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Adam Aron Addresses Falling APE Shares

Market News: AMC CEO Adam Aron addresses falling APE shares in new press release.
Market News: AMC CEO Adam Aron addresses falling APE shares in new press release.

AMC shareholders have been urging CEO Adam Aron to address APE, AMC’s Preferred Equity as shares fall below $1.

APE has taken a nosedive from $7 to the current share price of $0.68.

Retail investors have demanded the CEO to speak out on what’s happening with the share price after bold announcements of a ‘pounce’ earlier this summer.

The CEO has now spoken out on the falling APE share price in a new press release shown below.

Let’s dive right into it.

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Adam Aron on APE Share Price

APE Stock Price

In a new press release by AMC Entertainment, the CEO released the following statement:

“Even though the APE units and our common shares are economically equivalent, it is disappointing that the APE units have since inception consistently traded at a significant discount to the AMC common shares.

While the trading prices of the two securities seem to reflect distinct market and trading dynamics, the APEs are serving precisely the purpose originally intended for them.

At a time when one or more of our competitors have been facing potentially devastating liquidity challenges, by contrast during the past 90 days, AMC has been able to raise $162 million of additional cash through the sale of equity thereby improving our own liquidity position markedly.

In addition, AMC reduced debt for the third time this year, including most recently by buying back debt at a substantial 61% discount and is able to contemplate various opportunities to add theatres to our fleet including just having successfully secured for AMC the attractive former Arclight Boston.”

Adam Aron added, “Our outlook for the industry is positive as we expect the box office will be larger in 2023 than in 2022.

Our liquidity position is strong, as we continue to demonstrate our ability to raise cash, thereby strengthening our balance sheet.

We also continue to enhance our footprint by acquiring superb theatres without significant capital outlays while at the same time exiting under-performing locations.

For so many reasons, we believe the future remains bright for AMC.”

APE Continues to Serve Its Original Purpose

Despite Adam Aron’s disappointment in the share price of APE, he says the equity continues to serve its original purpose to provide liquidity to the company.

APE is down -88.67% since its inception with majority of the float being held by retail investors.

Only 0.18% of institutional investors are currently holding the equity according to a Nasdaq report.

There was tension between shareholders whether to sell or hold the security once it became available in the market due to primarily being a liquidity tool for the company rather than an investment for retail investors.

In October, AMC Entertainment released a statement warning both retail investors and short sellers of the possibility of accrued losses through either the possibility of a short squeeze, or company capitalization.

Earlier in December, Yahoo Finance listed APE as the #1 top shorted stock on their list.

Are You Holding APE Shares?

What is your current sentiment on APE?

Will APE shares recover or is too much trading happening in dark exchanges that suppress retail volume from having an impact on share prices?

Leave your thoughts in the comment section down below.

Related: Chairman Gensler Says He Understands Retail’s Frustrations


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Wall Street Has Decimated APE Stock

APE Stock News
Market News: Here’s the latest on AMC’s Preferred Equity, APE.

Retail investors are angry at regulators for allowing Wall Street to decimate APE stock.

While AMC’s Preferred Equity (APE) was intended for the company to capitalize on, banks, institutions, and short sellers have abused shares to the ground.

The equity was meant to provide AMC Entertainment with liquidity in order to pay down their debt.

While AMC was able to reduce their debt by $106 million due to APE, shares have been shorted from $7 all the way down to $0.81.

APE momentarily made Yahoo Finance’s Top List of Most Shorted Stock.

Shareholders questioned how shorting APE was possible in the first place, failing to recognize that APE is a tradable security just like any other stock.

Faceless influencers within the AMC community led many retail investors to believe that shorting AMC’s Preferred Equity was impossible.

And unfortunately, this perception clouded many people from creating a proper investment strategy or embracing for what was to come.

Let’s discuss it.

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Retail Investors Seek to CEO for Answers

AMC and APE shareholders all have one common goal in mind, an AMC short squeeze and an APE short squeeze.

And although many shareholders have been transformed into paying customers, others are looking at AMC CEO Adam Aron for answers.

Loyalists don’t question the CEO and will condemn you for doing so, but if shareholders are still invested in the company, they have every right to yearn for answers.

Adam Aron has successfully maneuvered AMC out of bankruptcy, primarily thanks to its shareholders of course.

He’s utilized Twitter magnificently in a way that no other CEO has ever done so before.

And you can’t help but to admire the business personality in him that can raise cash out of thin air.

Even if it’s from his most loyal followers.

But the CEO has failed to address shareholder concerns on the decimation of APE, or the distribution of APE from Citigroup, who’s been short on the company.

Addressing shareholder concerns is important, whether you agree or not.

Does It Even Matter?

Some of you care about your money, your finances, your investments, and some of you simply don’t.

To some, being part of an embracing community, being known in a community, and embracing the movie theatre industry, but more specifically AMC Entertainment, is more important than monetary gains or financial abundance at this point.

And is that even a bad thing?

You just want to be heard; you want to fight evil in the markets without a care about money.

Or maybe you’re simply in the middle.

Let us know who you are – leave your story down in the comment section below.

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Nasdaq Reports 0.18% APE Institutional Ownership

APE institutional ownership
Market News: Latest APE institutional ownership report.

Nasdaq’s latest report on APE is showing the security only has 0.18% in institutional ownership.

AMC’s Preferred Equity was recently listed on Yahoo Finance’s ‘Top Most Shorted Stocks List‘.

The stock has had an insane amount of demand in the market from retail investors, but overleveraged shorting has suppressed the stock’s price from rising.

APE has fallen below $1 despite above average daily trading volume.

But institutional ownership has also largely declined according to the latest Nasdaq report.

And with AMC Entertainment selling APE shares through Citigroup, holders of the equity keep getting hammered.

Here’s the latest on APE.

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New and Sold Out APE Positions

APE institutional holdings - Franknez.com.
APE institutional holdings – Franknez.com.

According to Nasdaq, there are only 8 new institutional positions in APE with 298 total sold out positions.

This is equivalent to 327,046 institutional shares added versus 145.5 million shares sold.

Out of 13 institutions holding APE, 4 remained unchanged.

APE institutional ownership
APE institutional ownership | APE institutional holdings – Source(s): Nasdaq

This means retail investors have very little help from institutions in driving the share price up.

Nearly all institutions who received APE through AMC have sold it.

AMC Entertainment capitalized from APE in October when it was able to claim $106 million and pay down some debt.

Not even insiders are buying the equity.

But AMC shareholders are convinced that APE’s high short interest mixed with large buying pressure will trigger an APE short squeeze.

Does APE Need Institutional Buyers to Squeeze?

I’d love to hear your opinion on this.

The past has shown us that both retail and institutional investors moved AMC Entertainment stock to higher highs in 2021.

Retail investors were able to successfully instill confidence in institutions as AMC’s share price began to rise.

Or is APE’s major decline simply a factor from this year’s bear market?

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AMC’s Preferred Equity ‘APE’ Falls Below $1

Market News: APE falls below $1 as short sellers suppress the stock.
Market News: APE falls below $1 as short sellers suppress the stock.

APE is now trading below $1.

Short sellers have been able to attack AMC’s Preferred Equity through the use of overleveraged shorting methods.

APE recently made #1 on Yahoo’s “Top Most Shorted Stock List“.

The equity closed at $0.98 per share and fell as low as $0.90 on Wednesday.

Majority of the market pumped during JPow’s announcement but both AMC and APE finished red on the day despite above average trading volume.

APE had an exceptional amount of buying power reaching 62.8 million, it’s average trading volume is 16.2 million.

The manipulation of APE in the market has shareholders looking at the CEO.

Citigroup’s Ties with APE and AMC Entertainment

Citigroup APE
Citigroup APE ties. AMC Entertainment news + more.

AMC Entertainment announced that it would hire Citigroup to help it sell 425 million APE shares.

This comes from the movie theatre chain’s strategy to capitalize from its shareholders to pay down debt.

Shareholders have argued in the past that the issuance of APE should have been voted for.

AMC Entertainment was able to successfully and legally claim a fraction of shareholder’s hard-earned capital in order to keep raise cash.

While there are shareholders who are willing to give their entire paycheck to the company, others weren’t too happy with the move.

Now it’s been disclosed that Citigroup has been shorting AMC Entertainment for the better part of over two years now.

Citigroup’s 13F-HR filing shows the company has been selling shares while trading put options in the derivatives market.

Meanwhile, the bank has also been downgrading AMC’s share price and promoting it in the media.

That’s right, the partner that is helping AMC sell APE shares has also been capitalizing from shorting the company.

Shareholders Look to Adam Aron for Answers

While there are shareholders that have total trust in AMC’s CEO Adam Aron, there are others who simply want answers.

Shareholders are invested in AMC Entertainment in order to capitalize from the company, but it currently seems to be the other way around.

AMC Entertainment just launched their online merchandise store, which is incredibly bullish for the company as it allows them to venture into other income streams.

This however does not prevent certain shareholders from wanting answers on APE’s dilution and massive suppression in share price.

Still, majority of shareholders seem to hold on to the CEO’s statement when he said to not confuse his silence with inaction.

But I’m curious to know what you think.

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