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Η Williams Grand Prix Holdings PLC, ανακοίνωσε χθες τα οικονομικά αποτελέσματα του group για το έτος 2013. Στο group αυτό ανήκουν μεταξύ άλλων, η ομάδα F1 της Williams, καθώς κι η Williams Advanced Engineering. Τα συνολικά έσοδα έφτασαν τις 132,4 εκατ. λίρες και τα κέρδη προ φόρων και τόκων τις 12 εκατ. λίρες. Τα αντίστοιχα περσινά νούμερα ήταν σαφώς μικρότερα, 105,8 εκατ. έσοδα και 5,1 εκατ. κέρδη προ φόρων, κι αυτό οφείλεται σύμφωνα με τους ανθρώπους της ομάδας, σε μια ειδική, μη επαναλαμβανόμενη, καταβολή χορηγίας, η οποία οδήγησε σε αύξηση τα έσοδα της ομάδας Formula 1.

Το τμήμα προχωρημένης μηχανικής της Williams, που εμπορευματοποιεί τεχνολογίες που προέρχονται από τη F1, παρέμεινε σταθερό σε σχέση με το 2012, τόσο ως προς τα έσοδά του (£15,6 εκατ.), όσο και τα κέρδη προ φόρων (£6.0 εκατ.). Από την άλλη, τα τμήματα Williams Hybrid Power και Williams Technology Centre Qatar έπαυσαν να ανήκουν στον όμιλο κατά το πρώτο τρίμηνο του 2014. Η Williams Grand Prix Holdings PLC έχει αποκαλύψει την απόδοση στις συνεχιζόμενες, αλλά και τις διακοπτόμενες δραστηριότητες, στους λογαριασμούς του 2013.

Δηλώσεις του ιδρυτή και επικεφαλής της ομάδας, Frank Williams, καθώς και του CEO του ομίλου, Mike O’Driscoll, μπορείς να διαβάσεις στο δελτίο τύπου που ακολουθεί.

Δελτίο Τύπου

Overall Group results • Income increased by 25% to £132.4m (2012: £105.8m) • Overall EBIT of £12.0m (2012: (£5.1m)) • Earnings per share of 123.91 pence (2012: (47.39 pence))

Formula One results • Income increased by 26% to £108.5m (2012: £86.4m) • EBIT of £11.5m (2012: (£8.3m))

Williams Advanced Engineering results • Income on a like-for-like basis increased to £15.6m (2012: £15.5m) • EBIT of £6.0m (2012: £7.6m)

Speaking about the results Sir Frank Williams, Founder and Team Principal of Williams, said; “Although 2013 was a difficult season for the team on the race track, we report these full year results at a time of much optimism for the Williams Group. We have started the 2014 Formula One season well and hope we can continue to improve our performance. We made good progress commercially through the winter months and Williams continues to attract an enthusiastic and very loyal group of partners and fans. These annual results demonstrate that we continue to manage our business in a fiscally responsible way and provide the foundation from which we can continue to grow.”

Mike O’Driscoll, Group Chief Executive Officer, said; “We began the process of refocusing and restructuring midway through last year and we are making good progress against our strategic objectives of strengthening our Formula One performance and building a robust and profitable advanced engineering business.

“The Formula One engineering team has been strengthened significantly and is now led by Pat Symonds, our Chief Technical Officer. A long-term power unit contract with Mercedes-Benz has already proved its worth and supported a strong start to the season. Solid commercial progress through the winter months included a new title sponsorship and rebranding under the exciting Williams Martini Racing banner plus additional new partners. We are committed to the goal of returning the team to winning ways.

“Williams Advanced Engineering is also progressing under a new Managing Director, Craig Wilson. The core objective of using our intellectual property and know-how to create a strong high-tech engineering business remains unchanged. Its capabilities and growing client base are evidence of the strong demand for cutting-edge energy efficient solutions developed in the fast-paced Formula One environment. New projects over the past 12 months include development of the battery technology for the Formula E racing series. The Group has invested in a new, state-of-the-art advanced engineering facility at our UK headquarters, which has also enabled us to streamline our operations and close our Qatar facility.

“We have recently announced the sale of Williams Hybrid Power to global engineering company GKN in a multi-million pound deal. Williams Hybrid Power is a successful example of Williams incubating and then spinning off Formula One technology, with the Group benefitting from uncapped additional consideration over the next decade from future sales of this innovative technology.”