China’s Fosun in talks to inject $940 million into Britain’s Thomas Cook

Industry:    July, 2019

China’s Fosun Tourism Group (1992.HK) said on Friday it is in advanced talks with Thomas Cook Group PLC’s (TCG.L) lending banks to inject 750 million pounds ($940 million) into the London-listed travel operator.

Under consideration is a capital injection and new financing facilities, Fosun Tourism said in a filing to the Hong Kong stock exchange.

Fosun said the recapitalization would entail a reshuffle of the ownership of Thomas Cook’s Tour Operator and Airline business, resulting in the Chinese firm owning a controlling stake in Thomas Cook’s Tour Operator and a significant minority interest in Thomas Cook’s Airline.

The development comes after Sky News reported on Thursday that Thomas Cook Group was in advanced talks about a deal with Fosun and its lenders to recapitalize its tour operating business.

The report cited bankers as saying a proposed deal involved Fosun and Thomas Cook’s lenders injecting hundreds of millions of pounds worth of new equity into the British company.

That report came a month after Thomas Cook said it was in talks with Fosun, its largest shareholder, over the sale of its tour operating business after the Chinese firm made a preliminary approach.

Thomas Cook said it had no comment on the Sky News report.

Fosun on Friday said its proposal envisages a significant amount of Thomas Cook’s external bank and bond debt will be converted into equity, and that existing Thomas Cook shareholders will have their stakes significantly diluted as a result of the recapitalization.

The proposal is subject to due diligence and further discussion, among other things, Fosun said.