Key Financials of the Bertelsmann Group
|Key Figures (IFRS)|
|in € millions||2018||2017||2016||2015||2014|
|EBITDA margin in percent1)||14.6||15.3||15.2||14.5||14.2|
|Bertelsmann Value Added (BVA)2)||121||163||180||180||211|
|Consolidated Balance Sheet|
|Equity ratio in percent||38.8||38.5||41.6||41.2||38.9|
|Net financial debt||3,932||3,479||2,625||2,765||1,689|
|Dividends to Bertelsmann shareholders||180||180||180||180||180|
|Distribution on profit participation certificates||44||44||44||44||44|
|Employee profit sharing||116||105||105||95||85|
As of January 1, 2018, the new accounting standards IFRS 9 Financial Instruments and IFRS 15 Revenue from Contracts with Customers were applied for the first time. In accordance with the transitional provisions of IFRS 9 and IFRS 15, prior year comparatives have not been adjusted. Further details are presented in the section “Impact of New Financial Reporting Standards.” The figures shown in the table are, in some cases, so-called Alternative Performance Measures (APM), which are neither defined nor described in IFRS. Details are presented in the section “Alternative Performance Measures” in the Combined Management Report. Rounding may result in minor variations in the calculation of percentages.
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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