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Local World profits rise despite falling revenues

Regional publisher Local World turned in a profits increase during 2014 according to a financial report by one of its main shareholders.

DMGT, which owns 38.7pc of the company, revealed in its results for the year ending 30 September that LW contributed £15m towards its profits in 2014.

The figure represents a small increase on the £11m profit delivered in LW’s first nine months of operation up to 30 September 2013.

Given the level of DMGT’s shareholding, the 2014 figure of £15m would suggest LW made an overall profit in excess of £38m over the period.

The DMGT report said: “Local World delivered a robust performance and DMGT’s c.39pc share of operating profits was £15m for the year compared to £11m for the nine months post its formation in December 2012.

“Local World continued to increase operating profit despite declining revenues.”

DMGT sold its former regional subsidiary Northcliffe Media to Local World at the end of 2012 in return for its 38.7pc stake in the new company, which also included the former Iliffe News and Media stable.

Local World, whose own financial year ends on 31 December, has declined to comment further.

Overall, DMGT reported growth of 5pc in underlying revenue and 15pc in underlying operating profit for the period, posting an overall pre-tax profit of £291m.

The full results can be read here.

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  • November 27, 2014 at 11:41 am

    I am not an accountant but falling revenues and rising profits must mean the margin is created from some other source than ad income… Like sacking the entire IT dept, for example? Someone with a firmer grasp of these matters needs to post to explain to a dunderheaded old Whig gentleman like me what’s really going on here. Thanks.

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