Goldman Sachs ease Barca cash crunch with €500m loan

May 20 – Embattled Spanish giants FC Barcelona have secured a €500 million loan from US bank Goldman Sachs to ensure the club’s operations can run stably in the next two years.

Some clubs are too big to fail – or so it seems. FC Barcelona have found new financing that should keep the indebted club afloat in the near future. New president Juan Laporta negotiated the credit with the investment bank, providing a lifeline for a club that has teetered on the brink of bankruptcy throughout the current season.

Catalan daily L’Esportiu reported that the investment bank will release €100 million with immediate effect to ease the club’s situation.

The club’s recent annual report revealed a mammoth debt of €1.173 billion with Barcelona required to service €730 million in the short term. The breakdown of those debts is €263 million in bank loans, €160 million to members of staff who have deferred their wages and €200 million to cover bond financing.

The club will be allowed to spend the loan at will, but whether the new loan will stave off a financial Armageddon in the future is doubtful without the implementation of drastic cost control. Barcelona’s annual report already indicated that the club’s liquidity was limited with just €368 million in current assets and another €281 million in longer term non-liquid assets. Over 55% of Barcelona’s assets are accounted for by “intangible sporting assets” and property.

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