AMC inventory extends rally, jumps 20% as theater chain sells new shares

Shares in AMC entertainment rose again on Tuesday after the theater chain sold more than 8 million shares to an investment firm, the latest in a series of capital increases for the troubled company that became Meme Stock.

AMC announced in a securities filing that it raised $ 230.5 million through a sale of shares to Mudrick Capital Management. The theater company announced that it will use the funds for potential acquisitions, upgrading its theaters and deleveraging its balance sheet.

At the close of trading, the shares were up 22.6%.

On Tuesday afternoon, Bloomberg News reported that Mudrick had sold all of his new AMC shares. The stock fell from its highs the day after the report.

AMC’s business was effectively shut down during the pandemic, with cinemas closed for months in most parts of the country and large studios delaying releases during the pandemic. The stock, however, was a favorite of traders on Reddit and has seen wild swings in the past few months.

The shares doubled last week to incredibly high volumes as retail speculative activity, fueled by message board chats, resumed.

The company took advantage of these price jumps by selling additional shares to raise cash. The stock is up more than 1,000% since the start of the year.

“Given that AMC is raising hundreds of millions of dollars, this is an extremely positive result for our shareholders,” said CEO and President Adam Aron in a filing. “We achieved this by issuing just 8.5 million shares, which is less than 1.7% of our issued share capital and only a small fraction of our typical daily trading volume.”

The dramatic price fluctuations could also be due to a short press in the stock caused by traders who wagered against the stock to buy stocks to limit their losses. According to S3 Partners, around 20% of the company’s outstanding shares are being sold short.

AMC has roughly $ 5 billion in debt and has had to defer lease repayments of $ 450 million as its revenues largely dried up during the pandemic. Theaters were closed for months to stop the virus from spreading, and when the company reopened its doors, few consumers were comfortable attending screenings and movie studios withheld new releases.

Now that vaccination rates are rising and the number of coronavirus cases is falling, consumer confidence in returning to theaters has increased. Not to mention the studios are finally releasing new content.

Over the weekend, John Krasinski’s “A Quiet Place Part II,” the sequel to his 2018 blockbuster, raised $ 48.4 million over Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the highest three-day loot of any movie release during the pandemic.

Throughout the four-day Memorial Day weekend, the North American box office made nearly $ 100 million in ticket sales.

While early box office revenues are promising, fundamental elements of the cinema business have changed over the past year, including cinema capacity, joint release dates with streaming services, and the number of days films are shown in theaters.

AMC’s securities filing, which closed Friday with a market capitalization of $ 11.8 billion, also includes a risk warning to investors: “Our market capitalization, as implied from various trading prices, is currently reflecting valuations that are significantly different from those before recent volatility that is well above our market cap immediately prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, and to the extent that those valuations reflect trading dynamics unrelated to our financial performance or prospects, buyers of our Class A common stock could see declines market prices suffer significant losses driven by a return to previous valuations. “

—With reporting from Sarah Whitten from CNBC.

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Corridor of Fame Resort & Leisure Firm Extends Settlement with PepsiCo Drinks North America

CANTON, Ohio – () – The Hall of Fame Resort & Entertainment Company (“HOFV” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: HOFV, HOFVW), the only resort, entertainment and media company focused on the power of professional football, announced today announced that it has expanded its business agreement with PepsiCo Beverages North America as the Hall of Fame Village non-alcoholic beverage partner, with support from Johnson Controls (“The Destination”). Pepsi beverage products continue to be sold at destination and in all of its assets, including the Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, the DoubleTree by Hilton hotel, and the National Youth Football and Sports Complex.

“We are proud to partner with Pepsi to share its line of products in our Destination Assets,” said Erica Muhleman, Executive Vice President, New Business Development / Marketing & Sales at HOFV. “This partnership is an example of yet another world-class organization on our list of renowned affiliated brands that recognizes our value as a company as we continue to grow our diverse businesses. As soccer fans and visitors alike are sure to return to personal events and vacation trips, this agreement allows us to continue offering our guests high quality branded beverage options in each of our hotels. ”

The expanded partnership enables the continued sale of Pepsi beverage products such as Gatorade, Aquafina, Pepsi and Diet Pepsi to athletes and spectators visiting the destination. The extended options not only include regular provision at the destination, but also the presence at all events planned by HOFV this year, including:

  • Women’s football alliance championship weekend

  • The Highway 77 Music Festival with Dan + Shay, Kelsea Ballerini and others

  • Two Pro Football Hall of Fame anchors

  • The Black College Football Hall of Fame Classic

  • The Hall of Fame game with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Dallas Cowboys

Pepsi is just one of many well-known brands associated with HOFV, including Topgolf Swing Suites, Shulas Restaurant Group, Republic Services, Blue Technologies, and Spectra Partnership.

About the Hall of Fame Resort & Entertainment Company

The Hall of Fame Resort & Entertainment Company (NASDAQ: HOFV, HOFVW) is a resort and entertainment company that works with the Pro Football Hall of Fame to harness the power and popularity of professional football and its legendary players. Hall of Fame Resort & Entertainment Company, headquartered in Canton, Ohio, owns the Hall of Fame Village, operated by Johnson Controls, a versatile sports, entertainment, and media destination around the Pro Football Hall of Fame campus. Further information about the company can be found at www.HOFREco.com.

About PepsiCo

PepsiCo products are enjoyed by consumers more than a billion times a day in more than 200 countries and territories around the world. PepsiCo posted net sales of more than $ 70 billion in 2020, powered by a complementary food and beverage portfolio that includes Frito-Lay, Gatorade, Pepsi-Cola, Quaker, Tropicana, and SodaStream. PepsiCo’s product portfolio includes a wide variety of enjoyable foods and beverages, including 23 brands, each with estimated annual retail sales of more than $ 1 billion. Leading PepsiCo is our vision to be the world leader in convenient foods and beverages by winning on purpose. “Winning with Purpose” reflects our ambition to win sustainably in the market and to embed purpose in all aspects of our business strategy and our brands. For more information, visit www.pepsico.com.

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