Cineplex Acquires 24 Empire Theatres in Atlantic Canada and Completes a $107.5 Million Debenture Offering
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Goodmans represented Cineplex Inc. (“Cineplex”) in connection with the acquisition of 24 Atlantic Canadian theatres from New Glasgow, Nova Scotia-based Empire Theatres Limited (“Empire”), for approximately $194 million.
Cineplex also entered into a fifth amended and restated credit agreement with a syndicate of lenders led by The Bank of Nova Scotia, Royal Bank of Canada and Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, as co-lead arrangers and The Bank of Nova Scotia, as administrative agent, in which Cineplex amended and extended its existing credit facilities. The amended credit facilities include an extended five year term, with a total availability of $500 million, comprised of a $150 million five-year senior secured non-revolving term credit facility, and a $350 million five-year senior secured revolving credit facility. Cineplex drew on the revolving facility to fund the acquisition.
On November 5, 2013, Cineplex closed an offering of $100 million aggregate principal amount of 4.50% convertible unsecured subordinated debentures at a price of $1,000 per Debenture. On November 12, 2013, the underwriters purchased an additional $7.5 million aggregate principal amount of the debentures pursuant to their over-allotment option on the same terms and conditions resulting in total gross offering proceeds of $107.5 million. The offering was completed on a bought deal basis and was underwritten by a syndicate of underwriters, co-led by Scotiabank and RBC Dominion Securities Inc. and included BMO Nesbitt Burns Inc., CIBC World Markets Inc., National Bank Financial Inc. and TD Securities Inc. Cineplex used the net proceeds of the offering to partially reduce bank indebtedness under its credit facility in connection with its acquisition of the 24 Empire theatres.
Cineplex is one of Canada's leading entertainment companies and operates one of the most modern and fully digitized motion picture theatre circuits in the world.