August 11, 2014 08:00 ET

LEWIS Revenues Leap 42% in Record Year

Strong Organic Performance and Strategic Acquisitions Drive Growth for FY 2014

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - Aug 11, 2014) - LEWIS PR, the global communications agency, finished its fiscal year on July 31 with global revenues of $57 million. This represents year-on-year growth of 42%. The agency now has more than 500 employees across 28 offices.

Organic growth was driven by new client wins in all regions, including SAS UK and Ireland, Nikon, Spotify and Zumba Fitness. The agency's digital marketing division, LEWIS Pulse, grew by over 70%. Asia-Pacific was the fastest-growing region, while the US remained the largest territory, representing 43% of total group revenues.

The agency completed two strategic acquisitions this year: Digital marketing specialist Purestone added new production capabilities to LEWIS Pulse. EBA Communications gave LEWIS a presence in China. LEWIS also launched LEWIS+, a partner network that extends its reach to 75 countries.

LEWIS continued to invest in senior talent in all regions this year. Key hires included Steven Hua, Director of Digital Marketing, Daniel Blank, Head of Pulse in Germany and Min Chow who joined the Singapore team as Managing Director. To accommodate this growth, the agency also invested in major office refurbishments and expansions in London, Singapore, Paris and Boston.

Chris Lewis, President and CEO, said: "This year's results are proof that the employee ownership model works. It allows us to retain clients and staff and grow the organic business ahead of market rate in all regions. It also gives us the flexibility and resources to make further investments. For example, we will continue to invest in digital talent as LEWIS Pulse expands globally. We expect to continue our geographic expansion and sector diversification with several strategic acquisitions next year." 

More information on the company can be found in its recently published book, 'Our Story'.

Note to editors:

LEWIS PR is a global PR and digital communications agency. In addition to traditional media and analyst relations, LEWIS specializes in social media, digital marketing and creative services. It works with companies to implement integrated communications programs on an international scale. LEWIS works with leading and emerging brands across multiple sectors, including automotive, consumer, government, healthcare, insurance, legal, non-profit, technology and telecom. LEWIS has 28 offices across the US, EMEA and Asia Pacific, with regional headquarters in London, San Francisco and Singapore.