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Manchester United reveal record losses of £83.6m


• Deficit is despite club making record turnover of £286.4m
• Figures likely to spark fresh anti-Glazer protests by United fans

 Manchester United's operating profits set to top £100 million
 

Manchester United today posted record losses of £83.6m despite increased turnover, largely due to interest repayments and one-off financial charges relating to the bond issue that was the catalyst for fierce protests against the Glazers.

The bond issue, billed as a way to restructure United's long-term debt but which also made provision for the owners to take out up to £127m in the first year, resulted in a string of one-off costs that pushed the club to record losses.

The Manchester United chief executive, David Gill, will be able to argue that the club is still growing its revenues and competing at the top level despite calls for boycotts from some fans, as well as a record group-operating profit of £100.8m. But those same fans will point to the figures as proof that their ticket and TV subscription money is going on servicing debt rather than players or facilities.

The club's total debt stood at £521.7m at the end of the year to 30 June, according to the results. The Glazers also owe a further £225m in high-interest PIK loans, which are secured against their shareholding in United and now accrue at 16.25% per annum.

The results show that turnover has increased to a record £286.4m thanks to increased matchday, broadcasting and commercial income. The latter has risen by 16.5% to £81.4m, partly due to the effect of the deals signed with Aon and Nike being felt over a full year and partly as a result of the Glazers' aggressive strategy to grow overseas sponsorship revenues.

Media revenues also increased by 5.1% on the previous year as new broadcasting deals kicked in to £104.8m, but matchday revenues were down 7.9% to £100.2m.

The club said that could be attributed to fewer matches being played at home, and partly as a result of only reaching the quarter-finals of the Champions League as opposed to the final the previous year.

But despite that record turnover – and a £12.7m income from player sales – the club's £40.21m interest bill, a £40.6m charge relating to an interest-rate swap agreement that had to be terminated in order to allow the bond issue to proceed and a £19.2m exchange rate hit all contributed to the £83.6m net loss. 
 
The figures are bound to result in a fresh wave of protests from fans who have vociferously protested against the effects of the debt loaded on to the club by the owners. They say that the Glazers' ongoing ownership is draining the club of finances and leading to increased ticket prices and a lack of investment in the squad.

Gill and the manager Sir Alex Ferguson have continued to insist that money remains available for players and can point to a cash balance of £163.8m in the bank, a figure inflated by the one-off windfall from the £80m transfer of Cristiano Ronaldo to Real Madrid the previous year.


The results boast of a "high level of team performance on the pitch", highlighting a second- place finish in the league and the Carling Cup win, and the signings of Chris Smalling, Bebé and Javier Hernández as evidence of continued investment in the playing squad.

The bond issue, in January this year, laid bare the Glazers' business plan and made provision for the owners to take dividends and one-off payments calculated at up to £127m from the club in its first year, including a one off dividend of £70m.

Today's results show that – as of 30 June 2010 – none of that money had been drawn down. But supporters' groups, including the Manchester United Supporters Trust, say they expect some of that cash to be drawn down to help repay the PIKs sooner rather than later.

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Owen wants to trump Giggs' medal collection

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Michael Owen wants the Premier League and Champions League crowns to trump the medal collections of his Manchester United team-mates.

Owen has won virtually every club honour - including the FA Cup, League Cup, UEFA Cup and Super Cup - and is desperate to complete the full set before he eventually retires.

“They’re the two biggies missing - I’ve won all the small ones,” joked Owen. “It would be great to win those two. I don’t even think Ryan Giggs or Gary Neville would have the collection I’d have then.

“They might have more trophies, but they wouldn’t have the UEFA Cup, Super Cup and things like that (XD). The Premier League and Champions League are the two biggies, full stop.

“I haven’t won either of them and if you offered me one of them now I’d snap your hand off, but obviously to win both would be a full collection, which has got to be my aim. That’s the one hole that’s on my CV.

“If I stopped playing tomorrow, then the one thing I’d regret is never having won the league. So that’s a major desire of mine - to win the league and to help to that in whatever way I can.”

"If Liverpool got taken over by a really wealthy person or group, just like Manchester City or Chelsea, things could change"

"Sometimes it takes a step or two backwards to go forwards, so you never know what might happen next with Liverpool, but at the moment it’s hard for their fans.

"Any team can be languishing near the bottom after half a dozen or so games. That can happen. But obviously not everything is right at Liverpool.

"There are well-documented problems off the field and it’s all culminating at the moment. They’re not getting results on the field, the fans aren’t happy and there are different disturbances off the field.

"They were seen as one of the title contenders at the start of the season, so from United’s point of view it’s good when they get beaten by the likes of Blackpool, which was a major shock."

The 30-year-old wishes his former club well, but insists that as a professional he would like to see his side do better than Roy Hodgson's men.

"I'm obviously a Manchester United player now and my sole focus has to be on them," Owen added.

"But I’ve also played for Real Madrid and I watch their games, look out for their results, so you always take an interest in your old teams.


"It’s the same with Liverpool and Newcastle. In an ideal world I’d want them all to be doing well, but obviously not as well as United - that’s the bottom line."


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