Tui has reported a record fiscal first quarter ahead of a key vote on its plans to exit the London Stock Exchange in favour of Germany.
The travel giant said it had booked a historic €4.3bn (£3.67bn) in revenue for the period from 1 October 2023 to 31 December 2023, amid booming travel demand following last year’s post-Covid rebound.
Underlying earnings before interest and taxation (EBIT) increased to a positive €6m (£5.1m) for the first time, rising nearly €159m (£135.4m) from last year’s loss.
Shares jumped more than three per cent on the announcement.
Despite continued geopolitical uncertainty in the Middle East and disruption in European airspace, Europe’s largest travel operator maintained its full-year guidance for 2024. Underlying EBIT is expected to increase by at least 25 per cent year-on-year, with revenue jumping 10 per cent.
Tui noted current bookings for summer 2024 “continue to be promising,” with five million bookings and 32 per cent of its programme sold, in line with the prior year.
Its top brass has backed the decision, with two shareholder advisory groups Pirc and the US-based ISS following suit. 77 per cent of Tui’s shares were listed on its German register last November, as opposed to 10 per cent in London.
In its report this morning, the travel group urged shareholders to back leaving London, arguing that moving its primary listing would simplify its trading structure, as the majority of shares are already traded in Germany.
The AGM is scheduled at 10:30 am this morning. A vote to leave London would be yet another blow to London’s embattled equity markets.
Russell Pointon, director of consumer at Edison Group, said: “Revenue is up strongly against all segments, signalling strong demand for travel and holidays even amidst the darkest months of the cost-of-living crisis.”
“However, among the positive financial results, TUI’s shareholders are poised to vote on the company’s plans to delist from the London Stock Exchange, a move supported by the board but subject to shareholder approval at today’s upcoming AGM. With market attention poised to quickly shift from TUI’s results to its listing status, all eyes are on this pivotal moment in the company’s trajectory.”