Telegraph Media Group reports £57m pre-tax profit for 2013

Telegraph Media Group: reports £57m pre-tax profit for 2013
Telegraph Media Group: reports £57m pre-tax profit for 2013

Telegraph Media Group has reported largely flat revenues and profit for the 52 weeks to 29 December 2013, as falls in print ads were offset by savings in production and rising digital revenues.

TMG recorded operating profit before exceptional items has increased by £2.7 million (+4.6%) to £61.2 million for the period, compared with an operating profit before exceptional items of £58.5 million in 2012.

Profit before tax was £57.0 million, slightly down from £57.2 million a year earlier. Operating profit after exceptional items was £57.8m (2012; £58.4m).

Turnover for group which publishes the Daily Telegraph, Sunday Telegraph and fell to £325.2 million, down -0.7% year on year.

The slight drop in overall revenue was blamed on the "continuing challenges facing print media", but it was noted the double-digit losses in print ads had been mitigated in part by a marginal increase in circulation revenues and growth in digital revenues.

TMG also managed to cut its operating costs in 2013, after making notable savings on newsprint and distribution.

The operating savings at the group owned by reclusive billionaires Sir David and Sir Frederick Barclay were said to have all been reinvested in digital publications and products.

In a statement, a Telegraph Media Group spokesperson called the results "a good trading performance given the challenging trading environment at a time when the economy was still in recovery". 

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