Nielsen operates as an information and measurement company. The company provides media and marketing information, analytics, and manufacturer and retailer expertise about what and where consumers buy, read, watch and listen. Its Buy segment provides data on retail measurement services, such as market share and competitive sales volumes; insights into distribution, pricing, merchandising, and promotion; consumer panel measurement, which offers insight into shopper behavior and customer segmentation; and consumer intelligence and analytical services for decision making in development and marketing cycles. The company’s Watch segment provides viewership and listening data, and analytics primarily to the media and advertising industries for television, radio, digital and mobile viewing, and listening platforms. It offers national and local television audience measurement services, including more than one screen, unduplicated reach, cause and effect analysis, and program viewing behavior testing; digital audience measurement services, such as digital media and market research, audience analytics, and social media measurement; mobile measurement services comprising measurement and consumer research for telecom and media companies; and advertiser solutions. In addition, it provides radio audience measurement services, such as estimating the size and composition of national radio audiences, and audiences of network radio programs and commercials, as well as information on consumers’ lifestyles, shopping patterns, and use of media to radio, advertisers and advertising agencies, local cable television companies, national cable and broadcast television networks, and out-of-home media sales organizations. The company was formerly known as Nielsen Holdings N.V. and changed its name to Nielsen N.V. in May 2014. Nielsen N.V. is a subsidiary of Valcon Acquisition Holding (Luxembourg) S.á.r.l.

Company Growth (employees)
New York, US
Size (employees)
43,000 (est)
Nielsen is headquartered in New York, US

Key People at Nielsen

Mitch Barns

Mitch Barns

Chief Executive Officer
Jamere Jackson

Jamere Jackson

Chief Financial Officer
Brian West

Brian West

Chief Operating Officer
John Lewis

John Lewis

Global President
Steve Hasker

Steve Hasker

Global President

Nielsen Office Locations

Nielsen has offices in New York, Wien, Brussel, Hellerup and in 217 other locations
New York, US (HQ)
85 Broad Street
Oxford, GB
Nielsen House, London Road, Headington
Stocholm, SE
Box 17520, Maria Skolgata 83
Madrid, ES
Salvador De Madariaga, 1
Bratislava, SK
Koceľova 9
Assago, IT
Centro Direzionale Milanofiori, Strada 6, Palazzo A12
Frankfurt, DE
Insterburger Str. 16
Hellerup, DK
Strandvejen 70
Brussel, BE
Plejadenlaan, 7
Wien, AT
Big Biz C, Dresdner Str. 91

Nielsen Data and Metrics

Nielsen Financial Metrics

Nielsen's revenue was reported to be $6.3 b in FY, 2016 which is a 2% increase from the previous period.
Numbers are in $, USD

Revenue (FY, 2016)

6.3 b

Revenue growth (FY, 2015 - FY, 2016), %


Net income (FY, 2016)

507 m

EBIT (FY, 2016)

1.1 b

Market capitalization (24-May-2017)

13.9 b

Closing share price (24-May-2017)


Cash (31-Dec-2016)

754 m
Nielsen's current market capitalization is $13.9 b.
Numbers are in $, USDFY, 2012FY, 2013FY, 2014FY, 2015FY, 2016


5.4 b5.7 b6.3 b6.2 b6.3 b

Revenue growth, %



861 m1.1 b1.1 b1.1 b

EBIT margin, %


Interest income

2 m3 m4 m4 m

Net Income

736 m381 m575 m507 m
Numbers are in $, USDY, 2011Y, 2012FY, 2013FY, 2014FY, 2015FY, 2016


319 m288 m564 m273 m357 m754 m

Accounts Receivable

403.7 m5.7 m


374 m505 m316 m297 m

Current Assets

2.1 b2 b1.9 b2.2 b


560 m533 m490 m471 m


7.7 b7.7 b7.8 b7.8 b

Total Assets

15.5 b15.4 b15.3 b15.7 b

Accounts Payable

1 b1 b1 b1 b

Current Liabilities

1.5 b1.8 b1.7 b1.6 b

Additional Paid-in Capital

6.6 b5.9 b5.1 b4.8 b

Retained Earnings

(512 m)(128 m)456 m

Total Equity

5.8 b5.1 b4.6 b4.3 b

Financial Leverage

2.7 x3 x3.3 x3.7 x
Numbers are in $, USDFY, 2013FY, 2014FY, 2015FY, 2016

Net Income

736 m381 m575 m507 m

Depreciation and Amortization

521 m573 m574 m603 m

Accounts Receivable

(8.8 m)(3.3 m)


21 m(76 m)(63 m)

Accounts Payable

13 m6 m15 m14 m

Cash From Operating Activities

901 m1.1 b1.2 b1.3 b

Cash From Investing Activities

(687 m)(732 m)(581 m)

Long-term Borrowings

(2.2 b)(4.6 b)(98 m)(1.8 b)

Cash From Financing Activities

(585 m)(462 m)(248 m)

Income Taxes Paid

(147 m)(154 m)(159 m)(157 m)
Numbers are in $, USDY, 2016


146.7 k

Financial Leverage

3.7 x

Nielsen Acquisitions / Subsidiaries

Acquired CompanyDateDeal Size
GracenoteDecember 21, 2016$560 m

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