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What price the GM global media business?

Aegis Group’s win of General Motors’ global media buying business is clearly a victory worth celebrating and was almost certainly helped by the stronger Far East and Australasian coverage gained by the strategically shrewd acquisition of Mitchell Communication Group in October 2010.

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Is Havas big enough for Aegis?

Havas produced financial results for the first half of 2011 that represent something of a curate’s egg and leave open the question of whether there is any realistic prospect of the group getting together with Aegis.

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UK’s public marketing agencies see profits rise 52%

It may not feel as if business activity is recovering, but if the results from a recent batch of publicly listed marketing agencies are anything to go by there are distinct signs that the worst is over.

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There’s one good thing to say about the Aegis half year results.

The one good thing that can be said about Aegis Group’s latest half year results to 30 June, announced this morning, is that the whole of a £20 million increase in gross income (revenues less direct costs) has flowed through to bottom line profit.  And that’s about the only good thing.

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Aegis looks down under for more upside

This morning’s announcement that Aegis Group plans to acquire the listed Australian marketing services business Mitchell Communication Group for £207 million has all the signs of an exciting strategic development, although there are some risks involved.

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Share prices of three marcoms companies have tripled since last year’s low

Further evidence – if ever it was required – that well regarded marketing services companies’ share prices run ahead of (and over-react to) underlying economic conditions is provided by the movement in their share prices since the stock market’s low point in March last year.

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Share price recovery exposes the weak

A year ago the stock market was at its lowest point for many years.   Not surprisingly, shares in marketing services companies had fallen even more sharply than most others, as investors worried about the sector’s particular vulnerabilities.  Recessions are always expected to hit marketing agencies more severely than most other type of business and the relatively small size of most marketing companies is perceived as an additional investment risk.

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