Shareholders have approved an AMC reverse stock split as well as the conversion of APE equity to common AMC stock, but CEO Adam Aron says they cannot implement the proposals until the Delaware lawsuit clears.
“Today was a huge step forward for AMC. You voted YES, YES & YES! And it was a landslide vote too — 88% yes for Proposal 1, 87% yes for Proposal 2, and 87% yes for Proposal 3. My sincerest thanks for giving AMC the tools we need to continue fighting the good fight on your behalf.
Saving AMC is my professional mission. And remember that I own millions of AMC shares and APE units too. So, I very much want for AMC to succeed. I am absolutely and passionately convinced that what you approved today is in the best interests of AMC and of all our shareholders.
So what happens now? We can not implement what you approved today until the litigation in Delaware courts is resolved. The next Court hearing on this matter is set for April 27, 2023. We will update stockholders when we have additional information.”
The 1-for-10 reverse stock split will divide shares by 10 and multiple AMC’s share price by 10.
For example, with AMC’s current share price today at $4.60, the stock price will reflect $46 but shareholders holding 100 shares will now hold 10 shares.
Investors holding 1,000 shares of AMC stock will hold 100 shares after the reverse split.
Allegheny County Employees’ Retirement System filed a lawsuit against AMC Entertainment (NYSE:AMC) claiming that the company and several of its directors violated state law to “eviscerate” the voting power of common stockholders, who had not supported issuing new shares.
The Purpose Behind a Reverse Stock Split
AMC Entertainment, while it’s improved drastically over the past two years, continues to burn cash.
Developments such as AMC Perfectly Popcorn and branded merchandise are just two innovations the company has created to increase revenue.
While the developments are still new, AMC needs big cash quick, which is why a reverse stock split and APE merge was proposed.
An AMC and APE merge will combine the value of both the equity and common stock of the company.
A reverse stock split will buy the company time and stay listed on the NYSE as short sellers continue to drive shares down — this time from a higher share price than current levels.
The approved proposals will dilute the stock by increasing the number of shares from 524,173,073 to 550,000,000.
This gives AMC Entertainment millions of shares to liquidate as soon as they hit the market, allowing the company to raise big cash once again.
However, the reverse stock split now makes it 10 times more challenging for shareholders who got in at the peak of 2021 to break even.
Shareholders will have to repurchase 10 times their shares to be unaffected by this type of dilution.
This repurchase may have the potential to move stocks up, but at a hefty cost.
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