Finance: Borussia Mönchengladbach loses

DFL publishes key financial figures
How Borussia surpassed the year of Corona 2021 in the league comparison

Shortly before the general meeting, it is already clear how high Borussia Mönchengladbach’s loss has been in the past fiscal year. Equity is shrinking, staff costs are down after a record high in 2020.

Stefan Schippers is likely to repeat his mantra that Borussia Mönchengladbach is “not rich, but healthy” at Monday’s public meeting in Borussia Park. When the managing director talks about the club’s finances on stage in front of the South Stand, it’s not about records, as has often been the case in the past, but about a more benign incident. A loss of 14.6 million euros – This figure was already announced earlier because the German Football League (DFL) published the financial figures of Bundesliga clubs for the fourth time.

“The balance sheet will be the same, so in both fiscal years, compared to the record year 2019, we will lose sales of 50 million euros, fortunately we were able to absorb about two-thirds of it. Schippers announced in an interview with our editors last February that a total of 34 million euros remained as a result Negative two years after the outbreak of Corona In fact, after minus 16.8 million in fiscal year 2020, it is now only 31.2 million Interpretation: things could have been worse. Borussia finished 2019 with over 12.2 million.

For the first time, the numbers, published by the Football Association for the fourth time, show the financial years of all the clubs that were completely formed due to the Corona pandemic. For five people, including Gladbach, this is the calendar year 2021, and the rest is the period from July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021. Only SC Freiburg (9.8 million), Leipzig (3.7 million) and Bayern Munich (2.3 million) result positive. The biggest losses after tax were Hertha BSC (77.9 million) and Borussia Dortmund (72.8 million).

Minus bigger than Gladbach at 1. FC Köln and FC Schalke 04, actually also at 1899 Hoffenheim and at VfL Wolfsburg, but sponsor Dietmar Hopp and parent company make up for losses there. The same goes for Bayer 04 Leverkusen, “Werksklub” clearly ended up in the red. In turn, profits also squandered in the good years.

Borussia’s staff costs reached their record level of €104.3 million in 2020, also due to higher bonus payments in the context of Champions League qualification. At 98.9 million, the numbers from the pre-pandemic year 2019 were again reached. In 2018, the club paid only 82.9 million salaries. In the last financial year, Gladbach finished sixth in the league comparison after Bayern, Dortmund, Leipzig, Leverkusen and Wolfsburg, ahead of Frankfurt and Hertha. The European Cup qualifiers Freiburg (53 million) and Union Berlin (40.1) are among the big winners in terms of efficiency.

Borussia’s record total equity came from 2019, from 103.3 million and has since fallen to 86.4 million and now to 71.8 million. Schippers recently told Kicker: “It hurts without a doubt, and it can still be said that we were able to achieve a very good result with minus 30 million euros for two years with Corona compared to the league.”

Although nearly 50,000 spectators were allowed to return to Borussia Park in the second half of 2021, the Ghost Games in the first half of the year saw a total of about 800,000 fewer spectators than comparable times without Corona. Only here, the loss of sales is more than 20 million euros. In addition, things did not begin to slowly return to Borussia Park until the end of May 2021 after restaurants, fan shop, hotel and museum closed for several months. To make matters worse, the club did not generate any significant transfer income in 2020 or 2021.

But in the German league, which was infected with the Corona virus, Borussia was able to rely on its good immune system. The shape of the 2022 forecast will certainly be problematic on Monday.

Here is the photo gallery: Borussia sales volume and profit since 2005

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