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Half Yr 2022 S4 Capital PLC Earnings Name Sep 21, 2022 (Thomson StreetEvents) — Edited Transcript of S4 Capital PLC earnings convention name or presentation Wednesday, September 21, 2022 at 12:00:00pm GMT TEXT model of Transcript ================================================================================ Company Contributors ================================================================================ * Christopher S. Martin S4 Capital plc – Govt Director * Donald Joseph Edgerton Zemoga Inc. – Co-Founder and CEO * Martin S. Sorrell S4 Capital plc – Govt Chairman * Mary Margaret Basterfield S4 Capital plc – Group CFO & Director * Scott Edward Spirit S4 Capital plc – Chief Development Officer & Govt Director * Wesley ter Haar S4 Capital plc – Govt Director ================================================================================ Convention Name Contributors ================================================================================ * Thomas A Singlehurst Citigroup Inc., Analysis Division – MD & Head of European Media Analysis ================================================================================ Presentation ——————————————————————————– Martin S. Sorrell, S4 Capital plc – Govt Chairman [1] ——————————————————————————– Good afternoon, all people. Good morning in New York and within the U.S. So it is a second of our calls on the primary half ’22 outcomes. I am joined by Scott. I am in Cologne. Scott and Mary are in London. Wesley is in — the place are you Wesley? You are in Seattle, aren’t you? Seattle. ——————————————————————————– Wesley ter Haar, S4 Capital plc – Govt Director [2] ——————————————————————————– Sure. ——————————————————————————– Martin S. Sorrell, S4 Capital plc – Govt Chairman [3] ——————————————————————————– Chris is in Boulder, Colorado. These of the place Boulder is and DJ is in Rhode Island. So thanks guys for getting up in the course of the night time for this name and the earlier one. So with that, we have got a presentation that is on our web site. There are 7 sections plus Q&A. The primary (inaudible) by the Content material follow, Chris by Information&Digital Media. And DJ by Tech Companies, and I am going to simply come again briefly for a abstract on the place we’re within the outlook. So over to you, Mary. ——————————————————————————– Mary Margaret Basterfield, S4 Capital plc – Group CFO & Director [4] ——————————————————————————– Thanks, Martin. So hey. Thanks for becoming a member of us at the moment. I might like to start out with the monetary highlights for the primary half. Robust high line momentum continued with gross revenue web income of GBP 375 million, up 28% on a like-for-like foundation. That is forward of our full yr goal of 25% set out originally of the yr, and continues to be effectively forward of underlying market progress. Like-for-like gross revenue web income progress for every quarter was 35% in Q1 and 23% in Q2, the latter in opposition to a really sturdy prior yr comparator, which is mirrored within the 2-year stacks of 67% for Q1 and 88% for Q2. Operational EBITDA was GBP 30 million, reflecting continued funding in hiring for enlargement, which ran forward of gross revenue web income progress. This resulted in a decrease operational EBITDA than predicted, which was down 41% on a like-for-like foundation. Operational EBITDA margin additionally displays this dynamic and was 8% versus 17% like-for-like within the prior half yr. We’re taking important actions to handle prices, together with a break on hiring in addition to discretionary price controls. These are having the specified impact and can assist our revenue supply within the second half. Adjusted revenue earlier than tax was $15 million and adjusted earnings per share had been GBP 2.1 pens. We completed the half yr with web debt of GBP 136 million, beneath the guided vary attributable to enhancing working capital administration and leverage was 1.2x. Turning to the subsequent slide. I might prefer to replace you on the work now we have been doing on the finance group processes and controls. We held a full debrief with PwC in Could. Our motion plan, which is effectively underway, addresses the areas for enchancment we mentioned on the full yr, and the half yr overview course of has been a lot smoother. The senior hires we made, together with the Group Monetary Controller, the CFO for the Content material follow, the Finance Transformation lead and the Group Treasurer have created a a lot stronger group, which is working effectively, and we proceed to construct out the junior ranges. Investments in monetary processes and controls have been protected. We’ve reviewed and redesigned our processes and controls for income and value of gross sales recognition and the revised course of was in operation for the half yr shut. We proceed to hold out important work on enhancing our monetary controls and processes. And while now we have made good progress, there may be nonetheless a lot to do. We’ll provide you with one other replace on the full yr. Transferring to the earnings assertion. Income grew 60% on a reported foundation to GBP 446 million, with like-for-like progress at 31%. Reported gross revenue web income of GBP 375 million grew 59% or 28% like-for-like. This highlights the continued sturdy underlying momentum of the enterprise along with M&A exercise. We’ve secured 2 new whoppers shoppers. These are shoppers which generate over $20 million of income every year, each of which will probably be totally operational in 2023. This brings the full variety of whoppers to eight. Reported working bills of GBP 338 million grew 71% or 43% like-for-like. This displays continued funding for progress, together with in whoppers, and in particular enterprise areas such because the metaverse and the Unreal Engine. Inside Information&Digital Media, now we have additionally invested in media company of file capabilities, knowledge and CRM. A few of this funding in progress was forward of income progress and better than anticipated, which has impacted our operational EBITDA for the half yr and our expectations for the complete yr. Operational EBITDA for the 6 months to June was GBP 30 million, down 12% on a reported foundation and 41% like-for-like. I’ve given you a breakdown of adjusting gadgets within the desk on the left-hand facet. You’ll be able to see that GBP 70 million is funding in M&A and future progress, whereas an extra GBP 24 million pertains to amortization of acquired intangibles. And at last, the rise in web finance expense is pushed by the euro time period mortgage, which was put in place in August 2021 to fund the better scale and ambition of the group. This supplies us with long-term safe financing. Wanting subsequent at our 3 completely different follow areas: Content material, Information&Digital Media and Expertise Companies. My feedback listed below are all on a like-for-like foundation. Our largest follow, Content material, grew strongly, up 26% as we proceed to outperform the market. Content material’s operational EBITDA margin displays hiring working forward of gross revenue web income progress. We’re addressing this by tighter headcount controls, which can end in an enchancment in follow margins within the second half. Information&Digital Media gross revenue web income grew 23%, additionally forward of the market, with sturdy progress from the Media Activation and Efficiency enterprise. DDM’s operational EBITDA margin is down versus an exceptionally excessive prior half yr. It additionally exhibits the affect of funding in progress and can profit to some extent within the second half from the associated fee administration measures we have applied. Expertise Companies, which from mid-Could features a important mixture TheoremOne, delivered very sturdy progress. Gross revenue web income was up 89%, with a wholesome operational EBITDA margin of round 36%. TheoremOne has carried out effectively in its first 4 months with the corporate. Central prices grew as guided, reflecting funding in finance, authorized and assurance to assist future progress as we talked about on the full yr. And from a regional perspective, we grew strongly throughout the globe, whereas the Americas stays our greatest area at 74% of the combo, EMEA was the quickest rising, up 36%, with Americas up 26% and Asia Pacific 28%. Transferring to money circulation on the subsequent slide. CapEx of GBP 10 million contains the fit-out of our new unitary places of work in Buenos Aires, New Delhi and London in addition to investments in IT infrastructure. Curiosity paid contains funds on the time period mortgage, which was not in place within the first half of final yr. We’ve improved our efficiency in working capital with an outflow of GBP 8 million in comparison with GBP 19 million on a smaller base within the prior yr. Web, this resulted in a money outflow of GBP 2 million. The money spend on combos was GBP 126 million, together with 4 Mile and TheoremOne in addition to funds regarding prior yr exercise. This takes web debt to GBP 136 million, which is beneath the anticipated vary, and we proceed to deal with money administration. Earlier than I conclude, I assumed it will be useful to cowl our steering for the complete yr. We count on continued sturdy high line momentum throughout the practices, and a concentrating on gross (inaudible) revenue web income progress of 25% like-for-like, supported by a powerful pipeline. We’re seeing the good thing about our break on hiring and controls on discretionary prices, and these will enhance revenue supply. As beforehand guided, we count on the yr to be weighted to the second half and the fourth quarter, particularly attributable to pure seasonality and our trajectory this yr. We proceed to count on a web finance money cost of about GBP 16 million. Our steering for money contingent consideration is GBP 57 million for the complete yr, with GBP 21 million due within the second half. In abstract, our revised targets issued on the finish of July stay unchanged, with anticipated gross revenue web income progress of 25% and anticipated operational EBITDA of roughly GBP 120 million. And with that, I’ll hand to Scott for the market and consumer replace. ——————————————————————————– Scott Edward Spirit, S4 Capital plc – Chief Development Officer & Govt Director [5] ——————————————————————————– Nice. Thanks, Mary. So I will cowl an replace on our shoppers’ progress that we’re having there. I am additionally going to offer some perception into how we’re eager about our high line progress alternative in 2023, after which, lastly, cowl off a few of our newer mergers. So I believe you are all accustomed to our 20-squared consumer plan, which is our ambition to construct giant scale relationships with shoppers and to have 20 shoppers of greater than $20 million in annual income. We launched this again in 2020 once we had Google and 1 of our NDA to tech shoppers. In ’21, we expanded that to six, including BMW, Meta, Mondelez and HP. And as we stand in 2022, we all know we have added an extra monetary companies whoppers, and now we have a brand new style and luxurious consumer, which is on the run fee and will probably be a GBP 20 million plus for the complete yr in 2023. We’ve 5 further shoppers, 2 in expertise, 1 retail, 1 media and 1 telco, who’re monitoring to doubtlessly turn out to be whoppers this yr or actually subsequent yr. After which we have recognized an extra 14 current shoppers the place we see the potential for them to broaden organically to this stage within the subsequent few years. It is actually thrilling to see these consumer relationships blossom, significantly as we broaden the contact factors and companies throughout our follow areas. 8 out of our high 10 shoppers are actually working with us in an built-in style throughout 2 or extra practices versus 2 at this level in 2020. Once you have a look at our shoppers from a portfolio perspective, you will see that expertise continues to dominate, with over 46% of our H1 revenues coming from this sector. Overwhelming majority of our income right here is with giant worthwhile tech firms equivalent to Alphabet, Meta, Amazon, HP, Salesforce, Adobe, Microsoft and others, that are below NDA. And these firms themselves proceed to develop at important charges and are, in lots of circumstances, each companions and shoppers for us at S4. We anticipate persevering with to be chubby tech going ahead, however now we have diversified our consumer base considerably because of new enterprise wins and merger contributions in sectors equivalent to monetary companies, style and luxurious, FMCG and auto. Given our constant market-leading high line progress, it isn’t shocking to see that our giant consumer relationships proceed to scale. The typical income measurement of our high 10 shoppers has grown 80% to nearly GBP 20 million. For our high 20 and high 50 consumer segments, the reported revenues have grown 70% year-on-year. The desk exhibits we have greater than doubled the variety of shoppers with H1 reported revenues of GBP 10 million or extra. And now we have 57 shoppers within the GBP 1 million to GBP 10 million bracket versus GBP 35 million this time final yr, illustrating the progress, as I discussed earlier that we have been making with our 20-squared consumer plan. Transferring on from shoppers. I wished to offer you some perception on how we’re eager about 2023. We’re simply kicking off our finances course of now, as are our shoppers, so we have no concrete projections for steering as but. We must be able to offer extra exact readability in November once we report our Q3 numbers. That mentioned, we’re effectively conscious of investor questions round our view of progress in 2023, so we wished to deal with why we stay optimistic about our skill to ship important market-leading high line progress regardless of the macro darkish clouds, which we’re all conscious of. We have described the assorted addressable markets we function in earlier than, and these proceed to be very engaging in 2023 based on numerous projections. Digital media spend is a key marketplace for us. And while analog media will probably be flat subsequent yr, world digital spend will proceed to develop at nearly 10% in 2023. In truth, our personal evaluation of assorted analyst estimates for the highest 8 platforms promoting income progress in ’23 is 13% progress. This’s really an acceleration on the ten% they’re anticipated to ship this yr. Once you focus in geographically, we see that predictions for U.S. digital media spend are nearly 2.5 proportion factors larger than the worldwide common. And keep in mind, 74% of S4’s revenues are within the Americas with the U.S., by far our largest market. Our knowledge follow is probably extra correlated with the expansion of information companies related to cloud platform penetration. The highest 3 cloud platforms will develop 30% in 2023. And as you will hear from Chris later, our C360.Monks supplies companies and techniques integration round advertising expertise platforms. Their revenues will develop nearly 20% in ’23 to $80 billion, with companies broadly assumed to be a a number of of that. Our tech companies revenues are pushed by spend on digital transformation and IT companies. These enterprise spends are multiyear budgets with much less volatility and publicity to financial cycles and digital transformation spends are projected to develop 17% subsequent yr. Lastly, whenever you have a look at market sizes, Advert Age reviews the highest 10 company holdcos reported revenues of GBP 110 billion in 2021, and the highest 25 company networks had revenues of GBP 72 billion, while small world consulting revenues had been nearly $1 trillion projected in 2022 and IT companies revenues are projected at $1.3 trillion this yr. Suffice to say, with our pure-play publicity to those high-growth markets, we consider S4 continued to ship sturdy high line progress. Lastly, returning to our shoppers, as we’re nothing with out them, that is an edited view of our main consumer relationships given we’re more and more lined by NDAs and may’t discuss publicly about lots of {our relationships}. Our consumer base of high-quality, sturdy progress firms reinforces our confidence in our skill to develop at market-leading charges above the expansion of our addressable markets, as we proceed to take share and drive our land-and-expand technique. Lastly, we accomplished 2 mergers in H1, 1 with 4 Mile, an analytics firm, which joined the Information&Digital Media follow, and the second, TheoremOne, which you will hear much more about later from DJ, which joined our Tech Companies follow. After the top of the primary half, we additionally added XX, which is a extremely awarded social media and influencer company, which joins our Content material follow. Only a reminder, the inventory element of the completion funds for TheoremOne and XX was priced at GBP 4.25, which was the [underserved] 1-month VWAP worth preaudit delay. As we talked about within the assertion, combos stay a key a part of our progress technique. Nonetheless, in the meanwhile, we’re centered on natural progress and maximizing worth from our current enterprise, the place the natural momentum stays very sturdy. And with that, I’ll go you over to Wes, who can replace us on the content material facet of issues. ——————————————————————————– Wesley ter Haar, S4 Capital plc – Govt Director [6] ——————————————————————————– Thanks, Scott. Hey, everybody. Comfortable to share some highlights from H1 for Content material. Though the very first spotlight is not nearly Content material, I believe it additionally speaks our broader skill to combine and operationalize our companies throughout groups, however for the very first time in our historical past, we hit the Forrester waves, not 1 however 2. We’re on the advertising artistic and Content material Companies wave and the worldwide advertising companies wave. I believe that is principally a affirmation of our positioning. It speaks our sturdy providing, sturdy efficiency in market. Robust technique, in case you have a look at {the marketplace} and we’re huge, particularly world manufacturers are headed. That translating to progress. We’re increasing our greatest strategic shoppers. So whoppers, in some circumstances, we’re including a complete whopper on high of what’s already current scale. We additionally (inaudible) the expansion there. I believe now we have line of sight on about 13 now. A few of that’s due to the collaboration between DDM and Tech Companies and Content material. A few of that’s simply because we’re kind of touchdown and increasing with the present service ranges. And our positioning market additionally means (inaudible), and new blue chip logos throughout the globe. A whole lot of that’s about future progress. It takes a little bit of time to go from land to broaden, however I actually suppose it bodes effectively for our 20 sq. promise or 20 whoppers consumer promise. It is not nearly progress. We’re all delivering some actually nice work, very prime quality, one other first in our firm. We have named 10 artistic firm globally by Cannes Lions. What’s attention-grabbing right here is in case you have a look at the listing, we’re by far the corporate with small headcount. So it simply speaks to the quantity of nice work our groups are doing. If we discuss in regards to the work — we will go to the subsequent slide. I believe our mannequin at all times is ensuring our shoppers ship what’s wanted at the moment and what’s wanted at the moment is kind of particular. I believe particularly our agility and our skill to get our shoppers to market rapidly with what they want has been actually necessary during the last 6 months, however we’re additionally working to ensure our shoppers are leaders in what comes subsequent. And we have talked about net pre and metaverse earlier than on these calls. I wished to make use of this chance simply to focus on some work to showcase that our groups actually are on the very innovative of what is occurring out in that panorama. Some fast rollouts. For Logitech, we organized the (inaudible) pageant in Roblox. In the mean time of launching, it was the most important Roblox construct of all time ended up with greater than 6.5 million guests in a 2-week interval, very profitable actually attention-grabbing platform. We are literally launching some actually enjoyable in Roblox stuff of subsequent few weeks as effectively. So preserve an eye fixed out for that. Additionally wished to name out the Vault — apologies, the Vault, which is a full-blown NFT major market. For Gucci, I believe if you concentrate on NFTs as an area after which a luxurious premium firm like Gucci and the mixture of these 2, I believe it actually speaks to the standard of our group, particularly on the strategic ranges. After which wished to name out the Put up Malone unique VR album expertise for Horizon Worlds known as Twelve Carat Toothache, actually wonderful piece of labor. If in case you have a possibility to test it out, please do. I believe it elevates the kind of leisure we’re experiencing and in addition to expertise fairly a bit. Plenty of overlapping stuff there, metaverse, VR (inaudible). Relaxation assured our group is working on the very highest stage on the nexus of all of these issues, which is thrilling. And with that, I will hand over to Chris. ——————————————————————————– Christopher S. Martin, S4 Capital plc – Govt Director [7] ——————————————————————————– Thanks, Wes. Speaking a bit of bit about Information&Digital Media. Off the again of a really sturdy progress in margin ends in 2021, our investments within the first half of ’22 and increasing our Information&Digital Media follow in addition to investments in onboarding important long-term shoppers. They’re all yielding outcomes in the direction of our objective of making foundational long-term enterprise shoppers, the place we turn out to be an embedded long-term accomplice. We’re working very intently with our content material and tech pillars to nurture and broaden our collective relationships inside whoppers and alternatives, together with progress in servicing Dell, Molson Coors, Pernod Ricard, Walmart, Hewlett Packard, Netflix, LinkedIn, Unity Applied sciences, T-Cellular, Mondelez, Meta and Amazon. And you will hear these logos time and again as joint wins throughout the corporate. That is the unitary promise being delivered into our consumer base. Our progress inside these manufacturers has been a testomony to our disruptive built-in mannequin, promising seamless end-to-end capabilities with material experience and automation past simply conventional and digital advertising calls for. We have seen — now we have a deep and rising information of recent wave virtualization, Net 3.0, Metaverse and VR, which Wes simply talked about, and new modes of digital shopper habits that have to be woven right into a shopper journey that our shoppers need to get a deal with on. And an ideal instance of any such disruptive work is our current onboarding of Unity Applied sciences, a number one platform within the 2D, 3D, VR, AR gaming house. We’re very excited to be their first ever world media AOR, answerable for media technique, planning, shopping for and measurement. And this new expansive engagement is constructed off the again of our sturdy content material relationship with Unity, proving out our land and broaden mannequin throughout our pillars. Extra conventional manufacturers want to revamp their digital methods and strategy with our new mannequin. We have efficiently received and onboarded and launched a high world [Unity] model, with a profitable hiring and onboarding of over 60 FTEs to ramp them up. And we did it in lower than 8 weeks, which is not any small feat in a really aggressive marketplace for expertise, to which our investments in recruiting and expertise hubs are paying off with the fast expertise scale capability to be able to onboard these main wins in a brief cycle. We’re off and working with that consumer, implementing new media methods with a deal with incrementality for his or her model in addition to new market and product line progress. And this world media AOR win isn’t an remoted progress story for us. We’re seeing increasingly more shoppers start to consider their media and shopper knowledge technique in an more and more interconnected approach and blurring the traces throughout the buyer journey, wherever that shopper could spend their time. We have invested within the first half in constructing sturdy relationships with world media pitch consultants to extend the publicity to manufacturers, who’re in search of a change in the best way they give thought to e-commerce paid, earned and owned media and that could be a important — that’s including important higher funnel exercise for our pitch quantity. We’re having to pick out and select the most effective matches versus having to exit and search for new alternatives, which is an efficient place to be in. On the subsequent slide, now we have received Information. And to be able to be on the forefront of innovation and competitors, our shoppers discover themselves reinventing their knowledge technique from knowledge assortment, acquisition, activation and optimization to energy all the pieces from advertising and promoting in addition to product design and provide chain decisioning. And for our knowledge pillar, in ’22, we noticed a major injection of our knowledge AOR companies, or company of file companies for knowledge into our main artistic and Content material relationships. The dialog begins with knowledge material specialists, serving to to resolve and assist shoppers information by their understanding of recent alternatives for knowledge assortment and activation, i.e., how do they interact with the customers and gather that knowledge and activate it for efficient advertising functions. T-Cellular is a superb built-in instance the place our Content material and Digital Media practices work collectively to each in-house and create a managed alternative throughout that consumer, making them a whopper for S4. One other nice instance, Molson Coors. We began working with them in 2021, as they began to take management of their media operations and convey it in-house. And Molson kicked off constructing a centralized view of their knowledge sources, which, for a CPG or firm that’s typically knowledge poor would not have direct relationship with customers, is a crucial pattern that we’re seeing throughout that whole sector. And the trade is recognizing our wonderful work. So we had been simply named as a finalist for finest commerce company companies by AdExchanger. And this yr, our transformation consulting group is concerned with 2 awards, finest use of programmatic digital by Marketing campaign U.S. and we had been nominated as a finalist within the ANA In-Home Excellence Awards for finest media planning. Our strategic platform, partnership technique is a crucial channel for our progress and aggressive benefit. This yr, with Amazon, we kicked off co-building options with them to tie collectively Amazon Net Companies, Amazon Adverts, and we are actually a go-to-market accomplice for the Amazon Advertising and marketing Cloud. Amazon’s entry into mediate advertising expertise house makes them a large expertise progress accomplice for Media.Monks, and we’re effectively located in place to grower with them. And naturally, our present largest accomplice, Google, we’re making important progress in serving to them with their go-to-market with their GCP cloud platform, Google Adverts and the Google Advertising and marketing platform tech stacks, all being built-in collectively for his or her shoppers, which unlocks a major quantity of worth from that platform partnership. After which lastly, a fast couple of beats on our, C360.Monks or our CRM follow, which is nascent. It was solely launched final yr, however they’re busy constructing our model popularity in market with a major presence this yr at Salesforce World Tour, Salesforce Connections, Cannes Lions and naturally, Dreamforce, the place our group is, as we converse, drumming up new enterprise and exhibiting off our standing as a worldwide Salesforce summit accomplice, the best tier of Salesforce partnership. Our Advertising and marketing Cloud footprint has expanded to account for over half of our world pipeline, and our momentum isn’t slowing as our enterprise shoppers look to us for increasingly more embedded companies. Yet another beat on this. Salesforce has launched their Net 3 and NFT cloud providing and Media.Monks is a really distinctive accomplice and a number one accomplice in constructing their go-to-market on that NFT cloud. We’re proper now speaking about that at Salesforce and constructing the shopper reservoir. And the group could be very proud to have received its largest engagement up to now with a $7 million deal, which kicked off within the second half of this yr with a worldwide CPG firm. So that could be a huge win for that group. That is it for Information&Digital Media. I will hand it over to DJ to speak a bit about our tech pillar. ——————————————————————————– Donald Joseph Edgerton, Zemoga Inc. – Co-Founder and CEO [8] ——————————————————————————– Thanks a ton, Chris, and good morning, everybody. As everyone knows, that is the primary full half yr of Tech Companies as being providing inside Media.Monks, and we’re very excited in regards to the progress we see not solely within the demand for our companies, but additionally how we’re in a position to broaden the companies throughout the board and delivering on this unity messaging that we offer our shoppers. A present instance is we have been in a position to double an engagement income over our 2021 income by doing precisely what the promise is, providing companies throughout all pillars. This can be a very giant e-commerce consumer of ours, inches away from whopper standing, once more, delivering on the promise of what we’re doing right here. We have additionally been in a position to be engaged for a serious brick-and-mortar model that has us constructing a big devoted e-commerce digital transformation group in Colombia. That is much like what now we have completed for Morningstar, the place we’re executing front-end improvement facilities of excellence. That is now thriving. The primary half of this yr, we opened up that heart of excellence for Morningstar and it is going gangbusters (inaudible) about that. Aggressive market, we’re nonetheless 1 of the highest locations for high performers to work and develop. And we’re very enthusiastic about that, as we do rent based mostly on the demand — a really, very sturdy demand we’re seeing within the first half and for the remainder of this yr. We’re very pleased with the truth that we had been — we acquired ISO 27001 certification. This is a crucial distinction — and for us and the companies that we offer, particularly monetary companies and e-commerce organizations, and it actually, actually helps us get in entrance of a few of our competitors. We’re very, very enthusiastic about, in Could, the pairing with TheoremOne. TheoremOne could be very, very effectively revered agency with complementary companies within the tech companies house for us. We’re sharing sources already. Our administration is in lockstep and synced with one another, and we’re already co-pitching the brand new suite of those mixed companies. A little bit bit about TheoremOne, a really, very fast-growing group acknowledged by Inc. Journal, very extremely regarded. We’ve monumental quantity of complementary companies. Their group members are the best caliber together with Zemoga, and we’re very excited that this a part of this rising enterprise has the most effective within the trade, we really feel. They got here to us with a whopper already in hand in First American. So we all know that we’re going to have the ability to proceed to broaden that, not solely within the shoppers that we have already got, however successful the brand new shoppers like globaledit, Phillips, Dreamview and Crowdstreet. So we’re all very, very excited at that elevated demand. The outlook could be very wholesome for Tech Companies, and we’re more than happy with the traction that we’re getting. And with that, over to you, Martin. ——————————————————————————– Martin S. Sorrell, S4 Capital plc – Govt Chairman [9] ——————————————————————————– Sure. Thanks, DJ. And thanks, Mary, Scott, Wes, Chris for getting up in the course of the night time as at all times. So simply to summarize, sturdy high line progress within the first half of 2022, forward of full yr steering, and that is continued into July and August, continued efficiency at comparable higher ranges. Additional consumer conversion at scale, proof of our mannequin. The mannequin is resonating not simply as a brand new mannequin, however in relation to the present promoting and advertising companies mannequin, and we made important progress to our 20-square objective as much as 8, with a possible one other 5 and one other 14 or in order that we predict have the potential over time to develop important (inaudible) firms and main packaged items firm and are in discussions on monetary companies, growing the size there. So it isn’t simply within the whopper space that we’re making important progress. Good progress as Mary outlined in our submit audit finance and course of upgrades, however the work has to proceed. And I believe the — lots of the heavy lifting has been completed, however there’s extra to be completed. Actions have additionally been taken to stability and management the associated fee base in 2022 and past. As we begin to consider 2023, we need to go in with a powerful platform for 2023 from a price perspective. We have improved working capital administration. There’s extra to go there, too. And now we have adequate liquidity with long-dated debt maturities for the medium to long run. So there’s continued momentum in all our addressable markets. We’ve not completed our planning or budgeting for ’23 and — to ’25 or for ’23 by way of a finances. But when one wanting on the general state of affairs, as Scott identified, it appears just like the prospects for digital enlargement and transformation speed up, as we go right into a slower GDP progress in shoppers. Shoppers emphasize activation and efficiency extra, which could be very a lot our sturdy go well with. There’s sturdy progress in current shoppers and a wholesome new enterprise pipeline. And actually, the pipeline is at very comparable ranges, if not a bit of bit larger than final yr. From an ESG perspective, we have achieved carbon-neutral standing forward of schedule. And we’re making headway throughout all our ESG targets. And final however not least, revised steering of roughly GBP 120 million of EBITDA stays unchanged. So with that, over to you, operator, for any questions, please. ================================================================================ Questions and Solutions ——————————————————————————– Operator [1] ——————————————————————————– (Operator Directions) We’ll now take our first query from Tom Singlehurst from Citi. ——————————————————————————– Thomas A Singlehurst, Citigroup Inc., Analysis Division – MD & Head of European Media Analysis [2] ——————————————————————————– Sure. Apologies, I did not get on to the decision earlier at the moment. So good to have a second chunk of the cherry. The query — or I’ve 2 questions. The primary 1 is I simply actually wished to pin down the considerably stronger 2H efficiency remark. I presume you are speaking about absolute weighting of income, however — or presumably profitability. However I used to be simply questioning whether or not we also needs to anticipate — I believe, mechanically, we in all probability ought to, a reacceleration in progress throughout the again half of the yr from the extent delivered within the second quarter? That was the primary query. After which on the money circulation facet… ——————————————————————————– Martin S. Sorrell, S4 Capital plc – Govt Chairman [3] ——————————————————————————– (inaudible) mechanically, you are saying that for the second half, is it income and profitability? Is that what you are asking, Tom? ——————————————————————————– Thomas A Singlehurst, Citigroup Inc., Analysis Division – MD & Head of European Media Analysis [4] ——————————————————————————– Is it absolute income? Or is it progress whenever you discuss in regards to the considerably stronger progress efficiency. Are you simply speaking about better absolute weight of income? Or is it the expansion… ——————————————————————————– Martin S. Sorrell, S4 Capital plc – Govt Chairman [5] ——————————————————————————– It is — to reply your query forward on, its weight of income. So we’re skewed to the second half and significantly the fourth quarter or the final 1/3 of the yr. So it is — by way of charges of progress, as I indicated, July and August continued at comparable charges to the primary half. ——————————————————————————– Thomas A Singlehurst, Citigroup Inc., Analysis Division – MD & Head of European Media Analysis [6] ——————————————————————————– Excellent. However that might have been — the primary half was barely higher than the second quarter. Is {that a} truthful inference? ——————————————————————————– Martin S. Sorrell, S4 Capital plc – Govt Chairman [7] ——————————————————————————– Effectively, we have given you the like-for-likes 34%, 23% for Q1 and Q2. We have given you the 2-year stacks on the 3-year stacks. ——————————————————————————– Thomas A Singlehurst, Citigroup Inc., Analysis Division – MD & Head of European Media Analysis [8] ——————————————————————————– Okay. Excellent. The following query was on money circulation… ——————————————————————————– Martin S. Sorrell, S4 Capital plc – Govt Chairman [9] ——————————————————————————– Simply so you have received the 2-year stacks for the — for Q1 was 67% and for Q2 was 86% and the 3-year stacks had been 88% and 95%, I believe it was. ——————————————————————————– Thomas A Singlehurst, Citigroup Inc., Analysis Division – MD & Head of European Media Analysis [10] ——————————————————————————– Excellent. Sure. That is sensible. The online debt, I believe you mentioned on the first half was GBP 135 million. For the complete yr, GBP 130 million to GBP 170 million, however there’s solely GBP 20 million of contingent consideration, and I’d have naturally assumed due to the weighting of the enterprise additional cash circulation within the second half, seasonal working capital influx, what am I lacking by way of the web debt money circulation… ——————————————————————————– Martin S. Sorrell, S4 Capital plc – Govt Chairman [11] ——————————————————————————– Mary? ——————————————————————————– Mary Margaret Basterfield, S4 Capital plc – Group CFO & Director [12] ——————————————————————————– Sure. So we mentioned we count on to vary from GBP 130 million to GBP 170 million for the year-end. And a few factors to recollect. So firstly, our money tax is weighted to the second half. Secondly, now we have GBP 21 million, as you accurately level out, of contingent consideration, but additionally there’s the primary fee on XX, which fell into the second half, as we accomplished very early in July on that deal. After which, lastly, we do count on some working capital outflow pushed by the expansion of the enterprise within the second half, which leads to the GBP 130 million to GBP 170 million steering. ——————————————————————————– Thomas A Singlehurst, Citigroup Inc., Analysis Division – MD & Head of European Media Analysis [13] ——————————————————————————– Received it. Excellent. After which one last one. It is extra — simply from my very own understanding greater than anything round how the income mannequin works by way of passing on inflation. In case you’ve received workers, who’re allotted to a specific account and their wages are going up, is it mechanically being handed on, i.e., is your income actually actually kind of time plus supplies? Or is it kind of loosely benchmarked to time plus supplies, due to this fact, it is going to take a little bit of time for wage inflation to be kind of caught up? ——————————————————————————– Martin S. Sorrell, S4 Capital plc – Govt Chairman [14] ——————————————————————————– Effectively, I imply, I believe the direct reply is blended. There are some — we do have some contracts that go for two or 3 years. However that, I’d say, is on the smaller finish of the spectrum. And most of our contracts should not long-term contracts. They’re extra — I believe we’re calling the phrase retainer by design. And once we discuss land and broaden, we have constructed relationships on the again of steady initiatives. I imply, Wes, do you need to broaden a bit of bit on pricing and wages, et cetera? ——————————————————————————– Wesley ter Haar, S4 Capital plc – Govt Director [15] ——————————————————————————– Sure. I believe there’s — I assume there’s 3 varieties of work. There’s the standard retainer contracts the place now we have managed to have the conversations about — mainly going up with just about everybody have been in a position to implement. Some are a bit slower. So you will have slight delays relying on the pace at which the method runs. Then you will have extra time and material-based work tends to be a bit simpler as a result of we upped our charges the top of final yr — center to finish of final yr. So in our time and materials enterprise, that is already kind of phased in and (inaudible), which tends to even be quoted and scoped in opposition to these larger charges. So it isn’t excellent throughout the board, however we have made — we handle the hedge in opposition to that comparatively effectively. ——————————————————————————– Martin S. Sorrell, S4 Capital plc – Govt Chairman [16] ——————————————————————————– Chris, DJ, do you need to reply that? ——————————————————————————– Christopher S. Martin, S4 Capital plc – Govt Director [17] ——————————————————————————– Go forward, DJ. ——————————————————————————– Donald Joseph Edgerton, Zemoga Inc. – Co-Founder and CEO [18] ——————————————————————————– Effectively, on the subject of managed companies and tech companies, these are the contracts that are usually a bit of bit longer, Morningstar, for instance, we do have a language in these contracts, a few of them that permit for a rise to cowl inflation. We attempt to get that in as a lot as we will when now we have contracts which are lasting a number of years, of which we’re seeing increasingly more, as Tech Companies turns into a part of the final providing. So we do cowl that within the longer contracts. ——————————————————————————– Martin S. Sorrell, S4 Capital plc – Govt Chairman [19] ——————————————————————————– Chris? ——————————————————————————– Christopher S. Martin, S4 Capital plc – Govt Director [20] ——————————————————————————– And I might echo Wes and DJ’s commentary there on how we’re proactively passing that by. However my solely further notice can be on the long-term infrastructure we’re implementing and persevering with to spend money on, what we name, a deal desk, which makes certain that giant engagements are commercially sound earlier than they exit and get stamped and authorised. And if there’s any exceptions to the requirements that we have got in place, then that will probably be escalated and dropped at finance, that will probably be dropped at different elements of the enterprise, so we’ll perceive the way to swallow that engagement appropriately into the financials. So I believe we’re buttoning that up comparatively rapidly. And I mentioned we in all probability began work on that a few quarters in the past. So it is a level ahead. I believe we have got a good management mechanism in place to have the ability to deal with each transitory and everlasting inflation. ——————————————————————————– Martin S. Sorrell, S4 Capital plc – Govt Chairman [21] ——————————————————————————– Mary, do you need to add something to that or not? ——————————————————————————– Mary Margaret Basterfield, S4 Capital plc – Group CFO & Director [22] ——————————————————————————– No, I believe the gents have lined it. Thanks. ——————————————————————————– Martin S. Sorrell, S4 Capital plc – Govt Chairman [23] ——————————————————————————– Okay. Okay. Anything, Tom? ——————————————————————————– Thomas A Singlehurst, Citigroup Inc., Analysis Division – MD & Head of European Media Analysis [24] ——————————————————————————– No, I believe that is it. Sure, congrats on the outcomes. Good that there is no huge surprises. ——————————————————————————– Martin S. Sorrell, S4 Capital plc – Govt Chairman [25] ——————————————————————————– Okay. Operator, any additional questions? ——————————————————————————– Operator [26] ——————————————————————————– (Operator Directions) There are at the moment no extra questions. I’ll flip the decision again to your host for closing remarks. ——————————————————————————– Martin S. Sorrell, S4 Capital plc – Govt Chairman [27] ——————————————————————————– All proper. Effectively, thanks, all people, for becoming a member of us, and because of my colleagues once more for disturbing their sleep, I assume. All proper. So thanks very a lot. See you all people quickly for the third quarter. Thanks very a lot for becoming a member of us.

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