WPP shareholders set for billion pound windfall


WPP shareholders set for billion pound windfall as the advertising giant strikes a deal to sell Kantar data unit to US investors

  • WPP has pledged to return a chunk of the £2.5bn proceeds to shareholders
  • Bain Capital  will become the majority owner of £3.2bn Kantar business 

FTSE 100 advertising firm WPP has revealed a plan to sell a stake in its data subsidiary Kantar to US private equity firm Bain Capital.

If completed the deal will trigger a £1billion windfall for investors as the company has pledged to return a sizable chunk of the £2.5billion proceeds to shareholders. 

The rest of the cash will be used to reduce WPP’s debt.

The American firm will become the majority owner of Kantar with around 60 per cent of the £3.2billion business.

WPP is to sell a stake in its data subsidiary Kantar to US private equity firm Bain Capital

WPP is to sell a stake in its data subsidiary Kantar to US private equity firm Bain Capital

WPP chief executive Mark Read said: ‘This transaction creates value for WPP shareholders and further simplifies our company. ‘

‘With a much stronger balance sheet and a return of approximately 8 per cent of our current market value to shareholders planned, we are making good progress with our transformation.’

It is the latest disposal announced by WPP, coming less than two weeks after the sale of its 25 per cent stake in sports marketing agency Chime.

WPP also offloaded a majority stake in its post-production business The Farm, which worked on hits including ITV’s Downton Abbey.

WPP parted ways with its long-time chief executive Martin Sorrell last year

WPP parted ways with its long-time chief executive Martin Sorrell last year

Since the departure of former boss and founder Martin Sorrell last year, the company’s new management has vowed to sell off non-core divisions.

Kantar has more than 30,000 employees globally.

 



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