Storyful records drop in revenues as accumulated losses rise

Owner News Corp has ploughed nearly €40m into the media-gathering company

Pre-tax losses totalled €8.97 million compared to €8.87 million a year earlier

Pre-tax losses totalled €8.97 million compared to €8.87 million a year earlier

 

Accumulated losses at Storyful, the Irish-founded media-gathering company owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp, rose to €42 million last year.

News Corp, which acquired Storyful in an €18 million deal seven years ago, has ploughed close to €40 million into the company in recent years as it expanded from being primarily a news gathering agency to working to help brands better manage their corporate reputations.

Storyful was co-founded by former RTÉ journalist Mark Little in 2010 and acquired three years later. Mr Little has since gone on to co-found media tech start-up Kinzen with Áine Kerr, another Storyful alumnus.

Newly filed accounts show Storyful recorded a 22 per cent drop in revenues in the year to the end of June 2020 to €5.08 million from €6.5 million for the same period in 2019. The company stressed that the Covid crisis had no impact on turnover.

Pre-tax losses totalled €8.97 million compared to €8.87 million a year earlier.

The latest figures include an impairment of €618, 561 linked to the decision to discontinue some services. It also includes restructuring costs of €333,398 which relate to the shuttering of operations in Australia.

Staff costs rose to €8.4 million in 2020, versus €7.8 million a year earlier. The company employed 112 people on average, as against 124 in 2019.