Rating agency Standard & Poor’s has increased its outlook from stable to positive following the group’s turnaround strategy.
S&P’s rating of the group remains unchanged at a ‘B’ although the agency said this would be raised if the next 12 months if Thomas Cook improves its credits and profitability.
“This is another milestone in the rapid delivery of our strategy of sustainable profitable growth. We are very pleased that S&P has recognised the pace and extent of our transformation and we appreciate its confidence in our ability to maintain the momentum,” said Harriet Green, group CEO of Thomas Cook.
“As we reported last month, our cost out and profit improvement programme is delivering ahead of schedule and we have reached our target for disposals of non-core interests 18 months early. S&P has recognised the importance of our continuing transformation, including the delivery of our strategic targets, and I look forward to sharing a full update of our progress at our half year results on 15 May,” she added.
Standard & Poor’s said: “The operating performance of Thomas Cook Group plc has improved thanks to the ongoing implementation of its turnaround strategy. We anticipate that its credit metrics will continue to strengthen as cost-saving initiatives as part of its turnaround strategy lead to EBITDA growth and debt reduction.
“We are therefore revising our outlook on Thomas Cook Group plc to positive from stable, and affirming our “B” long-term corporate credit rating on the company. The positive outlook reflects the likelihood of an upgrade within the next 12 months if positive operating trends continue to improve the Group’s profitability and credit measures.”