Wanda completes the acquisition of US AMC

5 September 2012 16 h 13 min Comments Off

Wang Jianlin, Chairman of the Wanda Group, Tuesday announced in Los Angeles, the United States, that Wanda has completed the acquisition of AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc., the second largest U.S. cinema chain.

It means AMC has become a formal member of the Wanda Group, which is now the world’s largest cinema operator.

Chairman Wang said, “We are very pleased to have completed the acquisition of AMC and begin this new chapter in Wanda’s international development. Throughout this entire process we have been impressed with the expertise and dedication of AMC’s management team and associates. We now look forward to working with AMC’s CEO Gerry Lopez and his team to invest in and build on the company’s widely-recognized brand and the incomparable entertainment experience AMC offers to its millions of customers.”

Gerry Lopez, chief executive officer and president of AMC, said, “All of us at AMC are thrilled about our future with Wanda. It allows us to continue expanding and innovating in what is the world’s largest movie market. More so, we are enthusiastic about combining AMC’s leadership in the US with Wanda’s leadership in China, the world’s fastest-growing market. We strongly believe in our shared common interests in advancing the movie industry and we feel this partnership creates one of the world’s premier location-based entertainment companies.”

The transaction, valued at approximately US$2.6 billion, had been approved by all relevant authorities in China and the United States by August.

Wanda’s purchase of AMC is the largest acquisition made by China’s private enterprises in the United States and the largest overseas acquisition for China’s cultural industry.

The transaction creates the world’s largest global cinema owner by combining Wanda’s 94 theatres, 805 screens and large-scale stage show, film production and distribution, entertainment chains with AMC’s 338 multiplex theatres and 4,865 screens, including 2,171 3-D screens and 124 IMAX screens, making it the world’s largest operator of IMAX screens.

Wang Jianlin, chairman of Dalian Wanda Group, also announced on Tuesday that Wanda planned to invest $10 billion in U.S. companies in the next decade, which could include buying department stores, hotel management companies and at least one more cinema chain.

The Chinese real estate and shopping mall conglomerate, is also in talks with five Hollywood movie studios about financing and co-producing films.

Wang Jianlin, Chairman of the Wanda Group, visited Universal Studios Hollywood and Disneyland Park in Los Angeles, USA, on September 3.
Wang Jianlin met with Adam Fogelson, Chairman of the Universal Pictures on Tuesday. Dalian Wanda Group could build a film park in Mainland China following the same projects by Disney and Dreamworks in Shanghai.

Source: Dalian Wanda Group, AMC (05/09/2012)

ON THE WEB:

Chinese Conglomerate Finalizes AMC Theater Deal (WSJ, 04/09/12)

. Wanda of China set to buy more U.S. entertainment assets (LA Times, 05/09/12)

. Chinese firm closes acquisition of U.S. movie theater chains (Xinhua, 05/09/12)

. China’s Wanda Group Says It Will Spend Tens of Billions on Entertainment (THR, 05/09/12)

. Wanda plots M&A epic in Hollywood (FT, 05/09/12)

. Wanda-AMC deal creates world’s largest cinema chain (The Globe and Mail, 05/09/12)

. Wanda finally succeed in acquiring AMC, now in contact with Hollywood (morningwhistle.com, 05/09/212)

. After AMC Acquisition, Chinese Mogul Sees $10 Billion in New U.S. Investment (NY Times, 04/09/12)

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