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The Emirates Effect! (...) Total revenue / turnover was up 46% to £200.8m from £137.2m although profit before tax actually fell to £5.6m (£15.9m). Discounting revenue from property sales (£23.8m from the sale of the development site at Drayton Park) football related turnover increased by 34% to £177m (£132m). Player trading [profit on player sales less the amortisation charge against the playing squad] was again profitable with a gain of £200k (£3.9m) reported.
The profit figures were impacted by the exceptional finance charge of £21m, the cost of putting in place the long term debt in July 2006 for the stadium whilst replacing the project loans taken out for the construction of the stadium. Operating profit from football was £14.4m (£4.2m loss).
The football related income comprised four identified revenue streams, namely:
Match day £90.6m (£44.1m in the prior year) 51% (33%) of football revenue
Broadcasting £44.3m (£54.9m) 25% (42%)
Commercial £29.5m (£22.8m) 17% (17%)
Retail £12.1m (£10.2m) 7% (8%)
Match day revenue, at £3.1m per home game, is impressive and is about £50 per supporter per game. This only includes commission on catering / concession sales rather than the normally reported gross take (a feature of the 20 year exclusive catering deal signed with Delaware North). Broadcast income fell due to the reduced contribution from the UEFA Champions League pool. The exit at the first knockout stage compared to reaching the final in May 2006 had a £10m negative impact on these revenues.
(...) Wages / staff costs were the principal cost component and increased by 8% to £89.7m (£83m) (...) The key wages / football revenue ratio was a modest 51% (63%) and could fall below 50% in the present season as the wages of Henry and Ljungberg are unlikely to be matched by new joiners. (...)
The final stadium project costs are quoted at £430m and the related long term fixed rate debt is £260m. The construction debt was refinanced in July 2006 and now consists of £210m of 23 year fixed rate bonds and a 25 year floating rate bond. Interest on this debt has been fixed at what are now very beneficial rates and the annual debt service costs (interest and annual repayments on the £210m) is c.£23m.
Arsenal have a further £90m (£55m) of debt of which the Highbury Square development loan at the year end was £64.5m (£29.7m) with the remaining £25m being the A/B/C/D bonds/debentures owed to supporters. The total gross debt rose to £345.5m (£309.5m) but so did cash balances to £73.9m (£35.6m). It should be noted that £45.5m (£8.2m) of this cash is not available for direct use as it resides in accounts over which there are charges forming a part of the overall stadium debt security package. (...)
It is reported that the Highbury Square development is progressing well with 91% of all 724 (703) units having been sold with completion due in Oct-Dec 2009. Combined with other developments at Queensland and Hornsey Road the successful completion of these properties is forecast to generate gross sales in excess of £300m and a positive “net cash” of £90m over the next three years.
Surprisingly “only” £60m of this appears to be related to Highbury Square. Previous independent estimates have put this figure at over £100m. This conservatism and prudence may be related to the need to see sales converted into completions, the 65 so far unsold units (the remaining 9% of the 724 total) or the fact that there are several purchasers of multiple units with one buyer thought to have accounted for about 20% of all units sold in the development. (...)
Domestic TV revenues this season will be c£16m higher than last and with a good Champions League performance broadcast revenues could exceed £65m come this time next year. The fixed rate debt deals look a very well timed and shrewd piece of business. Other football clubs seeking to fund new stadia or refinance existing debt can be heard shouting “Lucky Arsenal” as the debt markets take a turn for the worse! The Arsenal refinancing deal could not be done now on the same terms and conditions.
Commercial and retail income (24% of total football revenue), the directly controllable revenues, appear to need revitalising as the “historic” deals with Emirates and Nike increasingly look sub-optimal in relation to what the market now pays. [Arsenal receive £6m pa for its shirt sponsorship (7 years to run) vs £14m for MUFC (3 years to run)]
An interesting scenario for the Club over the next three years relates to the use of the potential cash generated from three remaining property developments. It is predicted that net debt could be as low as £76m in three years time. If this is the case and the £210m fixed rate loan is allowed to amortise on schedule then the Club could have about £165m of cash.
Even if £50m may be subject to the debt security structure there could still be in excess of £100m of distributable cash burning a hole in someone’s pocket. Would this “free cash” be attractive to any potential purchaser of the Club? (...)