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A balance sheet only looks realistic when you include all revenues and all expenses. According to Williams F1, the 2012 year saw a loss of a whopping £5.0m!. It points out that they did not include their commercial rights prize money payout from Formula One due to a technical discrepancy over accounting terms. I’m not CPA but that must mean it is not considered recognized revenue as such or it would be on the balance sheet. Perhaps some of you accounting geniuses can enlighten us here at F1B over the issue of included revenue etc? I am sure there is an issue on how revenue is recorded as Williams F1 is a public company now and perhaps the revenue was not all generated in the fiscal year of 2012 although the credit was actually earned in 2012 by securing 8th place int he championship last November. Perhaps? I’m guessing here.

Here is the official press release from Williams:

Williams Grand Prix Holdings PLC (WGPH, Ticker: WGF1) today announced the Group’s financial results for the year ended 31 December 2012. WGPH is the holding company of the Williams group of companies, which includes Williams Grand Prix Engineering Limited and Williams Hybrid Power Limited.

The core business, which combines the traditional Formula One business and activity that commercialises Formula One derived IP, has seen turnover increase from £102.3m to £124.3m. This has led to an increase in overall Group turnover of 22% to £127m (2011: £104.5m). The Group, however, made a loss before taxation in the year of £5.0m (2011: profit £7.4m) as a result of the impact of a technical accounting treatment of one of the Group’s key receipts during the year.

Williams Hybrid Power and Williams Technology Centre Qatar, continue to grow as expected and their losses reflect the investments made in these businesses for long term growth and value and are in line with the board’s business plan.

Our key figures are:

Overall Group results:

• Turnover increased by 22% to £127m (2011: £104.5m)
• Loss before taxation of £5.0m (2011: profit £7.4m)
• Loss per share of 47.39 pence (2011: Earnings per share of 81.10 pence)

Core business results:

• Turnover increased by 21.5% to £124.3m (2011: £102.3m)
• Loss before taxation of £0.6m (2011: profit £9.7m)

Investment business results:

• The Williams Technology Centre Qatar (WTCQ) turnover improved to £0.3m (2011: £0.1m). Loss before taxation of £1.8m (2011: £0.4m)
• Williams Hybrid Power (WHP) turnover up from £2.1m (2011) to £2.4m. Loss before taxation stands at £2.6m (2011: £1.9m)

Founder and Team Principal of the Williams F1 Team, Sir Frank Williams, said; “2012 saw Williams make encouraging progress on and off the track and we are determined to continue that upward trend in 2013. The win at the 2012 Spanish Grand Prix was a particular highlight and we continue to develop strong sponsorship partnerships and engineering relationships. At the end of the year the Williams F1 Team finished 8th in the FIA Formula One World Constructors’ Championship. There is still a way to go for the team to get to where we should be, but improvements on previous seasons are evident.”

Alex Burns, Chief Executive Officer, added; “Williams has embarked on a long term strategy that combines visible success on the track with an ambitious diversification programme. The Williams brand and the intellectual property built up over many years of performing at the cutting edge of technological developments gives the Group a unique position in the global marketplace. Strong turnover in the year of £127.0 million reflects our revenue from Formula One and our ability to earn commercial returns from diversification. During the year the Group made an overall loss before taxation of £5.0 million. Revenue of £9.4 million, received under the Bilateral Agreement with Formula One World Championship Limited, the sport’s commercial rights holder, has not been included in these results because of the technical interpretation of today’s accounting standards.

“Highlights for Williams Hybrid Power included its flywheel technology being used in the winning Audi Le Mans entry, an agreement with Go-Ahead Group to develop flywheel technology for buses and a similar agreement with Alstom to develop a system for trams. Another milestone was the Group’s fulfilment of its agreement with Jaguar Cars Limited to provide the motorsport expertise behind the development of the C-X75 hybrid supercar prototype. To accommodate the Group’s plans to exploit the commercial applications of its technologies, 2012 also saw the start of construction of a new Williams Advanced Engineering facility at the Oxfordshire site. The growth of these new investment businesses at a time of global financial instability, evidenced by a rapid increase in revenue under the Williams Advanced Engineering brand from £16m (2011) to £38m (2012), puts us on a sound footing to deliver to our long term strategy.”

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  • MIE

    Even including the FIA prize money, you only get a profit of £4.4m for 2012. This is £3m less than the profit made in 2011.

    Dropping Rubens for a pay driver didn’t pay off…