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Growth strategies of media companies: efficiency analysis

Título de la revista: PALABRA CLAVE
ISSN: 0122-8285
Volumen: 23
Número: 1
Fecha de publicación: 2020
This paper analyzes the media and entertainment companies' main strategic options about what to do for growing-internationalization or diversification-and how to do it-organic and inorganic growth-in a context of ever growing competition. We identify correlations between those strategies and three basic pillars of managers' decision-making process: growth, profitability, and indebtedness. We conclude that mergers and acquisitions can generate rapid growth, but they are expensive in terms of Return on Investment Capital (ROTC) and they usually increase the leverage of the company. Therefore, the inorganic path could not be the best option for companies with difficulties to get access to capital or for very cyclical businesses. In addition, we identify that vertical integration generates a lower ROIC than horizontal integration, and we show how internationalization strategies increase the profitability of audiovisual companies. We analyze the basic indicators of SO listed companies in the sector that meet three criteria necessary for our study: data transparency, sufficient size of the company, and a certain trajectory that would allow us to study the consequences of the chosen strategies over long periods of time, at least 15 years. We study the firms' evolution from 2010 to 2016 with metrics from the Thomson Reuters database. In that last year, they accounted for 88 percent of global television revenue.