Tottenham announce sizeable cash injection as busy summer under Conte gets underway

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Tottenham Hotspur have officially announced they will receive a £150 million capital increase from their owners to boost their chances of success next season under Antonio Conte. 

ENIC, majority owners of Spurs and headed by 85-year-old Joe Lewis, have agreed on the cash injection via the issue of convertible A Shares and accompanying warrants. 

The club said in a statement that the boost will provide ‘greater financial flexibility and the ability to further invest on and off the pitch’.

It added: “The investment represents permanent capital, with no ongoing interest cost to the Club, and which may be drawn in tranches until the end of the year. The Club’s independent directors have benefited from its majority shareholder’s ability to invest directly, swiftly and without the extensive due diligence and documentation involved in third party funding.

“Under the agreed structure the A Shares can be converted into ordinary shares. The number of ordinary shares granted to ENIC as a result of the capital increase will vary depending on when the A Ordinary Shares are converted, when the warrants are exercised and valuations at the time. 

“If drawn in full, and based on assumptions regarding the above, ENIC’s ownership of the Club could see an increase from its current level of 85.6% to circa 87.5% on conversion. Any dilutive impact is dependent on the number of shares granted and will be shared by all shareholders proportionately and principally by ENIC, the majority shareholder.”

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy said: “The delivery of a world-class home was always a key building block in driving diversified revenues to enable us to invest in the teams and support our ambitions to be consistently competing at the highest levels of European football. Additional capital from ENIC will now enable further investment in the club at an important time.”

Jonathan Turner, Independent Non-Executive Director of Tottenham Hotspur, added: “We are pleased to welcome this investment which demonstrates the unequivocal support and commitment of our majority shareholder, ENIC. It is a timely injection of funds to ensure we can continue to grow the club we all love and underlines the Board’s continued ambitions for success.”

The announcement comes days after Spurs secured fourth place in the Premier League to seal their return to the Champions League. 

The money will allow the club to support Conte, who has requested as many as six new players (Telegraph), to strengthen his playing squad in the upcoming summer transfer window. 

Spurs Web Opinion 

This is massive news coming out of Tottenham and it will be reassuring for supporters knowing that the funds are there to be used to improve the team.  

This is a big opportunity for the club and they have to make sure they do not waste it with the infrastructure in place and a top manager in Conte at the helm. 

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