On Saturday 29 October, Barcelona’s members will be called upon to approve Barcelona’s 2016/17 budget, which predicts an income of almost €700 million (€695 million, to be exact) – a record turnover for the Blaugrana. Compared to the revenue of €679 million generated during the 2015/16 campaign, there will be an increase of around 2% in the budget that the club’s members will need to approve during their general assembly at the end of October.
The budget predicts operating costs of €663 million and an operating profit of €32 million which, after interest and taxes, should translate into a net profit of €21 million.
According to the club’s management, headed by president Bartomeu, income should be stimulated by the club’s marketing activity, which is working to expand the Barcelona brand in international markets. Barcelona’s main objective is to increase revenue generated by shirt sponsorship above the current figure of €30 million.
The Blaugrana are also expecting more income from the newly restructured system of distributing TV revenue for La Liga games, from the Camp Nou Experience, and from hospitality.
As regards the club’s activity in the transfer market, Barcelona’s management have given an estimate of a profit of around €22 million from player sales, less than they made in 2015/16.
An increase in expenditure on players is also expected, as the result of both contract renewals and signing new players. The costs of non-sporting salaries are also expected to increase as the result of the investments made to expand the club’s global brand.