Arsenal finances for the year 2015/16: Facts and Observations

Some might think it to be for the nerds and finance gurus, but there are some basic figures that every supporter would be interested in.

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Arsenal have released their annual accounts for the 12 monthly period ending 30 May, 2016 and here are some facts and observations drawn from the balance sheet of Arsenal Holdings plc.

Some might think it to be for the nerds and finance gurus, but there are some basic figures that every supporter would be interested in.

What was Arsenal’s turnover for 2015/16?

The football segment of Arsenal Holdings plc reported a turnover of £350.6m, up from the £329.3m last year.

The property segment of Arsenal Holdings plc reported a turnover of £2.9m, down from the £15.2m last year.

Together, Arsenal Holdings plc reported a turnover of £353.5m, up from the £344.5m figure from last year.

(figures from 2014/15 have been restated by the club following the adoption of FRS 102)

What is the breakup of Arsenal’s income/turnover for the year?

The key sources for Arsenal’s income in 2015/16 were:

Gate and matchday revenue – £99.9m
Broadcasting revenues – £140.6m
Commercial & retail revenue – £106.9m
Player trading revenue – £3.2m

What is Arsenal’s PAT (Profit after tax) for the year 2015/16?

Arsenal’s PAT is £1.6m, down from the £14.8m figure of last year

What is Arsenal’s wage/salary bill?

Arsenal paid £195.4m in wages, effectively meaning that salaries accounted for 55.7% of revenue (£195.4m/£350.6m)

How much tax did Arsenal pay for 2015/16?

Arsenal Holdings plc had a tax charge of £1.2m in their accounts.

However the Group paid £8.3m in Corporation Tax as reported in their accounts report.

What are Arsenal’s cash reserves?

Arsenal’s cash and cash equivalents amount to £226.5m, but the club have stated that a certain part has to be kept aside owing to debt servicing (£35.4m) and balance payable for transfers (£42.5m), so that reduces available cash reserves to £148.6m

What is Arsenal Holdings’ (EPS) Earnings per Share?

With a PAT of £1.6m and 62,217 shares, Arsenal’s EPS is £26.5

All these figures were taken from Arsenal’s official website.

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