RTL Group’s growth accelerates in Q3/2015
RTL Group, the leading European entertainment network, announces its results for the nine months ending 30 September 2015.
Q3/2015: dynamic growth continues
In the third quarter of 2015, reported Group revenue was up 7.5 per cent to €1,353 million (Q3/2014: €1,259 million), driven by growth from:
– RTL Group’s digital revenue with dynamic growth of +86.6 per cent to €125 million
– Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland (+6.8 per cent)
– FremantleMedia (+5.0 per cent)
– and RTL Nederland (+15.4 per cent)
Reported EBITA was up strongly by 13.8 per cent to €182 million (Q3/2014: €160 million), thanks to the performance of Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland (+8.6 per cent) and RTL Nederland (+38.9 per cent)
Net profit attributable to RTL Group shareholders increased by 9.7 per cent to €113 million (Q3/2014: €103 million).
January to September 2015
Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland and digital drive revenue and EBITA.
Reported Group revenue increased by 4.9 per cent to €4,141 million (January to September 2014: €3,946 million), reaching a new record level. This result was driven by positive exchange rate effects, the strong performance of Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland (+7.2 per cent); and fast growing digital revenue (+91.1 per cent to €344 million) benefitting from organic growth and new acquisitions
Reported EBITA was up 5.8 per cent to €716 million compared to €677 million in the first nine months of 2014. This increase was mainly driven by Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland. EBITA margin at 17.3 per cent (January to September 2014: 17.2 per cent)
EBITDA was up 3.2 per cent to €844 million for the first nine months of 2015 (January to September 2014: €818 million)
Net profit attributable to RTL Group shareholders increased by 52.1 per cent to €464 million (January to September 2014: €305 million).
Net cash from operating activities was €481 million, leading to an operating cash conversion of 75 per cent
Following the payment of an extraordinary interim dividend of €154 million on 10 September 2015, RTL Group had net financial debt of €1,099 million as of 30 September 2015 (30 June 2015: €1,003 million)
“A very encouraging basis for another successful full year”
Joint statement from Anke Schäferkordt and Guillaume de Posch, Co-Chief Executive Officers of RTL Group:
“During the first nine months of 2015, RTL Group significantly increased revenue, EBITA and net profit, mainly driven by the strong performance of Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland. The third quarter 2015 was particularly positive, with revenue and EBITA for RTL Group at record levels. This is a very encouraging basis for another successful full year, despite the challenging comparatives in the fourth quarter.
Looking at our revenue split, digital is now accountable for 8 per cent of RTL Group’s total revenue. For us, TV does not stand for television alone anymore, but for ‘total video’ – and we have built leading market positions across the whole value chain of this total video market. Investments in broadcast, content and digital are transforming our leading European entertainment network into a global force in video production, aggregation and monetisation.”
Digital investments become revenue growth driver
The businesses within RTL Digital Hub continued to show strong revenue growth. Year on year, in the nine months to 30 September 2015: BroadbandTV was up 85 per cent, StyleHaul was up 98 per cent1 , SpotX was up 62 percents.
These businesses do however require on-going investments in order to strengthen their market leading positions and therewith some will generate start-up losses in the near future
In the first nine months of 2015, RTL Group’s catch-up TV services, websites and multi-channel networks attracted a total of 71.5 billion online video views, up 193 per cent year-on-year (January to September 2014: 24 billion)
RTL Group currently generates more than 9.5 billion online video views per month
In November, RTL Group led the most recent funding round for VideoAmp, a US-based platform for cross-screen data optimisation, and holds a 18.9 per cent minority stake on a fully diluted basis once the financing round of VideoAmp has been completed