Norwich City release annual accounts
PUBLISHED: 15:38 14 October 2011 | UPDATED: 16:50 14 October 2011
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Norwich City have released their accounts for the financial year, which ended on May 31, 2011.
The accounts presented relate to a Championship football season, with only the performance-related costs of promotion to the Barclays Premier League impacting the numbers.
Revenue increased to £23.1m (£17m in 2010 and £18.3m in 2009 - the last Championship year) due to an improved commercial performance across all areas of the business.
The club made a normalised operating profit of £0.5m (a loss of £1.7m in 2010 and a loss of £4.3m in 2009).
Net indebtedness reduced to £16.8m (£20.9m 2010) partly due to the sale of the matchday orange car park.
The Norwich City board confirmed that as far as operating in the transfer market is concerned, Norwich City remains a buying club.
Key actions taken in the business within the last 12 months include:
• Refinancing of the balance sheet
• Disposal of non-core property assets
• Significant reduction of net debt
• New equity investment to help strengthen squad and improve chance of promotion
• Significantly improved commercial performance of all areas of the business
• Achieved promotion to the Premier League
• Retained football management team and back room staff for 2011/12 season
• Recruited eight new players in to the squad for the 2011/12 season
• Successfully completed stadium upgrades required to meet Premier League regulations
Norwich City also reported the following target results for next year-end:
• Revenue to increase by at least £40m
• Significantly increased operating profits but cash to be neutral due to the need for debt repayments and investment in assets
• Net debt to reduce by at least a further £6m
Norwich City Chairman Alan Bowkett commented: “While everyone is aware of the outstanding football performance last year, I am pleased to report this improvement has continued off the field of play. Revenues and normalised operating profit are up while net debt is down. This trend will accelerate this year.”
• A full set of annual accounts are due to be posted to Norwich City Shareholders next week. The Club’s AGM will be held on Tuesday, November 22.