RTL Group SA

RTL Group SA

RTL Group SA

Overview
Date Founded

1973

Headquarters

43, Boulevard Pierre Frieden, Luxembourg, L-1543, LUX

Type of Company

Public

Employees (Worldwide)

10K - 1M

Industries

Cable, Satellite, and Radio Telecommunications
Internet Software & Services
Entertainment
Advertising & Marketing

Company Description

With 53 television channels and 28 radio stations in ten countries, RTL Group is the leading European entertainment network. The Luxembourg-based company has interest in TV channels and radio stations in Germany, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Spain, Russia, Hungary and Croatia. It is one of the world’s leading producers of television content such as talent and game shows, drama, daily soaps and telenovelas, including Idols, Got Talent, The X Factor, Good Times - Bad Times and Family Feud. The roots of the company’s history date back to 1924, the year when Radio Luxembourg first went on air. Compagnie Luxembourgeoise de Radiodiffusion (CLR) was founded in 1931. As a European pioneer, the company broadcast a unique programme in several languages using the same frequency. RTL Group itself was created in spring 2000 following the merger of Luxembourg-based CLT-UFA and the British content production company Pearson TV, owned by UK media group Pearson PLC. CLT-UFA itself was created in 1997 when the shareholders of UFA (Bertelsmann) and the historic Compagnie Luxembourgeoise de Télédiffusion – CLT (Audiofina) merged their TV, radio and TV production businesses. Bertelsmann has been the majority shareholder of RTL Group since July 2001. The shares of RTL Group are publicly traded on the Brussels and Luxembourg stock exchanges.

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Executives & Employees

Chief Executive Officer

Co-Chief Executive Officer RTL Deutschland

Co-Chief Executive Officer RTL Deutschland

Executive Director & Deputy Chief Executive Officer

Chief Financial Officer

General Counsel & Head of M&A

Chief Executive Officer RTL Croatia

Chief Executive Officer RTL Belgium

Chief Executive Officer RTL Hungary

Chief Executive Officer, RTL Luxembourg

Board of Directors

Former Chief Executive Officer at Barclays Plc

Senior Advisor at Rhône Capital LLC

Executive Vice President, NBCUniversal at Universal Studios Home Entertainment LLC

Chief Human Resources Officer at Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA

Former President & Chief Executive Officer at TDC Group

Chief Executive Officer at RTL Group SA

Chief Operating Officer & Deputy Chief Executive Officer of RTL Group at Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA

Chief Financial Officer at Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA

Former General Counsel & Head of the Legal Department at Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA

In-House Counsel at Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA

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Recent Transactions
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Jam City, Inc., Netmarble Corp. purchase Ludia, Inc. from RTL Group SA

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RTL Group SA purchases Gruner + Jahr Deutschland GmbH from Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA

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Advised onAdvent International Corp., S5 Luxembourg SCA purchase SPORTFIVE SA from Société d'Edition de Canal Plus SA, RTL Group SA, Groupe CANAL+ SA

Advisors & Consultants
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Partner at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

Legal Advisor

Partner at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

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Key Stats and Financials As of 2020
Market Capitalization
$8.38B
Total Enterprise Value
$8.36B
Earnings Per Share
$3.6
Revenue
$6.75B
Debt TEV
0.15x
TEVNet Income
15.15x
Enterprise Value EBITDAOperating
7.28x
Enterprise Value / Sales
1.24x
EBITDAMargin
17.02%
Three Year Compounded Annual Growth Rate Of Revenue
-1.9%
Net Profit
$552M
Total Debt
$1.29B
Total Equity
$4.89B
EBITDA
$1.15B
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Strategic Advisor at LAMF Global Ventures Corp. I

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Co-Founder at Izo, Inc.

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Head of HBO Max International at Warner Media LLC

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