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Nielsen Reports Second Quarter 2012 Results

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Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted Net Income

We define Adjusted EBITDA as net income or loss from our consolidated statements of operations before interest income and expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, restructuring charges, goodwill and intangible asset impairment charges, stock compensation expense and other non-operating items from our consolidated statements of operations as well as certain other items considered unusual or non-recurring in nature. Adjusted EBITDA is not a presentation made in accordance with GAAP, and our use of the term Adjusted EBITDA may vary from the use of similarly-titled measures by others in our industry due to the potential inconsistencies in the method of calculation and differences due to items subject to interpretation. We use Adjusted EBITDA to measure our performance from period to period both at the consolidated level as well as within our operating segments, to evaluate and fund incentive compensation programs and to compare our results to those of our competitors.

We define Adjusted Net Income as net income or loss from our consolidated statements of operations before income taxes, depreciation and amortization associated with acquired tangible and intangible assets, restructuring charges, goodwill and intangible asset impairment charges, other non-operating items from our consolidated statements of operations and certain other items considered unusual or non-recurring in nature, reduced by cash paid for income taxes. Also excluded from Adjusted Net Income is interest expense attributable to the mandatory convertible subordinated bonds due 2013. Adjusted Net Income per share of common stock presented on a diluted basis includes potential common shares associated with stock-based compensation plans that may have been considered anti-dilutive in accordance with GAAP. The amount also includes the weighted-average amount of shares of common stock convertible associated with the mandatory convertible bonds based upon the average price of our common stock during the period.

Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Net Income per share of common stock are not presentations made in accordance with GAAP.

The below table presents a reconciliation from net income/(loss) to Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted Net Income and a reconciliation from weighted-average shares outstanding on a GAAP basis to diluted shares outstanding for the three and six months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011, respectively:

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  • Revenues for the quarter declined 1% to $1,385 million, up 4% in constant currency
  • Adjusted EBITDA for the quarter grew 1% to $389 million, up 5% in constant currency
  • Net income for the quarter increased to $103 million from $69 million in 2011
  • Adjusted Net Income for the quarter increased to $157 million from $155 million in 2011

New York, USA – July 25, 2012 – Nielsen Holdings N.V. (NYSE: NLSN), a leading global provider of information and insights into what consumers buy and watch, today announced financial results for the second quarter and six months ended June 30, 2012.

“Nielsen delivered solid second quarter results that reflect the reliable growth and stability of our businesses,” said David Calhoun, Chief Executive Officer of Nielsen. “We continue to benefit from the value we create for our clients and their confidence in our unique ability to serve the media and consumer goods industries across the globe.”

Second Quarter 2012 Operating Results

Revenues for the second quarter decreased 1% to $1,385 million, while increasing 4% on a constant currency basis compared to the second quarter of 2011. Our revenue performance was driven by a 3% decrease within our Buy segment (3% increase on a constant currency basis) and a 2% increase within our Watch segment (4% on a constant currency basis) as we continue to see increases in customer spending on our information services businesses. Revenues in our Expositions segment were flat during the period.

Adjusted EBITDA for the second quarter increased 1% to $389 million, or 5%, on a constant currency basis compared to the second quarter of 2011, as we continue to balance productivity efforts with investments in strategic growth initiatives.

Net income for the second quarter increased to $103 million compared to $69 million in the second quarter of 2011, driven by an overall reduction in costs. Net income per share, on a diluted basis, was $0.28 compared to $0.19 in the second quarter of 2011.

Adjusted Net Income for the second quarter increased to $157 million compared to $155 million in the second quarter of 2011. Adjusted Net Income per share was $0.42 compared to $0.41 in the second quarter of 2011.

Six Months Ended June 2012 Operating Results

Revenues for the first half of 2012 increased 1% to $2,725 million, or 4%, on a constant currency basis compared to the first half of 2011. Revenues within our Buy segment were flat (4% increase on a constant currency basis), revenues within our Watch segment increased 2% (3% on a constant currency basis) and revenues within our Expositions segment increased 5% (5% on a constant currency basis).

Adjusted EBITDA for the first half of 2012 increased 2% to $721 million, or 5%, on a constant currency basis compared to the first half of 2011.

Net income for the first half of 2012 was $128 million compared to a net loss of $112 million for the first half of 2011. The 2011 first half results included charges of $206 million, net of tax, associated with the IPO. Net income per share, on a diluted basis, was $0.35 compared to a net loss per share of $0.33 in the first half of 2011.

Adjusted Net Income for the first half of 2012 increased to $270 million compared to $219 million in the first half of 2011. Adjusted Net Income per share was $0.72 compared to $0.61 in the first half of 2011.

Financial Position

As of June 30, 2012, cash balances were $283 million and gross debt was $6,555 million, excluding the $288 million mandatory convertible subordinated bonds due 2013. Net debt (gross debt less cash and cash equivalents) at the end of the quarter was $6,272 million and our net debt leverage ratio was 4.0x.  Capital expenditures were $152 million for the first half of 2012 as compared to $142 million for the first half of 2011.

Conference Call and Webcast 

Nielsen will hold a conference call to discuss second quarter results at 8:30 a.m. U.S. Eastern Time (ET) on July 25, 2012.  The audio and slides for the call can be accessed live by webcast at http://ir.nielsen.com or by dialing 1-866-652-5200. Callers outside the U.S. and Canada can dial +1-412-317-6060. The passcode for the call is “Nielsen.” An archive will be available on the investor relations website after the call. 

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About Nielsen

Nielsen Holdings N.V. (NYSE: NLSN) is a global information and measurement company with leading market positions in marketing and consumer information, television and other media measurement, online intelligence, mobile measurement, trade shows and related properties. Nielsen has a presence in approximately 100 countries, with headquarters in New York, USA and Diemen, the Netherlands. For more information, visit www.nielsen.com.

Results of Operations—(Three and Six Months Ended June 30, 2012 and 2011)

The following table sets forth, for the periods indicated, the amounts included in our Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations: