Thomas Cook's shares fall nearly 60% in eight days – BBC News


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The shares of Thomas Cook continued to fall on Tuesday and have now plummeted by almost 60% in eight days.

The bonds of the travel company also lost value and the cost of securing its debt against payment default reached a record level.

Concerns about his loans increased last week when he issued a second profit alert in two months and said earnings would be £ 30 million less than expected.

Last week, the company said it had not violated its banking arrangements.

Towards the end of Tuesday morning, the company's stock market value had fallen to £ 363 million, routing it to be downgraded from the mid-cap FTSE 250 stock index.

The figure is lower than the company's last published net debt of £ 389 million.

"The debt itself, when the operating performance was quite as good as last year, was adequate," said Leandro de Torres Zabala, senior director at the S & P Global credit rating agency .

"When operational performance weakens, of course, on a proportional basis, the debt becomes higher."

Last week, Thomas Cook's managing director, Peter Fankhauser, admitted that it was a "disappointing year" for the travel company.

The company has accused its fall in profits on the prolonged summer heat wave, which has led to a decline in bookings.

He also said that his bookings for this winter fell 3% from last year and have suspended his dividend.


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