General Standard Disclosures: Organizational Profile

Interpublic Group of Companies is a New York Stock Exchange-listed company whose shares are owned by millions of individual and institutional investors.  There has been no significant change in the stock ownership of IPG in recent years.  

There have been no significant changes in the structure of the IPG supply chain or relationships with suppliers. IPG’s relationships with suppliers are governed by our Supplier Code of Conduct which asks that IPG suppliers follow the IPG Code of Conduct.  In addition, and as indicated in the Supplier Code, IPG expects that its suppliers share the same social responsibility as IPG with regards to sustainability, diversity, human rights and equal opportunity in the workplace.

During 2015, we completed five acquisitions, four of which were included in the Integrated Agency Networks ("IAN") operating segment and one of which was included in the Constituency Management Group ("CMG") operating segment. All acquired agencies have been integrated into one of our global networks or existing agencies. The most significant acquisitions include a full-service digital agency in the U.K., a group of creative marketing agencies based in Russia, and a media planning and buying agency with significant digital capabilities in Canada. During 2015, we recorded approximately $61.0 of goodwill and intangible assets related to our acquisitions.

During 2014, we completed eight acquisitions, six of which were included in the IAN operating segment and two of which were included in the CMG operating segment. All acquired agencies have been integrated into one of our global networks or existing agencies. The most significant acquisitions included a global full-service digital agency, a digital agency in the United States and a search marketing agency in the Netherlands. During 2014, we recorded approximately $185.0 of goodwill and intangible assets related to these acquisitions.

During 2013, we completed eleven acquisitions, nine of which were included in the IAN operating segment and two of which were included in the CMG operating segment. All acquired agencies have been integrated into one of our global networks or existing agencies. The most significant acquisitions included a full-service digital agency in India, a full-service agency in the U.K. and a public relations consultancy in India. During 2013, we recorded approximately $97.0 of goodwill and intangible assets related to these acquisitions.

Acquisition Strategy

A disciplined acquisition strategy, focused on high-growth capabilities and regions of the world, is one component of growing our services in today's rapidly-changing marketing services and media landscape. When an outstanding resource or a strong tactical fit becomes available, we have been opportunistic in making tuck-in, niche acquisitions that enhance our service offerings. We will continue to focus on digital and marketing services agencies throughout the world and on key international growth markets.

In recent years, IPG has acquired agencies across the marketing spectrum, including firms specializing in digital, mobile marketing, social media, healthcare communications and public relations, as well as agencies with full-service capabilities. These acquired agencies have been integrated into one of our global networks or specialist agencies. In 2015, IPG’s acquisitions included a full-service digital agency in the U.K., the Russian creative agencies previously owned by ADV and a media and planning buying agency with significant digital capabilities in Canada.

 

Source: 2015 Annual Report 10K