Jan 9 British cinema operator Cineworld Group
, responding to a report it is close to buying
Warsaw-listed Cinema City International's (CCI) movie
theatre operations, confirmed it was in advanced talks.
Sky News reported earlier on Thursday that the deal was
worth 900 million pounds ($1.48 billion). ()
Cineworld is Britain's largest cinema operator by market
share and an acquisition of CCI, which runs about 100
multiplexes in Poland, Israel, Hungary, Czech Republic,
Bulgaria, Romania and Slovakia, would allow it to expand beyond
Britain and Ireland.
After a big acquisition of a rival operator, Cineworld
floated on the stock exchange in 2007 and now runs around 80
sites, including four of the 10 highest grossing cinemas in the
UK and Ireland.
The company also owns 21 more cinemas under the Picturehouse
brand, which it bought last year.
Cineworld said in a statement it "confirms that it is in
advanced discussions with Cinema City International N.V. ("CCI")
regarding a possible transaction with CCI's cinema operations."
"Discussions are continuing and there can be no certainty
that a transaction will take place," it said. It declined to
give further details.
CCI could not be reached for comments outside regular
The enlarged company would be headed by CCI's Chief
Executive Moshe Greidinger with the board likely to comprise a
majority of existing Cineworld board members, Sky added.
Barclays Plc, JPMorgan Cazenove and Investec are advising
Cineworld, while CCI is being advised by HSBC, Sky said.
Cineworld's competitor Vue Entertainment agreed to buy
Poland's No.2 multiplex operator Multikino in May last year.
Cineworld's chief executive and founder said in November
that he would step down in March after 18 years with the