Kantar Parent WPP Takes Equity Stake in Comscore
RESTON, VA, and LONDON, UK, February 12, 2015 – Comscore (NASDAQ: SCOR) today announced a strategic alliance with WPP’s data investment management division, Kantar. The alliance, which covers territories outside the U.S., establishes a framework for the parties to bring the best of breed together from the two companies – their products, technology, data assets, research panels and relationships – to provide world class cross-media audience and campaign measurement capabilities.
The alliance follows the intended acquisition by WPP, announced earlier today, of a substantial equity stake in Comscore. Under the terms of the agreement, Comscore will issue 4.45% in shares in exchange for the benefits of the strategic alliance, and acquisition of certain European Internet audience measurement assets. WPP will also purchase up to 15% shares of Comscore through a tender offer with an offering price of $46.13, giving WPP a total ownership stake in Comscore of between 15-20%. The transaction is subject to customary regulatory approvals and is expected to close in the second quarter of 2015. Provided WPP’s tender offer is successful, it is expected to be accretive to Comscore’s non-GAAP earnings per share in 2015.
Comscore will partner with Kantar and its operating businesses on cross-media audience and campaign measurement in non-U.S. markets. Comscore will also acquire the assets of Kantar’s Internet audience measurement businesses in certain European markets. In these markets, Kantar and Comscore will continue to provide the same level of seamless integration and data services.
“This long-term, strategic alliance will simplify the deployment of global measurement capabilities and accelerate the creation of new services for the industry. The emerging mediascape points to a massive global opportunity waiting to be unlocked by cracking the code on cross-media audience and campaign measurement,” said Comscore CEO Serge Matta. “We look forward to working together with Kantar to deliver new measurement products based on our complementary offerings in these markets.”
Kantar CEO Eric Salama commented: “By partnering with Comscore and combining our respective strengths, we will integrate data and expertise to give our clients a new standard in measuring audiences and campaigns across multiple platforms. This continues our strategy of combining survey, panel and census data and putting digital at the heart of all we do.”
To view the release from WPP, please visit: http://www.wpp.com/wpp/investor/financialnews/2015/feb/12/kantar-partners-with-comscore-the-us-based-internet-audience-measurement-company/.
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About KantarKantar is the data investment management arm of WPP and one of the world's largest insight, information and consultancy groups. By uniting the diverse talents of its 12 specialist companies, the group is the pre-eminent provider of compelling data and inspirational insights for the global business community. Its 30,000 employees work across 100 countries and across the whole spectrum of research and consultancy disciplines, enabling the group to offer clients business insights at every point of the consumer cycle. The group’s services are employed by over half of the Fortune Top 500 companies.
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Additional Information and Where to Find ItThe tender offer for up to 15% of the outstanding shares of Comscore, Inc. (“Comscore”) described herein has not yet commenced. This communication is provided for informational purposes only and is neither an offer to purchase nor a solicitation of an offer to sell any securities of Comscore pursuant to the proposed tender offer by WPP plc (“WPP”), or otherwise. Any offers to purchase or solicitations of offers to sell will be made only pursuant to the Tender Offer Statement on Schedule TO (including the offer to purchase, the letter of transmittal and other documents relating to the tender offer) which will be filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) by WPP. In addition, Comscore will file with the SEC a Solicitation/Recommendation Statement on Schedule 14D-9 with respect to the tender offer. COMSCORE’S STOCKHOLDERS ARE ADVISED TO READ THESE DOCUMENTS, ANY AMENDMENTS TO THESE DOCUMENTS AND ANY OTHER DOCUMENTS RELATING TO THE TENDER OFFER THAT ARE FILED WITH THE SEC CAREFULLY AND IN THEIR ENTIRETY PRIOR TO MAKING ANY DECISION WITH RESPECT TO ACQUISITION SUB’S TENDER OFFER BECAUSE THEY CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION, INCLUDING THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF THE OFFER. Comscore’s stockholders may obtain copies of these documents (when they become available) for free at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov or from Comscore’s Investor Relations department at ir.comscore.com.
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