Regal Entertainment Group, already the largest theatrical exhibitor in the United States, is about to get even bigger: The company announced Tuesday that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Hollywood Theaters in a deal worth more than $238 million.
In return, Regal will add 43 theaters with 513 screens to its portfolio. Regal currently boasts 6,880 screens in 540 locations.
The company will pay $191 million in cash and about $47 million of assumed lease obligations from Hollywood Theaters. The cash portion of the purchase price includes repayment of about $157 million in Hollywood Theaters' debt.
“We expect the acquisition of Hollywood Theaters to be accretive to cash flows and earnings and are pleased to announce an agreement to purchase these high quality assets,” Amy Miles, CEO of Regal Entertainment Group, said in a statement.
Shares of Regal rose 2.54 percent to $15.72 after the deal was announced.
During its most recent quarterly earnings, Regal saw revenue rise to $723 million, an 18 percent year-over-year jump that bested analysts' expectations. The company's earnings also doubled to $0.28 per share, as it reported net income of $37.3 million.