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The Nielsen Company Reports First Quarter 2009 Results

New York, US – May 15, 2009 – The Nielsen Company B.V., a leading global information and media company, today announced its financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2009.

Reported revenues for the three months ended March 31, 2009 were $1,133 million, a decrease of 7% over reported revenues for the three months ended March 31, 2008 of $1,214 million.  Excluding the impact of currency fluctuations*, revenues for the three months increased 1%. 

Reported operating income for the three months ended March 31, 2009 was $109 million compared to $115 million for the three months ended March 31, 2008.  These results were negatively impacted by $5 million and $7 million, respectively, of charges relating to restructuring costs.  Adjusting for these items, operating income, on a constant currency basis*, increased 1%.

Covenant earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization and other adjustments permitted under our senior secured credit facilities (“Covenant EBITDA”) was $1,311 million for the twelve month period ended March 31, 2009.  Covenant EBITDA is a non – GAAP measure.  See “Covenant EBITDA” below for a reconciliation of Loss from continuing operations of $434 million for the twelve months ended March 31, 2009 to Covenant EBITDA.

As of March 31, 2009, total debt was $8,576 million, and cash balances were $410 million. Capital expenditures were $64 million for the three months ended March 31, 2009, compared with $69 million for the three months ended March 31, 2008.

Conference Call and Webcast

The Nielsen Company will hold an earnings conference call, hosted by The Nielsen Company’s Chief Financial Officer Brian J. West, at 9:00 a.m. U.S. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on Friday, May 15, 2009.  The call will be audio-webcast live at and an archive will be available on the website after the call.  In addition, a link to the company’s annual financial report on Form 10-Q has been posted at

Forward-looking Statements

This news release includes information that could constitute forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provision of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  These statements may be identified by words such as ‘expect’, ‘should’, ‘could’, ‘shall’ and similar expressions.  These statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, and actual results and events could differ materially from what presently is expected.  Factors leading thereto may include without limitations general economic conditions, conditions in the markets Nielsen is engaged in, behavior of customers, suppliers and competitors, technological developments, as well as legal and regulatory rules affecting Nielsen’s business.  This list of factors is not intended to be exhaustive.  We assume no obligation to update any written or oral forward-looking statement made by us or on our behalf as a result of new information, future events, or other factors.

NOTE: Additional detail regarding results (tables, etc.), can be found in the PDF download version of this release.

* Constant currency growth rates eliminate the impact of year-over-year foreign currency fluctuations.