Bertelsmann at a Glance

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)  download icon

in € millions20152014201320122011
Business Development
Group revenues17,14116,67516,17916,06515,368
Operating EBITDA2,4852,3742,3112,2102,243
EBITDA margin in percent1)14.514.214.313.814.6
Bertelsmann Value Added (BVA)2)155188283362359
Group profit1,108572885612612
Consolidated Balance Sheet 
Equity ratio in percent41.238.940.932.233.9
Total assets22,90821,56021,41818,86418,149
Net financial debt2,7651,6896811,2181,809
Economic debt4)5,6096,0394,2164,7734,913
Leverage factor2.
Dividends to Bertelsmann shareholders180180180180180
Distribution on profit participation certificates4444444444
Employee profit sharing958510192107