Publicis Groupe: First Half 2021 Results

July 22, 2021 1:30 AM EDT

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Full recovery with all KPIs exceeding 2019 levels

  • Q2 organic growth at +17.1%, more than recovering vs. Q2 2020 at -13.0%
    • New acceleration in the U.S. at +15.2%, with Epsilon at +31.1% and Publicis Sapient at +27.0%
    • Continued momentum in Asia at +13.6%, Europe rebounding at +23.0%
    • U.S. and Asia at +7% organic growth vs. 2019
  • Full recovery in H1 overall
    • Organic growth at +9.7% vs. -8.0% in H1 2020
    • All-time high operating margin rate at 16.5% in a first-half
    • Growth of +27% in Headline EPS at €2.23 and +22% in Free Cash Flow1 at €605m
  • Number 1 in rankings in New Business2 in H1
  • Upgrade of all 2021 guidance KPIs with full recovery expected in one year instead of two: organic growth at 7%, operating margin rate at 17%, Free Cash Flow between €1.2bn and €1.3bn

PARIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Regulatory News:

Publicis Groupe (Paris: PUB):

Q2 2021 Revenue

  • Net revenue

€ 2,539 M

  • Organic growth

+17.1%

  • Reported growth

+10.7%

H1 2021 Results

  • (EUR million)

H1 2021

2021 vs 2020

  • Revenue

5,493

+4.1%

  • Net revenue

4,931

+3.3%

  • Organic growth

+9.7%

 

  • EBITDA

1,052

+14.0%

  • Operating margin

815

+31.0%

  • Operating margin rate

16.5%

+350bps

  • Headline Groupe net income

555

+33.1%

  • Headline diluted EPS (euro)

2.23

+27.4%

  • Free Cash Flow1

605

+22.2%

Arthur Sadoun, Chairman and CEO of Publicis Groupe:

“In the first half of the year, we had a very strong performance thanks to our model in an improving business environment.

Not only did we fully recover the revenue lost in 2020, but all of our KPIs over the first half exceeded 2019 levels.

In Q2, we posted +17.1% organic growth, improving by 2% compared to 2019, despite the effects of the pandemic.

This overperformance was largely driven by the U.S. and Asia, which both grew +7% versus 2019.

Our U.S operations posted 15.2% organic growth in Q2, with Epsilon, PMX and Sapient all delivering above +25%. Asia also accelerated further with +13.6% organic growth. Europe rebounded from a low base to +23%, mirroring the progressive lifting of lockdowns.

In H1 overall, we posted organic growth of +9.7%, leading to an operating margin rate at 16.5%, the group’s highest ever for a first half period, while our free cash flow up 22%, at €605 million.

What is more, we once again topped new business rankings for the first half of the year, thanks to a strong run of wins.

For the remaining part of the year, our ability to capture a disproportionate part of our clients’ investment in data and technology means we are in a position to upgrade our 2021 guidance. We now expect to totally recover to pre-pandemic levels, a year ahead of our initial expectations, with full year organic growth at 7% and full recovery in H2, and an operating margin of 17%, provided there are no major deteriorations in the global sanitary situation.

I’d like to thank our teams for their incredible efforts in this first half of the year, and our clients for their trust and partnership. In H2 we are focused on the execution of our plan, in a context that remains challenging in many parts of the world. »

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Publicis Groupe’s Supervisory Board met on July 21, 2021, under the chairmanship of Maurice Lévy, to examine the 2021 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 2021

H1 2020

2021

vs 2020

Data from the Income Statement and Cash flow Statement

 

 

 

Net revenue

4,931

4,774

+3.3%

Pass-through revenue

562

504

+11.5%

Revenue

5,493

5,278

+4.1%

EBITDA

1,052

923

+14.0%

% of Net revenue

21.3%

19.3%

+200bps

Operating margin

815

622

+31.0%

% of Net revenue

16.5%

13.0%

+350bps

Operating income

598

254

+135%

Net income attributable to the Groupe

414

136

+204%

Earnings Per Share (EPS)

1,68

0.57

+195%

Headline diluted EPS (1)

2.23

1.75

+27.4%

Free Cash Flow before change in working capital requirements

605

495

+22.2%

Data from the Balance Sheet

June 30, 2021

Dec. 31, 2020



Total assets

29,079

30,161

 

Groupe share of Shareholders’ equity

7,690

7,182

 

Net debt (net cash)

1,362

833

 

(1) 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, divided by the average number of shares on a diluted basis

NET REVENUE IN Q2 2021

Publicis Groupe's net revenue in Q2 2021 was 2,539 million euros compared to 2,293 million euros in Q2 2020, up by +10.7%. Exchange rate variations had a 125 million euros negative impact. The acquisitions (net of disposals) contributed 2 million euros to net revenue.

Organic growth was +17.1% in Q2 2021. This implies a recovery ratio of 102%3 over the period, after a -13.0% decline in Q2 2020 when the Groupe was very impacted by the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. All regions strongly recovered in the second quarter and posted double-digit organic growth. Q2 came ahead of expectations reflecting two main factors. First, an improving global context, characterized by mass re-openings in Europe and a continued uplift in the U.S. economy. Second, the strength of the model, which enabled the Groupe to continue to capture the ongoing shift in clients’ investment towards data management, digital media, direct-to-consumer channels and commerce in general.

Breakdown of Q2 2021 Net revenue by region

EUR

Net revenue

Reported

Organic

Recovery

million

Q2 2021

Q2 2020

growth

growth

Ratio3

North America

1,527

1,458

+4.7%

+15.1%

106%

Europe

634

510

+24.3%

+23.0%4

94%4

Asia Pacific

253

215

+17.7%

+13.6%

107%

Middle East & Africa

71

60

+18.3%

+22.8%

94%

Latin America

54

50

+8.0%

+15.9%

92%

Total

2,539

2,293

+10.7%

+17.1%

102%

Net revenue in North America was up by +15.1% on an organic basis in the second quarter (+4.7% on a reported basis including the negative impact of the US Dollar/ Euro exchange rate). This strong performance was driven by a +15.2% organic growth in the U.S., accelerating from the +5.1% posted in Q1. The recovery ratio in the U.S. is at 107%, implying a 7% growth compared to 2019 level. In the U.S., Q2 saw a particularly high demand for digital media, first party data management and direct-to-consumer products and services. In this context, Epsilon was up by +31.1% and Publicis Sapient by +27.0% organically. The same trend was visible in the Groupe’s digital media unit PMX, which supported overall media growth. Health operations grew double digit again this quarter. Creative activities were positive, showing sequential improvement after being flat in Q1, with notably a strong growth in production activities.

Activities in Europe rebounded from a low base and the region recovered most of the value lost in 2020 with organic growth at +23.0%4, mirroring the progressive lifting of lockdowns (+24.3% on a reported basis). U.K. operations returned to positive growth at +10.0% organic. In France, all activities bounced back strongly, with net revenue up by +30.6%5. Germany accelerated to +9.6% organic growth while Italy was up by +36.9%.

Asia Pacific was up by +13.6% on an organic basis (+17.7% reported), accelerating in Q2. This translated into a strong recovery ratio of 107% after an organic growth of -5.7% in Q2 2020. China reported an organic growth of +8.0%, Australia of +7.3% and India of +35.4%.

Net revenue in the Middle East and Africa region was up by +22.8% on an organic basis (+18.3% reported).

Net revenue in Latin America was up by +15.9% on an organic basis, translating into a recovery ratio of 92% as the region remained impacted by the sanitary situation. Growth on a reported basis was +8.0%, as the impact from currencies in the region remained negative.

NET REVENUE IN H1 2021

Publicis Groupe’s net revenue for the first half 2021 was 4,931 million euros, up by +3.3% compared to 4,774 million euros in H1 2020. Exchange rate variations over the period had a negative impact of 276 million euros. Acquisitions (net of disposals) have a negative impact of 1 million euros on net revenue.

Organic growth was +9.7% in H1 2021. This implies a recovery ratio of 101%6 over the period, after a -8.0% decline in H1 2020. Following an organic growth of +2.8% in the first quarter, the Groupe accelerated to +17.1% in the second quarter. In H1 2021, all regions posted positive organic growth.

Breakdown of H1 2021 net revenue by sector

Automotive

16%

Financial

15%

TMT

14%

Healthcare

13%

Food and beverage

12%

Non Food consumer products

12%

Retail

9%

Public sector / Other

4%

Energy/ Manufacturing

3%

Leisure/ Travel

3%

Based on 3,250 clients representing 92% of the Groupe’s net revenue.

Breakdown of H1 2021 net revenue by region

EUR

Net revenue

Reported

Organic

Recovery

million

H1 2021

H1 2020

growth

growth

Ratio8

North America

3,032

3,013

+0.6%

+9.7%

106%

Europe

1,195

1,088

+9.8%

+10.0%7

92%7

Asia Pacific

470

434

+8.3%

+9.8%

106%

Middle East & Africa

133

135

-1.5%

+4.3%

92%

Latin America

101

104

-2.9%

+12.0%

94%

Total

4,931

4,774

+3.3%

+9.7%

101%

Net revenue in North America was up by +9.7% on an organic basis in the first half (+0.6% on a reported basis including the negative impact of the US Dollar/ Euro exchange rate). This strong performance was driven by a +10.0% organic growth in the U.S. reflecting a solid Q1 (+5.1%) and an acceleration to +15.2% in Q2. Overall, the recovery ratio in the U.S. was 106%8, representing a growth of +6% compared to H1 2019.

Europe rebounded with a +10.0% organic growth in H1 (+9.8% on a reported basis). Excluding the impact of the Groupe’s outdoor media activities and the Drugstore in France, that were closed in Q2 2020, the organic growth in Europe is +9.7%, representing a recovery ratio of 96%. All countries bounced back although the performance remained mixed, reflecting different activity mix, local economic situations and variable comparable basis in H1 2020. The UK was positive at +3.6% organic, France at +17.2%9, Germany at +7.8% and Italy up by +28.2%.

Asia Pacific net revenue was up by +9.8% on an organic basis (+8.3% reported). China reported an organic growth of +5.8%, Australia was up by +5.1% on an organic basis and India by +22.6%.

Net revenue in the Middle East and Africa region was up by +4.3% on an organic basis (-1.5% reported).

Net revenue in Latin America was up by +12.0% on an organic basis. It was down by -2.9% on a reported basis, as the negative impact from currencies in the region continued to be significant. Brazil grew by +11.7% organically and Mexico was almost flat at -0.4%.

ANALYSIS OF H1 2021 KEY FIGURES

Income Statement

EBITDA amounted to 1,052 million euros in H1 2021, compared to 923 million euros in H1 2020, up by 14.0%. This translates into a margin rate of 21.3% of net revenue (+200 basis points compared to H1 2020 and +100bps compared to H1 2019).

  • Personnel costs totaled 3,174 million euros at June 30, 2021, down by 1.6% from 3,224 million euros in H1 2020. This evolution reflects the impact of the cost reduction plan launched in 2020 when the crisis started, partly offset by the continued investment in the Groupe’s talents. As a percentage of net revenue, personnel expenses represented 64.4% in H1 2021, down by 310 basis points compared to 67.5% in H1 2020. This decrease partly reflects the strong ramp up in net revenue in the first half that was not immediately matched by a rise in costs. Fixed personnel costs were 2,779 million euros and represented 56.4% of net revenue versus 59.9% in H1 2020. On the other hand, the cost of freelancers increased by 28 million euros in H1 2021, in parallel with the uplift in activity, representing 169 million euros. Provision for bonus increased by 65 million euros to reach 182 million euros in H1 2021, reflecting the good performance achieved. Restructuring costs reached 12 million euros, a significant and expected decrease vs. 69 million euros in H1 2020.
  • Other operating expenses (excluding depreciation & amortization) amounted to 1,267 million euros, compared to 1,131 million euros in H1 2020. This represents 25.7% of net revenue compared to 23.7% in H1 2020. This includes a rise in cost of sales for 48 million euros as a couple of large outdoor engagements have been extended for a short-term period. The related minimum payments were accounted directly in other operating expenses rather than as a right of use and lease liability. This increase was partly offset by a decline in other G&A, notably in travel expenses that continued to be down year-on-year versus H1 2020.

Depreciation and amortization charge was 237 million euros in H1 2021 compared to 301 million euros in H1 2020, down by 21.3%. This decrease of 64 million euros largely reflects the impact of the short-term contracts described above in other operating expenses.

As a result, the operating margin amounted to 815 million euros, up by 31.0% compared to H1 2020. This represents an operating margin rate of 16.5% in the first half 2021, up by 350 basis points from 13.0% in H1 2020 and by 150 basis points from the 15.0% in H1 2019 (excluding Epsilon’s transaction costs).

Operating margin rates by geographies were 19.2% in North America, 11.0% in Europe, 19.4% in Asia-Pacific, 5.3% in Middle East/Africa and 2.0% in Latin America.

Amortization of intangibles arising from acquisitions totaled 126 million euros in H1 2021, down by 16 million euros versus H1 2020. Impairment losses amounted to 92 million euros, a reduction of 139 million euros versus H1 2020. This decrease reflects the advanced stage of the Groupe’s real estate consolidation plan "All in One", which is leading to a reduction in the number of sites, while allowing better collaboration between the teams. In addition, net non-current income is positive at 1 million euros compared to 5 million euros in H1 2020.

Operating income totaled 598 million euro in H1 2021, after 254 million euro in H1 2020.

The financial result, comprising the cost of net financial debt and other financial charges and income, is a charge of 55 million euros in H1 2021 compared to 90 million euros last year. The net charge on net financial debt was 45 million euros in H1 2021, including 40 million euros related to Epsilon’s acquisition debt. It compared to a charge of 48 million euros in H1 2020. Other financial income and expenses were a charge of 5 million euros in H1 2021, notably composed by 35 million euros interest on lease liabilities and 32 million in income from the fair value remeasurement of Mutual Funds. In H1 2020, other financial income and expenses were a charge of 44 million euros, including 40 million euros of interest on lease obligations and a charge of 4 million euros from the fair value remeasurement of Mutual Funds.

The revaluation of earn-out payments amounted to a charge of 5 million euros at end-June, compared to an income of 2 million euros in H1 2020.

The tax charge is 135 million euros in H1 2021, corresponding to a forecast effective tax rate of 24.7% in 2021, compared to 39 million euros in H1 2020, corresponding to a forecast effective tax rate of 25.0% in 2020.

The share in the profit of associates is not significant in H1 2021, compared to a loss of 2 million euros in H1 2020.

Minority interests were a loss of 6 million euros in Groupe results in H1 2021 compared to a loss of 13 million euros in the previous year.

Overall, net income attributable to the Groupe was 414 million euros at June 30, 2021, compared to 136 million euro at June 30, 2020.

Free Cash Flow

EUR million

H1 2021

H1 2020

EBITDA

1,052

923

Repayment of lease liabilities and related interests

(179)

(234)

Investments in fixed assets (net)

(50)

(73)

Financial interest paid (net)

(82)

(81)

Tax paid

(163)

(74)

Other

27

34

Free cash-flow before changes in WCR

605

495

The Groupe’s free cash flow, before change in working capital requirements, is up strongly, by 110 million euros compared to H1 2020, at 605 million euros. Repayment of lease liabilities and related interests amounted to 179 million euros. Net investments in fixed assets have decreased by 23 million euros. Financial interest paid mostly include interests on the acquisition debt of Epsilon, and totalled 82 million euros. Tax paid amounted to 163 million euros, up compared to 74 million euros in H1 2020. This reflects both the rise in the Groupe operating income and a catch up effect from some postponements in 2020 for tax payment in several countries.

Net debt

Net financial debt amounted to 1,362 million euros as of June 30, 2021 compared to 833 million euros as of December 31, 2020. The Groupe's average net debt in H1 2021 amounted to 1,616 million euros compared to 3,684 million euros in H1 2020.

ACQUISITIONS AND DISPOSALS

There was no significant transaction on the period.

POST CLOSING EVENT

On July 15, 2021, Publicis announced the acquisition of CitrusAd, a software as a service (SaaS) platform optimizing brands marketing performances directly within retailer websites. CitrusAd’s onsite expertise complemented with Epsilon’s offsite retail media offering, both powered by the CORE ID, uniquely positions Publicis Groupe to lead the new generation of identity-led retail media, with transparent measurement validated by transaction.

In a fast-growing retail media channel set to double in the next 5 years from c. $30bn annually already, this will enable Publicis Groupe clients to accelerate their growth in this dynamic channel, give them full visibility on the consolidated performance of their media investments and an unparalleled access to highly-qualified first-party data from retailers, equipping them for a cookieless world.

OUTLOOK

In the first half 2021, the Groupe totally recovered the revenue lost in the same period in 2020, posting a +9.7% organic growth after -8.0% in H1 2020, thanks to the strength of its model in an overall improving business environment.

For the full year 2021 and assuming no major deterioration in health situation, the Groupe now expects to be in a position to fully recover its 2020 organic decline of -6.3%, one year ahead of its initial expectations. This implies an organic growth of 7% for 2021.

Regarding operating margin, the Groupe upgrades its guidance for the full year 2021 after an exceptionally strong performance in the first half. 2021 operating margin will come back to pre-pandemic levels, at 17%, while the Groupe will continue to invest in talents and product in the second half, to prepare future growth.

The Groupe also upgrades its 2021 guidance for Free Cash Flow before working capital requirement, which will be between 1.2 billion euros and 1.3 billion euros, further contributing to the Groupe deleveraging.

CSR

Publicis Groupe has continued making progress on its CSR roadmap, particularly in subjects of leading priority.

In March 2021, Publicis Groupe's climate change targets for 2030 were validated by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi). The Groupe wants to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030. The action plan to do this is based on three levers; the drastic reduction of all impacts by 47% for scopes 1 & 2 and by 14% for scope 3, the use of 100% renewable energy from direct sources before 2030 and, as a last resort, the use of carbon offsetting for unavoidable impacts. In addition, our proprietary tool for evaluating the impacts of campaigns and projects, A.L.I.C.E (Advertising Limiting Impacts & Carbon Emissions), is currently being deployed in order to better assist clients in these areas.

The global pandemic has accelerated the digital transformation of the Groupe's customers, who must also integrate sustainability issues into their activities. Climate change and social justice issues are now important in the criteria of citizen-consumers when they make their choices. At the same time, and as the European regulatory context progresses, we observe stronger expectations for the future being expressed by stakeholders, with more precise questions coming from investors and shareholders. In this context, Publicis Groupe announced on 26 May 2021 the creation of a new Supervisory Board committee dedicated to environmental, societal and stakeholder issues; this ESG Committee is chaired by Suzy LeVine.

Equality and inclusion, the fight against racism and for social justice remained central during the first half of the year. On 2 and 3 June 2021, the 'Pause For Action' days were held for the second year and provided an opportunity to share progress and good practice across the Groupe in the areas of diversity, equality and inclusion, and to discuss the day-to-day work that is essential in agencies in terms of talent retention and career development. The 2nd of June was dedicated to a global review of the current situation and practices, and the 3rd of June was dedicated to the situation in the United States.

Employee health remained a strong internal focus, with different situations between countries and sometimes painful consequences for our employees, such as in India where many of our employees were severely affected. The protection of all employees is an absolute priority, by following national confinement guidelines and recommended barrier actions. Local HR/Talent teams remain vigilant with highly structured recovery plans, ensuring that teleworking is combined with a gradual return to the office at various sites where possible.

The Marcel internal platform has become a unifying space, with quarterly plenary sessions led by Arthur Sadoun, Chairman of the Management Board, and monthly sessions with country managers and their Comexes. During this period of uncertainty, the objective is to maintain a close and regular link with all employees and to answer their questions. Employees have continued to benefit from individual support programmes to look after their physical and mental health, and have wide access to many online training programmes.

In April 2021, Publicis Groupe announced a partnership between the Women's Forum for the Economy & Society and the Positive Economy Institute, as well as a change in the governance of the Women's Forum with Audrey Tcherkoff, Executive Chair of the Positive Economy Institute, also appointed Executive Director of the Women's Forum. The creation of a Global Advisory Council has also been launched in order to give even greater visibility to the Women's Forum initiatives.

In June 2021, VivaTech took place in a hybrid format, with a physical event gathering more than 26,000 participants in Paris (capacity restricted for health reasons), and digital sessions during 3 days gathering more than 100,000 participants including prestigious guests from the Tech industry and innovative start-ups.

The CSR actions of the Groupe and its agencies are publicly accessible in the CSR section of the Groupe's website, and the data is summarised in the CSR Smart data section.

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NEW BUSINESS

EUROPE

Pandora AS (Technology), Polestar Performance AB (Technology), Nomad Foods (Media), La Poste (Creative), Société des Produits Nestlé (Technology), Daimler (Technology), Unilever (Technology), PMU (Technology), TUI Group (Creative), Groupe Casino (Creative), SNCF (Creative), FNPCA - ARTISANAT (Creative), Procter & Gamble (Creative), Etihad Airways (Media), Sephora (Data), April (Technology), ABBVIE (Creative), France Télévisions (Data), Izneo (Media), Enedis (Creative), G-Star (Creative), Zava (Technology), Comic Relief (Creative), Brown Forman (Media), Vinted (Media), DocMorris N.V. (Media), Reckitt Benckiser (Media), Media-Saturn-Holding GmbH (Creative), Raiffeisen Switzerland (Creative), AFD (Creative), Sisley Paris (Data), Cilevel Partners (Data), Carrefour (Data), Fnac Darty (Data), Engie (Data), Printemps (Data), Adecco (Creative), KOMO (Media), Peek & Cloppenburg KG (Digital), British Heart Foundation (Creative), Lindt (Media), CNPA (Creative), Erhard (Creative), EvCon (Creative), Maty (Creative), BNIC (Creative), Niantic (Digital), DP World PLC (Media), Primark (Media), AVK (Creative), Thales Group (Creative), Getin Bank (Media), Inserm (Media), Arterium (Creative), Nestlé (Media), Hormel Foods VI (Design), Hormel Foods VI (Design), Gojo Industries VI (Design), EON Performance Media (Creative), DSM (Health), Jazz (Health), Getir (Creative), SEGRO (Creative), Grant Thornton (Sustainability consultancy), LEGO (Sustainability consultancy), Land Securities (Sustainability consultancy), Purmo (Sustainability), Revolut (Creative), Makuake (Creative), Biogen (Health), Roche (Health), Pfizer (Health), Novartis (Health), P&G Pampers (Sustainability consultancy), PUMA (Influence), Beiersdorf Nivea, Elastoplast and Eucerin (Creative and Sustainability consultancy), Beko (Sustainability consultancy), Mondelez Trident (Creative), Coty MaxFactor (Creative)

NORTH AMERICA

Loblaw Digital (Technology), Verizon Wireless Digital (Technology), Mercedes-Benz USA (Technology), National Cancer Institute (Technology), Academy Sports & Outdoors (Technology), Comcast Corporation (Technology), The Depository Trust & Clearing Corp (Technology), Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (Technology), Sally Beauty (Media), Inspire Brands (Media), Samsung (Creative), Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (Creative), Unilever (Creative), Procter & Gamble (Creative), Hut 8 Bitcoin Mining (Creative), Mercedes-Benz (Creative), MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Inc (Creative), Humana (Media), Sony Interactive Entertainment (Creative), Region of Peel (Creative), Infiniti (Creative), National Ovarian Cancer Coalition Inc. (Digital), Zoetis (Digital), Belcorp (Media), Coventry Direct (Digital), Mission Lane (Digital), Samsung (Creative), Marriott International (Technology), Mackenzie Investments (Creative), Goodfood Market Corp (Creative), Binge Corporation (Creative), Ritual Co (Creative), Greater Toronto Airports Authority (Creative), Addaday Intelligent Technologies LLC (Digital), Wisk Aero (Creative), Grupo Bimbo (Creative), Facebook (Creative)

ASIA PACIFIC/MEA

Garena Online (Creative), PRC - Martell (Creative), L'Oréal (Media & Creative), Yili (Creative), Yinlu (Creative), Capital Foods (Creative), Diageo (Creative), Yinlu (Creative), Others (Creative), Ecco (Creative), AXA (Creative), Samsung (Digital & Creative), Penang South Island (Power of One), Spotify (Creative), AMC (Creative), Mercedes-Benz (Creative), Nestlé Content (Production), Medgulf (Creative), Essilor (Creative), Nestlé Total (Wyeth) (Power of One), Sephora (Creative), Toyota Motor Corporation (Creative & Media), Disney Studios / Disney + (Media), Disney + (Creative), DBS (Media), Great Eastern (Creative), Pet Culture Group Pty Limited (Media), Estee Lauder (Commerce), Ontex (Creative), Others (Creative), GSK (Creative), Godrej Pro Clean (Creative), MamaEarth (Media), Danone (Commerce), Thai Oil PCL (Creative), AB InBev (Creative), J&J (Commerce), Disney+ SEA (Media), Expedia (Creative), Wing (Creative), Lazada (Creative), SAIC R-Car (Creative), STB (Media), Israel Railways (Creative), Vivo (Creative), Pechoin (Creative), E carX (Creative), Exxon (Creative), Karaca (Media), NPCI (Creative), Insourcing (Production), Kalpataru Builders (Creative), Mavi (Creative), Hyatt (Media), Nestlé (Creative), Tiger Brands (Creative), Arrow Electronics (Digital), Infiniti (Creative), Aier eye hospital (Creative), Hikvision (Creative), KRAFTON Creative), Mayo (Creative), SAIC Volkswagen (Creative), Zhiji Motors (Creative), Procter & Gamble (Creative), Nestlé (Creative), VSA Health & Wellness Pvt. Ltd (Commerce), Beiersdorf (Commerce)

LATAM

Grupo SURA (Data), Banco Bradesco (Creative), Citigroup (Production), Pfizer (Creative), Astrazeneca (Creative), Compania Nacional de Chocolates de Peru S.A. (Creative), Visa (Creative), Grupo Nutresa (Creative), Mercedes-Benz (Creative), Heineken (Creative), PepsiCo (Digital), Grupo Bimbo (Creative), Procter & Gamble (Creative & Data), Abastece ai (Creative), Tiger (Creative), Ypê (Creative), Enjoei (Creative), Gavilon (Creative), Nissan Motor Corporation (Creative), Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. (Creative), Civica Pay (Creative & Media), Merck & Co (Creative), TikTok (Media), Groupe Renault (Media), Shopee (Media), Bacio di Latte (Media)

GLOBAL

AB InBev (Data), Nissan Motor Corporation – Infiniti (Creative), Stellantis (Media)

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Appendices

Net revenue: organic growth calculation

(million euro)

Q1

Q2

6 months

 

Impact of currency
at end June 2021
(million euro)

2020 net revenue

2,481

2,293

4,774

 

GBP (2)

3

Currency impact (2)

(151)

(125)

(276)

 

USD (2)

(245)

2020 net revenue at 2021 exchange rates (a)

2,330

2,168

4,498

 

Others

(35)

2021 net revenue before acquisition impact (1) (b)

2,395

2,537

4,932

 

Total

(276)

Net revenue from acquisitions (1)

(3)

2

(1)

 

 

2021 net revenue

2,392

2,539

4,931

 

 

Organic growth (b/a)

+2.8%

+17.1%

+9.7%

 

 

(1) Acquisitions (Third Horizon, Octopus, Balance Internet, Taylor Herring) net of disposals (PC Epsilon Fitness, Sirius, Found).

(2) EUR = USD 1.202 on average in H1 2021 vs. USD 1.101 on average in H1 2020

EUR = GBP 0.866 on average in H1 2021 vs. GBP 0.873 on average in H1 2020

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 before 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.

Recovery ratio: calculated as 100 x [1 + organic growth (n-1)] x [1 + organic growth (n)].

Consolidated income statement

(in millions of euros)

 

June 30, 2021
(6 months)

June 30, 2020
(6 months)

December 31, 2020
(12 months)

Net revenue10

 

4,931

4,774

9,712

Pass-through revenue

 

562

504

1,076

Revenue

 

5,493

5,278

10,788

Personnel costs

Other operating costs

 

(3,174)

(1,267)

(3,224)

(1,131)

(6,242)

(2,388)

Operating margin before depreciation & amortization

 

1,052

923

2,158

Depreciation and amortization expense

(excluding acquisition-related intangible assets)

 

(237)

(301)

(600)

Operating margin

 

815

622

1,558

Amortization of intangibles from acquisitions

 

(126)

(142)

(339)

Impairment loss

 

(92)

(231)

(241)

Non-current income and expenses

 

1

5

5

Operating income

 

598

254

983

Financial expense

Financial income

Cost of net financial debt

Other financial income and expenses

Revaluation of earn-out payments

 

(57)

12

(45)

(5)

(5)

(95)

47

(48)

(44)

2

(185)

66

(119)

(79)

(17)

Pre-tax income of consolidated companies

 

543

164

768

Income taxes

 

(135)

(39)

(196)

Net income of consolidated companies

 

408

125

572

Share of profit of associates

 

-

(2)

(1)

Net income

 

408

123

571

Of which:

- Net income attributable to non-controlling interests

 

(6)

(13)

(5)

Net income attributable to equity holders of the parent company

 

414

136

576

 

 

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

of the parent company

 

 

 

 

 

 

Number of shares

 

246,106,455

237,468,157

239,838,347

Earnings per share

 

1,68

0.57

2.40

 

 

 

 

 

Number of diluted shares

 

248,475,342

238,280,061

241,926,553

Diluted earnings per share

 

1,67

0.57

2.38

Consolidated statement of comprehensive income

(in millions of euros)

 

June 30, 2021

(6 months)

June 30, 2020
(6 months)

December

31, 2020
(12 months)

Net income for the period (a)

 

408

123

571

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comprehensive income that will not be reclassified to income statement

 

 

 

 

 

- Actuarial gains (and losses) on defined benefit plans

 

24

(24)

(20)

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

 

(6)

4

3

 

Comprehensive income that may be reclassified to income statement

 

 

 

 

 

- Remeasurement of hedging instruments

 

17

(134)

(89)

- Consolidation translation adjustments

 

233

(133)

(633)

Total other comprehensive income (b)

 

268

(287)

(739)

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

676

(164)

(168)

Of which:

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

(6)

(10)

(7)

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

 

 

682

(154)

(161)

 

Consolidated balance sheet

(in millions of euros)

 

June 30, 2021

December 31, 2020

Assets

 

 

 

Goodwill, net

 

11,175

10,858

Intangible assets, net

 

1,408

1,509

Right-of-use assets related to leases

 

1,544

1,645

Property, plant and equipment, net

 

607

626

Deferred tax assets

 

178

137

Investments in associates

 

23

24

Other financial assets

 

260

232

Non-current assets

 

15,195

15.031

Inventories and work-in-progress

 

277

230

Trade receivables

 

8,818

9,508

Assets on contracts

 

1,029

889

Other current receivables and assets

 

801

803

Cash and cash equivalents

 

2,959

3,700

Current assets

 

13,884

15,130

 

 

 

 

Total assets

 

29,079

30,161

Equity and Liabilities

 

 

 

Share capital

 

101

99

Additional paid-in capital and retained earnings, Group share

 

7,589

7,083

Equity attributable to holders of the parent company

 

7,690

7,182

Non-controlling interests

 

(46)

(22)

Total equity

 

7,644

7,160

Long-term borrowings

 

3,461

3,653

Long-term lease liabilities

 

1,819

1,850

Deferred tax liabilities

 

235

247

Long-term provisions

 

493

468

Non-current liabilities

 

6,008

6,218

 

Trade payables

 

 

 

 

11,330

12,887

Liabilities on contracts

 

347

404

Short-term borrowings

 

834

856

Short-term lease liabilities

 

295

292

Income taxes payable

 

343

296

Short-term provisions

 

234

234

Other creditors and current liabilities

 

2,044

1,814

Current liabilities

 

15,427

16,783

 

 

 

 

Total equity and liabilities

 

29,079

30,161

Consolidated statement of cash flows

(in millions of euros)

June 30, 2021

(6 months)

June 30, 2020

(6 months)

December

31, 2020
(12 months)
 

 

Cash flow from operating activities

 

 

 

 

Net income

408

123

571

 

Neutralization of non-cash income and expenses:

 

 

 

 

Income taxes

135

39

196

 

Cost of net financial debt

45

48

119

 

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

(1)

(5)

(6)

 

Depreciation, amortization and impairment loss

455

674

1,180

 

Share-based compensation

25

28

55

 

Other non-cash income and expenses

11

47

94

 

Share of profit of associates

-

2

1

 

Dividends received from associates

2

2

2

 

Taxes paid

(163)

(74)

(293)

 

Change in working capital requirements(1)

(1,191)

(853)

1,047

 

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

(274)

31

2,966

 

Cash flow from investing activities

 

 

 

 

Purchases of property, plant and equipment and intangible assets

(50)

(83)

(167)

 

Disposals of property, plant and equipment and intangible assets

-

10

12

 

Purchases of investments and other financial assets, net

4

(7)

(9)

 

Acquisitions of subsidiaries

(77)

(37)

(146)

 

Disposals of subsidiaries

-

2

1

 

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

(123)

(115)

(309)

 

Cash flow from financing activities

 

 

 

 

Dividends paid to holders of the parent company

-

-

(102)

 

Dividends paid to non-controlling interests

(2)

(4)

(10)

 

Proceeds from borrowings(2)

1

2,091

2

 

Repayment of borrowings(2)

(190)

(1,436)

(1,302)

 

Repayment of lease liabilities

(144)

(194)

(384)

 

Interest paid on lease liabilities

(35)

(40)

(77)

 

Interest paid

(94)

(106)

(184)

 

Interest received

12

25

71

 

Buy-out of non-controlling interests

(4)

-

(10)

 

Net (buybacks)/sales of treasury shares and warrants

9

3

8

 

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

(447)

339

(1,988)

 

Impact of exchange rate fluctuations (IV)

102

75

(379)

 


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

(742)

330

290

Cash and cash equivalents on January 1

3,700

3,413

3,413

Bank overdrafts on January 1

(3)

(6)

(6)

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

3,697

3,407

3,407

Cash and cash equivalents at closing date

2,959

3,743

3,700

Bank overdrafts at closing date

(4)

(6)

(3)

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

2,955

3,737

3,697

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

(742)

330

290

  1. Breakdown of change in working capital requirements

 

 

 

Change in inventory and work-in-progress

(32)

67

139

Change in trade receivables and other receivables

847

2,605

(24)

Change in accounts payable, other payables and provisions

(2,006)

(3,525)

932

Change in working capital requirements

(1,191)

(853)

1,047

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

Non-controlling

interests

Total equity

 

245,577,779

 

December 31, 2020

99

4,307

3,585

(816)

7

7,182

(22)

7,160

 

 

Net income

 

 

414

 

 

414

(6)

408

 

 

Other comprehensive income, net of tax

 

 

 

233

35

268

 

268

 

 

Total comprehensive income for the period

-

-

414

233

35

682

(6)

676

5,018,232

 

Dividends

2

264

(493)

 

 

(227)

(2)

(229)

296,350

 

Share-based compensation, net of tax

 

 

28

 

 

28

 

28

 

 

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

 

 

16

 

 

16

(16)

0

241,301

 

Equity warrant exercise

0

7

 

 

 

7

 

7

698,159

 

(Buybacks)/sales of treasury shares

 

 

2

 

 

2

 

2

251,831,821

 

June 30, 2021

101

4,578

3,552

(583)

42

7,690

(46)

7,644

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

Non-controlling

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

Earnings per share (basic and diluted)

(in millions of euros, except for share data)

 

June 30, 2021

June 30, 2020

 

Net income used for the calculation of earnings per share

 

 

 

Net income attributable to equity holders of the parent company

A

414

136

Impact of dilutive instruments:

 

 

 

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

 

-

-

Group net income – diluted

B

414

136

 

Number of shares used to calculate earnings per share

 

 

 

Number of shares at January 1

 

247,769,038

240,437,061

Shares created over the period

 

205,975

46,238

Treasury shares to be deducted (average for the period)

 

(1,868,558)

(3,015,142)

Average number of shares used for the calculation

C

246,106,455

237,468,157

Impact of dilutive instruments:

 

 

 

- Free shares and dilutive stock options

 

2,201,787

714,961

- Equity warrants (BSA)

 

167,100

96,943

Number of diluted shares

D

248,475,342

238,280,061

(in euros)

 

 

 

Earnings per share

A/C

1.68

0.57

 

 

 

 

Diluted earnings per share

B/D

1.67

0.57

Headline earnings per share (basic and diluted)

(in millions of euros, except for share data)

 

June 30, 2021

June 30, 2020

 

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

 

 

 

Group net income

 

414

136

Items excluded:

 

 

 

- Amortization of intangibles from acquisitions, net of tax

 

94

107

- Impairment loss, net of tax

 

70

173

- Revaluation of earn-out payments

 

5

(2)

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

 

(28)

3

Headline Group net income

E

555

417

Impact of dilutive instruments:

 

 

 

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

 

-

-

Headline Group net income, diluted

F

555

417

 

 

 

 

Number of shares used to calculate earnings per share

 

 

 

Number of shares at January 1

 

247,769,038

240,437,061

Shares created over the period

 

205,975

46,238

Treasury shares to be deducted (average for the period)

 

(1,868,558)

(3,015,142)

Average number of shares used for the calculation

C

246,106,455

237,468,157

Impact of dilutive instruments:

 

 

 

- Free shares and dilutive stock options

 

2,201,787

714,961

- Equity warrants (BSA)

 

167,100

96,943

Number of diluted shares

(in euros)

D

 

248,475,342

238,280,061

Headline earnings per share(1)

E/C

2.26

1.76

 

 

 

 

Headline earnings per share – diluted(1)

F/D

2.23

1.75

  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 and revaluation of earn-out payments.
  2. As of June 30, 2021, the main capital gains and losses on disposal amount to euro 1 million and the fair value adjustement of financial assets amounts to euro 27 million. As of June 30, 2020, the fair value adjustment of financial assets amounted to euro (3) million.

 

1 Before change in working capital requirements
2 Source: COMvergence
3 Recovery ratio calculated as: 100 * [1 + organic growth (n-1)] * [1 + organic growth (n)]
4 +16.9% excluding outdoor media activities and the Drugstore, i.e. a 97% recovery ratio
5 Excluding outdoor media activities and the Drugstore
6 Recovery ratio calculated as: 100 * [1 + organic growth (n-1)] * [1 + organic growth (n)]
7 +9.7% excluding outdoor media activities and the Drugstore, i.e. a 96% recovery ratio
8 Recovery ratio calculated as: 100 * [1 + organic growth (n-1)] * [1 + organic growth (n)]
9 Excluding outdoor media activities and the Drugstore
10 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.

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

Source: Publicis Groupe



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