Grupo Planeta

Company Information & Key Figures

About

Planeta is the leading Spanish-language publishing group in Spain and Latin America, with further strong holdings in Portugal and in France, where it owns Editis, the second largest publishing company in France. Planeta is further expanding abroad working on international cooperation projects. In 2016 it opened a new publishing house in Italy, called DeAPlaneta Libri, a joint venture between De Agostini Editore and Grupo Planeta, two traditional partners since 1984 in Spain.

Grupo Planeta has a presence in 25 countries and includes over 100 imprints and a catalog of 15,000 authors.

Aside from book publishing, the group has shares in the newspaper La Razón, and Grupo AtresMedia, which includes two of three main television channels in Spain Antena 3 and La Sexta; and the second largest radio station, Onda Cero. Grupo Planeta has also an independent distributor focused on fictional films for cinema and tv, called DeA Planeta, and another one of management of contents for children and young people called Planeta Junior.

Planeta has developed a Learning and University division whit more than 100,000 students from MBA to university degrees in the centers of Barcelona, Madrid, Paris and now in Morroco.

The owner family’s Fundación José Manuel Lara is a main sponsor of cultural events. (company information)

1. General information201720162015
Corporate name of mother companyGrupo PlanetaGrupo PlanetaGrupo Planeta
Corporate headquarter (country)SpainSpainSpain
Corporate headquarter (city)MadridBarcelonaBarcelona
Legal status of the groupprivately owned by family Laraprivately owned by family Laraprivately owned by family Lara
Key personnel
(Chairperson, CEO, publisher, et al. – name, title)
José Creuheras (President of Grupo Planeta); Carlos
Fernández (Executive vice-president and CEO); Jesus
Badenes (Publisher)
José Creuheras (President of Grupo Planeta), Carlos
Fernández (vice-president), Jose Manuel Lara García
(CEO), Jesus Badenes (Publisher)
José Creuheras (President of Grupo Planeta), Carlos
Fernández (vice-president), Jose Manuel Lara García
(CEO), Jesus Badenes (Publisher)
Recent change in managementThe executive vice-president has assumed the
functions of CEO
no changesPresident Jose Manuel Lara Bosch died on January
31st 2015 at the age of 68
Total number of employees (group)8,120n.a.n.a.
Website (mother company / holding)www.planeta.eswww.planeta.eswww.planeta.es
Name of the publishing divisionDivisión EditorialDivisión EditorialDivisión Editorial
Publishers‘ headquarter countrySpainSpainSpain
Publishers‘ headquarter cityBarcelonaBarcelonaBarcelona
Website (publishing group)www.planeta.eswww.planeta.eswww.planeta.es
2. Financial information201720162015
Source for financial informationcompany informationcompany informationcompany information
Consolidated yes/noyesyesyes
Currency for financial informationmEURmEURmEUR
Total revenues
Corporate (million)
2,7533,2213,030
Net profits / EBIT / EBITDA corporate (million)n.a.n.a.n.a.
Total revenues
from publishing (million)
1,6521,7901,658
Publishing divisions201720162015
Division 01: Editis (revenues)759817722
Revenues Publishing1,6521,7901,658
3. Activity & portfolio details201720162015
Main bestselling authors and titlesPatria – Fernando Aramburu, El fuego invisible –
Javier Sierra, Origen – Dan Brown, Las hijas del
capitán – María Dueñas
n.a.n.a.

Analysis & Key Developments

Financial

The revenues of Grupo Planeta in 2017, including Publishing, Media, Learning and universities divisions and different sales channels (bookstores, reading clubs and online channels), reached 2,75 bnEUR, due to three main factors. First, with regard to (book) publishing, the consolidation of the publishing division with the increase in Spain growing faster than the development of the overall market. The same trend has been seen in Italy, with the joint venture called DeaPlaneta Libri. Income decreased in France at Editis, compared to the previous year, 2017, when an educational reform had triggered a surge in educational book buying.

Secondly, Planeta’s media division, specifically Grupo Atresmedia, the market leader in television and radio in Spain, could improve its results due to the overall improving economic climate in the country. The global perimeter has been affected as well by the failure of a content production company in Spain, where Planeta had a minority stake.

Third, 2017 has seen a new jump in the consolidation of the strong expansion of the Grupo Planeta Learning and University division, which has expanded its activity in Morroco (Africa) opening a new university online focusing on tourism. The previous year had seen the acquisition in the French market of ESLSCA (École Supérieure Libre des Sciences Commerciales Appliquées), a business school based in Paris with over 65 years of excellence in management education. Paris ESLSCA Business School, l’Ecole de Guerre Economique, IFAM and ISAM are all under the umbrella of Groupe ESLSCA. The main activities of this division are concentrated in Barcelona and Madrid where they develop an ambitious professional training plan in partnership with the Spanish Chamber of Commerce and a large number of small and medium-sized enterprises in different industries.

Internal organization Change in management

The board of directors of Grupo Planeta agreed to transfer corporate headquarters from Barcelona to Madrid in October 2017 in the light of the legal uncertainty created by the political situation in Catalonia, and to protect the interests of its shareholders, employees and business projects. The change of the registered address of corporate headquarters did not involve the movement of any employees. Grupo Planeta has operating centers in several cities in Spain and its publishing business remains concentrated in Barcelona.

International

New projects have been started in Italy (DeaPlaneta Libri) and in Brazil.

Digital

In 2017 the company started the project ‚audiolibro‘, despite of audio books witnessing only a cautious uptake so far in Spain and France. (company information)

Bestseller

Planeta’s main bestsellers during 2017 included Patria by Fernando Aramburu, El fuego invisible by Javier Sierra, Origen by Dan Brown and Las hijas del capitán by María Dueñas.

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