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The owners of Coppers are sitting on over €70 million in profits

The company that operates the nightclub last year recorded pre-tax profits of €5.16m.

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THE MILLIONS CONTINUED to roll in last year for the company behind the country’s best known night-club, Copper Face Jacks as accumulated profits at the firm soared to €72 million.

In another stellar year for the company that operates Copper Face Jacks on Dublin’s Harcourt Street, Breanagh Catering Ltd last year recorded pre-tax profits of €5.16m – or just under €100,000 per week.

Boosted by the Dubs’ All Ireland senior football win in September of last year and a booming night time scene in the capital, the cash mountain at the Coppers firm last year jumped by €5.1m from €54.79m to a whopping €59.84m.

The company enjoyed the increase in pre-tax profits after the company’s gross profit – including unspecified ‘other operating income’ – increased by 8.5% going from €11.35m to €12.32m in the 12 months to the end of 31 January this year.

The €5.1m in pre-tax profits of last year following pre-tax profits of €5m in 2015;
€4.9m in 2014 and €5.5m in 2013.

Last year, the company’s accumulated profits increased from €67.58m to €71.96m.

The club – owned by former Garda, Cathal Jackson and housed in the Jackson Court Hotel on Dublin’s Harcourt Street – has long since entered Dublin night time folklore and has amassed the massive cash pile over the years as a result of its enduring popularity.

The night-club opened in 1995 and a number of new entrants have entered the lucrative Dublin night time scene in recent years but armed with its €59.9m cash pile, the directors of Breanagh state that “the company is proactive in trying to stay ahead of competition”.

To that end, the business last year spent €782,502 in acquiring assets and this followed a payout of €1.4m for assets in 2015.

The year 

In the year under review, the night-club’s profile was given a boost – not that one was needed – with Late Late Show host, Ryan Tubridy decamping there in a well publicised post show visit with Olympic heroes, Gary and Paul O’Donovan and Annalise Murphy.

Paula Jackson sits on the board with Cathal Jackson and they rewarded themselves well last year with pay to directors going from €684,498 to €790,568 – this equates to pre-tax weekly pay of €15,203 for the two.

2016 was a year of expansion for the business as the number employed increased from 195 to 218 with staff costs increasing from €3.94m to €4.42m.

The night-club operates seven nights a week and contains six bars, two covered beer gardens, a cocktail bar and a premium level that is made of a private room aimed at hosting private parties.

The nightclub area also boasts a cocktail bar and a VIP bar.

The net cash generated from operating activities at the company last year totalled €5.56m compared to €4.48m in 2015.

The pre-tax profit last year takes account of non-cash depreciation costs of €729,903.

The firm’s operating profit last year was €4.8m and finance income of €308,219 boosted the company’s profits to €5.16m.

The firm paid corporation tax of €786,03. As a result the firm enjoyed post tax profits of €4.3m.

At the end of January last, the firm’s tangible assets had a book value of €13.2m.

The company’s administrative costs last year increased from €7m to €7.4m.

On the risks facing the company, the directors state that the company has considered risks prevalent and are in a position to change the emphasis of their sales in response to changes in economic conditions.

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