Mediawan: Strong Organic Growth of +29% in H1 2019

CONFIRMATION OF 2019 PROSPECTS

SIGNIFICANT INCREASE IN PRODUCTION VOLUME

  • Sales of €189 million in H1 2019 with a +29% increase at constant scope (like-for-like basis).
  • EBITDA of €26 million in keeping with the budget and annual targets.
  • Positive trends in the second half of the year, especially for Mediawan Rights, which has already confirmed significant sales.
  • Confirmation of short- and medium-term prospects: organic growth above 10% and an increase in EBITDA.

 

PARIS--()--Regulatory News:

Mediawan (Paris:MDW) (ticker MDW – ISIN: FR0013247137) announces its results for the first half of 2019, approved by the Management Board on 26 September and subject to a limited review by the statutory auditors.

Key reported financial indicators

In €m

H1 2019 1

H1 2018 reported

H1 2018 proforma

% change like for like

Mediawan Originals

68.0

42.3

56.0

+21%

Mediawan Animation

49.5

-

15.6

+218%

Mediawan Rights

17.2

23.2

20.8

-17%

Mediawan Thematics

54.0

54.4

54.4

-1%

Total Revenues

188.7

120.4

146.8

+28.6%

 

 

 

 

 

EBITDA 2

25.9

30.1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted net income – Group share

15.0

17.8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In €m

06/30/19

12/31/18

 

 

Net financial debt 3

142.5

120.9

 

 

Shareholders equity

225.8

220.0

 

 

1 IFRS 16 – leases has been applied as of January 2019 1, without restating prior-period comparative information
2 After amortization of audiovisual rights (other than recognized through business combinations)
3 Financial debt excluding loans related to productions.

Pierre-Antoine Capton, Chair of the Management Board of Mediawan, said: “The start of the year was marked by the fast acquisition of Palomar, our first international team, the growing number of new development projects, the confirmation of our position as number one producer of drama content in France, the establishment of franchises confirmed with the creation of additional seasons and then the signing of the lease of our head office in the centre of Paris. This major project allows us to bring most of our group’s teams together in order to create an inspiring corporate culture, a breeding ground for creativity and for combining our talents with our businesses.”

Strong business activity in the first half of the year, mainly from production businesses

During the period, Mediawan has significantly increased its production volume across all genres, especially drama. Sales thus reached €188.7 million against €120.4 million in H1 2018, i.e. a positive growth of +51% (or +29% at constant scope).

  • Mediawan Originals produced sales of €68.0 million in the first half of the year, i.e. a growth of +61% or +21% at constant scope (like-for-like basis). Changes in scope include the contribution of Palomar, Mai Juin Productions, Mon Voisin Productions and Chapter 2 (which were not consolidated in H1 2018).

During the period, Mediawan Originals delivered a total of 68 hours of programmes, including new episodes of established series such as Zone Blanche (“Black spot”), Bracelets Rouges (“The Red Bracelets”), Section de Recherches (“Research Unit”) and “Alice Nevers”, the launch of original series such as Le Nom de la Rose (“The Name of the Rose”), Infidèle (“Unfaithful”), La saison de la chasse (“The Hunting Season”) and Double Je (“Alter Ego”), and TV films or feature films such as “Piranhas”, La Maladroite (“Stella”), Un homme abîmé (“A broken man”), etc.

With almost 116 hours of original drama screened in prime time in the past twelve months, the group topped the ranking of French drama producers issued by Écran Total magazine.

  • Mediawan Animation, Europe's number one producer of animated content, reported H1 2019 sales of €49.5 million.

The delivery in the second half of the year of the film “Playmobil, the Movie” generated sales of €32.4 million, which were mainly related to the recognition of minimum guarantees from distribution partners.

Furthermore, the Group produced and delivered a total of 68 half-hours of TV series, involving 13 episodes of “Miraculous”, 33 episodes of Drôles de petites bêtes (“Tall Tales”), 13 episodes of Sept nains et moi (“Seven and me”), 24 episodes of “Denver” and the first 13 episodes of “Power Players”, which was first broadcast worldwide on Cartoon Networks. In total, 109 episodes of the various animation franchises have bolstered business activity over the period.

  • Mediawan Rights maintained its business growth with the SVOD platforms, in particular with the sales of Zone Blanche (“Black spot”) and the documentary “Antoine Griezmann, the Making of a legend” to Netflix.

Sales dropped to €17.2 million in H1 2019 against €20.8 million in H1 2018 on a pro-forma basis, i.e. a 17% drop. This drop is mainly due to the non-linear timing of distribution sales (which depend on the availability of broadcasting rights and windows of broadcast clients) and an outstanding comparison basis in H1 2018. Significant sales already covered for the second half year of 2019 confirm the excellent prospects of the business over the full year.

Mediawan Rights is building on European premium series such as “Missions” (OCS Originals), “Wonderland, the girl from the shore”, “Moloch” and “The War is over” (currently being filmed by Palomar) and “Babylon Berlin” (Canal+ will broadcast the third season in 2020). Furthermore, the high demand for quality documentaries is another driver: after “Antoine Griezmann, the Making of a legend”, “Kubrick by Kubrick”, “Global Science”, “Green Blood” and “Banksy” are also potential global hits.

The group maintained its strategy of investing in content and developing its catalogue via its productions or other opportunities such as the acquisition in September 2019 of FIT Productions’ catalogue, including franchises such as “H”, “La Crim” and “La loi de…”.

  • Mediawan Thematics, specialised in the publishing of channels and related digital services, maintained its performance with a slight fall of 1% in H1 2019, recording sales of €54.0 million. In keeping with the projected prospects for the whole financial year, the royalties collected by operators, which showed a slight fall, were almost offset by the very good performance recorded (+24%) by advertising revenue and new development opportunities with digital platforms.

Among the new programmes of the group’s channels, AB1 will broadcast for the first time on television “The Get Down”, a Netflix original series, and the ACTION channel will broadcast seasons 1 to 4 of “Narcos”.

EBITDA4 of €25.9 million and adjusted net income group share of €15.0 million

EBITDA in H1 2019 reached €25.9 million, i.e. an operating margin of 13.7%. This margin level is mainly the result of the seasonal nature of the business and the sales mix over the period:

- the low percentage of distribution sales, the business that generates the most profit and margin (the contribution will be more significant in the second half of the year);

- the share of revenue from the film “Playmobil, the Movie”, for which no margin has been recognised in the half-year accounts, pending final results from cinema releases and merchandising income.

The reported operating profit was €7.2 million after recognition of amortisation other than that related to audiovisual rights, and was also affected by amortisation of the share of goodwill allocated to tangible and intangible fixed assets, non-recurring expenses related to acquisitions and reorganisation costs, and the accounting impact, with no impact on the Group’s cash position, of items equivalent to remuneration items under IFRS standards.

The net income group share showed a profit of €3.5 million in the first half of 2019, while the adjusted net income group share amounted to €15.0 million.

A solid capital structure

Shareholders’ equity, group share, increased from €220.0 million at 31 December 2018 to €225.8 million at 30 June 2019 as a result of the contribution of the net income for the period and capital increases of €9.6 million partially offset by the non-monetary impact related to the recognition of minority interest buyout commitments.

At 30 June 2019, the Group’s net financial debt was €142.5 million against €120.9 million at

31 December 2018. The increase in debt over the period is mainly due to the impact of the acquisition of Palomar and other M&A transactions, net of capital increases, for an amount of more than €25 million.

Full-year 2019 financial targets confirmed

Mediawan reminds that its sales and income are correlated in particular to the number and delivery schedule of audiovisual programmes and the opening up of right entitlements. These factors can result in significant changes to the income from one period to the next; the half-year consolidated income is therefore not indicative of future annual results.

4 EBITDA after amortisation of audiovisual rights, other than those related to business combinations.

As far as Mediawan Originals and Mediawan Animation’s businesses are concerned, substantial volumes of work are currently in production. Uncertainty regarding precise delivery dates and proximity to the end of the 2019 financial year are likely to have an impact on the consolidated income.

However, visibility on the ongoing developments and rights under mandate at Mediawan Rights allow us to confirm previously issued information: medium-term organic growth above 10% and an increase in EBITDA.

The half-year financial report is available on: https://mediawan.fr/fr/information-reglementee/

Next financial press release: sales for the third quarter of 2019, end of November 2019.

Disclaimer

This document may contain estimated financial results, information on future projects and transactions, and future business performance. These forward-looking statements are provided for estimation purposes. They are subject to market risks and uncertainties and may vary significantly compared with the actual results that will be published.

About Mediawan

Mediawan was founded by Pierre-Antoine Capton, Xavier Niel and Matthieu Pigasse. Since March 2017, Mediawan has completed many strategic acquisitions, becoming a new independent premium audiovisual content player and occupying a leading position in Europe. The Group operates in four subsectors: production of original drama and documentary content, operation of animation brands, distribution of audiovisual content, and publication of digital services and channels. Find out more on the Mediawan website: www.mediawan.fr

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APPENDICE

1. Consolidated P&L

In € millions

H1 2019

H1 2018

 

Revenues

188.7

120.4

Other products

71.0

40.8

 

Purchases and external expenses

(61.7)

(33.5)

Personnel expenses

(50.4)

(34.9)

Other expenses

(12.6)

(13.3)

Depreciation and provisions, net

(109.2)

(49.4)

Operating charges

(233.9)

(131.1)

EBITDA

25.9

30.1

 

 

 

Other depreciation (excl. audiovisual rights)

(4.0)

(1.9)

Other operating expenses

(5.5)

(4.7)

Amortization of assets recognized through bus. combinations

(9.2)

(14.6)

EBIT

7.2

8.9

 

Cost of net financial debt

(3.6)

(2.5)

Other financial income

0.8

5.4

Other financial income and expenses

(0.9)

(0.8)

Net financial income (expense)

(3.7)

2.2

 

Pre-tax income / (loss)

3.6

11.1

 

Current and deferred tax (expense) / benefit

(0.4)

(1.9)

Profit (loss) after tax

3.2

9.1

 

Income from equity affiliates

(0.3)

(0.0)

Net income / (loss)

2.9

9.1

 

Net income / (loss), Group share

3.5

9.0

Minority interests

(0.6)

0.1

 

Basic earnings per share attributable to owners (in €)

0.113

0.316

Diluted earnings per share (in €)

0.109

0.305

2. Consolidated Balance Sheet at the end of June 2019 and at the end of December 2018

In € millions

06/30/19

12/31/18

 

Goodwill

188.7

164.7

Intangible assets

345.6

361.3

Property, plant and equipment

25.2

18.6

Other non-current financial assets

5.8

1.0

Deferred tax assets

11.6

9.6

Non-current assets

576.8

555.2

 

 

 

Inventories and work-in-progress

9.9

0.8

Trade receivables

127.3

94.7

Other receivables

80.3

54.0

Current tax receivables

8.3

8.7

Cash and cash equivalents

55.5

45.9

Current assets

281.4

204.2

 

Total assets

858.2

759.4

 

 

 

Share capital

0.3

0.3

Share premium

257.4

247.7

Treasury shares

(0.9)

(0.6)

Other reserves

(32.2)

(25.1)

Retained earnings (deficit)

1.2

(2.4)

Equity attributable to owners of the Company

225.8

220.0

Equity attributable to non-controlling interests

1.1

1.6

Equity

226.9

221.6

 

 

 

Long-term borrowings and other non-current fin. liab.

175.1

148.3

Non current lease liabilities

6.3

-

Other financial liabilities

47.9

36.1

Employee benefit obligations

4.1

3.4

Long-term provisions

7.4

7.8

Deferred tax liabilities

39.0

41.5

Non-current liabilities

279.7

237.0

 

Short-term borrowings and other current fin. liab.

84.4

60.2

Current lease liabilities

1.5

-

Short-term provisions

0.1

0.4

Trade and other operating payables

167.0

129.8

Other payables and accrued expenses

96.6

108.4

Current tax liabilities

2.0

2.0

Current liabilities

351.6

300.7

 

Total Equity and liabilities

858.2

759.4

 

Contacts

Mediawan contacts:
Investors and analysts: Aurélie Jolion – ajolion@mediawan.eu +33 (0)6 23 52 50 47
Head of communications: Cécile Fouques Duparc – cfouques@mediawan.eu + 33 (0)6 78 81 80 85
Media: Majorelle PR & Events: Clara Devoret – cdevoret@majorelle-pr.fr +33 (0)6 40 48 57 27

Contacts

Mediawan contacts:
Investors and analysts: Aurélie Jolion – ajolion@mediawan.eu +33 (0)6 23 52 50 47
Head of communications: Cécile Fouques Duparc – cfouques@mediawan.eu + 33 (0)6 78 81 80 85
Media: Majorelle PR & Events: Clara Devoret – cdevoret@majorelle-pr.fr +33 (0)6 40 48 57 27