“The company is looking forward to welcoming guests to its theatres as soon as it is safe and wise to do so, as well as being permissible under local, state /provincial and federal guidelines,” AMC said.
AMC’s earnings report Tuesday illustrated just how bad the damage was for its bottom line.
The company reported a net loss of $2.17 billion in its first quarter, and said revenue fell about 22% to $941.5 million, compared to $1.2 billion in the same quarter last year.
AMC said it is working with its landlords, vendors and other business partners to manage or defer some cash costs while its theaters were closed. It also drew down on revolving credit facilities, suspended both its stock repurchase program and future dividend payments.
The company’s stock was up about 4.5% in after-hours trading.
“These are truly unprecedented times,” Adam Aron, AMC’s CEO, said in a statement. “After starting the year with two solid months of revenue growth compared to last year, in mid-March we were forced to pivot the entire company to respond to the effects of the pandemic.”
The company’s top priorities remain “the safety and well-being of our guests and associates,” Aron said, as well as “taking sweeping actions to preserve the long term viability of AMC Entertainment.”
The company said that it is reopening its theaters next month to showcase “Tenet,” Warner Bros.’ Christopher Nolan’s twisty thriller, which is slated for July 17, and “Mulan,” Disney’s live action remake of the 1998 animated classic, which is set for July 24.
AMC added that “many things can change between now and July,” but it detailed the steps it is taking to reopen safely given Covid-19.
“We are confident we are taking the necessary steps on a broad array of fronts to ensure AMC’s future success as we navigate these turbulent and uncertain times,” Aron said.