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AMC shares soar 36% premarket on news of new $917 million debt and equity financing

AMC shares soar
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AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc. shares AMC, +17.79% soared 36% in premarket trade Monday after the largest cinema chain operator in the world said it had raised $917 million in debt and equity to help it get through a coronavirus-impacted winter.

AMC said it has raised $506 million of equity by issuing 164.7 million new shares. That is combined with a formerly declared openly $100 million of additional first-lien debt and the simultaneous issuance of 22 million new ordinary shares to convert $100 million of second-lien debt into equity. The company has obligation letters for $11 million of incremental debt capital in place through mid-2023, unless repaid before then, through the upsizing and refinancing of a European fluctuating credit facility. The company may pay non-cash PIK (payment in kind) interest through the European debt duration.

“Based on a variety of assumptions, including future attendance levels, the company estimates that its financial runway has been extended deep into 2021,” AMC said in a statement. “AMC also is presuming that it will continue to make progress in its ongoing dialogue with theatre landlords about the amounts and timing of owed theatre lease payments.”

Chief Executive Adam Aron said the new financing suggests any talk of looming bankruptcy “is completely off the table.”

AMC has frequently raised capital through the pandemic to strengthen its liquidity and stay floating. Shares have declined 48% in the last 12 months, while the S&P 500 SPX, -0.30% has gained 16.6%.

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