Comscore and Kantar Announce Strategic Global Partnership to Accelerate Cross-Media Audience and Campaign Measurement
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/.
Comscore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR) is a global leader in digital measurement and analytics, delivering insights on web, mobile and TV consumer behavior that enable clients to maximize the value of their digital investments. For more information, please visit www.comscore.com/companyinfo.
Kantar 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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