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Ad giant WPP pulls dividend, buyback and outlook

Reuters | Updated: 31-03-2020 11:44 IST | Created: 31-03-2020 11:44 IST
Ad giant WPP pulls dividend, buyback and outlook

WPP, the world's biggest advertising company, said it was pulling its dividend and share buyback, and withdrawing its guidance for 2020 after it saw an increasing number of cancellations from clients due to the coronavirus crisis.

The group, which has sold multiple assets as part of a programme to simplify the business, said it had cash of 3 billion pounds ($3.7 billion) and total liquidity, including undrawn credit facilities, of 4.8 billion pounds. It has also launched a review of its costs to protect profitability from a fall in revenue.

"The actions we have taken in the last 18 months to streamline and simplify WPP, together with raising 3.2 billion pounds in asset disposals, have put WPP in a strong financial position," Chief Executive Mark Read said in a statement on Tuesday. ($1 = 0.8093 pounds)

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