A medical employee sporting a masks walks close to the AMC movie show in Occasions Sq. amid the coronavirus pandemic on Might 7, 2020 in New York Metropolis.
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AMC has agreed to promote as many as 15 million shares of its inventory, however fairness within the firm may quickly be nugatory if the biggest theater chain on the planet recordsdata for chapter.
On Tuesday, AMC continued to warn traders about its dwindling money pile and stated it could must file for Chapter 11 chapter whether it is unable to safe extra sources of liquidity.
Shares of the corporate tumbled greater than 11% on the information. AMC’s inventory, which has a market worth of round $387 million, has plunged 56% up to now this yr.
Chapter 11 chapter would seemingly enable AMC to remain in enterprise whereas it reworks its money owed and kinds out new strains of liquidity.
Movie show chains within the U.S. have been slammed by the continued coronavirus pandemic, which first shuttered theaters after which drove away clients and main Hollywood blockbusters.
AMC was notably susceptible due to the greater than $4.75 billion in debt it had amassed earlier than the disaster from outfitting its theaters with luxurious seating and from shopping for opponents similar to Carmike and Odeon. AMC has round 1,000 theaters and greater than 11,000 screens globally.
“We would require vital quantities of extra liquidity and there’s substantial doubt about our skill to proceed as a going concern for an affordable time frame; holders of our Class A standard inventory may undergo a complete lack of their funding,” the corporate wrote within the SEC submitting.
Whereas New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo gave film theaters hope over the weekend when he introduced that theaters exterior of New York Metropolis may reopen. Studios had informed movie show operators that they’d withhold main releases if New York remained closed.
Additionally on Tuesday, AMC launched a preliminary earnings report. The corporate stated it had earned round $119.5 million in income through the three-month interval ended Sept. 30. That is a steep fall from the $1.32 billion AMC tallied throughout the identical interval final yr.
For the primary 9 months of 2020 AMC took in income of $1.08 billion, a fraction of the $4.02 billion it garnered throughout the identical interval final yr.