|Traded as||WSE: AGO|
|Founded||Warsaw, Poland (1989)|
|Key people||Wanda Rapaczyński Executive Chairman, Adam Michnik Co-founder|
|Revenue||PLN 1.3 billion (2012)|
|Operating income||PLN )(38,734) million (2012)|
|Net income||PLN (23,341) million (2012)|
Agora Spółka Akcyjna or Agora SA is a Polish media company. Agora and "Gazeta Wyborcza" (Election Gazette) were created on the eve of the parliamentary elections in 1989. "Gazeta" became the first independent newspaper in Poland, while Agora grew into one of the largest and most renowned media companies in Poland. Since 1999 Agora's shares have been listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange.
Agora's media offer include newspapers out-of-home advertising, network of cinemas, various online and radio activities, magazines and selling collections of books and books with CDs and DVDs.
Agora's flagship business is "Gazeta Wyborcza" - Poland's largest quality daily, which has 3,48 million readers  and sells 257 thousand copies every day. "Gazeta's" unique formula, which combines a national newspaper with regional pages and thematic supplements, ensures a wide array of topics, quality of information as well as wide reach and extensive advertising possibilities, including dual media offers and non - standard advertising formats. In 2012 "Gazeta's" advertising sales reached PLN 202,9 million, while its share in the newspaper advertising market was 36,5%.
Agora also publishes free newspaper "Metro", the third most read nationwide daily in Poland. Currently, "Metro" is distributed in 348 thousand copies  in 18 Polish cities. It is the only free nationwide daily in the Polish newspaper market.
Agora is also present in the outdoor advertising by its subsidiary company AMS - one of the leading players in out - of - home advertising. AMS offers a broad array of premium panels, such as backlights, citylights on public transportation shelters, city-scrolls and classic billboards, transit advertising on buses and large format wall-mounted panels on buildings as well as CitiINFOTv panels installed in Warsaw metro cars and buses. In 2012 advertising sales of AMS reached PLN 162,1 million and its share in the outdoor advertising stood at almost 30%.
Agora owns a majority stake in the company Helios S.A. - the second largest cinema operator in Poland. Helios was established in 1993 and due to its dynamic development of its operations by both organic growth and successful acquisitions (including acquisition of the network of 5 multiplex cinemas under Kinoplex brand in 2007) it created the network consisting of 31 cinemas around Poland including 30 multiplexes and one traditional cinema. In total Helios cinemas offer 166 screens and almost 356 thousand seats ).
Dynamic growth is recorded by the Company's Internet activity. Currently, Agora owns over several dozens of thematic, classified, entertainment and social services belonging to Gazeta.pl group and are ranked among top players in their categories, inter alia, Gazeta.pl, Wyborcza.pl, Blox.pl and Sport.pl or vortals and classified services GazetaPraca.pl and Domiporta.pl.
Agora initiates also innovative multimedia services connected for example with Internet film series and popularizes content from its Internet services by means of mobile technology - mobile phones, smartphones and tablets. Rich advertising offer comprises classified services, non - standard ways of reaching Internet users and tailored services of online advertising agencies i.a. GlossyMedia.pl, SearchLab.pl, AdPlayer.pl, PayPer.pl and HandyNet.pl. At the end of 2012, total reach of Internet services composing Gazeta.pl Group amounted to 59,1% whereas number of users to 11.4 million users  allowing Gazeta.pl Group to become the third portal in Poland.
Radio operations of Agora encompass a group of local radio stations operating under two brands: Golden Hits and Roxy FM, a super - regional, opinion-making news station TOK FM and an Internet radio platform Tuba with the service tuba FM which was the first one in Poland to offer its users the possibility to create and share their own radio channels.
Publishing activities of Agora comprise several color magazines offering a broad range of topics, from shopping and interior design to culinary, parenting and lifestyle issues. Combined paid circulation of Agora's monthlies in 2012 was over 875 thousand copies.
The power of Agora's media brands, especially of "Gazeta Wyborcza", determined the success of book collections as well as movie and music series. Currently, apart from the standard activity such as publishing and distribution of book series, the Company operates in new fields such as co - production and distribution of large-screen movies (for example 'Drogówka') as well as co - production of cultural events with world celebrities (Woody Allen's concert in Warsaw).
"Gazeta Wyborcza" was founded in 1989 as the platform for the first democratic parliamentary elections. It was created by a group of journalists and activists of the underground democratic opposition press From the onset, the newspaper's Editor-in-Chief has been Adam Michnik, an intellectual and prominent member of democratic opposition in the 60-80's.
The online face of "Gazeta Wyborcza" - Wyborcza.pl - is one of the most popular internet website of press title in Poland
Gazeta.pl provides Internet users with the latest news from Poland and from the whole world, published in thematic Internet services, inter alia, News, Technology, Woman, Education visited every month by slightly over 12 million of real users*. The most important regional news is provided by local services. Currently local services comprising Gazeta.pl group reach nearly 3 million people monthly and are leaders in their thematic category in Polish Internet*.
The content published in portal is created by the editorial teams of Gazeta.pl and the journalists from Agora Radio Group, who work together in a modern multimedia newsroom. The editorial teams may also use a TV studio where news information and entertainment materials are shot, for example, editorial cycles, interviews, news programs for Gazeta.pl and Internet television Gazeta.tv .
Gazeta.pl puts a lot of effort to provide reliable, up - to - date and attractive information and constantly increases the number of distribution channels. The content from the websites comprising Gazeta.pl are available in mobile versions as - Gazeta.pl , as well as in the form of application for smartphones ("Gazeta.pl for I'Phone") and in Samsung TV sets.
As the first portal in Poland, Gazeta.pl initiated live transmission of the important events. Such live coverages, with editorial and audiovisual materials, provide users with the constant access to up - to - date news from Poland and the world.
The strong side of Gazeta.pl is its unique community concentrated around one of the largest Internet forums - Forum.Gazeta.pl and blog platform Blox.pl with the quality thematic blogs named among most popular in Polish Internet, inter alia "Moje Wypieki".
Gazeta.pl , as one of the largest portals in Poland, develops cooperation with leaders of global Internet market, inter alia, Microsoft, Google, Opera Software, Dailymotion and VideoJug. Due to co-operation with foreign partners Agora's services offer interesting content, attractive multimedia materials and broad advertising offer.
- Agora (April, 2007). "Annual Report 2006". www.agora.pl. Agora. Retrieved 2007-10-18.
- (1) Polskie Badania Czytelnictwa, MillwardBrown SMG/KRC, CCS index (weekly readership), Jan-Dec 2012, N=48 191;
- (2) ZKDP, average daily copy sales, Jan-Dec 2012;
- (3)Consolidated financial statements according to IFRS, 4Q 2012; ad market share: Agora, estimated data corrected for average discount rate based on the monitoring of Agora and Kantar Media, the data include paid-for and free dailies;
- (4) Polskie Badania Czytelnictwa, MillwardBrown SMG/KRC, CPW index (daily readership), Jan-Dec 2012, N=48 191;
- (5)ZKDP, copies distributed, Jan-Dec 2012;
- (6)Distributed every day (Monday through Friday)
- (7)Consolidated financial statements according to IFRS, 4Q 2012, ad market share - IGRZ
- (8) as of December 31, 2012
- (9) Megapanel PBI/Gemius, December 2012, Gazeta.pl group: reach and real users
- (10) ZKDP, copy sales, Jan-Dec 2012;