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Cision is a global provider of software and services to public relations and marketing communications professionals. It offers the Cision Communications Cloud, a cloud-based platform that enables communicators to target key influencers, distribute content, track and measure impact through text and images. The company serves the PR, communication, corporate strategy, and digital marketing professionals, brand managers, and customer experience teams in technology, biotech, pharmaceuticals, banking, travel, and hospitality industries.

TypePrivate
Founded1867
HQChicago, IL, US
Websitecision.com
Employee Ratings3.1
Overall CultureD

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Employees (est.) (Aug 2019)4,800(+7%)
Revenue (FY, 2018)$730.4 M(+16%)
Share Price (Jan 2020)$10
Cybersecurity ratingCMore

Key People/Management at Cision

Chelsea Mirkin

Chelsea Mirkin

Senior Vice President, Cision Insights
Abel Clark

Abel Clark

Chief Executive Officer
Robert Coppola

Robert Coppola

Chief Information Officer
Jack Pearlstein

Jack Pearlstein

Executive VP and Chief Financial Officer
Chris Hackney

Chris Hackney

Senior Vice President, Global Product
Prasant Gondipalli

Prasant Gondipalli

EVP, Chief Financial Officer
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Cision Office Locations

Cision has offices in Chicago, Albuquerque, Ann Arbor, Austin and in 17 other locations
Chicago, IL, US (HQ)
130 E Randolph St 7th Floor
Albuquerque, NM, US
4041 Jefferson Plaza NE #100
Ann Arbor, MI, US
309 Maynard St #200
Austin, TX, US
800 Brazos St #340
Beltsville, MD, US
12051 Indian Creek Ct
Cleveland, OH, US
Penton Media Building, 1300 E 9th St #700
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Cision Financials and Metrics

Summary Metrics

Founding Date

1867
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Cision Revenue

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Cision's revenue was reported to be $730.37 m in FY, 2018 which is a 15.6% increase from the previous period.
USD

Revenue (Q3, 2019)

185.7m

Gross profit (Q3, 2019)

122.2m

Gross profit margin (Q3, 2019), %

65.8%

Net income (Q3, 2019)

2.4m

EBIT (Q3, 2019)

20.6m

Cash (30-Sept-2019)

94.9m
Annual
USDFY, 2016FY, 2017FY, 2018

Revenue

467.8m631.6m730.4m

Revenue growth, %

40%35%16%

Cost of goods sold

162.6m200.8m266.8m

Gross profit

305.2m430.8m463.6m
Quarterly
USDQ1, 2017Q2, 2017Q3, 2017Q1, 2018Q2, 2018Q3, 2018Q1, 2019Q2, 2019Q3, 2019

Revenue

145.8m157.1m159.7m179.3m187.5m177.2m185.8m190.5m185.7m

Cost of goods sold

45.1m49.2m53.3m64.3m66.8m69.2m66.1m68.8m63.4m

Gross profit

100.8m107.9m106.4m115.0m120.7m108.1m119.8m121.7m122.2m

Gross profit Margin, %

69%69%67%64%64%61%64%64%66%
Annual
USDFY, 2016FY, 2017FY, 2018

Cash

35.1m148.7m104.8m

Accounts Receivable

87.6m113.0m120.9m

Current Assets

139.6m281.6m248.5m

PP&E

47.9m53.6m57.2m
Annual
USDFY, 2016FY, 2017FY, 2018

Net Income

(98.4m)(123.0m)(24.4m)

Depreciation and Amortization

127.0m139.5m133.8m

Accounts Payable

(807.0k)(3.8m)728.0k

Cash From Operating Activities

17.4m68.8m127.1m
Quarterly
USDQ1, 2017Q2, 2017Q3, 2017Q1, 2018Q2, 2018Q3, 2018Q1, 2019Q2, 2019Q3, 2019

Net Income

(23.0m)(42.1m)(88.5m)(413.0k)(6.9m)(12.9m)11.6m3.9m6.2m

Depreciation and Amortization

32.6m67.3m103.4m33.3m66.9m100.2m31.0m62.3m93.7m

Accounts Payable

(625.0k)(1.4m)(2.1m)(443.0k)1.9m(1.7m)(2.7m)(5.1m)(4.9m)

Cash From Operating Activities

12.8m18.1m38.3m36.3m63.6m89.8m28.9m32.8m67.5m
USDFY, 2016

Revenue/Employee

298.1k

Debt/Equity

-3.9 x

Debt/Assets

0.8 x

Financial Leverage

-5 x
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Cision Operating Metrics

Cision's Customers was reported to be 75 k in FY, 2018.
FY, 2017FY, 2018

Countries

170 170

Customers

75 k75 k

Daily Stories

2 m3 m

Languages

40 40
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Cision Acquisitions / Subsidiaries

Company NameDateDeal Size
TrendKiteJanuary 23, 2019$225 m
Falcon.ioJanuary 03, 2019
PRIME Research USADecember 26, 2017
CEDROM-SNi, Inc.December 20, 2017
Argus of the PressJune 13, 2017$8 m
Bulletin IntelligenceMarch 27, 2017$71.80 m
PR NewswireDecember 15, 2015$841 m
ViralheatMarch 24, 2015
GorkanaOctober 21, 2014
Visible TechnologiesSeptember 15, 2014
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Cision Revenue Breakdown

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Cision revenue breakdown by geographic segment: 8.8% from Rest of Americas, 27.0% from EMEA, 59.7% from Americas – U.S. and 4.4% from Other

Cision Cybersecurity Score

Cybersecurity ratingPremium dataset

C

79/100

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Cision Environment, Social & Governance (ESG) Ratings

CSRHub ESG ratingPremium dataset

40-49

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Cision Online and Social Media Presence

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Cision Company Culture

  • Overall Culture

    D

    54/100

  • CEO Rating

    F

    53/100

  • Compensation

    D+

    58/100

  • Diversity

    C-

    60/100

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Cision News and Updates

Brandwatch is acquired by Cision for $450M, creating a PR, marketing and social listening giant

Online consumer intelligence and social media listening platform Brandwatch has been acquired by Cision, best known for its media monitoring and media contact database services, for $450 million, in a combined cash and shares deal. TechCrunch understands Brandwatch’s key executive team will be stayi…

CES 2021 Cision Roundup

NEW YORK, Jan. 20, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- The following roundup is a collection of stories dealing with the CES 2021 conference and is appropriate for special sections and for general use. For each story included in this package, you will find the first paragraph of the release below, as...

G2 Names Cision Communications Cloud a Leader in Multiple Categories for PR and Marketing Communications Software

CHICAGO, Jan. 14, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- When an award is based on customer reviews, it means that much more. That is why Cision is especially proud to announce that its next-gen Cision Communications Cloud has been named a Winter 2021 Leader in PR and marketing communications software by...

Cision PR Newswire to Serve as Official Newswire and Exhibitor Media Center Host for CES 2021

CHICAGO, Dec. 16, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Cision PR Newswire is happy to announce that it is the official newswire service and Exhibitor Media Center host for CES® 2021, one of the most influential tech events in the world. Produced by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) ®, the event...

Cision Announces Updates to Cision Impact, Providing Communicators with New Metrics to Further Prove the Business Value of Earned Media

CHICAGO, Dec. 14, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Only 13% of communicators say they are confident in their ability to demonstrate how their work drives business outcomes.1 In an ongoing effort to build state-of-the-art solutions for communications professionals, Cision announced today that it has...

Cision Announces Gold Sponsorship of PRSA ICON 2020

CHICAGO, Oct. 21, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Cision, an industry-leading earned media communications management and media advisory platform, today announced it is a gold sponsor of PRSA's ICON 2020 conference – a virtual conference for communicators worldwide. PRSA's digital gathering of...
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Cision Blogs

5 Ways Women in Media Can #ChooseToChallenge This International Women’s Day

Women continue to make strides in the media landscape, but there's still work to be done. We're looking at a few strategies to improve the representation of women in media.

UK Media Moves including Reach, the FT, React News and more

The latest updates from the Reach PLC Celebrity and Entertainment Desk; Elizabeth Pears has joined the Financial Times as Newsdesk Editor; Alessia Pirolo is now Finance Editor at React News

PRWeek Recognizes Cision COO for Innovation in Communications Technology

See why Cision COO Nicole Guillot was named to PRWeek’s Dashboard 25: Class of 2021.

UK Media Moves including POLITICO, The Times, The Herald and more

POLITICO Europe makes changes to UK reporting team; Patrick Maguire appointed Red Box Editor at The Times; The Herald appoints high-profile writers to new opinion section, Voices Live, for digital subscribers

13 Virtual Events for Journalists and Bloggers in March

Hey content creators, make some room on your March calendar for these unique learning opportunities and discussions.

The 5 Most Impressive Press Releases from February

See why these press releases impressed us the most in February.
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Cision Frequently Asked Questions

  • When was Cision founded?

    Cision was founded in 1867.

  • Who are Cision key executives?

    Cision's key executives are Chelsea Mirkin, Abel Clark and Robert Coppola.

  • How many employees does Cision have?

    Cision has 4,800 employees.

  • What is Cision revenue?

    Latest Cision annual revenue is $730.4 m.

  • What is Cision revenue per employee?

    Latest Cision revenue per employee is $152.2 k.

  • Who are Cision competitors?

    Competitors of Cision include Meltwater, Isentia and Intrado.

  • Where is Cision headquarters?

    Cision headquarters is located at 130 E Randolph St 7th Floor, Chicago.

  • Where are Cision offices?

    Cision has offices in Chicago, Albuquerque, Ann Arbor, Austin and in 17 other locations.

  • How many offices does Cision have?

    Cision has 21 offices.