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I recently wrote about the importance of the cash flow statement in assessing the financial performance of a football club, focusing on the Premier League. Since then I have had a few requests to do the same for the Championship, so let’s take a look in the following thread.
A club’s profit and loss account is easy to understand, i.e. basically revenue less expenses (mainly player wages), but this is a notional profit based on the accountants’ accruals concept, which can be very different from actual cash movements.
This is important, as the main reason that football clubs fail is cash flow problems. It does not matter how large your revenue is (or your profits are), if you do not have the cash to pay your players, suppliers or indeed the taxman, then you will find yourself in trouble.
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Hull City’s 2018/19 financial results covered a season when they finished 13th in the Championship. Manager Ian Adkins resigned in June, replaced by Grant McCann. The owners, Assem and Ehab Allam, have been looking to sell the club for some time. Some thoughts follow #hcafc
#hcafc profit before tax decreased from £24m to £3m, mainly due to profit on player sales falling by £26m from £31m to £5m. Revenue was down £7m (13%) to £48m, because of lower parachute payments. Partly compensated by expenses being cut by £12m.
The main driver of #hcafc £7m revenue reduction was a £6m cut in parachute payments from the Premier League from £43m to £37m, but the other revenue streams also declined: match day was down £1.1m (15%) to £6.1m, while commercial was £0.6m (20%) lower at £2.3m.
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A thread here on Steve Bruce, what it means for Sheffield Wednesday and why, however this is spun in his and/or Newcastle's favour in the national media, his actions could have ruined the season before it's begun. #swfc #nufc
By leaving Wednesday, Steve Bruce has chosen to give up one of the safest jobs in the league. He had the unanimous support of the fan base, and of the club's owner. But he's a "local lad from Newcastle", so he had no choice? #swfc #nufc
Except Bruce has said no to Newcastle twice before, and chose to manage Sunderland. Most were well aware of his "loyalty issues." But for him to jump ship after just 18 games, after the club allowed him a month to watch England in the Windies, is going to rankle. #swfc #nufc
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Sheffield Wednesday have finally published their accounts for the 2017/18 season, when they finished 15th in the Championship. Manager Carlos Carvalhal left the club by mutual consent in December, to be replaced by Jos Luhukay. Some thoughts in the following thread #SWFC
As a technical point, it’s worth noting that #SWFC have changed their accounting close date from May 31st to July 31st, so the 2017/18 accounts covered a 14 month period, meaning a small £1.2m increase in turnover, but an additional 2 months of expenses.
#SWFC swung from a £20.8m loss to a £2.6m profit, entirely due to £38m once-off profit from selling the Hillsborough stadium. Revenue was only up £1.8m (8%) to £25.2m, while expenses surged £18m (41%) to £63m. Profit on player sales rose £1.7m to £2.3m.
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The Sheffield United ownership trial at the High Court will get underway at 11.30 this morning, when they will begin looking at evidence about the value of shares in the club with two expert witnesses #sufc #twitterblades
As you will no doubt be aware by now I’m a only a simple-minded bloke from Bolton so some of it might be beyond me but I’ll do my best to keep up #sufc #twitterblades
Just got to court and for the first time in the case while I’ve been here Kevin McCabe isn’t here and neither is Prince Abdullah, although many of the other key players in the case are #sufc #twitterblades
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#swfc Right, might as well make myself useful, so I've had a look at what German sources say about Julian Börner, who today confirmed he's leaving Arminia Bielefeld in the 2. Bundesliga for England - and there's definitely some interesting bits in the thread below:
#swfc Norwich offered him a lucrative 3-year deal in 2017, but he declined after consultation with his wife, wishing to stay in Bielefeld with their new-born daughter. "Money isn't everything. Family always comes first". A good sign of character
(source: nw.de/sport/dsc_armi…).
#swfc He was valued at €2m (£1.75m) back then, but would move to ours on a free transfer. It's encouraging that Norwich were interested. They've recruited very, very well under Franke as manager and Webber as sporting director, so their strong interest then suggests he's good.
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Aston Villa’s 2017/18 financial results covered their second season in the Championship with Tony Xia as chairman following relegation from the Premier League. They finished 4th, but narrowly missed out on promotion after losing in the play-off final. Some thoughts follow #AVFC
Following that defeat, #AVFC “experienced significant liquidity problems”, including a missed tax payment to HMRC, which led to a rescue by billionaire businessmen Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens, who injected £68m of funding with NSWE SCS becoming the club’s controlling owners.
#AVFC loss increased by £21m from £15m to £36m, as revenue dropped £5m (7%) from £74m to £69m and profit on player sales fell £11m from £27m to £16m. On the other hand, the club received £3m compensation for HS2 rail project, which will go through part of the training ground.
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Middlesbrough’s 2017/18 financial results covered the season after relegation from the Premier League when they reached the Championship play-offs by finishing 5th before losing in the semi-finals. Tony Pulis replaced Garry Monk as manager in December. Some thoughts follow #Boro
Following relegation #Boro moved from a pre-tax £6.9m profit to a £6.4m loss, as revenue halved from £121m to £62m, though profit on player sales was up £4m to £15m. After tax, the decline was even steeper (from £11.5m profit to £6.6m loss), due to prior year’s £4.6m tax credit.
#Boro £59m revenue decline was very largely driven by broadcasting’s £55m fall from £102m to £47m, as the £42m parachute payment was much lower than Premier League £99m distribution. Commercial also decreased £2.9m (26%) to £8.3m and match day was down £1.6m (18%) at £7.1m.
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Queens Park Rangers 2017/18 financial results covered a season the club described as one “of rebuilding and reflection”, as they finished 16th in the Championship, after which manager Ian Holloway left to be replaced by Steve McClaren. Some thoughts in the following thread #QPR
#QPR loss significantly increased by £32m from £6m to £38m, largely due to booking a £20m FFP fine (for previous misdemeanours); a £15m reduction in the parachute payment driving a £17m (35%) decrease in revenue from £48m to £31m; and profit on player sales down £7m to zero.
All three #QPR revenue streams were down. As well as broadcasting slumping £15.1m (43%) to £20.2m, due to the lower parachute payment, commercial fell £1.2m (17%) to £6.3m, while gate receipts were £0.3m (6%) lower at £4.9m.
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I published a study last week on where Premier League clubs source their money and what they spend it on by reviewing the clubs’ cash flow statements over the last decade. Today I do a similar exercise on Championship clubs – where the picture is very different.
In the 10 years between 2008 and 2017 Championship clubs had over £2.8 bln of available cash with the vast majority of financing £2.5 bln coming from their owners (loans £1.9bln and shares £0.6 bln)
So an incredible 87% of Championship clubs’ cash came from owner financing with just 7% from operating activities. This is in stark contrast to the Premier League with 54% from operations and 42% from owners. There was also £41m from (net) player sales & £45m from bank balances.
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Blackburn Rovers’ financial results for 2016/17 covered “a season to forget for #Rovers fans”, as the club was relegated from the Championship to League One with manager Owen Coyle replaced by Tony Mowbray. The good news is that they have immediately bounced back in 2017/18.
#Rovers loss worsened by £2.3m from £1.5m to £3.8m, mainly due to £7.1m (32%) reduction in revenue to £14.9m and £6.0m fall in profit on player sales to £10.4m, offset by cost cuts: wages £3.4m (13%) to £22.0m, other expenses £4.8m (51%) to £4.5m & player amortisation £1.8m.
Main reason for what #Rovers Finance Director Mike Cheston described as “a significant drop in income” was the loss of parachute payments £10.5m, though the blow was softened by £4.3m solidarity payments. Match day and commercial slightly declined, by £0.2m & £0.1m respectively.
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Middlesbrough’s 2016/17 financial results covered their first season back in the Premier League since 2008/09, but it ended in disappointment with relegation to the Championship and the dismissal of manager Aitor Karanka in March. Some thoughts in the following thread #Boro
Following promotion to Premier League #Boro converted pre-tax £32.0m loss to £6.9m profit, as revenue increased by £100m to a record £121m and profit on player sales was up £7m to £11m. After tax, profit was £11.5m, compared to £25.9m loss in 15/16, thanks to a £4.6m tax credit.
#Boro £100m revenue growth was very largely driven by broadcasting’s £95m increase to £102m, due to the much higher money in the Premier League (plus first year on new deal), while commercial also increased £3.1m (39%) to £11.1 m and gate receipts were £1.4m (20%) up at £8.7m.
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