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Soccerex Look At Football Financial Power - 2018

Soccerex Look At Football Financial Power - 2018

The Soccerex Football Finance 100 report was released this month and English Premier League sides dominate the top ten...with a number of other Premier League and Championship clubs featuring in the full table.

The report ranks sides based on both their playing and fixed assets, money in the bank, the potential investment by their owner(s) and the level of debt a club carries - but obviously there are some guestimates involved in the figures.

Last November Premier League runaway leaders Manchester City posted record revenues of £473.4million in their third straight year of profit and they lead the rankings ahead of Arsenal, Tottenhan Hotspur, Manchester United and Chelsea who all feature in the top ten.

In total, out of the 100 clubs ranks, 19 come from England and even Championship sides Sunderland and Aston Villa feature further down the scale. Newly promoted Brighton also make an entry at No 90.

In terms of the breakdown from the study, Arsenal have £766million worth of fixed assets which is the most owing to their move fom Highbury to the Emirates Stadium, but Manchester United take the cash in the bank tally with reported £307million compared to Arsenal's £300million.

Arsenal take the lowest net debt at £8million, but Chelsea are recorded at £800million which is the largest figure for any side featuring in the top 100. The note there however is that it's been lent to the club by parent company Fordstam - also owned by Roman Abramovich.

The study concludes.

'Manchester City, one of the most famous cases of significant foreign investment changing a club's status and potential, top the rankings. Their owner's high potential investment value is complimented by a strong performance by the club across each of the verticals. Arsenal's second place in the rankings, ahead of PSG, will surprise many and is certainly a talking point in light of criticism the club receives from some quarters for its perceived lack of spending in the transfer market. Their ranking is a reflection of the club's professionalism and a sound business model. The position of financial strength means Arsenal could invest significantly should the hierarchy of the club choose to change their business strategy.'

A number of fans will question the figures appropriated to their side though - especially potential owner investment and cash in bank - but it creates an interesting talking point, especially when applied down the line to how a club operates and then a clubs' potential.

Full Report.

Pos
Club
FFI
Score
Players
Value
Fixed
Assets
Cash
(Bank)
Owner
Investment
Net
Debt
1
Manchester City
4.883
637
534
75
788
15
2
Arsenal
4.559
592
766
300
287
8
3
PSG
4.128
485
83
107
1,050
186
5
Tottenham
2.591
463
386
231
168
240
6
Real Madrid
2.579
771
323
211
0
263
7
Manchester Utd
2.314
524
347
307
133
536
8
Juventus
2.260
470
161
33
403
209
9
Chelsea
2.093
624
201
0
315
400
10
Bayern Munich
2.086
6.3
225
101
0
0
13
Barcelona
1.626
780
143
27
0
315
16
Liverpool
1.370
459
171
11
75
163
20
Leicester City
1.119
210
72
41
151
14
27
Everton
0.775
296
12
0
70
60
30
Inter Milan
0.665
319
12
4
140
306
32
Southampton
0.627
239
4
28
53
84
33
Stoke City
0.610
157
1
17
123
79
34
AC Milan
0.581
364
20
2
39
250
35
West Ham
0.577
196
63
37
16
90
36
Newcastle
0.563
134
88
2
91
120
46
Ajax
0.515
115
33
70
0
0
55
Crystal Palace
0.411
167
12
11
25
52
60
Swansea City
0.370
148
26
27
0
57
65
Bournemouth
0.331
126
12
45
4
71
73
Burnley
0.221
82
19
8
3
20
89
Sunderland
0.111
78
20
36
39
208
90
Brighton
0.099
59
2
3
50
122
91
Aston Villa
0.092
107
13
0
39
187


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Writer:Site Staff
Date:Wednesday January 17 2018
Time: 7:00AM

Comments

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So, can I re-ask my original question? How the f do we recover that situation?
Gut Prat & Ugly
17/01/2018 12:56:00
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Can I re-ask my original question? How the hell do we recover that situation? Should we consider the 'A' word?* (administration - or is that like swearing in church?)
Gut Prat & Ugly
17/01/2018 13:02:00
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Question is that good, I posted it twice!!
Gut Prat & Ugly
17/01/2018 13:04:00
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Link fixed, cheers for the email!

It's not a true situation based on the metrics they used Mr Prat. Zero cash in bank for example is clearly wrong for us, and whilst they picked out Chelsea's debt to clarify it's debt to owner, ours would also be the same. It's also based on figures/estimations for 2015/16, so in our case it doesn't factor in Xia and it doesn't reflect the financial accountancy bumblings we went through to make the club more attractive for a buyer. I'd also be interested to know why we barely have better fixed assets to Bournemouth looking at VP and Bodymoor compared to Dean Court...Burnley being way ahead of us on that front is also a confusion as they are currently building their new training ground (this season). So there's an awful lot that doesn't appear to make sense to me. Like many of these reports and studies, I think the true 'value' for the fan is in tracking how your club is perceived to be doing over the years, either falling down the table or making headway towards the top. Don't look at what the report spits out directly, more look at whether in that industry they think the club is on the rise or fall.

Financially we're not in an unrecoverable position, we're probably more better off than we have been in a few years, our issue in the now is Champ Financial Fair Play - which doesn't appear to factor into the above in any way shape or form - even allowing for it being based on 2015/16.
mike_field
17/01/2018 16:00:00
0
Yes I was wondering how Villa Park/Bodymoor was somehow worth the same (or less maybe) the Dean Court. Very weird. Interesting piece in the Brum Mail about our wage bill for 2016 being 85% of turnover and higher than Inter, Atletico and Dortmund!! How is that even possible?!! https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/financial-fair-play-stopping-aston-14166634.
JuanPabloAngel
17/01/2018 16:06:00
0
Yup some strange postulations there JPA. Wage bill doesn't surprise me either, I would guess it's not much better now either with us focused on promotion.
mike_field
17/01/2018 16:19:00
0
Thank you, Mike for such a detailed analysis. Wish I’d paid attention during Maths instead of carving ‘’Tony Hateley is God” on my desk with a geometry compass!
Gut Prat & Ugly
17/01/2018 18:06:00
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Oh no, maths is not my strong point mate - just doing a few network pieces of this ilk and looking into the methodology they use, the assumptions made and for presentation purposes, to truly find the of value you probably need to be a number geek - but there are indications that can be taken from them that I find interesting.

Hence fixed assets comparisons jumped out at me as certainly with no disrespect to Burnley (they've done a fantastic job given relative money) I can't see how an unbuilt training ground and Turf Moor is rateably better value than Bodymoor and Villa Park. And when you spot things like that, then you look at Debt and that might have been 'debt' back then when the numbers were crunched but it's owner debt not real debt. Even player values is only a guide because it can be so changeable etc. But again useful for how the outside world 'perceives us' in relation to other clubs as we all tend to live in our own little bubble in football.

Just wish I'd have had chance to get to it a little sooner, as I had remembered your post and I knew I'd left you hanging a little bit lol
mike_field
17/01/2018 20:51:00
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Just a final reflection on my Maths ability. After scoring an impressive 4% in my GCE ‘O’ Level Mock Exam (Jan.1967), my teacher said “Well, you certainly mocked the subject. But, at least I know with those marks, you didn’t cheat!”
Gut Prat & Ugly
18/01/2018 09:00:00
0
Nothing better than being confirmed as not being a cheat eh! My GCSE was two part, I passed the 1st and failed the 2nd. On my retake I failed the 1st and passed the 2nd. My argument it meant I had passed overall fell on deaf ears and then I gave up lol
mike_field
18/01/2018 21:33:00
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