Maurice Lévy, Chairman and CEO of Publicis Groupe commented
“Our performance was outstanding and ahead of schedule for our 2018 targets. Having well anticipated the shift to digital share of revenue, digital now accounts for 38.4% of our total revenue and 13.9% organic growth for the year. In the fourth quarter alone, digital generated 40.4% of our total revenue (and 20.1% of organic growth). Operating margin rate rose 40 basis points to 16.5% and is solid evidence of the strength of our business model (despite moderate organic growth of 2.6%).Other indicators are just as satisfactory, and include double-digit growth of our Free Cash Flow (+19.0%) or our Net income (+11.5%).
The only cloud on the horizon was our organic growth in the fourth quarter which was affected by campaigns being cancelled or postponed, particularly in the emerging markets.”
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