TravelSupermarket to combine with Icelolly.com
Moneysupermarket.com Group PLC to combine TravelSupermarket with Icelolly.com to create a standalone holiday comparison business
Moneysupermarket.com Group PLC (MSMG) has agreed to combine its TravelSupermarket business (TSM) with Icelolly Marketing Limited (Icelolly.com), enabling stronger and broader travel comparison services across both brands.
Icelolly.com is an online package holidays travel intermediary specialising in price comparison and deals, and will complement TSM's comparison services for holidays, flights, hotels, car hire and travel ancillaries. Both brands will be retained, with each benefiting from revenue diversification, shared commercial expertise and greater audience reach.
Icelolly.com brings an experienced senior team from the travel industry, including CEO Richard Singer, who will lead a common management team across both brands.
The transaction is structured as a cash-free exchange with both TSM and Icelolly entering the combined business on a cash and debt-free basis. MSMG will own 62% of the combined entity and will have board control, with the remaining equity held by Palatine Private Equity LLP (the current owners of Icelolly.com) and the management team. No new capital is being invested into the business, although MSMG has agreed a loan note of £4m to fund working capital requirements. In 2019 the combined revenue for the two brands was around £30m, with 2020 performance significantly impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Completion of the transaction is conditional on the receipt of clearance from the Competition and Markets Authority.
Peter Duffy, CEO of Moneysupermarket Group, said:
"The combination of TravelSupermarket and Icelolly.com will benefit customers of both brands with a richer and more diversified offer as the travel and holiday markets recover. As well as unlocking commercial benefits, the creation of a standalone entity under a dedicated management team will give us greater flexibility going forwards to maximise shareholder returns."
For further information, contact:
Scilla Grimble, Chief Financial Officer [email protected] / 0203 826 4667
Ian Gibson, Strategy & IR Director [email protected] / 07974 197742
William Clutterbuck, Maitland/AMO [email protected] / 07785 292617
The transaction is subject to the completion of customary conditions.
Founded in 2005 and based in Leeds, Icelolly.com is a package holidays travel intermediary specialising in price comparison and deals. CEO Richard Singer worked previously at TravelZoo, a Nasdaq listed travel and media business, where he was President of European and Australian operations.
TravelSupermarket was founded in 2004, and is based in London and Ewloe, Wales. It helps UK consumers find and save money on holidays, flights, hotels, car hire and travel extras such as travel insurance and airport parking.
We expect the combined business to be consolidated into MSMG, with the Palatine Private Equity and management shares reflected as a non-controlling interest.
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