Thomas Cook (India) To Acquire Rights Of Thomas Cook Brand For India, Sri Lanka, Mauritius
Signs hang above the entrance to a Tui travel agency store, left, and a Thomas Cook Group Plc travel agency store in Orpington, U.K. (Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg)

Thomas Cook (India) To Acquire Rights Of Thomas Cook Brand For India, Sri Lanka, Mauritius

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Thomas Cook (India) Ltd. said it has entered into a pact with Thomas Cook U.K.'s appointed special managers to acquire the rights of the brand for India, Sri Lanka and Mauritius markets.

Thomas Cook (India) Ltd. has signed an agreement with AlixPartners, Thomas Cook U.K.'s appointed special managers for the complete ownership of the brand name across these markets, for a one-time payment of Rs 13.9 crore, the company said in a regulatory filing.

"I am delighted that we have been able to sign an agreement to acquire the rights to the iconic Thomas Cook brand across India, Mauritius & Sri Lanka,” said Madhavan Menon, chairman & managing director of the travel services firm. “The brand is one of the most respected names in the travel services space and one that we at Thomas Cook India have operated uninterrupted for 138 years since 1881.”

TCIL was previously contracted to pay an annual brand licence fee of Rs 2 crore to Thomas Cook U.K. until 2024 for usage of the brand. "So when this very attractive investment opportunity of complete ownership of the brand name across these markets, for a one time payment of Rs 139 million came up, it truly was an opportunity we had to grab!," Menon said.

TCIL's acquisition of the exclusive ownership of the Thomas Cook brand in these markets means that TCIL can now use the iconic travel services brand name that they have operated for 138 years in India. The agreement also ensures brand use rights in perpetuity and means that TCIL can use the brand in perpetuity on a royalty-free basis.

Moreover, this move by TCIL also prevents possible new entrants into these markets, using the brand name. In addition to Thomas Cook, the Thomas Cook India Group operates leading B2C and B2B travel brands including SOTC, TCI, SITA, Asian Trails, Allied T Pro, Australian Tours Management, Desert Adventures, Luxe Asia, Kuoni Hong Kong, TC Travel, Private Safaris East & South Africa, Sterling Holidays and Digiphoto Entertainment Imaging , with strategic investments in Ithaka by Travel Junkie Solutions.

The Thomas Cook India Group has a cash and bank deposits balances of Rs 1,088.3 crore as of Sept. 30, 2019. On a standalone basis Thomas Cook India is debt free. The Group generates an average annual free cash flow of around Rs 200 crore. The shares of Thomas Cook (India) Ltd. were trading at Rs 161.10, up 0.66 percent on BSE in the morning trade.

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