Leicester City 2018/19 Financial Results
Looking to build on its first decade under the ownership of King Power International – a period of significant initial investment, leading to sustained profitability and unprecedented on-pitch success – the Club enters into the next phase of King Power’s vision with a renewed commitment to reinvesting growing revenues back into the Club.
Following significant investments into the development of its new training facility in Charnwood, the planning and design related to the proposed expansion of King Power Stadium and continued investment in the playing squad and key staff, the Club recorded a pre-tax loss of £20.2M for the year ending 31 May, 2019.
An increase in turnover to £178.4M (£158.9 in 2018) represents a continuation of a trend since the Club’s promotion to the Premier League in 2014, with turnover increasing on average by nearly 20% every season, omitting the extraordinary figures of 2017 under the previous UEFA Champions League distribution model.
The increase in turnover was mainly driven by commercial revenues growing to £29.9M (£14.2M in 2018), as the Club continues to develop its brand and international reach.
Continued investments in player registrations and the recruitment of key staff are designed to equip the Club’s football operation to be a consistent, long-term competitor for domestic honours, aspiring to return to European football.
The transformational investment into the Club’s new training ground has been financed by the Club entering into a six-year facility with King Power after the year-end, further demonstrating the commitment of the Club’s shareholders to its long-term development. Further capital investments have also been supported through the planned utilisation of other financing facilities available to the Club.
Sitting securely among the King Power Group of Companies, the Club’s future course continues to be safely navigated by the Srivaddhanaprabha family, whose successful and responsible ownership of Leicester City began its 10th season in August 2019.
Leicester City Chief Executive Susan Whelan said: “Ten years on from King Power’s takeover in 2010, Leicester City finds itself in a position of strength from which we can all move securely forward with confidence and ambition. During that time, the Club’s supporters have put their faith in King Power’s long-term investment strategy and we aim to continue rewarding that faith with progress, growth and success both on and off the pitch.
“We remain a Club of fierce ambition: striving to progress every season; giving ourselves every opportunity to compete more consistently at the elite level of the game; giving amazing experiences to our fans in the stadium and around the world; and making our community proud of its football club. It’s the reason every penny of revenue generated during those 10 years under King Power’s ownership has been reinvested into the Club.
“I’m excited to assure our supporters that, even with the considerable progress that has been made in the last 10 years, we’re very confident that the best is yet to come.”
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