AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc. Announces the Signing of a Definitive Agreement to Sell Its Baltic Region Theatre Locations for Approximately $77 Million
UP Invest, the owner of a Baltics cinema group, will acquire all nine AMC theatre locations in Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia
AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc. (AMC), today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to sell nine theatre locations in the Baltic region (Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia) for €65 million which equates to approximately $77 million.
[UP Invest, the owner of a Baltics cinema group, will acquire all nine AMC theatre locations in Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia]
[The $77 million cash purchase price represents a 9.3x multiple of anticipated 2020 EBITDA* before the onset of COVID-19]
[The sale price reflects an attractive valuation for these theatres and both enhances liquidity and lowers net debt by $77 million]
“This transaction marks yet another bold and decisive action taken, on the heels of our capital raising in April and debt restructuring and capital raising in July, to bolster our liquidity and strengthen our balance sheet at a transaction multiple that underscores the inherent value of our theatre portfolio and resilience of our business,” said Adam Aron, CEO and President of AMC. “We continue to be encouraged by attendance levels at theatres that have reopened in Europe, where essentially all theatres are open, and in the U.S., where almost 300 theatres are currently open for business. Growing consumer confidence in our cleaning and safety protocols continues to generate increased attendance and food and beverage spend, and we look forward to offering a full slate of new and entertaining film product to further drive attendance over the remainder of 2020.”
The agreement calls for AMC to receive approximately half of the sale proceeds on signing and the balance upon closing in each country after antitrust resolution in the coming months.
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About AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc.
AMC is the largest movie exhibition company in the United States, the largest in Europe and the largest throughout the world with approximately 1,000 theatres and 11,000 screens across the globe. AMC has propelled innovation in the exhibition industry by: deploying its Signature power-recliner seats; delivering enhanced food and beverage choices; generating greater guest engagement through its loyalty and subscription programs, web site and mobile apps; offering premium large format experiences and playing a wide variety of content including the latest Hollywood releases and independent programming. AMC operates among the most productive theatres in the United States’ top markets, having the #1 or #2 market share positions in 21 of the 25 largest metropolitan areas of the United States. AMC is also #1 or #2 in market share in 9 of the 12 countries it serves in North America, Europe and the Middle East. For more information, visit www.amctheatres.com.
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* The anticipated 2020 EBITDA was based on management’s projections and internal assumptions, which were made before the 2020 fiscal year, and does not take into account suspension of operations caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Management does not believe such 2020 EBITDA projections will be achieved. It does not reflect any current projections, estimates, or assumptions either of actual financial results or of any projected financial results that take into account the current operating environment or current management views of resumption of operations, other events as consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic, or any other matters related thereto. EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure. The anticipated 2020 EBITDA is a prospective measure that cannot be reconciled to a directly comparable financial measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP, as unreasonable effort would be required to do so.