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Regno Unito. Cineworld ha presentato istanza di fallimento. 8.9 mld Usd.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2022-09-10.

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Il gruppo britannico Cineworld (CINE.L) ha presentato mercoledì la richiesta di protezione dalla bancarotta negli Stati Uniti, mentre il secondo operatore di catene cinematografiche al mondo lotta per contenere il suo enorme debito. Il deposito del Chapter 11, che consente alle aziende di rimanere in attività mentre cercano di ristrutturare il loro debito, coinvolge le attività di Cineworld negli Stati Uniti, nel Regno Unito e nel Jersey, che coprono la maggior parte delle sue attività.

Le società del gruppo hanno impegni per 1.94 miliardi di dollari da parte dei finanziatori esistenti e Cineworld prevede di gestire le sue attività globali e i suoi cinema come sempre durante il processo. Sebbene Cineworld abbia ribadito che non c’è alcuna garanzia di recupero per i detentori di partecipazioni esistenti, non si aspetta che l’archiviazione comporti una sospensione delle negoziazioni delle sue azioni a Londra.

Mentre l’industria cinematografica sta lottando per riprendersi dalla pandemia, il problema specifico di Cineworld è la quantità di debiti accumulati nel corso degli anni. Il suo debito netto, compresi i debiti di leasing, era di 8.9 miliardi di dollari alla fine del 2021. Escludendo i debiti di leasing, il debito netto era di 4.84 miliardi di dollari a quella data. Il valore di mercato della società era di circa 59 milioni di sterline (68 milioni di dollari) alla chiusura di mercoledì. Cineworld, che gestisce più di 9,000 schermi in 10 Paesi e impiega circa 28,000 persone, ha contratto debiti per finanziare parte dell’acquisto di Regal per 3.6 miliardi di dollari nel 2017 e per sopravvivere alla pandemia.

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«Britain’s Cineworld Group (CINE.L) on Wednesday filed for bankruptcy protection in the United States as the world’s second-largest cinema chain operator struggles to rein in its massive debt. The Chapter 11 filing, which allows firms to stay in business while trying to restructure their debt, involves Cineworld’s U.S., UK and Jersey operations, covering the bulk of its business.»

«Group companies have $1.94 billion of commitments from existing lenders and Cineworld expects to operate its global business and cinemas as usual throughout the process, it added. While Cineworld reiterated there was no guarantee of any recovery for holders of existing equity interests, it does not expect the filing to result in a suspension of trading in its London shares»

«While the cinema industry has been struggling to recover from the pandemic, Cineworld’s specific issue is the amount of debt it has amassed over the years. Its net debt including lease liabilities stood at $8.9 billion at the end of 2021. Excluding lease liabilities, its net debt was $4.84 billion at that time. The company’s market value was about 59 million pounds ($68 million) at Wednesday’s close. Cineworld, which operates more than 9,000 screens across 10 countries and employs around 28,000 people, took on debt to fund part of its $3.6 billion purchase of Regal in 2017, and more to survive the pandemic.»

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World’s second-largest movie chain operator Cineworld files for U.S. bankruptcy

– Cineworld’s battered shares rise almost 10%

– Bankruptcy process involves U.S, UK, Jersey business

– Expects to emerge from Chapter 11 in Q1 2023

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Britain’s Cineworld Group (CINE.L) on Wednesday filed for bankruptcy protection in the United States as the world’s second-largest cinema chain operator struggles to rein in its massive debt.

The Chapter 11 filing, which allows firms to stay in business while trying to restructure their debt, involves Cineworld’s U.S., UK and Jersey operations, covering the bulk of its business.

Cineworld said it expected to emerge from Chapter 11 protection during the first quarter of 2023 and intended to pay all its vendors in full during the process as well as pay employees their usual wages.

Group companies have $1.94 billion of commitments from existing lenders and Cineworld expects to operate its global business and cinemas as usual throughout the process, it added.

Cineworld shares, which hit a record low of 1.80 pence after Wall Street Journal first reported its potential bankruptcy in August, settled 9.9% higher at 4.29 pence on Wednesday.

While Cineworld reiterated there was no guarantee of any recovery for holders of existing equity interests, it does not expect the filing to result in a suspension of trading in its London shares.

Cineworld also said it expected to change its real estate strategy in the United States and would engage with landlords to improve U.S. cinema lease terms.

While the cinema industry has been struggling to recover from the pandemic, Cineworld’s specific issue is the amount of debt it has amassed over the years.

Its net debt including lease liabilities stood at $8.9 billion at the end of 2021. Excluding lease liabilities, its net debt was $4.84 billion at that time. The company’s market value was about 59 million pounds ($68 million) at Wednesday’s close.

Cineworld, which operates more than 9,000 screens across 10 countries and employs around 28,000 people, took on debt to fund part of its $3.6 billion purchase of Regal in 2017, and more to survive the pandemic.

Two years ago, it abandoned plans to take over rival Cineplex (CGX.TO) and is in a legal dispute with the Canadian firm, which has sought C$1.23 billion ($946 million) in damages.

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