WPP Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Marketing Company

WPP has acquired 79 companies, including 22 in the last 5 years. A total of 5 acquisitions came from private equity firms. It has also divested 3 assets.

WPP’s largest acquisition to date was in 2008, when it acquired Taylor Nelson Sofres for $2.5B. WPP has acquired in 11 different US states, and 26 countries. The Company’s most targeted sectors include marketing (48%) and media (21%).

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M&A Summary

  • M&A Total Activity81
    • M&A Buy Activity78
    • M&A Sell Activity3
  • Total Sectors Invested 8
  • Total Countries Invested 26
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 12

WPP plc

Sea Containers 18 Upper Ground,
London, SE1 9GL
United Kingdom,
+44 20 7282 4600
www.wpp.com

WPP plc is a provider of marketing communications services, that offers a comprehensive range of advertising and marketing services including advertising & media investment management; data investment management; public relations & public affairs; branding & identity; healthcare communications; direct, digital, promotion & relationship marketing and specialist communications. WPP was founded in 1985 and is based in London, the United Kingdom.


M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '15 '16 '17 '18 '19 '20 T
Buy (3.0/yr) # 63 8 6 1 - - 78
vol $5.8B $5.8B
Sell (0.4/yr) # 1 1 1 - - - 3
  81

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
Bomtempo, Anahory & Ralha - Serviços Criativos, S.A. 2018-01-10 - Add-on Acquisition
LISBOA, Portugal
DIS/PLAY 2017-08-29 - Add-on Acquisition
København, Denmark · www.dis-play.dk
Design Bridge Ltd. 2017-08-23 - Add-on Acquisition
London, United Kingdom · www.designbridge.com
thjnk AG 2017-07-13 - Add-on Acquisition
Deutschland, Germany · www.thjnk.de
Vice Media, Inc. 2017-06-19 - Stake Purchase
Brooklyn, New York · www.vice.com
Deeplocal, Inc. 2017-04-27 - Add-on Acquisition
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania · www.deeplocal.com
Eightytwenty Customer Experience Ltd. 2017-02-20 - Add-on Acquisition
Dublin 2, Ireland · www.eightytwenty.ie
Zubi Advertising Services, Inc. 2017-02-02 - Add-on Acquisition
Coral Gables, Florida · www.zubiad.com
Promotion Execution Partners LLC 2016-11-29 - Add-on Acquisition
Cincinnati, Ohio · www.peppromotions.com
Conexance MD SAS 2016-07-07 - Add-on Acquisition
Lille, France · www.conexancemd.com
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Business Unit M&A

Company Acquired Add-On/Sale Date #
Wunderman Thompson    - Velvet Consulting 2020-09-04 7
New York, New York · www.wundermanthompson.com Paris, France · www.velvetconsulting.com
The Kantar Group Ltd.    - The Kantar Group Ltd. - Employee Insights Business 2020-07-21 1
London, United Kingdom · www.kantar.com London, United Kingdom
Group M Worldwide, Inc.    - Sandtable Ltd. 2020-03-05 16
New York, New York · www.groupm.com London, United Kingdom · www.sandtable.com
Wunderman Thompson    - XumaK 2020-02-12 6
New York, New York · www.wundermanthompson.com Miami, Florida · www.xumak.com
Grey Global Group, Inc. 2005-03-07 Autumn Worldwide 2018-10-29 11
New York, New York · www.grey.com Bangalore, India · www.autumnworldwide.com
Wunderman Commerce    - 2Sales International S.A. 2018-09-05 1
, United States · www.wundermancommerce.com Senningerberg, Luxembourg · www.2sales.eu
Cohn & Wolfe, Inc.    - Hirshorn Zuckerman Design Group, Inc. 2018-08-14 4
New York, New York · www.cohnwolfe.com Rockville, Maryland · www.hzdg.com
Wunderman Thompson    - Gorilla, Inc. 2018-08-08 5
New York, New York · www.wundermanthompson.com Chicago, Illinois · www.gorillagroup.com
Group M Worldwide, Inc.    - IEG Sponsorship Conference 2018-07-23 1
New York, New York · www.groupm.com Chicago, Illinois · www.sponsorship.com
Group M Worldwide, Inc.    - The Glitch 2018-02-12 15
New York, New York · www.groupm.com Mumbai, India · www.theglitch.in

M&A by Sector

Sector Buy # Value Sell # Value
Marketing 37 (47%) 5.5B (94%) 2 (67%) -
Media 16 (21%) - 1 (33%) -
Digital Media 14 (18%) - - -
Business Services 4 (5%) 350M (6%) - -
Internet Software and Services 4 (5%) - - -
E-Commerce 1 (1%) - - -
Information Technology 1 (1%) - - -
Software 1 (1%) - - -
Total 78 $5.8B 3 -

By Geo

State/Country Buy Value Sell Value
United States 26 3.4B 1 -
  New York 10 3.0B 1 -
  California 4 350M - -
  District of Columbia 2 - - -
  Texas 2 - - -
  Pennsylvania 2 - - -
  North Carolina 1 - - -
  Montana 1 - - -
  Illinois 1 - - -
  Florida 1 - - -
  Oregon 1 - - -
  Ohio 1 - - -
United Kingdom 14 2.5B - -
India 3 - 1 -
Australia 3 - - -
Germany 3 - - -
Italy 3 - - -
Belgium 2 - - -
Canada 2 - - -
  Ontario 1 - - -
  British Columbia 1 - - -
France 2 - - -
Ireland 1 - 1 -
Mexico 2 - - -
South Africa 2 - - -
Vietnam 2 - - -
1 - - -
Brazil 1 - - -
China 1 - - -
Denmark 1 - - -
Malaysia 1 - - -
Mongolia 1 - - -
Netherlands 1 - - -
Peru 1 - - -
Philippines 1 - - -
Portugal 1 - - -
Singapore 1 - - -
Spain 1 - - -
Sweden 1 - - -
Domestic 14 (18%) 2.5B (42%) - -
Cross-border 64 (82%) 3.4B (58%) 3 (100%) -
Total 78 $5.8B 3 -

Deal Values

buy # Total
> $1B 2 $4.0B
$100M to $1B 3 $1.9B
TOTAL $5.8B
Largest Taylor Nelson Sofres plc
$2.5B (2008-10-08)

M&A Connections

Deals %
Acquired from
PE Firm(s)
71%
5 71%
Strategic(s)
29%
2 29%
Divested to
PE Firm(s)
33%
1 33%
Strategic(s)
67%
2 67%

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