UK's Cineworld terminates takeover of Canada's Cineplex

Jun 12, 2020

British-based Cineworld says it has terminated its takeover of Canada’s Cineplex

TORONTO (AP) — British-based Cineworld said Friday it has terminated its takeover of Canada’s Cineplex.

Cineworld PLC said the $2.8 billion Canadian (US$2 billion) was dropped after “certain breaches” of the acquisition deal.

The takeover would have created North America’s largest chain of movie theaters to better compete with AMC Entertainment. It would have added 165 cinemas to Cineworld’s existing 786 sites and 9,500 screens. AMC Entertainment owns or operates about 1,000 theaters around the world.

But the coronavirus pandemic has closed theaters for months and the continued appeal of movie theaters is in doubt as major media companies are investing heavily in streaming services. Cineplex has a 75% box office market share in Canada.

Cineworld did not outline the specifics of what parts of the transaction it believes Cineplex ran afoul of, but the London-based company noted that Cineplex has denied any such breaches.

A representative for Cineplex could not be immediately reached for comment