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It would be nice if sector share prices anticipated economic trends

There is some evidence – but not a lot – that the stock market anticipates trends in economic activity, pruning back share prices when a downturn is expected and cautiously lifting those prices back upwards when better times are seen to be on the horizon.

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The economic winter takes its toll

We may be looking forward to spring, but in economic terms we are still in the depths of winter.  Weak companies, made more vulnerable by the cold winds of recession, have been eager to find warmer homes.

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Sad to see agencies go, but lessons can be learned

There’s not much one can do about the string of agency demises being experienced at present, apart from offer sympathy to the hapless workforce.  Fortunately, most of the victims have been scooped up by other companies – often by the acquirer where a rescue has been achieved without administrators turning up.   Such was the outcome at Brilliant Media Group and Hooper Galton.

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When companies have a big debt mountain to climb

Probably the most encouraging feature of this year’s review of the balance sheet vulnerability of publicly listed marketing companies is the fact that many of the companies involved have already taken steps to strengthen their financial position.

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What Adventis and Media Square have in common

It may not be apparent at first sight, but two companies that reported poor results last week have several things in common – losses and heavy bank debts being just two.

When you look more closely at Adventis Group and Media Square, what do you see?  Sadly in both cases, they comprise a hotchpotch of marketing businesses none of which really sets one alight with excitement at either its creative calibre or client quality.

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It can still pay to invest in marcoms…occasionally

Figures published last week showed just how widely (and wildly) the prices of shares in the marcoms sector have fluctuated in the depressed market conditions of last year.  As the FTSE All-Share Index struggled to recover with a modest rise of  11.6% and the sector’s MSFI Index put on only 5.3%, observers could be forgiven for wondering why anyone would either seek a stock market listing or invest in the sector.

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Have aggregators had their day?

A few years ago it was fashionable for entrepreneurs in the marketing services industry to search out a company – probably already listed on the stock exchange – and transform it into a mini WPP Group by acquiring as many businesses as possible involved in supplying marketing services of one sort or another.

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The future is digital, but less profitably?

Hidden amongst the small print of financial announcements from various agencies in the last couple of weeks were a number of hints that, while the advent of digital is transforming the shape of the marketing industry, it is not necessarily helping to maintain its profitability.

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Media Square’s loss-making Irish investor mellows

Prime Active Capital, the Irish based AIM listed investment company with a 28.5% shareholding in Media Square, today announced another loss of €869,000 for the half year to 30 June. However, contrary to previous statements from executive chairman Peter Lynch, the company now seems less committed to stirring up trouble at Media Square with a further attempt to gain board access (see Dissident Media Square shareholder reports €6.2 million loss). 

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WFCA boasts profit rise after clients leave

WFCA, the AIM listed integrated marketing agency based in Tunbridge Wells, has announced a 41.8% increase in pre-tax profits to £677,000 for the year to 30 June, despite experiencing a stream of staff and client defections in the past year or so.

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