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AMC says bankruptcy off the table after raising more than 900 million

Shares of AMC skyrocketed Monday after the corporate disclosed that it had secured sufficient financing to stay open and operational deep into 2021.

“Which means that any speak of an imminent chapter for AMC is totally off the desk,” stated CEO Adam Aron.

Since Dec. 14, the most important movie show chain on the earth has raised $917 million in new fairness and debt capital, the corporate revealed Monday in an SEC submitting.

Round $500 million of this fundraising got here from the issuance of recent frequent shares and an funding cope with Mudrick Capital Administration. The corporate has additionally executed dedication letters for $411 million of incremental debt capital from upsizing and refinancing its European revolving credit score facility.

Shares of the corporate have been up greater than 10% in morning buying and selling. The inventory is down 48% over the previous yr, bringing its market worth to $564 million.

“Wanting forward, for AMC to succeed over the medium time period, we’re going to want for a lot of most of the people within the U.S. and overseas to be vaccinated,” Aron stated. “We welcome the dedication by the brand new Biden administration and of different governments domestically and internationally to a broad-based vaccination program.”

Film theaters have been hit exhausting by the coronavirus pandemic. First they have been shuttered resulting from rising circumstances after which, once they reopened, moviegoers have been hesitant to return. Cinemas are hoping that an inflow of recent content material from Hollywood, declining Covid-19 circumstances and an increase in vaccinations will give customers the arrogance to return.

To this point, round 21 million vaccines have been administered. Nevertheless, the U.S. continues to be recording at the least 170,000 new Covid-19 circumstances and at the least 3,080 virus-related deaths every day, primarily based on a seven-day common calculated by CNBC utilizing Johns Hopkins College information.

Final week there was a slew of film delays. The newest James Bond flick, MGM’s “No Time to Die,” was pushed from April to October, Sony’s “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” was moved to November, and Sony’s “Morbius” and “Uncharted” exited to 2022.

Disney additionally shifted a half-dozen movies, together with “The King’s Man,” later into the yr or eliminated them from the calendar totally.

The few movies that stay in February and March are tied to streaming releases. Warner Bros.′ “Tom and Jerry” heads to HBO Max and theaters on Feb. 26, Disney’s “Raya and the Final Dragon” will debut in theaters and on Disney+ for $30 on March 5, and Warner Bros.′ “Godzilla v. Kong” hits HBO Max and cinemas on March 26.

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