porters may have seen that CFU has written to Cambridge United, formally requesting that full details of the accounts be supplied to shareholders in advance of the club's annual shareholders meeting. In the past two years, only very limited financial information has been supplied and, although no financial rules have been broken by that means, CFU had been approached by a number of shareholders and supporters who felt that they were not in a position to ask relevant questions of the club about the accounts.
In a recent interview, Shaun Grady, the Director appointed to oversee non football activities, referred to the CFU letter and undertook to ensure that detailed accounts would be provided, prior to the annual meeting.
The CFU letter is reproduced here for supporters information:
Cambridge United FC
14th December 2017
Annual Shareholders Meeting – Financial Statements
Cambridge Fans United has previously mentioned to the Football Club its view that the annual report and financial statements provided to shareholders have, of late, been insufficient in detail to allow a reasonable level of scrutiny. This view is, we know, also shared, and regarded as a concern, by other shareholders, some of whom have contacted CFU.
Many shareholders, CFU included, recall the helpful additional level of detail included in the annual reports and financial statements provided to shareholders in earlier years. These reports included:
For each of the above it was usual also to include the equivalent figures for the previous accounting year. I’m sure you have copies of these earlier reports available, but if not we would be happy to provide examples.
I am sure you can understand the importance of such detail in allowing shareholders to properly assess the health of the Football Club, and to ask the Board relevant questions, where appropriate. Given the significant growth in the Club's turnover enjoyed over the last few years, to the Board’s great credit, CFU believes that the ability of shareholders to understand trends and performance in key areas of the business is more vital than ever. I am confident that the information described above is readily available to the Board, and that to incorporate it into the next report and financial statement to shareholders would not represent a major inconvenience or cost.
CFU, therefore, formally asks that the 2016-17 Directors report and financial statement provided to shareholders includes, as a minimum, the additional business information listed above. Clearly, any further data that can also be included to assist shareholders in their responsibilities would also be greatly appreciated.
We were grateful that, in line with Dave Matthews-Jones’s request, copies of the last report and financial statement were distributed to shareholders in advance of the Club's 2017 Annual Meeting, rather than on the night of the meeting. I trust that the Club will be able to do likewise for the 2018 Annual Meeting.
I appreciate that you may need to refer this request to others for a decision and I look forward to hearing from you, in due course. I would, of course, be happy to discuss any part of this correspondence.
Chair, CFU Trust Board