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Ascential is an international business-to-business media company, which is focused on essential products that connect and inform business professionals.  It operates through two segments: Exhibitions and Festivals, and Information Services. The Exhibitions and Festivals segment organizes large-scale exhibitions, congresses, and festivals, where customers come together to form business relationships and transact. Its brands include Cannes Lions, Spring/Autumn Fair and Money20/20. The Information Services segment provides industry-specific business intelligence and forecasting through digital subscription products. Its brands include WGSN and Groundsure.

TypePublic
Founded1887
HQLondon, GB
Websiteascential.com
Employee Ratings3.6

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Employees (est.) (Nov 2020)2,000
Job Openings47
Revenue (FY, 2018)£348.5 M(-7%)
Share Price (Nov 2020)£3.5 (-1%)
Cybersecurity ratingCMore

Key People/Management at Ascential

Duncan Painter

Duncan Painter

Chief Executive Officer, Director
Rita Clifton

Rita Clifton

Senior Independent Director
Mandy Gradden

Mandy Gradden

Chief Financial Officer, Director
Paul Harrison

Paul Harrison

Independent Non-Executive Director
Judy Vezmar

Judy Vezmar

Independent Non-Executive Director
Scott Forbes

Scott Forbes

Chairman
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Ascential Office Locations

Ascential has offices in London, New York, Shenzhen Shi, Hong Kong and in 4 other locations
London, GB (HQ)
Wilder Walk
London, GB
20 Air St, Soho
London, GB
33 Kingsway, Holborn
London, GB
4th Floor, 7 Savoy Ct
London, GB
85, 86 Newman St, Fitzrovia
Shenzhen Shi, CN
Ke Yuan Nan Lu, Nanshan Qu
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Ascential Financials and Metrics

Ascential Revenue

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Ascential's revenue was reported to be £348.50 m in FY, 2018
GBP

Revenue (FY, 2018)

348.5m

Gross profit (FY, 2018)

223.3m

Gross profit margin (FY, 2018), %

64.1%

Net income (FY, 2018)

20.0m

EBITDA (FY, 2018)

85.0m

EBIT (FY, 2018)

40.2m

Market capitalization (17-Nov-2020)

1.4b

Closing stock price (17-Nov-2020)

3.5

Cash (31-Dec-2018)

182.0m
Ascential's current market capitalization is £1.4 b.
GBPFY, 2015FY, 2016FY, 2017FY, 2018

Revenue

256.6m299.6m375.8m348.5m

Revenue growth, %

17%25%

Cost of goods sold

232.3m102.0m127.4m125.2m

Gross profit

24.3m197.6m248.4m223.3m
GBPFY, 2015FY, 2016FY, 2017FY, 2018

Cash

44.4m61.9m45.8m182.0m

Accounts Receivable

53.2m49.8m72.4m71.6m

Inventories

17.6m16.9m17.8m3.9m

Current Assets

127.7m210.7m151.9m300.3m
GBPFY, 2015FY, 2016FY, 2017FY, 2018

Net Income

(32.3m)11.6m11.9m20.0m

Cash From Operating Activities

78.7m62.1m99.1m64.5m

Dividends Paid

6.0m20.0m22.8m

Cash From Financing Activities

(36.8m)(900.0k)7.2m(62.9m)
GBPFY, 2015

Financial Leverage

-3.1 x
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Ascential Acquisitions / Subsidiaries

Company NameDateDeal Size
WarcJune 18, 2018£24 m

Ascential Cybersecurity Score

Cybersecurity ratingPremium dataset

C

77/100

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Ascential Environment, Social & Governance (ESG) Ratings

CSRHub ESG ratingPremium dataset

50-59

out of 100

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Ascential Online and Social Media Presence

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Ascential News and Updates

Bloomberg's alt-data head jumped ship to start a new business at retail consultant Ascential — and it shows how firms can cut out middlemen and sell data directly to hedge funds

Ascential Alternative Data Division was started by Jeremy Baksht, who used to be Bloomberg's global head of alternative data. The London-based company helps consumer companies, like clothing lines, understand everything from their brand to their customers to their price points.  The new division w…

Edge by Ascential enters strategic partnership with Jumpshot to extend its Digital Shelf and Market Share products

LONDON, July 22, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Edge by Ascential, the data, insight and advisory solution that gives brands and retailers the edge they need to win in ecommerce-driven retail, today announces a strategic partnership with Jumpshot, the marketing analytics company that unlocks at...

Jumpshot Strikes Strategic Partnership Deal with Ascential to Provide Marketers with Deeper Visibility into the Entire Online Customer Journey

SAN FRANCISCO, July 22, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Jumpshot, the only company that unlocks walled garden data, today announced a strategic partnership with Ascential plc (LSE: ASCL.L), the global specialist information company, to provide marketers with unparalleled visibility, analytical...

Ascential plc in £29.8m swoop for promotion analytics company

Global information and events company Ascential plc has announced its acquisition of Brand View Limited, a provider of price and promotion analytics for manufacturers and retailers. London-headquartered Ascential will buy the firm for an initial £29.8m and a deferred payment of up to £8.2m, subject …

Ascential Blogs

Money20/20 China

Ascential Frequently Asked Questions

  • When was Ascential founded?

    Ascential was founded in 1887.

  • Who are Ascential key executives?

    Ascential's key executives are Duncan Painter, Rita Clifton and Mandy Gradden.

  • How many employees does Ascential have?

    Ascential has 2,000 employees.

  • What is Ascential revenue?

    Latest Ascential annual revenue is £348.5 m.

  • What is Ascential revenue per employee?

    Latest Ascential revenue per employee is £174.3 k.

  • Who are Ascential competitors?

    Competitors of Ascential include The Madison Square Garden Company, Tech.Co and Fiera Milano.

  • Where is Ascential headquarters?

    Ascential headquarters is located at Wilder Walk, London.

  • Where are Ascential offices?

    Ascential has offices in London, New York, Shenzhen Shi, Hong Kong and in 4 other locations.

  • How many offices does Ascential have?

    Ascential has 14 offices.