Newcastle United Have Announced their results for the financial year 2013-20914 and they have recorded record profits of £18.7M, although that is a lot less than predicted.
Lee Charnley – Newcastle Managing Director
This is what Newcastle have just announced:
Newcastle United Football Company Limited has today (Monday, 30th March) confirmed continued financial progress as it filed its annual accounts for the year ending June 2014.
The Club has recorded strong results, with the growth in commercial revenue playing a greater role in delivering a record £18.7M profit after tax, up from £9.9M in 2013.
The results signal the fourth consecutive year of recorded profit for the football club. Operational losses of £0.6M in 2013 have been turned into an operating profit of £4.7M as the Club continues to outperform UEFA Financial Fair Play regulations.
The Club’s turnover rose to £129.7M, up from £95.9M the previous year. Matchday revenue, which includes ticket sales and hospitality, dropped slightly to £25.9M, down from £27.8M in 2013, when the Club hosted seven additional home games as a result of its participation in the UEFA Europa League.
Season ticket renewal figures held steady, as did average Premier League attendances, which were 50,395 compared to 50,517 the previous season. Media rights revenues accounted for £78.3M of turnover, a 53.3% increase on the previous year.
This reflected the new Barclays Premier League broadcasting rights deal as well as the Club’s improved league position of tenth in 2013/14, compared to 16th the season before.
Most significantly, the Club reported strong commercial revenue growth delivering £25.6M in 2014, up from £17.1M in 2013. This 49.7% increase was largely the result of two lucrative new deals with the Club’s principal sponsors, Wonga and Puma.
The Club’s debt continues to remain static at £129M in the form of an interest-free loan from owner Mike Ashley. None of the debt has been repaid to Mr Ashley nor has the owner taken any other monies from the Club.
Newcastle United managing director Lee Charnley said:
“I am pleased to report a positive set of results which confirms the healthy financial position the Club now finds itself in and is a reflection of the prudent and measured manner in which we operate.”
“The Club benefits from a supportive owner and is financially stable. This gives us a strong platform from which to grow, both on and off the pitch, a result of which means, as we move forward, we are able to net spend on the playing squad and invest in other areas of the business.”
“The most pleasing aspect in this set of accounts has been the growth in our commercial revenue and it has been our strongest year yet in that respect.”
“With our commitment to keeping ticket prices affordable for our supporters growing our commercial income has been crucial. The deals we struck with our two main sponsors, Wonga and Puma, together with a stronger focus on our commercial operations, have helped us achieve this growth.”
“We believe financial stability will deliver positive on-field results for the Club.”
Notice the profits are after tax has been paid.
Without seeing all the details, it’s hard to say what Newcastle’s extra costs were in the financial year – because they must have gone up from the previous year when we made £9.9M profit.
The revenue went up by £33.8M from the previous year, which is why even higher profits were expected – always assuming the costs were about the same as in the previous year.
The only way to find out is to delve more deeply into the books, but we don’t have that level of information.
However, they are still excellent results and the best ever for Newcastle United.
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