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Derby owner have succesful finish his news investment that that worth £500m


David Clowes spent £55 million to bring Derby County out of administration in the summer of 2022, according to the League One club’s accounts. The property developer paid £33 million to purchase the club, which included £19.7 million paid to creditors. In a separate agreement, he secured a £22 million deal to buy Derby’s home ground and settle an outstanding loan to MSD.

In Clowes’ first year of ownership, Derby reported a pre-tax loss of £30 million up to June 2023. This loss includes a £19.7 million ‘impairment of purchased goodwill’ – the difference between the purchase price of an asset and its book value. Derby’s operating loss from a turnover of £20.4 million was £10.6 million.

In a rare media interview last summer, Clowes mentioned that Derby was a week away from going bust when he bought the club. Despite this, the team quickly became one of the favorites for promotion back to the Championship, assembling a squad shortly after their 282 days of administration.

Last season, staff costs were £17.2 million, with BBC Radio Derby reporting that the first-team squad’s wage bill was only £7.3 million of that total. In League One, clubs cannot spend more than 60% of their turnover on ‘player-related expenditure.’ Although Derby’s figure was 75% last season, their overall expenditure was 42% and is expected to be 45% this term.

If promoted to the Championship, future spending rules compliance will be based on the club’s £30 million pre-tax loss. However, the EFL’s profitability and sustainability regulations will allow for “add backs,” including ‘transactions with related parties above or below fair value.’

Derby finished outside the play-off spots last term and are currently third in the League One table with 10 matches remaining this season.

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