Corporate structure

Reed Elsevier was created in January 1993, when Reed Elsevier PLC and Reed Elsevier NV contributed their respective businesses to two jointly owned companies, Reed Elsevier Group plc, a UK-registered company which owns the publishing and information businesses, and Elsevier Reed Finance BV, a Dutch-registered company which owns the financing activities. 

Corporate structure


Reed Elsevier PLC and Reed Elsevier NV have retained their separate legal and national identities and are publicly-held companies. Reed Elsevier PLC’s securities are listed in London and New York, and Reed Elsevier NV’s securities are listed in Amsterdam and New York. 

Equalisation arrangements
Reed Elsevier PLC and Reed Elsevier NV each hold a 50% interest in Reed Elsevier Group plc. Reed Elsevier PLC holds a 39% interest in Elsevier Reed Finance BV, with Reed Elsevier NV holding a 61% interest. Reed Elsevier PLC additionally holds a 5.8% indirect equity interest in Reed Elsevier NV, reflecting the arrangements entered into between the two companies at the time of the merger, which determined the equalisation ratio whereby one Reed Elsevier NV ordinary share is, in broad terms, intended to confer equivalent economic interests to 1.538 Reed Elsevier PLC ordinary shares. The equalisation ratio is subject to change to reflect share splits and similar events that affect the number of outstanding ordinary shares of either Reed Elsevier PLC or Reed Elsevier NV.

Under the equalisation arrangements, Reed Elsevier PLC shareholders have a 52.9% economic interest in the Reed Elsevier combined businesses, and Reed Elsevier NV shareholders (other than Reed Elsevier PLC) have a 47.1% economic interest in the Reed Elsevier combined businesses. Holders of ordinary shares in Reed Elsevier PLC and Reed Elsevier NV enjoy substantially equivalent dividend and capital rights with respect to their ordinary shares.

Following the merger of their respective businesses, Reed Elsevier PLC and Reed Elsevier NV entered into a Governing Agreement to regulate their relationship, including the economic interests of the parties and the composition of their Boards and those of Reed Elsevier Group plc and of Elsevier Reed Finance BV.  
Reed Elsevier operates across several professional market segments:

Scientific, Technical & Medical
Risk Solutions & Business Information