Go Global: Wanda’s Top 10 Foreign Acquisitions

Wanda-owned AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc announced this month that it had entered into a “definitive agreement” to buy the London-based Odeon & UCI Cinemas Group for around 921 million pounds ($1.2 billion).

AMC Entertainment, the second-largest movie theatre chain in North America, was acquired by Chinese conglomerate Dalian Wanda Group Co Ltd in 2012 for $2.6 billion.

Since it bought AMC Entertainment in 2012, Wanda has been enthusiastic in purchasing overseas companies covering film-related industries, sports, travel and property for five consecutive years.

Here’s a brief history of Wanda’s overseas acquisitions.

Odeon & UCI Cinemas Group

Date: July 12, 2016

Country: United Kingdom

Amount: 921 million pounds ($1.21 billion)

As a leading European cinema operator, Odeon & UCI had 242 theatres with 2,236 screens in Europe as of December 2015, according to a BBC report.

AMC Entertainment will pay 500 million pounds ($660m) in cash and stock and 407 million pounds ($537m) in debt.

With AMC Entertainment’s 627 theatres and more than 7,600 screens in eight countries, the deal will make it the biggest theatre operator in the world.

Carmike Cinemas Inc

Date: March 4, 2016

Country: US

Amount: $1.1 billion

Calling itself “America’s Hometown Theatre”, Carmike Cinemas Inc is the fourth-largest movie theater company in the United States, having 276 theaters with 2,954 screens in 41 states as of March 31, 2016, according to carmikeinvestors.com.

AMC Entertainment in March announced its intention of buying Carmike Cinemas and its debt for around $1.1 billion. It is still in the process of acquisition.

Legendary Entertainment

Date: January 12, 2016

Country: United States

Amount: $3.5 billion

Wanda’s acquisition of US film studio Legendary Entertainment in 2016 for $3.5 billion marked it as China’s largest overseas cultural acquisition to date.

Legendary Entertainment has produced 46 feature films, including such blockbusters as Jurassic World, Hangover series, and the Dark Knight Batman trilogy.

World Triathlon Corp (WTC)

Date: August 26, 2015

Country: US

Amount: $650 million

Headquartered in Florida, WTC is the world’s largest operator of Ironman events and the most well-known Ironman brand, accounting for 91 percent of the global market share of long-distance triathlon events.

HG Holdco Pty Ltd

Date: June 23, 2015

Country: Australia

Amount: 2.25 billion yuan ($336 million)

Hoyts Group, the second-largest movie theater operator in Australia, was acquired by Wanda for 2.25 billion yuan.

Hoyts has 424 screens at 52 theaters in Australia and New Zealand.

Infront Sports & Media AG

Date: June 23, 2015

Country: Switzerland

Amount: 1.05 billion euros ($1.1 billion)

Wanda bought Infront Sports & Media with a group of investors for 1.05 billion euros ($1.1b), owning 68.2 percent stake of the company.

Infront Sports & Media is the world’s most respected international sports marketing company, holding broadcasting rights to some of the globe’s biggest sporting events such as the soccer World Cup.

Atletico Madrid Football Club

Date: January 21, 2015

Country: Spain

Amount: 45 million euros ($50m)

Wanda acquired 20 percent stake in Atletico Madrid, a Spanish professional football club based in Madrid, for $52 million in 2015.

Edifico Espana (Spain Building)

Date: June 5, 2014

Country: Spain

Amount: 265 million euros ($294m)

Wanda in 2014 purchased Edifico Espana, also known as Spain building, a historical landmark in Madrid for 265 million euros($294m) from Santander Group, Spain’s largest banking corporation.

However, after its renovation plan being thwarted by local government and people, Wanda decided to sell the building this year, according to a report by cankaoxiaoxi.com.

Sunseeker International

Date: June 19, 2013

Country: UK

Amount: 320 million pounds ($422m)

Wanda purchased about 92 percent stake in Sunseeker International, UK’s leading luxury yacht maker, for 320 million pounds ($422m) in 2013.

Sunseeker yachts have featured in the James Bond film series since 1999.

AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc

Date: May 21, 2012

Country: US

Amount: $2.6 billion

In March, AMC Entertainment announced it would like to buy US movie theatre operator Carmike Cinemas Inc and its debt for around $1.1 billion. It is still in the process of acquisition.

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