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SBD Global/April 30, 2013/Finance
F1 Team Williams Releases 2012 Annual Results Showing Sales Up, But Profits Down
Published April 30, 2013
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NEW INVESTMENT: BLOOMBERG's Alex Duff reported the F1 team’s sponsorships did not "offset costs and investment on hybrid technology." Williams "relies on sponsorship and prize money for most of its revenue." In '08, the team "began developing energy-saving flywheels for cars and public transport." The shares have lost 12% of their value this year. CEO Alex Burns said that non-F1 revenue from the Williams Advanced Engineering brand rose to £38M ($58.8M) in '12 from £16M a year earlier. Burns said, "The growth of these new investment businesses at a time of global financial instability" puts the company on a sound footing to deliver its long-term strategy (BLOOMBERG, 4/29).
MOVING FORWARD: In London, Kevin Eason wrote Williams Grand Prix Holdings revealed its annual accounts "showing sales up but profits down." However, the company "is pushing ahead with an ambitious growth strategy away from the Formula One team" founded by Frank Williams more than 30 years ago. Williams "has been flourishing away from the track." Turnover increased 22% to £127M but "resulted in the deficit because of accounting technicalities." Williams has "made steady progress" across its range of activities, including development of high-technology. Audi’s Le Mans-winning car "used Williams hybrid technology and the business is now developing systems for buses and trams." Williams is "building a new technology centre at their headquarters in Oxfordshire" (LONDON TIMES, 4/29). REUTERS' Keith Weir reported "the highlight on the track for Williams last season was a victory in the Spanish Grand Prix for Venezuelan driver Pastor Maldonado." The team finished eighth out of 12 in the constructors' championship. Founder & Team Principal Frank Williams said, "There is still a way to go for the team to get to where we should be, but improvements on previous seasons are evident" (REUTERS, 4/29).