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Publicis sees second half revenue 'broadly stable' on organic basis

Publicis said when reporting first half results, "For H1, we are posting strong financial results for the Groupe, with an operating margin improvement of 40 bps supported by our ongoing cost savings plan, half of which was reinvested in our talents and expertise. Our headline EPS is up by 2.5% at constant currencies and excluding Beat tax and Epsilon transaction costs, and our free cash flow remains at a high level...When it comes to our short-term organic growth, two phenomena explain our situation. On the one hand, our clients are suffering from various pressures leading to budget cuts and fee reductions in sectors where we have a disproportionate share of market. On the other hand, the profound transformation we have been engaged in has penalized us in the short term. But our new model and organization are a clear strength for the longer term, as shown by our track record in new business or the growth posted by our game changers. For the second part of the year, we will deliver sequential improvement versus H1 on organic growth. But, as spending cuts are not gone away, we are taking a conservative approach for the full year, forecasting a broadly stable net revenue on an organic basis. With this in mind, thanks to the robustness of our model, we can already confirm we will deliver, as planned, a 30 to 50 basis points increase in operating margin and a Headline EPS up by 5 to 10 % at constant rates and including Epsilon."

  • 18

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PUBGY Publicis
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04/15/19
BMOC
04/15/19
DOWNGRADE
Target $183
BMOC
Market Perform
Alliance Data downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital
BMO Capital analyst Daniel Salmon downgraded Alliance Data Systems (ADS) to Market Perform from Outperform and lowered his price target for the shares to $183 from $205. The sale of Epsilon to Publicis (PUBY) for $4.4B was below the analyst's valuation of $5.4B for the business. Salmon's downgrade reflects lower valuations of Alliance Data's Epsilon and Cards Services units in his sum-of-the-parts model.
04/15/19
WEDB
04/15/19
NO CHANGE
Target $180
WEDB
Neutral
Alliance Data structural challenges remain despite Epsilon sale, says Wedbush
Wedbush analyst Moshe Katri reiterates a Neutral rating and a $180 price target for Alliance Data (ADS) despite reported Epsilon's sale to Publicis (PUBGY) for $4.4B in cash. On one hand, his estimated Alliance Data stand-alone pro forma model suggests such a transaction could be highly accretive for its CEPS given Epsilon's lackluster growth rates combined with an inflated cost structure. On the other hand, the analyst notes that results from Alliance Data's 100-plus retailers will likely continue to be cannibalized by the "Amazon" (AMZN) effect, capping transaction volume growth and impacting results of the company's largest segment. Furthermore, the company will be selling its "big data"/analytics business, which in the past, has been viewed as a significant competitive differentiator, he adds.
04/15/19
WELS
04/15/19
NO CHANGE
Target $200
WELS
Outperform
Wells Fargo views Alliance Data sale of Epsilon to Publicis as positive
Wells Fargo analyst Timothy Willi notes that Alliance Data (ADS) announced an agreement to sell Epsilon to Publicis (PUBGY) for $4.4B in cash, in a deal that is expected to close in early Q3. The analyst ultimately views this development as a positive, given the accretive nature of the transaction and the stream-lining of Alliance Data's business, which will be better-received by investors. Willi expects further detail on the company's Q1 earnings call, and believes management may look to further refine the business through a sale of LoyaltyOne following the Epsilon sale. The analyst reiterates an Outperform rating and $200 price target on Alliance Data's shares.
04/15/19
KEYB
04/15/19
NO CHANGE
KEYB
Sector Weight
Alliance Data sale of Epsilon could unlock shareholder value, says KeyBanc
KeyBanc analyst Josh Beck applauds strategic efforts at Alliance Data (ADS) and views the $4.4B sale of the Epsilon marketing business to Publicis (PUBGY) as an unlock of shareholder value provided the 10-times EBITDA multiple. However, the analyst believes the transition within the card business to re-orient towards verticals such as home, children, and beauty remains a work-in-progress. Beck expects in-line results and guidance ex-Epsilon and remains Sector Weight as he looks for better visibility into the evolution of the card business and credit trends.

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