Thomas Cook (India) Ltd, a leading forex and tourism company has reported a 14% YoY growth in sales to Rs 204 m for 2QFY01. However the company's operating margins dropped by over 4% to 32.4% in 2QFY01, due to a 22% increase in operating expenditure. The main increase to operating expenditure was driven by a 49% increase in staff costs.
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Due to lower interest costs in 2QFY01, TCIL's profit before tax went up by 6% YoY in this quarter. However due to amortisation of start up costs for its wholly owned subsidiary Thomas Cook (Mauritius) Holding Company Ltd of the amount of Rs 4.3 m in 2QFY01 the company's net profit declined by 9% YoY to Rs29 m for 2QFY01.
TCIL is in an advanced stage of negotiations to acquire the business of Travel Corporation (India) Ltd. The benefits of this acquisition for TCIL is that by this the company will become very strong in the area of inbound travel, which is currently the forte of Travel Corporation of India.
This fits in well with TCIL's strategy of becoming the "one stop travel shop" as it is currently strong in the areas of foreign exchange and outbound travel.
This year seems positive for the company as the second half performance should improve as inbound tourist arrivals are buoyant (9% growth reported in the 1QFY01). Outbound travel is growing at a rate of 25%-30% per annum, this too will boost the company's earnings.
Thomas Cook India Ltd (TCIL) continues to be a leading player in the forex travel market with a network of 49 branches in 15 cities. The company has become very aggressive on the leisure travel front and its revenues from this business are on the rise. As a result the company's revenues from leisure travel business has gone up from 6 percent of turnover in 1996 to 11 percent in 1999.
On the current price of Rs 424, TCIL is trading at 34x FY2000 EPS of Rs 12.4.
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