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Press Release

MDC Partners Reports Results For The Three And Nine Months Ended September 30, 2015

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– ACCELERATING DOMESTIC AND GLOBAL NEW BUSINESS WINS –

THIRD QUARTER HIGHLIGHTS:
• Revenue increased to $328.4 million from $309.4 million, an increase of 6.1%
• Net loss attributable to MDC Partners of ($8.6) million versus ($4.9) million in the same period last year
• Organic revenue increased 5.7%, after a roughly 400 basis points reduction from significantly lower billable pass-through costs
• Adjusted EBITDA increased to $53.5 million from $42.9 million, an increase of 24.6% (see Schedules 2 and 3)
• Adjusted EBITDA margin of 16.3% versus 13.9% in the same period last year (see Schedules 2 and 3)
• Adjusted EBITDA Available for General Capital Purposes increased to $30.9 million from $15.4 million, an increase of 100.3% (see Schedule 6)
• Net New Business wins totaled $34.1 million
• Declared cash dividend of $0.21 per share

YEAR-TO-DATE HIGHLIGHTS:
• Revenue increased to $967.2 million from $883.6 million, an increase of 9.5%
• Net loss attributable to MDC Partners of ($11.1) million versus income of $2.7 million in the same period last year
• Organic revenue increased 7.1%, after a roughly 170 basis points reduction from significantly lower billable pass-through costs
• Adjusted EBITDA increased to $132.1 million versus $127.6 million, an increase of 3.5% (see Schedules 4 and 5)
• Adjusted EBITDA margin of 13.7% versus 14.4% in the same period last year (see Schedules 4 and 5)
• Adjusted EBITDA Available for General Capital Purposes increased to $68.9 million from $67.7 million, an increase of 1.8% (see Schedule 6)
• Net New Business wins totaled $89.4 million

New York, NY, October 28, 2015 (NASDAQ: MDCA; TSX: MDZ.A) – MDC Partners Inc. (“MDC Partners” or the “Company”) today announced financial results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2015.

Scott Kauffman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of MDC Partners, said, “Our partners are defining the future of this industry by building solutions that unite creativity and technology. This is translating into significant market share gains and an accelerating number of both domestic and global new business wins. The $89 million of net new business we posted in the first nine months of the year is converting into solid financial results. Year-to-date, we delivered an industry leading 7.1% organic revenue growth, $132 million in Adjusted EBITDA and strong cash flow generation that is sufficient to satisfy our dividend, invest behind our partners, build on our M&A strategy, and continue to de-lever our balance sheet. We are confident that our business momentum, as well as the actions we are taking to make our company more efficient, position us for superior financial performance in the years to come.”

Guidance for 2015 is reaffirmed as follows:

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Consolidated revenue for the third quarter of 2015 was $328.4 million, an increase of 6.1%, compared to $309.4 million in the third quarter of 2014. Adjusted EBITDA for the third quarter of 2015 was $53.5 million, an increase of 24.6% compared to $42.9 million in the third quarter of 2014. Net loss attributable to MDC Partners in the third quarter was ($8.6) million compared to ($4.9) million in the third quarter of 2014. Diluted loss per share from continuing operations attributable to MDC Partners common shareholders for the third quarter of 2015 was ($0.15) compared to ($0.07) per share in the third quarter of 2014. Adjusted EBITDA Available for General Capital Purposes was $30.9 million in the third quarter of 2015, an increase of 100.3% compared to $15.4 million in the third quarter of 2014.

For the nine-month period ended September 30, 2015, consolidated revenue was $967.2 million, an increase of 9.5% compared to $883.6 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2014. Adjusted EBITDA for the nine months ended September 30, 2015 was $132.1 million, an increase of 3.5% compared to $127.6 million in the same period of 2014. Net loss attributable to MDC Partners in the nine months ended September 30, 2015 was ($11.1) million compared to income of $2.7 million in the same period of 2014. Diluted loss per share from continuing operations attributable to MDC Partners common shareholders for the nine months ended September 30, 2015 was ($0.10) compared to diluted income per share of $0.11 in the same period of 2014. Adjusted EBITDA Available for General Capital Purposes was $68.9 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2015, an increase of 1.8% compared to $67.7 million in the same period of 2014.

David Doft, CFO of MDC Partners, said, “Our topline grew nicely despite a $7 million decline in billable pass-through revenue in the quarter, which did not affect profitability. Net new business wins also accelerated to $34 million in the quarter. The volatility of working capital that we saw this quarter is due to the success of our growing media business, and should reverse in the seasonally stronger fourth quarter. We expect to finish the year out of the revolver and with a healthy positive cash position. We are reiterating guidance despite proactively taking a number of operational efficiency actions that will negatively impact this year, but will position us for accelerated performance in 2016 and beyond.”

MDC Partners Announces $0.21 per Share Quarterly Cash Dividend

MDC Partners today also announced that its Board of Directors has declared a cash dividend of $0.21 per share on all of its outstanding Class A shares and Class B shares. The quarterly dividend will be payable on or about November 25, 2015, to shareholders of record at the close of business on November 11, 2015.

Voluntary Delisting from Toronto Stock Exchange

The Company announced today that it has applied for a voluntary delisting of its Class A Subordinate Voting Shares from the Toronto Stock Exchange (“TSX”) in Canada. Effective at the close of markets on November 11, 2015, the Company’s shares will no longer be traded on the TSX but will continue to trade on NASDAQ under the symbol “MDCA”. Canadian shareholders will be able to continue to trade their shares on NASDAQ. The Company believes that the relatively low trading volume of its shares on the TSX over a sustained period no longer justifies the financial and administrative costs associated with maintaining a dual listing. The TSX has neither approved nor disapproved the information contained herein.

Shareholders are encouraged to contact Canadian Stock Transfer Trust Company, the transfer agent and registrar for the Company’s stock, at 1-800-387-0825 or 1-416-643-5500 for further information.

Conference Call

Management will host a conference call on Wednesday, October 28, 2015, at 4:30 p.m. (ET) to discuss results. Access the conference call 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 9:00 a.m. (ET), November 4, 2015, by dialing 1-412-317-0088 or toll free 1-877-344-7529 (passcode 10075056), 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. By leveraging technology, data analytics, insights, and strategic consulting solutions, MDC Partners drives measurable results and optimizes return on marketing investment for over 1,500 clients worldwide.

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. For more information about MDC Partners and its partner firms, visit www.mdc-partners.com and follow us on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/mdcpartners.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In addition to its reported results, MDC Partners has included in this earnings release certain financial results that the Securities and Exchange Commission defines as “non-GAAP financial measures.” Management believes that such non-GAAP financial measures, when read in conjunction with the Company’s reported results, can provide useful supplemental information for investors analyzing period to period comparisons of the Company’s results. These non-GAAP financial measures relate to: (1) presenting Adjusted EBITDA and EBITDA margin (as defined) for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2015, and 2014; and (2) presenting Adjusted EBITDA Available for General Capital Purposes for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2015, and 2014. Included in this earnings release are tables reconciling MDC Partners’ reported results to arrive at these non-GAAP financial measures.

This press release contains forward-looking statements. The Company’s representatives may also make forward-looking statements orally from time to time. Statements in this press release that are not historical facts, including statements about the Company’s beliefs and expectations, earnings guidance, recent business and economic trends, potential acquisitions, estimates of amounts for deferred acquisition consideration and “put” option rights, constitute forward-looking statements. These statements are based on current plans, estimates and projections, and are subject to change based on a number of factors, including those outlined in this section. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made, and the Company undertakes no obligation to update publicly any of them in light of new information or future events, if any.

Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties. A number of important factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statements. Such risk factors include, but are not limited to, the following:

• risks associated with the SEC’s ongoing investigation and the related class action litigation claims;
• risks associated with severe effects of international, national and regional economic downturn;
• the Company’s ability to attract new clients and retain existing clients;
• the spending patterns and financial success of the Company’s clients;
• the Company’s ability to retain and attract key employees;
• the Company’s ability to remain in compliance with its debt agreements and the Company’s ability to finance its contingent payment obligations when due and payable, including but not limited to those relating to “put” option right and deferred acquisition consideration;
• the successful completion and integration of acquisitions which complement and expand the Company’s business capabilities; and
• foreign currency fluctuations.

The Company’s business strategy includes ongoing efforts to engage in acquisitions of ownership interests in entities in the marketing communications services industry. The Company intends to finance these acquisitions by using available cash from operations, from borrowings under its credit facility and through incurrence of bridge or other debt financing, any of which may increase the Company’s leverage ratios, or by issuing equity, which may have a dilutive impact on existing shareholders proportionate ownership. At any given time the Company may be engaged in a number of discussions that may result in one or more acquisitions. These opportunities require confidentiality and may involve negotiations that require quick responses by the Company. Although there is uncertainty that any of these discussions will result in definitive agreements or the completion of any transactions, the announcement of any such transaction may lead to increased volatility in the trading price of the Company’s securities.

Investors should carefully consider these risk factors and the additional risk factors outlined in more detail in the Annual Report on Form 10-K under the caption “Risk Factors” and in the Company’s other SEC filings.