On The Beach share price down as Monarch failure marrs strong results

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Online travel agent On The Beach (LON:OTB) saw shares fall over 2 percent on Thursday, after strong results were marred by an exceptional cost in the relation to the failure of Monarch Airlines.

The group saw UK revenue grow 17 percent over the year, after a strong performance in the second half of the year. Excluding the acquisition of Sunshine.co.uk Limited, UK revenue growth stood at 14 percent, with revenue in the second half up 21 percent.

Despite some repercussions from the terrorist attack in Barcelona, On The Beach said it had experienced a strong summer and that they were “exiting the financial year with momentum”.

However, the travel agent also said that there would likely be a one-off exceptional cash cost after the failure of Monarch, as the group continues to assist customers who were booked on Monarch flights with alternative travel arrangements and refunds. A further update will be given in due course.

Simon Cooper, Chief Executive of On the Beach Group plc, commented:

“The Group has traded well in the year with a particularly strong performance in the second half during the key summer trading period. The integration of Sunshine.co.uk Limited, acquired in May 2017, has progressed in line with our expectations.

“We have continued to increase market share in our international markets and delivered strong revenue growth in the year. As a result of this performance, we are pleased to be launching in our third international market, Denmark, early in 2018.”

Shares in On The Beach are currently trading down 2.44 percent at 439.00 (1100GMT).