Publicis Groupe Announces the Completion of a Share Buyback from Dentsu of Nearly 3.9 Million Shares

Fri Feb 15, 2013 3:25am EST

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PARIS--(Business Wire)--
Regulatory News : 

Following the proposal made by Dentsu, on February 15, 2013 prior to the opening
of the Paris Stock Market, Publicis Groupe (Paris:PUB) [EURONEXT Paris :
FR0000130577] completed a buy-back of a block of approximately 3.9 million
shares for a total price of 181.4 million euros, i.e., 46.82 euros per share.

The Supervisory Board studied the Management Board`s proposal to proceed with
the buyback during its meeting on February 13, 2013. The Supervisory Board
concluded that the purchase of approximately 3.9 million shares, pursuant to the
buyback program approved by the General Meeting of Shareholders of May 29, 2012,
would be positive for the Group and for its shareholders as a whole. The
Supervisory Board accordingly unanimously approved the proposed transaction. 

The repurchase was made at a 4.7% discount to the February 14, 2013 closing
price of Publicis Groupe`s shares at 49.11 euros. It will have a positive impact
of approximately 1.5% on diluted earnings per share in 2013 and of 1.7% on a
full-year basis. 

The 3,875,139 shares acquired in the transaction will be held as treasury stock
and will be used for attendance and performance share awards or stock options
schemes. 

The purchase was funded entirely from Publicis Groupe`s available funds. 

Following the termination in February 2012 of the shareholder agreement between
Dentsu and Mrs. Badinter, and the concomitant sale of the bulk of Dentsu`s stake
in Publicis Groupe (18 million shares), the transaction comprises of all of the
remaining shares held by Dentsu. 

The two groups will continue to consider all opportunities for collaboration and
to maintain cooperative relations, and the two joint ventures between Dentsu and
Publicis Groupe (Beacon Communications and Dentsu Razorfish) are expected to
continue without change. 

About Publicis Groupe
Publicis Groupe [Euronext Paris FR0000130577, part of the CAC 40 index] is the
third largest communications group in the world, offering the full range of
services and skills: digital (Digitas, Razorfish, Rosetta, VivaKi, LBi),
traditional advertising (BBH, Leo Burnett, Publicis Worldwide, Saatchi &
Saatchi), public affairs, corporate communications and events (MSLGROUP), media
buying and strategy (Starcom MediaVest Group and ZenithOptimedia) and
specialized communications with PHCG (Publicis Healthcare Communications Group).
Present in 104 countries, the Groupe employs 58,000 professionals.
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Corporate Communications
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Investor Relations 

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