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  • Billings up 8.5% at £20.333 billion.
  • Reported revenue up 3.5% to £4.441 billion and up 2.7% in constant currencies.
  • Like-for-like revenue up 2.5% and up 3.1% after seven months.
  • EBITDA up 23.1% to £560.8m from £455.7m.
  • Headline operating margins pre-incentives up 3.7 margin points at 13.1%.
  • Headline operating profit up 33.1% to £455.3 million from £342.2 million.
  • Headline operating margins up 2.3 margin points to 10.3%.
  • Headline gross margin margins up 2.5 margin points to 11.2%.
  • Headline profit before tax up 41.2% to £356.2 million from £252.2 million.
  • Profit before tax up 36.0% to £243.9 million from £179.3 million.
  • Diluted headline earnings per share up 48.1% to 19.1p from 12.9p.
  • Diluted earnings per share up 36.4% to 12.0p.
  • First interim ordinary dividend up 15% at 5.97p per share.
  • Estimated net new business billings of £2.114 billion ($3.382 billion), almost double last year and leading all industry net new business tables.
  • America and traditional media bite back.

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