It seems like the challenges faced by tech firms have now reached the advertising industry — at least in the US — if WPP’s actions this morning are anything to go by. The company lowered its full-year guidance as rising interest rates and elevated inflation dampen ad spending and delay projects.
(Bloomberg) — It seems like the challenges faced by tech firms have now reached the advertising industry — at least in the US — if WPP’s actions this morning are anything to go by. The company lowered its full-year guidance as rising interest rates and elevated inflation dampen ad spending and delay projects.
Here’s the key business news from London this morning:
In The City
Telecom Plus Plc: The supplier of bundled household utility services said it expects to deliver “comfortable” double-digit annual percentage customer growth this year given the significant reduction in energy price volatility in recent months.
- The company expects a “broadly corresponding” increase in adjusted profit before tax as the strong trading performance continues
WPP Plc: The advertising group cut its full-year outlook as second-quarter results missed analysts’ expectations due to a weaker performance in the US and a slower-than-expected return to growth in China.
- It now sees revenue less pass-through costs rising 1.5% to 3% in 2023, down from previous guidance of 3% to 5%, while its headline operating profit margin is seen at around 15%
De La Rue Plc: The printer of King Charles III banknotes named non-executive director Dean Moore as interim Chief Financial Officer with immediate effect.
- Moore replaces Charles Andrews, who will continue for a short period of time to ensure a smooth handover of responsibilities
Liontrust Asset Management Plc: The company extended its offer period to buy Swiss fund house GAM Holding AG for a third time in a sign the deal aimed at building a $66 billion global asset manager is struggling to go through.
- The new deadline will now be Aug. 23, with shareholders in GAM set to vote on Aug. 18 on the takeover offer by the London-based firm
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–With assistance from Leonard Kehnscherper.
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