AMC Stock Hits All-Time Low in Volatile Start to the Year
AMC Entertainment's stock hits an all-time low, facing ongoing challenges and volatility. CEO optimistic, analysts express concerns. Only time will tell how AMC will navigate through these turbulent times.
Troy D. Hanson
January 03, 2024
AMC Entertainment, the popular movie-theater chain, has encountered another wave of volatility as its stock hit an all-time low on Wednesday. According to Dow Jones Market Data, shares of AMC fell 6.7% to $5.70 and traded as low as $5.67, marking a new intraday low since December 2013.
This recent decline follows a challenging period for the stock, which suffered an 83% loss in 2023 – its worst performance on record. Over the past few years, AMC has faced various challenges, including the impact of the Covid pandemic, writers and actors strikes, and the unpredictable meme-stock era. The company even resorted to issuing millions of preferred equity units (APEs), all contributing to the stock’s ongoing volatility.
Despite these obstacles, Chief Executive Officer Adam Aron has maintained a positive outlook. In a December 31 post on social media platform X, Aron wrote, “To the prophets of doom certain that AMC would fail as a company and be forced into bankruptcy court in 2023: It is December 31, so we all know that YOU WERE WRONG. AMC is still here, still innovating, still blazing new trails. To the rest of you (think Apes), Happy New Year!”
However, analysts have a different perspective on AMC's future prospects. According to FactSet, 57% of analysts covering AMC rate its shares as Neutral, while 43% recommend selling. Despite maintaining a Neutral rating on the shares, B. Riley Securities analysts recently lowered their price target from $15 to $12.
In conclusion, AMC Entertainment faces ongoing challenges as its stock experiences significant volatility. While CEO Adam Aron remains optimistic about the company's future, analysts have expressed concerns about its performance. Only time will tell how AMC will navigate through these turbulent times.