|Our Company was incorporated under the name of the 'Eastern Carrying Company
Limited' on June 7, 1939 under the Indian Companies Act, VII of 1913. The name of
our company was subsequently changed to 'Cox and Kings (India) Limited' and the
consequent fresh Certificate of Incorporation was granted on February 23, 1950.
Subsequently, after the amendment of Section 43A of the Companies Act 1956, the
word 'Private' was added to the name of our Company on October 12, 2001. Pursuant
to a special resolution of our shareholders at an Extraordinary General Meeting held on
January 29, 2007, our Company became a public limited company and the word
'Private' was deleted from its name. The Certificate of Incorporation to reflect the new
name was issued on March 28, 2007 by the RoC.
The evolution of our name as a brand can be traced in history dating back to the year
1758, i.e. an history of over 250 years when Lord Ligonier, Colonel of the 1st Foot
Guards, appointed Richard Cox, as his regimental agent for handling the affairs, pay
and sundry obligations of the officers stationed overseas. Then since the year 1765 it
operated as a partnership firm. By the year 1815, the firm became agents and banker to
the entire Household Brigade, most of the cavalry and infantry regiments, the Royal Artillery,
and the Royal Wagon Train, which later became the Royal Army Service Corps. In the year
1909, Cox & Co. got incorporated as an unlimited company under the Companies
(Consolidation) Act, 1908 in London. In October 1922, Cox & Co. absorbed the business of
Henry S. King & Co., a small bank with Indian interests, with which the name of Cox & Kings
came into existence.
In February1923 their banking business was taken over by Lloyds Bank Limited. In the year
1960 Lloyds Bank Limited sold this acquired business to National and Grindlays Bank Ltd. In
the year 1980 Grindlays Bank Limited divested its nonbanking activities because of
Governmental regulations. This interest in the travel business was bought by Mr. A.B.M. Good
and Mr. John Norman Romney Barber by acquiring Cox & Kings (Holdings) Ltd. (now Cox &
Kings Ltd.) along with its subsidiary Cox & Kings Ltd. (now Cox & Kings Travel Ltd.). Cox & Kings
under its present ownership continued to operate as Specialized Tour Operator. It also branched
out into special interest holidays for artists, botanists and natural historians.
In the year 1980, the Reserve Bank of India vide its letter dated May 14, 1980 permitted
Cox & Kings (Agents) Limited to transfer its Indian business to Cox and Kings (India) Limited with
effect from October 1, 1978. Cox & Kings (Agents) Limited, however, continued with its business
from its head office in London. In consideration of this purchase of business, Cox and Kings (India)
Limited issued our shares to Cox & Kings (Agents) Limited. As a condition of Indianisation imposed
by the Reserve Bank of India, Cox and Kings (India) Limited issued and allotted 60% of the
shares to resident Indians and Staff Gratuity Trust Fund.
Ajay Ajit Peter Kerkar and Urrshila Kerkar bought Equity Shares of Cox and Kings (India) Limited
from the existing shareholders of our Company for the first time on May 09, 1981 and thereafter
consolidated their shareholding by way of rights issues in March 1990, August 1996, November
1998 and June 2005 through the allotment of additional shares/subscription to renunciation in the
rights issues including purchases from the existing shareholder during the said period. Liz
Investments Private Limited acquired the Equity Shares from the existing shareholders for the first
time on September 21, 1988 and similarly consolidated its shareholding in the rights issue by the
Company March 1990, August 1996, November, 1998 and June 2005. Upon conclusion of these
rights issues in June 2005 Ajay Ajit Peter Kerkar, Urrshila Kerkar, Liz Investments Private Limited and
Mr. A.B.M. Good collectively held 3,842,450 Equity Shares representing 70.63% of the outstanding
capital of the Company.
Year Key Events, Milestones and Achievements
1980 Acquisition of Indian business of Cox & Kings (Agents) Ltd.
1996 Foray into Foreign Exchange business
1999 Launch of brands, 'Duniya Dekho' and 'Bharat Deko'
2001 Launch of brand, 'FlexiHol'
2002 Takeover of Foreign Exchange business of Tulip Star Hotels Limited
2006 Acquisition of Clearmine Limited, a U.K. based company, with its wholly owned
subsidiary ETN Services Limited
Establishment of overseas branch offices at Russia and New York
Incorporation of our overseas subsidiary in Singapore
Enhancement of Full Fledged Money Changer License to Authorized Dealer Category-II
2007 Acquisition of Cox & Kings Ltd., a U.K. based company, with its wholly owned subsidiary
Cox & Kings Travel Ltd. and Cox & Kings (Japan) Ltd., based in Japan pursuant to the
FIPB approval dated August 6, 2007
Incorporation of our overseas subsidiary in Dubai
2008 Acquisition of Tempo Holidays Pty Ltd., based in Australia with its wholly owned
subsidiary Tempo Holidays NZ Ltd. based in New Zealand marking our direct presence
in these geographies
Foray in Visa Processing business through acquisition of Quoprro Global Services Pvt. Ltd.
Approval from GoI, MEA, the High Commission of India at Singapore for their visa
processing services under a newly formed subsidiary Quoprro Global Services Pte Ltd.
Formed Joint Venture 'Royale Indian Rail Tours Limited' with IRCTC for luxury train-based
tourism in India
2009 Acquisition of East India Travel Company Inc., a U.S. based company for direct and better
presence therein Incorporation of our subsidiary in U.K. in the name of Quoprro Global Limited
Incorporation of a step- down overseas subsidiary in Hong Kong