Key Financials of the Bertelsmann Group
|Key Figures (IFRS)|
|in € millions||2019||2018||2017||2016||2015|
|EBITDA margin in percent1)||16.1||14.6||15.3||15.2||14.5|
|Bertelsmann Value Added (BVA)2)||89||121||163||180||180|
|Consolidated Balance Sheet|
|Equity ratio in percent||38.2||38.8||38.5||41.6||41.2|
|Net financial debt||3,364||3,932||3,479||2,625||2,765|
|Dividends to Bertelsmann shareholders||180||180||180||180||180|
|Distribution on profit participation certificates||44||44||44||44||44|
|Employee profit sharing||96||116||105||105||95|
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. From financial year 2018 onward, Bertelsmann Value Added is determined without taking into account the Bertelsmann Investments division.
3) Taking into account the financial debt assumed, investments amounted to €1,461 million (2017: €1,117 million).
4) Net financial debt less 50 percent of the par value of the hybrid bonds plus pension provisions, profit participation capital and the present value of operating leases.
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