Bertelsmann is a media, services and education company that operates in about 50 countries around the world. It includes the broadcaster RTL Group, the trade book publisher Penguin Random House, the magazine publisher Gruner + Jahr, the music company BMG, the service provider Arvato, the Bertelsmann Printing Group, the Bertelsmann Education Group, and Bertelsmann Investments, an international network of funds. The company has 117,000 employees and generated revenues of €17.1 billion in the 2015 financial year. Bertelsmann stands for creativity and entrepreneurship. This combination promotes first-class media content and innovative service solutions that inspire customers around the world.
Key Figures (IFRS)
|in € millions||2015||2014||2013||2012||2011|
|EBITDA margin in percent1)||14.5||14.2||14.3||13.8||14.6|
|Bertelsmann Value Added (BVA)2)||155||188||283||362||359|
|Consolidated Balance Sheet|
|Equity ratio in percent||41.2||38.9||40.9||32.2||33.9|
|Net financial debt||2,765||1,689||681||1,218||1,809|
|Dividends to Bertelsmann shareholders||180||180||180||180||180|
|Distribution on profit participation certificates||44||44||44||44||44|
|Employee profit sharing||95||85||101||92||107|
|Figures adjusted for the financial year 2014; figures before 2014 are the most recently reported previous year’s figures.|
Rounding may result in minor variations in the calculation of percentages in this report.