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Board of Directors approves results as at 31 March 2024

Q1 2024 closes with revenue at +3.8% and adjusted EBITDA at +9.3%

Outlook for FY 2024 confirmed

  • Consolidated revenues for Q1 2024 of € 166.1 million, up 3.8% on the Q1 2023 figure of € 160 million
  • Adjusted EBITDA of € 4.8 million in Q1 2024, up 9.3% on the € 4.4 million recorded for the same period of the previous year
  • Q1 2024 EBIT negative by € 8.7 million, slightly down (by € 0.5 million) compared to 31 March 2023 due to higher amortisation linked to the investment policy
  • Group net profit as of 31 March 2024, negative by € 7.1 million, down by approximately € 2 million compared to the net loss of € 5.2 million in Q1 2023
  • Ordinary Cash Flow as of 31 March 2024 positive by € 69 million, slightly up compared to 31 December 2023
  • IFRS 16 Net Financial Position as of 31 March 2024 at € -205.5 million (net debt), from € -220.8 million in 2023, due to significant cash generation by the business and despite the dividend distribution cash-out and the acquisition of Star Shop
  • Outlook 2024 confirmed

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 2024 presented by Chief Executive Officer Antonio Porro.

“I am very pleased with the economic and financial results achieved in the first quarter. Despite this being the seasonally less relevant period of the year, they allow us to confirm the outlook for the 2024 financial year. Furthermore, in the first few months of the current financial year our Group continued to develop its core businesses, focusing in particular on strengthening its presence in book publishing. We finalised the acquisition of 51% of Star Shop, a distribution and sales outlet management company operating in the comics segment, consolidated since 1st February, and, just a few weeks ago, we completed the acquisition of 100% of Chelsea Green Publishing, a publishing house focused on sustainability issues, which not only allows us to diversify our editorial portfolio, but marks a further step forward in our growth journey outside the Italian trade market, in the United States and the United Kingdom”, says Antonio Porro, Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of the Mondadori Group.

Consolidated revenues for Q1 2024 amounted to € 166.1 million, having grown by 3.8% on Q1 2023 (€ 160 million). Net of the change in consolidation scope between the two periods under review, resulting from the consolidation of Star Shop, organic revenue growth was 1.5%.

Adjusted EBITDA for Q1 2024 was € 4.8 million, up 9.3% on the € 4.4 million recorded for the same period of 2023, mainly thanks to the performance of the Trade BOOKS and RETAIL areas.

EBITDA for Q1 2024 came to € 5.7 million, compared to € 4.7 million as at 31 March 2023, showing an improvement of approximately € 1.1 million (+22.7%) due to the favourable dynamics of the management and extraordinary components.

The Mondadori Group’s EBIT for Q1 2024, negative by € 8.7 million, was € 0.5 million lower than the first three months of 2023 owing to the higher amortisation and depreciation recorded in the period, amounting to € 1.5 million, resulting both from the greater investments made in the last twelve months (€ +1 million, including € 0.25 million for the new flagship store project in Piazza Duomo) and from the accounting effects of the Purchase Price Allocation process (€ +0.5 million compared to Q1 2023) connected with the M&A transactions completed during 2023, particularly in the Trade BOOKS area.

Financial expense grew by 0.2 million in total as a result of greater charges linked to the IFRS 16 debt.

The consolidated result before tax for Q1 2024 is negative by € 10.2 million, down by approximately € 1.4 million from the € -8.8 million recorded on 31 March 2023, mainly due to a lower contribution (of approximately € 0.7 million) from the earnings of associates, which in the first quarter of 2023 benefited from a non-recurring component resulting from the fair value revaluation of the investment in the company A.L.I. of € 1.3 million.

The tax component for Q1 2024 is positive by € 4.1 million compared to € 3.6 million as at 31 March 2023 due to the lower pre-tax result.

The net profit attributable to the Group as at 31 March 2024 was negative by € 7.1 million, down compared to the net loss recorded in the first quarter of 2023 (€ -5.2 million) of approximately € 2 million, half of it deriving from the dynamics already mentioned and the remaining part linked to the greater share of the result pertaining to third parties (€ 1 million).

The Net Financial Position excluding IFRS 16 as of 31 March 2024 was € -133.3 million (net debt), an improvement of more than € 17 million compared to € -150.7 million in Q1 2023, due to significant cash generation by the business and despite the dividend distribution cash-out and the acquisition of Star Shop. The IFRS 16 Net Financial Position as of 31 March 2024 amounted to € -205.5 million (net debt), from € -220.8 million in 2023, due to an IFRS 16 debt component of € -72.3 million.

Cash flow from ordinary operations (after cash-out for financial expense and tax) in the twelve months prior to 31 March 2024 amounted to € 69 million and allows the Group to continue to strengthen its financial structure. Extraordinary cash flow was negative by € 19.2 million, mainly due to net cash-outs related to acquisitions and disposals of around € 10 million and restructuring costs of around € 5 million.

Consequently, LTM Free Cash Flow at 31 March 2024 was positive for € 49.8 million, confirming the Group’s capacity to finance its inorganic growth policy and shareholder remuneration policy.

PERFORMANCE OF BUSINESS AREAS

Trade BOOKS AREA

The first three months of 2024 saw a slight decline of 3.8% (in value) in the book market, resulting in particular from the trend in the months of January-February; in fact, the performance in March decidedly bucked the trend, showing an increase of 8.2% on the previous year.
In this context, the Mondadori Group’s publishing houses recorded a 4.7% drop compared to the first three months of 2023, which had however benefited from the publication of “Spare. Il minore” (Spare), the highly successful biography of Prince Harry published by Mondadori. Net of the revenue made from this book in 2023, Q1 2024 shows growth of 1.8% and therefore a significantly better performance than the reference market.

The Mondadori Group maintained its national leadership with a market share of 27.2% as of March 2024.

Revenue for Q1 2024 increased by 4.2%, 1.7% net of the consolidation of Star Shop: despite the first quarter of 2023 having benefited from the huge success of the publication of “Spare. Il minore” (Spare), the biography of Prince Harry published by Mondadori. This positive result is attributable in particular to the quality of the editorial plan implemented by the publishing houses and to several special initiatives, as well as to the growth in digital revenues.

The Adjusted EBITDA of the Trade BOOKS area for Q1 2024 stood at 14.8 million, having grown by approximately 12% (€ 1.6 million), largely due to the improved profitability of the publishing houses.

Education BOOKS AREA

School textbook publishing experiences a typical seasonal performance that sees sales squeezed in the second half of the year following the adoption campaign: as a result, the relating market shares for 2024 are unavailable at this time. For the same reasons, revenue achieved in the first three months typically represents less than 5% of the annual figure.

In the first quarter of 2024, the school textbooks business recorded an overall revenue of € 9.2 million, up 8.4% compared to Q1 2023 (€ 8.5 million) with a positive change attributable to the advance on supplies to top accounts, and therefore showing a performance that is not representative of the trend for the entire financial year.

Adjusted EBITDA in the first quarter of 2024 stood at € -13.8 million compared to € -11.7 million in the same period of 2023, as a result of the advanced production of the new textbooks made available to the sales network to support their promotion. Note that this result is not significant as it stems from the aforementioned seasonality of the business, with the costs of the operational structure and development of the textbooks marketed during the adoption campaign completed at the end of the month of May being recorded during the first quarter.

RETAIL AREA

As previously stated, there was a 3.8% decline (in value) in the book market in Italy in the first three months of 2024 compared to the same period of 2023. In this context there was a substantial stability of the physical channel (+0.4%) and a simultaneous negative trend in the online channel (estimated at -9.8%).
The Mondadori Group’s RETAIL area, however, recorded growth of 2.7% in Q1 2024, with a better performance compared to the market. Consequently, Mondadori Retail’s market share in the Book product stands at 12.5% (up 0.8% compared to 31 March 2023), driven by an excellent performance of direct and franchised stores.

In the first three months, revenue amounted to € 43.8 million, a 9% increase compared to the first quarter of 2023, also due to the consolidation of Star Shop’s retail activities. Organic growth amounted to 5.2%, driven by the Book product, sales of which increased by +4.9% (€ +1.6 million).
In the first three months, the RETAIL area presented an Adjusted EBITDA of € 2.3 million, highlighting growth of over 35% compared to the first quarter of 2023 (€ +0.6 million), attributable to the growth in revenues, in particular of the Book product, and the continued development and renewal of the direct store network.

MEDIA AREA

In the first two months of 2024, the advertising market (excluding search, social, classified and OTT) showed an increase of 4% compared to the previous year.
In Q1 2024, the MEDIA area recorded revenues of € 32 million, a slight decrease of 1% due to the effect of the traditional business, mainly resulting from the structural contraction of joint sales. Conversely, the digital business, which accounts for approximately 42% of the area’s revenues, show an overall growth in advertising revenues of 25% resulting in particular from the positive performance of the MarTech segment and the excellent results of the social agency activities launched in early 2023.

The Adjusted EBITDA of the MEDIA area in the first quarter of 2024 stood at € 3.2 million, having grown by approximately 11% compared to the previous year, owing to the performance of the digital business, the constant improvement in operational activities and the reduction in the cost of paper.

OUTLOOK FOR THE YEAR

In light of the results achieved in the first quarter and the reference markets scenario, the Group believes it can confirm the previously communicated guidance for the 2024 financial year.

Income Statement

  • low single-digit revenue growth;
  • mid single-digit growth in the Adjusted EBITDA, with margins expected to remain stable at around 17%, thanks to targeted pricing policies and the further reduction of paper and printing costs.

Financial data

In the financial year 2024, the Group is expected to confirm the significant cash generation capacity and therefore an Ordinary Cash Flow of around € 70 million.

2024-2026 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 2024-2026 Performance Share Plan, established by resolution of the Shareholders’ Meeting of 24 April 2024. 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 24 April 2024 and in the Information Document prepared pursuant to Article 84-bis, paragraph 1 of the Issuers’ 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 and Extraordinary Shareholders’ Meeting held on 24 April 2024 are available on the authorised storage mechanism 1Info (www.1info.it), in the Governance section of the Company website www.mondadorigroup.com and at the Company’s registered office.

The Interim Management Statement at 31 March 2024 is made available by today through the authorised storage mechanism 1Info (www.1Info.it), on www.mondadorigroup.com (Investors section) and at the registered office.

The presentation of the results at 31 March 2024, approved today by the Board of Directors, is available on www.1info.it and on www.mondadorigroup.com (Investors section). A Q&A session will be held in conference call mode at 4.00 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 Statements of Financial Position
  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

Mondadori Group: acquisition of 100% of Chelsea Green Publishing Company Completed

The Mondadori Group reports that its subsidiary Rizzoli International Publications Inc. has finalised – in execution of the agreement signed and already disclosed on 15 April – the acquisition of 100% of the share capital of Chelsea Green Publishing Company.

As previously disclosed, the consideration for the acquisition, paid fully in cash at closing, was set at $ 5 million (on a debt and cash free basis) and will be subject to adjustment according to the Net Financial Position at the date of completion of the acquisition.

Shareholders’s meeting approves the 2023 financial statements and the distribution of a dividend of 0.12 per share, 9% up on the previous year

Board of Directors appointed: Marina Berlusconi Chairman, Antonio Porro confirmed Chief Executive Officer

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 2023.

The Parent Company’s income statement at 31 December 2023 shows the same net profit as in the consolidated financial statements of € 62.4 million (€ 52.1 million in 2022), due to the fact that the Company has chosen to use the equity method to measure its investments in the separate financial statements.

In accordance with the proposal put forward by the Board of Directors, which was the subject of a notice issued on 14 March, the Shareholders’ Meeting approved the distribution of a dividend 0.12 euros, gross of withholding taxes, per ordinary share outstanding at the following record dates (net of treasury shares).
The total dividend amounted to approximately € 31 million, up by 9% compared to the previous year: this amount corresponds to a pay-out of 50% of the net profit for 2023 and a dividend yield of almost 6% (as of 31 December 2023). The amount will be paid by drawing on the distributable portion of the extraordinary reserve (included in the equity item “Other reserves profit/loss carried forward”).

In compliance with the provisions of the “Regulations for markets organised and managed by Borsa Italiana S.p.A.” and as already announced, the dividend will be paid in two equal tranches:

  • unit amount of € 0.06 for each ordinary share (net of treasury shares) outstanding at the record date stated below, from 22 May 2024 (payment date), with ex-dividend date no. 23 on 20 May 2024 (ex date) and with the date of entitlement to payment of the dividend, pursuant to Article 83-terdecies of the TUF (record date), on 21 May 2024;
  • unit amount of € 0.06 for each ordinary share (net of treasury shares) outstanding on the record date stated below, from 20 November 2024 (payment date), with ex-dividend date 24 on 18 November 2024 (ex date) and with the date of entitlement to payment of the dividend, pursuant to Article 83-terdecies of the TUF (record date), on 19 November 2024.

APPOINTMENT OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER


The Meeting appointed the new Board of Directors; the 12 members will remain in office for three years until approval of the financial statements for the year ending 31 December 2026.

The Board was elected based on the lists submitted by the shareholder Fininvest S.p.A., holder of no. 139,355,950 shares, equal to 53.299% of the share capital and 69.853% of the voting rights, and by a grouping of shareholders formed of asset management companies and institutional investors holding a total of no. 15,660,100 shares, equal to 5.989% of the share capital.

The members of the new Board of Directors are:

  • Marina Berlusconi (Chairman), Antonio Porro, Pier Silvio Berlusconi, Alessandro Franzosi, Danilo Pellegrino, Elena Biffi, Francesco Currò, Cristina Rossello, Paola Elisabetta Galbiati, Marina Rubini, Riccardo Perotta (from the majority list presented by the shareholder Fininvest S.p.A.);
  • Pietro Bracco (from the minority list submitted by a grouping of shareholders formed of asset management companies and institutional investors).

The majority list received 79.40% of the votes cast at the Meeting. The composition of the Board of Directors complies with the provisions on gender equality set out in Article 147-ter, paragraph 1-ter of the TUF.

After the Shareholders’ Meeting, the Board of Directors of Arnoldo Mondadori Editore S.p.A., chaired by Marina Berlusconi, appointed Antonio Porro as Chief Executive Officer and General Manager.

The Board of Directors then assessed and ascertained the meeting of the independence requirements, pursuant to Article 148, paragraph three of the TUF and the Corporate Governance Code, for Directors Elena Biffi, Paola Elisabetta Galbiati, Marina Rubini, Riccardo Perotta and Pietro Bracco.

In making its assessments, the Board referred – taking account, among other things, of the provisions of Article 2, recommendation 7 of the Corporate Governance Code – also to the “Policy concerning the criteria for assessing the independence requirements of directors”, already adopted by Mondadori, which governs the criteria for the significance of commercial, financial or professional relationships or additional remuneration that may compromise the independence requirement.

The Board also:

  • approved the composition of the board committees, in accordance with the principles set by the Corporate Governance Code, as follows:
  • Control, Risk and Sustainability Committee: Paola Elisabetta Galbiati (Chairman), Pietro Bracco and Cristina Rossello;
  • Remuneration and Appointments Committee: Elena Biffi (Chairman), Paola Elisabetta Galbiati and Cristina Rossello;
  • Related Party Committee: Riccardo Perotta (Chairman), Elena Biffi and Marina Rubini;
  • appointed Paola Elisabetta Galbiati as Lead Independent Director;
  • confirmed Alessandro Franzosi as Financial Reporting Manager.

The executive Directors are: Marina Berlusconi since the Chairman, while not having any specific management powers, partakes, together with the Chief Executive Officer, in the drafting of corporate strategies to be submitted to the approval of the Board of Directors; Antonio Porro (Chief Executive Officer); Alessandro Franzosi, who qualifies as an Executive Director given his directorships in the Company associated with his role as Administration, Finance and Control Manager.

The CVs of the members of the Board of Directors and the additional documentation required by current legislation are available on the website www.mondadorigroup.com, in the Governance section.

Based on the information available to the Company, to date, it appears that the Directors who hold interests in the share capital of Arnoldo Mondadori Editore S.p.A. are:

  • Pier Silvio Berlusconi no. 172,000 shares;
  • Alessandro Franzosi no. 212,680 shares;
  • Antonio Porro no. 248,439 shares.

APPOINTMENT OF THE BOARD OF STATUTORY AUDITORS

The Shareholders’ Meeting also appointed the Board of Statutory Auditors for the three-year period 2024-2026, consisting of the following:

  • Sara Fornasiero as Chairperson (drawn from the minority list submitted by a grouping of shareholders formed of asset management companies and institutional investors);
  • Ezio Maria Simonelli and Francesca Meneghel as Standing Auditors (drawn from the majority list submitted by the shareholder Fininvest S.p.A.);
  • Annalisa Firmani and Emilio Gatto, as Alternate Auditors (drawn from the majority list submitted by the shareholder Fininvest S.p.A.);
  • Mario Civetta, as Alternate Auditor (drawn from the minority list submitted by a grouping of shareholders formed of asset management companies and institutional investors).

The majority list received 79.40% of the votes cast at the Meeting. The composition of the Board of Statutory Auditors complies with the provisions on gender equality set out in Article 148, paragraph 1-bis of the TUF. The CVs of the members of the Board of Statutory Auditors and the additional documentation required by current legislation are available on the website www.mondadorigroup.com, in the Governance section.

Based on the information available to the Company, to date, no member of the Board of Statutory Auditors holds any interest in the share capital of Arnoldo Mondadori Editore S.p.A..

Based on the declarations made by the Chairman of the Board of Statutory Auditors and by Standing Auditors, and the information available to the Company, the Board also confirmed that the independence requirements set out in Article 148, third paragraph of the TUF and in the Corporate Governance Code were met by the members of the Board of Statutory Auditors.

Moreover, the Shareholders’ Meeting resolved on the following items on the agenda:

  • Report on remuneration policy and compensation paid

The Shareholders’ Meeting 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 of the previous authorization approved on 27 April 2023, the Shareholders’ Meeting renewed the authorization to purchase and dispose of treasury shares with the aim of ensuring continued applicability of the legal provision to any buyback plans and, consequently, of seizing any investment and operational opportunities involving treasury shares. Below are the main elements of the Board of Directors’ proposal, which are consistent with those of the expired authorization.
Here below is the information provided, also with regard to the provisions of Article 132 of Legislative Decree 58/1998 and to the provisions of Article 144-bis of Issuer Regulation no. 11971/1999, on the authorizations issued by the Shareholders’ Meeting:

  • Motivations

The motivations underlying the request for the authorization to purchase and dispose treasury shares refer to the opportunity to attribute to the Board of Directors the power to:

  • 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;
  • 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;
  • rely on investment or divestment opportunities, if considered strategic by the Board of Directors, also in relation to available liquidity;
  • dispose of treasury shares to service share-based incentive plans set up pursuant to Article 114-bis of the TUF, and plans for the free allocation of shares to employees or members of the governing bodies of the Company or to Shareholders.
  • Duration

The authorization to purchase treasury shares runs from the date of any resolution approving the proposal by the Shareholders’ Meeting, until the Shareholders’ Meeting called to approve the financial statements at 31 December 2024 and, in any case, for a period no more than 18 months after that date.
The authorization to dispose of treasury shares is requested for an unlimited period, given the absence of time limits pursuant to current regulations and the opportunity to allow the Board of Directors to make use of the maximum flexibility, also in terms of time, to carry out any disposal of shares.

  • Maximum number of purchasable treasury shares

The authorisation would allow the purchase, on one or more occasions and in one or more tranches, of a maximum number of ordinary shares with a nominal unitary value of € 0.26, which – considering the treasury shares already held by the Company and the shares that may possibly be acquired by subsidiaries – shall not exceed a total of 10% of the share capital.
Pursuant to article 2357(1) of the Italian Civil Code, the purchase transactions will be carried out within the limits of the distributable profits and available reserves resulting from the last regularly approved financial statements at the time of each potential purchase transaction. The authorisation would include the right to subsequently dispose of the treasury shares acquired, in whole or in part, on one or more occasions and even before having exhausted the maximum number of purchasable shares.

  • Criteria for purchasing treasury shares and indication of the minimum and maximum purchasing cap

Purchases would be made in accordance with articles 132 of the TUF, 144-bis(1)(b) and d-ter) of the Issuers’ Regulation, and thus:
(i) on regulated markets or multilateral trading systems, according to the operating criteria established in the organisation and management regulations of the same markets, which do not allow the direct matching of purchase trading proposals with predetermined sales trading proposals, as well as in compliance with any other legislation in force, including European ones;
(ii) by the methods established by the market practices permitted by Consob, pursuant to the combined provisions of article 180(1)(c) of the TUF and article 13 of Regulation (EU) no. 596 of 16 April 2014 (“Permitted Market Practices”).
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.
The disposal of treasury shares may be carried out, 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 force and with the Admitted Market Practices, if applicable. The authorisation proposal provides that purchases are made at a unit price, compliant with any regulatory requirements, including European ones, or permitted market practices in force at the time, where applicable, without prejudice to the fact that the minimum and maximum purchase price will be set at a unit price no lower than the official stock market price of the Mondadori stock on the day prior to the day on which the purchase transaction is carried out, decreased by 20%, and no higher than the official stock market price on the day before the day on which the purchase transaction will be carried out, 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 and, 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; and
  • in terms of volumes, daily purchase amounts will not exceed 25% of the daily average volume of Mondadori shares traded as recorded in the 20 trading days before the dates of purchase or in the month prior to the month of the disclosure required by Art. 2, paragraph 1, of Regulation (EU) no. 1052/2016;
  • 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 in compliance with the terms and conditions set out in the resolutions of the Shareholders’ Meeting that establish the Plans and the related regulations.

To date, Arnoldo Mondadori Editore S.p.A. holds a total of no. 1,277,802 treasury shares, equal to 0.488% of the share capital.
For further information on the proposed authorization for the purchase and disposal of treasury shares, reference should be made to the Directors’ Explanatory Report, published within the time limits and in the manner prescribed by applicable regulations.

  • 2024-2026 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 establishment of a Performance Share Plan for the three-year period 2024-2026 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, in accordance with the conditions previously communicated to the market on 14 March 2024.
With the adoption of the Plan, the Company aims to encourage Management to improve medium to long-term performance, in terms of both industrial performance and growth in the value of the Company.
For a detailed description of the 2024-2026 Performance Share Plan, the recipients and the characteristics of the aforesaid Plan, please refer to the Information Document approved by the Board of Directors pursuant to Article 84-bis of the Issuers’ Regulation and the explanatory report, both published within the legal terms through the authorised storage mechanism 1Info and on the Company’s website www.gruppomondadori.it in the Governance/Shareholders’ Meeting section.

  • 2024 (MBO) short-term incentive plan

The Shareholders’ Meeting also resolved to adopt a Short-Term Incentive Plan (MBO) for the financial year 2024. The Plan, which is reserved for the same beneficiaries as the 2024-2026 Performance Share Plan, governs the determination, subject to the achievement of specific individual and Group performance objectives, of the annual Variable Remuneration (MBO) for the year 2024.
In particular, the Plan envisages a voluntary mechanism for the conversion into Mondadori shares of a percentage component equal to 15% or 30% of the Variable Remuneration itself, as well as the disbursement of an additional “bonus” component in shares, equal to the number of shares resulting from the conversion.
Any allocation of the total component in shares would take place at the end of a 24-month deferral period with respect to the MBO vesting date.
For a detailed description of the proposed resolution for the adoption of the MBO 2024 Short-Term Incentive Plan, the recipients and the characteristics of said Plan, please refer to the Information Document approved by the Board of Directors pursuant to Article 84-bis of the Issuers’ Regulation and the explanatory report, both published within the terms of the law on the Company’s website www.gruppomondadori.it in the Governance/Shareholders’ Meeting section and through the authorised storage mechanism 1Info.

  • Renewal of powers granted to the Board of Directors pursuant to articles 2443 and 2420-ter of the Italian Civil Code

In an extraordinary session, the Board of Directors resolved to adopt the resolutions referred to in articles 2443 and 2420 ter of the Italian Civil Code, relating to the renewal of the Board’s powers to increase the share capital and issue convertible bonds.
Specifically, the Shareholders’ Meeting resolved on:

  • the renewal of the proxies already granted to the Board of Directors by the Extraordinary Shareholders’ Meeting of 17 April 2019 and terminating due to expiry of the related five-year term, which, pursuant to Articles 2443 and 2420-ter of the Italian Civil Code, grant the Board of Directors the power to increase the share capital, reserved as an option to those entitled thereto, by a maximum nominal amount of € 75,000,000 and to issue convertible bonds for a maximum nominal amount of € 250,000,000;
  • the renewal of the proxy already granted to the Board of Directors by the Extraordinary Shareholders’ Meeting of 17 April 2019 and also terminating, granting the Board of Directors, for the same period of five years, the power to increase the share capital within the limit of 10% of the pre-existing share capital and in any case within the limit of a nominal amount of € 20,000,000, with the exclusion of option rights pursuant to Articles 2443 and 2441(4) of the Italian Civil Code.

The renewals are resolved under the same conditions of the terminating proxies unused by the Board and for a further period of five years corresponding to the maximum term allowed by the law. The renewal of proxies is motivated by the advisability of maintaining the general power of the Board of Directors to implement any capital transactions through faster and more streamlined procedures than the resolutions adopted by the Extraordinary Shareholders’ Meeting.

The minutes of today’s Shareholders’ Meeting will be made publicly available in the manner and within the time limits of law.

Mondadori Group: contract signed for the acquisition of 100% of Chelsea Green Publishing

This transaction consolidates the Group's development in English-speaking markets and strengthens Rizzoli International Publications Inc.'s commitment to diversifying its publishing portfolio through a publisher focused on sustainability issues

The Mondadori Group reports today that it has signed an agreement for the acquisition by the subsidiary Rizzoli International Publications Inc. of 100% of the share capital of Chelsea Green Publishing Company. Founded 40 years ago by Ian and Margo Baldwin, the publisher is based in Vermont (USA) and in the UK through its subsidiary Chelsea Green Publishing UK Ltd. Its editorial focus is sustainability – particularly green, health and wellness issues – and promoting cultural diversity.

The Mondadori Group already has a presence in the United States through its subsidiary Rizzoli International Publications Inc., a leading publisher of illustrated English-language books on Lifestyle and Interior Design, which has also owned the historic Rizzoli bookstore in New York for the past 60 years.

With the acquisition of Chelsea Green Publishing, the Mondadori Group is taking a further step on its international development journey in English-speaking markets, which recently began with the establishment of London-based Rizzoli UK.

“The strengthening of the Mondadori Group’s presence in the United States and the United Kingdom through the acquisition of Chelsea Green Publishing, and the launch of Rizzoli’s new UK branch, are further steps on our growth path outside the domestic trade market. I am therefore delighted to welcome Chelsea Green Publishing, with whom we share a vision of quality editorial content focused on issues related to sustainability and lifestyles that respect ecosystems and nature,” commented Mondadori Group CEO Antonio Porro.

Consideration for the transaction, which will be paid fully in cash on the closing date – expected by the end of the first half of 2024 – is set at $5 million (on a debt-and-cash free basis) and will be subject to adjustment according to the NFP on the date of completion of the acquisition. In the last approved financial statements (2022), the company reported consolidated revenues of USD 8.1 million and an operating income of USD 1.1 million.

As part of this acquisition, Margo Baldwin will assume the role of Publisher Emeritus of Chelsea Green Publishing, guaranteeing the publishing quality and continuity of the company with her extensive experience. Stefano Peccatori will assume the role of CEO and President, leading the international development and strategic integration, working with the Rizzoli International Publications Inc. and Chelsea Green Publishing teams.

Mondadori Group admitted to webnovel segment: a new frontier in the use of editorial content

The Mondadori Group announces that, through Mondadori Libri S.p.A., it has entered a start-up to develop the webnovel market in Europe.

The initiative, which involves an initial investment of € 1.5 million in 2024, and an additional € 1.5 million planned for 2025, stems from an agreement with Bookrepublic, an industrial partner with specific know-how and capable of supporting future operational growth. The company led by Marco Ferrario has been at the forefront of digital publishing in Italy for more than 10 years and has always been attentive to new literary trends.

The deal will come to fruition with the launch by the end of the year of a dedicated proprietary app – to be called Narae. Developed by an in-house team, initially with content in Italian and French, it will gradually expand its reach to encompass other European countries.

Designed to be read on a smartphone screen, webnovels are a form of serialised fiction of a highly innovative nature which, having started with great success in South Korea, has gained growing popularity and a solid fanbase in Japan and China as well. Content takes the form of series – primarily in the romance, fantasy, and crime genres – and is designed to originate and be enjoyed in other formats as well. Webnovels consist of a large number of short episodes, often more than a hundred, and, if successful, they can extend indefinitely.

After a recent launch in the United States and a successful debut in France, webnovels are now ready to conquer Europe, particularly following the global spread of Korean entertainment content in music, film, and comics.

«This investment reaffirms our Group’s willingness to look at what is most innovativein the international publishing environment. As it evolves, the world of webnovels is demonstrating creativity and the ability to feed other media as well, such as cinema, television series, and in many cases even book publishing itself» says Enrico Selva Coddè, CEO of Mondadori Libri.

«Webnovels are a very interesting and avant-garde model of digital publishing: they could be defined as the digital reinterpretation of serialised novels published in newspapers in the 1800s – says Marco Ferrario, CEO of Bookrepublic; and it is not surprising for it now to originate in an Asian country. The content is created specifically to be read on a mobile, borrowing techniques used in the production of video series and providing ways of accessing content that are inspired by gaming. Our challenge will be to find the route into Europe with this model», concludes Ferrario.

 

Bookrepublic was founded in 2010 by Marco Ferrario together with financial partners Gianluca Andena and Guido Paolo Gamucci (both former Permira partners), Marco Pittini and Guido Carissimo and has always been one of the leading players in the distribution and sale of ebooks and audiobooks in Italy. Over time, Bookrepublic has played a leading role in many digital publishing initiatives, including the organisation of IfBookThen, one of the most successful events in Europe on digital innovation in publishing, and the launch of digital-only brands such as 40K and emma books. In March 2024, the German group Bookwire, European leader in digital distribution, chose Bookrepublic as its Italian partner for its entry into this market.

Publication of list for appointments to the Board of Directors and the Board of Statutory Auditors

Arnoldo Mondadori Editore S.p.A. would like to inform you that the following documents are available at the company’s registered office, at the 1Info authorised storage mechanism (www.1info.it) and on the www.mondadorigroup.com website (Governance section):

  • the lists for appointments to the Board of Directors and the Board of Statutory Auditors filed by the shareholder Fininvest S.p.A., owner of 139,355,950 shares corresponding to 53.299% of the share capital and 69.853% of the voting rights;
  • the lists for appointments to the Board of Directors and the Board of Statutory Auditors deposited by a group of shareholders consisting of asset management companies and institutional investors holding a total of 15,660,100 shares equal to 989% of the share capital.

The lists are accompanied by the documentation required by the Consob Issuers’ Regulation no. 11971/1999 and by the Company Bylaws.

The shareholders belonging to the grouping of asset management companies and institutional investors ha also filed – also pursuant to Consob Communication no. DEM/9017893 of 26 February 2009 – together with the lists, statements certifying the absence of any association and/or significant relations with shareholders who, also jointly, hold a controlling or relative majority investment, as set out in articles 147-ter, paragraph III, 148, paragraph II of the TUF and 144-quinquies of the Issuer Regulation.

Candidates to the Board of Directors

  • List submitted by the shareholder Fininvest S.p.A.:
  1. Marina Berlusconi
  2. Antonio Porro
  3. Pier Silvio Berlusconi
  4. Alessandro Franzosi
  5. Danilo Pellegrino
  6. Elena Biffi (*)
  7. Francesco Currò
  8. Cristina Rossello
  9. Paola Elisabetta Galbiati (*)
  10. Marina Rubini (*)
  11. Riccardo Perotta (*)
  12. Lara Livolsi (*)
  • List submitted by a grouping of shareholders formed of asset management companies and institutional investors:
  1. Pietro Bracco (*)
  2. Lucia Giancaspro (*)

(*Candidates declaring their eligibility as independent director

Candidates to the Board of Statutory Auditors

  • List submitted by the shareholder Fininvest S.p.A.:

Standing Auditors

  1. Ezio Simonelli
  2. Francesca Meneghel
  3. Fabrizio Malandra

Substitute Auditors

  1. Annalisa Firmani
  2. Emilio Gatto
  3. Alessia Bastiani
  • List submitted by a grouping of shareholders formed of asset management companies and institutional investors:

Standing Auditors

  1. Sara Fornasiero

Substitute Auditors

  1. Mario Civetta

The Ordinary Shareholders’ Meeting for the appointments to the Board of Directors and to the Board of Statutory Auditors is convened on 24 April 2024 (on 26 April in second call, if necessary). Also available at the registered office, at the 1Info authorised storage mechanism (www.1info.it) and on the www.mondadorigroup.com website (Governance section) are the proposed resolutions presented by the shareholder Fininvest S.p.A., together with the deposited lists, regarding the following items on the agenda of the Shareholders’ Meeting:

9. Appointment of the Board of Directors.
9.1Determination of the number of members.
9.2 Determinazione della durata in carica.
9.3 Determination of the remuneration.
10. Appointment of the Board of Statutory Auditors for the financial years 2024/2025/2026.
10.1 Determination of the remuneration for the members of the Board of Statutory Auditors.

Mondadori Group: publication of 2023 annual Report for Shareholders’ meeting

Arnoldo Mondadori Editore S.p.A. announces that the following documents relating to the Shareholders’ Meeting called for 24 April 2024 on first call (26 April 2024 on possible second call) are available to the public at the Company’s registered office, at the authorized storage mechanism 1info (www.1info.it) and on the website www.gruppomondadori.it (Governance section):

  • Annual financial report for 2023, including the draft financial statements and the consolidated financial statements at 31 December 2023, the management report (including the consolidated non-financial statement) and the certifications referred to in article 154 bis, paragraph 5 of Legislative Decree no. 58/1998;
  • Independent Auditors’ Reports and Board of Statutory Auditors’ Report.

Mondadori Group: filing of documentation for AGM

Arnoldo Mondadori Editore S.p.A. announces that the following documents relating to the Shareholders’ Meeting called for 24 April 2024 on first call (26 April 2024 on possible second call) are available to the public at the Company’s registered office, at the authorized storage mechanism 1info (www.1info.it) and on the website www.gruppomondadori.it (Governance section):

  • Directors’ explanatory reports, pursuant to article 125-ter of Legislative Decree 24 February 1998 n. 58, on the following items on the agenda:

Ordinary session

    1. Separate financial statements as at and for the year ended 31 December 2023, Directors’ Report on Operations and Reports of the Board of Statutory Auditors and the Independent Auditing Firm of Arnoldo Mondadori Editore S.p.A.
      Resolutions on the approval of the separate financial statements as at and for the year ended 31 December 2023.
    2. Resolutions on the appropriation of the profit for the 2023 financial year.
    3. Resolutions concerning the proposed dividend distribution.
    4. Approval of the first section of the Report on Remuneration Policy and Fees paid pursuant to art. 123-ter, paragraphs 3-bis and 3-ter of Lgs.Decree no. 58 of 24 February 1998.
    5. Resolutions on the second section of the Report on Remuneration Policy and Fees Paid pursuant to art. 123-ter, paragraph 6, of Lgs.Decree no. 58 of 24 February 1998.
    6. Authorisation to buy back and dispose of treasury shares pursuant to the combined provisions of arts. 2357 and 2357-ter of the Italian Civil Code.
    7. Resolutions, pursuant to art. 114-bis of Lgs.Decree 58/1998, on the adoption of a Performance Share Plan for the three-year period 2024-2026.
    8. Resolutions, pursuant to art. 114-bis of Lgs.Decree 58/1998, on the adoption of a Short-Term Incentive Plan (MBO) 2024.

Extraordinary session

    1. Proposal to grant powers to the Board of Directors, in accordance with articles 2443 and 2420-ter of the Italian Civil Code.
  • Information documenti, pursuant to art. 114-bis of Legislative Decree 58/1998 and art. 84 bis of the Consob Issuers Regulation 11971/1999, relating to the Performance Share Plan for the three-year period 2024-2026.
  • Information document, pursuant to art. 114-bis of Legislative Decree 58/1998 and art. 84 bis of the Consob Issuers Regulation 11971/1999, relating to the 2024 Short-Term Incentive Plan (MBO).
  • “Report on the Remuneration Policy and compensation paid” pursuant to art. 123-ter of Legislative Decree 58/1998.
  • “Report on Corporate Governance and ownership structures”, pursuant to art. 123-bis of Legislative Decree 58/1998, referring to the 2023 financial year.

Mondadori Group: publication of documentation for the Shareholders’ meeting of 24 April 2024

Arnoldo Mondadori Editore S.p.A. announces that the following documents are publicly available at the Company’s registered office, at the authorized storage mechanism 1info (www.1info.it) and on the website www.gruppomondadori.it (Governance section):

  • the notice of call for the Ordinary and Extraordinary Shareholders’ Meeting on Thursday 24 April 2024 in first call (26 April in second call, if necessary)
  • the Directors’ Explanatory reports, pursuant to article 125-ter of Legislative Decree 24 February 1998 n. 58, regarding each items in the agenda:
  1. Appointment of the Board of Directors

9.1 Determination of the number of members

9.2 Determination of the term of office

9.3 Determination of fees

9.4 Appointment of the members of the Board of Directors

  1. Appointment of the Board of Statutory Auditors for the years 2024/2025/2026

10.1 Determination of fees for the standing members of the Board of Statutory Auditors

10.2 Appointment of the members of the Board of Statutory Auditors.

The explanatory reports include the “Guidelines on the qualitative – quantitative composition deemed optimal” respectively of the Board of Directors and the Board of Statutory Auditors referred to in the relevant recommendation of the Corporate Governance Code.

Further documentation related to the Shareholders’ Meeting will be made available, in the manners above, within the terms established by current regulatory laws.

Mondadori Group: acquisition of 51% of Star Shop Distribuzione completed

The Mondadori Group announces that, through its subsidiary Mondadori Libri S.p.A., it has today completed the acquisition of 51% of the share capital of Star Shop Distribuzione S.r.l., a company operating in the comics segment with pubishing and gadgets, particularly as a distributor for third-party publishers in the comic book channel and operator of direct and affiliated retail outlets in the same segment.

As communicated to the market on 29 June 2023, following authorisation by the Italian Antitrust Authority pursuant to Law 287/1990 – as previously announced on 3 November 2023 -, the transaction is effective from today’s date, as of which Mondadori will also proceed with the full consolidation of the company.

As previously stated, the acquisition makes it possible to replicate in the comics segment the vertically-integrated business model with which the Mondadori Group already operates in the book segment.

Under the agreement, Sergio Cavallerin and Matteo Cavallerin – who founded and have thus far successfully managed the company – will retain management responsibility and continue to hold the role of Executive Directors in the Company.

The price, based on an Enterprise Value of 9 million euros, covering 100% of the Company, is 4.6 million euros, entirely paid in cash today, and will be subject to adjustment based on the final net financial position on 1 February 2024.

As previously stated, the agreement includes the signing of put & call option contracts governing the transfer of the residual 49% share of Star Shop Distribuzione. The options will be available for exercise in two equal tranches respectively starting from the approval of the 2025 financial statements and of the 2028 financial statements, at a price to be defined on the basis of the company’s results during the three-year periods 2023-2025 and 2026-2028.