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Manchester United plc 2012 Fourth Quarter and Full Year Results

<ul> <li class='bwlistitemmargb'> EPS FOR FISCAL 2012 INCREASED 87.5% </li> <li class='bwlistitemmargb'> NET INCOME FOR THE YEAR INCREASED 79.2% </li> <li class='bwlistitemmargb'> EBITDA OUTLOOK FOR FISCAL 2013: INCREASE OF 17% to 20% </li> </ul>

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Manchester United plc 2012 Fourth Quarter and Full Year Results09:00 EDT Tuesday, September 18, 2012 MANCHESTER, England (Business Wire) -- Manchester United (NYSE: MANU; the “Company” and “Group”) – one of the most popular and successful sports team in the world - today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended 30 June 2012. HighlightsEarnings Per Share increased 87.5% to £0.15 and Net Income grew 79.2% to £23m.New sponsorship deals since 1 July 2012 include Bwin, Toshiba Medical Systems, Yanmar, Fuji TV, Santander, Shinsei Bank and MBNA. A world-record $559m sponsorship deal with General Motors for Chevrolet to be our exclusive shirt sponsor for seven years beginning in our 2014/15 season – an increase of approximately 120% in annual revenues over our existing shirt sponsor Aon the deal includes $37m to be received for pre-sponsorship support and exposure in fiscal 2013 and 2014. Commercial revenues grew 13.7% for fiscal 2012 to a record £117.6m due to: the innovative DHL training kit deal New Media and Mobile up 20.3% to £20.7 million continued growth in renewals, additional categories and regional deals. Broadcasting updatePremier League UK live TV rights increased 70% to £1bn a year for 2013/14 to 2015/16. UEFA Champions League distributions available to clubs increased 20.7% to €910m a yearfor 2012/13 to 2014/15. IPO completed in August raising net primary proceeds of $110.3m (approximately £68m) used to reduce our senior secured notes. Commentary Ed Woodward, Executive Vice Chairman commented, ‘We are delighted to announce our first results as a NYSE listed company; fiscal 2012 was the best year ever for Manchester United's commercial business. Our world-record $559m shirt sponsorship deal with Chevrolet and the Premier League's new £1bn a yearUK television rights deal (a 70% increase) highlight the outstanding growth prospects for the future. We also expect a substantial increase in the value of the Premier League's international television contracts scheduled to be announced later this year. ‘In addition, we continued to strengthen our team by signing world-class players such as Robin van Persie and Shinji Kagawa over the summer. We also opened a new commercial sales office in Hong Kong (our first outside the UK) to better position ourselves for growth in a region that represents 325 million of our 659 million followers.' Outlook For fiscal 2013, Manchester United expects: Revenue to be £350m to £360m. Adjusted EBITDA to be £107m to £110m. This assumes the team reaches the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League and the domestic cups.Key Financials (unaudited)     Twelve months ended       Three months ended   £ million   30 June         30 June         2012   2011   Change     2012   2011   Change Commercial revenue   117.6   103.4   13.7%     28.1   26.7   5.2% Broadcasting revenue   104.0   117.2   (11.3%)     27.5   43.9   (37.4%) Matchday revenue   98.7   110.8   (10.9%)     18.9   29.2   (35.3%) Total revenue   320.3   331.4   (3.3%)     74.5   99.8   (25.4%) Adjusted EBITDA*   91.6   109.7   (16.5%)     7.0   29.0   (75.9%) Profit/(loss) for the year from continuing operations (i.e. Net Income)   23.3   13.0   79.2%     (14.9)   (0.4)   - Basic and diluted earnings/(loss) per share**   0.15   0.08   87.5%     (0.10)   (0.00)   - Gross debt   436.9   458.9   (4.8%)     436.9   458.9   (4.8%) Cash and cash equivalents   70.6   150.6   (53.1%)     70.6   150.6   (53.1%)   Our Net Debt/Adjusted EBITDA (Pro-forma for the IPO) as at 30 June 2012 was 3.3x. *Adjusted EBITDA is a non-IFRS measure. We define Adjusted EBITDA as profit/(loss) for the period from continuing operations before net finance costs, tax credit/(expense), depreciation, amortisation of, and profit on disposal of, players' registrations and exceptional items. We believe Adjusted EBITDA is useful as a measure of comparative operating performance from period to period and among companies as it is reflective of changes in pricing decisions, cost controls and other factors that affect operating performance, and it removes the effect of our capital structure (primarily interest expense), asset base (primarily depreciation and amortisation) and items outside the control of our management (primarily income taxes and interest income and expense). Adjusted EBITDA has limitations as an analytical tool, and you should not consider it in isolation, or as a substitute for an analysis of our results as reported under IFRS as issued by IASB. A reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to profit/(loss) for the period from continuing operations is presented in supplemental note 3. **Basic and diluted earnings/(loss) per share is calculated by dividing the profit/(loss) attributable to owners of the Company by the weighted average number of ordinary shares in issue during the year, as adjusted for the reorganisation transactions described in supplemental note 1. Sector ResultsCommercial Commercial revenue for the year increased 13.7% to £117.6 million driven by the addition of several new global and regional sponsorships including the innovative training kit deal signed with DHL, an increase in profit share pursuant to the arrangement with Nike, and the commencement of new mobile partnerships and increased payments from existing partnerships. For the year: Sponsorship revenue increased 14.9% to £63.1 million; Retail, Merchandising, Apparel & Product Licensing revenue increased 8.0% to £33.8 million; and New Media & Mobile revenue increased 20.3% to £20.7 million. For the fourth quarter, Commercial revenue increased 5.2% to £28.1 million, with: Sponsorship revenue up 14.4% to £14.3 million, Retail, Merchandising, Apparel & Product Licensing down 10.4% to £8.6 million, and New Media & Mobile up 15.5% to £5.2 million. Broadcasting Broadcasting revenues for the year decreased 11.3% to £104.0 million primarily as a result of our elimination at the group stages of the Champions League. For the fourth quarter, revenues decreased 37.4% to £27.5 million as no participation fees were earned compared to Champions League participation fees from the quarter-final, semi-final and final in the fourth quarter of the prior year. In addition, we earned minimal revenues from the FA Cup following our fourth round exit, compared with reaching the semi-final in the previous year. In June the Premier League has awarded the UK live rights to BSkyB and BT Vision (a new entrant) for £1bn a year (a 70% increase) for seasons 2013/14 to 2015/16. Since the year end UEFA have announced that the distributions available to clubs from the 2012/13 UEFA Champions League will increase by 20.7% to €910m. Matchday Matchday revenues for the year decreased 10.9% to £98.7 million as a result of having played four fewer home games compared with the prior season when we also received a share of the gate receipts from the Champions League final and FA Cup semi-final, both of which were held at Wembley Stadium. For the fourth quarter, revenues decreased 35.3% to £18.9 million as a result of playing two fewer home games compared with the prior year period and the impact from the previously mentioned gate receipts received in the fourth quarter of 2011. Other Financial Information – Full YearOperating Expenses Total operating expenses increased 4.6% for the year to £285.1 million, primarily due to an increase in football player and staff compensation as we continue to invest in the team (partially offset by lower success related bonuses compared to the prior year); together with an increase in costs related to additional non-player headcount driven by the continued growth of our commercial operations. Net Finance Costs Net finance costs for the year decreased 3.5% to £49.5 million. The main reasons for this decrease are a £6.4 million decrease in interest payable on bank loans and senior secured notes primarily due to repurchases of senior secured notes (which were subsequently retired as part of the IPO process) and a £16.9 million decrease in interest payable and accelerated amortisation of debt issue costs on the payment in kind loan repaid in fiscal 2011, partially offset by an adverse FX swing of £21.6 million on the translation of the Group's U.S. dollar denominated senior secured notes. In fiscal 2012, the Group reported an unrealized FX loss of £5.2 million compared to an unrealized gain of £16.4 million in fiscal 2011. Foreign exchange gains or losses are not a cash charge and could reverse depending on dollar/sterling exchange rate movements. Any gain or loss on a cumulative basis will not be realised until 2017 (or earlier if our senior secured notes are refinanced or redeemed prior to their stated maturity). This exposure to FX movements has now been reduced now that the net primary proceeds (of approximately $110.3m) have been used to reduce our USD denominated senior secured notes. Depreciation & Amortisation of Players' Registrations Depreciation for the year increased 7.1% to £7.5 million; and amortisation of players' registrations for the year was relatively flat at £38.3 million. Increases in amortisation due to player acquisitions (primarily Phil Jones, David de Gea and Ashley Young) were offset by reductions due to contract extensions (primarily Luis Anderson, Chris Smalling and Antonio Valencia) and departed players (mainly Owen Hargreaves). The unamortised balance of existing players' registrations at 30 June 2012 was £112.4 million. Profit on the disposal of Players' registration Profit on the disposal of players' registrations for the year was £9.7 million (as compared with £4.5 million the previous year). Exceptional items Exceptional items for the year were for £10.7 million (as compared with £4.7 million the previous year). Income Taxes The tax credit for the year increased £27.0 million to £28.0 million primarily due to the recognition of previously unrecognised tax losses as a deferred tax asset and the continuing release of the deferred tax liabilities. Profit for the year from continuing operations Profit for the year from continuing operations for the year increased 79.2% to £23.3 million primarily as a result of the increase in our tax credit. Cash Flow Cash flow from operating activities for the year decreased 35.8% to £80.3 million primarily due to lower Broadcasting and Matchday revenues, partially offset by increased Commercial revenues. Net capital expenditures on property, plant and equipment and investment property for the year increased £15.4 million to £22.7 million relating mainly to the expansion of the Group's property portfolio around Old Trafford, upgrades to its corporate hospitality facilities and general developments at Old Trafford, together with the commencement of the redevelopment of the First Team's training facility at Carrington. Net player capital expenditure for the year increased £38.2 million to £49.6 million relating primarily to the 2011 acquisitions of David de Gea, Phil Jones and Ashley Young partially offset by payments received from various disposals. Net cash used in financing activities for the year was £38.8 million compared to net cash generated from financing activities of £46.6 million in the prior year. In fiscal 2012, the Company repurchased £28.2 million of the Company's senior secured notes in open market transactions and paid an interim dividend of £10.0 million. Cash and cash equivalents Cash and cash equivalents at the year-end were £70.6 million. Borrowings Total borrowings were £436.9 million at 30 June 2012 compared to £458.9 million at 30 June 2011, and since the year end we have used the net primary proceeds from the IPO to reduce our U.S. dollar denominated senior secured notes. Conference Call Information The Company's conference call to review fourth quarter and fiscal 2012 results will be broadcast live over the internet today, 18 September 2012 at 11:00 am Eastern Time and will be available on Manchester United's investor relations website at http://ir.manutd.com. Thereafter, a replay of the webcast will be available for thirty days. About Manchester United Manchester United is one of the most popular and successful sports team in the world, playing one of the most popular spectator sports on Earth. Through our 134-year heritage we have won 60 trophies, enabling us to develop the world's leading sports brand and a global community of 659 million followers. Our large, passionate community provides Manchester United with a worldwide platform to generate significant revenue from multiple sources, including sponsorship, merchandising, product licensing, new media & mobile, broadcasting and matchday. Cautionary Statement This press release contains forward-looking statements. You should not place undue reliance on such statements because they are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties relating to the Company's operations and business environment, all of which are difficult to predict and many are beyond the Company's control. Forward-looking statements include information concerning the Company's possible or assumed future results of operations, including descriptions of its business strategy. These statements often include words such as “may,” “might,” “will,” “could,” “would,” “should,” “expect,” “plan,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “seek,” “believe,” “estimate,” “predict,” “potential,” “continue,” “contemplate,” “possible” or similar expressions. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are based on our current expectations and estimates of future events and trends, which affect or may affect our businesses and operations. You should understand that these statements are not guarantees of performance or results. They involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Although the Company believes that these forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, you should be aware that many factors could affect its actual financial results or results of operations and could cause actual results to differ materially from those in these forward-looking statements. These factors are more fully discussed in the “Risk Factors” section and elsewhere in the Company's Registration Statement on Form F-1, as amended (File No. 333-182535). Key Performance Indicators         Twelve months ended   Three months ended30 June   30 June2012   2011 2012   2011 Matchday % of total revenue 30.8% 33.4% 25.4% 29.3% Home Matches Played FAPL 19 19 4 4 UEFA competitions 5 6 - 2 Domestic Cups 1 4 - - Away Matches Played* UEFA competitions 5 7 - 3 Domestic Cups 4 4 - 1 *Away matches played includes games played at a neutral venue (i.e. UCL final /FA Cup semi-final)   Broadcasting % of total revenue 32.5% 35.4% 36.9% 44.0% Commercial % of total revenue 36.7% 31.2% 37.7% 26.7% Nike and Aon % of Commercial 44.0% 47.4% 43.0% 52.6% Partners and other % of Commercial 56.0% 52.6% 57.0% 47.4% Other Employees at period end 696 628 696 628 Staff costs % of revenue 50.5% 46.1% 66.2% 50.7%                     Phasing of Premier League home gamesQuarter 1   Quarter 2   Quarter 3   Quarter 4   Total 2012/13 season* 3   7   5   4   19 2011/12 season 3 7 5 4 19 2010/11 season 3   7   5   4   19 *Note -Games can be rescheduled for TV or clashes due to domestic cup competitions. We will update each Quarter.   MANCHESTER UNITED plcCONSOLIDATED INCOME STATEMENT(unaudited; in £ thousands, except per share data)     Year ended     Three months ended30 June30 June     2012   2011     2012   2011 Revenue320,320   331,441 74,492   99,801 Operating expenses (285,139) (272,653 ) (82,138) (87,113 ) Profit on disposal of players' registrations   9,691     4,466       1,795     1,096   Operating profit/(loss)   44,872     63,254       (5,851)   13,784   Finance costs (50,315) (52,960 ) (14,591) (13,967 ) Finance income   779     1,710       103     356   Net finance costs   (49,536)   (51,250 )     (14,488)   (13,611 ) (Loss)/profit on ordinary activities before tax(4,664) 12,004 (20,339) 173 Tax credit/(expense)   27,977     986       5,434     (524 ) Profit/(loss) for the period from continuing operations(1)   23,313     12,990       (14,905)   (351 ) Attributable to: Owners of the Company 22,986 12,649 (14,998) (501 ) Non-controlling interest   327     341       93     150       23,313     12,990       (14,905)   (351 )   Earnings/(loss) per share attributable to the equity holders of the Company during the year Basic and diluted earnings/(loss) per share (Pounds Sterling)   0.15     0.08 (2)     (0.10)   (0.00 )(2)(1) Also referred to as Net Income. (2) As adjusted retroactively for all periods presented to reflect the reorganisation transactions described in supplemental note 1.   MANCHESTER UNITED plcCONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET(unaudited; in £ thousands)           2012       2011 ASSETS             Non-current assets Property, plant and equipment 247,866 240,540 Investment property 14,197 6,938 Goodwill 421,453 421,453 Players' registrations 112,399 129,709 Trade and other receivables 3,000 10,000 Non-current tax receivable       -       2,500         798,915       811,140 Current assets Derivative financial instruments 967 - Trade and other receivables 74,163 55,403 Current tax receivable 2,500 - Cash and cash equivalents       70,603       150,645         148,233       206,048 Total assets       947,148       1,017,188   MANCHESTER UNITED plcCONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET (continued)(unaudited; in £ thousands)           2012       2011 EQUITY AND LIABILITIES             Equity Share capital - - Share premium 249,105 249,105 Hedging reserve 666 (466 ) Retained deficit       (12,671)       (25,886 ) Equity attributable to owners of the Company237,100 222,753 Non-controlling interests       (2,003)       (2,330 )         235,097         220,423   Non-current liabilities Derivative financial instruments 1,685 - Trade and other payables 22,305 28,416 Borrowings 421,247 442,330 Deferred revenue 9,375 18,349 Provisions 1,378 1,940 Deferred tax liabilities       26,678         54,406           482,668         545,441   Current liabilities Derivative financial instruments - 2,034 Current tax liabilities 1,128 4,338 Trade and other payables 83,664 117,800 Borrowings 15,628 16,573 Deferred revenue 128,535 110,043 Provisions       428         536           229,383         251,324   Total equity and liabilities       947,148         1,017,188     MANCHESTER UNITED plcCONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS(unaudited; in £ thousands)     Year ended     Three months ended30 June30 June     2012   2011     2012   2011 Cash flows from operating activities     Cash generated from operations (note 2) 80,302 125,140 66,523 84,208 Interest paid (47,068) (167,499 ) (3,515) (7,775 ) Debt finance costs relating to borrowings - (118 ) - (118 ) Interest received 1,010 1,774 187 233 Income tax paid   (3,333)   (70 )     (59)   -   Net cash generated from/(used in) operating activities   30,911     (40,773 )     63,136     76,548   Cash flows from investing activities Purchases of property, plant and equipment (15,323) (7,263 ) (5,685) (1,529 ) Purchases of investment property (7,364) - - - Proceeds from sale of property, plant and equipment - 107 - 30 Purchases of players' registrations (58,971) (25,369 ) (5,818) (1,207 ) Proceeds from sale of players' registrations   9,409     13,956       3,285     1,818   Net cash used in investing activities   (72,249)   (18,569 )     (8,218)   (888 ) Cash flows from financing activities Proceeds from issue of shares - 249,105 - - Repayment of secured payment in kind loan - (138,000 ) - - Repayment of other borrowings (28,774) (64,499 ) (311) (37,947 ) Dividends paid   (10,000)   -       (10,000)   -   Net cash (used in)/generated from financing activities   (38,774)   46,606       (10,311)   (37,947 ) Net (decrease)/increase in cash and cash equivalents(80,112) (12,736 ) 44,607 37,713 Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 150,645 163,833 25,576 113,045 Exchange gains/(losses) on cash and cash equivalents   70     (452 )     420     (113 ) Cash and cash equivalents at end of period   70,603     150,645       70,603     150,645     MANCHESTER UNITED plcSUPPLEMENTAL NOTES1      General information Manchester United plc (‘the Company') and its subsidiaries (together ‘the Group') is a professional football club together with related and ancillary activities. The Company incorporated under the Companies Law (2011 Revision) of the Cayman Islands. The Company became the parent of the Group as a result of reorganisation transactions which were completed immediately prior to the completion of the public offering of Manchester United plc shares on the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”) in August 2012 as described more fully below. 1.1    The reorganisation transactions The Group had historically conducted business through Red Football Shareholder Limited, a private limited company incorporated in England and Wales, and its subsidiaries. Prior to the reorganisation transactions, Red Football Shareholder Limited was a direct, wholly owned subsidiary of Red Football LLC, a Delaware limited liability company. On 30 April 2012, Red Football LLC formed a wholly-owned subsidiary, Manchester United Ltd., an exempted company with limited liability incorporated under the Companies Law (2011 Revision) of the Cayman Islands, as amended and restated from time to time. On 8 August 2012, Manchester United Ltd. changed its legal name to Manchester United plc. On 9 August 2012, Red Football LLC contributed all of the equity interest of Red Football Shareholder Limited to Manchester United plc. As a result of these reorganisation transactions, Red Football Shareholder Limited became an indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of Manchester United plc. The new parent, Manchester United plc. had 155,352,366 shares in issue immediately after the reorganisation transactions and before the issue of new shares pursuant to the public offering. As a result historic earnings per share calculations reflect the capital structure of the new parent. The reorganisation transactions have been treated as a capital reorganisation arising at the reorganisation date (9 August 2012) and hence, apart from the impact on earnings per share, which for the year ended 30 June 2011 has been restated retrospectively in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards, the impact of the transactions is disclosed in our financial statements as a non-adjusting post balance sheet event, with the accounting impacts to be reflected in financial statements for periods subsequent to 30 June 2012. As a result, the share capital disclosed in the balance sheet as of 30 June 2012 is that of the former parent, Red Football Shareholder Limited. Any impacts arising from the reorganisation transactions, including changes to share capital and the impact on taxation of assets and liabilities of the new parent as a consequence of becoming a US tax resident, will be accounted for at the date of reorganisation (9 August 2012). MANCHESTER UNITED plc.SUPPLEMENTAL NOTES (continued)(unaudited; in £ thousands)   2      Cash generated from operations   Year ended     Three months ended30 June30 June     2012   2011     2012   2011 Profit/(loss) from continuing operations 23,313   12,990 (14,905)   (351 ) Tax (credit)/expense   (27,977)   (986 )     (5,434)   524   (Loss)/profit on ordinary activities before tax (4,664) 12,004 (20,339) 173 Impairment charges - 2,013 - 2,013 Depreciation charges 7,478 6,989 1,807 1,737 Amortisation of players' registrations 38,262 39,245 8,495 9,896 Profit on disposal of players' registrations (9,691) (4,466 ) (1,795) (1,096 ) Net finance costs 49,536 51,250 14,488 13,611 Profit on disposal of property, plant and equipment - (46 ) - (15 ) Fair value (gains)/losses on derivative financial instruments (91) 1,047 174 (372 ) Increase in trade and other receivables (9,414) (17,483 ) (20,537) (14,562 ) Increase in trade and other payables and deferred revenue 9,625 34,727 84,407 72,735 (Decrease)/increase in provisions   (739)   (140 )     (177)   88   Cash generated from operations   80,302     125,140       66,523     84,208     3     Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA and profit/(loss) for the period from continuing operations   Year endedThree months ended30 June30 June     2012   2011     2012   2011 Profit/(loss) for the period from continuing operations23,313 12,990 (14,905) (351 ) Adjustments: Net finance costs 49,536 51,250 14,488 13,611 Tax (credit)/expense (27,977) (986 ) (5,434) 524 Profit on disposal of players' registrations (9,691) (4,466 ) (1,795) (1,096 ) Depreciation 7,478 6,989 1,807 1,738 Amortisation of players' registrations 38,262 39,245 8,495 9,896 Exceptional items   10,728     4,667       4,365     4,667   Adjusted EBITDA   91,649     109,689       7,021     28,989   Investor Relations:ICRBrendon Frey / Rachel Schacter+1-203-682-8200ir@manutd.co.ukorMedia:Manchester United plcPhilip Townsend, +44 161 868 8148philip.townsend@manutd.co.ukorSard Verbinnen & CoJim Barron / Michael Henson+1-212-687-8080