 2011 to 62.9% from 61.5% in the second quarter of 2010, and increased in the first half of 2011 to 67.7% from 66.8% in the first half of 2010.

Severance expense in the second quarter of 2011 was $22.5 million, compared to $17.2 million in the second quarter of 2010. For the first half of 2011, severance expense was $45.6 million, compared to $27.5 million in 2010.

During the second quarter of 2011, office and general expenses were $470.8 million, up 6.3% compared to the same period in 2010. After adjusting for currency effects and the impact of net divestitures, office and general expenses increased 2.8% organically.

During the first half of 2011, office and general expenses were $910.0 million, up 5.9% compared to the same period in 2010. After adjusting for currency effects and the impact of net divestitures, office and general expenses increased 3.5% organically.

Non-Operating Results and Tax

Net interest expense of $23.4 million decreased by $5.5 million, or 19.0%, in the second quarter of 2011 compared to the same period in 2010. For the first half of 2011, net interest expense of $47.0 million decreased by $8.0 million, or 14.5% compared to the same period in 2010.

Other income (expense), net was $5.3 million and ($0.8) million for the second quarter and first half of 2011, respectively.

The income tax provision in the second quarter of 2011 was $47.6 million on income before income taxes of $155.9 million, compared to a provision of $63.3 million on income before income taxes of $146.2 million in the same period in 2010. The income tax provision in the first half of 2011 was $26.1 million on income before income taxes of $80.9 million, compared to a provision of $48.0 million on income before income taxes of $61.2 million in the same period in 2010. The effective tax rate for the second quarter of 2011 was 30.5%, compared to 43.3% for the same period a year ago. The effective tax rate for the first half of 2011 was 32.3%, compared to 78.4% for the same period a year ago.

Balance Sheet

At June 30, 2011, cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities totaled $1.82 billion, compared to $2.69 billion at December 31, 2010 and $1.94 billion at June 30, 2010. Total debt was $1.77 billion at June 30, 2011, compared to $1.74 billion at December 31, 2010 and $1.91 billion at June 30, 2010.

Share Repurchase Program and Common Stock Dividend

Commencing in March, the company repurchased 12.0 million shares of its common stock during the first half of 2011, at an average price of $11.61. During the second quarter of 2011 the company declared and paid a common stock cash dividend of $0.06 per share, for a total of $28.3 million.

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

About Interpublic

Interpublic is one of the world's leading organizations of advertising agencies and marketing services companies. Major global brands include Draftfcb, FutureBrand, GolinHarris International, HUGE, Initiative, Jack Morton Worldwide, Lowe and Partners, MAGNAGLOBAL, McCann Erickson, Momentum, MRM Worldwide, Octagon, R/GA, UM and Weber Shandwick. Leading domestic brands include Campbell Ewald; Campbell Mithun; Carmichael Lynch; Deutsch, a Lowe and Partners Company; Gotham Inc.; Hill Holliday; ID Media; Mullen and The Martin Agency. For more information, please visit http://www.interpublic.com.

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

SECOND QUARTER REPORT 2011 AND 2010

(Amounts in Millions except Per Share Data)

(UNAUDITED)

 
 
Three Months Ended June 30,
2011       2010   Fav. (Unfav.)

% Variance

Revenue:                            
United States $ 987.8 $ 961.0 2.8%
International 752.9 650.7 15.7%
Total Revenue 1,740.7 1,611.7 8.0%
 
Operating Expenses:
Salaries and Related Expenses 1,095.7 991.0 (10.6)%
Office and General Expenses 470.8 442.9 (6.3)%
Restructuring and Other Reorganization-Related Charges, Net 0.2 0.6 N/M
Total Operating Expenses 1,566.7 1,434.5 (9.2)%
 
Operating Income 174.0 177.2 (1.8)%
Operating Margin % 10.0% 11.0%
 
Expenses and Other Income:
Interest Expense (33.1) (35.0)
Interest Income 9.7 6.1
Other Income (Expense), Net 5.3 (2.1)
Total (Expenses) and Other Income (18.1) (31.0)
 
Income before Income Taxes 155.9 146.2
Provision for Income Taxes 47.6 63.3
Income of Consolidated Companies 108.3 82.9
Equity in Net Income of Unconsolidated Affiliates 0.6 0.2
Net Income 108.9 83.1
Net Income Attributable to Noncontrolling Interests (4.3) (0.6)
Net Income Attributable to IPG 104.6 82.5
Dividends on Preferred Stock

(2.9)

(2.9)

Benefit from Preferred Stock Repurchased

0.0

25.7

Net Income Available to IPG Common Stockholders $ 101.7 $ 105.3
 
Earnings Per Share Available to IPG Common Stockholders:
Basic $ 0.21 $ 0.22
Diluted $ 0.19 $ 0.15
 
Weighted-Average Number of Common Shares Outstanding:
Basic

473.1

473.0

Diluted

546.9

544.9

 

Dividends Declared Per Common Share

$ 0.06 $ 0.00
 
 

N/M – Not meaningful

 

 

THE INTERPUBLIC GROUP OF COMPANIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED SUMMARY OF EARNINGS

SECOND QUARTER REPORT 2011 AND 2010

(Amounts in Millions except Per Share Data)

(UNAUDITED)

 
 
Six Months Ended June 30,
2011 2010   Fav. (Unfav.)

% Variance

Revenue:                  
United States $ 1,853.1 $ 1,764.1 5.0%
International 1,362.4 1,184.6 15.0%
Total Revenue 3,215.5 2,948.7 9.0%
 
Operating Expenses:
Salaries and Related Expenses 2,175.8 1,970.3 (10.4)%
Office and General Expenses 910.0 859.7 (5.9)%
Restructuring and Other Reorganization-Related Charges, Net 1.0 0.9 N/M
Total Operating Expenses 3,086.8 2,830.9 (9.0)%
 
Operating Income 128.7 117.8 9.3%
Operating Margin % 4.0% 4.0%
 
Expenses and Other Income:
Interest Expense (65.0) (67.6)
Interest Income 18.0 12.6
Other Expense, Net (0.8) (1.6)
Total (Expenses) and Other Income (47.8) (56.6)
 
Income before Income Taxes 80.9 61.2
Provision for Income Taxes 26.1 48.0
Income of Consolidated Companies 54.8 13.2
Equity in Net Income (Loss) of Unconsolidated Affiliates 0.9 (0.4)
Net Income 55.7 12.8
Net Loss Attributable to Noncontrolling Interests 3.7 5.1
Net Income Attributable to IPG 59.4 17.9
Dividends on Preferred Stock (5.8) (9.8)
Benefit from Preferred Stock Repurchased 0.0 25.7
Net Income Available to IPG Common Stockholders $ 53.6 $ 33.8
 
Earnings Per Share Available to IPG Common Stockholders:
Basic $ 0.11 $ 0.07
Diluted $ 0.11 $ 0.02
 
Weighted-Average Number of Common Shares Outstanding:
Basic

474.6

472.1

Diluted

515.6

531.6

 

Dividends Declared Per Common Share

$ 0.12 $ 0.00
 
 

N/M – Not meaningful

 

Contacts

Interpublic
Philippe Krakowsky, 212-704-1328
or
Jerry Leshne, 212-704-1439
(Analysts, Investors)