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Wigan Athletic post great results off the field

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One thing is for sure if club's had a chairman like Dave Whelan and a manager like Roberto Martinez they would be in good shape - irrespective of who they were. For an unfashionable club in Rugby League's heartland to maintain their Premier League staus eight seasons on the bounce is testimony enough. But, on top of that they have posted great finacial results for the past year as announced earlier today.

Financial results for the year ended 31 May 2012 show a net profit of £4.3m compared with a £7.2m net loss in 2011. This is the first time in six years that the Club has reported a net profit.

The figures cover the season 2011-12 when Latics achieved 15th position in the Premier League.

From club statement: EBITDA (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation of players) was £8.9m compared with £4.9m in the previous year.

Turnover increased to £52.6m compared to £50.5m in 2011.

Salary costs were the most significant expenditure but these reduced to £37.7m compared to the previous year cost of £39.9. Total administrative expenses including amortisation of player contracts reduced to £55.0m from £58.4m in the previous year.

During the year the Club invested £10.4m on new players whilst profit from the sale of players increased to £7.9m from £2.3m in the previous year primarily due to the sale of Charles N'Zogbia to Aston Villa.

Dave Whelan Net debt at the year-end including bank borrowings and loans from Chairman David Whelan and his family reduced significantly to £20.5m compared with £72.2m in the previous year. During the year £48m of debt was converted to equity which significantly reduced the Club's long term liabilities. At the same time the ordinary and preferred ordinary shares of the Club were transferred to a new parent company, Wigan Athletic Holdings Limited which also holds a controlling interest in the company operating the DW Stadium.

Wigan Athletic Chief Executive Jonathan Jackson commented - 'The results are once again encouraging and we are very pleased to report a net profit position in a very competitive environment. By increasing turnover and controlling costs the Club is continuing to progress to a break even operating position which all football clubs are aspiring to but many are finding it difficult to achieve.

'We continue to maintain our position in the Barclays Premier League by significant investment in the playing squad to strengthen our position on the field in our eighth year in the top division. In addition, major improvement of our academy and training facilities will commence this year to expand our strategic aim of consolidating and enhancing our infrastructure with increased focus on youth development.

'This would not be possible without the continued financial support of Chairman, David Whelan who remains an enthusiastic and committed owner who has taken his home-town club from the lower reaches of the Football League to being an established Premier League club. The conversion of £48m of debt to equity has significantly strengthened the Club's financial position and has, to a very significant extent, written off the debt owed to Mr Whelan.'

The club are again showing the style of football that will probably enusre another season in the top flight, but one thing you can count on - they won't be throwing cash around in the January transfer window. The 3-0 hammering of Aston Villa saw Latics climb out of the bottom three at the weekend.


 

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