Kinepolis reaches agreement to acquire Spanish cinema group El Punt
18 December 2018
Kinepolis Group has reached an agreement for the acquisition of two Spanish cinemas, namely ‘Full Cinemas’ in Barcelona and ‘El Punt Ribera’ in Valencia. Both cinemas are part of the El Punt cinema group, which is owned by the Sallent family. The ‘El Punt Vallès’ cinema, also located in Barcelona, is not included in the transaction.
The ‘Full’ megaplex in Barcelona has 28 screens with in total 2,687 seats and welcomes more that 1.3 million cinema-goers every year. It is the second-largest cinema in Spain after Kinepolis Ciudad de la Imagen in Madrid. The complex is rented and situated in the commercial centre ‘Splau’ in Cornellá de Llobregat, close to the airport and 14 km south of Barcelona. The ‘Full’ cinema complex is the flagship of the El Punt group: all screens boast high-quality 4K projectors and 19 screens have Dolby Atmos sound.
The ‘El Punt Ribera’ cinema is located in a commercial district in Alzira, 44 km south of Valencia. The complex, of which the property is in ownership, has 10 screens - each featuring Dolby 7.1 sound - and 2,528 seats, and attracts more than 300,000 visitors annually.
Eddy Duquenne, CEO of Kinepolis Group: “I am very excited about this latest acquisition. The philosophy of ‘El Punt’ aligns very well with that of Kinepolis: they aim for quality and constantly try to improve the products and services they offer. Innovation is at the forefront, illustrated by the extremely well-equipped theatres featuring the latest in digital technology. This acquisition will further strengthen our market position in Spain and will allow us to offer the Kinepolis experience to an even wider audience.”
The transaction has an enterprise value of € 25.8 million. The acquisition is subject to approval by the Spanish competition authority.
Kinepolis currently already has 6 cinemas in Spain, totalling 99 screens and more than 28,000 seats. Following this new acquisition, Kinepolis will operate the three biggest cinema complexes in Spain, namely Kinepolis Ciudad de la Imagen in Madrid, Full in Barcelona and Kinepolis Valencia.
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Kinepolis Group NV was formed in 1997 as a result of the merger of two family-run cinema groups and was listed on the stock exchange in 1998. Kinepolis offers an innovative cinema concept which serves as a pioneering model within the industry. In addition to its cinema business, the Group is also active in film distribution, event organization, screen publicity and property management.
In Europe, Kinepolis Group NV has 52 cinemas spread across Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Spain, Luxembourg, Switzerland and Poland. Since the acquisition of the Canadian movie theatre group 'Landmark Cinemas' in December 2017, Kinepolis also operates 45 cinemas in Canada.
In total, Kinepolis Group currently operates 97 cinemas (45 of which it owns) worldwide, with a total of 852 screens and more than 185,000 seats. Including the acquired Canadian organization, Kinepolis employs 3,750 people, all committed to giving millions of visitors an unforgettable movie experience. More information on www.kinepolis.com/corporate.