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Cineworld PLC considers CVA – what does this mean for cinema’s future?

Cineworld PLC is currently in amongst talks with advisors and creditors to enter a CVA agreement. A completely voluntary agreement means a chance to wipe off unsecured debts and restructure agreements with landlords. The company has currently shut all 657 sites across the U.K. and America.

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The Financial Times is reporting that the consideration is being used to cut costs across the board to aid its survival. CVA’s are a way to prevent a company from entering administration and going bankrupt.

Sites can also be expected to close as the company looks to perform saving costs of loss leaders. It allows debts to be paid back over time, 75% of its creditors via value must agree to the terms for it to be allowed.

It can allow for debt to also be removed by agreement. In simple terms, it’s a have something rather than nothing. Staff can also lose long term redundancy rights too as the company is technically insolvent.

Cineworld PLC is currently $6.2b in debt and is desperately trying to negotiate rents with landlords for its 127 rental sites. The U.K. arm is currently being sued by Landlord AEW for £308k in unpaid rent.

As well as by the Trocadero Centre for over £1.4m in unpaid rent from the flagship Picturehouse venue. The company has no current plans organised for reopening and is utilising the U.K. furlough scheme for its U.K. sites…

… visit Small Screen to read full story

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