Chelsea report USD44M profits, turnover takes a hit

LONDON (AP) — Chelsea announced a profit of GBP32.5 million (USD44 million) yesterday in the Premier League club’s latest set of financial results.

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic saw overall turnover for the group fall from GBP446.7 to GBP407.4 million for the year ended 30 June 2020.

Qualification for the Champions League and surplus made “on a number of player sales” helped the west London club post a profit.

Chelsea said it also continues “to comply with UEFA’s break-even criteria under the Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations”.

Broadcasting and matchday revenues decreased by GBP17.6 million and GBP12.2 million which was primarily as a result of the suspension of the season from March 2020.

Chelsea’s goalkeeper Edouard Mendy catches the ball during the English Premier League football match against Aston Villa in London. PHOTO: AP

But reduced matchday costs because of games being postponed helped partially offset the losses from the pandemic.

The Stamford Bridge club decided against using the government’s coronavirus job retention furlough scheme, continuing to pay wages of full-time and temporary staff who were not required to work throughout the 2020 financial year.

Chelsea invested GBP93.7 million in the squad during the 2020 financial year, which included existing player contract renegotiations.

The big-money summer signings of Kai Havertz, Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell and Edouard Mendy are not covered in the 2020 results as they all went through after June 30.

“The pandemic has had a significant impact on Chelsea’s income,” Chelsea Chairman Bruce Buck said on the club website. “But it is a sign of the strength and stability of our financial operation that the company was still able to post a profit in the past financial year.”