AMC Theatres buying Europe’s Odeon, UCI in $1.21B deal

NEW YORK (AP) — AMC Theatres is buying European movie theater operator Odeon & UCI Cinemas Group in a deal valued at about 921 million pounds ($1.21 billion).

AMC says that the transaction will make it the biggest movie theater operator in the world. Odeon & UCI has 242 theaters in Europe. The deal will give AMC a total of 627 theaters in eight countries.

AMC, which was bought by Chinese conglomerate Dalian Wanda Group in 2012, is still in the process of buying American movie theater operator Carmike Cinemas. That transaction, which was announced in March, is valued at $1.1 billion including debt.

On Tuesday, AMC said that the Odeon & UCI transaction doesn’t impact its ability to close on the Carmike deal. The company said it has the financing commitments and flexibility to do both.

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