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Covid closures wipe €37m off Louis Fitzgerald revenues

The group runs well-known Dublin city centre pubs such as the Stag’s Head, Kehoe’s and Bruxelles

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Louis Fitzgerald pub portfolio includes Kehoes in Dublin. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Louis Fitzgerald pub portfolio includes Kehoes in Dublin. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Stag's Head in Dublin city centre

Stag's Head in Dublin city centre

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Louis Fitzgerald pub portfolio includes Kehoes in Dublin. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The pubs and hotels group which owns Kehoe’s and the Stag’s Head in Dublin last year sustained a €37m hit to revenues due to Covid-19 pandemic impact on the hospitality industry.

That is according to new accounts lodged by the Louis Fitzgerald pub and hotel group’s holding company, Burtse Ltd, which show that the business recorded a pre-tax loss of €306,598 in the 12 months to the end of last June.

Over the 12 months, revenues reduced by 70pc from €53m to €16m. The revenue drop is even more acute at 77.5pc from pre-Covid year revenues of €71.39m in fiscal year 2019

Government restrictions resulted in the closure of the group’s pubs for much of the year under review and the group received Government Covid-19 grants of €5.72m.

The directors note that the current situation is dynamic “and there are continuous uncertainties surrounding the duration of the pandemic, future disruptions to the hospitality industry and the industry’s speed of recovery”

They state, however, that the group “is in a strong financial position to withstand potential future challenges in this context”.

Pay to directors, Louis Fitzgerald and his wife, Helen, declined from €408,345 to €318,292 last year.

The two lead the family-owned Louis Fitzgerald group where the Fitzgerald adult children now take a prominent role in the running of the business.

The group’s businesses include well-known Dublin City centre pubs Stag’s Head, Kehoes, Bruxelles, The Gin Palace, Grand Central and Quays Temple Bar.

The group also operates An Poitín Stil, The Laurels, Palmerstown House, The Roost, Annie May’s, Carroll’s, The Arlington Hotel and The Louis Fitzgerald Hotel.

Numbers employed by the business decreased by 148 from 825 to 677 last year as staff costs, including directors’ pay, more than halved from €14.7m to €5.8m.

Burtse recorded the pre-tax loss after taking account of non-cash depreciation costs of €3.5m.

Burtse enjoyed operating profits of €825,307 and paid out €1.13m in interest payments to give the pre-tax loss of €306,598. The business had shareholder funds of €42.55m including accumulated profits of €12.8m. Burtse’s cash funds reduced from €5.6m to €1.34m.

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