The pandemic’s ruinous implications for AMC (AMC) have been well-documented.
The theater chain delivered its 4Q20 earnings report final week, unsurprisingly reporting downbeat outcomes. Nevertheless, the corporate managed a beat on the top-line, with income coming in at $162 million, forward of consensus estimates by $20 million. Nonetheless, as a sign of what a wrestle 2020 has been, the determine was 89% beneath the outcomes from the identical interval within the earlier 12 months.
With theaters shuttered or working at a considerably diminished capability throughout 2020, the corporate’s focus has been on staying above water till the pandemic fades from view. As Covid-19 slowly retreats, AMC’s theaters are anticipated to refill.
Nevertheless, over the previous 12 months, to remain afloat, the corporate’s debt load has ballooned.
Whereas Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter admits it can take AMC “years to repay its debt burden, and longer till it is ready to revisit its progress technique,” the analyst is “more and more optimistic.” The vaccine rollout has gathered tempo, which might see a sooner return to normalcy and the prospect of a busy launch slate being pushed ahead. And, as Pachter notes, little doubt, “demand for theatrical content material is excessive.”
Moreover, Pachter thinks AMC has performed effectively in coping with the pandemic’s repercussions.
“Whereas theatres have been closed or underutilized over the previous 12 months, AMC has efficiently expanded its liquidity, elevating sufficient to final by midsummer with out an incremental field workplace increase,” the analyst stated, “We imagine the corporate has enough liquidity to permit it to outlive with low utilization by not less than Q3.”
Nevertheless, for now, Pachter sticks to a Impartial (i.e. Maintain) ranking though he raised his worth goal from $5 to $6.5. Pachter possibly optimistic concerning the post-pandemic surroundings, however for him the shares are nonetheless considerably over-priced. (To look at Pachter’s monitor file, click here)
Barrington analyst James Goss takes the same view. The analyst notes that 90% of the corporate’s home theatres have reopened, and extra are anticipated within the coming weeks, together with operations in a number of key California markets, which ought to open earlier than the tip of the quarter.
Like Pachter, Goss can also be impressed with AMC’s value saving measures, however is weary of getting too optimistic for now.
“The corporate stays notably diligent in its management of bills and optimizing the operations of its theatre footprint to restrict money burn,” Goss stated. “Nevertheless, vital uncertainty stays for the corporate because of the excessive diploma of leverage in its enterprise mannequin.”
To this finish, Goss has a Market Carry out (i.e., Maintain) ranking for the shares and has not set a particular worth goal. (To look at Goss’ monitor file, click here)
Trying on the consensus breakdown for AMC, the bears are nonetheless in management. Based mostly on 3 Holds and a couple of Sells, the inventory has a Average Promote consensus ranking. Shares are anticipated to tumble by ~66%, contemplating the typical worth goal stands at $4.83. (See AMC stock analysis on TipRanks)
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