M&A

Arnoldo Mondadori Editore S.p.A. announces that it has finalized the acquisition today of Banzai Media Holding S.r.l. (vertical content division of the Banzai Group)¹, in execution of the agreement previously disclosed to the market on 10 May 2016.

The transaction has a value of 24.6 million euro, based on an enterprise value (fixed component) of 41 million euro, and a net normalized financial debt of 16.4 million euro (including financial payables to the parent Banzai S.p.A. and 3.3 million euro for deferred price components related to previous acquisitions).
The price was settled in cash today through a dedicated credit line made available to the Group.
An earn-out of 4 million euro will be paid to Banzai S.p.A. if certain established results for the 2016-2018 three-year period are met.

In 2015, the acquired scope, which will be consolidated as from 1 June 2016, posted revenue of 24 million euro and EBITDA (before non-recurring items) of 4 million euro, and counted 17.1 million unique users.
In 1Q16, revenue grew by approximately 20% (6 million euro versus 5 million euro at 31 March 2015, also as a result of the consolidation of AdKaora, the mobile advertising platform acquired by Banzai in October 2015), while EBITDA before non-recurring items came to 0.7 million euro (0.5 million euro at 31 March 2015).

The transaction allows the Mondadori Group to become the top Italian digital publisher, boasting a strong leadership in key areas – women, food, health&wellness – that are complementary and synergistic with the brands held in its portfolio.
The combination of the innovative platform and skills of Banzai Media with Mondadori’s outstanding content, will enable the Group to develop the positioning of its brands in the digital segment, based on a business model capable, on the one hand, of intercepting new users and audiences and, on the other, of expanding its range of digital marketing services, also leveraging on product innovation and brand extension initiatives.

¹ The acquired scope does not include the news segment, composed of Banzai’s investment in Il Post S.r.l. and of the Giornalettismo website BU.

Agreement on the acquisition of Banzai Media Holding

The transaction allows Mondadori Group to become the leading Italian digital publisher

Arnoldo Mondadori Editore S.p.A. announces that, following the meeting of the Board of Directors chaired by Marina Berlusconi, an agreement with Banzai S.p.A. on the acquisition of Banzai Media Holding S.r.l., the vertical content division of the Banzai Group, has been signed.

The transaction provides Banzai Media Holding an enterprise value of 45 million euro, split up into a fixed component of 41 million euro and an earn-out of 4 million euro.

The acquisition price at closing – net of an estimated net normalized financial debt of 16.4 million euro (including financial payables to the parent Banzai S.p.A. and 3.3 million euro for deferred price components related to previous acquisitions) – is 24.6 million euro.

The earn-out will be paid to Banzai S.p.A. if certain established results for the 2016-2018 three-year period are met.

Under the agreement, advertising spaces will be available for Banzai S.p.A. in a three-year period, with an estimated benefit of about 7 million euro.

In 2015, the acquired scope, which excludes the news segment¹, posted revenue of 24 million euro and EBITDA (before non-recurring items) of 4 million euro, with 17.1 million unique users.²

The transaction allows the Mondadori Group, led by CEO Ernesto Mauri, to become the leading Italian digital publisher and to benefit from the complementarity of the vertical segments of the two companies.

By adding to the over 8.9 million active unique users the audience acquired from Banzai – which includes established websites on the Italian market such as PianetaDonna, Giallo Zafferano, Studenti.it and Mypersonaltrainer – Mondadori will achieve leadership in the women, food, and health & wellness vertical segments, strategic areas which allow the integration and expansion of the multi-channel offering of the brands already in portfolio, with significant growth potential also through product innovation and brand extension initiatives.

The extensive know-how and solid technological expertise of Banzai Media Holding, complemented with the brand value and the high-quality publishing content of Mondadori, will enable the Group to step up the development process in the digital segment. Additionally, the combination will allow audience profiling into specific targets, offering greater monetization opportunities.

The agreement with Banzai also includes the opportunity to identify a number of Mondadori Retail stores to extend the Pick&Pay network of the Banzai Group.

The acquisition of Banzai Media Holding, which provides the customary representations and warranties in favour of the acquiror, will be settled by using existing credit lines and completed in the first half of 2016.

¹ Composed of the investment in Il Post S.r.l. and the Giornalettismo website BU.
² Audiweb View figures – total audience December 2015.

Mondadori: closing of RCS Libri acquisition

The scope will be consolidated as from 1 April 2016

Arnoldo Mondadori Editore S.p.A. announces to have completed today – following the go-ahead from the relevant Authorities – the acquisition of RCS Libri through its subsidiary Mondadori Libri S.p.A.

The acquisition marks a major step in Mondadori Group’s successful strategy to focus on core businesses, strengthening its competitive position on the Italian trade and education books market, and on the international illustrated books market.

The acquisition of RCS Libri was finalized today in accordance with the agreement signed and disclosed to the market on 4 October 2015.

The scope of the transaction includes the entire equity interest (99.99%) held by RCS MediaGroup S.p.A. in RCS Libri S.p.A., including the underlying subsidiaries, and the exclusive ownership of all the trademarks in the books segment, including Rizzoli.

The price of the transaction, which incorporates certain contractual adjustments, is 127.1 million euro, settled in cash today by a dedicated credit line made available to the Group.

The net financial position of the scope at 31 March 2016 shows a positive figure (cash) of approximately 29 million euro, reduced in April following the cash out of approximately 9 million euro for the purchase of a 43.71% interest in Marsilio Editori S.p.A. (increasing the total investment to 94.71%), while at closing, it shows an estimated positive net financial position of approximately 16 million euro.

Under specific contractual clauses, the price may be subject to adjustments of up to +/- 5 million euro, if certain financial targets are met in 2015, as resulting in the 2015 financial statements of RCS Libri S.p.A., which will be determined and disclosed in the coming weeks, in accordance with the contractual agreements.

The transaction includes an earn-out of up to 2.5 million euro to RCS MediaGroup S.p.A., upon the occurrence of certain results in 2017 Mondadori Group’s books segment.

This scope, which will be consolidated as from 1 April 2016, achieved in 2015 the following pro-forma figures: revenue of 225 million euro and EBITDA before non-recurring costs of 13.6 million euro.

Under the authorization of the Antitrust Authority, as part of the remedies set out therein, Mondadori will dispose of Marsilio Editori S.p.A. and of the business unit of the Bompiani publisher.

Mondadori: offer submitted for the acquisition of Banzai Media Holding

Arnoldo Mondadori Editore S.p.A. hereby announces it has submitted to Banzai S.p.A. an offer to acquire Banzai Media Holding (Vertical Content division).

The Company has been granted an exclusivity period lasting until 30 April 2016.

Mondadori: agreement to acquire RCS Libri

Group continues strategy to focus on its core business

Following the meeting of the Board of Directors of Arnoldo Mondadori Editore S.p.A., chaired today by Marina Berlusconi, CEO Ernesto Mauri has signed the agreement to acquire RCS Libri S.p.A.

The agreement will allow Mondadori Group to strengthen its foothold in the trade books market and educational publishing field in Italy, and in the illustrated books segment on an international level.

The scope of the transaction includes the entire interest, amounting to 99.99% held by RCS MediaGroup S.p.A. in RCS Libri S.p.A., with the underlying subsidiaries – which, at closing date, will include 94.71% of Marsilio Editore S.p.A. – with the exception of 58% held in Adelphi Edizioni S.p.A.

In FY 2014, this scope reported the following pro-forma figures: revenues of euro 221.6 million; EBITDA before non-recurring items of euro 8.8 million, and capex of euro 11 million, euro 1.7 million of which made to renew the Rizzoli bookstores.

Consideration for the transaction amounts to euro 127.5 million, and reflects an average NFP (to counter the effects of business seasonality) and adjusted (also to include the buy-back of minorities of Marsilio), amounting to euro -2.5 million.

Since the consideration reflects expectations on this year’s result, price adjustment mechanisms of up to +/- euro 5 million have been included, based on the achievement of pre-set financial targets in 2015.

The agreement also provides for an earn-out of up to euro 2.5 million to RCS MediaGroup S.p.A., based on the achievement of specific results in the books segment in 2017.

The transaction provides the customary representations and warranties in favour of the acquiror.

The acquisition, the consideration of which will be settled in cash at closing date, will be financed by credit lines; the Group has recently signed an agreement with the lending banks in order to reschedule the existing lines in connection with the transaction, reviewing deadlines and conditions.

By the transaction, Mondadori will acquire exclusive ownership over all the trademarks in the books segment, including Rizzoli. Under the agreement, RCS MediaGroup media titles are allowed to carry on their book publishing business in line with their existing activities.

Completion of the transaction is subject to approval by the appropriate regulatory authorities; any conditional clearance provisions will not compromise the completion of the transaction.

The presentation of the transaction will be made available tomorrow at the authorized storage system 1Info (www.1info.it) and on www.gruppomondadori.it (Investor Relations section).

Mondadori: disposals of non-core assets completed in line with the previously announced focalisation strategy

Sale of 80% of the radio business
Sale of the entire interest held in Harlequin Mondadori
The two transactions are in line with the Group’s focus on core business that also includes the disposal of non-strategic assets

Arnoldo Mondadori Editore S.p.A. informs that on today’s date, in line with its non-core assets disposal plan, it has completed the sale of 80% of Monradio S.r.l.’s share capital to R.T.I. S.p.A. and the sale to Harlequin Italia S.r.l. of the entire interest held, through Mondadori Libri S.p.A., in the joint venture Harlequin Mondadori S.p.A. for a total amount, cashed today, of euro 45.1 million.

The two transactions, increasing the availability of the consolidated financial resources, contribute to support the future development of the Group and its competitive position in the core businesses, consistently with the strategic guidelines announced during the year.

In detail, the sale agreement of 80% of Monradio’s share capital was signed today with R.T.I. (Mediaset Group) for a total price of euro 36.8 million (cash/debt free), according to the terms included in the information document regarding transactions of greater relevance with related parties disclosed to the public on 24 September 2015.
In 2014 Monradio contributed to the Group’s consolidated financials revenues of euro 11.7 million and a negative EBITDA of euro 4.4 million[1].

The sale of the 50% interest held by Arnoldo Mondadori Editore, through Mondadori Libri, in Harlequin Mondadori to Harlequin Italia (HarperCollins Publishers) was also finalised today.
Established in 1980, Harlequin Mondadori is a 50/50 joint venture operating in the women’s fiction mainly through the sale of the series Harmony in the newsstand channel.
In 2014 the company, consolidated on an equity basis, generated revenues of euro 9.1 million with a net profit of euro 1.0 million.
The value of the transaction amounts to euro 8.3 million, including an adjusted NFP (for 50%) positive for euro 1.6 million.

 

[1] Pursuant to IFRS5, the Group’s radio business was qualified as “discontinued operations” already in the income statement for the first half of 2015. Therefore, Monradio’s result in the period was recognized under item “result from discontinued operations”, which includes the writedown of Monradio’s assets equal to euro 7.1 million in order to align the value to the fair value resulting from the transaction (euro 46 million for 100%).

Mondadori: offer by R.T.I. to acquire 80% of Monradio

The Board of Directors of Arnoldo Mondadori Editore S.p.A., held today, granted to the CEO the power to proceed with the offer received by R.T.I. S.p.A., a company fully owned by Mediaset S.p.A., in relation to the acquisition of 80% of Monradio S.r.l., a company wholly owned by Arnoldo Mondadori Editore S.p.A. controlling R101 radio.

The offer includes a period of exclusivity until maximum 20 September 2015.

The signing of the preliminary agreement is subject to the outcome of the due diligence and to the approval by the competent boards of the Mediaset Group.

The transaction, defined as a related party transaction, is subject to the provisions set out in Consob Regulation 17221 of 12 March 2010, as subsequently amended (“Consob Regulation”) and to the relative procedures adopted by Arnoldo Mondadori Editore S.p.A. and Mediaset S.p.A.

Mondadori: offer to acquire RCS Libri S.p.A.

Arnoldo Mondadori Editore S.p.A. informs that it has submitted a binding offer to RCS MediaGroup S.p.A. to acquire the entire stake of RCS Libri S.p.A., equal to 99.99% of the share capital, as well as all the additional assets and activities comprising the books division of RCS MediaGroup. The offer was submitted within the terms of the exclusivity period, already disclosed to the market, started last 6 March 2015.

Mondadori: non-binding offer to acquire Rcs Libri S.p.A.

Upon CONSOB request, Arnoldo Mondadori Editore S.p.A. informs that it has submitted a non-binding offer to RCS MediaGroup S.p.A. to eventually acquire the entire stake held by RCS MediaGroup S.p.A. of RCS Libri S.p.A. share capital, equal to 99.99%, as well as all the additional assets and activities comprising the books division of RCS MediaGroup.

Glaming: procedure begins for the surrender of the gaming licence

The board of directors of the subsidiary Glaming S.r.l. has resolved to begin proceedings for the surrender of its public gaming licence, following the ruling issued today by the Italian Customs and Monopolies Agency (Agenzia delle Dogane e dei Monopoli or ADM), authorising the suspension of the company’s right to gaming revenues as of 22 July 2013.

The implementation of the procedure will involve the gradual suspension of Glaming’s activities and is aimed at the definitive closure of the business once all of its outstanding obligations to the public administration, clients and suppliers have been met.

The decision is consistent with the aim, as previously communicated by the parent company Mondadori, to focus on the group’s core business and to recover profitability in the business areas with the most added value.