Interview Synopsis

Cineworld – Recovery Outlook

  • Credit
  • Consumer
  • Europe

The plot continues to thicken for British cinema chain Cineworld after it filed for bankruptcy protection in the US. In an Interview with Third Bridge Forum earlier this month, a former senior executive at Regal Entertainment Group told us what the potential fallout could look like for the cinema chain once it filed a Chapter 11.

What next for Cineworld after Chapter 11 filing?

In the Interview, the specialist said a Chapter 11 filing is unlikely to impact Cineworld’s operating costs and labour. This is due to a “difficult labour market” since the COVID-19 pandemic, we were told.

They also said if Cineworld filed a Chapter 11 in a traditional way to “right the ship” and deal with creditors, vendors and landlords, as well as exit unprofitable theatres, the impact on its international operations may be minimal.

However, if Cineworld decides to spin off the entire Regal circuit and exit the US, the specialist said such a decision could impact the focus and CAPEX of its remaining cinemas in the UK, Ireland, central Europe and Israel, given the “breadth and size” of Regal in the US. 

The specialist told us the loss leaders at Regal represent 10-15% of the circuit, and Cineworld’s decision gives the sister company an opportunity to consolidate and become much “leaner”. However, such a move could create opportunities for other cinema chains like AMC and Cinemark to pick up assets that Regal might spin off.

Meanwhile, the company still faces a “problematic and potentially financially challenging” situation with Ciniplex, according to the specialist. They believe the USD 1bn penalty for cancelling the deal to take over the Canadian cinema company is “going to become a liability” and might need to be dealt with in “one fell swoop” once a final decision has been made. 

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