Blues results reveal club’s reliance on owners

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Birmingham City football club has revealed the impact of the pandemic and the sale of Jude Bellingham in its financial results.

The blues lost £30m from day to day trading but the Bellingham sale reduced this figure to £4.7m.

This has come down from £18.3m from the previous 12 months.

In addition, accounts show that revenue from tickets and broadcasting fell from £22.5m in 2020 to £13m in 2021 as attendance was cut with matches playing behind closed doors.

Revealing the club’s reliance on its owners, the accounts said: “These conditions indicate the existence of material uncertainty which may cast significant doubt about the company’s ability to continue as a going concern, the validity of which is dependent upon future funding available at a level sufficient to finance the working capital requirements.

“The directors do however remain in the view that the company can obtain the required funding from parent and/or ultimate parent and as a result the directors consider that it is appropriate to prepare the financial statement on a going concern basis.”

Staff and player costs were down from £32.4m to £30.2m from the previous year, however, they still accounted for £26.6m on wages and total liabilities exceeded assets by £80m.

Blues spent £37m more cash than they generated from day to day activities, covered by player trading cash at £15m and more borrowing of £21m.

This has left Blues needing £40m funding from its Hong Kong-based owners Birmingham Sports Holdings Ltd, for the period July 2021 to January 2023.

Birmingham’s highest-paid director had a pay rise of £82,000 to £366,000 and as of December 2020, the club had to pay its directors around £750k. Chief executive Xuandong Ren left the club during this time, however so it is reasonable to expect that figure to be lower in the next period.

£659k was claimed from the furlough scheme and the club applied for a £2.5m business interruption insurance claim. £8m was also borrowed from the EFL.