Highlights of the First Six Months

RTL
  • Major consolidation moves agreed in Germany, France, the Netherlands and Belgium, for significant value creation
  • Strong growth in streaming services: TV Now in Germany and Videoland in the Netherlands together surpass the 3 million subscriber mark
  • Fremantle expands content production business with new Global Factual unit for high-end documentaries
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Penguin
  • Renowned fiction and nonfiction and ongoing audio boom fuel revenues and earnings growth
  • Focus on diversity and inclusion: investment in new, multicultural content for publishing programs, and commitment to enhanced diversity in the publishing teams
  • Organic growth through launch of new publishing imprints in the UK, Germany, the US, India, South Africa and Australia
e www.penguinrandomhouse.com
Gruner + Jahr
  • G+J invests €5 million in expansion of its fast-growing Plus offerings such as “Stern Plus”
  • With “Guidos Deko Queen”, the publisher expands its successful personality magazine segment and launches a new type of home and lifestyle magazine, flanked by an eponymous new TV show on VOX
  • “Stern” shows social commitment by collecting 350,000 signatures for the Bundestag petition “Pflege in Würde” (“Care in Dignity”), while “Brigitte” and “Eltern” advocate putting an end to discrimination against parents
e www.guj.com
BMG
  • BMG delivers best first-half-year result since it was founded
  • Creating value together: BMG and KKR join forces to acquire music rights
  • BMG continues to focus on service, fairness and transparency, leading the music industry debate about justice
e www.bmg.com
Arvato
  • Arvato Supply Chain Solutions increases usable logistics space by around 100,000 m², creating conditions for further growth
  • Arvato Systems systematically expands cloud computing expertise and develops into a leading provider of cloud migration products and services
  • Arvato Financial Solutions expands its existing “pay-afterdelivery” cooperation with a leading online mail order company and successfully transfers it to other national markets in Europe
e www.arvato.com
Bertelsmann
  • DeutschlandCard multi-partner rewards program enjoys profitable growth and expands its partner network to include EDEKA Nord
  • Core market of books sees further systematic expansion through successful integration of two US production facilities acquired in late 2020
  • Rotogravure capacities adjusted to reflect sharp drop in demand: print production at Prinovis site in Nuremberg discontinued as planned on April 30
e www.bertelsmann-printing-group.com
Bertelsmann
  • The coronavirus pandemic accelerates shift to digital and blended learning solutions
  • Relias’s new ed-tech based training program meets growing demand for home health service skills in the US
  • Udacity launches School of Cybersecurity to help enterprises and governments combat increase in cybercrime
e www.bertelsmann-education-group.com
Bertelsmann
  • Bertelsmann Investments’ global portfolio grows to more than 260 young companies and funds
  • Bertelsmann signs acquisition of 25 percent equity stake and 46 percent of voting rights in Nasdaq-listed education provider Afya
  • Focus on expansion of existing portfolio and 23 new investments via BAI and BDMI funds
e www.bertelsmann-investments.com