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Stocks of Amc Fall 13% After the Movie Theater Chain Announces a Stock Sale

March 28, 2024
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AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc. experienced a significant decline of 13.4% in premarket trading on Thursday following the announcement that the movie theater chain, famously associated with the meme stock phenomenon, intends to sell up to $250 million worth of its stock.

This decision, disclosed through a filing, underscores the company's strategy to reinforce its liquidity position. AMC plans to allocate the proceeds towards various objectives, including bolstering liquidity, settling, refinancing, redeeming, or repurchasing existing debts, and supporting general corporate initiatives.

In explaining the rationale behind the offering, AMC cited several factors, including the subdued performance of the box office in the first quarter, which can be attributed in part to the repercussions of the Writers Guild of America strike and the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists strike that transpired in 2023. Additionally, increased seasonal working capital requirements and the resultant cash burn have necessitated this move.

Earlier this week, Adam Aron, CEO of AMC, acknowledged the challenging landscape for the company in the first part of 2024, referring to it as "a slog." He pointed to the lingering effects of the Hollywood writers' and actors' strikes from the previous year, which delayed movie releases scheduled for early 2024.

In a statement made on X (formerly known as Twitter), Aron emphasized the critical importance of liquidity, underscoring it as the key to AMC's resilience during turbulent times. He highlighted the company's prudent approach in maintaining a robust cash position, which has been instrumental in navigating through challenging periods.

Aron reiterated AMC's commitment to extending debt maturities and ensuring sufficient cash reserves during the recent earnings call. He highlighted the success of previous initiatives, such as the conversion of AMC Preferred Equity Units into common stock in August 2023, which contributed to bolstering the company's financial standing.

As of the end of 2023, AMC reported total cash and cash equivalents of $884.3 million, reflecting an increase from $631.5 million at the end of 2022. Concurrently, the company's total debt, including finance leases, decreased to approximately $4.56 billion from $5.01 billion over the same period.

In December, AMC conducted an at-the-market equity offering, raising approximately $350 million as part of its ongoing efforts to alleviate its debt burden.

While AMC shares saw their most substantial daily percentage gain in a month on Wednesday, the stock has experienced a downward trend in recent months. Year-to-date, AMC shares have declined by 29.1%, in contrast to the 10% gain observed in the S&P 500 index.

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