• Yesterday, 12:40 PM
    • Starboard Value and its activist leader Jeff Smith have taken a stake in measurement firm comScore (NASDAQ:SCOR), and sued the company to force an annual meeting.
    • With a 4.9% stake, Starboard becomes one of the biggest holders in the troubled company, which has failed to provide audited statements for 2015 and 2016 and shed executives along the way.
    • It's taking action in Delaware court to force meetings, which it says are required by comScore's own corporate rules.
    • With the company skipping annual meetings, only four of the 12 sitting directors were elected by stockholders, Starboard says. “The court should not permit [comScore] to stall corporate democracy any longer.”
    • Shares rose into the close to finish up 2% yesterday, and are down 0.4% so far today.
    Yesterday, 12:40 PM
  • Thu, Jun. 15, 7:20 PM
    • ComScore (NASDAQ:SCOR) has announced an expansion of its MMX multi-platform measurement system, aimed at measuring media usage across desktops, smartphones and tablets in Germany.
    • It's also enhanced its Mobile Metrix in Germany using data from a mobile consumer panel, allowing for more robust reporting of mobile audiences in the country.
    • The MMX Multi-Platform system combines data from desktop and mobile panels along with data from the company's census network.
    • On MMX, Google Sites was No. 1 in Germany with 55.97B unique viewers, followed by Facebook (42.74B) and Microsoft Sites (40.4B). In Mobile Metrix, Facebook, WhatsApp Messenger and Spotify led in share of time spent on apps.
    Thu, Jun. 15, 7:20 PM
  • Fri, Jun. 9, 5:01 PM
    • ComScore (SCOR +0.2%) is overhauling its board with five new members, effective today.
    • That expands the board from seven members to 12. Joining are Lisa Gersh, Mark Harris, Jacques Kerrest, Joshua Peirez and Susan Riley.
    • Gersh was previously CEO of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia; Peirez is president at Dun & Bradstreet.
    • The other three members have senior financial experience: Harris, CFO of Hercules Capital; Kerrest is CFO of Intelsat, and Riley is former CFO of several prominent apparel and CPG companies.
    Fri, Jun. 9, 5:01 PM | 1 Comment
  • Wed, May 31, 4:10 PM
    • ComScore (SCOR +1.3%) has a new deal with Charter Communications (CHTR +2%) expanding its use of Charter's TV viewing data.
    • Aggregated and anonymized data from Charter markets, including the Spectrum markets added through its takeovers of Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks, will be integrated into comScore's measurement service, along with data from Charter's Spectrum TV Everywhere app.
    • The new markets mean comScore's passive measurement covers 35M homes and 75M television sets.
    Wed, May 31, 4:10 PM
  • Wed, May 31, 10:41 AM
    • ComScore (NASDAQ:SCOR) still isn't filing its official financials amid a lengthy accounting-related delay, but the company provided an investor update on operations today, and shares are up 1%.
    • In a summary cash flow statement, the company notes cash flow from recurring operations fell to $10.8M from a year-ago $12.5M.
    • In nonrecurring cash items, investigation, re-audit and legal costs added $12.8M to what was a total $21.6M draw. The company was left with a cash and marketable securities balance of $106M.
    • ComScore says its Movie Solutions business is continuing to grow, and that its Television Products business is reporting households in "virtually all" populated ZIP codes.
    • It began investigating accounting issues in late February 2016, and wrapped up that probe in November 2016. After a number of delays, the stock changed listings to OTC Markets in February, and was delisted from Nasdaq yesterday.
    • The company says it still plans to wrap up its audit and file reports this summer.
    Wed, May 31, 10:41 AM
  • Mon, May 15, 3:15 PM
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  • Tue, Apr. 18, 7:11 AM
    • comScore (NASDAQ:SCOR) announced the introduction of Facebook demographic metrics to the validated Campaign Essentials campaign measurement suite.
    • "The addition of demographic reporting for Facebook ads in vCE marks another step forward in providing advertisers and agencies with transparent, uniform measurement across all platforms and devices," said Gabe Goldstein, senior director of product management at comScore. "We're also pleased to offer both demographic and viewability metrics for Facebook and Instagram campaigns – a testament to our goal of easing the complexity of campaign measurement for our clients."
    • Press Release
    Tue, Apr. 18, 7:11 AM | 1 Comment
  • Mon, Apr. 17, 7:09 AM
    • comScore (NASDAQ:SCOR) entered an agreement with TitanTV to automate the local-television program titling process for station clients.
    • The partnership will allow for electronic submission of titling through TitanTV's MediaStar tool, allowing for greater efficiency at the station level, as it will eliminate the extra step needed to update comScore titles in a separate process.
    • comScore anticipates having the MediaStar interface introduced to all TV station clients by the end of 2017.
    • "Our partnership with comScore aligns with our goal of providing tools for local broadcasters that help eliminate double entry of program data and provides a more efficient workflow," said CEO of TitanTV, Inc. Christopher W. Kelly.
    • Said comScore's Executive Vice President of Local Television Steve Walsh. "As comScore Local's currency continues its rapid growth among TV stations and advertising agencies alike, it's more important than ever that our program titling processes supports the speed and accuracy that clients demand. TitanTV enables that level of performance and output, and we know our clients will appreciate and take advantage of this major advance."
    • Press Release
    Mon, Apr. 17, 7:09 AM
  • Mon, Apr. 10, 3:04 PM
    • ComScore (NASDAQ:SCOR) is adding metrics to measure Twitter ads to its flagship validated Campaign Essentials tracking offering.
    • The company says vCE in America will soon incorporate measures such as demographics, reach, frequency and GRPs, and that similar reporting will be available later this year for Spain, Canada and the UK.
    • That follows a number of changes to vCE, including expanded reporting, third-party accreditation and ad-fraud prevention.
    • ComScore will use a proprietary engine built into vCE to do brand-safety reporting on ad campaigns at YouTube -- under fire recently for what advertisers say were inappropriate ad placements.
    Mon, Apr. 10, 3:04 PM
  • Fri, Apr. 7, 10:42 AM
    • Ad-targeting initiative OpenAP -- designed to bring the precise targeting of digital ads to TV advertising -- has chosen Accenture (ACN +0.3%) as its runner, with help from Nielsen (NLSN -0.7%) and comScore (SCOR +0.8%).
    • The consortium, run by partners Fox (FOX -0.2%, FOXA -0.4%), Turner (TWX +0.5%) and Viacom (VIA -0.4%, VIAB -0.8%), got its formal unveiling today. "You've been asking us to come together," Turner's Donna Speciale told advertisers in New York. "We heard you."
    • Ahead of upfronts, she also emphasized the trustworthiness of TV's brands in a time of complaint about digital ad platforms and inappropriate placements.
    Fri, Apr. 7, 10:42 AM | 1 Comment
  • Wed, Apr. 5, 4:24 PM
    • Google (GOOG -0.4%, GOOGL -0.4%) has chosen comScore (SCOR +0.8%) to do brand-safety reporting of YouTube advertising campaigns, the company says.
    • That follows weeks where a number of advertisers halted non-search ads tied to the search engine over concerns that ads were being run alongside objectionable content.
    • ComScore says it will use a proprietary engine built into its "validated Campaign Essentials" suite, which "continuously monitors patterns within text content to identify the brand safety of a given ad context" on mobile and desktop.
    Wed, Apr. 5, 4:24 PM | 10 Comments
  • Mon, Mar. 27, 2:22 PM
    • Beset by accounting difficulties and delays in its financial filings, comScore (SCOR +0.7%) filed to delay its 10-K, but says in the filing that it's targeting this summer to complete its restatement.
    • That will bring it up to current on all of its SEC filings, it says.
    • The company got an updated letter from Nasdaq, which has suspended trading in the stock, earlier this month.
    • It had been dinged for not filing (by Feb. 23 of this year) its 10-K for the year ended Dec. 31, 2015, and the quarterly reports for the periods ending March 31, 2016; June 30, 2016; and Sept. 30, 2016.
    Mon, Mar. 27, 2:22 PM
  • Tue, Mar. 14, 8:04 PM
    • ComScore (NASDAQ:SCOR) has received an additional determination letter from Nasdaq, suggesting the stock is no closer to returning to a national securities exchange.
    • Amid an ongoing and extend lapse in filing required financials, comScore has gotten a new letter faulting the company for not filing its annual report for the fiscal year ended Dec. 31.
    • It had been dinged for not filing (by Feb. 23 of this year) its 10-K for the year ended Dec. 31, 2015, and the quarterly reports for the periods ending March 31, 2016; June 30, 2016; and Sept. 30, 2016.
    • ComScore had been suspended from trading on Nasdaq Feb. 8, and may yet get delisted, though the company notes that from a trading perspective, there's little difference.
    • After hours: SCOR -0.4%.
    Tue, Mar. 14, 8:04 PM
  • Tue, Feb. 7, 7:05 PM
    • Cooper Tire & Rubber (CTB -3.6%) has reclaimed ground after hours, up 2.9% on news that it's joining the S&P MidCap 400.
    • The company will replace comScore (SCOR -1.6%) in that index, as comScore is headed for delisting before the open tomorrow morning. ComScore is down another 0.7% in late trading.
    • Meanwhile, Hersha Hospitality Trust (HT -1.4%) is up 3.3% after hours as it's replacing WCI Communities (WCIC -0.4%), set to be acquired by Lennar, in the S&P SmallCap 600.
    • The moves are effective after the close of trading on Friday.
    Tue, Feb. 7, 7:05 PM | 1 Comment
  • Tue, Feb. 7, 9:17 AM
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  • Mon, Feb. 6, 7:17 PM
    • ComScore (NASDAQ:SCOR) has confirmed it's heard from Nasdaq, which intends to delist the stock and suspend trading effective with Wednesday's market open.
    • That's after comScore informed the exchange's Hearings Panel that it wasn't going to meet a Feb. 23 deadline to regain compliance with financial reporting requirements.
    • Shares have stabilized some after hours, up 0.8%, after sliding 28.4% during market hours.
    • ComScore has appealed the decision, but can't give assurance that it will be stayed before Wednesday.
    • Earlier, Oppenheimer pulled its Buy rating and $35 price target in anticipation of a likely delisting, though it thinks the firm could still draw a buyer from suitors like Adobe, Oracle or IBM.
    Mon, Feb. 6, 7:17 PM