WPP Group

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Name WPP Group
Epic WPP
Sector Media Agencies
ISIN JE00B8KF9B49
Activites WPP plc is the world's largest communications services group with billings of US$74 billion and revenues of over US$19 billion. Through its operating companies, the Group provides a comprehensive range of advertising and marketing services including: advertising & media investment management; data investment management; public relations & public affairs; branding & identity; healthcare communications; digital, eCommerce and shopper marketing; and specialist communications. The company employs over 200,000 people (including associates and investments) in over 3,000 offices across 112 countries.
Index FTSE 100

Key numbers

Latest Share price (p) 0.00 Net gearing (%) 63.24
Market capitalisation (£m) 12,465.54 Gross gearing (%) 71.04
Shares in issue (m) 1,261.95 Debt ratio 43.18
P/E ratio 11.59 Debt-to-equity ratio 0.31
Total dividends per share (p) 60.00 Assets / equity ratio 3.45
Dividend yield (%) 6.07 Price to book value 1.27
Dividend cover 1.42 ROCE (%) 8.48
Earning per share (p) 85.20 EPS growth (%) -40.83
52-week high / low (p) 1,047.00 / 791.00 DPS growth (%) 0.00

Results at a glance

Date Type Turnover (£m) Profit (£m) Basic EPS Currency
31 Dec 2018 Full Year 15,602 1,139 85.20 GBP
31 Dec 2017 Full Year 15,265 1,912 144.00 GBP
31 Dec 2016 Full Year 14,389 1,502 109.60 GBP

Dividend history

Period Ex-date Pay-date Net dividend Currency Total for year
H1 Dividend 03 Oct 2019 04 Nov 2019 22.70 GBX 0.00
H2 Dividend 13 Jun 2019 08 Jul 2019 37.30 GBX 60.00
H1 Dividend 04 Oct 2018 05 Nov 2018 22.70 GBX 0.00
H2 Dividend 14 Jun 2018 09 Jul 2018 37.30 GBX 60.00
H1 Dividend 05 Oct 2017 06 Nov 2017 22.70 GBX 0.00
H2 Dividend 08 Jun 2017 03 Jul 2017 37.05 GBX 56.60
H1 Dividend 06 Oct 2016 07 Nov 2016 19.55 GBX 0.00
H2 Dividend 09 Jun 2016 04 Jul 2016 28.78 GBX 44.69
H1 Dividend 08 Oct 2015 09 Nov 2015 15.91 GBX 0.00
H2 Dividend 04 Jun 2015 06 Jul 2015 26.58 GBX 38.20

Contact details

Company name WPP Group
Address 27 Farm Street, London W1J 5RJ.
Telephone +44 (0)20 7408 2204
Website http://www.wpp.com/

Advisors

Company's broker Merrill Lynch International
Company's joint broker n/a
NOMAD Citigroup Global Markets
Registrar Computershare Investor Service
Auditors Deloitte & Touche LLP
Solicitors Allen & Overy LLP

Directors

Appointed Director Position
03 Sep 2018 Mark Julian Read Chief Executive Officer
01 Jan 2020 John Terence Rogers Chief Financial Officer
01 Jan 1996 Paul Winston George Richardson Finance Director
01 Jan 2015 Roberto Quarta Non-Executive Chairman
13 May 2013 Jacques Alfred Gilbert Aigrain Non-Executive Director
11 Oct 2016 Tarek Farahat Non-Executive Director
01 Jan 2014 Dr John Antony Hood Non-Executive Director
12 Sep 2013 Daniela Riccardi Non-Executive Director
01 Apr 2019 Cindy Helen Rose Non-Executive Director
12 Oct 2010 Li Ruigang Non-Executive Director
12 Sep 2013 Nicole Seligman Non-Executive Director
08 Aug 2007 Timothy Shriver Non-Executive Director
13 May 2013 Sally Susman Non-Executive Director
12 Oct 2010 Solomon Dennis Trujillo Non-Executive Director
01 Nov 2019 Keith Charles Frederick Weed Non-Executive Director
01 Sep 2019 Jasmine Mary Whitbread Non-Executive Director

Company financials

Assets (£m) 2018 2017 2016
Reporting date 31 Dec 2018 31 Dec 2017 31 Dec 2016
Tangible assets 1,083 980 969
Intangible asssets and goodwill 15,045 14,971 15,432
Investments and other non-current assets 1,797 2,555 2,725
Total non-current assets 17,924 18,506 19,125
Inventory / work in progress 0 424 400
Trade and other receivables 13,102 12,112 12,375
Cash and equivalents 2,643 2,391 2,437
Other current assets and asset held for resale 199 235 231
Total of all assets 33,868 33,669 34,568
Liabilities (£m) 2018 2017 2016
Short term liabilities 16,609 15,515 16,765
Long term liabilities 7,452 8,192 8,036
Other liabilites / pension etc 0 0 0
Total of all liabilities 24,061 23,707 24,801
Net assets (£m) 2018 2017 2016
Net assets 9,807 9,962 9,768
Equity (£m) 2018 2017 2016
Share capital 133 133 133
Minority interests 424 469 443
Retained earnings 9,541 9,201 8,406
Share premium account 570 569 562
Other equity -862 -409 223
Total equity 9,807 9,962 9,768
Cash Flow (£m) 2018 2017 2016
Cash from operating activities 1,694 1,408 1,774
Cashflow before financing 1,878 908 858
Increase / decrease in Cash 265 123 -336
Income (£m) 2018 2017 2016
Turnover 15,602 15,265 14,389
Cost of sales 12,664 12,090 1,991
Gross profit 2,939 3,175 12,398
Operating profit 1,431 1,908 2,063
Pre-tax profit 1,463 2,109 1,891
Profit / loss for the year 1,139 1,912 1,502