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Interview: Philippe Autin, Treasury Director at the NMPP

“We found EBICS to be the most suitable solution.”

Treasury Director, NMPP

Lettre  du Trésorier

What does the acronym NMPP stand for?

Philippe Autin
Nouvelles Messageries de la Presse Parisienne, whose activity is principally supplying press titles to agents or wholesalers and then to vendors. Set up two years after the end of World War II, the company is owned 51% by five publishing co-operatives and 49% by Hachette SA.

A few figures will give you an idea – the group which has a significant per-edition market share, distributes 60,000 titles to 180 agents, which in turn serve 29,600 points-of-sale in 20,000 locations in France. This represents 2.3bn copies per year. In a single day an area of 180,000 kilometres is covered and 1,500 tonnes of newspapers supplied.

This must generate significant cash flows. How are they handled?

PA: The sales network is built on a chain of mandates binding the partners to each other at all levels – from the publisher to the delivery company, from the delivery company to the agent – or wholesaler – and from agent to the vendor. These mandates determine, amongst other things, the sales commission collected at each level, bearing in mind that sales figures are not known until the unsold amounts have been established. The statements are drawn up on a weekly basis. Each level passes the cash on to the level above based on the net supplies after deducting their fees. Bearing in mind NMPP is a shareholder in some agents, it is easy to understand the large number of bank accounts – just over 200. In annual terms, the total inflows and outflows of cash total €8bn while the number of accounting transactions amount to 450,000.