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RNS Number : 9914G
Cineworld Group plc
30 July 2021
 

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THIS ANNOUNCEMENT CONTAINS INSIDE INFORMATION

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

30 July 2021

 

Cineworld Group plc ("Cineworld" or the "Group")

 

Further Liquidity and Covenant Flexibility Secured

 

Following the opening of all cinemas in June 2021, Cineworld is pleased to announce it secured $200m of incremental loans maturing in May 2024 from a group of its existing lenders. The New Debt Facility does not have a material impact on the Group's weighted average cost of debt.

 

The Group has also agreed covenant amendments on certain of its existing debt facilities, including reducing the minimum liquidity requirement and relaxing limitations on the use of cash, among other modifications which will further support the Group as cinemas restart trading.

 

Cineworld believes that this further liquidity, in addition to the US CARES Act refund of $203m that was fully received in May 2021 and the $213m convertible bond raised in March 2021, together with the tight control over cash usage will provide the Group with the financial and operational flexibility and resilience to execute on its business strategy as it resumes its operations.

 

Since cinemas started reopening in April 2021, trading has continued to improve, and the Group is now well-positioned to benefit from pent-up customer demand and the exceptionally strong film slate through the second half of 2021.

 

The Group expects to release its 2021 Interim Results on 12 August 2021 where a further update on trading will be provided.

 

Mooky Greidinger, CEO of Cineworld, commented:

 

"The additional liquidity announced today provides the Group with significant operating flexibility now that cinemas have opened across the world. We are monitoring the evolution of the virus and its potential impact on our business, but we are very excited about the potential of the unprecedented slate of films in the second half of 2021 (mainly in the fourth quarter). We remain confident in the prospects for our business and continue to look forward to welcoming our customers back to the best place to watch a movie."

 
 

Contacts

 

 

 

 

Cineworld Group plc:

 

Finsbury:

 

Israel Greidinger

+44 (0)20 8987 5000

James Leviton

+44 (0)20 7251 3801

Nisan Cohen

investors@cineworld.co.uk

Rob Allen

cineworld-lon@finsbury.com

Manuela Van Dessel

 

 

 

 

The person responsible for arranging the release of this announcement is Fiona Smith, Company Secretary.

 

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