AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc. Announces $110 Million Equity Capital Raise, a $100 Million Debt for Equity Exchange, and a Proposed Vote to Convert AMC Preferred Equity (“APE”) Units Into AMC Common Shares and Implement a Reverse Stock Split
AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: AMC and APE) (“AMC” or “the Company”), today announced it will raise $110 million of new equity capital through the sale of APE units to Antara Capital, LP (“Antara”) in two tranches at a weighted average price of $0.660 per share. The APE unit closing price on the New York Stock Exchange on December 21, 2022 was $0.685.
Under the terms of the agreement, Antara, a current AMC debt holder, will also exchange $100 million principal amount of 2nd Lien Notes due 2026 for approximately 91.0 million APE units thereby reducing AMC’s outstanding debt by $100 million. As a result of the $100 million principal debt reduction, future annual interest expense will be reduced by approximately $10 million.
The sale of APE units to Antara will be split into two tranches. The first tranche involves the immediate purchase by Antara of 60 million APE units under the Company’s at-the-market program (“ATM program”). The second tranche, for the purchase of approximately 106.6 million APE units, as well as the $100 million debt exchange, are subject to the completion of the waiting period under Hart-Scott-Rodino (“HSR”).
In addition, AMC’s Board of Directors is seeking to hold a special meeting for holders of both AMC common shares and APE units (voting together) to vote on the following proposals:
- To increase the authorized number of AMC common shares to permit the conversion of APE units into AMC common shares.
- To affect a reverse-split of AMC common shares at a 1:10 ratio.
- To adjust authorized ordinary share capital such that, after giving effect to the above proposals if adopted, AMC would have the same ability to issue additional common equity as it currently has to issue additional APE units.
As part of the agreement, Antara has agreed to hold their APE units for up to 90 days and vote them at the special meeting in favor of the proposals. In addition, AMC will limit the amount of additional equity capital it can raise prior to the special meeting.
Adam Aron, Chairman and CEO of AMC Entertainment commented, “AMC’s ongoing capital raising efforts and balance sheet strengthening continues in earnest. We have agreed with Antara to raise $110 million dollars of fresh equity capital, taking our total equity capital raised through the sale of APE units to $272 million of additional cash over the last 90 days. In addition, with this Antara transaction, we also are improving our balance sheet by reducing the principal balance of our debt by yet another $100 million through a debt for APE unit exchange. This is in addition to the approximate $180 million of debt reduction already accomplished by AMC in 2022.”
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