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£1.4bn Financing for Thomas Cook UK

£1.4bn Financing for Thomas Cook UK

Thomas Cook Group has agreed a new £1.4 billion financing package with its lenders. The new agreement, which follows the conclusion of a strategic review following profit warnings, extends the maturity of its financing until 31st May 2015 from previous expiry dates between 2013 and 2014. The deal also includes no fixed repayments and will enable Thomas Cook to retain net proceeds from certain disposals to provide greater financial flexibility.

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Sam Weihagen, Group Chief Executive, said: “Today’s announcement highlights the confidence our lenders have in Thomas Cook and we are delighted that they have demonstrated their on-going support. We continue to make good progress in strengthening the Group’s financial position, and our disposal plans, including an aircraft sale and leaseback, are proceeding well. These actions are an important step in the journey to strengthen confidence and ensure that the Thomas Cook Group will continue to provide customers with wonderful travel experiences for years to come.”

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NEIL STEEDMAN has been a trade journalist, editor and proofreader for 53 years, and ITTN's News & Features Editor for 43 years. His travel blog is at www.thetravelbuddhist.com.

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