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MDC Partners Reports Results For The Three Months Ended March 31, 2017

Apr 27th, 2017

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FIRST QUARTER HIGHLIGHTS:

• Reported revenue increased 11.5% to $344.7 million
• Organic revenue growth of 5.6%
• Net loss attributable to MDC Partners common shareholders of ($11.1) million vs a loss of ($23.3) million last year
• Adjusted EBITDA increased 9.1% to $35.8 million, with margins of 10.4% (See Schedule 2 and 3)
• Net New Business wins totaled $25.6 million in the first quarter

New York, NY, April 27, 2017 (NASDAQ: MDCA) – MDC Partners Inc. (“MDC Partners” or the “Company”) today announced financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2017.

Scott Kauffman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of MDC Partners, said, “We are pleased to enter 2017 with renewed revenue and earnings momentum and a significantly strengthened balance sheet. Our organic revenue growth accelerated to 5.6% in the quarter with very strong 8.9% growth in the U.S. as our portfolio of world-class agencies are winning market share. In the quarter we won $26 million of net annualized revenue and the new business pipeline continues to be robust. We are excited about what the remainder of the year holds.”

David Doft, Chief Financial Officer of MDC Partners, said, “The solid first quarter and our favorable business outlook positions us well to achieve our 2017 financial targets, including approximately 4% organic revenue growth and an improvement in Adjusted EBITDA margins of approximately 100 basis points on a full year basis. We expect the benefits of the profitability improvement initiatives we have been undertaking to become increasingly evident as we move through the year. Importantly, the completion of the previously-announced Convertible Preference Shares offering this past quarter, as well as the smoothed working capital trends we are seeing, strengthens our balance sheet and credit profile.”

First Quarter 2017 Financial Results

Revenue for the first quarter of 2017 was $344.7 million, an increase of 11.5%, compared to $309.0 million in the first quarter of 2016. The effect of foreign exchange was negative 0.6%, the impact of Non-GAAP acquisitions (dispositions), net was positive 6.6%, and the resulting organic revenue growth was 5.6%. Organic revenue growth for the period was favorably impacted by 50 basis points from increased billable pass-through costs incurred on clients’ behalf from certain of our partner firms acting as principal.

Net loss attributable to MDC Partners common shareholders in the first quarter of 2017 was ($11.1) million compared to a loss of ($23.3) million in the first quarter of 2016. Diluted loss per share attributable to MDC Partners common shareholders for the first quarter of 2017 was ($0.21) compared to a loss of ($0.47) per share in the first quarter of 2016. Adjusted EBITDA for the first quarter of 2017 was $35.8 million, an increase of 9.1% compared to $32.8 million in the first quarter of 2016.

Financial Outlook

Convertible Preference Shares
During the first quarter the Company completed the previously-announced sale of $95 million of non-voting Convertible Preference Shares to affiliates of The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. In conjunction with the closing of the transaction, Bradley J. Gross, a managing director in the Merchant Banking Division of Goldman Sachs, joined the MDC Partners Board of Directors, which expanded to seven members.

Conference Call
Management will host a conference call on Thursday, April 27, 2017, at 4:30 p.m. (ET) to discuss results. The conference call will be accessible by dialing 1-412-902-4266 or toll free 1-888-346-6216. An investor presentation has been posted on our website www.mdc-partners.com and may be referred to during the conference call.

A recording of the conference call will be available one hour after the call until 12:00 a.m. (ET), May 4, 2017, by dialing 1-412-317-0088 or toll free 1-877-344-7529 (passcode 10105975), or by visiting our website at www.mdc-partners.com.

About MDC Partners Inc.

MDC Partners is one of the fastest-growing and most influential marketing and communications networks in the world. Its 50+ advertising, public relations, branding, digital, social and event marketing agencies are responsible for some of the most memorable and engaging campaigns for the world’s most respected brands. As "The Place Where Great Talent Lives," MDC Partners is known for its unique partnership model, empowering the most entrepreneurial and innovative talent to drive competitive advantage and business growth for clients. By leveraging technology, data analytics, insights, and strategic consulting solutions, MDC Partners drives measurable results and optimizes return on marketing investment for over 1,700 clients worldwide. For more information about MDC Partners and its partner firms, visit our website at www.mdc-partners.com and follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/mdcpartners.click here