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May 05, 2015 7:06 PM ET

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Company Overview of Nielsen N.V.

Company Overview

Nielsen N.V. operates as an information and measurement company. The company provides media and marketing information, analytics, and manufacturer and retailer expertise about what and where consumers buy, read, watch and listen. Its Buy segment provides data on retail measurement services, such as market share and competitive sales volumes; insights into distribution, pricing, merchandising, and promotion; consumer panel measurement, which offers insight into shopper behavior and customer segmentation; and consumer intelligence and analytical services for decision making in development and marketing cycles. The company’s Watch segment provides viewership and listening data, and analytics pr...

Diemerhof 2

Diemen,  1112 XL

Netherlands

Founded in 1923

42,000 Employees

Phone:

31 20 398 8777

Fax:

31 20 690 3175

Key Executives for Nielsen N.V.

Chief Executive Officer and Director
Age: 51
Total Annual Compensation: $998.5K
Global President
Total Annual Compensation: $800.0K
Global President
Total Annual Compensation: $728.5K
Chief Financial Officer
Age: 45
Total Annual Compensation: $1.9M
Chief Operating Officer
Age: 44
Total Annual Compensation: $930.8K
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2014.

Nielsen N.V. Key Developments

Nielsen N.V. Announces Unaudited Consolidated Earnings Results for the First Quarter Ended March 31, 2015; Revised Earnings Guidance for Fiscal 2015

Nielsen N.V. announced unaudited consolidated earnings results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2015. For the quarter, the company’s revenues were $1,458 million, down 2.1% due to the impact of foreign exchange but up 4.4% on a constant currency basis, compared to the first quarter of 2014. Adjusted EBITDA increased 1.1% to $380 million, or 7.3% on a constant currency basis compared to the first quarter of 2014. Income from continuing operations increased by 14.5% to $63 million, an increase of 53.7% on a constant currency basis, compared to the first quarter of 2014. The increase is driven by lower restructuring charges and the benefit of ongoing productivity initiatives. Income from continuing operations per share on a diluted basis was $0.17 compared to $0.15 in the first quarter of 2014. Adjusted net income increased 4.8% to $173 million, or 14.6% on a constant currency basis, compared to the first quarter of 2014. Adjusted net income per share on a diluted basis was $0.46 compared to $0.43 in the first quarter of 2014. Operating income was $199 million compared to $193 million a year ago. Net Income was $63 million compared to $55 million a year ago. Net income attributable to company's stockholders was $63 million or $0.17 per basic and diluted share compared to $58 million $0.15 per basic and diluted share a year ago. EBITDA was $315 million compared to $305 million a year ago. Net cash provided by operating activities was $75 million compared to $90 million a year ago. Capital expenditures were $102 million compared to $77 million for the first quarter of 2014. Negative free cash flow was $1 million compared to positive free cash flow of $13 million a year ago. Negative free cash flow was due to higher capital expenditures during the period tied to investments in TV audience measurement enhancements including local panel expansion, partially offset by stronger operating performance. Cash flow from operations decreased in part due to the reflection of a $26 million cumulative excess tax benefit from stock based compensation. Net debt (gross debt less cash and cash equivalents) was $7,004 million. Earnings growth was fueled by solid top line growth; strong operating leverage; and share repurchase plan, which, is to execute $1 billion of share repurchases by mid-2016. In the first quarter, it repurchased 3.2 million shares. For 2015, the company is updating guidance to reflect the impacts of foreign exchange rates. As a result, it now sees adjusted net income per share in the $2.60 to $2.66 range, down from previous range of $2.68 to $2.74 a share. This is an $0.08 a share lower on the top and bottom end of the range and is solely due to the impact of currency. On an operational basis, it remain confident in plan to execute and deliver. All of the other metrics on the page remain unchanged versus the previous update, including free cash flow guidance of $850 million to $900 million.

Nielsen N.V. Approves Quarterly Cash Dividend, Payable on June 18, 2015

The Board of Directors of Nielsen N.V. approved an increase in the company’s quarterly cash dividend of 12% to $0.28 per common share, payable on June 18, 2015 to shareholders of record on June 4, 2015.

Nielsen N.V. Presents at Thomson Reuters' 2nd Annual New York M&A and Private Equity Forum, Apr-23-2015 10:45 AM

Nielsen N.V. Presents at Thomson Reuters' 2nd Annual New York M&A and Private Equity Forum, Apr-23-2015 10:45 AM. Venue: The Westin New York at Times Square, 270 West 43rd Street (at 8th Avenue), New York, NY 10036, United States. Speakers: Alice Wang, Senior Vice President, Global Corporate Development & Venture.

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