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Mondadori Group: publication of the half-year financial report at 30 june 2022

Arnoldo Mondadori Editore S.p.A. hereby informs that the Half-Year Financial Report at 30 June 2022, comprising the Independent Auditors’ report, is now available at the Company’s registered office, at the authorized storage mechanism 1info (www.1info.it) and on the website www.gruppomondadori.it (Investors section).

BoD approves results at 30 june 2022

  • Net revenue € 355.1 million, up by 10.8% versus € 320.4 million at 30.06.2021; +5.7% net of the consolidation of D Scuola*
  • Adjusted EBITDA € 27.6 million; on a like-for-like basis, € 28.4 million, improving by € 6.9 million versus € 21.5 million at 30.06.2021
  • Group net result € 2.8 million; on a like-for-like basis, € 6.7 million, up by € 2.3 million versus € 4.4 million at 30.06.2022
  • Continued solid cash flow generation, net of the acquisition of D Scuola:
    – LTM cash flow from ordinary operations grows to reach € 70.6 million;
    – LTM free cash flow € 41.9 million
  • NFP before IFRS 16 € -205.8 million; excluding the impacts from the acquisition and consolidation of D Scuola, € -48.4 million, improving by € 20 million versus 30.06.2021

OUTLOOK: GUIDANCE FOR 2022 CONFIRMED

  • Mid-single-digit growth of revenue
  • Adjusted EBITDA up by more than 20%
  • Double-digit growth of net result
  • Cash flow from ordinary operations in line with 2021
  • Free cash flow in the region of € 10/15 million
  • IFRS 16 NFP at 1.3x adjusted EBITDA.

Today, the meeting of the Board of Directors of Arnoldo Mondadori Editore S.p.A., chaired by Marina Berlusconi, reviewed and approved the Half-Year Report at 30 June 2022 presented by CEO Antonio Porro.

“In the first half of the year, our performance was highly positive, and all the business areas contributed to the result, with revenue gaining momentum especially in the second quarter”, emphasized Antonio Porro, Chief Executive Officer of the Mondadori Group. “These results, as well as a continually meticulous management of operations, have allowed us to increase overall profitability and cash generation. Improved operating performance, coupled with the Group’s continued capital strengthening, have laid the groundwork for confirming the 2022 targets and continuing the path of strategic reshaping, despite the uncertain economic and political scenario on a domestic and international level”, concluded Porro.

PERFORMANCE AT 30 JUNE 2022
In first half 2022, consolidated revenue amounted to € 355.1 million, increasing by 10.8% versus € 320.4 million in the prior year; net of the consolidation of D Scuola, Group revenue recorded a like-for-like growth of 5.7%, thanks to the contribution of all business areas, of the Retail and Books areas in particular.

Adjusted EBITDA came to a positive27.6 million versus € 21.5 million in first half 2021; excluding the result for the period of D Scuola, adjusted EBITDA came to a positive € 28.4 million as the company, which operates in the school textbooks segment, recorded a loss in the first part of the year due to the seasonal nature of the business; on a like-for-like basis, the Group improved profitability by € 6.9 million versus first half 2021, driven by the positive performance of all business areas, by the Books and Media areas in particular.

Group EBITDA stood at € 26.8 million versus € 19 million in first half 2021; on a like-for-like basis, the figure of € 27.6 million shows a strong improvement, attributable to the abovementioned phenomena, as well as to the positive dynamics of non-ordinary components.

 EBIT came to a positive € 3.2 million (€ 8.5 million on a like-for-like basis). The comparison with 2021 shows:

  • an improvement in the overall scope of € 3 million, impacted by the consolidation of D Scuola’s amortization/depreciation and the effects of the Purchase Price Allocation process;
  • an improvement on a like-for-like basis of € 3 million.

Financial expense increased by € 1.3 million, due mainly to the recognition in 2021 of a one-off income from the application of IFRS 9 to the terms of the pool loan signed by the Group in May 2021.

Consolidated profit before tax amounted to € 0.5 million; on a like-for-like basis, the figure shows a profit of € 5.8 million, improving by € 10.9 million versus € -5.1 million in first half 2021.
Also contributing to this increase was the improvement of over € 3 million in the results of the investees attributable to the sale on 1 January 2022 of the investment in Monradio (which usually recorded losses), the improved results for the period of Attica, as well as the start of the accounting for the share of profits of A.L.I., of which the Group completed the acquisition of 50%.

Group net profit, after minority interests, amounted to € 2.8 million; on a like-for-like basis, it amounted to € 6.7 million, improving by € 2.3 million versus € 4.4 million in first half 2021, despite the fact that last year had benefited from net non-recurring positive tax components of approximately € 9 million, resulting from the realignment of the tax amounts of trademarks and goodwill to their respective statutory amounts.

The Net Financial Position before IFRS 16 stood at € -205.8 million (€ -285.1 million including IFRS 16). On a like-for-like basis, it stood at € -48.4 million, improving strongly by € 20 million versus the net debt of € 68.3 million recorded at 30 June 2021, despite the cash out from the payment of dividends and the acquisition of A.L.I.

On a like-for-like basis, the LTM cash flow from ordinary operations (after outlays for financial expense and tax) amounted to € 70.6 million, allowing the Group to continue to strengthen its financial structure through the continued and growing ability of the businesses to generate cash.
D Scuola reported a negative cash flow of € 25.2 million in the first half, reflecting the seasonal nature of the school business which, in the first half of the year, records the costs and expenditure for the development and publication of texts marketed in the second half.

LTM Free Cash Flow on a like-for-like basis came to € 41.9 million and includes mainly outlays for restructuring costs of € 10.6 million and approximately € 14 million for acquisitions.

At 30 June 2022, Group employees amounted to 1,917 units, up by 4.8% versus the 1,829 units at 30 June 2021, following the inclusion of the workforce of D Scuola and of De Agostini Libri. Excluding the contribution of companies consolidated from 2022 and the effects of the disposal of titles in the Media area that took place in December 2021, the decline would be approximately 1.7%.

BUSINESS OUTLOOK
In light of the positive operating-financial trend recorded in the first half of the year, and thanks also to the relief received by Electa for its museum activities[1], the Group believes that it can confirm, for the full year 2022, the previously disclosed estimates at the consolidated level, despite the geopolitical uncertainty and the persisting problems arising from the increase in costs both in the procurement of raw materials, paper in particular, and for energy consumption.

The Group thus expects:

  • Earnings: continued resilience of the business model
    – mid-single-digit growth of revenue
    – adjusted EBITDA up by more than 20%
    – double-digit growth of the net result, thanks also to significantly lower restructuring costs and to the improved results of investees versus 2021.
  • Cash Flow/Net Financial Position: continued strong cash generation
    – Cash flow from ordinary operations in line with 2021;
    – Free Cash Flow in the region of € 10/15 million (including outlays for the announced acquisitions and before dividend payout);
    – Group net financial debt (IFRS 16) at 1.3x Adjusted EBITDA.

The Mondadori Group continues to prioritize sustainability issues and to pursue its efforts to achieve the ESG goals set.

PERFORMANCE OF BUSINESS AREAS

  • BOOKS

Following the remarkable growth seen in 2021, first half 2022 witnessed a consolidation phase of the books market, with a slight drop in terms of value (-1.8%) and volume (-1.4%) versus the same period of 2021[2].
Excluding from the scope of the books market the comic books segment – still untapped by the Group in the first half of the year and whose growth rate in the period stood at 27.1% – the decline versus first half 2021 is 3.4% (in terms of value).

Against this backdrop, the Mondadori Group’s performance steadily improved, thanks to a publishing plan that concentrated the publication of the most successful titles in the second quarter, and enabled the Group to retain its domestic leadership with a 24.3% market share (26.1% considering the consolidation of Edizioni Star Comics, whose acquisition was completed last 1 July)

Additionally, on 7 July, thanks to Einaudi, the Group won the 76th edition of the Strega Prize with Spatriati by Mario Desiati and placed three other titles from 2nd to 4th place: Quel maledetto Vronskij by Claudio Piersanti for Rizzoli; E poi saremo salvi by Alessandra Carati, a debut fiction writer for Mondadori; Niente di vero by Veronica Raimo for Einaudi.

In first six months 2022, revenue in the Books area stood at € 196 million, up by 16% versus           € 168.9 million in first six months 2021, driven by the positive performance of the trade publishers (+2.2%), which grew by 9% in the second quarter, the sharp increase of Rizzoli International Publications (+10.7%), the upswing in Electa’s activities, as well as the consolidation of D Scuola.
Considering the scope of the Books area on a like-for-like basis alone, excluding the contribution of D Scuola, revenue grew by 6.1%.

Revenue from the school textbooks business amounted to € 49.6 million, up by 38.5% versus € 35.8 million in first half 2021, due to the abovementioned change in the scope following the consolidation of the D Scuola publishing house.
On a like-for-like basis, revenue was down by € 3 million (-8.2%), as a result of the delay in supplies to a number of top accounts, whose recovery is expected in July.

Adjusted EBITDA in the Books area stood at € 23.8 million including the continued negative contribution of € 0.8 million at 30 June of D Scuola, owing to the seasonal nature of the school textbooks business: net of this effect, adjusted EBITDA on a like-for-like basis stood at € 24.7 million, an improvement of € 4.8 million versus € 19.8 million in first half 2021.
The result can be attributable to the abovementioned positive trend of Trade publishers and the performance of Electa, which benefited from the upswing in museum and concession-related activities and higher relief (€ 6.3 million versus approximately € 3 million in first half 2021), which more than offset lower revenue in the Education segment.

  • RETAIL

In the first six months, the Retail area posted revenue of € 77.6 million, up by € 7.8 million (+11.2%) versus € 69.8 million in the same period of the prior year.
The ongoing development and renovation of existing stores and the focus on the core business of books have enabled the Mondadori network of bookstores to consolidate its role in the market, as shown by the solid growth in revenue from the Book product (€ +7.7 million), which is higher at the end of the first half even than in the pre-COVID period.

A breakdown of the main channels of Mondadori Retail shows the following:

  • directly-managed stores reported a sharp increase in revenue (+45.7% versus the prior year), due to the abovementioned strategy of focusing on the book product and network development activities, and to the restrictions on activities in 1° half 2021 brought by the anti-COVID measures;
  • the franchised channel, composed mainly of proximity stores located in small towns, continued its progression, increasing by +3.8% versus the same period of the prior year.

Thanks to the remarkable performance of physical stores, the market share of Mondadori Retail in the Italian books market grew to 11.8%.

In the first half of the year, adjusted EBITDA came to a positive € 1.4 million, up strongly versus approximately € 1 million in first six months 2021, as a result of revenue growth and continued cost containment, renovation and development of the physical network of stores, and despite higher rental and utility costs incurred by directly-managed stores in the six months under review.

  • MEDIA

The Media area recorded revenue of € 98.2 million in first six months 2022, increasing by approximately 1% versus € 97.4 million in the same half of the prior year; on a like-for-like basis of portfolio of brands (excluding the effect of the deconsolidation of the titles sold at end 2021), the growth was 10%:

  • digital activities, which now account for 22% of the area’s total revenue, rose sharply in the second quarter by 22% (+27.5% on a like-for-like basis of brands). Thanks to this growth, digital revenue as a percentage of total advertising revenue stood at 67% of the total (up from 63% in first half 2021);
  • traditional print activities, excluding the titles sold at end 2021, grew by 5%.

The Group’s market share in terms of circulation, as a result of a performance – on a like-for-like basis of portfolio of titles – that outdid the relevant market, stood at 21.3%, up versus 20.5% in May of the prior year.

The Media area’s adjusted EBITDA stood at € 7.8 million, up strongly versus first six months 2021, thanks to the remarkable performance of the print area which, in the second quarter, in addition to benefiting from the continued cost-curbing measures, was able to account for both the margin from the FuoriSalone event (which in 2021 took place in the second half of the year) and for a tax credit recognized on paper consumption that allowed it to offset the increase in the related cost incurred in the period.

With regard to the Warning Notice to listed issuers published by CONSOB on 19 May 2022, concerning the effects on the operating and financial situation resulting from the Russia-Ukraine war, the Mondadori Group clarifies:

  • to have no “direct” impacts, as it has no production sites in the affected area, nor does this area represent an outlet market for publishing production or services offered by the Group;
  • to have “indirect” impacts, due to the increase in prices of raw materials, energy and transportation.

With regard to such increased costs, the Group has taken measures to alleviate their impact, and has put in place further remedies to achieve efficiencies, such as to achieve in the first half of the year in all business areas growing results versus the relevant forecast figures and to confirm the outlook for the entire year.

 

The presentation of the results at 30 June 2022, approved today by the Board of Directors is available, on 1Info (www.1info.it), on www.borsaitaliana.it and on www.gruppomondadori.it (Investors section). A Q&A session will be held in conference call mode at 4.30 pm for the financial community, attended by the CEO of the Mondadori Group, Antonio Porro, and the CFO, Alessandro Franzosi. Journalists will be able to follow the meeting in listening mode only, by connecting to the following  phone number +39.02.8020927 or via web at: https://hditalia.choruscall.com/?calltype=2&info=company.

 

The Financial Reporting Manager – Alessandro Franzosi – hereby declares, pursuant to Article 154 bis, paragraph 2, of the Consolidated Finance Law, that the accounting information contained herein corresponds to the Company’s records, books and accounting entries.

 

Annexes (in the complete pdf):

  1. Consolidated balance sheet;
  2. Consolidated income statement;
  3. Consolidated income statement – II quarter;
  4. Group cash flow;
  5. Glossary of terms and alternative performance measures used.

 

 * The operating and financial figures at 30 June 2022 are also shown on a like-for-like basis excluding D Scuola for greater comparability versus the prior year. Additionally, as already seen for the first quarter, at 30 June 2022, the contribution of D Scuola, fully consolidated as from 16 December 2021, was heavily marked by the seasonal nature of the Education business which, in the first half of the year, records the costs of creating editorial content, as well as the expense from the promotional activities to support the adoption campaign, postponing the recognition of the most significant portion of revenue from the sale of school textbooks to the second half of the year. 

 

[1] Emergency Fund for Enterprises and Cultural Institutions for the Relief of Art Exhibition Organizers, decree published on 27 May 2022 granting the subsidies provided by Ministerial Decree 428 no. 227 of June 2021.

[2] GFK, June 2022

Mondadori Group: disposal completed of 51% of Press-di S.r.l.

The Mondadori Group announces the completion today of the disposal to Artoni Group S.p.A. and SRH S.r.l. – two of the leading local distributors of daily newspapers and magazines – of 51% of the share capital of Press-di Distribuzione Stampa e Multimedia S.r.l.; the company is wholly owned by Mondadori Media S.p.A. and is active in the national distribution of newspapers and magazines for the Mondadori Group and for over 90 third-party publishers.

The transaction will not envisage changes in the contractual terms and conditions already applied to distribution activities, and is intended to increase efficiency and achieve synergies through a vertical integration process in the sector by involving specialized players; additionally, Righel Anglois will continue to hold his position as CEO.
The transaction continues the path of shortening the distribution chain to protect, digitize and strengthen the “last mile”, with an increasing support to newsstands, which are the most tangible and important interface with readers for publishers of newspapers and magazines.

The disposal of 51% of Press-di, which contributed approximately € 29 million to the Mondadori Group’s consolidated revenue in 2021, envisages a consideration of € 1.5 million; the transaction will produce no material operating, financial or business effects and will have no impact on the Group’s guidance for 2022 as disclosed to the market.

Mondadori Group: acquisition completed of 51% of Edizioni Star Comics

The Mondadori Group announces the completion today, through its subsidiary Mondadori Libri S.p.A., of the acquisition of 51% of Edizioni Star Comics S.r.l., Italy’s leading comic books publisher.
The transaction, which takes place in execution of the agreement signed and disclosed to the market last 6 June, will be effective as of 1 July, the date from which Mondadori will also fully consolidate the company.

As a result of the acquisition – consistent with the strategy of increasing focus on the core business of books – the Mondadori Group gains a leadership position in the domestic comic books segment, with an approximately 30% market share (GfK, in terms of value, June 2022).
Under the agreement, Simone Bovini and Claudia Bovini retain their management positions in Edizioni Star Comics, continuing to serve as Managing Directors.

The price for the acquisition of 51% of the share capital of Edizioni Star Comics – paid fully in cash today – is € 14.28 million, defined on the basis of an Enterprise Value (for 100% of the company) of € 28 million and an estimated net financial position at closing of zero.
The price will be adjusted based on the final net financial position at 30 June 2022.

The transaction, including the impact of the put&call options giving the Mondadori Group the right to increase its stake up to 100% in Edizioni Star Comics, changes the Group’s guidance for 2022 as follows:

  • free cash flow is expected to be € 10-15 million versus the previous estimate of € 40-45 million;
  • the Adjusted NFP/EBITDA ratio (IFRS16) stands at a level below 1.3x versus the previous forecast (below 1.1x).

Disclosure on the purchase of treasury shares in the period 13 – 16 June 2022

Completion of the buyback program to service the 2022-2024, 2021-2023 and 2020-2022 performance share plans

Arnoldo Mondadori Editore S.p.A. (LEI Code 815600049A1F9AFE6666) announces the purchase on the Euronext Milan regulated market, in the period from 13 to 16 June 2022, of no 235,000 ordinary shares (equal to 0.090% of the share capital) at an average unit price of €1.805 for a total amount of €424,121.96.

These transactions were made under the authorization to purchase treasury shares approved by the Shareholders’ Meeting of 28 April 2022, and as part of the purchase programme to service the 2022-2024, 2021-2023 and 2020-2022 Performance Share Plans, the start of which was approved by the Board of Directors on 12 May 2022 (as per the disclosure made on the same date also pursuant to Article 144 bis of CONSOB Regulation 11971/99, and to Article 5 of EU Regulation 596/2014).

The following table details the purchases made per day in the above period of Arnoldo Mondadori Editore S.p.A. ordinary shares, ISIN Code IT0001469383:

Date

 

Quantity

 

Average price (euro)

 

Amount (euro)

 

13/06/202263,0001.81371114,263.73
14/06/202265,0001.79761116,844.65
15/06/202265,0001.80540117,351
16/06/202242,0001.8014975,662.58

 

The purchases were made through the authorized intermediary Intesa San Paolo S.p.A. (LEI Code 2W8N8UU78PMDQKZENC08), independently and with no influence from the Issuer as regards the timing of the purchases.

Following the purchases made so far, Arnoldo Mondadori Editore S.p.A. holds no 1,147,991 treasury shares, equal to 0.440% of the share capital, of which 410,000 purchased in execution of the Program, which was completed on 16 June 2022 after reaching its maximum reference amount.

Purchases in detail in the complete pdf.

Disclosure on the purchase of treasury shares in the period 8 – 10 june 2022

Arnoldo Mondadori Editore S.p.A. (LEI Code 815600049A1F9AFE6666) announces the purchase on the Euronext Milan regulated market, in the period from 8 to 10 June 2022, of no 175,000 ordinary shares (equal to 0.067% of the share capital) at an average unit price of €1.902 for a total amount of €332,932.93.

These transactions were made under the authorization to purchase treasury shares approved by the Shareholders’ Meeting of 28 April 2022, and as part of the purchase programme to service the 2022-2024, 2021-2023 and 2020-2022 Performance Share Plans, the start of which was approved by the Board of Directors on 12 May 2022 (as per the disclosure made on the same date also pursuant to Article 144 bis of CONSOB Regulation 11971/99, and to Article 5 of EU Regulation 596/2014).

The following table details the purchases made per day in the above period of Arnoldo Mondadori Editore S.p.A. ordinary shares, ISIN Code IT0001469383:

DateQuantityAverage price (euro)Amount (euro)
08/06/2022                          54,000                          1.94842                          105,214.68
09/06/2022                            59,000                             1.90991                          112,684.69
10/06/2022                             62,000                            1.85538                        115,033.56

The purchases were made through the authorized intermediary Intesa San Paolo S.p.A. (LEI Code 2W8N8UU78PMDQKZENC08), independently and with no influence from the Issuer as regards the timing of the purchases.

Following the purchases made so far, Arnoldo Mondadori Editore S.p.A. holds no 912,991 treasury shares, equal to 0.349% of the share capital.

Purchases in detail in the complete pdf.

Mondadori Group: agreement signed on the acquisition of 51% of Edizioni Star Comics

The Mondadori Group announces that it has signed an agreement today on the acquisition of a 51% stake in Edizioni Star Comics S.r.l., Italy’s leading comic books publisher, specialized in the publication on the domestic market of the major international productions including, in particular, Japanese manga.

The acquisition, fully consistent with the repeatedly-announced strategy to strengthen the core business of books, allows the Mondadori Group to secure a leadership position in the domestic comic books segment, the most thriving area in the publishing industry, boasting a 175% growth over the three-year period 2019-2021 and 30% in the first 4 months of 2022 (figures in terms of value, source AIE Research Office on Nielsen Bookscan data).

“Over the past few years, the Comics segment has become an important lever of development for the entire books chain, thanks also to the high innovation rate of the publishing offer and the extraordinary ability it has to attract new readers: Star Comics stands as the undisputed leader in this segment” – said Antonio Porro, CEO of the Mondadori Group.
“The exchange of expertise between our group and a publisher such as Star Comics, whose people have been able to build a recognized and consolidated leadership over time, enhanced by a strong relationship with its audience, will be interesting and fruitful”, ended Porro.

The activities of Edizioni Star Comics can find further opportunities for growth within the Mondadori Group, thanks to the synergies generated by the deal, including, in particular, access to the most extensive network of bookstores in Italy, where Mondadori Retail is developing spaces specifically dedicated to the comics product.

The acquisition of a 51% stake in the share capital of Edizioni Star Comics was defined on the basis of an Enterprise Value (for 100% of the company) of € 28 million: the price, which will be paid in full in cash at closing, will be subject to final adjustment based on the net financial position at the closing date.

The defined agreements also envisage the underwriting of call option contracts, which give the Mondadori Group the right to acquire the remaining 49% stake in Edizioni Star Comics, exercisable in two equal tranches starting from the approval of the 2024 and 2027 financial statements, respectively, at a price to be set on the basis of the average EBITDA of the relevant previous three years. Should Mondadori fail to exercise the call options, the agreements govern put options in favour of the sellers exercisable under the same price conditions.

In 2021, Edizioni Star Comics recorded strong growth in results versus the prior year: revenue of        € 21.6 million, EBITDA of € 7.2 million, net profit of € 5.1 million and a positive net financial position (cash) of € 4,3 million.

Under the deal, Simone Bovini and Claudia Bovini – who founded and have so far successfully managed Edizioni Star Comics, bringing it to its leading role in the Italian comic books market – will retain management responsibilities and continue to serve as managing directors of the company.
The scope of the transaction also includes the acquisition of 100% of Grafiche Bovini S.r.l., a company controlled by the same family of founders, specialized in printing activities exclusively of products published by Edizioni Star Comics.

The transaction is expected to close by 30 June 2022, and is conditional, inter alia, upon the spin-off of the property component as well as the consent of the Japanese and Korean licensors who own the rights to some of the company’s publications.
Any impact on guidance for the current year, which has already been disclosed to the market, will be announced on completion of the transaction.

BoD approves results at 31 march 2022

In first quarter 2022, the Mondadori Group continued its efforts, on a like-for-like basis[1], to increase profitability; owing to the seasonal nature of the school publishing business, the positive contribution of  D Scuola will be felt more in the second half of the year.

  • Net revenue € 153.1 million: up by 5.7% versus 31.03.2021; net of the consolidation of D Scuola, the increase is +2.9%
  • Adjusted EBITDA € -1.1 million; net of the consolidation of D Scuola, the item closes at € +2.4 million, improving by € 1.3 million versus 31.03.2021
  • Group net result € -11.4 million; on a like-for-like basis, the result is € -7.1 million, recovering strongly versus 31.03.2021
  • Continued solid cash flow generation, net of the acquisition of D Scuola:
    – LTM cash flow from ordinary operations up slightly at € 68.9 million;
    – LTM free cash flow improves to reach € 57.5 million
  • NFP before IFRS 16 at € -135.8 million; excluding the effects of the acquisition of D Scuola, the NFP before IFRS 16 closes at € +9.6 million, improving sharply versus € -47.9 million at 31.03.2021

 

OUTLOOK: GUIDANCE FOR 2022 CONFIRMED

  • Mid-single-digit growth of revenue
  • Adjusted EBITDA up by more than 20%
  • Double-digit growth of net result
  • Cash flow from ordinary operations in line with 2021
  • Free cash flow in the region of € 40/45 million (before payout of the dividend) including the transactions already announced
  • NFP IFRS 16 less than 1.1x adjusted EBITDA.

START OF SHARE BUYBACK PROGRAM TO SERVICE THE SHARE PERFORMANCE PLANS

 

[1] Net of the consolidation of D Scuola, effective as from 1 January 2022.

Today, the meeting of the Board of Directors of Arnoldo Mondadori Editore S.p.A., chaired by Marina Berlusconi, reviewed and approved the Interim Management Statement at 31 March 2022 presented by CEO Antonio Porro.

I° QUARTER 2022 HIGHLIGHTS
In first quarter 2022, the Group – excluding the contribution from the newly-consolidated D Scuola – continued its efforts to increase profitability, spurred by the positive trend in revenue across all business areas and careful management of operations implemented in the prior quarters, which led to greater structural efficiency. The Mondadori Group concurrently confirmed its ability to guarantee steady and solid cash flow generation.

“The performance we recorded in the first quarter, and the process of continued strengthening implemented so far, allow us to confirm for 2022 the estimates previously announced, despite the uncertain economic and geopolitical context”, emphasized Antonio Porro, CEO of the Mondadori Group. “The solidity of our business model and our continued ability to generate cash flow put us in a position to continue to focus on and grow in our core business of books: a target that we have successfully pursued to date also through a series of major acquisitions”, concluded Porro.

PERFORMANCE AT 31 MARCH 2022
In the first quarter of the current year, the contribution of D Scuola, fully consolidated as from 1 January 2022, is irrelevant owing to the seasonal nature of the Education business which, in the first half of the year, records only the costs of creating editorial content as well as the expense from the promotional activities to support the adoption campaign, postponing the recognition of revenue from the sale of school textbooks to the second half of the year.

In first quarter 2022, consolidated revenue amounted to € 153.1 million, increasing by 5.7% versus      € 144.8 million in the prior year; net of the consolidation of D Scuola, Group revenue would have recorded a like-for-like growth of 2.9%, thanks to the contribution of all business areas, of the Retail area in particular.

Adjusted EBITDA for the period under review amounted to € -1.1 million. Excluding the result for the period of D Scuola, adjusted EBITDA came to a positive € 2.4 million, as the company, which operates in the school textbooks segment, recognizes a loss in the first part of the year due to the seasonal nature of the business: on a like-for-like basis, the Group recorded an improvement in profitability of € 1.3 million versus first quarter 2021, driven by the positive performance of the Books and Retail segments.

Group EBITDA came to € -0.7 million, or on a like-for-like basis to € +2.8 million: a comparison with the results of the prior year (€ 0.2 million) shows a clear improvement, thanks to the abovementioned business performance, and to the positive contribution from non-recurring items.

EBIT at 31 March 2022 stood at € -12.2 million (€ -6.6 million on a like-for-like basis). The comparison with 2021 shows:

  • an improvement of € 2.4 million on a like-for-like basis, due to the mentioned trends;
  • a deterioration of € 3.3 million in the overall scope, due to the consolidation of amortization and depreciation and the effects of the Purchase Price Allocation process from the acquisition of D Scuola.

The consolidated loss before tax amounted to € -14.4 million; on a like-for-like basis, the figure amounted to € -8.8 million, improving by 3 million versus € -12.1 million in the first three months of 2021.

Financial expense rose by € 0.3 million, due to the higher average gross debt recorded in the quarter following the acquisition of D Scuola.

The Group’s net result, after minority interests, amounted to € -11.4 million; on a like-for-like basis, the figure closes at € –7.1 million, a clear improvement versus € -10.2 million in the first three months of 2021. Mention should be made that in the first quarter of the year, the Group usually recognizes a net loss at a consolidated level, due to the seasonal nature of the Education business.

At 31 March 2022, the net financial position before IFRS 16 stood at € -135.8 million (€ -217.4 million including the IFRS 16 impact).

Excluding the effects of the acquisition of D Scuola, the net financial position before IFRS 16 stood at a positive € 9.6 million, improving significantly by over € 57.5 million versus the debt at 31 March 2021 (€ 47.9 million), attributable to the significant cash flow generation recorded in the last twelve months: including the impact of IFRS 16, the NFP stood at a negative € 69.9 million, due to the recognition of an additional financial payable of € 79.5 million.

The LTM cash flow from ordinary operations (after outlays for financial expense and tax), excluding D Scuola, amounted to € 68.9 million, allowing the Group to continue to strengthen its financial structure.

D Scuola, consolidated as from January 2022, reported a negative cash flow of € 13.3 million in the first quarter, in line with the seasonal nature of the school business which, in the first half of the year, records only the costs and expenditure for the development and publication of texts marketed in the second half.

The LTM Free Cash Flow at 31 March 2022 amounted to € 57.5 million, improving further versus the figure at 31 December 2021. Including the impact of the acquisition of D Scuola for approximately € 135 million, the Free Cash Flow of the overall scope recorded outlays of approximately € 88 million.

At 31 March 2022, Group employees amounted to 1,883 units, up by 2.4% versus 1,838 units at 31 March 2021 (+45 units), due primarily to the inclusion of D Scuola staff (totaling 127 units). On a like-for-like basis, therefore excluding both the contribution of the newly-consolidated company and the effects of the sale of the titles in the Media area in December 2021, the drop would come to approximately 2.3%, the result of the continued efforts to increase the efficiency of the individual business areas.

BUSINESS OUTLOOK
In light of the results achieved in the first few months and in the absence of any future material deterioration in the geopolitical context, for the full year 2022, the Group believes it can confirm the estimates previously disclosed, despite the critical issues arising from the increase in costs for the procurement of raw materials, primarily paper, and for energy consumption.

That said, the Group expects for:

  • Earnings: continued resilience of the business model
    – mid-single-digit growth of revenue;
    – Adjusted EBITDA up by more than 20%;
    – double-digit growth of the net result, thanks also to significantly lower non-recurring expense than the figure recorded in 2021, despite the fact that net profit in 2021 had benefited from a significant tax component[1] of approximately € 19 million.
  • Cash Flow and Net Financial Position: continued strong cash generation:
    – Cash Flow from ordinary operations: in line with 2021, as a result of the positive contribution from D Scuola, offsetting the “one-off” increase in Group capital expenditure, arising:
       – in the school segment, from the project to integrate D Scuola and from a stronger and richer product range and publishing catalogue in the school segment;
    – in the Retail area, from the plan on the relocation and renovation of the flagship store in Piazza Duomo in Milan, which will see conclusion in the final part of the year;
  • Free Cash Flow in the region of € 40/45 million (before payout of the dividend), which includes the expected cash outflows from extraordinary transactions announced;
  • Group net financial debt (IFRS 16) less than 1.1x Adjusted EBITDA (0.6x before IFRS 16).

The financial solidity reached allows the Group to continue its path of development, especially in the books business, also through M&As: therefore, the Group will continue to pursue its unwavering commitment, also in the current year, to further growth opportunities through acquisitions.

PERFORMANCE OF BUSINESS AREAS

  • BOOKS

In first quarter 2022, after the remarkable growth seen in 2021, the books market witnessed a consolidation phase marked by a slight decline in sales (-1.6% in terms of value and -0.6% in terms of volume)[2] versus the same period last year.
Even if we exclude from the measurements those segments currently untapped by the Mondadori Group, i.e. professional and, most importantly, comics, which are continuing to see strong growth close to 50% this year, the market continued to remain moderately weak, dropping (in terms of value) by 2.3% versus 2021.

Group revenue in the Trade segment, which fell slightly, was affected, on the one hand, by this trend of the relevant market and, on the other, by the scheduling of the publishing plan, which envisages the release of the major titles in the second half of the year, closing at € 52.3 million, down by approximately 6% versus € 55.9 million in first quarter 2021, which had benefited from the extraordinary success of “Il sistema. Potere, politica, affari: storia segreta della magistratura italiana” by A. Sallusti and L. Palamara (Rizzoli).

Nonetheless, the Group confirmed its undisputed leadership with a market share of 23% in the Trade segment (including the share of De Agostini Libri, consolidated as from 1 April 2022).

With regard to the school textbooks segment, mention should be made that this is a highly seasonal business, so revenue generated in the first three months typically accounts for less than 5% of the annual figure. In first quarter 2022, the activities recorded total revenue of € 9 million: on a like-for-like basis net of D Scuola, revenue was basically steady versus the prior year (€ 4.9 million in first quarter 2021).

Overall, revenue in the Books area as a whole in the first three months of 2022 amounted to € 76.2 million, up by 6.5% versus € 71.6 million in the first three months of 2021, due mainly to the consolidation of D Scuola. On a like-for-like basis excluding the contribution of the recently-acquired company, growth stood at 0.7%, thanks in particular to the strong increase achieved by the publishing house, Rizzoli International Publications, and the upswing in Electa’s museum activities.

Adjusted EBITDA amounted to € -2.1 million, including the negative contribution of D Scuola, owing to the seasonal nature of the school textbooks business: net of these effects, adjusted EBITDA would stand at € 1.5 million versus € 0.6 million in first quarter 2021, improving by 0.8 million, pushed by the positive performance of the publishing house Rizzoli International Publications and the upswing in Electa’s museum business.

  • RETAIL

As indicated earlier, in the first three months of the year, the books market recorded a slight drop versus first quarter 2021 (-1.6%[3]): this trend had no adverse effect on the performance of the physical channel which, due also to the pandemic-related restrictions that had restrained its activities in 2021, reported a growth versus the same period of the prior year.

Against this backdrop, the market share of Mondadori Retail reached 10.8%, driven by the remarkable performance of physical stores, which benefited from a positive comparison with the prior year.

In the first quarter, the Retail area posted revenue of € 37.2 million, up by € 3.8 million (approximately +11.5%) versus € 33.4 million in the same period of the prior year.

The ongoing development and renovation of existing stores and the focus on the core business of books have enabled the Mondadori Store network to further consolidate its role in the market, as shown by the strong improvement in Books revenue (€ +3.5 million), which is higher at the end of the first quarter even than in the pre-COVID period.

Specifically:

  • directly-managed stores reported a sharp increase in revenue (+49.9% versus the prior year), due to the abovementioned strategy of focusing on the book product and network development activities;
  • the franchised channel too, composed mainly of proximity stores located in small towns, continued its progression, increasing by +3.2% versus the same period of the prior year;
  • the online channel declined, reflecting the market trend.

The Retail area recorded a positive and sharply growing adjusted EBITDA of € +0.3 million (€ +0.7 million versus the first three months of 2021). This target was achieved thanks to the strong growth in revenue, the deep transformation of the business unit as a whole, the ongoing renewal and development of the network of physical stores, as well as careful cost management and a thorough review of the organization and processes.

  • MEDIA

In first quarter 2022, the Media area recorded revenue of € 47.1 million, basically steady versus € 46.8 million in the same quarter of the prior year, but up by 9.2% on a like-for-like basis of portfolio of brands (excluding the effect of the deconsolidation of the titles sold at end 2021).

Specifically:

  • digital activities, which now account for 20% of the area’s total revenue, increased significantly by over 31% versus first quarter 2021 (+36.8% on a like-for-like basis of brands), driven by the strong performance of AdKaora.
    Digital advertising revenue as a percentage of total advertising revenue now represents 77% (up from 66% in first quarter 2021);
  • traditional print activities, excluding the magazines sold at end 2021, improved by 3.4%, thanks to the positive circulation performance of television titles, which bucked the market trend.

 Adjusted EBITDA in the Media area stood at € 2 million, steady versus the first three months of 2021 as a result of:

  • in the print area, the continuing measures to contain operating costs, which offset the increase in industrial costs;
  • in the digital area, growth in activities in the MarTech segment, despite the higher editorial and development costs incurred for the launch of the new social magazine “The Wom”.


START OF SHARE BUYBACK PROGRAM TO SERVICE THE 2022-2024, 2021-2023 AND 2020-2022 SHARE PERFORMANCE PLANS
The Board of Directors of Arnoldo Mondadori Editore S.p.A. approved the start of a share buyback program, under Article 5 of Regulation (EU) no. 596/2014, to be executed in accordance with the terms and conditions, already disclosed to the public, resolved by the Ordinary Shareholders’ Meeting of 28 April 2022 which, among other things, authorized:

  • the purchase and disposal of treasury shares for a maximum amount of up to 0.265% of the share capital, which is intended to provide the Company with the no. 693,878 shares required over the three-year period to meet the obligations under the 2022-2024 Performance Share Plan established by the same Shareholders’ Meeting, pursuant to Article 114-bis of the TUF;
  • the continuation of the buyback program to service the 2020-2022 Performance Share Plan and the 2021-2023 Performance Share Plan in the manners and within the limits set out in the relevant Regulations.

Pursuant to Delegated Regulation (EU) 2016/1052, details of the buyback program are shown below:

Purpose of the plan
The sole purpose of the program is the buyback of Arnoldo Mondadori Editore S.p.A. treasury shares to service the 2022-2023 Performance Share Plan, the 2021-2023 Performance Share Plan and the 2020-2022 Performance Share Plan.

Maximum amount in cash allocated to the program
Buybacks will be made at a minimum unit price not lower than the official Stock Exchange price on the day before the purchase transaction, reduced by 20%, and at a maximum unit price not higher than the official Stock Exchange price on the day before the purchase transaction, increased by 10%. The volumes and unit purchase prices will, however, be defined in accordance with the conditions governed by Article 3 of EU Delegated Regulation 2016/1052. Specifically, no shares may be purchased at a price higher than the higher between the price of the last independent trade and the price of the highest current independent bid on the trading venue where the purchase is carried out. In terms of volumes, daily purchase amounts will not exceed 25% of the daily average volume of Mondadori shares traded over the 20 trading days before the dates of purchase.

Maximum number of shares to purchase
Purchases will regard a maximum of no. 410,000 ordinary shares (equal to 0.156%) of the share capital, taking account of the treasury shares already held in the Company’s portfolio, to service the 2022-2024 Performance Share Plan, the 2021-2023 Performance Share Plan and the 2020-2022 Performance Share Plan, in the manners and within the limits set out in the relevant Regulations.
The maximum total amount of shares under the program is therefore within the limits of 10% of the share capital indicated by the Shareholders’ Meeting of 28 April 2022, taking account also of the no. 1,049,838 treasury shares, equal to 0.402% of the share capital, already held by the Company.

Duration of the program
The buyback program runs from 12 May 2022 and will end by the Shareholders’ Meeting to approve the financial statements for the year ending 31 December 2022, which coincides with the expiration of the authorization to purchase treasury shares approved by the Shareholders’ Meeting on 28 April 2022.
The buyback program may be renewed upon further authorization by the shareholders.

Buyback procedures
The buyback program will be coordinated and executed by an authorized intermediary, who will make the purchases independently, with no influence from Arnoldo Mondadori Editore S.p.A. as regards the timing of the purchases.

Buybacks will be made pursuant to the combined provisions of Article 132 of Legislative Decree no. 58/1998 and of Article 5 of Regulation (EU) 596/2014, Article 144-bis of the Issuer Regulation, and the EU and national legislation on market abuse (including Delegated Regulation (EU) 2016/1052), in accordance with the resolutions of the above Shareholders’ Meeting of 28 April 2022.

Any subsequent changes to the buyback program will be promptly disclosed by the Company.
The transactions made will be disclosed to the market in the manners and within the time limits of applicable law.

For information on the above Performance Share Plans, reference should be made to the information documents prepared pursuant to Article 114-bis of Legislative Decree no. 58/1998 and to Article 84-bis of CONSOB Regulation no. 1197/1999 and available on the website www.gruppomondadori.it (Governance section) and at the authorized storage mechanism 1Info (www.1Info.it).

2022-2024 PERFORMANCE SHARE PLAN: ASSIGNMENT OF RIGHTS
The Board of Directors, having heard the Remuneration Committee, resolved on the assignments to the beneficiaries of the rights relating to the 2022-2024 Performance Share Plan, established by resolution of the Shareholders’ Meeting of 28 April 2022.
Information regarding the beneficiaries and the number of rights assigned are shown – by name, for the beneficiaries who are members of the Board of Directors, and in aggregate form for the other beneficiaries – in the table attached, prepared in compliance with Box 1, Schedule no. 7 of Annex 3A of the Issuer Regulation.
The terms and conditions of the Plan are set out in the Directors’ Explanatory Report to the Shareholders’ Meeting of 28 April 2022 and in the Information Document prepared pursuant to Article 84-bis, paragraph 1 of the Issuer Regulation, available on the website www.gruppomondadori.it Governance section and on the storage mechanism www.1info.it to the contents of which reference should be made.

PUBLICATION OF THE MINUTES OF THE SHAREHOLDERS’ MEETING

Arnoldo Mondadori Editore S.p.A. informs that the minutes of the Ordinary Shareholders’ Meeting held on 28 April 2022 are available on the authorized storage mechanism 1Info (www.1info.it), in the Governance section of the Company website www.gruppomondadori.it and at the Company’s registered office.

The Interim Management Statement at 31 March 2022 will be made available today on the authorized storage mechanism 1Info (www.1Info.it), in the Investors section of the Company website www.gruppomondadori.it and at the Company’s registered office.

The presentation of the results at 31 March 2022, approved today by the Board of Directors is available, on 1Info (www.1info.it), on www.borsaitaliana.it and on www.gruppomondadori.it (Investors section). A Q&A session will be held in conference call mode at 4.30 pm for the financial community, attended by the CEO of the Mondadori Group, Antonio Porro, and the CFO, Alessandro Franzosi. Journalists will be able to follow the meeting in listening mode only, by connecting to the following phone number +39.02.8020927 or via web at: https://hditalia.choruscall.com/?calltype=2.

 The Financial Reporting Manager – Alessandro Franzosi – hereby declares, pursuant to Article 154 bis, paragraph 2, of the Consolidated Finance Law, that the accounting information contained herein corresponds to the Company’s records, books and accounting entries.

 

Annexes (in the complete pdf):

  1. Consolidated balance sheet;
  2. Consolidated income statement;
  3. Group cash flow;
  4. Glossary of terms and alternative performance measures used;
  5. Information pursuant to Schedule 7 of Annex 3a to CONSOB Regulation no. 11971/1999.

[1] Derived from the tax realignment of intangible assets.

[2] GFK, March 2022

[3] GFK (in terms of value)

5,000 teachers respond to the Mondadori Group survey on sustainability issues

Diversity, equality and inclusion are the priority for 61% of teachers

In second place “promotion of reading and socio-cultural growth” (54.3%).
Third, “management of environmental impacts” (51.9%)

Which sustainability issues do teachers consider of greatest relevance to respond to the expectations of the world of school?

The Mondadori Group, Italy’s leading publisher of school textbooks with the Mondadori Education, Rizzoli Education and D Scuola publishing houses, put the question in an online questionnaire to approximately 5,000 teachers in primary schools (27%), junior high schools (28%) and senior high schools (45%) all over Italy.

The survey – which collected the opinions of educators – is part of the listening and stakeholder engagement activities promoted by the Group for its consolidated Non-Financial Disclosure.

The contributions from the teachers were taken into consideration during the drafting of the Group’s first Sustainability Plan: a project that identifies the areas and guidelines on which the Segrate-based Group will work in the future, with short- and medium-term objectives, to improve its social, governance and environmental performance. The Plan reflects the Group identity, mission and role as a publisher in society.

“Teachers are fundamental interlocutors for the Mondadori Group, which has always supported the spread of equitable and inclusive quality education, offering opportunities for reading and growth, entertainment and learning,” said Gian Luca Pulvirenti, CEO Mondadori Libri area Education. “Through our publishing houses, we support teachers, from primary schools to universities, with innovative, accessible content and teaching aids designed to contribute to the growth of the new generations; this is why we think that listening to the needs and expectations of the protagonists of our schools is a valuable opportunity for us to enhance and pursue the strategic and sustainable development of our activities,” added Pulvirenti.

The results of the survey

  • 2% of the teachers who responded to the questionnaire said that “diversity, equity and inclusion” was a priority issue in meeting the expectations of the world of school;
  • in second place was “promotion of reading and socio-cultural growth” (54.3%) through local action and educational initiatives in bookstores and schools;
  • of the 15 issues suggested, third place was taken by “management of environmental impacts” (51.9%).

The survey also highlighted the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (Agenda 2030) teachers consider of greatest importance, to be valorised in schools today:

  • for more than 40% of the interviewees, guaranteeing inclusive and equitable quality education and promoting lifelong learning opportunities for all (SDG 4) is the priority goal;
  • this is followed by action to combat climate change (SDG 13), for almost one teacher in three.

Many responses underlined the areas of schooling to which greatest attention should be paid in the future:

  • more than one teacher in two (51.1%) indicated the need to adopt innovative teaching practices, in the interests of inclusivity;
  • 7% of the respondents said it was important to have a specific education offer on sustainability issues and the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development;
  • 8% focused attention on initiatives to engage young people in civil society and the introduction of civic education;
  • other areas of great interest are action to combat early school-leaving and promotion of initiatives to foster gender equality.

The initiatives of our publishing houses
These questions are examined on a daily basis not only through the content of school textbooks, but also through initiatives organised by the Mondadori Group for teachers and students, such as the launch of the Manifesto for gender equality and plurality by Rizzoli Education, the “#Leparolechesiamo, la scuola che vogliamo” project of Mondadori Education and the “La scuola è” Festival of D Scuola, for teacher training and the whole school community.
The Group also offers innovative tools, including: HUB Scuola, the integrated digital teaching platform of Mondadori Education and Rizzoli Education, with inclusive content for management of all educational needs; the many resources and activities of the Deascuola platform, including the brand new Deaflix inclusive learning service for all the basic topics of the main school subjects; on-going development of innovative user assistance services.

Shareholders’ Meeting approves the 2021 financial statements

Resolution on the distribution of a dividend of € 0.085 per ordinary share

Today, the Shareholders’ Meeting of Arnoldo Mondadori Editore S.p.A., chaired by Marina Berlusconi, approved the financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2021.

The Group’s Chief Executive Officer, Antonio Porro, presented the key figures for the year, as disclosed to the market last 16 March.
Specifically, the net profit, after minority interests, amounted to € 44.2 million, up sharply versus € 4.5 million in 2020.

Today’s Shareholders’ Meeting, in accordance with the proposal of the Board of Directors of 16 March 2022, which has already been the subject of disclosure, resolved to distribute a unit dividend of € 0.085 for each ordinary share (net of treasury shares) outstanding at the record date, for a total of approximately € 22.1 million[1] which corresponds to a pay-out of 50% of the consolidated net profit and a dividend yield equal to 4.2% (at 31 December 2021).
The dividend will be paid, in accordance with the provisions of the “Regulation of the markets organized and managed by Borsa Italiana S.p.A.”, from 25 May 2022 (payment date), with ex-coupon (no. 21) date on 23 May 2022, and with the date of entitlement to payment of the dividend, pursuant to Article 83-terdecies of the TUF (record date), on 24 May 2022.

The Shareholders’ Meeting resolved also on the following additional items on the agenda:

Report on remuneration policy and compensation paid
Pursuant to Article 123-ter of Legislative Decree no. 58/1998, the Shareholders’ Meeting, by means of a binding resolution, approved Section One of the Report on Remuneration Policy and Compensation Paid. The Shareholders’ Meeting also voted in favour of Section Two of the Report.

Renewal of the authorization to purchase and dispose of treasury shares
Following expiry of the term relating to the previous authorization resolved on 27 April 2021, the Shareholders’ Meeting renewed the authorization to purchase and dispose of treasury shares with the aim of retaining for the Board of Directors the applicability of law provisions in the matter of any additional purchase plans and, consequently, of seizing any investment and operational opportunities involving treasury shares.
To date, Arnoldo Mondadori Editore S.p.A. holds a total of no. 1,049,838 treasury shares, equal to 0.402% of the share capital.
Here below is the information provided on the authorization issued by the Meeting, also with reference to the provisions of Article 144-bis of the Issuer Regulation no. 11971/1999:

  • Motivations
    The motivations underlying the request for the authorization to purchase and dispose of treasury shares refer to the opportunity to attribute to the Board of Directors the power:
    – use the Treasury Shares purchased or already in the Company portfolio as compensation for the acquisition of interests within the framework of the Company’s investments;
    – use the treasury shares purchased or already held in portfolio against the exercise of option rights, including conversion rights, deriving from financial instruments issued by the Company, its subsidiaries or third parties and to use the treasury shares for lending, exchange or transfer transactions or to support extraordinary transactions on the Company’s capital or financing transactions that imply the transfer or sale of treasury shares;
    – to undertake any investments, directly or through intermediaries, including for the purpose of containing abnormal movements in share prices, stabilizing share trading and prices, supporting the liquidity of the share on the market, in order to foster  the regular conduct of trading beyond normal fluctuations related to market performance, without prejudice in any case to compliance with applicable statutory provisions;
    – to rely on investment or divestment opportunities, if considered strategic by the Company, also in relation to available liquidity;
    – to dispose of treasury shares as part of share-based incentive plans pursuant to Article 114-bis of the TUF, and of plans for the free allocation of shares to employees or members of the governing or supervisory bodies of the Company or to Shareholders.
  • Duration
    The authorization to purchase treasury shares is set to last until the approval of the financial statements for the year ending 31 December 2022 and, in any case, for a period not exceeding 18 months after the Shareholders’ Meeting resolution, while the authorization to sell is granted to last for an unlimited period, given the absence of provisions in this regard pursuant to the provisions in force and the opportunity to allow the Board of Directors to make use of the maximum flexibility, also in terms of time, to carry out the acts of disposal of the shares.
  • Maximum number of purchasable treasury shares
    The authorization allows the purchase, including in more than one tranche, of ordinary shares of Arnoldo Mondadori Editore S.p.A., with a par value of € 0.26 each, in one or more tranches in an amount freely determinable by the Board of Directors – up to a maximum number of shares – also taking into account the ordinary shares held, directly and indirectly, in the portfolio from time to time – of no more than 10% overall of the share capital.
  • Criteria for purchasing Treasury Shares and indication of the minimum and maximum purchasing cap
    Purchases shall be made in compliance with Articles 132 of the TUF and 144-bis, paragraph 1 letter b) of the Issuer Regulation, and on regulated markets or multilateral trading systems, according to the operating criteria established in the organization and management regulations of the same markets, which do not allow the direct matching of buy orders against predetermined sell orders, and also in compliance with any other applicable law, including EU law. Additionally, share purchase transactions may also be carried out in the manner envisaged in Article 3 of EU Delegated Regulation no. 2016/1052 in order to benefit, if the conditions are met, from the exemption under Article 5, paragraph 1, of EU Regulation no. 596/2014 on market abuse with regard to inside information and market manipulation.
    Regarding the disposal of treasury shares, disposals may be made, on one or more occasions and even before having terminated the maximum number of purchasable treasury shares, either by selling them on regulated markets or according to other trading methods in compliance with the law, including EU law, in force and with the Admitted Market Practices, if applicable.
    Under the proposed authorization, the minimum and maximum purchase price shall be determined at a unit price not lower than the official Stock Exchange price of Mondadori shares on the day preceding the purchase transaction, reduced by 20%, and not higher than the official Stock Exchange price on the day preceding the purchase transaction, increased by 10%.
    In any event – except for any different price and volume determinations resulting from the application of the conditions set forth in the Admitted Market Practices – such price shall be identified in accordance with the trading conditions set forth in Delegated Regulation (EU) no. 1052 of 8 March 2016.
    In terms of consideration, sales transactions or other acts of disposition of treasury shares shall be carried out:
    – if executed in cash, at a price no lower than 10% of the reference price recorded on the MTA – Euronext Milan – organized and managed by Borsa Italiana S.p.A. in the trading session prior to each single transaction;
    – if executed as part of any extraordinary transactions in accordance with financial terms to be determined by the Board of Directors on the basis of the nature and characteristics of the transaction, also taking account of the market performance of Mondadori shares;
    – if executed to service the Performance Share Plans adopted by the Company in compliance with the terms and conditions set out in the resolutions of the Shareholders’ Meeting that establish the Plans and the related regulations.

2022-2024 Performance Share Plan
The Shareholders’ Meeting, pursuant to Article 114-bis of Legislative Decree 58/1998 and in keeping with the introduction of performance share plans approved in the past for the medium/long-term remuneration of executive directors and key management personnel, approved the adoption of a Performance Share Plan for the three-year period 2022-2024 intended for the Chief Executive Officer, the CFO – Executive Director and a number of managers of the Company who have an employment and/or directorship relationship with the Company or its subsidiaries at the date of allocation of the shares.
For a detailed description of the 2022-2024 Performance Share Plan, the beneficiaries and the main characteristics of the Regulation of the Plan, reference should be made to the Information Document pursuant to Article 84 bis of CONSOB Issuer Regulation no. 11971/1999, and the explanatory report of the Board of Directors, available on the Company website www.mondadorigroup.com, Governance/Shareholders’ Meeting section and on the authorized storage mechanism 1Info (www.1Info.it).

[1] Rough estimate based on the number of shares outstanding to date.