Thomas Cook shares worthless by Lee Wild from interactive investor | 23rd September 2019 16:10 After months of torment and failure to agree a rescue deal, loyal shareholders have been wiped out. Thomas Cook (LSE:TCG) has gone bust. It's the story splashed all over the front pages. The biggest peacetime repatriation of civilians is now underway, but while disappointed holidaymakers will get their money back, battered shareholders will likely be left with nothing. Sixteen months ago, an investor would have had to pay 150p for every Thomas Cook share. Last Friday, they went as low at 2p, closing the session at 3.45p for a decline of 98.7%. The shares are now suspended from trading. Source: TradingView Past performance is not a guide to future performance The slump at the end of last week was triggered by a company statement issued in response to media speculation that Cook was struggling to complete a refinancing. The company would only say that talks with banks and its biggest shareholders, including China's Fosun Tourism, were ongoing. But after Fosun and the banks had already agreed to pump Â£900 million into Cook, lenders were unwilling to approve a seasonal standby facility of Â£200 million to keep the business going through the lean winter months. It smacks of an unwillingness by lenders to throw good money after bad. Even the government thought so, deciding against bailing out our best-known and oldest travel operator given the very real possibility of it coming back for more cash further down the line. After the business entered into compulsory liquidation, the Gov.UK website said: "Unfortunately, as a result of the liquidation appointments, there is no prospect of a return to Thomas Cook's shareholders." Cook has form when it comes to its finances. Former CEO Harriet Green's major restructuring saved the business before she left in 2014 with the company worth around Â£2 billion. Cook shareholders had already been warned that the recapitalisation would significantly dilute their equity stake in the company "with significant risk of no recovery". The writing was on the wall, the outcome almost inevitable. The rise of online-only operators, terrorism in popular holiday spots and a weak pound have already persuaded Brits to stay at home or find alternative destinations. Uncertainty around Brexit has clearly played its part. But Cook's massive debt pile has made this situation impossible to resolve. Cook's departure is also an opportunity for rivals in a fiercely competitive industry. Big winners today are TUI (LSE:TUI), whose shares are up 6%, On The Beach Group (LSE:OTB) which is up over 8%, and Jet2holidays-owner Dart Group (LSETG), up 5%
So these original bought in ( B ) 29/ 09//2010 nine years ago @ 172p. looks like a rights 13/06/2013 @ 76p then the gamble in may this year ( D ) @ 22p . The switch in 21st June from ( B ) Free trade.
On Friday 20th last day possible trade shares fell to 3.5p... ( (D) 3372 worth approx Â£118.02 ..On 3 Sept still get 6p been at that price long wile .. in June ,July 14p and went back to 14p on a short spike 5th August .
Went bust today could not see chat on ii for long time. Better if i had not got them back in June. All the signs / warnings were there of previous administrations ( but confusing radio comments saying next week ect ) happened exactly like i told Scot guy in cafe.
Sold all in ( B )14.2p got same back in ( D ) 14p.... Opportunity to switch for free .
Not available on ii ... a sign lol ..Oddly enough i topped up 2nd May 2109 @ 22.5p one year from oldjoe post below .. mistake as massive fall from 14th May 2019 all the way down to 11p .. some bank said shares worthless !! that's not good from past experiences of company's going bust.
RNS out: They were not Director buys, they were selling.. Michael Heal sold 271,847 and Peter Fankhauser sold a total of 304,235.
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