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Volume 6 No. 211


Russian investment group Kapital, owned by FC Spartak's Owner Leonid Fedun, has launched a sports investment fund that allows Russian individuals to invest in stock of major sports teams, sports apparel manufacturers, etc. The new fund, Capital, the World's Sports Industry, said it intends to offer investors the opportunity to invest in the likes of ManU and Borussia Dortmund and hopes to attract 10M rubles ($314,000) within the first three months of operation and about 100M rubles ($3.14M) within the first six months. The minimum investment is 10,000 rubles ($314).

ROSTER NOT SET: At the moment, the list of companies in whose stock individuals will be able to invest is not  certain. What is known is that the proportion of one company will not exceed 10%. About 30% of the fund’s entire portfolio will be made up by Russian companies, most likely by bonds issued by sponsors of major sports teams. Analysts say the idea of a sports investment fund could work, although it's unlikely to bring about a new trend. "In principle, the idea is interesting," Investment group UNIVER Capital Head of Analytical Research Dmitry Aleksandrov told SBD Global, pointing out that the fund is being launched at a time when people's interest in investment funds has substantially declined in Russia and it comes as more of an "idea" product. Aleksandrov: "I don't think there will be an active growth in funds of that kind. This would rather be an attempt to check niche interests of retail investors."
Vladimir Kozlov is a writer in Moscow.

Spain's Superior Sports Council (CSD) will increase the money available to Spain's national sports federations by €5M ($6.7M) in '14, according to the EFE. The "sum designated for the federations" will be €36.8M ($50M) and this amount, which will be included in the CSD's budget, "marks a 20% increase from last year," when €30.7M was made available. The CSD's 2013 budget was €75.2M ($101.4M), down from €121M in '12 (EFE, 9/24).  

Scottish Premiership side Celtic has "recorded a pre-tax profit of almost" £10M ($16M), according to the Glasgow EVENING TIMES. The club's annual figures show a 48% jump in group revenue to £75.8M ($121M), "boosted by their European success." The Scottish champions announced a profit before tax of £9.74M in the year to the end of June, "a performance that wiped out their bank debt and left them with" £3.76M cash in the bank. The club spent £9.66M on players, compared to £5.24M in the same period last year (EVENING TIMES, 9/24). The BBC reported South Korean midfielder Ki Sung-Yeung "was sold" during the summer '12 transfer window to Premier League club Swansea for more than £6M. Celtic "also signed a new three-year shirt sponsorship contract with Magners and celebrated their 125th anniversary with a historic victory over Spanish club Barcelona in the group stages of the Champions League" (BBC, 9/23).