Key Financials of the Bertelsmann Group
|Key Figures (IFRS)|
|in € millions||2021||2020||2019||2018||2017|
|EBITDA margin in percent1)||17.3||18.2||16.0||14.6||15.3|
|Bertelsmann Value Added (BVA)2)||474||355||89||121||163|
|Consolidated Balance Sheet|
|Equity ratio in percent||42.8||36.1||38.2||38.8||38.5|
|Net financial debt||959||2,055||3,364||3,932||3,479|
|Dividends to Bertelsmann shareholders||180||–||180||180||180|
|Distribution on profit participation certificates||44||44||44||44||44|
|Employee profit sharing||89||88||96||116||105|
1) Operating EBITDA as a percentage of revenues.
2) Bertelsmann uses BVA as a strictly defined key performance indicator to evaluate the profitability of the operating business and return on investment. Since the financial year 2018, Bertelsmann Value Added has been calculated excluding the Bertelsmann Investments division.
3) Taking into account the financial debt assumed, investments amounted to €1,961 million (2020: €974 million).
4) Net financial debt less 50 percent of the par value of the hybrid bonds and less the short-term liquidable investment in a special fund plus pension provisions, profit participation capital and the present value of operating leases.
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