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August 28, 2015 1:48 PM ET


Company Overview of Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA

Company Overview

Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA operates as a media, services, and education company worldwide. The company operates through five segments: RTL Group, Penguin Random House, Gruner + Jahr, Arvato, and Be Printers. The RTL Group segment operates as a European entertainment network. It owns and operates 52 television channels and 29 radio stations; and creates and produces primetime drama, serial drama, entertainment, factual, and comedy programming. The Penguin Random House segment publishes books in print, audio, and e-books in English, German, and Spanish languages. The Gruner + Jahr segment publishes magazines and digital offerings, including Stern, Brigitte, Geo, Capital, Gala, Eltern, P.M., Ess...

Carl-Bertelsmann-Strasse 270

Gütersloh,  33311


Founded in 1835

118,915 Employees


49 5241 80 0


49 5241 80 62321

Key Executives for Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA

Chairman of Executive Board and Chief Executive Officer
Age: 50
Member of the Executive Board and Chief Executive Officer of Arvato
Age: 50
Member of the Executive Board, Chairman of Random House and Chief Executive Officer of Penguin Random House
Age: 47
Member of Executive Board, Chief Executive Officer of Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland and Co-Chief Executive Officer of RTL Group
Age: 53
Managing Partner of Bertelsmann Asia Investments and Chief Executive of Bertelsmann China Corporate Center
Age: 42
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2015.

Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA Key Developments

Bertelsmann Reports Earnings Results for the First Quarter Ended March 31, 2015

Bertelsmann reported earnings results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2015. Group revenue was EUR 3.92 million against EUR 3.90 million a year ago. Operating EBITDA was EUR 463 million against EUR 434 million a year ago. Net income was EUR 143 million against EUR 106 million a year ago. EBIT was EUR 241 million against EUR 257 million a year ago. Earnings before taxes from continuing operations was EUR 188 million against EUR 190 million a year ago. Earnings after taxes from continuing operations was EUR 143 million against EUR 104 million a year ago. Net financial debt was EUR 1,781 million against EUR 1,689 million a year ago.

Affero Lab Reportedly In Talks With Bertelsmann For Stake Sale

Affero Lab remains in negotiations over a stake sale to German media conglomerate Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA, Mergermarket reported on April7, 2015 citing a source familiar with the matter. Bertelsmann has teamed up for the acquisition with International Finance Corporation the source said. The tandem is looking to buy a stake of about 35%, the bulk of its representing the interest held by local private equity group Bozano Investimentos.

Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA Reports Group Earnings Results for the Year Ended December 31, 2014

Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA reported group earnings results for the year ended December 31, 2014. For the year, the company’s revenues were EUR 16,675 million against EUR 16,179 million a year ago. Operating EBITDA continuing operations was EUR 2,374 million compared with EUR 2,311 million a year earlier. Operating EBIT was EUR 1,769 million compared with EUR 1,763 million a year earlier. Earnings before taxes from continuing operations was EUR 855 million compared with EUR 1,356 million a year earlier. Earnings after taxes from continuing operations was EUR 569 million compared with EUR 943 million a year earlier. Group profit was EUR 573 million compared with EUR 885 million a year earlier. Net financial debt as on December 31, 2014 was EUR 1,689 million compared with EUR 681 million as on December 31, 2013. Key drivers for revenue growth were strategic transactions such as the merger of the Penguin and Random House trade book publishing groups, the full acquisition of BMG, and the expansion of financial and e-commerce services at Arvato. The downscaling of businesses in structural decline in part offset this growth. The company generated net cash from operating activities of EUR 1,523 million against EUR 1,779 million a year ago.

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