AMC Leisure (AMC) This autumn 2022 Earnings Name Transcript

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AMC Leisure (AMC 7.87%)
This autumn 2022 Earnings Name
Feb 28, 2023, 5:00 p.m. ET


  • Ready Remarks
  • Questions and Solutions
  • Name Individuals

Ready Remarks:


Greetings, and welcome to the AMC Leisure fourth-quarter and year-end 2022 earnings webcast. At the moment, all individuals are in a listen-only mode. A quick question-and-answer session will comply with the formal presentation. [Operator instructions] As a reminder, this convention is being recorded.

It’s now my pleasure to introduce to your host, John Merriwether, vp, capital markets and investor relations. Thanks. John, you might start.

John MerriwetherVice President, Investor Relations

Thanks, Vikram. Good afternoon. I might prefer to welcome everybody to AMC’s fourth-quarter and year-end 2022 earnings webcast. With me this afternoon is Adam Aron, our chairman and CEO; and Sean Goodman, our chief monetary officer.

Earlier than I flip the webcast over to Adam, let me remind everybody that among the feedback made by administration throughout this webcast might include forward-looking statements which are based mostly on administration’s present expectations. Quite a few dangers, uncertainties, and different components might trigger precise outcomes to vary materially from those who is likely to be expressed right this moment. Many of those dangers and uncertainties are mentioned in our most up-to-date public filings, together with our most not too long ago filed 10-Ok and 10-Q. A number of of the components that may decide the corporate’s future outcomes are past the power of the corporate to regulate or predict.

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In gentle of the uncertainties inherent in any forward-looking statements, listeners are cautioned towards counting on these statements. The corporate undertakes no obligation to revise or replace any forward-looking statements, whether or not on account of new info or future occasions. On the webcast, we might reference non-GAAP monetary measures resembling adjusted EBITDA, fixed foreign money, free money circulate, working money burn, and working money generated amongst others. For a full reconciliation of our non-GAAP measures to GAAP outcomes, please see our earnings launch posted within the Investor Relations part of our web site earlier right this moment.

After our ready remarks, there will likely be a question-and-answer session. This afternoon’s webcast is being recorded, and a replay will likely be accessible within the Investor Relations part of our web site at later right this moment. With that, I will flip the decision over to Adam.

Adam AronChairman and Chief Govt Officer

Thanks, John. Good afternoon, every one, and thanks for becoming a member of us right this moment. Let me add a really particular welcome to the 1000’s of our particular person shareholders who’ve been making it a behavior to tune into these quarterly earnings webcast for AMC Leisure. 2022 marked one other yr of great strategic, operational, and monetary positive factors for AMC Leisure.

With our two bulletins right this moment on This autumn 2022 earnings and of the launch of AMC Completely Popcorn at greater than 2,600 U.S. Walmart shops. As soon as once more, AMC is demonstrating unmistakable progress alongside our multiyear pandemic report — restoration glide path. For my part, there are 5 the reason why AMC shareholders must be particularly excited and smiling right this moment: first, the growing dimension of our {industry} because it recovers; second, AMC’s efficiency in This autumn; third, the truth that we’re outperforming our opponents; fourth, our agility in elevating money and lowering debt; and fifth, this morning’s Walmart-AMC Completely Popcorn announcement.

First and overarching is the dimensions of our {industry} itself, which is growing. For 5 consecutive years previous to the pandemic from 2015 to 2019, the home field workplace, which is all theaters, all manufacturers throughout america and Canada, exceeded $11 billion. It was $11.4 billion in 2019. However then COVID got here and introduced our {industry} to its knees, and the 2020 home field workplace was solely $2.2 billion.

Down, as everyone knows, a panoramic 82% yr over yr from the pre-pandemic stage in 2019. Since then, our {industry} has seen a gradual development trajectory. The 2021 home field workplace was $4.5 billion, greater than double that of 2020, and 2022’s full-year home field workplace of $7.4 billion was about 65% larger than 2021. The numbers once more $11.4 billion in 2019, falling to $2.2 billion, rising to $4.5 billion, rising to $7.4 billion.

Primarily based on the field workplace outcomes up to now, within the first quarter of 2023, which is already up 44% yr over yr, mixed with a a lot bigger variety of broader and deeper film titles to be launched within the coming quarters. Primarily based on what we all know right this moment, the 2023 home field workplace will virtually definitely be considerably larger in 2023 than that of 2022. You all know that we completed 2022 and began 2023 on a really sturdy be aware with what’s already the third highest-grossing movie of all time, James Cameron’s epic sequel, Avatar: The Approach of Water. It truly is a testomony to the genius of James Cameron that he’s accountable for three of the 4 highest-grossing motion pictures within the historical past of cinema.

I digress for a second to say, thanks, Jim Cameron, and thanks to your producing associate, John Landau. It will not shock you each to listen to that you just each are enormously appreciated by AMC and by the thousands and thousands of AMC shareholders and the thousands and thousands of AMC moviegoers. Please, please, Jim and John, preserve making extra motion pictures. Talking of extra motion pictures, that is one of many key tales of the approaching yr 2023.

The unimaginable Tom Cruise’s Prime Gun: Maverick, which grows greater than $1.5 billion of film theaters in 2022, and Avatar: Approach of the Water, which has already grossed virtually $2.3 billion of film theaters in solely 11 weeks, amongst many different profitable film releases. All of them show that moviegoers not are afraid to go to a cinema to observe a film as they as soon as have been afraid within the darkest days of 2020 on the peak of the pandemic. Our drawback now in producing attendance in theaters is sort of totally different. As a substitute, it is merely that Hollywood has been releasing fewer motion pictures of late.

Relying upon the way you depend, the variety of main motion pictures launched in 2022 was someplace between a 3rd and a half fewer than the entire variety of such main movies launched in 2019 earlier than the pandemic. Thankfully, now, lastly, that’s all altering. We presently estimate that 30 or extra motion pictures will gross greater than $100 million domestically in 2023. That in contrast with solely 18 doing so within the simply accomplished 2022.

That is a rise in 2023 of about 75% of the variety of film titles grossing $100 million or extra. Let me repeat that. We predict in 2023, a few 75% enhance within the variety of main film titles grossing $100 million or extra in comparison with final yr. The second motive for our enthusiasm is that AMC posted a lot improved outcomes for the fourth quarter of 2022.

Naturally, we’re happy that AMC Leisure simply bested consensus estimates for This autumn 2022 income and for This autumn 2022 adjusted EBITDA, in addition to posting a beat on adjusted internet revenue and EPS for 2022 in This autumn after excluding for noncash impairment write-offs. We’re equally inspired that This autumn 2022 income per patron of $19.98 was nicely above pre-pandemic ranges. Because of rising ticket costs and the customers proceed predilection to indulge extra at our concession stands in our high-margin meals and beverage enterprise. AMC’s full-year 2022 outcomes represented our strongest yr since pre-pandemic 2019 with 2022 outcomes bettering over 2021, which in flip have been higher than these of 2020.

Certainly, in full yr 2022, AMC noticed our annual income enhance by greater than 54% yr over yr, and our adjusted EBITDA improved in a single yr by greater than $338 million versus 2021. That is an unlimited enhance. The third motive we’re smiling right this moment is that it is the world’s largest theater chain, we’re outrunning our opponents. Quantity two, Regal Cineworld, is in chapter courtroom as a result of they basically ran out of money in September.

In contrast, AMC has been masterful in elevating fairness as wanted, and we ended 2022 with over $840 million of money within the financial institution or undrawn revolving credit score line. As for No. 3 operator, Cinemark, we encourage you to take a look at the This autumn metrics the place we overlap in america. Common ticket worth: AMC, $12.22; Cinemark, solely $10 even, $12.22, $10.

Meals and beverage per patron: AMC, $7.76; Cinemark $7.43. Whole revenues per patron: AMC, $21.85; Cinemark $19.35. Movie exhibition prices, and that is one the place you need the quantity to be low, not excessive, AMC, our movie exhibition prices have been 51% of our admissions revenues; at Cinemark, it was 58%. Our fourth marker of progress at AMC has been our means to strengthen our liquidity profile and stability sheet.

Over the past 12 months, AMC has raised roughly $314 million in gross money proceeds. And we have additionally diminished the mixture principal stability of our debt by roughly $390 million because the starting of 2022. And as for that fifth motive for smiles right this moment, the thrilling popcorn announcement this morning, we’re launching with Walmart. What an unlimited vote of confidence that is coming to AMC from the most important retailer in america within the high quality and shopper enchantment of our new microwave and ready-to-eat popcorn.

I will come again to that and different important subjects after I return. However proper now, let’s cross the decision over to Sean Goodman, our CFO, to evaluate our monetary and working ends in extra element. Sean?

Sean GoodmanGovt Vice President, Chief Monetary Officer

Thanks, Adam, and due to everybody for becoming a member of us this afternoon. 2022 was a yr of development and restoration for AMC. Throughout the yr, we welcomed 201 million visitors to our theaters around the globe. That is a 56% enhance in comparison with 2021 and at 72 million extra visitors than in 2021.

This attendance enchancment, coupled with sturdy admissions and meals and beverage income per visitor, translated right into a $1.384 billion enhance in consolidated income, representing a 54.7% enhance in comparison with 2021. And likewise, 2022 adjusted EBITDA improved by greater than $338 million to a constructive $46.6 million. This compares to a lack of $291.7 million in 2021. Clearly, our restoration is continuous in earnest.

Now, trying particularly on the fourth quarter of 2022 in comparison with the identical interval final yr. The North American field workplace declined by 14.5% to $1.8 billion. This was as a result of relative energy of Spider-Man: No Approach Residence in 2021 and the restricted variety of new titles accessible for launch in October and November of 2022. Our fourth-quarter consolidated income declined by $181 million or 15.4% to $991 million.

Nevertheless, on a constant-currency foundation, consolidated income declined by 12.4% as we outperformed the general {industry} due to sturdy working efficiency metrics. For the fourth quarter, on a constant-currency foundation, whole consolidated income per patron was $20.69. That is roughly 5.4% larger than the fourth quarter of 2021. This was pushed by admissions income per patron development of 5.1% and meals and beverage income per patron development of seven.8%.

It’s value noting that consolidated fixed foreign money income per patron in This autumn of 2022 was 30.8% larger than pre-pandemic in 2019 indicative of the super development in income per patron throughout our restoration interval. Home income in This autumn declined by 10.7% with admissions income per patron growing by 6.2% to $12.22, and meals and beverage income per patron growing by 7.7% to $7.76. As well as, different income per patron elevated by 6.3%. Within the worldwide enterprise, on a constant-currency foundation, income in This autumn declined by 16.6% with admissions income per patron growing by 2.2% to $10.70 and meals and beverage income per patron growing by 7.4% to $4.98.

Different income per patron decreased by 8.8% as theater rental income generated throughout 2021 was changed by common admissions and meals and beverage income. We proceed to generate sturdy development in income per patron as our visitors take pleasure in our revolutionary meals and beverage choices, together with film theater-themed cocktails and collectible gadgets. Our initiatives to optimize admissions income, together with blockbuster pricing, are yielding constructive outcomes and the elevated adoption of our industry-leading AMC app and our advertising initiatives, are all serving to to drive general income per patron development. And this development is additional supported by elevated premium format or PLF penetration.

With PLF attendance representing 25.5% of home attendance in This autumn 2022 in comparison with 19.8% in This autumn of 2021. And in our worldwide markets, premium codecs attendance represented 18% of attendance in comparison with 10.7% within the fourth quarter of 2021. So, clearly, visitors are more and more appreciating the premium expertise supplied by our IMAX, Dolby, and AMC Prime choices. Wanting ahead, we are going to keep our give attention to the visitor expertise that helps the energy of our key efficiency metrics, together with, one, ongoing enhancement of our loyalty applications, and the performance of the AMC app; two, revolutionary meals and beverage choices; three, investing in offering the absolute best sight and sound experiences by superior laser projection know-how and premium choices resembling IMAX, Dolby and AMC Prime; and 4, rising income by diversification initiatives, resembling retail popcorn, the AMC bank card, renting out our theaters throughout off-peak occasions, advertising and promotional initiatives.

The entire above to be achieved whereas paying very shut consideration to our general working effectivity. Let’s discuss in regards to the stability sheet now. We ended the quarter with liquidity of $843 million, comprised of $632 million of money and money equivalents and $211 million of undrawn credit score services. Throughout the fourth quarter, internet money utilized in working actions was $33.3 million, and we achieved constructive non-GAAP working money generated of $57.5 million.

And we outline working money generated as money from working actions plus whole capital expenditures earlier than debt servicing prices and earlier than deferred hire payback. Throughout 2022, we have been lively within the capital markets as we took actions to strengthen our stability sheet. In whole, in 2022, we raised $229 million of gross fairness capital. We refinanced $1.4 billion of debt, we prolonged sure debt maturities by to 2026 and past, and we repurchased $123.5 million of debt at a median low cost of 43.7%.

The web result’s a $220 million discount within the principal quantity of interest-bearing debt excellent throughout 2022. And through ’22, we additionally strengthened our stability sheet by repaying roughly $158 million of deferred hire, and this diminished our deferred hire stability to $157.2 million at December 31, 2022. It’s possible you’ll recall that again in March of 2021, this deferred hire stability was greater than $470 million. So, during the last 21 months, we’ve lowered our deferred hire legal responsibility by roughly $313 million.

All advised, if we embrace the lower in deferred hire, we diminished our liabilities by a complete of $378 million in 2022. And along with that, up to now within the first quarter of 2023, we’ve raised one other $84.7 million of gross fairness proceeds and we’ve diminished the principal stability of our debt excellent by an extra $170.2 million by the alternate of debt into fairness and capitalizing on alternatives to repurchase debt at a reduction. These actions within the first quarter of 2023 up to now, take our whole debt discount to $548 million after we embrace the discount in deferred hire liabilities, and our whole fairness capital up to now raised to $314 million. Notice that in 2023 we plan to additional cut back the hire stability by one other $75 million to $100 million and it will cut back the legal responsibility to roughly $60 million to $80 million by the tip of 2023.

Relating to capital allocation, our priorities stay unchanged: one, we have to keep enough liquidity to handle by the restoration section of our enterprise; two, we simply strengthened our stability sheet by extending debt maturities, lowering debt, and lowering related curiosity prices; three, spend money on our enterprise to proceed to boost the visitor expertise; and 4, opportunistically pursue value-enhancing initiatives, together with those who result in diversification of our enterprise and income streams. Having the flexibleness to lift fairness capital permits us to opportunistically take important actions to strengthen our stability sheet and on the similar time, efficiently navigate by the continuing restoration of our {industry}. For these causes, I wish to take this chance to induce shareholders to vote in favor of the proposals that will likely be voted on on the upcoming shareholder assembly on March 14. These proposals are designed to guard the long-term worth of AMC fairness and supply us with the flexibleness obligatory to make sure a profitable restoration from the continuing affect of the COVID pandemic.

Our capital expenditure, internet of landlord contributions was $69 million within the fourth quarter of 2022, and we completed the yr with a complete internet capex spend of $182.1 million. And just like 2022, trying towards 2023, we count on our capital expenditure to be within the vary of $150 million to $200 million. Actively managing our theater portfolio continues to be a precedence as we add new high-performing areas and eradicate low-performance, all with the objective of bettering our visitor satisfaction and enhancing our general profitability. Throughout the fourth quarter, we added 5 new theaters, and we closed 9.

This brings the entire variety of areas closed because the pandemic started to 115 and the entire new areas opened to 54 for a internet discount of 61 areas. The mixed 54 new areas proceed to considerably outperform the 115 closed areas previous to their closings, they usually are also outperforming our underwriting expectations. Wanting ahead, we’re optimistic in regards to the future and the alternatives to strengthen and diversify our enterprise whereas persevering with to boost our monetary place. So, with that, I will hand the decision again over to Adam to evaluate some thrilling current bulletins and supply an replace on our strategic initiatives, together with our upcoming stockholder assembly.


Adam AronChairman and Chief Govt Officer

Thanks, Sean. As I stated on the high of the decision, at AMC, we’re all smiles right this moment, however on no account are we out of the woods but. We might want to stay good and action-oriented to efficiently chart our manner by what are nonetheless COVID-impacted waters. However clearly, we’ve been and are actually making nice progress.

And whereas we’ve rather more work forward of us nonetheless, my ongoing conversations with our studio companions, together with some as not too long ago as this weekend, buoys my optimism that extra motion pictures are certainly headed to theaters, and that the worth of theatrical exhibition is clearly acknowledged and internalized by the heads of each single main studio. Because the chief of AMC, I’m proud that we’ve resiliently weathered many a storm over the previous 36 months. A storm first of the virus itself, then the risk to unique theatrical home windows. Extra not too long ago, the conviction held by some that streaming providers would win out over theaters and all by it was the priority that there wouldn’t be sufficient money within the coffers for AMC to outlast all that we needed to stir down.

What’s extra? There was the added complexity for us of doing one thing nicely that few, if any, firm ever thought of earlier than, the way to alter to an entire new cadre of thousands and thousands of particular person shareholders taking possession of our firm. Thankfully, for us, the individuals who predicted that we couldn’t climate the storms have been all mistaken. And extra luckily, for us, these new retail buyers turned out to be the savers of our firm. Their ardour for AMC saved our firm as they supply us with the money assets we wanted to outlive.

In addition they flooded us with some actually nice concepts, together with one among my private favorites, that we should always promote popcorn into the house market in what’s, in any case, a multibillion-dollar class. This morning’s thrilling information announcement that the retail launch of AMC’s microwave and ready-to-eat Completely Popcorn is at hand and completely with the nation’s largest retailer, Walmart. It retains a promise to take action that I made six months in the past to our shareholders and is yet one more instance of AMC’s highly effective dedication to innovation. Starting on March 11, simply forward of the Oscars telecast on March 12, AMC’s ready-to-eat popcorn will likely be accessible completely at lots of of Walmart areas on a lot sought-after featured and cap shows.

Within the weeks that comply with, AMC Completely Popcorn will hit the cabinets once more completely at greater than 2,600 Walmart shops in america with three types of ready-to-eat popcorn within the following flavors: basic butter; additional butter; and for these searching for a decrease sodium answer, Evenly Salten. The ready-to-eat varieties are anticipated to be priced at $3.98 per bag, plus tax, they usually all supply the genuine style of actual AMC movie show popcorn to be loved anyplace. Then our microwave AMC completely platforms will turn into accessible at Walmart. Once more, in the identical three flavors: basic butter, additional butter, evenly salted.

And they’re anticipated to retail for $4.98 plus tax for a six-count field. As an added and distinctive profit, the additional butter microwave bins will embrace six packets of extra buttery topping that eaters at dwelling can use and slather throughout their popcorn actually replicating that final AMC movie show popcorn expertise. This primary-of-a-kind method by a theatrical exhibitor to distribute ready-to-eat and microwave popcorn at shops all throughout the nation additional differentiates AMC because the undisputed chief on this {industry} and enormously extends the visibility of the AMC model. One other concept that got here to us from our buyers was to promote AMC and movie-themed merchandise.

We’re doing so now throughout america and on-line. As each main film releases, as each massive tentpole releases, we’ve one thing themed for that movie. And it is however one among many such examples of success listed below are for those who can consider it, and manned popcorn retailers have been fairly widespread, promoting virtually $2 million value in lower than two weeks. This has confirmed to be such a profitable idea that we’re about to launch the identical exercise throughout our theaters in Europe.

Thanks, retail shareholders, for the concept. Subsequent on the innovation docket is the launch of our new co-branded AMC Leisure Visa Card coming quickly to a pockets or a handbag close to you. It has been designed to drive elevated AMC model loyalty together with incremental attendance to our AMC theaters and may generate engaging monetary returns with little or no danger in addition. And at last, we not too long ago introduced a doubtlessly necessary improvement, we introduced that we’re testing sightline seating at AMC in a few of our theaters in New York, Chicago, and Kansas Metropolis.

New York and Chicago as a result of they’re massive cities in america. Kansas Metropolis as a result of we’re head to headquartered right here, and we ourselves need to stroll into our theaters and discuss to our visitors and gauge their reactions immediately and firsthand. The take a look at is being performed as a — for a possible nationwide rollout later in 2023. With sightline seating, as you already know, for those who noticed the discharge, we’re charging a slight premium for the preferred seats in an auditorium however discounting the costs of much less widespread seats nearer to the display upfront.

That is in keeping with our different sellers worth their seats for stay theater, for concert events, for sporting occasions. It is also how we have been pricing movie show tickets in Europe for a few years. We do perceive, nonetheless, that it is a substantial change to the established order for U.S. moviegoers.

So, we will likely be watching very intently how moviegoers react to the modifications which are being examined proper now. We’ll report again to you in future calls what we’re seeing within the assessments, and we look ahead to this factor working nicely for the profit each of our moviegoing public and for AMC. AMC’s means to proceed to lift capital throughout our ongoing restoration makes all these doubtlessly transformative improvements and new actions potential. And it’s essential to our future success.

To that finish, I might prefer to make the most of the rest of my formal remarks right this moment to debate the upcoming March 14 Particular Stockholders’ Assembly and the significance of the proposals on which our shareholders are already voting. Final August, we issued 516,800,000 APE most popular fairness models because the dividend to holders of our AMC widespread shares on a one-for-one foundation. The first objectives of issuing the dividend was to supply AMC with a brand new foreign money that may very well be used to strengthen our stability sheet by producing money, bolstering our liquidity to cut back our debt, and to permit us to develop. And that’s exactly what the APE models have performed.

Since September of 2022, the creation of APE models resulted in AMC efficiently elevating $314 million of gross money proceeds and allowed us to cut back the principal stability of our debt by greater than $221 million, most of which was profitably repurchased at a considerable low cost. Certainly, AMC is unequivocally a stronger firm right this moment on account of the creation of the APE dividend, and it is permitting us to lift money and cut back debt. I would add that that got here amid loads of press hypothesis that we might be unsuccessful in doing so. To the naysayers and doom tellers, you already know what I say, choke on that.

Nevertheless, regardless of having the identical financial and voting rights as our AMC widespread shares, APE most popular fairness models have persistently traded at a mysterious and substantial low cost to AMC widespread shares. This low cost creates inefficiencies that will increase our price of capital and causes pointless and preventable dilution. So, after cautious thought, the AMC Board of Administrators is presenting necessary proposals for shareholders to vote on on the upcoming particular assembly on March 14, 2022. These proposals are designed to guard the long-term worth of a shareholders’ funding in AMC whereas nonetheless offering AMC with the flexibleness essential to proceed alongside our restoration trajectory in a difficult setting.

As you already know, the 2 key proposals are to, one, enhance the variety of licensed AMC widespread shares from 524 million to 550 million and mix the AMC widespread shares and APE most popular models; second, to impact a reverse inventory cut up of 1 share for each 10, which, along with the rise in licensed widespread shares permits that computerized conversion of APE models into AMC widespread inventory. Our board and I strongly consider that is in the perfect curiosity now of AMC shareholders to transform APE models into AMC widespread shares, thereby simplifying our capital construction and eliminating the hole between the costs of APE models and of AMC shares. As AMC’s single largest particular person shareholder with thousands and thousands of AMC shares and APE models. I’ve a vested curiosity within the final result of this election as a result of my internet value rises as AMC strengthens and my community falls as AMC will get weaker.

I presently personal outright some 3.7 million AMC shares or APE models and have an additional financial curiosity and an extra 4.5 million APE models or AMC shares on account of granted however unvested inventory. In whole, I’ve some 8.2 million AMC shares or AMC models. You realize what which means? It signifies that my pursuits are immediately aligned with these of our shareholders. I’m not some hedge fund plan or Trojan Horse as just a few of the more strange conspiracy theories go.

I am on the facet of the retail investor as a result of I’m myself a retail investor. And I might prefer to share with you the seven the reason why I’ve voted sure, voting for the proposals which are being beneficial by the board. Earlier than I achieve this, nonetheless, I ought to level out that litigation has been introduced within the Delaware Courtroom of Chancery making an attempt to dam our shareholder proposals, and you’re proper to vote on them. We consider such litigation is with out advantage, that our actions have been completely lawful and in line with our constitution, and we are going to vigorously defend our place on this matter.

The courtroom has ordered that the March 14 vote shall happen on schedule, however then any implementation motion ensuing from the vote be held upfront till the courtroom guidelines on the substance of the claims being made. So, the vote is on, and it’s on now. I urge our shareholders to vote now in order that your voice could be heard. And since I feel it is the best factor for me to do and so that you can do.

I urge you to vote for the proposals with me. Here is why. First, a extra resilient AMC. Having the flexibleness to effectively and opportunistically faucet each the fairness and debt capital markets ends in a extra resilient firm.

Have been it not for our means to have raised each fairness and debt over the previous three years, AMC wouldn’t have survived the pandemic that brought about a cloth decline in our enterprise exercise. Second, diminished capital elevating inefficiencies related to APE models buying and selling at a reduction to AMC shares. Changing APE models to AMC shares will end in a single worth for all AMC fairness. This single worth eliminates the inefficiency inherent within the low cost between APE models and AMC widespread inventory and can permit AMC to extra effectively increase fairness capital on the most engaging phrases sooner or later.

Third, improve the power to lift money and enhance liquidity. Whereas I consider AMC is presently in a powerful liquidity place with greater than $840 million of accessible liquidity on the finish of December 22, the power to effectively increase extra liquidity when wanted has confirmed to be important for this firm up to now. And relying upon the trail and timing of restoration could also be important to our survival, once more, sooner or later. Fourth, strengthen AMC’s stability sheet.

AMC’s stability sheet is predicted to strengthen over time because the field workplace grows. On the similar time, as we’ve demonstrated in current months, there proceed to be engaging alternatives for us to make use of accessible fairness or fairness proceeds to purchase again debt or alternate debt for fairness at a reduction to face worth, which enormously advantages shareholders. Fifth, simplify possession in AMC. Consolidating possession of AMC into one single class for all shareholders eliminates the added complexity that some brokerages have imposed on their purchasers within the holding or buying and selling of our most popular fairness securities.

As well as, the only class of fairness eliminates the potential for hedge funds or different buyers to interact in arbitrage buying and selling methods between the APE and AMC securities. Sixth, place AMC to remodel right into a stronger, extra diversified firm. A single fairness class will higher permit us to pursue engaging shareholder worth creation alternatives to diversify and to remodel our enterprise. And final, seventh, create long-term worth for AMC.

A vote for the resolutions is a vote in favor of the long-term worth of AMC. Since we introduced our intention to carry a shareholder vote to transform APE models into AMC shares, the entire fairness worth of our firm has elevated. The opposite matter of consequence being mentioned on the March 14 shareholder assembly is the one for tender of our inventory cut up. So, let me shortly tackle that subject.

You probably have 10 $1 payments in your pocket and also you alternate them for 1 $10 invoice, you continue to have $10 both manner. Should you would have 10 $10 payments in your pocket, and also you alternate them for 1 $100 invoice, you’d nonetheless have $100 both manner. This reverse cut up in and of itself must be impartial. Nevertheless, for quite a lot of causes, together with the technical itemizing guidelines of inventory exchanges, we expect it is unwise for our shares to be buying and selling at ranges within the single digits.

The reverse cut up additionally creates room to permit for the complete conversion of APEs into widespread inventory, which we additionally assume is a good suggestion for every of you, as I beforehand defined, and creates the capability for widespread inventory to be issued — provides fairness sooner or later. In my opinion, I consider that there isn’t any compelling argument why our shareholders ought to usually be averse to reverse inventory cut up. As I said earlier, having the flexibleness to proceed to lift capital as we navigate by our restoration is essential to AMC’s future success and has up to now saved us from the state of a number of of our opponents who’ve been compelled to hunt chapter safety. The place we to be someway the satisfaction of this cash-raising functionality, our future might not practically be so brilliant because it seems presently.

Certainly, our future may flip fairly bleak in only a blink of an eye fixed. I can not emphasize sufficient that whereas issues are trying up now, our success may actually vaporize immediately if we misstep. The rationale we’ve succeeded thus far is that in our opinion, we’ve threaded the needle completely heretofore throughout this pandemic. However make no mistake, the necessity to proceed to string the needle completely going ahead is unchanged at AMC Leisure.

Thankfully, we’re fairly good at this. And we have been at it some time and we all know what we’re doing. I do know I’ve about 3 million or 4 million pals on the market who like to offer me recommendation. However I might prefer to remind you, we have performed a reasonably good job of stewarding this firm throughout robust occasions.

Avoiding a dire destiny is a dedication that I personally made to our shareholders within the earliest days of this world pandemic when our revenues went to zero in a single day and stayed there for months. I stay steadfast in that dedication to you right this moment. Each motion that AMC has taken is in direct assist of that dedication. Regardless of what the naysayers or the quick sellers of those who want us hurt would have you ever consider, our mission now could be clear.

And it is the identical actual trigger that so a lot of our shareholders joined and embraced manner again at nighttime days of 2020 and early 2021. You all keep in mind the hashtag, Save AMC. That is the report for This autumn 2022. Sean, let’s now transfer to questions, each from our {industry} analysts and from our shareholders.

Sean GoodmanGovt Vice President, Chief Monetary Officer

Nice. Thanks, Adam. Let’s begin with some questions from our shareholders. There are a variety of questions coming by in regards to the upcoming shareholder vote that we simply spoke about.

Right here is an efficient instance. What are the implications if the vote passes? And what are the implications if the vote doesn’t cross?

Adam AronChairman and Chief Govt Officer

So, if the vote passes, it is my expectation that this ridiculous hole between the value of an AP and the value of an AMC share will go away. And after I say it is a ridiculous hole, of us had the identical factor. They’ve the identical financial rights. They’ve the identical voting rights.

Why should not be buying and selling at a 3rd the value of a typical share or a seventh of the value of a typical share because it was simply two months in the past? If the vote passes, I feel what you will discover is that this discounting of the APEs goes away. What which means is that we’ll be capable to increase capital on for my part, extra engaging phrases. Equally, what’s going to occur to these passes is there will likely be a one-to-10 reverse inventory cut up. So, you will cease seeing the share worth of AMC floating round $3 or $4, or $5 a share.

The straightforward math is it ought to multiply by 10. The place it goes in there, up or down, that is a operate of market dynamics. However it’s simple arithmetic, you will be buying and selling one share — you will be buying and selling 10 shares for one, which mathematically must be priced ten occasions larger. If the votes that we’re voting on at this shareowner assembly don’t cross.

It is true that the reverse cut up will not occur. However what’s true is that the established order would not change, which signifies that there’s nonetheless be APEs, and there are nonetheless the AMC shares. The APEs will proceed to commerce at a reduction, I might guess. Nobody has an ideal crystal ball, however that is been the expertise since August.

And since our means to lift capital is tied solely to the value of the APE. If the APE continues to exist, it will appear that we’d be — we would not be purchased from elevating capital, however we’ll be elevating capital on a lot much less engaging phrases. It will trigger extra dilution of the inventory that’s solely 100% preventable if a majority of our shareholders vote sure.

Sean GoodmanGovt Vice President, Chief Monetary Officer

So, this is one other query associated to this. It is associated to the reverse inventory cut up. And principally, it says, why do we have to do a reverse inventory cut up? Cannot we simply convert APE models into AMC with out doing this reverse inventory cut up?

Adam AronChairman and Chief Govt Officer

We may. However as I stated in my earlier remarks, the share worth would hover within the single digits. And there are specific technical itemizing guidelines on inventory exchanges. We do not assume it is a good suggestion for our inventory to be buying and selling in single digits.

And since we’ll have a shareholder vote anyway, it appears logical to us to resolve each questions on the similar time. It is costly to name these particular conferences of shareholders, price thousands and thousands of {dollars} to take action. We would fairly get them each performed now than need to take care of a reverse inventory cut up sooner or later sooner or later.

Sean GoodmanGovt Vice President, Chief Monetary Officer

We’ve got numerous shareholders asking about their proxy supplies. One instance he has, I’ve not but obtained my proxy supplies from a dealer. What do I have to do to have the ability to vote to get my proxy supplies and be capable to vote?

Adam AronChairman and Chief Govt Officer

As Invoice Clinton shamelessly stated the Nineteen Nineties for these of you who’re sufficiently old to recollect the Nineteen Nineties, I really feel your ache. My AMC shares and models are at 4 brokerage companies, and I’ve obtained the voting supplies from three of the 4 companies however not the fourth. So, in case you have not heard out of your dealer, it is best to do what I am about to do, name them, clarify to them that there’s a March 14 shareholder vote, that you just personal shares or models, and that you just’d prefer to forged your vote, and they need to get you a proxy. In case your dealer just isn’t performing in response to your query shortly sufficient, e-mail or name our proxy solicitor, DF King.

You may attain them at an e-mail tackle [email protected], [email protected] Their cellphone quantity is 800-859-8511. All the data I simply gave is for our U.S. shareholders, most likely our Canadian shareholders, and worldwide shareholders in lots of nations, however we’re all conscious of painfully that the brokerage companies in some nations, particularly in Europe don’t facilitate shareholder voting.

And there is — if that — for those who’re with a type of companies, there’s not a lot you are able to do aside from put your shares in a distinct dealer who would assist you to vote at future shareholder conferences.

Sean GoodmanGovt Vice President, Chief Monetary Officer

And there is a query right here in regards to the lawsuit that you just talked about in your ready remarks. It has been reported that AMC is defending towards two lawsuits referring to the issuance of APE models. Is that this true? And may you elaborate?

Adam AronChairman and Chief Govt Officer

Sure, litigation has been filed. We predict it is misguided. We consider that each one the actions we have taken are lawful. We predict we’ve the deserves on this case.

It is in line with our constitution. We’ll defend our place vigorously. And we’re inspired that the Delaware Courtroom of Chancery has allowed this March 14 vote to proceed on schedule.

Sean GoodmanGovt Vice President, Chief Monetary Officer

There are some questions right here about our loyalty applications, and I will simply learn just a few of them to you. Does AMC have any plans to revise loyalty applications and A-Checklist memberships, for instance, what about household memberships, partnerships with streaming corporations, perhaps a cheaper price for memberships with restrictions to restrict frequency of attendance, and so forth.?

Adam AronChairman and Chief Govt Officer

So, these are all good questions and good concepts. We’ve got been and are finding out all of them. The 2 of an important advertising applications we’ve, our AMC Stubs and particularly AMC Stubs A-Checklist. About half of our whole clientele in america participates in Stubs and about 15% of our whole exercise in america comes from A-Checklist members.

These are essential applications. We’re consistently reviewing them for potential modifications and enhancements. There’s nothing instantly on the horizon that may change both program aside from AMC Visa Leisure card, it’ll be added an AMC Leisure Visa card you bought set proper. AMC Leisure Visa card that will likely be coming as a part of the Stubs program that may permit subs members to even — to earn much more subs factors, each once they spend at our theaters and once they spend away from our theaters however retains the great concepts flowing.

We proceed to assume laborious about what’s one of the simplest ways for AMC to method the moving-going public.

Sean GoodmanGovt Vice President, Chief Monetary Officer

Query about our theater footprint. Does AMC plan on opening new theaters in areas resembling maybe South Carolina or different states the place AMC has a restricted presence?

Adam AronChairman and Chief Govt Officer

I am unable to make a selected remark about South Carolina, however no less than South Carolina is one among our theaters. We’ve got none in Hawaii. We’ve got none in Alaska. We’ve got none in Mississippi.

I do not assume we’re in Vermont. However we do have the most important nationwide footprint of any operator. I feel we’re in 43 or 44 states on the District of Columbia. We’ve got a large market share within the largest cities all throughout the nation.

Plus we’ve a giant platform in theaters, even in smaller rural markets. We’re all the time trying so as to add theaters and also you stated earlier within the name, Sean, that we closed over 100 theaters that weren’t performing in the course of the pandemic, however we opened up 54 new ones. And the 54 new ones have been producing to the underside line excess of the 100 that we put. I feel 10 of the 54 most likely produce much more EBITDA than the 100 that we closed.

So, we’re all the time trying to develop. We are able to develop by including new construct theaters from the bottom up or there’s additionally the chance for us to inexpensively add into our system theaters which will have been opened by different operators who’ve faltered in the course of the pandemic. A number of companies declared for chapter in during the last three years and shed loads of theaters. And we picked up a bunch.

As you already know, we picked up a few third of the ArcLight circuit, which was headquartered in Los Angeles. We picked up greater than half of the Vote circuit that was headquartered in Connecticut. Our eyes proceed to be vast open. I do consider that there will likely be a continued alternative for AMC so as to add theater areas fairly inexpensively, and I would add to take action generally it requires cash, which is why it was so very useful to us that we’ve raised over $300 million of money from August by January.

The more money within the financial institution, the simpler it’s to make the choice so as to add theaters and develop.

Sean GoodmanGovt Vice President, Chief Monetary Officer

There’s a big quantity of curiosity within the retail launch of AMC Completely Popcorn. Let me learn you just some of the questions. Are you able to discuss extra in regards to the alternative for AMC in retail popcorn? When will AMC popcorn be accessible within the U.S. nationwide? Will AMC popcorn be accessible to buy on-line by the AMC web site? Will AMC Popcorn be accessible to buy in Canada and perhaps in Europe?

Adam AronChairman and Chief Govt Officer

That is numerous questions. Sure. The passion and pleasure for AMC Completely Popcorn House is actual. I see it on Twitter.

Once I have a look at the readership of the tweets I have been placing out not too long ago on popcorn, they’re sky-high. The likes are sky-high. The retweets are sky-high. The feedback again to me, each single one among which I learn, by the way in which, I received like 4,000 or 5,000 inbound messages on the Popcorn tweets not too long ago, and I learn all of them.

Have been they make me excited since you’re enthusiastic about it. We launched March 11, Oscar weekend with finish cap shows at Walmart, they’re virtually unattainable to get. And Walmart volunteered them as much as us as a result of they’re enthusiastic about popcorn. And by late April, we’ll be at 2,600 — greater than 2,600 Walmart shops.

That is greater than half of all Walmart areas in america. We can have a web site the place you’ll go to seek out out at what areas you’ll really decide up bins of microwave popcorn or luggage of ready-to-eat popcorn. We’re going to promote on, which in fact, is nationwide. I might count on it’s going to promote an A, we’re discussing whether or not or not we should always promote microwave bins of popcorn at our theaters.

Prefer it’s all new. We’ve not began but, and the curiosity stage could be very excessive. This can be a good place to be in whenever you’re launching a brand new product. Let’s put it this fashion.

We’re establishing our manufacturing plans to make thousands and thousands of luggage and microwave pouches of popcorn. We predict it is a massive alternative for us. Proper now, we’ll launch solely in america. Canada is a risk.

If we did it in Europe, we’d most likely not do it beneath the AMC model. We’d do it beneath the — one of many Odeon manufacturers of our cinemas function with their very own distinct manufacturers and a number of other nations throughout Europe. However proper now, have been you crawl earlier than you stroll, you stroll earlier than you run. We will begin in america and see the place it goes from there.

Sean GoodmanGovt Vice President, Chief Monetary Officer

Thanks, Adam. We proceed to obtain a really giant variety of actually terrific ideas from our retail buyers. Enterprise concepts to develop and diversify and construct on the enterprise. And I need to say that we as a administration workforce, evaluate these.

We examine these, so please, buyers, please preserve these concepts coming. I feel with that —

Adam AronChairman and Chief Govt Officer

Let me simply reply to — what an oddity an organization that really listens to its buyers? How about that for a change? Sure, sir, you need to go to a query from an analyst?

Sean GoodmanGovt Vice President, Chief Monetary Officer

Sure, sir. Questions.

Adam AronChairman and Chief Govt Officer

We’re already operating a bit bit lengthy, however on this name right this moment, but when any investor needs to ask, go forward.

Sean GoodmanGovt Vice President, Chief Monetary Officer

Operator, we will go to questions from analysts.

Questions & Solutions:


Thanks very a lot. We’ll now be taking stay questions. [Operator instructions] So, we’ve time for just one query, and we take a query from the road of Eric Wold with B. Riley Securities.

Please go forward.

Eric WoldB. Riley Monetary — Analyst

Hey, good afternoon, Adam and Sean. I admire it. I suppose as a lot as I am trying ahead to the Popcorn enterprise being a individually reported phase, simply a few questions on the core theater enterprise. I suppose, first off —

Adam AronChairman and Chief Govt Officer

Eric, to not interrupt, however now, you are going to like greater than how we report the popcorn outcomes. Consuming the popcorn. It is actually good. We really labored for a full yr on the flavour profile of those merchandise.

They’re actually nice.

Eric WoldB. Riley Monetary — Analyst

I am trying ahead to having fun with it with the Oscars. On the sideline seating plan or program, I suppose, clearly, that is smart given what we have seen with different leisure companies. I suppose, what are your ideas on the place you see the largest profit coming from? Is it the premium on the higher seats? Is it filling up the much less fascinating seats to have the value decrease? Or is it that loyalty members do not pay the premium seat fees if the profit driving extra loyalty membership into that program?

Adam AronChairman and Chief Govt Officer

And the reply is the entire above. You have received the three advantages of the idea, proper? We are able to low cost upfront. We are able to cost a slight premium within the center. And we do not cost — after I say within the center, the useless middle of the auditorium, the place most individuals need to sit.

And if we do not cost that premium and impose it on A-Listers, that is simply one other massive worth enhance for A-Checklist members, which ought to make extra individuals need to be A-Checklist members. So, all three have the power to drive enchancment. And a few individuals have checked out this as a worth enhance, which, in fact, it’s on Day 1. However what’s actually attention-grabbing is that we’re in inflationary occasions, and inflationary occasions trigger prices to rise.

And with out making any remark about what AMC goes to do as a result of it isn’t authorized to speak about pricing prospectively. However corporations going through inflationary pressures have a tendency to lift costs, not speaking about AMC. Beneath the pre-sightline construction of our {industry}, if we need to increase the value in a theater, the one alternative we had was to lift the value on all of the seats within the theater. And so, one of many many advantages of sightline aside from the three that you just talked about, are that if we really feel the necessity to increase costs, we’d solely do it in the preferred seats within the auditorium and truly maintain the road and never increase costs on different seats within the auditorium.

So, it is really a manner of — nicely, it’s a manner of accelerating the value now, it is a potential manner of stopping a worth enhance afterward. After which there may be, in truth, the chance to low cost upfront. I am telling you, I used to be what we name warmth maps, that are what seats are booked for a specific film. And no one sits in row 1 in movie show.

It simply would not occur. It may very well be opening evening of Star Wars. Each seat within the auditorium 3 to 18 is booked stable, and row 1 is empty. And it actually — there’s a risk right here that by discounting the value upfront, we’d be capable to increase the moviegoing market to extra price-sensitive customers.

Eric WoldB. Riley Monetary — Analyst

That is how proud I’m. Thanks very a lot. Recognize it.

Adam AronChairman and Chief Govt Officer



Women and gents, we’ve reached the tip of the question-and-answer session. And I wish to flip the ground again over to Mr. Aron for closing feedback. Over to you, sir.

Adam AronChairman and Chief Govt Officer

Thanks, operator. To everybody on the decision, thanks for being with us right this moment. Right now was day for AMC. We reported outcomes that have been unexpectedly constructive.

We launched our popcorn line. And we have had loads of dialogue in regards to the significance of the March 14 shareholder assembly that may simplify and strengthen the capital construction of this firm going ahead. Thanks for becoming a member of us right this moment. There are loads of massive motion pictures popping out.

We look ahead to seeing you at our theaters someday quickly.


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Name individuals:

John MerriwetherVice President, Investor Relations

Adam AronChairman and Chief Govt Officer

Sean GoodmanGovt Vice President, Chief Monetary Officer

Eric WoldB. Riley Monetary — Analyst

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