Mergers And Acquisitions

Customer Experience Management

Publicis Sapient acquires ThirdHorizon

​Publicis Sapient has acquired Australian-based management consultancy, Third Horizon. The acquisition gives Third Horizon clients access to Publicis Sapient’s network of staff and offices, while Publicis Sapient’s connected digital business transformation offering in the market will be boosted thanks to the deal.

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Digital offers a lifeline for Nine, following half-year results

Nine’s half year results are out, the media conglomerate reporting revenue of just under $1.2 billion, group EBITDA of $251 million, and a net profit after tax of $114 million. Post specific items, the statutory net profit was $102 million, down 41 per cent. Net profit after tax and minority interests was $115 million, down 9 per cent.

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Macquarie Media name dropped following acquisition

Following the finalisation of ​Nine’s​ acquisition of the ​remaining 45.5 per cent of Macquarie Media​ for $113.9 million, officially concluded late last year, Nine has dropped the name ​Macquarie Media​ from the business.

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LogMeIn to be acquired by private equity for US$4.3bn

Cloud-based connectivity vendor and Bold360 owner, LogMeIn, has entered into an agreement to be acquired by affiliates of Francisco Partners, a leading technology-focused global private equity firm.

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WPP finalises Kantar sales to strengthen balance sheet

WPP announced it has completed 90 per cent of the transaction to sell 60 per cent of Kantar, its global data, research, consulting and analytics business, to Bain Capital Private Equity, in a deal worth around £2.4 billion.

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DXC ups its CX game with acquisition

DXC Technology (NYSE: DXC), an end-to-end IT services company, announced it has acquired Bluleader, an Australian consulting company focused on delivering customer experience (CX) solutions.

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Seven West Media and Prime merger under scrutiny

Seven announced its plans last month to merge with Prime by acquiring all its issued shares, in order to become ‘the leading wholly-owned commercial premium broadcast, video and news network across Australia, reaching over 18 million people each month’. It is also planning on divesting itself of its Western Australian radio assets to Southern Cross Media for $28 million.

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Publicis Groupe continues Kiwi expansion

​Hot on the heels of its ​recent acquisition of New Zealand’s largest independent agency, MBM​, Publicis Groupe announced customer experience agency Affinity ID has joined the Publicis Groupe’s global network and will relaunch this month under the ‘Digitas’ brand.

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Accenture to acquire Analytics8

Accenture is looking to strengthen its data game with the acquisition of Analytics8, a privately held Australian big data and analytics consultancy specialising in data management, reporting and visualisation, data science and analytics services.

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