AMC Leisure (NYSE:AMC) on Wednesday reported a quarterly surge in income and a narrower loss, buoyed by the large success of summer time releases Barbie and Oppenheimer.
The world’s largest cinema chain delivered a Q3 adjusted loss per share of 9 cents, in comparison with a lack of almost $2/share a yr in the past. Income jumped 45.2% Y/Y to $1.41B, topping the consensus determine by $150M.
AMC’s adjusted EBITDA got here in at $193.7M, versus an adjusted EBITDA lack of $12.9M a yr in the past. The corporate stated that each income and adjusted EBITDA have been the very best for Q3 in its historical past and have been above pre-pandemic figures from 2019.
High boss Adam Aron noted that the Q3 outcomes “got here at a time when our attendance on the home field workplace within the quarter was nonetheless 16% under comparable 2019 ranges. That success is as a result of our contribution per patron was up 30% versus 2019.”
The 2023 home field workplace acquired an enormous shot within the arm because of the July 21 double-release of Barbie, starring Margot Robbie because the titular iconic doll, and Christopher Nolan’s biopic Oppenheimer. The previous has grossed greater than $1.44B worldwide whereas the latter turned the second-highest grossing R-rated movie ever with a draw of almost $949M.
AMC’s consolidated attendance in Q3 rose 38.4% Y/Y to 73.6M patrons, with attendance within the U.S. growing 34.4% to 51.5M patrons. Its common ticket value was $10.84 versus $10.25 a yr in the past.
Nevertheless, class A shares of AMC Leisure (AMC) initially jumped after hours following the outcomes, however rapidly reversed course to fall as a lot as 6.4%. They have been final down 1.3% to $9.96 post-market.
Issues over AMC’s substantial debt together with an absence of a serious push when it comes to motion pictures for This fall weighed on investor sentiment.
Regardless of the increase from “Barbenheimer,” AMC in early September disclosed plans to promote as much as 40M class A shares. That announcement prompted the most important intraday sell-off in AMC inventory since February 2021. The corporate later stated it had raised about $325M from the providing.
Looking forward to This fall, AMC CEO Aron touted the success of the record-breaking live performance movie Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour and the upcoming launch of Beyoncé’s concert-film Renaissance.
However In search of Alpha contributor Donn Bailey in late-October in an article titled “AMC Leisure: Taylor Is No Barbie” stated that the corporate’s monetary place was “unlikely to be considerably impacted by the Taylor Swift movie, and This fall field workplace numbers are regarding.”
AMC reported money and money equivalents of $729.7M as of September 30, 2023, in comparison with $631.5M as of December 31, 2022.
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