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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 Ratings3.2
Overall CultureD-

Latest Updates

Employees (est.) (Aug 2019)4,800(+7%)
Job Openings205
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

170170

Customers

75 k75 k

Daily Stories

2 m3 m

Languages

4040
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Cision Acquisitions / Subsidiaries

Company NameDateDeal Size
BrandwatchJune 01, 2021
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$71.8 m
PR NewswireDecember 15, 2015$841 m
ViralheatMarch 24, 2015
GorkanaOctober 21, 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

77/100

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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

    D-

    55/100

  • Compensation

    D+

    58/100

  • Diversity

    D+

    60/100

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Cision News and Updates

Public relations tech giant Cision faces a collective action lawsuit over overtime pay

Summary List PlacementA court has awarded collective action status to an unpaid wages suit against public relations technology giant Cision. Three former sales representatives sued Cision in January, as first reported by Bloomberg, alleging the company didn't compensate them for overtime. Accordin…

Cision and NIRI Release 2021 State of Investor Relations Report

CHICAGO, March 23, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- The events of 2020 had a profound impact on businesses around the world, creating a barrage of challenges for investor relations teams and the need to quickly pivot. A new nationwide study from Cision and the National Investor Relations Institute...

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...
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Cision Blogs

On PR Newswire: Post Office Releases Dog Attack Stats, Broccoli Named Favorite Vegetable

Here's the Friday roundup of some of the top press releases on PR Newswire you might have missed this week. The post On PR Newswire: Post Office Releases Dog Attack Stats, Broccoli Named Favorite Vegetable appeared first on Beyond Bylines.

Media Moves at The Hollywood Reporter & Adweek, POLITICO Adds Two FDA Reporters

J. Clara Chan joins THR, Catie Keck new at TheVerge, and more.

Media Insider: Media Industry Rebounds, BuzzFeed to Pay Contributors, Morning Brew Hires CCO

ICYMI. Here's our weekly list of 5 top media news stories you need on your radar this week, including the state of nonprofit news. The post Media Insider: Media Industry Rebounds, BuzzFeed to Pay Contributors, Morning Brew Hires CCO appeared first on Beyond Bylines.

Social Listening 101: What It Is and Why It Matters

All about the new must-have part of any PR strategy.

UK Media Moves including Channel 4, Mark Allen Group, Thomson Reuters Foundation and more

Channel 4 appoints Mel Bezalel as Commissioning Editor for E4; Mark Allen Group acquires several Elsevier titles; Yasir Khan appointed Editor-in-Chief of TRF

AMEC Summit 2021: Planning, Purpose, Proof

Learnings from the virtual AMEC Global Measurement and Evaluation Summit 2021
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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.