Borussia Dortmund post record non-transfer revenues of €369m

14 August 2019 | Clubs & Rightsholders
Borussia Dortmund post record non-transfer revenues of €369m
German soccer giants Borussia Dortmund have achieved record revenues excluding player transfers of €369.3 million (US$412.8 million) for the 2018/19 financial year, in new figures announced by the club.

Overall, the club posted consolidated revenues of €489.5 million (US$547.1 million) for the period ending 20th June 2019, down from €536 million (US$599 million) in the previous year.

However, the 2017/18 figures were boosted by the sales of Ousmane Dembele and Pierre-Emerick Aubameang for reported fees of €105 million (US$117 million) and €63.75 million (US$70.83 million) respectively. In this year’s filings, excluding player sales, Dortmund saw their revenues increase from €313.3 million (US$350.2 million) by €56 million (US$63 million), a 17.9 per cent rise.

Broadcast rights made up more than half that amount, totalling €167.3 million (US$186.9 million), compared to €122.3 million (US$136.7 million) last year. Sponsorship and advertising revenue rose from €94 million (US$105 million) to €96.8 million (US$108.2 million).

That saw the club’s profit after tax eventually come to €17.4 million (US$19.4 million), down from €31.7 million (US$35.4 million), in part affected by the sharp decrease in transfer revenue, which fell from €222.7 million (US$248.9 million) to €120.2 million (US$134.4 million).

Hans-Joachim Watzke, Borussia Dortmund’s Chairman, said: “We are a strong brand and will continue to consistently work on the German market, but just as consistently on the international market, especially in America and Asia.

“Our journeys bear fruit. The [pre-season] trip to the US was a complete success. In the sports field we have created the conditions for a successful season. We have a good team, a good team of coaches and are very enthusiastic about our goals.”

On the pitch, the 2018/19 season saw the club finish runners-up in the Bundesliga table, two points behind Bayern Munich.

Looking ahead, Dortmund’s 2019/20 finances will get a boost after they announced a new three-year partnership with IT security specialist ESET and extended their existing deal with second-tier partner Coca-Cola.

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