This year, we have extended our analysis to the 100 largest U.S. and European listed media companies and complemented our results with a review of their risk factors. Our analysis is focused around three key financial benchmarks – revenue, profitability and cash – drawing comparisons between key media subsectors and between the US and Europe.
The good news is that we found that the media industry continues to grow. After an unsteady period following the 2008 financial crisis, the media industry seems to be righting itself. The U.S. in particular is experiencing strong growth with 2012 revenue up at least 7% over the previous year. The majority of this growth comes from new media companies such as Facebook, Google and eBay. That said, challenges certainly remain for U.S. and European-based companies as they face greater regulatory requirements, difficulty with identifying customer demand for new products and responding to customers’ ever-changing preferences.
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