Five things PR pros need to know on Tuesday morning, 4.28.2015

Next Fifteen sees 10.6% revenue jump in FY 2014; Baltimore calls in the National Guard; Uber to launch food delivery service

1. Next Fifteen saw a 10.6% jump in revenue to $166.7 million in the last 12 months ending January 31, with 15% growth on a constant currency basis. Organic revenue growth for the period clocked in at 6.1%. The holding company, which owns and operates Text 100, M Booth, Bite, The OutCast Agency, Beyond, and 463 Communications, among others, said its US businesses "have continued to perform strongly," with revenue up 13% to $97.6 million. Organic growth was 11.3% in the US and headline operating profit moved from $20.9 million to $20.5 million.

2. The National Guard arrived in Baltimore around midnight on Tuesday as riots continued to worsen from protestors demanding changes to the justice system after the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency Monday night after riots became violent, leaving 15 police officers injured. The funeral for Gray, who died after sustaining serious spinal injuries while in the custody of Baltimore police, was held on Monday morning.

3. Popular ride-sharing company Uber is launching its food delivery service, UberEATS, in New York City and Chicago, following successful test runs in Barcelona and Los Angeles. The program will have its own drivers, with lunch meals ranging from $9 to $12 and dinner going from $10 to $15. Meals will include a $3 delivery fee in Chicago and $4 fee in New York.

4. Facebook has been lending a hand to relief efforts after a devastating earthquake hit Nepal, parts of India, and Mount Everest this past weekend. More than 4,000 people died from the earthquake and thousands more have been injured. The social network launched a feature called Safety Check to help people track friends and family in the region, and it created a donation button to support victims, offering to match every dollar up to $2 million.

5. Electronics giant Philips reported a 28% drop in net profit in the first quarter of 2015, attributing the slump to restructuring and acquisition-related charges. The company expects growth this year to be modest due to economic conditions in China, Russia, and Europe. Next year, Philips plans on spinning off its lighting business in an IPO.

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