More NewsWPP Goes Hostile for TNS, With Counter-Offer from GfK

WPP Goes Hostile for TNS, With Counter-Offer from GfK

German market research group GfK is putting together a cash offer for rival firm TNS (Taylor Nelson Sofres), in response to a hostile bid from Martin Sorrell's WPP launched yesterday. WPP has offered £1.1 billion ($2.1 billion), after previous offers were snubbed by the company's board. In response, GfK has issued a release stating it is terminating its own proposed merger with TNS, which has been in discussion since April, and will pursue "a proposal which would involve an alternative all-cash offer being made" with anonymous financial backing. Although talks are still in early stages, GfK says it has received "strong indications of interest in such a transaction." WPP made a significant step into the online ad arena with its acquisition of 24/7 Real Media last year, and TNS's online media research capabilities could complement 24/7's range of digital ad offerings, which include search marketing and a display ad network. While some have suggested that the $2.1 billion price tag overvalues TNS in such a cautious financial climate, others believe market research will remain relatively healthy in an economic slump, fuelled by the concerns of nervous advertisers looking to validate campaign decisions.

German market research group GfK is putting together a cash offer for rival firm TNS (Taylor Nelson Sofres), in response to a hostile bid from Martin Sorrell’s WPP launched yesterday.

WPP has offered £1.1 billion ($2.1 billion), after previous offers were snubbed by the company’s board.

In response, GfK has issued a release stating it is terminating its own proposed merger with TNS, which has been in discussion since April, and will pursue “a proposal which would involve an alternative all-cash offer being made” with anonymous financial backing.

Although talks are still in early stages, GfK says it has received “strong indications of interest in such a transaction.”

WPP made a significant step into the online ad arena with its acquisition of 24/7 Real Media last year, and TNS’s online media research capabilities could complement 24/7’s range of digital ad offerings, which include search marketing and a display ad network.

While some have suggested that the $2.1 billion price tag overvalues TNS in such a cautious financial climate, others believe market research will remain relatively healthy in an economic slump, fuelled by the concerns of nervous advertisers looking to validate campaign decisions.

Related Articles

GDPR: The role of technology in data compliance

Data & Analytics GDPR: The role of technology in data compliance

3w Clark Boyd
What companies can learn from the We-Vibe lawsuit about the Internet of Things

Legal & Regulatory What companies can learn from the We-Vibe lawsuit about the Internet of Things

8m Al Roberts
Has advertising arrived on Google Home?

Media Has advertising arrived on Google Home?

8m Al Roberts
Is Twitter slowly dying?

More News Is Twitter slowly dying?

9m Al Roberts
FedEx launches fulfillment service to take on Amazon

Ecommerce FedEx launches fulfillment service to take on Amazon

9m Al Roberts
Target is the top retail digital marketer, so why is it struggling?

Ecommerce Target is the top retail digital marketer, so why is it struggling?

8m Al Roberts
YouTube is "on pace to eclipse TV" thanks to savvy algorithm use

More News YouTube is "on pace to eclipse TV" thanks to savvy algorithm use

9m Al Roberts
YouTube is getting rid of 30-second unskippable pre-roll ads

Ad Industry Metrics YouTube is getting rid of 30-second unskippable pre-roll ads

9m Al Roberts