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AMC Entertainment raises about $331.2M in IPO

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December 18, 2013 06:39 AM EST | AP

LEAWOOD, Kan. (AP) — AMC Entertainment, the second-largest U.S. movie theater operator, has raised about $331.2 million from an initial public offering of approximately 18.4 million shares.

The company priced the IPO at $18 per share, at the low ended of its projected price range of $18 to $20 per share.

AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc. is giving the underwriters a 30-day option to buy up to an additional 2.6 million shares.

The company anticipates net proceeds of about $314.2 million. It plans to use the funds mostly to retire outstanding debt and for general corporate purposes such as capital expenditures.

In August AMC Entertainment announced that it was planning to go public, nearly a year after it was bought by a Chinese company. AMC Entertainment was purchased by Chinese conglomerate Dalian Wanda Group Co. in September 2012 in a $2.6 billion deal. Dalian Wanda, founded in 1988 and privately owned, runs hotels, theaters, department stores and other businesses.

AMC Entertainment owned, operated or held interests in 343 theaters in North America as of Sept. 30. The company said it had about 200 million guests visit its theaters last year.

For the year ended Sept. 30, AMC Entertainment had revenue of $2.73 billion.

The shares are expected to start trading on the New York Stock Exchange on Wednesday under the "AMC" ticker symbol.

The offering is targeted to close on Monday.