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Board of Thomas Cook (India) goes for a major revamp

Author: Tatiana Rokou / Date: Tue, 04/24/2018 - 10:20
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Resultant structure to focus on four verticals: Travel (outbound, domestic, business travel & MICE), Foreign Exchange, Destination Management Services & Portfolio Investments such as Sterling Holiday Resorts Ltd.

The Board of Thomas Cook (India) Limited (TCIL) approved (subject to regulatory approvals) a corporate restructuring exercise by way of a composite scheme of arrangement and amalgamation, aimed at streamlining its businesses into four key verticals namely: Travel (outbound, domestic, business travel & MICE), Foreign Exchange, Destination Management Services & Portfolio Investments such as Sterling Holiday Resorts Ltd. The restructuring also involves the consolidating of the human resource services business into Quess Corp. Pursuant to the composite scheme, TCIL shareholders will receive 1889 equity shares of Quess (of Rs 10 each) for every 10000 equity shares (of Rs 1 each) held in TCIL.

In its current structure, TCIL along with its subsidiaries and associate companies such as SOTC, TCI, TC Travel (earlier Tata Capital Travel) and Sterling Holidays are engaged in various travel and travel related financial services, vacation ownership and resorts while Quess Corp. is engaged in human resource & business related services such as industrial asset management, integrated facility management, human resource services & technology solutions. In order to streamline the various businesses of the Group, both from operating and management perspective, the restructuring will consolidate like businesses into identified entities creating a simpler and more efficient operating structure with dedicated and focused business verticals.

The last few years have seen the TCIL Group make many travel & non travel related acquisitions from Quess to Sterling, SOTC, Kuoni Hong Kong, Kuoni’s multiple DMS entities across 21 countries and Tata Capital’s erstwhile Travel & Forex businesses – now renamed TC Travel & Forex. Quess meanwhile, also made several acquisitions both in India and overseas in line with its own areas of operation. This had created complex structures both at the Quess level as well as the Travel Group level. The proposed restructuring is aimed at simplifying & clarifying structure & holdings, streamlining businesses & resources, ensuring focused management, consolidating real estate and also various brands acquired through inorganic growth & eliminating cross holdings. The proposed restructuring also recognises that the nature of markets, challenges, competition, opportunities for the human resource businesses are distinct and separate from the travel & travel related businesses and each are capable of attracting a different set of investors, strategic partners and stakeholders.

Speaking on the proposed restructuring, Mr. Madhavan Menon – Chairman & Managing Director of TCIL said “This proposed restructuring with the realignment of the travel businesses of TCIL & consolidation of the human resource services business into Quess Corp, will simplify the Group structure, enabling both TCIL & Quess to grow independently & consolidate their positions in their segments with far greater clarity of focus from an industry and growth/opportunity point of view - for investors, management and teams.

He added “Post this proposed restructuring, TCIL becomes a Travel Focused company when the economy and industry are poised for rapid growth especially from an India/Asia opportunity, while Quess a proven market shaper already, charts its own growth trajectory in the high growth opportunity space of Human Capital & allied services. We believe that the proposed restructuring will give our individual lines of business the advantages of flexibility and the integration of size, scale and financial strength to take us to the next level of growth

The swap ratio has been worked out by Talati & Talati, Chartered Accountants. RBSA Capital Advisors LLP, Category I Merchant Bankers have provided their fairness opinion on the said valuation.

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Tatiana Rokou

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Tatiana is the news co-ordinator for TravelDailyNews Media Network (traveldailynews.gr, traveldailynews.com and traveldailynews.asia). Her role includes to monitor the hundrends of news sources of TravelDailyNews Media Network and skim the most important according to our strategy. She holds a Bachelor degree in Communication & Mass Media from Panteion University of Political & Social Studies of Athens and she has been editor and editor-in-chief in various economic magazines and newspapers.