AMC shares hunch as CEO Adam Aron, CFO Sean Goodman promote inventory

An AMC theater is pictured in Times Square in the Manhattan neighborhood of New York City, New York, on June 2, 2021.

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Shares in AMC entertainment collapsed nearly 7% on Friday after two company executives sold significant portions of their stock.

CEO Adam Aron sold an additional $ 9.65 million in AMC stock as part of his estate planning. a move he warned investors that he would be back in August. He sold 312,500 shares on Tuesday for an average of $ 30.86 apiece, according to a regulatory filing filed Thursday.

This sale comes a month after Aron sold 625,000 shares in the company for approximately $ 25 million. He still holds around 96,000 shares, excluding around 2.9 million shares to be issued in the future based on performance targets.

Separately, AMC’s chief financial officer Sean Goodman sold all of his 18,316 shares for approximately $ 565,000, according to a separate filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. This excludes approximately 296,000 shares that may be issued as a result of Goodman’s continued business for the company, or approximately 293,000 shares that are tied to performance goals and objectives.

Aron recently announced that the company’s board of directors has approved a new equity policy for the company’s executives that requires them to hold a certain number of AMC shares. According to the new guideline, the CEO must hold his own shares or shares that have been awarded for at least eight years’ salary. The CFO must keep the salary in reserve for six years. Goodman’s untransferred shares meet this requirement.

AMC representatives declined to comment.

“I think that while Adam Aron was clearly expressing his intention to liquidate some of his position in AMC stocks by the end of the year, many investors were surprised by the extent to which he sold stocks between early November and mid-December” said Alicia Reese, an analyst at Wedbush.

“Of course, Sean Goodman has more shares since he sold in November, and all executives will continue to accumulate more shares as part of their compensation packages, but they are walking a fine line by taking advantage of the increased share price, while” private shareholders have committed to hold on at all costs, “she said.

Eric Handler, media and entertainment analyst at MKM Partners, noted that the stock is currently trading 30 times its estimated Adjusted EBITDA for the next year and 22 times its forecast for 2023. AMC’s historic valuation peaked at 9 times the metric, he said.

AMC shares topped $ 72 in June, an all-time high when the company was supported by millions of individual retail investors. In the past few months, however, the share has more than halved. On Friday, the stock closed at $ 27.44, down 6.9%.

Before this surge in new investors, the company’s shares hovered between $ 5 and $ 10, but fell to just $ 1.91 per share in January when it looked like AMC would not avert bankruptcy.

The “meme shares” rally helped the movie theater chain hit hard by the pandemic and laden with debt from previous acquisitions. The rise in inventory allowed Aron to raise enough cash to pay rents and even add more theaters. But even with diversified content like soccer games and concerts and the company’s ability to accept cryptocurrencies for tickets and concessions, analysts don’t expect AMC stock to hold this high level.

“The current price does not appear sustainable on a fundamental basis,” said Handler.[It’s a] very opportunistic way for management to get paid. “

AMC executives and board members had previously has dumped more than $ 70 million in stocks Year, according to a report from Bloomberg. While many of these sales were planned ahead of time by management, it means a massive shift for these executives who sold only a fraction of that amount in previous years.

67-year-old Aron is very transparent with investors and has repeatedly advised them that his stock sales are part of an estate plan to diversify his portfolio. Other AMC executives were less vocal about the reasons for their sales.

These stock sales occur at a time when insider selling has accelerated. A recent study by InsiderScore / Verity found that InsiderScore sold more than $ 69 billion worth of shares that year – a record high. The changes occurred when stock assets were increasing and at a time when Congress discusses significantly higher capital gains tax rates and changes in inheritance tax policy.

Market historical past says omicron volatility is not a cause to promote

As stock market investors have learned over the past week, it’s tricky to time the next move in the Dow Jones Industrial Average after a big selloff. Buyers stepped in Monday after the 900-point Nov. 26 dive, but there were signs of weakness. Stocks tanked Tuesday, soared back Wednesday before whipsawing into the close, and then had a huge day on Thursday before ending the week’s trading with another loss for the Dow.

“Always tricky,” says Keith Lerner, co-chief investment officer and chief market strategist at Truist.

Looking to market history can help.

Some are betting on the Santa Claus rally for a big December, even as clarity on the omicron variant threat remains lacking and cases spread, including in the U.S. And even after a week in which Fed Chair Jerome Powell surprised the market — with timing that was “curious,” according to Mohamed El-Erian — saying the Fed’s taper may be accelerated and inflation should no longer be described as “transitory.”

Traders work in the S&P 500 options pit at Cboe Global Markets Inc. in Chicago, Illinois.

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Lerner is looking to market history, and he sees an environment in which the patient investors will be ahead, if not in December, a year from now.

“We want at least a 12-month trend, because even if your entry point is not exactly right, you have greater chances of success in that timeframe,” he said. 

The “Black Friday” Nov. 26 spike in the VIX volatility index of 54% was among the five biggest single-day volatility moves in the past three decades. Since 1990, there have been 19 trading sessions during which the VIX spiked by 40% or more. In 18 of those 19 instances, or 95% of the time, the S&P 500 Index was higher one-year later, and the gains were large — an average of 20%.

With the U.S. market still up more than 20% this year even after the recent volatility, another 20% might be aspirational. Lerner noted that before the recent market whipsaw, stocks had gained 9% since early October, and that is a negative as far as having confidence the market will move up substantially in the short-term. That implies the immediate future is “vulnerable” to more moves down.

But the more important data point is the longer-term trend in the VIX history: there isn’t any instance across the 19 biggest VIX spikes of the past three decades after which stocks weren’t positive a majority of the time one month, three months, six months, and one year later. One month later, stocks were only up an average of 1%, but were positive 70% of the time, and the numbers get better with time.

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The caveat: Covid is a type of risk that the markets have not seen often over the past three decades, and two of the biggest VIX spikes came as Covid first hit the U.S. in February 2020. After both, the one-month period for stocks was brutal. That implies a market that remains on edge for now, and that should not come as a surprise — especially after the past week of trading. But the only of the 19 instances in which stocks were still down a year later was at the onset of the financial crisis. That data point gives Lerner more confidence in remaining bullish.

Volatility will remain the headline before the dominant trend returns, but that trend, he says, will be an economy that continues to expand and support further stock gains.

“In the last decade, we’ve had these V-shaped recoveries. They have been more normal,” he said. “Go back to the pandemic low, when you had a sharp move down and you get a kick back rally and a battle between greed and fear ensues. But in general, over the last 5 to 10 years, we’ve seen more of these come-down and go-back-up markets, as if nothing happened,” he added.

The last time was the end of September when the financial issues at Chinese property giant Evergrande sent the global equity markets into a tailspin.

Fear of missing out in a Covid market

The base case, Lerner says, is more of a tug-of-war until more of the news filters out and the market is able to get a better gauge on this new variant. This doesn’t change his view that investors are more likely to be rewarded by sitting tight rather than sitting out the market. In a “fear of missing out” era, that’s a lesson many investors learned from Spring 2020, the fastest bull market in history based on S&P 500 price gains.

“For people who missed out that time, it is a reminder about becoming too negative too fast,” Lerner said. “Even if you had had all the news on the pandemic, you would have been better staying in the market. By the time we have the all clear the market has moved,” he said.

The stock market was at a record shortly before Nov. 26, and when markets come off new highs, history says investors should be prepared for more downside over the next one to three months. A pandemic may heighten that volatility since the science is a type of uncertainty the market isn’t accustomed to analyzing. But the market does now have the 2020 Covid playbook to learn from.

“In February 2020, it was all new,” Lerner said. “We didn’t know how businesses would adapt, and now there is playbook. We saw they become more digital. There will be winners and losers, no matter what, but companies and consumers have adapted and will again.”

The Federal Reserve is on record as saying one of the lessons of the Covid era is that the economy has gotten better at adapting to pandemic during each successive wave. When Fed Chair Powell outlined a more hawkish position during Senate testimony this week, some market pundits pointed to the inflationary risks from an economy that is too hot as being the larger concern than a new Covid variant.

Like many market experts, Lerner says on the margins inflation may become even worse because of an exacerbation of the existing supply chain issues, which were starting to show signs of easing and now with a new variant unknown could go back up again on new factory shutdowns and delays in transportation.

“It is a risk to the market,” he said, and another reason volatility may remain elevated in the near-term.

Fed Chair Powell said this week that the omicron variant “complicates” the inflation picture.

But another difference between now and Spring 2020: the economy is not in a recession, which it quickly entered during lockdowns and stay-at-home orders during the initial Covid wave. “Now we know, even with this variant, it may slow activity down, but I still think recession risk is low. That’s a key difference from February and March 2020 when a recession happened so quickly,” Lerner said.

Apple, mega-cap tech stocks and the S&P 500

For investors who maintain broad exposure to the U.S. stock market through S&P 500 funds, composition of the U.S. stock market is a reason for riding out the current period of volatility. While Apple, the market’s largest company, took a dip on Thursday after a report its holiday sales of iPhones might disappoint, earlier in the week Apple shares, and tech more broadly, were a bright spot for the market in its rebound attempts. Apple, in particular, had the characteristics of a “flight to safety” trade. And with Apple and its mega-cap tech peers representing close to one-quarter of the S&P 500, the omicron overhang on stocks may do more damage below the surface of the index than at the surface gain or loss level.

“Especially in the U.S. market, composition does matter,” Lerner said.

Reflation trades may ultimately benefit if omicron doesn’t turn out to be as bad as feared and the economic expansion remains on track, but “right now, the strongest sector is tech and that’s the most important sector for those investing at the index level,” he said. “If the big mega-cap tech stocks hold up, you may see the headline index hold up better and more bifurcation below the surface. The knee jerk is investors will rotate to companies that can still create a lot of cash flow and have bigger balance sheets, so if there is a slowdown, they have enough to get through. They’ve become more defensive in some ways,” he added.

This view also makes Lerner in favor of continuing a tilt to U.S. equities versus peer markets around the globe, even as international and emerging markets trade at significant discounts to U.S. stocks. He noted that international equity prices are making fresh lows relative to the U.S., and in the case of the EAFE index versus the S&P 500, a relative price that is at the lowest level in history.

The sector composition of the S&P 500 and outsize role of mega-cap is a major reason for that versus the European market and the EAFE universe, in which financial and industrials are the top two sectors. Lerner stressed that this doesn’t mean gains won’t eventually come to those who enter early into discounted overseas equities trades. In fact, he has told clients that part of sticking with a U.S. equities tilt and technology for now likely means missing the onset of an investor rotation that is inevitably going to favor overseas markets as earnings power improves, but it’s a price he is willing to pay.

“Valuations are cheap overseas but that hasn’t been a catalyst,” he said. “We will miss the turn, but we are willing to wait for stability and earning trends, and that has served us well in being overweight U.S. … If there is a sustainable move, there should be sustainable upside,” he added. “You don’t need to be a hero trying to buy those markets.”

Short-term market headwinds, longer-term stock catalysts

Equity market strategists remain cautious on any sustainable bounce in the U.S., too, based on this past week’s action. Monday’s big really featured an advance/decline breakdown of 1,834 winning stocks versus 1,502 losing ones — “not a resounding up day.” Lerner said. But Thursday’s big bounce was more encouraging. Advances: 2,525. Declines: 868. “You want to see an advance-decline that is three-to-one,” Lerner said, and the market delivered that on Thursday — though that confidence didn’t last.

The Russell 2,000, a broader look at the U.S. market and domestic economy than the large-cap S&P, broke it’s four-day losing streak on Thursday, but by Friday’s close was 12% of its 5-week high. Lerner’s says the action in the small-cap Russell 2000 is an example of the “nice kickback but more mixed below the surface” market action investors will need to keep an eye on, and not let themselves be fooled by any “all clear” signal amid the stock nibbling and, most importantly, continued uncertainty over the course of the omicron variant.

The market had its best day since March 2021 on Thursday, but strategists remain wary. Tom Lee’s Fundstrat Global Advisors, which called for “aggressive buying” early in the week, said after both the Monday and Thursday rallies that the market wasn’t sending an all-clear signal.

According to Bank of America and FactSet Research Systems, headed into Friday’s trading action only 32 S&P 500 stocks were off their highs less than the S&P 500 Index.

“Thursday’s rally, similar to Wednesday’s bounce, failed to show sufficient strength to think a low is in,” Fundstrat Global Advisors wrote to clients on Thursday night. “This rally could still weaken further into next week. … Given the extreme drop off in breadth in recent weeks, a monumental effort is necessary along with broad-based participation to have confidence.”

On Friday, the S&P 500 barely avoided its sixth-consecutive trading session with a move of 1% or more, declining by 0.8%.

Lerner pointed out in a note to clients last Thursday that the percentage of retail investors with a bullish view has dropped to just 27% versus 48% a few weeks ago, according to the latest survey from the American Association of Individual Investors (AAII), while the percentage of bearish investors jumped to the highest level in more than a year. He sees investor patience as being as important as confidence. Corporations and consumers have adapted to Covid, pent-up demand remains, and the economy remains on solid footing, all which leads him to that bottom-line takeaway that the primary market trend is higher, but it will likely continue to be a rocky near-term road.

On Friday, the World Health Organization said the omicron variant had spread to 38 countries and early data suggested it was more contagious than the Delta variant. The tech sector led losses on Friday, with the Nasdaq Composite down 1.9%, and below the surface of the mega-cap tech leaders, many price-to-earnings ratios in the software sector remain vulnerable to revaluation even amid bets on the return to a more virtual, stay-at-home world, with the selling in DocuSign after its weak outlook an example.

While the S&P 500 is below its peak from a month ago; the ARK Innovation ETF that made fund manager Cathie Wood a star in recent years and during the pandemic: now down 40% from its February high and its largest pullback since the onset of the pandemic. The iShares Tech-Software ETF, which includes DocuSign, was below its 200-day moving average for the first time since May on Friday, and more than 14% below its intraday all-time high from November.

The one factor investors should not let set their investment course is fear. Fear in the market right now is being driven by a factor that is real, and to get to the other side of that fear can takes weeks, if not months. But fear can also rotate from a market headwind to market tailwind, and that is what the history of big spikes in the VIX index shows. “The same fear becomes the catalyst,” Lerner said.

After the “Black Friday” selloff, Lee said the lack of an inversion in the VIX, when the nearer-term risk is being priced higher than the outer risk, was a positive sign. But by this past Friday, the VIX curve had inverted, which is a sign of portfolio stress. While that “can occur near the climax of a selloff, as fear peaks,” the VIX will have to un-invert again for more confidence.

“We have to say with humility what we know and don’t know,” Lerner said, but he added that if the catalyst for the S&P being down is renewed Covid fears, and we find out these concerns are overblow and won’t disrupt the economic trajectory and won’t effect corporate profits, the headlines that had people braced for negative news become a positive catalyst for the market because expectations were reset lower.

“There are times like 2007 when investors weren’t fearful enough,” he said. “But our baseline view is that we’re not going into a recession, this doesn’t change the economic expansion materially.”

Friday’s monthly jobs report was below expectations in number of jobs added by the U.S. economy in November, but it was a mixed report, with the unemployment rate falling and labor participation rising, both encouraging signs for the economic outlook.

A “garden-variety” correction in stocks, was how S&P 500 technician Ed Yardeni described it early last week.

By Friday’s close, the Nasdaq was down more than 6% from its 52-week high; the off Dow over 5%; and the S&P less than 5% from its annual high.

5% to 10% corrections are the admission price to the market,” Lerner often says. “Investors are better served by focusing on the longer term trend.”

Genuine Manufacturers cabinets IPO, to promote $12.7 billion stake to traders

Jamie Salter, CEO of Authentic Brands Group.

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The retail group Authentic Brands Group plans to have a planned IPO and instead sell significant stakes in its business to a private equity firm CVC capital, Hedge fund HPS investment partner and a pool of existing stakeholders.

The deal valued the company at an enterprise value of $ 12.7 billion and was announced Monday.

Authentic Brands’ portfolio companies include apparel retailers Forever 21 and Aeropostale, department store chain Barneys New York, men’s suit maker Brooks Brothers and Sports Illustrated magazine. The sneaker manufacturer Reebok is to be bought early next year expected to be closedto add another brand to its holdings.

The company had IPO applied for in early July. However, Jamie Salter, chief executive of Authentic Brands, said the company will now aim for an IPO in 2023 or 2024. He said he has committed to serving as CEO for another five years.

“The IPO climate is ridiculous,” said Salter in a telephone interview. “I think we would have gotten a massive rating … maybe even more than what we sold the business for. But guess what? I’d rather be private.”

In the last few months a wave of retail companies has entered the public market – eyewear manufacturers Warby Parker and fashion rental platform Rent the runway to the environmentally friendly shoe brand Allbirds and e-commerce fashion site Lulus. Investors have preferred names that have a strong presence on the internet, which some believe Collecting reviews as if they were high-growth tech companies.

CNBC reported that Authentic Brands was aiming for a valuation of approximately $ 10 billion on its public debut.

The transaction with CVC and HPS is expected to close in December this year. At this point in time, the PE company and the hedge fund each retain a seat on the Board of Directors of Authentic Brands.

“We plan to work closely with the ABG team to implement its strategic priorities, particularly with regard to international expansion,” said Chis Baldwin, managing partner at CVC.

BlackRock will retain its position as the largest shareholder in Authentic Brands, which it has held since 2019, the company said. Existing investors including US mall owners Simon Property Group, General Atlantic, Leonard Green & Partners, Brookfield and basketball star Shaquille O’Neal will maintain their equity positions.

When it went public, Authentic Brands reported that its net income increased from $ 72.5 million a year ago to $ 211 million in 2020, while sales rose about 2% to $ 489 million is.

“We have the same playbook today as we did yesterday,” said Salter. “You will hear about more acquisitions by the end of this year.”

CVC recently closed a deal to buy Unilever’s tea business. The company’s other portfolio companies include streetwear brand A Bathing Ape and the animal goods chain Petco, according to his website. HPS was spun off from JP Morgan Asset Management in 2016.

Lordstown Motors to promote Ohio plant to Foxconn for $230 million

Lordstown Motors has reached a fundamental agreement to sell its giant Ohio assembly plant to iPhone maker Foxconn for $ 230 million, the companies said late Thursday.

Under the agreement, the Taiwan-based electronics contract manufacturer will assemble Lordstown Motors’ first product, an all-electric pickup truck called Endurance, which the company plans to manufacture and sell starting next year.

Sale of the facility to Foxconn, also known as Hon Hai Technology Group, will provide capital for the start-up of electric vehicles and at the same time give Foxconn a start-up aid for the production of electric vehicles. Foxconn also has a deal with a start-up Fisker Produce electric cars in the next few years.

“The partnership would allow Lordstown Motors to benefit from Foxconn’s extensive manufacturing expertise and cost-effective supply chain, while Lordstown Motors can focus on bringing the endurance to market, developing service offerings for our fleet customers and developing innovative new models,” said Lordstown- CEO Daniel Ninivaggi in a statement.

Bloomberg reported first Companies were “close to an agreement” earlier in the day, adding up to 21% in Lordstown stock Thursday before pulling back and closing at $ 7.98, up 8.4%. In after-hours trading, the share gained a further 7.4%.

As part of the proposed transaction, Foxconn will also acquire approximately $ 50 million in Lordstown common stock. The EV start-up then plans to rent part of the former lease on a long-term basis General Motors and Foxconn will provide jobs to Lordstown’s operations and manufacturing staff.

“In addition to achieving our goal of advancing our schedule of building electric vehicle manufacturing capacity in North America, it also reflects Foxconn’s flexibility in providing design and manufacturing services to various EV customers,” said Young Liu, chairman of Hon Hai Technology Group in a statement.

Lordstown was running out of money trying to make money Start production of perseverance. The company said in June it would exist “considerable doubts” of its ability to continue production of the Endurance for the next year due to funding issues.

While Taiwan-based electronics contract manufacturer Foxconn is best known for its iPhone production, it is trying to expand its production to include electric vehicles.

Workers install door hinges on the body of a prototype endurance electric pickup truck at the Lordstown Motors assembly plant in Ohio on June 21, 2021.

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The EV start-up bought the 6.2 million square foot facility in Lordstown, Ohio, in 2019 from General Motors, which ceased operations at the facility as part of a restructuring plan. The startup reportedly bought the facility for $ 20 million, a fraction of its total value, and GM has provided the company with both financial and operational support with suppliers.

GM owns 7.5 million Class A common shares of Lordstown. It received the shares in EV company for an equity value of $ 75 million, most of which were in kind and related to the sale of the property.

Aside from its financial troubles, Lordstown has Wil be inspected from the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Department of Justice regarding its initial public offering and potentially false or misleading statements by former management including company founder and ex-CEO Steve Burns.

Burns and his CFO left the SPAC-backed company in June after an internal investigation found “issues related to the accuracy of certain statements” regarding Lordstown’s pre-orders, specifically the seriousness of the orders and who placed them.

In May, short seller Hindenburg Research said the company had misled investors, including using “fake” orders to raise capital for its Endurance electric pickup truck. The short seller also said the pickup was years away from production. Lordstown has kept its plan to start manufacturing the vehicle in September.

Lordstown previously said the internal investigation found that Hindenburg’s report was “fundamentally incorrect and misleading”.

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Walmart to promote e-commerce know-how to smaller retailers

Just as Amazon Web Services is the profit center that serves a large part of Amazons other shops, Walmart CEO Doug McMillon became increasingly interested in expanding his company’s profit pools beyond the core business of retailing.

Starting Wednesday, small and medium-sized retailers will be able to acquire technology developed by Walmart that enables shoppers to purchase items online and pick them up in-store. These companies will also be able to add products to Walmart’s online marketplace with just a few clicks. To offer the suite of cloud-based services, Walmart has partnered with Adobewho sells the software through a subscription.

“When we started our journey, Covid had just struck,” said Anshu Bhardwaj, vice president of technology strategy and commercialization at Walmart Global Technology. “We reaped the benefits of this omnichannel journey early on.”

Walmart saw sales grow both online and in-store in the wake of the pandemic. While some other retailers have been forced to close stores to contain the spread of Covid-19, Walmart was considered a major retailer and stayed open. Some customers who wanted to limit the time they spent in stores took advantage of Walmart’s online purchase and in-store pickup. These developments accelerated the company’s e-commerce growth. The retailer’s online sales rose 79% for the fiscal year ended Jan. 29, with pickup and delivery sales up triple-digit year-over-year.

Only 7% of US retailers had the “buy online in-store pickup” option enabled in January 2018. The pandemic sped that rate to 22% of retailers last month, the company said Adobe Digital Economy Index.

A significant opportunity remains. Last December, Adobe and market researcher IDC estimated the total addressable market for content and commerce software as a service to be around $ 44 billion.

For those wondering why Walmart wants its potential competitors to succeed, Bhardwaj said these smaller businesses are served anyway.

“Digitization is happening everywhere as consumers evolve,” said Bhardwaj. “There is no choice but to evolve with them.”

Walmart’s size and size, and its proximity to 90% of the US population within 10 miles of any of its stores gives it a significant advantage. Additionally, Bhardwaj said, “We really want to serve our communities, our shareholders, our stakeholders and the community better.”

She noted that about a year and a half ago, McMillon changed the language of a slide he used in presentations from “serve our shareholders” to “serve our shareholders”. Bhardwaj said it was a meeting with McMillon that fueled her idea of ​​selling the technology Walmart developed to other retailers.

Bhardwaj has been involved in other major Walmart technology initiatives. In particular, she performed the successful Scan & Go technology at Sam’s Club, which enables customers to check purchases with a smartphone while adding items to their shopping cart.

The new software business opens up a potential source of income for Walmart and fits in with its strategy to start new businesses that serve new customers and lets the profit flow back into the company to finance further innovations.

Neither Walmart nor Adobe publicly share expectations of how big the business opportunity could be, but Bhardwaj said, “I’ll bet my life on it,” as their current role at the retailer was created to bring their idea to life.

For Adobe, the Walmart partnership increases visibility.

“We can now offer a more holistic solution, a first-class omnichannel experience,” said Peter Sheldon, Adobe’s senior director of Commerce Strategy, in an interview. “From Adobe, [these businesses] will receive world-class e-commerce and world-class omnichannel experiences from Walmart. “

The small and medium-sized retailers will use Adobe to operate e-commerce sites, including shopping cart, search, navigation and product recommendation functions. (Walmart does not use Adobe commerce software for these functions for its own website. It has its own technology.)

Small and medium-sized businesses and retailers with $ 1 billion or more in annual sales already use a variety of Adobe e-commerce products, including Ritual help, Verizon, Unilever, coke, PS, Honeywell, Trader Joes and more.

Walmart provides the technology that enables staff to pick and pack online purchases, and geofencing technology staff need to know when customers will be arriving to pick up their orders.

Is Now the Time to Promote AMC Leisure Inventory?

Last year the iconic theater chain AMC Entertainment Holdings (NYSE: AMC) has captured the hearts and souls of WallStreetBets dealers. Shares jumped a further 95.6% on Wednesday after the company announced it was launching an exclusive web platform for retail investors. Shareholders would get plenty of perks, including free popcorn, exclusive new shows, and the opportunity to speak to CEO Adam Aron.

Excitement over AMC’s turnaround prospects has soared shares more than 400% last month and 2,100% year-to-date. Is the stock a safe investment right now?

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What’s behind the hype?

In the first quarter of 2021, AMC operated 585 of its domestic theaters at just 15-60% capacity, while only 27% of its 133 international theaters remained partially open. People have stayed away from crowded indoor movie screenings as the coronavirus pandemic is still going strong, but that’s less risky as a larger portion of the US population has been vaccinated.

Therefore, investors are betting that AMC’s sales and earnings will see a massive recovery from the second quarter onwards. In 2019, the company generated $ 5.42 billion from ticket, concession (food and drink), and entertainment sales, and had free cash flow of $ 84 million.

But there is more. The pandemic also resulted in prolonged production delays as social distancing can be difficult on a movie set. Many producers did not want to publish finished films purely digitally and forego lucrative box office income.

There is now a massive backlog of new films from blockbuster franchise properties like User picture, Dungeons & Dragons, Ghostbusters, Halloween, Kingsman, The Matrix, Minecraft, Mission: Impossible, and Tomb Raider, as well as several new offerings from the DC and Marvel comic universes. All of them should be published by the end of 2022.

The schedule is so busy that celebrity films like Black widow and Cinderella should hit theaters within two weeks in July. Given its sheer size, AMC could even generate record box office revenues in 2022.

Can you rely on AMC?

In general, most investors tend to buy emotionally and use common sense to justify themselves. Now is probably the time to take a look at the latter. When the stock was just trading $ 12 last month it looked pretty undervalued.

However, things have changed as AMC’s market cap climbed to nearly $ 25 billion. By comparison, the company’s market capitalization was less than a fifth that amount in 2016, before streaming services like Netflix gained momentum and took some of its market share from it.

In addition, AMC has $ 5.4 billion in long-term debt and owes $ 4.9 billion in theater rentals annually. Even in its heyday, the company operated with wafer-thin margins. Now his balance sheet looks even worse as liabilities exceed his assets by more than $ 2 billion. For these reasons, it is likely a good time to take profits on the stock and consolidate profits.

But watch out for the next step

Given the poor fundamentals (and experience with market bubbles), it can be very tempting to view the recent rally as nothing more than a pump-and-dump scheme or an outright scam. But there is something that even prudent investors lack.

With a market cap of $ 25 billion, AMC only needs to issue 22% more shares to raise cash to pay off all of its debt. Correct: The company has the potential to do a “soft reset” and start over. Returns would be immediate as there would be no $ 151.5 million per quarter in interest paid upon close. In the first quarter of 2021, the company’s interest expense outweighed total revenue.

Not only would it increase its profit margins, but it could also use new money to increase the number of theaters, upgrade its reclining seats and large screens, introduce dining restaurants in its locations, and much more. Since there is still a lot of demand from private investors at this level, I think that it will not be difficult to find buyers for the offer.

In fact, the company did just that on June 3rd. AMC sold 11.5 million shares hours after announcing the offering and raised $ 587.4 million in much-needed cash. The stock fell more than 30% from the previous day’s closing price before recovering. Investors should continue to expect further dilution as the new capital is still insufficient to smoothly realign their liabilities.

Overall, AMC stock is very overvalued at these levels. But thanks to the help of 10.3 million traders / followers / influencers from WallStreetBets, the company now has the option to refinance or eliminate its crippling liabilities. If the stock price drops to something a little more reasonable (say, $ 20), I would definitely give the new AMC a try. Take a look at these for now Alternatives instead.

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AMC recordsdata to promote 11 million shares, then provides up massive inventory acquire

AMC entertainment said Thursday it plans to sell more than 11 million shares amid the trading frenzy in its stock.

“In accordance with the terms of the distribution agreement, we may from time to time offer and sell through our sales agents up to a total of 11,550,000 shares of our Class A common stock,” AMC said in an SEC filing.

AMC stock reversed its price in pre-trading hours and lost 7% after plummeting more than 20%.

AMC Entertainment has drawn the attention of WallStreetBets traders for the past few weeks, propelling the stock nearly 140% this week to an all-time high of $ 62.55 on Wednesday. AMC is up 512% this quarter and a whopping 2,850% this year. The market value has risen to over $ 31 billion.

“We believe that recent volatility and our current market prices reflect market and trade dynamics that are unrelated to our underlying business or macro or industry fundamentals, and we do not know how long those dynamics will last,” that said Company in filing. “In these circumstances, we caution you not to invest in our Class A common stock unless you are willing to take the risk of losing all or a substantial part of your investment.”

In parallel with GameStop’s epic short squeeze in January, short sellers have increased their stakes against AMC stocks last month, potentially fueling the uptrend. According to S3 Partners, around 18% of the AMC shares available for trading had been sold short by Wednesday.

AMC has adopted its new status as a meme stock. On Wednesday, the company launched AMC Investor Connect for its retail investors and is offering them exclusive promotions like a free tub of popcorn and direct communication with CEO Adam Aron, who is referred to as “Silverback”.

Encouragement from retailers comes when the company sells millions of shares in the market to raise capital. In typical times, a company’s stock sale hurts its stock price for a short period of time as it dilutes the number of shares outstanding.

AMC said it plans to use the cash from the stock sale for “general corporate purposes,” which could include paying off existing debts and acquiring theater assets.

B. Riley Securities and Citigroup Global Markets are AMC’s sales agents for the sale of stocks.

Regardless, on Tuesday, AMC announced a sale of 8.5 million shares in Mudrick Capital at about $ 27.12 per share – worth about $ 230.5 million. Despite this share sale, the stock rose as private investors cheered the capital increase.

Sonos CEO expects to capitalize on the ‘golden age of audio’ to promote extra house leisure gear

Sonos CEO Patrick Spence said on CNBC Thursday that the company is tracking three worldly trends that he expects to maintain growth momentum after the coronavirus pandemic.

“The first is the golden age of audio. We’re in,” he said in a “Bad money“Interview with Jim Cramer.

Streaming music has become the norm thanks to services offered by the likes of Spotify and Apple. Their platforms have made music and podcast content easily accessible with a tap of a finger.

Spence also anticipates the rise of social audio such as Clubhouse and Twitter Rooms to upgrade Sonos’ speakers and home sound systems.

Sonos also plans to take advantage of the growing amount of video content being sent direct to the consumer, such as: B. Movies and TV shows broadcast by Netflix and other streaming companies. A number of films, such as “The Trial of the Chicago 7” and “Mulan,” bypassed theatrical releases last year when Covid-19 was banned.

“We expect it to stay that way,” said Spence. “More films are released right at home, more people are enjoying it at home.”

Meanwhile, Sonos sees opportunities in a real estate market that has grown hot during the move to remote working. Spence is counting on the “big reshuffle” to get more consumers to buy home entertainment systems.

“A lot of people who now have new flexibility and freedom to work anywhere, and that’s why they’re moving, building a new home, and that’s perfect for Sonos,” he said.

The comments come a day after Sonos reported its fiscal second quarter results. The Santa Barbara, Calif. Based company saw total sales increase 90% year over year, primarily due to speakers.

The stock rose 7% on Thursday to close at $ 33.83 per share.

Did Madison Sq. Backyard Leisure Corp. (NYSE:MSGE) Insiders Promote Shares?

It’s not uncommon for companies to do well in the years after insiders have bought stocks. The downside of this is that there aren’t just a few examples of insiders dumping stocks before a period of poor performance. So before you buy or sell Madison Square Garden Entertainment Corp. ((NYSE: MSGE) You may want to know if any insiders bought or sold.

What is Insider buying?

Most investors know that it is perfectly permissible for company directors, such as directors, to buy and sell shares in the company. However, most countries require the company to disclose such transactions to the market.

We do not believe that shareholders should simply pursue insider trades. However, logic dictates that you should be careful about whether insiders are buying or selling stocks. For example a Harvard University study found that “insider buying generates unusual returns in excess of 6% per year”.

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The past 12 months of insider trading at Madison Square Garden Entertainment

The insider’s biggest single sale in the past twelve months was when Senior VP Joseph Yospe sold $ 493,000 of shares at $ 77.47 per share. So it’s clear that an insider wanted to take some cash off the table, even below the current price of $ 87.32. We generally consider it negative for insiders to sell, especially if they did so below the current price, as it implies that they considered a lower price to be reasonable. Please note, however, that sellers can sell for a variety of reasons, so we do not know exactly what they think of the stock price. We find that the largest single sale was 61% of Joseph Yospe’s stake.

Madison Square Garden Entertainment insiders didn’t buy any shares in the past year. The following graph shows insider transactions (by companies and individuals) over the past year. If you want to know exactly who sold how much and when, just click on the graphic below!

NYSE: MSGE Insider Trading Volume April 19, 2021

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Does Madison Square Garden Entertainment have a high level of inside ownership?

For an ordinary shareholder, it is worth checking how many shares are held by insiders. The higher the proportion of insiders, the more likely it is that insiders will receive incentives to build the company over the long term. Madison Square Garden Entertainment insiders own approximately $ 28 million in shares. That corresponds to 1.3% of the company. While this is a strong but not outstanding level of inside stewardship, it is enough to indicate some consistency between management and smaller shareholders.

What could the insider deals at Madison Square Garden Entertainment tell us?

There has been no insider trading in the past three months – that doesn’t mean much. Still, Madison Square Garden Entertainment’s insider deals over the past 12 months are not very encouraging. The modest level of inside ownership is at least some consolation. While it is helpful to know what insiders are doing to buy or sell, it is also helpful to know the risks a particular company is facing. Every business has risks and we have discovered 1 warning sign for Madison Square Garden Entertainment You should know it.

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For the purposes of this article, insiders are persons who report their transactions to the competent supervisory authority. We currently consider open market transactions and private sales, but not derivative transactions.

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