New book acquisitions

The path of strategic reshaping of the portfolio of activities aimed at strengthening the presence in book publishing: during the year, 51% of Star Comics was taken over, Italy’s most important comic publisher, and the acquisition completed of 50% of De Agostini Libri.

The Group also started a vertical integration process on the book market with the acquisition of 100% of Libromania and 50% of ALI – Agenzia Libraria International: the two transactions allow for the development of the business of book promotion and third-party publisher distribution. In terms of digital, Mondadori Media has increased its presence on social networks through the acquisition of Webboh, the most important Italian community of the generation Z and with the creation of Zenzero, the talent agency with the best Italian food creators. In a parallel fashion, the progressive lightening of exposure in the magazines segment continues.

More than 10 years on, the Group is back to a policy of remunerating shareholders, relying on a favourable economic context and the financial solidity achieved during the year. The first Sustainability Plan has been approved: the document identifies the areas and actions aimed at continuously improving environmental, social and governance performance.