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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, US
Websitecision.com
Employee Ratings2.8

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Employees (est.) (Aug 2019)4,800(+7%)
Job Openings112
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
Robert Coppola

Robert Coppola

Chief Information Officer
Chris Hackney

Chris Hackney

Senior Vice President, Global Product
Kevin West

Kevin West

Senior Vice President, MultiVu
Sharlene Dozois

Sharlene Dozois

Senior Vice President, Sales & Client Experience
Nikki Grigsby

Nikki Grigsby

Senior Vice President, Customer Service and Customer Success
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Cision Office Locations

Cision has offices in Chicago, Albuquerque, Ann Arbor, Atlanta and in 20 other locations
Chicago, US (HQ)
130 E Randolph St 7th Floor
Albuquerque, US
4041 Jefferson Plaza NE #100
Ann Arbor, US
309 Maynard St #200
Atlanta, US
3423 Piedmont Rd NE
Austin, US
800 Brazos St #340
Beltsville, US
12051 Indian Creek Ct
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Cision Financials and Metrics

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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 Cybersecurity Score

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71/100

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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 Online and Social Media Presence

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Cision News and Updates

Cision Announces New CEO, Marking a New Phase of Growth

CHICAGO, Sept. 17, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Cision, an industry-leading earned media communications management and media advisory platform, today announced it has appointed Abel Clark as Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. Brandon Crawley, Managing Director at Platinum Equity was...

A leaked pitch deck from Cision shows the PR software giant is trying sell a company it bought last year for $225 million

Summary List Placement In 2019, Cision, the world's largest public relations software company, snapped up one of its most formidable competitors, Trendkite, for $225 million. Now, documents obtained by Business Insider shows Cision's private equity owner, Platinum Equity, has been trying to sell Tr…

CES 2020 II Cision Roundup

NEW YORK, Jan. 15, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The following roundup is a collection of stories dealing with the CES 2020 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...

CES 2020 I Cision Roundup

NEW YORK, Jan. 7, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The following roundup is a collection of stories dealing with the CES 2020 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...

Cision PR Newswire's Beyond Bylines Blog Featured in Feedspot's List of Top Journalism Blogs

CHICAGO, Dec. 10, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- PR Newswire for Journalists' Beyond Bylines blog has been included in Feedspot's annual list of the "Top 50 Journalism Blogs & Websites For Journalists." This is Beyond Bylines' third appearance on the list; the site moved up to the No. 12 spot from...

Holiday Gift Giving II Cision Roundup

NEW YORK, Nov. 22, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- The following roundup is a collection of stories dealing with holiday gift giving 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 well...
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Cision Blogs

Reinventing Your Media Strategy for the Virtual World

How Satellite Media Tours from MultiVu are helping businesses pivot in 2020— and so much more.

Media Moves at Adweek & Business Insider, Bloomberg TV Adds a Reporter in San Francisco

David Kaplan rejoins Adweek, Matt Turner promoted at Business Insider, and more.

Media Moves at New York Magazine & The Wall Street Journal, The Cut in Search of a New Editor in Chief

Stella Bugbee steps down from The Cut, Elena Cherney promoted at The Journal, and more.

The 2020 State of the Election Part VI

The sixth in our blog series on media analysis of the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election, this week looks at the vice-presidential debates— yes, including that fly.

5 Apps to Help Boost Creativity for Writers

If you're feeling unfocused and could use a boost of motivation and inspiration, check out these smartphone apps to get you back on a creative track.

UK Media Moves including the FT, The Sun and The Independent

Alice Ross changes roles at the FT; Clemmie Fieldsend made Fashion Editor for The Sun & Fabulous magazine; Rupert Hawksley joins Independent as Senior Commissioning Editor, Voices
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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, Robert Coppola and Chris Hackney.

  • 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, Atlanta and in 20 other locations.

  • How many offices does Cision have?

    Cision has 24 offices.