WPP plc

27 Farm Street,
London, W1J 5RJ
United Kingdom,
+44 20 7408 2204
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 plc was established in 1985 and is headquartered in London, England.

M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '12 '13 '14 '15 '16 '17 T
Buy (7.0/yr) # 39 3 14 7 7 4 74
vol $5.8B $5.8B
Sell (0.4/yr) # 1 - - - 1 1 3
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Largest Taylor Nelson Sofres plc
$2.5B (2008-10-08)
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According to our data here at Mergr, WPP has acquired 75 companies, including 35 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 24 countries. The Company’s most targeted sectors include marketing (49%) and media (22%).

When analyzing the marketing sector as a whole, according to Mergr, in the last 3 years, there are 312 marketing companies that have made at least 1 acquisition, 14 have acquired at least 5 companies, and 5 have acquired more than 10 companies. The most prolific strategic marketing acquirer over the past 3 years is Dentsu Aegis Network, with 22 acquisitions. The most prolific private equity acquirer in the marketing sector over the past 3 years is The Stagwell Group LLC with 4 platform acquisitions.

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