Omar Oakes
Jul 1, 2019

WPP confirms sale of stake in VCCP and CSM owner Chime

Sale comes four years after WPP and Providence Equity bought agency group for US$473 million.

WPP confirms sale of stake in VCCP and CSM owner Chime

WPP is selling its minority shareholding in Chime, the parent company of VCCP and CSM Sport & Entertainment.

The holding group announced this morning that it will sell its 24.85% stake to US private-equity company Providence Equity for US$68.8 million.

WPP would also receive "potential additional amounts based on the future value of Chime", the company said in a statement to the London Stock Exchange.

"The disposal is in line with WPP’s new strategy as set out in December 2018, a key element of which is to focus on its main areas of business and simplify its operations through the disposal of non-core assets," the statement added.

Lindsay Pattison, WPP’s chief transformation officer, represents the company as a director on the board of Chime.

The sale comes four years after WPP and Providence bought Chime for US$473 million. Chime was founded by Lord Bell, Margaret Thatcher’s former media advisor. WPP had already owned an 18% stake in Chime before the deal.

Chime, which acquired VCCP in 2005, increased its revenue by 14% in 2017 to $354 million, according to its most recent financial disclosure, with a pre-tax profit of US$27.3 million (down 1.4% year on year).

 

Source:
Campaign UK

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