Taylor Nelson Sofres PLC
12 January 2007
For release at 07.00 12 January 2007
TNS strengthens presence in Africa
Taylor Nelson Sofres plc (TNS) announces the acquisition of a controlling
interest in Research Surveys (Pty) Ltd. (Research Surveys), a leading custom
research business in South Africa. This move will support the group's strategy
for growth in the increasingly important Middle East, Africa and India region.
Founded in 1979, Research Surveys is headquartered in Cape Town, with offices in
Johannesburg and Durban and a well-established management team. Its client base
includes major South African and international companies. Research Surveys was
previously a subsidiary of Adcorp Holdings Limited. Turnover for the year ended
31st December 2005 was South African Rand 101.5 million (£7.4 million*) and
gross assets at that date were South African Rand 40.7 million (£2.9 million*).
David Lowden, Chief Executive of TNS, said: "This move gives us a strong
presence in South Africa and wider still into sub-Saharan Africa. It enables us
to expand our local client base and give those South African clients access to
the TNS global network and the extensive research expertise that represents. We
are very happy that we are able to do this with Research Surveys, a company with
which we have had a long association."
* at £:13.784 Rand
For further information, please contact:
Janis Parks, Head of Investor Relations +44 (0)20 8967 1584
Ash Spiegelberg, Brunswick +44 (0)20 7404 5959
Email to: Janis.Parks@tns-global.com
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