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Next Fifteen Earnings Release Includes Acquisition Announcement

More good news on the earnings front: Next Fifteen Communications Group announced an 11 percent year-over-year revenue increase today. The company reported £72.3 million  (about $113.6 million using today’s exchange rates) in revenue for the year ending July 31, 2010, an increase from £65.4 million in 2009.

Next Fifteen’s five PR agencies are Text 100, M Booth & Associates, The OutCast Agency (recently rebranded),  Bite, and Lexis.

Among the accomplishments for the year, the press release highlights the acquisition of M Booth, the 55 percent acquisition of Upstream Asia to create Bite Asia, and the creation of the new digital consultancy Beyond.

Slipped in at the bottom of the release is the announcement that Next Fifteen has acquired an 85 percent stake in The Blueshirt Group, a San Francisco-based financial communications company that serves the technology sector.

In a statement, chairman Will Whitehorn said:

The Group has recovered well from the economic slowdown and has continued to invest in its future, while maintaining one of the most conservative balance sheets in the UK marketing services sector. It remains highly ambitious and believes it has significant opportunities for growth over the medium term, both through organic growth and selective acquisitions. This is evidenced by the announcement today of the acquisition of The Blueshirt Group, a financial communications company based in San Francisco.

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