AMC's "Relatively Weak" Q3
And, MSG’s potential spin-off.
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AMC's "Relatively Weak" Q3
Shares of AMC Entertainment (NYSE: AMC) dropped 3.01% in after-hours trading on Thursday after the movie theatre company commented on the state of its business.
Bearish: AMC Chairman and CEO Adam Aron said in a statement that “the film slate in the third quarter of 2022 is expected to be relatively weak.”
Bullish: However, Aron also said that the company is “optimistic about the increasing demand for our portfolio of movie theatres” and that AMC has more than $1 billion in liquidity.
Background: The comments come one day after rival Cineworld (OTCMKTS: CNWGY) said that recent admissions levels have been “below expectations” and there will be a limited film slate that will last until November. The company said this will negatively impact the business.
Numbers: Cineworld’s stock is down 74% in 2022. AMC’s stock is down 27% this year but is up 17% in the past 30 days.
Final Thoughts: It’s a rough time for the movie theatre industry. And AMC is still living up to its meme stock reputation.
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MSG’s Potential Spin-Off
Shares of Madison Square Garden Entertainment (NYSE: MSGE) jumped 7.26% in after-hours trading on Thursday after the company’s board of directors said it will explore a potential spin-off that would result in a separately-traded public company.
Be Entertaining: The spinoff would contain the live entertainment business, including Madison Square Garden and Radio City Music Hall. It will also include the entertainment and sports booking business, The Radio City Rockettes and the Christmas Spectacular production, and agreements with the New York Knicks and New York Rangers. MSG Networks, the company’s television networks, will be included.
Remaining: With those properties gone, the current company will be comprised of MSG Sphere venues and its majority interest in TAO Group Hospitality.
Benefits: The company said the spin-off would give shareholders “greater investment choice and visibility into each company’s businesses.” It would also be structured as a tax-free spin-off to all shareholders.
Numbers: MSG Entertainment’s stock is down 16% this year but is up 8% in the past 30 days.
Final Thoughts: The board did not announce a timetable for this spin-off, so it could take a long time.
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