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Finding New Ways Of Financing Debt In Spanish Football

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Finding New Ways Of Financing Debt In Spanish Football

  1. 1. Finding new ways of financing debt in Spanish Football Angel Barajas Alonso Universidad de Vigo (Spain) [email_address]
  2. 2. Introduction <ul><li>Historically, football clubs in the UK have been net borrowers from banks (Morrow, 1999). </li></ul><ul><li>In the 1990s the growth in revenues attracted the attention of City institutions (Brookfield and Miller, 2006). </li></ul><ul><li>At the beginning of the new century, securitisation appeared in the football industry (Morrow, 2003) </li></ul><ul><li>Administration, financial problems in several clubs and changes in regulation have brought football securitisation to a standstill (Brinkworth, 2004). </li></ul>
  3. 3. Introduction <ul><li>Spanish Clubs have evolved differently. </li></ul><ul><li>Between the 1940s and the 1960s, Real Madrid and Atlético de Madrid issued bonds to fund their venues (Cueto, 1998). </li></ul><ul><li>Afterwards clubs looked to financial institutions and other short term creditors for funding. </li></ul><ul><li>There are few papers which deal with the finances of Spanish Football. </li></ul><ul><li>The average working capital of Spanish clubs has traditionally been negative (€ -13million and -11.6 million in 2002 and 2003, respectively). </li></ul>
  4. 4. Objectives <ul><li>First: to show the main features of indebtedness in Spanish football clubs. </li></ul><ul><li>Second objective: to analyse whether or not securitisation could be a way of funding football clubs in Spain </li></ul><ul><li>Third: to propose new products for financing clubs. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Methods <ul><li>I have analysed the annual accounts </li></ul><ul><ul><li>33 Spanish Football Clubs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>from 1997 to 2002 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>(the aggregate of First Division from 2003 and 2004) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Goal: to determine the significance of the debt with financial institutions. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Analysis of the net cash position and shareholders’ funds . </li></ul><ul><li>I have studied the gearing and the interest cover following Morrow’s (1999) methodology. </li></ul><ul><li>A median test has been used in order to check whether bank gearing is higher in Spanish clubs than in the English ones. </li></ul><ul><li>Studying the evolution of financial structures in order to check the weight of non financial debt in Spanish Football. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Methods <ul><li>Analysis of the features of securitisation in the football industry. </li></ul><ul><li>Sensitivity analysis of the yield of a loan or a bond issue linked to a homegrown player’s increase in value. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The yield to maturity has been estimated using the bond valuation model according with Damodaran (1996). </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Indebtedness and Working Capital <ul><li>Great and growing indebtedness in Spanish football clubs during the period. </li></ul><ul><li>Negative working capital of over €10 million on average. </li></ul>-35.2% -150.709.067,11 03/04 -10,5% -232.400.216,23 02/03 -30,1% -259.585.182,46 01/02 11,3% -371.180.062,90 00/01 16,5% -354.273.848,50 99/00 -9,2% -304.063.040,16 98/99 70,8% -334.715.745,32 97/98 -195.993.112,40 96/97 % Var. Working Capital (euros) Season
  8. 8. Non Financial Debt <ul><li>The average non financial debt is over €30 million in the First Division. </li></ul><ul><li>This means that a great part of funding comes from creditors. </li></ul>Average Financial Balance Sheet First Division
  9. 9. Net debt position <ul><li>It is common among Spanish clubs to have a net debt position with banks, but some clubs have a net cash position. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Debt and Performance <ul><li>Net cash positions in absolute terms are notably lower in Second Division clubs than those in the First Division. </li></ul><ul><li>Furthermore, the yo-yo clubs have a much higher level of indebtedness than Second Division clubs. This confirms the hypothesis of Noll (2002) and Gerrard (2002). </li></ul>100,0% 38,5% 61,5% 100,0% 46,4% 53,6% 3,8% 0,0% 3,8% 7,1% 3,6% 3,6% Same Classification 61,5% 30,8% 30,8% 50,0% 28,6% 21,4% Worse Classification 34,6% 7,7% 26,9% 42,9% 14,3% 28,6% Better Classification  Debt  Debt  Debt  Debt 00/01 99/00
  11. 11. Covering interest <ul><li>Most of the clubs do not have the ability to cover the interests with their operating profit and profit from transfers. </li></ul>
  12. 12. P&L Account (structure)
  13. 13. Average gearing bank <ul><li>Median gearing bank in Spanish clubs is much higher than in English clubs. There are really high abnormal values in Spain whereas in England only Leicester City shows an extraordinary value. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Securitisation <ul><li>Securitisation allows funds to be borrowed and secured against an income streams such as matchday revenues or broadcasting contracts. </li></ul><ul><li>It has been common in the UK to use these funds to rebuild stadia, which are then used as collateral. </li></ul><ul><li>Typical covenants in football securitisation (Brinkworth, 2004): </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Limitation on indebtedness </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Limitation on asset sales </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Limitation on distributions of dividends </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Negative pledge </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Bondholders in football securitization bought thinking that they were taking only revenue risk. They didn’t realize that they were also exposed to the credit risk of the football side of the business. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Financing clubs <ul><li>Many of the Spanish football clubs are not the owners of the stadium in which they play. </li></ul><ul><li>It means that they have had to guarantee their loans with the costs of players’ registrations. </li></ul><ul><li>Financial Institutions try to avoid the concentration of risk in football industry. </li></ul><ul><li>They look for new ways of funding football clubs </li></ul><ul><li>A new financial product such as an indexed loan linked to the increase in value of a homegrown player could multiply the yield to maturity by more than 5 times if the player were to be sold for twice the amount of the money lent. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Sensitivity analysis
  17. 17. Conclusions <ul><li>The average financial structure of Spanish professional football clubs is highly in debt. </li></ul><ul><li>Their gearing bank is significantly higher than that of English clubs. The Spanish clubs ought to try to reduce their gearing. </li></ul><ul><li>Most of their debt comes from non negotiated sources delaying the payments to creditors. It is necessary to switch most of this debt to financial debt. </li></ul>
  18. 18. Conclusions <ul><li>Securitisation does not suit Spanish clubs due to the lack of collateral. </li></ul><ul><li>Other products could substitute this. Indexed loans with rights on player’s registrations as covenant and the increase in value of players linked to the yield of the loan would offer investors high earnings with low risk. </li></ul><ul><li>A good tool for estimating players transfer value would be necessary. </li></ul>
  19. 19. Thank you Angel Barajas Alonso Universidad de Vigo (Spain) [email_address]

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