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Press Release

MDC Partners Reports Strong Results For The Three And Twelve Months Ended December 31, 2014

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2014 ORGANIC REVENUE GROWTH OF 10.8%, ADJUSTED EBITDA GROWTH OF 17.0%, AND ADJUSTED EBITDA AVAILABLE FOR GENERAL CAPITAL PURPOSES GROWTH OF 11.8%

QUARTERLY DIVIDEND INCREASED 10.5% FROM $0.19 TO $0.21 PER SHARE

FULL YEAR HIGHLIGHTS:
• Revenue increased to $1.22 billion from $1.06 billion, an increase of 15.2%
• Net loss attributable to MDC Partners improved by $124.8 million to ($24.1) million from ($148.9) million
• Organic revenue increased 10.8%
• Adjusted EBITDA increased to $179.4 million from $153.3 million, an increase of 17.0% (see Schedules 4 and 5)
• Adjusted EBITDA margin of 14.7% versus 14.4% in the same period last year (see Schedules 4 and 5)
• Adjusted EBITDA Available for General Capital Purposes increased to $98.8 million from $88.4 million, an increase of 11.8% (see Schedule 6)
• Net New Business wins totaled $162.7 million, an increase of 27.9% from $127.2 million in 2013

FOURTH QUARTER HIGHLIGHTS:
• Revenue increased to $339.9 million from $289.2 million, an increase of 17.5%
• Net loss attributable to MDC Partners improved by $67.6 million to ($26.8) million from ($94.3) million
• Organic revenue increased 12.5%
• Adjusted EBITDA increased to $51.8 million from $45.2 million, an increase of 14.6% (see Schedules 2 and 3)
• Adjusted EBITDA margin of 15.2% versus 15.6% in the same period last year (see Schedules 2 and 3)
• Adjusted EBITDA Available for General Capital Purposes increased to $31.1 million from $27.0 million, an increase of 15.1% (see Schedule 6)
• Net New Business wins totaled $56.7 million

New York, NY, February 23, 2015 (NASDAQ: MDCA; TSX: MDZ.A) – MDC Partners Inc. (“MDC Partners” or the “Company”) today announced financial results for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2014.

Miles S. Nadal, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of MDC Partners, said, “Our business performed very well in 2014, highlighted by industry-leading organic revenue growth, strong EBITDA growth and operating leverage, and robust overall cash generation. Our partner firms continue to outperform their competition, as demonstrated by the record amount of net new business won during the year, and we made solid progress on the areas of our targeted growth, including Media and International. In addition, our strong track record of strategically allocating capital, whether through internal investments, acquisitions, or dividends continues to deliver meaningful and measurable returns for our stakeholders.

“Looking ahead, we expect to achieve 7-9% organic growth in 2015, and combined with margin expansion and an efficient capital structure, our financial framework should result in steady, significant cash generation. The future is bright for MDC.”

Guidance for 2015 is established as follows:

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For the twelve month period ended December 31, 2014, consolidated revenue was $1.22 billion, an increase of 15.2%, compared to $1.06 billion in the twelve months ended December 31, 2013. Adjusted EBITDA for the twelve months ended December 31, 2014 was $179.4 million, an increase of 17.0% compared to $153.3 million in the same period of 2013. Net loss attributable to MDC Partners in the twelve months ended December 31, 2014 was ($24.1) million compared to a loss of ($148.9) million in 2013. Loss per share from continuing operations attributable to MDC Partners common shareholders for the twelve months ended December 31, 2014 was ($0.49) compared to a loss of ($3.16) per share in the same period of 2013. Adjusted EBITDA Available for General Capital Purposes was $98.8 million in the twelve months ended December 31, 2014, compared to $88.4 million in the same period of 2013.

Consolidated revenue for the fourth quarter of 2014 was $339.9 million, an increase of 17.5%, compared to $289.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2013. Adjusted EBITDA for the fourth quarter of 2014 was $51.8 million, an increase of 14.6%, compared to $45.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2013. Net loss attributable to MDC Partners in the fourth quarter was ($26.8) million compared to a loss of ($94.3) million in the fourth quarter of 2013. Loss per share from continuing operations attributable to MDC Partners common shareholders for the fourth quarter of 2014 was ($0.54) compared to a loss of ($2.00) per share in the same period of 2013. Adjusted EBITDA Available for General Capital Purposes was $31.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2014 compared to $27.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2013.

David Doft, CFO of MDC Partners, said, “We are particularly pleased that we delivered this solid performance in 2014 despite a significant strengthening of the US dollar, which resulted in currency headwinds of over 1% in the fourth quarter. As we enter 2015, maintaining a disciplined approach to managing investment and allocating capital remains a top priority. In terms of our financial outlook for the year, our recent new business performance bolsters our confidence, but we do have to account for some expected volatility of foreign currency movements as well as the timing associated with the ramp-up of recent new business. As such, we expect revenue to increase 6.5% to 8.5%, consisting of 7% to 9% organic growth and net of an approximate 200 basis point negative impact from foreign currency assuming that FX rates remain unchanged. We expect Adjusted EBITDA to increase 8.7% to 14.3%, implying margin expansion of 35 to 75 basis points, and keeping us on track to achieve our margin target of 17-19% within 3 to 5 years. Adjusted EBITDA growth and margin expansion in 2015 is despite an expected 3% impact from unfavorable foreign currency rate movements. With the capital efficiency of our model, Adjusted EBITDA Available for General Capital Purposes is expected to increase 10.3% to 20.4%.”

MDC Partners Announces $0.21 per Share Quarterly Cash Dividend, Up 10.5% from Prior 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 March 19, 2015, to shareholders of record at the close of business on March 5, 2015.

Conference Call
Management will host a conference call on Monday, February 23, 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), March 10, 2015, by dialing 1-412-317-0088 or toll free 1-877-344-7529 (passcode 10060211), or by visiting our website at www.mdc-partners.com.

About MDC Partners Inc. 
MDC Partners is one of the world’s largest Business Transformation Organizations that utilizes technology, marketing communications, data analytics, insights and strategic consulting solutions to drive meaningful returns on Marketing and Communications Investments for multinational clients in the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia and Latin America.

MDC Partners’ durable competitive advantage is to Empower the Most Talented Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders to Drive Business Success to new levels of Achievement, for both our Clients and our Shareholders, reinforcing the Company’s reputation as “The Place Where Great Talent Lives.”

MDC Partners’ Class A shares are publicly traded on NASDAQ under the symbol “MDCA” and on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol “MDZ.A”.

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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 twelve months ended December 31, 2014, and 2013; and (2) presenting Adjusted EBITDA Available for General Capital Purposes for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2014, and 2013. 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 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 material 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 material 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.

Contact:
Matt Chesler, CFA
VP, Investor Relations
646-412-6877
mchesler@mdc-partners.com