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TUI Launches Discounted Share-Placing; Summer, Winter Pipeline Strong — Update

By Sabela Ojea

 

TUI AG said Wednesday that it intends to raise proceeds of around 1.1 billion euros ($1.28 billion) via a discounted share-placing to reduce its debt position.

The London-listed company also said its U.K. winter bookings are performing strongly since the latest government travel update. For the overall winter, bookings at this stage are 54% above 2018-2019 levels. Summer bookings are up by around 1.1 million since its third-quarter update, to 5.2 million, it added.

The Germany-based travel group said it is offering 523.5 million new registered shares at subscription, noting that each share is priced at EUR2.15. The share price represents a discount to a theoretical ex-rights price of 35.1%.

TUI also said its largest shareholder, Unifirm Ltd., will exercise all subscription rights attributable to its shareholding at the subscription price and to subscribe directly for new shares.

“The company intends to use the net proceeds of the offering to reduce interest costs and net debt by reducing current drawings,” it said, noting that its KfW facility would be reduced by EUR375.0 million to zero. Its current drawings under the cash facility would also be reduced by the remaining net proceeds of EUR724.5 million to EUR762.0 million, the company said.

 

Write to Sabela Ojea at [email protected]; @sabelaojeaguix

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