In the first half of 2019, Bertelsmann reported a successful business performance with improved organic growth and a high operating profit. Group revenues rose 4.6 percent to €8.6 billion (H1 2018: €8.2 billion) driven by organic growth of 3.2 percent. In addition to the book publishing business, the Group’s strategic growth platforms were the main contributors to this, especially Fremantle, the digital businesses of RTL Group, BMG, Arvato Supply Chain Solutions and the Bertelsmann Education Group. Operating EBITDA increased to €1,292 million (H1 2018: €1,071 million). In addition to the positive business performance, the significant increase is also attributable to the first-time application of the new financial reporting standard IFRS 16 Leases. The EBITDA margin increased to 15.0 percent (H1 2018: 13.0 percent). At €502 million, Group profit once again exceeded half a billion euros (H1 2018: €501 million). For 2019, Bertelsmann anticipates continued positive business performance.