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Bombay HC approves Thomas Cook India-Sterling Holiday merger

In 2014, Thomas Cook had acquired majority stake in Sterling for Rs 870 crore

BS Reporter  |  Chennai 

India today informed the exchanges that the Bombay High Court has approved its merger with Chennai-based Resorts.

The company has already got shareholder approval for the same. In a statement, said it will issue shares to shareholders of Sterling Holidays after getting it approved from relevant authorities.

Madhavan Menon, managing director, (India) Ltd said that the company's strategic investment in Resorts is working well. Sterling Resorts turned profitable, declaring its first profit in 18-years of Rs 5 million in 2014-15.

"With a clear roadmap, Sterling has taken strong strides this year with upgrades of six existing resorts and opening of four new resorts to bring its network to a total fo 24 resorts across the country," he said.

The new resorts will come at Corbett, Daman, Shirdi and Dindi. The company's network includes 1,767 rooms across 24 resorts in 21 holiday destinations in India.

Thomas Cook (India) Ltd is promoted by Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Fairbridge Capital (Mauritius) Ltd and its controlled affiliates.

On February 8, 2014, Prem Watsa-owned Thomas Cook India had announced the merger of in a cash and stock deal that valued Sterling at Rs 870 crore. Both jointly will have a market value of Rs 3,000 crore.

Sterling Holiday Resorts was trading at Rs 260 a share at BSE up by 0.70%. Thomas Cook (India) Ltd share was trading at Rs 224.5, up by 2.3%.

First Published: Tue, July 14 2015. 11:36 IST