AMC Leisure (NYSE:AMC), the erstwhile distressed movie show chain that has seen a dramatic reversal in fortunes amid a mind-boggling retail-driven inventory value rally, continues to inflict crippling injury on its detractors.
Towards this backdrop, the hedge fund Odey Asset Administration has emerged as some of the outstanding casualties in latest instances as AMC Leisure shares preserve their inexorable upward trajectory.
As a refresher, the London-based hedge fund had reported a considerable brief place in AMC Leisure again in August. Earlier than this disclosure, the fund had made a killing on its bearish guess as AMC inventory value collapsed from $57 to $37 in July.
Nonetheless, the tables appear to have turned on Hanbury Odey, who manages the agency’s LF Brook Absolute Return fund and at the moment oversees round $1.5 billion in property. As an illustration, AMC Leisure shares have now breached the $50 value degree and are up round 70 % since Hanbury Odey disclosed his bearish guess on AMC.
So, how a lot loss has Odey Asset Administration suffered? Effectively, Hanbury had beforehand acknowledged that his brief place in AMC was one among his greatest winners, thereby offering a hefty contribution to the LF Brook Fund’s 3.7 % return as of early August. Nonetheless, with AMC having reversed nearly all of its losses in July, the fund now stands to lose its star performer.
In fact, Odey Asset Administration isn’t the primary high-profile casualty of the continued retail-driven mania in meme shares resembling GameStop and AMC Leisure. Again in January 2021, Melvin Capital was pressured to hunt a bailout after its brief place in GameStop blew up.
We had famous in a submit yesterday that, as per the tabulation by S3 Companions, GameStop short-sellers misplaced one other $100 million in August, bringing their cumulative losses to round $6.5 billion. Ought to the present rally in AMC Leisure shares proceed, its detractors are more likely to face an analogous destiny.
With AMC Leisure and GameStop each inextricably linked by way of the continued retail-driven mania, the 2 corporations are actually mulling a proper partnership. To wit, Liz Claman at Fox Biz has now tweeted that the CEO of AMC Leisure, Adam Aron, has reached out to GameStop for a doable tie-up:
BREAKING: $AMC @CEOAdam Aron to @ClamanCountdown: We now have made contact with $GME @GameStop on a partnership, we’re not able to say what it’s.” says AMC now taking part in offense to get people again to the theatres w/epic $25m advert spend
— Liz Claman (@LizClaman) September 8, 2021
Whereas the precise nature of this partnership is as but unsure, we had speculated yesterday that the tie-up may contain GameStop’s latest push into the sector of Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs). GameStop has now activated a devoted web site for NFTs that references gamers, creators, and collectors, thereby indicating an incoming ecosystem to cater to the gaming neighborhood. A improbable method for GameStop and AMC Leisure to collaborate could be for the theater chain to combine with GameStop’s upcoming NFT platform, permitting full interoperability and transferability. For example, theatergoers needs to be allowed to redeem their tickets for NFTs on GameStop’s platform and vice versa. This method wouldn’t solely create extra demand for GameStop’s NFT platform but additionally permit AMC Leisure to faucet into this rising phenomenon, netting a win-win system within the course of.